October 25, 2021

The Owl 10/12

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up!

All Homeroom, English, Art, Music, & PE teachers will have conferences on Friday, October 22nd.
English Specialists (Grades 1-5) will have additional conference options on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct 19.
Art, Music, and PE Specialists will also hold conferences.

PLEASE NOTE: This year due to COVID-19 protocols, your student is on a rotating art, music, and PE specialist schedule. This means that thus far, Elementary students have met with 1 Specialist, and Early Childhood have met with 2. Please ask your Elementary child who their specialist has been this year if you do not know it.

All conferences will be held via Zoom.

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on Parent Teacher Conference Days. Global Kids is available for sign ups on October 22, pending availability.

Middle School Info Night TOMORROW!

Middle School Information Night is back – virtually!

Virtual Middle School Info Night
Presented by the ISP Parent Network
Wednesday, October 13

In order to increase spread/attendance in the all of the sessions, we are encouraging families to learn more about schools/programs that may not be “top of mind” for you. If you’ve already toured a school or are registered to attend a school open house, we suggest that you visit another school/program’s room. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover! 🙂
Please make sure that you have the most updated version of Zoom installed so that you can choose which breakout room you want to enter.
Students are welcome to attend.
Each school will present for twenty minutes on a rotational basis, followed by question and answer periods.

Presenting Schools:

Catlin Gabel
Gilkey Middle School (FAIS)
Northwest Academy
Oregon Episcopal School
Portland Jewish Academy
PPS Office of Dual Language Immersion

This event will be held only once every two years, so all interested families from 3rd – 5th grade are encouraged to attend!

Fall Costume Parade – October 29th!

It’s going to happen!

Our much-beloved annual Fall Costume Parade will be held on Friday, October 29.

We will be blocking South Water Street to allow space for the students to walk around and see each other while keeping social distance and separate cohorts.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions parents will NOT be allowed to come watch this year. We will be taking photos, and the event will also be streamed live in our private community Facebook group!

Please Welcome our new Spanish Teaching Intern!

Please welcome our new Spanish teaching intern, Diego Martinez Vinuela! Diego comes to us courtesy of the Spanish Ministry of Education and the International Spanish Academy. It has been wonderful for ISP to have interns through this program, and we are excited to have Diego after a hiatus last school year.

Diego says:

Hi Everyone. My name is Diego and I’m 29 years old. I live in the north of Spain, in a small but historically important city called Leon. I am an English teacher in Spain, and it is my first time in the United States. I am very happy and excited to be here and look forward to helping out in any way possible. I love teaching and interacting with people from countries other than my own, so this is like a dream come true to me.

I’ve been to England and Ireland several times but this is my first time “cruzando el charco” (across the pond) as we say here. I am so glad that I have been considered in the United States to teach Spanish. Not only will I be helping children improve their Spanish skills but I’m also happy myself since I will be integrated with native English speakers. Plus, getting to know a different culture is something I’ve always been passionate about.

I specialized in intercultural issues, so having the chance to put all this knowledge into practice is a challenge I’ve been looking to face for so long. I consider myself an open-minded person, willing to learn and teach, as I believe that this is what life is all about. I have much to contribute and much to gain from this experience, for which I am very grateful.

Bienvenidos, Diego!