February 27, 2024

The Owl 2/27/24

Walk for Owly this Sunday!

Dear ISP Community,

Every year, ISP 5th graders and their families leave a gift to the school so there is a way to remember them after they head off to middle school and beyond. This year, the students themselves have taken a lot of leadership over identifying their gift. They want ISP to have their own costume of “Owly,” the ISP mascot!

Our 5th Graders took the initiative to research costume possibilities and costs, write up a proposal, and a few student representatives even presented it to the school’s Senior Management Team (SMT)! The SMT voted unanimously to help support their mascot project.

The 5th graders are eager to take an active role in fundraising for the ISP mascot costume. First, they are hoping that you will join them in their fundraising “Walk for Owly!”

Sunday, March 3 
Meet at ISP Lower Playground
(walk together to OMSI and back)
Cupcakes and Lemonade will be available for purchase!
All proceeds go to the Owly fundraiser.


Want to donate to the students’ fundraising efforts to buy the school an Owly costume? You can contribute here: https://intlschool.org/donate-now/ **Please Choose 5th-grade class gift from the drop-down menu for “designation”**

Show your support by coming to the Walk this Sunday, making a donation, or both!

We are so proud of the students and the actions that they are taking to achieve their goal! Our target is to have Owly done before the end of the school year so that these 5th graders can see the product of their efforts.

Thank you from the 5th Grade students and their Teaching Team!


Global Kids Spring Break Availability!

There is space available for Global Kids Spring Break Alternative Days, from March 25th-29th!

Enroll on our website today!

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


IMPORTANT: Student Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders

To help ensure that the school day runs smoothly and safely for all, please note the following arrival and dismissal processes:

  • The Kinder-5th Grade Carline curbside drop off ends at 8am. If you are late, you must park and come to Hilltop building to check your child in.
  • If arriving late, please do not leave your child at the Hilltop gate or outside their classroom building unattended
  • If your student goes to their classroom without checking in, they will be sent back down to reception to check in.
  • All late arrivals should be marked in SchoolPass so that all appropriate parties are notified. Please do NOT email the teacher; they are working and do not regularly have access.
  • After 8am, no staff will be at curbside to assist. They need to go back inside and start their days teaching and supporting students! Again: Please do NOT leave your child at the Hilltop gate or outside their classroom building unattended.

If you are picking up your student before regular dismissal time, please notify the school at least TWO HOURS prior to their pick up time.* With proper notice, we can help you by making sure that your child is ready and waiting for you at either Hilltop reception or Stearns Hall (depending upon grade)! If you arrive unannounced, it is often challenging and disruptive to locate and remove your student from class activities. *Family emergencies excluded.


Black History Month Update

It is our fourth and last week of Black History Month, where we are Bringing it All Together. Our Education Leadership team and teachers continue to incorporate lessons of how artists of African descent have used diverse forms of expression to celebrate culture, preserve community memory and to inspire action.

There are some wonderful resources on the BHM Padlet that sum up what has been learned, what “A Ha” moments students experienced, and what families might also find useful at home. These resources will be available all year long so that our ISP teachers can continue incorporating these amazing change makers and artists into their lessons.

Thanks again to our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Community Committee for your input and support!

Also, be sure to check out these Black History Month book selections, curated by our ISP Librarians Amy and Tomoyo!


Bodo’s on a Podcast!

Our very own Bodo Heiliger was recently on an education podcast! Last week, he was interviewed by Andy Vasily for his “Perspectives on Pedagogy” podcast. Andy is a well-known educator who interviews some of the most inspirational educators around the world.

Bodo was totally flattered by being asked to participate. He was proud to be able to highlight ISP’s amazing team of educators and our wonderful school.

You can listen to the podcast here:


Parent Network Monthly Meeting

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 on Friday 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, March 1st, 8:15am
ISP Arthur Administration Building
122 S Arthur Ave (just up the street from the main campus)
Can’t make it in person? Zoom in!