March 10, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 3/9/20

NEW Global Kids Alternative Day – March 20

In light of rapidly changing information and recommendations from federal and state health authorities, we will proceed with our recently announced Remote-Learning Professional  Development Day on Friday, March 20. School will be closed to students on that day. Please refer to Robert’s March 6 letter for more information.

NEW Global Kids Alternative Day has been added on Friday, March 20
Time: 8:00am-3:30pm Full Day Block
How to Enroll: Enrollment is open in CampSite

Dismissal Change: Starting Monday March 9, Sign-out & Dismissal are from the Lower Playground starting at: 5:00pm
3rd Party Classes 5:15pm Global Kids Block 1

  • If you arrive early for pick-up (between 3:30 and 5:15pm for Global Kids) please report to the front desk at Stearns Hall first before picking up your child from the class.
  • If you arrive early for 3rd Party Class pickup, you may proceed directly to their assigned Hilltop classroom for sign-out and pick-up.

Thank you for your understanding during this quickly evolving situation.

March Learner Profile Trait: Communicator

The ten International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits are school values, and are means by which to support healthy social and emotional development.   Our faculty focuses upon one of them each month as means. We will be sharing a description of each trait with families in The Owl, as well as tips for how to model and support these traits at home. 

For March, faculty are be focusing on “Communicator.”

DESCRIPTOR: Communicators understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. IB students regularly deliver stimulating presentations and drive excellence in group assignments. We share our ideas!


  • Encourage your child to stay in touch with relatives and friends who live in other states or countries by writing letters. using the phone, or sending email.
  • When working on mathematics homework, encourage your child to explain their answer to your orally or by drawing a picture.
  • Work with your child to improve their listening skills. Being a good listener is an important part of communicating with others.


Early Childhood:
Mice Squeak, We Speak by Tomie dePaola
Pups Speak Up by Maxine Meltzer
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr Suess
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
Voices are Not For Yelling by 
Elizabeth Verdick

Tease Monster by Julia Cook
The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
Clic, Clac, Muu by Doreen Cronin
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Archie and Bear by Zanni Louise
Telephone by Mac Barnnet
Don’t Forget the Bacon by Pat Hutchins
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow

New LinkedIn page for The International School

It’s aliiiiive! After many years of inaction, we have completely relaunched our school LinkedIn page! It was desperately needed due to mixup with the city which resulted in dozens of erroneous jobs being posted to our page. We finally decided to start anew.

Follow us here: 

TIS Summer Camp – spots going fast!

Don’t miss your chance to join the fun this summer at TIS! If you’re interested in TIS Summer Camp, sign up soon – many of our groups are filling up fast! And due to popular demand we opened additional sections of Spanish Green (Advanced, 2nd-5th) and Spanish Purple (intermediate, K-1st) from all three Sessions. Wow!

2020 Summer Camp Dates:

  • Session 1: June 22 – July 2

  • Session 2: July 6 – July 17

  • Session 3: July 20 – July 31

Summer Camp is the perfect time to explore a new language and culture. Every camp offers children the opportunity to build language skills through fun hands-on activities, science experiments, songs, games, outdoor fun and so much more. Learn more at

Global Kids Open in August! Sign-up Now!

Have you heard the news? Global Kids will be open for two weeks of Summer Fun in August! For only $290/week it’s a deal not to be missed! Sign-up today via CampSite

Global Kids Summer Fun*:

  • Week 1 – August 3 – 7

  • Week 2 – August 10 – 14 

*Summer Fun Weeks are ONLY open to currently enrolled TIS students entering grades PreK-5th in Fall 2020. Learn more by visiting

TIS Community Service Day at the Children’s Healing Art Project

Friday, April 10
10am – 12pm
8065 Southeast Grand Avenue, Portland  

Join TS friends for a morning of community service at the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP).  Volunteers must RSVP as space is limited.  All TIS students are welcome (there is no age minimum) and must be accompanied by an adult chaperone/volunteer (this is not a drop off activity).

Click here to RSVP.

Please contact Rebecca Roberts at with any questions.

Please note that TIS, along with CHAP, are monitoring the current coronavirus situation and are keeping the community’s safety in mind.  Should we need to cancel this event, those who have RVSP’d will be contacted directly.

TIS hosts Regional OBOB Tournament!

TIS hosted the regional Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) regional tournament on February 29th. The event was a huge success, which included 21 competitor teams from around the area.  Congratulations to the Access Academy at Vestal who took 1st place!

The TIS “Book Slugs,” our school winners, did an amazing job. Though they didn’t win, they made it to just before the Elite * and stayed through to the end to watch the final battle. So many volunteers chipped in to make the event a success with lots of outside visitors. Doug and Frey Stearns even came for some of the day to see the TIS team in action! Special thanks to Beth Katona and Betzy Cruz for leading all of the TIS OBOB efforts, including organizing the school and the regional competitions.

It isn’t too late to starting thinking about next year!!
The 2020-21 OBOB Book Titles have been released…check them out here:



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 – 9:15am, Learners’ Hall Front Entrance.



Global Kids Staff Development Day. NO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES. Global Kids will be CLOSED Friday afternoon. Regular School Day is in session.



Student Re-Enrollment Contracts Due for the 2020-21 School Year. Please go to and log in.  On the left hand menu, click on “Enroll/Re-enroll” and follow the step-by-step instructions.  On the final page, you will need to read the enrollment agreement and click the “I agree” button.  Once you have clicked that, you can “print/view completed contract.” Once you have clicked that, you can print out the tuition contract.  Please sign and return to them to the school along with a $300 deposit.



Chat with Alumni Night for Prospective Families Do you know any families who are interested in TIS? Send them to our Chat with Alumni Night! Recent Alumni will answer questions about their TIS experience and beyond. More info here.



Professional Development Day – Remote Learning.  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Global Kids Alternative Day Open 8-3:30pm



Spring Break! Enjoy your time off. See you in April!

Photo by Tomoyo Wells