February 7, 2024

The Owl 2/7/2024

International Festival Reminders – Plus COFFEE for you!

Below is some important information to help you plan your International Festival day. Check your email for seat and parking lot maps!

PCC Sylvania: 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219


Parking Passes went home in backpacks or lunchboxes TODAY. Please check backpacks! Space is limited in the venue!

• We will have two PCC parking passes for each ISP student (families of single students in separate households should get more). You will need to put that parking pass on your dashboard, or you WILL get a ticket. Each pass is good for the entire day of shows.

• Parking spots may be FAR, particularly for shows 2 & 3. Arrive early. Be prepared to walk for 10 MINUTES to get from your car to the theater. Check your email for PCC campus parking maps.

• Though you have two passes, try your best to go in one car.

School buses will bring all students performing in this show TO the theater. We CANNOT get a bus to bring kids back to school after the show. All parents are responsible for arranging pick-up for their child after the show and making sure their child gets CHECKED OUT WITH THE TEACHER before leaving.
Parents with children in this show will have a slight grace period to pick siblings up at ISP. If you can’t make it exactly by 3:30, we understand.

***NEW THIS YEAR: PRE-SHOW COFFEE! Members of our ISP Board of Trustees invite you to join them for coffee before the shows! Please join them under the tent outside the Theater.***

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on Friday, February 16th! Reminder: There is NO school for students this day!

All Homeroom, English, Art, Music, & PE teachers will have conferences on Friday, February 16th.
English Specialists (Grades 1-5) will hold conferences, but they will be invite-only and will only open to everyone for any available spots the week prior to conferences. The English teachers will reach out to you individually should they feel the need to request a conference and will open up these as well a week prior to conferences.
They will have additional conference options on a day the following week, via Zoom ONLY:
Jessie: Feb 20th
Jacob: Feb 21st
Malinda: Feb 23rd
Reeve: Feb 22nd

All conferences (except for the extra English days) will be available to be attended in-person OR via Zoom.


Head of Elementary Coffees Next Week: Monday and Tuesday!

Come chat with Head of Elementary Jason Johnston! He will discuss pertinent issues, as well as answer any parent questions.

Head of Elementary Coffee for 1st and 2nd Grade Parents
Monday, February 12th
Learners’ Hall, 3rd Floor

Head of Elementary Coffee for 3rd-5th Grade Families
Tuesday, February 13th
Learners’ Hall, 3rd Floor

We hope to see you there!


Black History Month Update

Many of you have seen the fantastic bulletin boards and displays this week throughout Stearns Hall, our Early Childhood building. They showcase many traditions, cultures, and inspirational individuals from across Africa in celebration of Black History Month and Africa Week. These beautiful displays were created by two dedicated members of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Community Committee: Mariamawit M and Michelle V. Mimi and Michelle – along with the entire Committee – have been instrumental in providing input to school leadership and ensuring that we thoroughly inquire into how artists of African descent have used diverse forms of expression to celebrate culture, preserve community memory and to inspire action.

The displays will change with each week’s focus (Africa, Africa in Latin America, African American History, Bringing it all Together) so please stop by Stearns Hall before you miss Week 1! Thank you to the entire EDI Community Committee for all you do to ensure all our community members feel seen, heard, and included.


ISP Sibling Applications Due Feb 16th

If you plan to have a child start at ISP in the 2024-25 academic year, we do need you to please submit an application. Applications received by Friday, February 16th will have sibling priority for enrollment, even in classes with waitlists. Any application submitted after February 16th will join the waitlist for any classes that have them.

**You do NOT need to submit an application for a currently enrolled student.**

You can find our application online through your MySchool App account.

Log into your MySchool App account:

  1. Click on “Resources” at the Top of the Page
  2. Scroll down the page, find the “Apply” square, and click on “Begin Application”
  3. Choose “Current Family / Sibling Application” for a discounted application fee.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

– Jan Williams, Director of Admissions, jwilliams@intlschool.org


“Moving Up” Sessions for PreK, LowK, and K Families

Current Early Childhood families – Come hear about the year ahead! Please join us for these special “Moving Up” information sessions:

Current Prek families to learn more about LowK: Tuesday, February 20th, 8:15-9:15am

Current LowK families to learn more about Kindergarten: Wednesday, February 21st, 8:15 to 9:15am

Current Kinder families to learn more about 1st Grade: Thursday, February 22nd, 8:15 to 9:30am

All sessions will be in Learners’ Hall. No rsvp is necessary. We hope to see you there!