July 5, 2022

The Owl 5/25/2022

NO SCHOOL next Friday or Monday! Key Dates for the next few weeks

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.

Please note that there will also be no school for students on Monday, June 6! This is due to our final Curriculum Alignment day of the year.


Please VOTE: ISP Summer Camp is a Finalist for Best Summer Camp!

International School of Portland of Portland Summer Camp is a FINALIST in NW Kids Magazine’s BEST summer camp contest! We have won in at least one category for the past SEVEN years.

This year we are nominated in three categories:
PLEASE click here and Vote for ISP Summer Camp in those three categories!! Vote early, vote often! 🙂

**You do NOT have to enter your name and email address in order to vote.**

Let’s keep our victory sweep going!!


Please Congratulate our new Head of Professional Learning!

After sifting through over 100 applicants from around the world and multiple interviews, we are proud to announce that our very own Kelly Rogers has been chosen to become our new Head of Professional Learning at the Spear Center for Excellence in Teaching. Our interview panel agreed that Kelly embodies exactly what we hope for in the future of the Spear Center!

Kelly shares:

“I am thrilled to be stepping into the new position of Head of Professional Learning at the International School of Portland and the Spear Center! During the last four years as PYP Coordinator at ISP, I have seen firsthand the benefits of a multicultural, inquiry-based, and language immersion education for students. I am excited to take on the task of connecting ISP to the wider, global world, to shine a light on the wonderful things happening at the school, and to facilitate continued professional growth at ISP and beyond.

As we have all experienced over the past several years, Kelly has stepped up to any challenge with positivity and determination and has been a colleague we can all rely on. Kelly sees the possibilities of ISP and the Spear Center, and we truly cannot think of a better person to take on this new role!

Please help me congratulate Kelly! She’s currently in Mexico with the Spanish track 5th Graders next week, so make sure you give her a high-five when she returns!


Spanish Track Capstone is underway!

ISP fifth graders in Spanish Track are on their Capstone Study Abroad trip this week. They are spending time in the state of Nayarit, near Puerto Vallarta. So far they have taken a cooking class, made tortillas, learned about native pottery, explored the land and culture, and more!

More updates to come!


1000 Paper Cranes Project – We did it!

PROJECT UPDATE: WE DID IT! Thank you to each and every one of you that participated in folding 1000 cranes! We folded over 1000 and will now begin the work to honor everyone’s contributions.

Thank you, Masami Sensei for leading the charge and Sarah for making sure our community is kept updated with pictures and movies! More information on what we will do with these beautiful cranes to come soon!