February 28, 2023

The Owl 2/28/23

ISP 2023-24 School Year Calendar: Key Dates

Below are the main dates for the 2023-24 school year. The whole calendar will be available in April:

Class Visits/Fall Fun Fair
Monday, August 28

First Day of School
Tuesday, August 29

November Break (for students)
Monday, November 20 – Friday, November 24

Winter Break
Monday, December 18 – Tuesday, January 2, 2024

First Day of Class 2024
Wednesday, January 3

Spring Break
Monday, March 25 – Friday, March 29

Last Day of School
Thursday, June 13


ELT Town Hall Next Week!

The ISP Educational Leadership Team (ELT) would like to invite you to its first Education Town Hall of the year. Education Town Halls allow you to pose your questions or comments about any part of the academic program of the International School of Portland. The Town Hall will be held in-person, with an option to Zoom in.

Education Town Hall
Tuesday, March 7, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Learners’ Hall

Thanks to those of you who answered the quick Town Hall Survey! This will help to shape the subject matter covered. The survey has closed; we will now sort and group your questions to identify priorities and allow the ELT to respond most effectively and efficiently during the meeting.

The ISP ELT team consists of: Bodo Heiliger, Head of School; Maria Abad, Head of Early Childhood; Jason Johnston, Head of Elementary; Paula Cano, International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator; and Erin Porter, Student Support Services Coordinator.


Global Kids SPRING BREAK Availability!

There is space available for Global Kids Spring Break Alternative Days, from March 27th-31st!

Enroll on our website today!

Please reach to Global Kids with any questions about our enrollment and our program: globalkids@intlschool.org

Parent Network Monthly Meeting Tomorrow

The ISP Parent Network’s mission is to strengthen, enhance and encourage the educational and community environment at the International School of Portland. It serves to identify and organize volunteer support at ISP. Just as importantly, it aims to strengthen relationships, communication, and collaboration between parents, faculty, and administrators.

Join us tomorrow to learn more about Parent Network happenings and how to get more involved now or in the future. If you are a current parent at the school, you are already a member of the Parent Network! 🙂

Parent Network Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 8:30am
ISP Arthur Administration Building
122 S Arthur Ave (just up the street from the main campus)

We hope to see you there!


Moving for Music and Art Logo Contest

Our Moving for Music and Art logo contest officially starts now!

We want our students to get their creative juices flowing and help us design the 2023 Moving for Music and Arts logo that will be featured on posters and other event elements. This is our fourth year of this fun and creative tradition!

Logo contest entry requirements:
-Logos must be no more than 2 colors (in addition to black and white)
-Logos must highlight elements from both art and music
-Logos must be submitted on paper no larger than 8 ½” by 11”
-Entries are due no later than March 8, 2023

Submissions are due by Wednesday, March 8 and can be turned in by dropping them off with the student’s homeroom teacher. The logo contest winner will be announced on March 20.

What is Moving for Music and Art?

Moving for Music and Art is ISP’s annual fun run! It will take place on April 26 and 27 this year. All funds raised from this popular event will benefit our music and art classes at the International School of Portland by fulfilling their budget and providing them with funds to purchase materials and support their programming.

Watch for more information coming soon via The Owl and email. Let’s get moving! Contact Events Coordinator Allegra Lopez for questions or more information on this year’s event.

Green Corner: New Campus Plantings Coming

Thanks to your amazing generosity, we raised $104,000 in this year’s Global Gala Special Appeal! This year’s Special Appeal is dedicated to creating Joyful and Playful spaces at ISP. We are putting some of those funds to use right away by doing plantings in key high visibility and traffic areas on campus.

We worked with a Master Gardener to develop a planting plan for areas along Sherman Street, Water Street, and above the Kindergarten Modular.

These plantings are all natives, and are tailored to the soil, sun and foot traffic of their locations. They are meant to be visually appealing while also improving air quality! We will send before and after pictures when complete.

This is just one of many activities that we will be undertaking to make our campus green, beautiful, and engaging.

THANK YOU to all who contributed to the Special Appeal!