July 5, 2022

The Owl 5/18/2022

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL next Friday! NEW Spring Break Dates for 2023!

Reminder: There is NO SCHOOL next Friday, May 27th or Monday, May 30th! This is due to a Grading Day and Memorial Day, respectively.

Due to the long weekend, we will be distributing COVID-19 test kits on Thursday, May 26th, with a return on Tuesday, May 31st.

IMPORTANT! Revised Spring Break Dates for 2023!! Portland Public Schools recently released their school year calendar, and they have moved their Spring Break back a week from when it traditionally has been. We try to align ourselves with the PPS calendar as much as possible due to families with students at both schools.

Please refer below to the following 2022-23 dates:

Class Visits
Monday, August 29
First Day of School
Tuesday, August 30
November Break
Monday, November 21 – Friday, November 25
Winter Break
Monday, December 19 – Tuesday, January 3
First Day of Class 2023
Wednesday, January 4
Spring Break
Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31
Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 15, 2023

1000 Paper Cranes Project – We are SO close!

PROJECT UPDATE: Our community has been hard at work, and we’ve almost reached 1,000 origami cranes! Masami Sensei’s 2nd/3rd grade class has been leading the charge, not only folding hundreds of cranes themselves but sharing Sadako’s story and the symbolism of the crane project around campus. We love seeing such thoughtful and action-oriented learners!

We’re SO close—help us reach our goal! Origami paper and directions are available at Hilltop and Stearns Hall front desks. When you are done folding your cranes, please leave them at the desks OR bring them to Masami Sensei’s classroom. Once we have 1,000, we will display them on campus for all to appreciate!

As members of the ISP community, we want to honor Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, support efforts against anti-Asian hate, and ultimately come together as a community in support of peace and thoughtful action-taking in these challenging times. We wish to extend our love to our greater communities, from local to global communities, for a better world.


What is “One Thousand Cranes”? “One Thousand Cranes” is a Japanese tradition where people fold one thousand origami cranes as a way to express empathy and wishes for strength and health, as cranes are believed to be the symbols of good luck and longevity.

A young girl named Sadako Sasaki, who developed leukemia after being exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, was familiar with the tradition. Sadako believed in the legend and folded origami cranes in hopes of getting well. After her death, her friends and family completed the remaining cranes to make a thousand. Thanks to their continued collective effort, the story of Sadako spread around the world, and she is now known as a global symbol of peace.

ISP Talent Show is BACK on Campus!

The much beloved, officially unofficial ISP Annual Talent Show is coming back to campus – get those auditions ready!

We’re calling for Talent that Shows your hard work. Music / Comedy / Dance / Poetry / Magic / Theatre / Quirky Skills (Speedy cup-stacking?) Sorry, Lip Syncers, this show’s not for you!

The show(s) will be Friday, June 10 after school at the Lower Playground

Open to students in grades K-5

Video auditions due by 11:59pm on May 30


ISP Spirit Store!

The ISP Spirit store features high quality items with our adorable new owl logo! You can order online and the items will be shipped directly to your home. Check out our super hip student models!

Click here to visit the store! https://intlschool.org/shop/


PSU Center for Japanese Studies Presents Kabuki in English

PSU Center for Japanese Studies Presents:

The return of student performed Mainstage Kabuki in English

The Sardine Sellers Net of Love
May 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2022 in Lincoln Performance Hall.
See the event website: https://sites.google.com/pdx.edu/kabuki2022/home
Get tickets