September 21, 2022

The Owl 9/21/22

Curriculum Night is TONIGHT!

All parents are encouraged to attend ISP Curriculum Night, 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.

This year will be virtual. Homeroom and English teachers will host their session in their individual “Zoom Rooms.” Art, Music, and PE Specialists will also be sending out videos.

WHAT: ISP Curriculum Night
WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 5-7pm


Welcome (all Grades)

5:20 – 5:50:
PreK – K: Homeroom
Grades 1, 4, and 5: English
Grades 2,3: Specialist Videos (will be emailed)

PreK, LowK: Specialist Videos (will be emailed)
Grades 1, 2 & Japanese 3: Homeroom
Grade 3: English
Grades 4 & 5: Specialist Videos (will be emailed)

Grade 1: Specialist Videos (will be emailed)
Grade 2: English
Grades 3, 4, & 5: Homeroom


ISP Spirit Week is Next Week!

We are excited to kick off our new school year with our 7th 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!

Spirit Week (Sept 26 – 30th)
Monday: Fancy Day! Get dressed like you are going out to a special party! (Pssst – It’s also School Picture Day!)
Tuesday: Sporty Day! Dress up as in your favorite sports gear or favorite team jerseys and paraphernalia
Wednesday: Wacky Day! Wear a silly hat, or scramble up those clothes! Let’s see some Troll hair!
Thursday: Beach Day! Bring your beach attitude with beach hats, sunglasses, sunscreen on the nose – you name it!
Friday: School Spirit Day! Show off your ISP pride with your school t shirt or other gear! Make some wings and dress like Owly the mascot!


Picture Day is next Monday!

Picture Day is this Monday, September 26th (it’s also “Fancy Day” for ISP Spirit Week)!

Order forms should have gone home with your child. Please check backpacks! Pre-orders for picture packages may also be placed online by visiting and searching for “International School of Portland.” Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day. For order accuracy, please return your completed envelope on picture day for all payment types.

You are not required to purchase a photo package. However, we will be photographing every student for internal record-keeping purposes.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY: Tuesday, November 15th. If your child is absent on September 26th due to the observance of Rosh Hashanah, please plan on having your child’s photo being taken on November 15th. We will send a reminder to all families whose students did not attend on Sept 26.

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


Hispanic Heritage Month

ISP is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th through October 15th. Dating back to 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month honors contributions by people of Hispanic identity. AT ISP, we’re excited to celebrate the diverse cultures and countries within our Spanish Track and school community at large!

On Friday, October 7, the ISP Parent Network, in coordination with several of our Spanish track teachers, will be hosting a special Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! The event will be held during the school day so that all students can enjoy the festivities, and will involve music, snacks, and other activities. More information will be coming shortly, including opportunities for parents to volunteer!


Flu Vaccine Opportunity for ISP Parents

ISP is hosting a flu vaccine clinic, and parents/guardians are invited to get one as well! The clinic Friday, October 21st from 8:30 – 11:30am. This is also Parent / Teacher Conference Day.*

The clinic accepts the following insurance:
– Pacific Source
– Regence
– Providence
– Oregon Health Plan (OHP)
– Medicare: Only if Primary Insurance. (If they have a Medicare supplemental plan it must be one of the listed companies.)

Without insurance, the cost is $38.00

*Parent Teacher Conference Day is being offered in person and via Zoom.


Grandparents at ISP

There are many ways for grandparents to be engaged in their students’ education here at the International School of Portland! Grandparents play a vital role in our community as loving supporters of our students and their education.

Grandparents are invited to participate as volunteers at ISP and we host a special Grandparent Tea in May. We have a special web page just for our grandparents ( as well as an email newsletter, The Globe, where we share exciting news about ISP.

If you would like your students’ grandparents to receive special ISP event invitations and receive The Globe, our email newsletter just for grandparents, fill out this form and we will make sure to add them to our mailing list.


Is Your Spouse or Partner not Getting Schoolwide Emails?

Is your spouse or partner not receiving The Owl, or community emails from Bodo Heiliger or other admins? Please have them check their spam!

We want to make sure that you aren’t missing any important communications from us. Please have your spouse/partner check their “spam” email folder for emails from:

If you see them in there, please click “not spam” to move them to your inbox.
In additon, please add the above email addresses to your contact list or your safe sender list (whitelist) to further prevent them from going to your spam or junk inboxes.

Gmail Users:
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Thank you!