May 13, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 4/20/20

The Owl is Back!

Hello, families!  

As you may have noticed, we haven’t had an issue of The Owl in a while. This is because The Owl has been primarily oriented towards sharing information about on-campus events and activities. Until we are together again, The Owl will come out more sporadically, and highlight family and student resources as well as virtual events.

We hope that you are all staying healthy and well.

Education Town Hall

ELT Education Town Halls allow you to pose your questions or comments about any part of the academic program of The International School. We make them virtual so you can join from home or office. we will be discussing any questions you might have regarding our academic program, both currently and for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. 

The TIS Education Leadership Team (ELT) consists of: Robert Woods, Head of School; Maria Abad, Head of Early Childhood; Bodo Heiliger, Head of Elementary; Kelly Rogers, International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator; and TimiSue Abbott, Student Support Services Coordinator. 

Please take the following survey to indicate your top priority questions. A quick registration is also required; please so do here.

April 28, 2020

Family Learning Resources

Are you looking for additional online resources to support your child’s learning? Check out our searchable database of resources, right on the TIS Continuous Learning website! Search by track language, grade level, or subject.

All of these are FREE for TIS families! 

5th Grade Exhibition

Fifth graders at The International School work hard to prepare for the IB Exhibition, the culminating event for PYP students. It is a special, year-long Unit of Inquiry designed and executed by the students themselves. Children write lines of inquiry, gather data, conduct investigations, take action, and present this experience in a public forum. This year was no different. 

In past years, students have presented their work in person for audiences of parents, teachers, visitors and fellow students. This year, they will be presenting on a virtual platform. Please mark your calendars for these special Exhibition events!

  1. Friday, April 24: 2nd-5th Grade Assembly We will share about the exhibition and get the kids excited to visit

  2. Friday, May 1: The special project for 2nd-5th grade students will be to take action to help the 5th graders celebrate their exhibition. Links will be shared so that students can visit the different displays.

  3. Friday, May 1: Open question and answer times so that students, teachers, and families can engage directly with the different groups. These will be hosted in the teachers’ virtual classrooms.

    More info and links to follow!

Speech and Language Screenings Update

Optional Speech and Language Screenings were scheduled to have taken place at The International School in March. Due to the school closure, they did not happen. 

All checks that have been submitted are currently locked in a secure location at school and have not been deposited.  All checks will be destroyed upon return to campus. If you had signed your child up for a screening, please cancel those checks if possible. They had been made out to DBJ SLP Services. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Community Facebook Page & Social Media 

If you are on Facebook, please be sure to join our private community group, TISTogether: . This enables members to share info and ideas with fellow current parents, teachers, and staff. It has 119 members and growing! 

Want more fun content? Join our public TIS pages!

Instagram: @intl_school
Twitter: @intlschool

Community Assistance Suggestions

Many of you have asked about ways to help our school and Portland-area neighbors.  Here are some suggested resources that offer assistance in the midst of these challenging times. At least one if not more TIS community members participates with these groups and fundraisers:

Please note that the recommendations, ideas and potential organizations to support are made at the suggestion of our community and not necessarily endorsed by the school. 

Reading and Writing Tutoring 

As a TIS parent of two children with dyslexia, I understand the power of the Barton reading and spelling system.  It is an Orton-Gillingham influenced, multisensory, systematic and explicit phonics program.  

Approximately 1 in 5 individuals are dyslexic, and sometimes the reading disability goes undiagnosed because many are highly intelligent and are considered twice gifted.  If your child is struggling in English and has had difficulty achieving success with other reading programs, please consider contacting me. 

I am an online Barton tutor, and I provide intervention for struggling readers and spellers.  I follow the Barton program with fidelity, incorporate games to engage the students, and have tutored my own children as well as several others from my local public elementary school. 

Individuals with learning differences can achieve success.  Let me help open the door, bridge the gap, and create new neuropathways to success.  For more information, please contact Margaret Wu at (971) 221-9398 or email: or find me on Facebook at Reading with Margaret.