November 3, 2021

The Owl 11/2/21

REMINDER: No School Next Thursday! Fall Break Dates

Just a reminder that school will be CLOSED next Thursday, November 11, due to Veterans’ Day.

There is also no school for students on November 22-26 due to Fall Break. Global Kids will be open from November 22-23 pending availability. Please plan accordingly!

Welcome, Katie and Katy!

We have two new Kat(ies) joining our administrative team this month!

We are pleased to introduce Katie Dart, our new Director of Development! Katie has many years of experience working in fundraising in higher education institutions, including the National University of Natural Medicine and Penn State University. She graduated from the Honors Program of the University of Portland, where she majored in Sociology and German.

Here is a note from Katie:
After beginning my career in university advancement, I couldn’t be more excited to join the ISP team. I am a strong believer in the power of engaged, well-informed global citizens and it is my honor to support such an important cause! My career has taken me from Portland to central Pennsylvania to Tacoma, Washington and back, and I am delighted to return to my adopted hometown.

Outside of work, I’m a homebody and spend most of my time playing with my busy toddler and two active dogs, Mulder and Scully (the treat is out there!).

Katie is really excited to dive in and get to work to enhance and expand upon the efforts of the International School of Portland!


Katie McInally is our new Manager of Global Kids! Katy has had many years of experience with children’s extracurricular programming, childcare, and wellness. Most recently, she was with the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services. Concurrently, she has run her own Yoga Movement, and Kindness program for adolescents since 2013. She also taught and development programming for Kindercare, Imagination Yoga, and the Nike Child Development Program.

Here is a note from Katy:
I am excited to be at the International School of Portland to not only expand my community in Portland, but around the world. I love being around the energy of young children, and educators, and feel inspired by the expanding knowledge and creativity of each day.

Outside of school I like camping, hiking, mountain climbing (kind of—if you have climbed a mountain, you know!) and paddling with my dragon boat team.

Welcome, Katy!

Photo Retake Day: November 8th. Last chance to sign up!

If you ordered photo packages for your child, please look for them in backpacks this week!

School Picture Retake Day will be Monday, November 8.

If you would like retakes for your child, simply fill out the form below and we will schedule a time for them. Please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 2 [see email for link].

IMPORTANT: Please have your student bring back their original photo package, and Dorian will print the same package with the retake day image.


If your child was absent on the actual day, they will get the opportunity to have their photo taken that day as well.

​​You have the ability to order pictures online by visiting and searching for “the International School of Portland.” Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.

After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

Safe Rest Village – Please Complete the Survey!

Dear families,

Last Friday, Head of School Bodo Heiliger sent out an update that included information about the city’s planned Safe Rest Village site on SW Naito Parkway and our current related activities.

As we go through this process, we would like your perspective on the Safe Rest Village project, so that we can accurately reflect our community’s questions, concerns, and areas of opportunity. After reviewing the information provided, please respond to the quick survey linked at the bottom of the letter.

Thank you very much for your time!

Seeking Library Volunteers!

It’s so wonderful to see ISP students checking out so many books! We need more helping hands in the library! Come see our amazing new library space and enjoy new additions to our collection while you help the library staff keep books on the shelves and in order. The following weekly shifts are still available!

Children are welcome to accompany adult volunteers for afternoon shifts ONLY.

[For more details, see 11/2 Owl email]

Education Town Hall

Education Town Halls allow you to pose your questions or comments about any part of the academic program of the International School of Portland. We make them virtual so you can join from home or office.

The ISP Education Leadership Team (ELT) consists of: Bodo Heiliger, Head of School; Maria Abad, Head of Early Childhood; Pamela Chandler, Head of Elementary; Kelly Rogers, International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator; and Heather Lenon, Student Support Services Coordinator.

A VERY quick registration is required; please so do here [see Owl email for link].

Caruthers Street Parking Reminder

Gentle reminder: Caruthers Street (the hill to the south of Learners’ Hall) is priority parking for Early Childhood families during arrival and dismissal. As children in the PreK and LowK age group cannot go through the car line, please let families park next to campus so that they can get their little ones to and from school as safely and as easily as possible!

Please do not park blocking the driveway entrance to Learners’ Hall on Caruthers.

Please do NOT park in the turnaround at the top of the hill. It makes it very challenging for other cars to navigate around the hill.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Virtual Elementary Discussions

Dear families of 1st – 5th Graders:

Please join Head of Elementary, Dr. Pamela Chandler, for a series of grade-based discussions. This will give members of the community an opportunity to come and hear about developments in the school, as well as provide an open forum to ask questions or voice concerns. These discussions are meant to be casual conversations, with the Head of Elementary, while sharing a virtual cup of coffee.

NEW! Family Technology Guide

Are you constantly befuddled by all the technology platforms that we use to manage our community operations, communicate to families, and complement our student learning? We understand!

Kelly Rogers, our PYP Coordinator, has created a great Tech guide for families that covers the basics on our most frequently used platforms. Check it out to see some helpful tips for MySchoolApp, SchoolPass, Google accounts, SchoolPass, Seesaw and More!

The guide is on a Padlet; Scroll to the right to see all of the information, and click on areas of interest!

PSU Center for Japanese Studies Presents “Truth and Its Limits: Challenges Facing Japan’s Mass Media”

The PSU Center for Japanese Studies will present the second installment in the series: “Truth and Its Limits: Challenges Facing Japan’s Mass Media”

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.

It will feature Yu Miyaji, Staff Writer for Asahi Shimbun. Learn more and register at