March 10, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 3/2/20

Sibling Applications Due TODAY!

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 TODAY, March 3 will have sibling priority for enrollment, even in classes with waitlists. Any application submitted after March 3 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:
• 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,, x 110

Hot Cocoa Social this Afternoon!

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

Thanks to Peggy Kmiec and the TIS Parent Network for organizing this event!

“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!

Reusable Water Bottles Wanted

Dear Families and TIS Community,

In the fall, our classes read a book called A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Parks and felt inspired to take action by helping to get clean water to people in need. Access to clean drinking water is a problem not only in South Sudan, but all over the world. We’ve decided to focus our efforts on helping those in need in our local community. There is an organization in Portland called The Blanchet House that supports people who are in need of a helping hand by providing food, shelter and water to help them get back on their feet. We need water to survive and we believe that everyone deserves the right to clean water. 

One of the main characters in the book, Nya, spent her entire day, every day, fetching clean drinking water for her family. We recognize that people in our own communities have difficulty transporting clean drinking water from place to place. Reusable water bottles would be useful and something that can be easily transported to store clean drinking water. We are hoping not to use single-use plastic or paper products and keep donations eco-friendly. 

We are asking for your help by donating reusable water bottles. We will put boxes around The International School near the main entrances. Please make sure the water bottles are clean and in good condition, with no dents or broken parts. They need to have a lid and be something that you would use yourself. This donation would be really helpful to our local community in getting clean drinking water. 

World Water Day is March 22, so we will be celebrating on Friday, March 20. We will be finalizing our water bottle collection on this day as well.  

We appreciate your support in our efforts to provide our community with clean drinking water. Please stay tuned for more information on how we will be celebrating World Water Day and more ways to get involved. 


Meghan and Lauren’s Third Grade Classes


Spring Parent Track-Based Coffees

Parents of current students in ALL Grades are invited to join Bodo Heiliger and Maria Abad for some language track-based coffees this Spring. This will give members of the community an opportunity to come and hear about developments in the school, their child’s particular language track, as well as provide an open forum to ask questions or voice concerns.

  • Chinese Track: Wednesday, April 1 from 8:15-9:15
  • Japanese Track: Wednesday, May 6th from 8:15-9:15
  • Spanish Track: Wednesday, May 20th  from 8:15-9:15

All Coffees will happen in Learners’ Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there, Bodo Heiliger, and Maria Abad


Join TIS 30th Anniversary Party Planning Committee!

Are you great at planning parties? Want to meet other parents at the school (and check off your volunteer hours!)? Help TIS organize a 30th anniversary bash! We’re looking for 6 – 10 parents to join a committee to help plan and execute TIS’ 30th Anniversary Block Party to be held on Saturday September 12th. Volunteer committee members will work with staff members to plan party activities, cultural performances and organize event logistics.

To learn more, contact TIS Development Director Lauren Riegelnegg at or 503.226.2496 ext 117



Upcoming Events





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


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





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





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



Keepin’ It Clean Walk – ALL 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. 8:15 – 9:15sm, Learners’ Hall Front Entrance.



Global Kids Staff Development Day. NO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES. Global Kids will be CLOSED Friday afternoon. 



Could YOU “Be the Match?”


This is Patty.  She is a friend and neighbor of a family here at TIS.  Patty was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant.   There are 19 million people registered as potential donors, but unfortunately none are a match for Patty.    

When searching for a match, ethnicity is key.  Patty is half Korean and half Japanese and is searching for a donor that shares her Korean and Japanese ethnicity.   Could you, or someone you know, “Be the Match” for Patty?

No matter what your ethnicity, if you have an interest in joining the national donor registry, you can do so in honor of Patty by texting Hope4Patty to 61474 or by going online and visiting  

Only 30% of patients have a match within the their family leaving 70% dependent on the donor registry for a match. Please consider joining the registry.  You could save a life.

On behalf of Patty, thank you for helping us support her search.


– Angela and Eric Williams, TIS parents