October 6, 2021

The Owl 9/21

Virtual Curriculum Nights This Week!

All parents are encouraged to attend ISP Curriculum Night(s), when teachers meet with parents as a group to share information about our academic program, homework and expectations for the year. Speak with homeroom and English teachers.
TUESDAY, SEPT 21st: PREK, LOWK, KINDERGARTEN, & FIFTH GRADE (plus Japanese 4th for Homeroom)
  • 5:00-5:15: Introduction by Education Leadership Team: zoom.us/my/bodotis
  • 5:20-5:50: PREK, LOWK, KINDER, 5th GRADE HOMEROOMS (& TAKA’s 4th)
  • 6:00-6:30: 5th GRADE ENGLISH
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 22nd – FIRST AND THIRD GRADES (plus Japanese 2nd for Homeroom)
  • 5:00-5:15: Introduction by Education Leadership Team: zoom.us/my/bodotis
  • 5:20-5:50: 
  • 6:00-6:30: 
  • 5:00-5:15: Introduction by Education Leadership Team: zoom.us/my/bodotis
  • 5:20-5:50: 
    • SECOND GRADE HOMEROOMS (Spanish & Chinese)
  • 6:00-6:30: 
    • FOURTH GRADE HOMEROOMS (Spanish & Chinese)

Picture Day is Next Week! Monday, September 27th

Picture Day is Monday,  September 27th! 
Picture day information and online ordering are now available by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for “International School of Portland” (yes, our old name). Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.
Online pre-orders using your school’s access key are available up to 4 days AFTER picture day.  For order accuracy, please return your completed envelope on picture day for all payment types.

Does your child not attend ISP on Mondays? Please contact us about scheduling a time to come in that day!

Spirit Week is Next Week!

We are excited to kick off our new school year with our 6th annual ISP Spirit Week!
In collaboration with the ISP Parent Network, we invite all community members to share in some fun and simple daily activities to show off our school spirit. Look around your house and grab some wacky wear to show off during class!

COVID-19: Who Should get Tested, and When?

This message is from the Oregon Health Authority:

Should my child or I get tested?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you were a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you should get tested regardless of your vaccination status. Close contact means being within six feet of someone for 15 minutes or more over the course of a day, with or without a mask or face covering.
you are getting tested because you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it’s best if you wait three days  after  you were together before taking a test. The test is less accurate if you get tested too soon. You should stay home and away from others while you wait.

If I’ve been fully vaccinated, should I still get tested?

While breakthrough cases are uncommon, fully vaccinated individuals should still get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19. If you were a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you should also get tested.
Please do not visit an emergency department for testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms. Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain responding to the current surge in COVID-19.
Test site finder:

Late Arrival / Early Pickups

If you arrive late at school, please check in with the front desks!

Check in:

  • PreK, LowK and Kinder: Front desk at Stearns Hall (grey building at bottom of hill)
  • 1st – 5th Grades: Front desk at Hilltop (yes, this includes all students in Learner’s Hall.)
For early pick up, please go to the same locations you would for late check in – that means Hilltop for Learners’ Hall students!
For both early pickup and late arrivals, please do not forget to use your SchoolPass App. Thank you.

Shichi-Go-San Tradition

Shichi Go San is a rite of passage children that is observed by practically everyone in Japan.  Parents take their BOYS aged 3 and 5, and GIRLS aged 3 and 7
to a Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple for a prayer to done for their child’s continued health and welfare.  We also pray that they can get along with their friends, do well in school, and so that they can navigate through society successfully.   Although it is not a requirement, oftentimes, children dress up in traditional clothes.
conduct Shichi-Go-San Prayers by APPOINTMENT only:

Date: By Appointment, Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2021
Time: By Appointment
Place: Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland
2025 SE Yamhill St., Portland OR 97214

Oregon State guidelines on COVID-19 will be observed. Please contact
us either by e-mail or telephone to make an appointment:

Telephone: 503-235-8292

We are asking for a Donation of $35 per applicant.

As part of the prayer, each applicant will receive an alter amulet (o-fuda),
a personal amulet (o-mamori), and some candy (chitose-ame). Please
contact us for more information.


 Here are some videos explaining the tradition:

Lan Su Chinese Garden Zoom lecture: China’s Extraordinary Cover Corridor Bridges

Lan Su Chinese Garden is hosting a Zoom lecture on  China’s Extraordinary Covered-Corridor Bridges with Dr. Ronald G. Knapp.
Date: Saturday, September 25th
 Time: 2:00 p.m. (PST)
 To register, please click HERE
 Note: There is a $10 registration fee.
China’s Extraordinary Covered-Corridor Bridges with Dr. Ronald G. Knapp
Only recently appreciated in China and essentially unknown in the rest of the world, China’s 3000+ “covered bridges” far outnumber the better-known found in North America and Europe. Called “corridor bridges” langqiao 廊桥 in Chinese rather than “covered bridges”—all having a roof and sides—those in China rival or exceed those found in the West in number, age, complexity, and architectural ambition. Archaeological evidence uncovered China’s earliest “corridor bridge” in 2001 that dates to the Han dynasty 2000 years ago—thus the oldest known covered bridge in the world. The Rulong Bridge, which can be can be visited in Qingyuan county, southern Zhejiang, was first erected in 1625. Even older langqiao with parallel log beams as the substructure have come to light in neighboring Fujian province, most notably the Zhiqing Bridge in a rural area of Jian’ou city that dates to 1490.
About the presenter
Author, editor, and contributor of more than 20 titles, Dr. Ronald G. Knapp (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1968) has been carrying out research on the cultural and historical geography of China since 1965. From 1968 to 2001, Dr. Knapp taught in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York, New Paltz where he is SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus.