November 28, 2023

The Owl 11/28/23

ISP Japanese Capstone Study Abroad Trip Update: They’re Back!

After finishing up school and homestay in Hachinohe, our Japanese Capstone Study Abroad students set off to experience additional areas of the country for the following week. They explored other parts of Aomori Prefecture before going up to Hokkaido and then culminating their trip down in Tokyo. Their travels ran the gamut in terms of experiencing different types of transportation in Japan—between planes, bullet trains, monorails, and boats, our travelers racked up some mileage! They visited museums and cultural centers, natural and scenic areas, historical sites, and more, all while practicing linguistic and cultural fluency.

Our Capstone students are back in school this week, and visibly standing a bit prouder and taller. The experience is truly a life-changing one. We are enjoying hearing about all of their adventures!


One Question Survey Coming this Week

This week, you will be getting an email from Maria or Jason that asks for your participation in a very short survey. It is a simple one-question survey per student in your family. It’s a simple way for you to let us know what we are doing well and where we can improve. The feedback from this survey helps us to shape our activities and priorities, both school-wide and in specific areas.

It will take no more than a few moments of your time. The more people that participate, the more actionable and valuable the feedback will be to the school.

*We would like EVERY parent in a household to complete it.*

Please look out for this survey in your emails!


Our Early Childhood Book Fair is Next Week!

It is time for our annual EC book fair! December 4-8 (Monday-Friday)

What better way to celebrate the coming chilly winter months than by nestling together as a family with a pile of good books? Come visit the Scholastic Book Fair and stock up on some good books for the winter! There will be a variety of books in English and Spanish.

Inside the ISP Library
Hours are from 2:50 to 3:45 except on Wednesday 1:45-2:45
Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, credit card and eWallet.
The profits are used to buy books for the library and classroom literature sets.

If you aren’t able to come to our in-person fair, our Online Book Fair runs December 4-17. You will find a great selection of books along with free shipping on book orders over $25! Visit our Book Fair from the link here:


Step Forward and Buy Your ISP Global Gala Tickets Now!

We are so excited to invite you all to our 2024 Global Gala: Footsteps to the Future! Our community is eager to connect with one another, celebrate all we have accomplished, and support the bright future ahead. You can buy your tickets now on our auction website!

ISP Global Gala: Footsteps to the Future
January 27, 2024
The Loft on 8th

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still purchase from our wall of wine and bid in our online Silent Auction that features fabulous student artwork!


Parent Network Monthly Meeting this Friday

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 morning 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
Friday, December 1st, 8:15am
ISP Arthur Administration Building
122 S Arthur Ave (just up the street from the main campus)

We look forward to getting to know you better!


Japanese Sing & Play / Trial Class for Prospective Families this Weekend

Hello, families! Do you know anyone who may be interested in learning more about ISP or the Japanese Track for their child? We are hosting a Sing & Play this weekend! Please help spread the word!

A Sing & Play is a free, 30-minute trial class for children ages 2 to 5, together with a parent/guardian or caregiver. Some of our Japanese track Preschool or Kindergarten teachers will lead participants in Japanese songs and games to give you a sense of what immersion would be like for your child. The class will be followed by some fun outdoor time on our natural playground. You do not need to know Japanese to attend!

If you know of families who may be interested, please share this information with them!

Saturday, December 2nd,
9am – 10:30am
2305 S Water Ave, Portland

Snacks will be provided!

Yes, we will be hosting Trial Classes for all three language tracks in the Spring. 🙂


Opportunity to Host a Japanese University Student

The International Student Program at Mt. Hood Community College is working with Ryukoku University in Tokyo, Japan to organize an annual exchange for their students. We are currently recruiting potential homestay families.

The students will be in Oregon Feb 10 – March 3, 2024, and will participate in activities at the college during weekdays and spend evenings and weekends with their homestay family exchanging culture and participating in everyday activities.
Hosts receive $550 to offset the costs
Students will receive a Hop card for transportation to and from campus.
Any questions or interest can be emailed to me or folks can submit a quick interest form here.

Thanks for your help and have a lovely day!

Janine Shockley
Manager of Student Services Hub and Onboarding, DSO
Mt. Hood Community College