February 27, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 2/24/20

Save the Date! TIS 30th Anniversary Party

Help celebrate 30 years of The International School with an epic block party! Fun for all ages. Mark your calendars now!


“Moving Up” Sessions for PreK, LowK, and K Families

Current Early Childhood families – Come hear about the year ahead!  Please join us for these special “Moving Up” information sessions:

  • Current Prek families to learn more about LowK: Tuesday, March 3rd, 8:15-9:30am

  • Current LowK families to learn more about Kindergarten: Wednesday, March 4th, 8:15 to 9:15am

  • Current Kinder families to learn more about 1st Grade: Thursday, March 5th, 8:15 to 9:30am

No rsvp is necessary. We hope to see you there!


Reminder: Parent Network All-Parent Meeting & Chat with Alumni Night

THIS THURSDAY! The TIS Parent Network would like to invite parents to attend our 2020 Spring All-Parent Meeting to be held on Thursday, Feb 27 at Learners’ Hall, 6-8pm. Come socialize with fellow parents and meet members of the 2019-2020 Parent Network Steering Committee. 

Then join the Parent Network in welcoming a special TIS Alumni Panel!  TIS alumni will join us to talk about the impact that a TIS education had on their lives. Attendees of prior meetings have commented about how inspiring this evening has been!

Parent Network All-Parent Meeting / Chat with Alumni Night
February 27, 6:00-8:00pm
Learners’ Hall
Refreshments will be provided. Yes, there will be WINE! 🙂

Please RSVP by sending a quick email to parentnetwork@intlschool.org with your name and and how many will be attending. The goal for this meeting is to be both informative and fun!


Sibling Applications Due Next MONDAY!

If you have a child starting at TIS in the 2020-21 academic year, we do need you to please submit an application. Applications received by March 2 will have sibling priority for enrollment, even in classes with waitlists. Any application submitted after March 2 will join the waitlist for any classes that have them.

You can find our application online by creating an account through our online admissions system.

• The most direct way to fill it out is to start here: intlschool.org/inquiryform
• Bypass the Tours options page by clicking “next” (unless you want one, of course).
• Press “Apply” and
• Choose “Current Family / Sibling Application” for a discounted application fee.

Paper applications are available as well. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jan Williams, Director of Admissions, jwilliams@intlschool.org, x 110


Hot Cocoa Social

Hey kids! We’re having hot chocolate! Bring your parents and stop by the lower playground on Tuesday, March 3rd  at 3:10p for some tasty cocoa!

Parents: We still need a few volunteers to help us with this annual event! (Deliver the hot chocolate and supplies and/or serve it up on the playground!) Please contact us at parentnetwork@intlschool.org ASAP if you can help out!


IRCO Refugee Donations – Thank you!

A huge thank you from me and my 5th grade class who were overwhelmed and excited at what an impact their idea had. I brought 2 packed car loads of donations to IRCO! It was powerful to see my students take action locally with a global issue. I’m sure this will continue to inspire them in the future

Bryna from IRCO wrote “Thank you so much again for all your efforts in the thoughtful in kind donations to IRCO. We really appreciate support from community-driven organization like TIS. These donations mean so much to our clients.”

Thanks to all who donated!

– Deanna Sundberg, English Specialist 


Announcing the 2020 Moving for Music and Art Logo Contest!

Our annual fun run is coming up this year on April 15th and 16th and we are asking our students to get their creative juices flowing and design the 2020 Moving for Music and Art logo that will be featured on posters and other event elements.  This will be our second year of this exciting tradition!

Logo contest requirements:

  • Logos must be two colors max (not including black and/or white)

  • Logos must highlight elements from both music and art

  • Logos must be submitted on paper no larger than 8 1/2″ x 11″

  • Entries are due Friday, March 6.

Submissions are due by Friday, March 6 and can be turned in by dropping them off at either the front desk at Hilltop or Stearns.  The logo contest winner will be announced shortly after the deadline.

Watch for more information coming soon via The Owl and email.  Let’s get moving! Contact Events Coordinator Rebecca Roberts at rebeccar@intlschool.org for questions or more information on this event.


School Calendar 2020-21

Below are the main dates for the 2020-21 school year. The whole calendar will be available in April:

  • Class Visits – Monday, August 31
  • First Day of School – Tuesday, September 1
  • November Break – Tuesday, November 24 – Friday, November 27
  • Winter Break – Monday, December 21 – Friday, January 1
  • First Day of Class 2021 – Monday, January 4
  • Spring Break – Monday, March 22 – Friday, March 26
  • Last Day of School – Wednesday, June 16

Upcoming Events

TUESDAY, FEB 25

Keepin’ It Clean Walk – KINDER AND 1ST GRADES. Join TIS parents as we walk the perimeter of the school picking up trash, removing graffiti, cutting back invasive plants.  Trash bags, pickers, gloves, graffiti removal supplies provided. Adults only. 2:00 – 3:00pm, Learners’ Hall Front Entrance.

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THURSDAY, FEB 27

Parent Network Annual Meeting/Chat with Alumni Night. Come socialize with fellow parents and meet members of the 2019-2020 Parent Network Steering Committee. Then join the Parent Network in welcoming a special Alumni Panel!  TIS alumni will join us to talk about the impact that a TIS education had on their lives. Refreshments will be provided. Interested in coming? The goal for this meeting is to be both informative and fun! Please RSVP by sending a quick email to parentnetwork@intlschool.org with your name and and how many will be attending. 6:00-8:00pm, Learners’ Hall.

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FRIDAY, FEB 28

Grading Day. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Global Kids Alternative Day Open.

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SATURDAY, FEB 29

OBOB Regional Tournament. TIS is hosting the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) regional tournament again this year!  The winning team from the TIS tournament will compete against teams from 20 other schools in Learners’ Hall. 9am-3pm, Learners Hall
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MONDAY, MARCH 2

Sibling Apps DUE. If you have a child starting at TIS in the 2020-21 academic year, we please submit an application. Please see post above for instructions on how to apply.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3

Moving Up to LowK Session for current PreK families. Come hear about LowK! Head of Early Childhood Maria Abad and Homeroom teachers will provide information and answer questions about your child’s education next year. 8:15-9:15am, Stearns Hall.

Hot Cocoa Social. Hey kids! We’re having hot chocolate! Bring your parents and stop by the main campus playground on after school for some tasty cocoa! Lower Playground, 3:10-4:00pm

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

Moving Up to Kindergarten Session for current LowK families. Come hear about Kindergarten! Head of Early Childhood Maria Abad and Homeroom teachers will provide information and answer questions about your child’s education next year. 8:15-9:15am,  Learners’ Hall

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5

Moving Up to 1st Grade Session for current Kinder families. Come hear about 1st Grade! Bodo Heiliger, English, and Homeroom teachers will provide information and answer questions about your child’s education next year.   8:15-9:30am,  Learners’ Hall

The Parent Network Monthly Meeting. Please join us for the monthly meeting of the TIS Parent Network. All parents are invited to attend! 8:15-9:45am, Arthur Administration Building

Spanish Track Capstone Study Abroad Trip Begins! Good luck and safe travels to our 5th Graders! We hope that you have a wonderful time!.


Student Poetry Blog

Jacob, one of our 5th Grade students, has been writing short stories and poetry about climate change and other subjects that he’s been learning about at TIS.  He would like some more people to read his blog. If you could take a moment to read it, I think you would agree writing really encapsulates a lot of the global awareness and values that we try to model here at the school.

https://oregonstories.wordpress.com/

So impressive, Jacob! Thank you for sharing!