April 2, 2024

The Owl 4/2/24

ISP 2024-25 School Year Calendar

Hello, families! Below are the “no school” and other key dates for the 2024-25 school year. The official Calendar feed will be updated shortly.

Class Visits/Fall Fun Fair
Monday, August 26

First Day of School
Tuesday, August 27

Labor Day – School Closed
Monday, September 2nd

Curriculum Night (virtual)
Wednesday, September 25

Faculty Inservice Day (No School for students)
Friday, October 18

Parent Teacher Conference Day (No School for students)
Friday, November 1

Veteran’s Day (observed) – School Closed
Monday, November 11

November Break (for students)
Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29

Winter Break
Monday, December 23 – Monday, January 6, 2025

First Day of Class 2025
Tuesday, January 7, 2025

Martin Luther King, Jr Day – School Closed
Monday, January 20

ISP Global Gala
Saturday, February 1

International Festival (tentative)
Friday, February 7

President’s Day – School Closed
Monday, February 17

Parent Teacher Conference Day (No School for students)
Friday, February 28

Spring Break
Monday, March 24 – Friday, March 28

Faculty Inservice Day (No School for students)
Friday, April 11

Student-Led Conference Day (No School for students)
Friday, May 9

Grading Day
Friday, May 23

Memorial Day – School Closed
Monday, May 26

Curriculum Alignment Day (No School for students)
Monday, June 2

Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 11


NEW DATE: Celebrating ISP’s Investment in Downtown!

We have rescheduled our International School of Portland party to celebrate our recent expansion of our footprint in downtown Portland with the acquisition of a half-acre parcel on S. Water Avenue. The ice storm created some challenges, but we would love to welcome you to celebrate with us! The weather certainly will be a bit nicer!

Playground Property Celebration:
When: Friday, April 12 @ 3:45 pm
Where: Lower Playground, ISP


Harmony School Visits ISP!

We have visitors next week! We are thrilled to welcome students from Harmony School from Saltillo, Mexico. Yes, this is the same exact school – and same students – that our Spanish track 5th graders just visited on their Capstone Study Abroad trip! The Harmony school staff and students have hosted us for the past two years, and we now have our first opportunity to host them!

Harmony Students will be on the ISP campus and in class from April 8 – 12, and doing homestays with our 5th grade Spanish track families in the evenings. More information to come. We are so excited to have them!


Save the Date: Earth Day at ISP!

You’re invited: Earth Day on ISP Campus! On Saturday, April 19 from 9-12, we’d love to have you join us on campus for a variety of activities including fun activities like:
bioswale planting * cargo bike demos * native plant sale * butterfly garden planting * pollinator and mason bee info * SOLVE clean up * bike bus! * take a book leave a book * and MORE!

Come check out all of the details on our Earth Day page here!


Your help is needed to help make the day a success!

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the ISP Green Team at green@intlschool.org


Moving for Music and Art logo contest

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

Welcome to Moving for Music and Art! Our annual fun run will take place this year on May 29 and 30. All proceeds from this popular event benefit our music and art classes at the International School of Portland.

Join our MMA logo contest! We are asking our students to get their creative juices flowing and design the 2024 Moving for Music and Arts logo that will be featured on posters and other event elements. 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”

Submissions are due by Friday, April 12 and can be turned in by dropping them off with the student’s homeroom teacher. The logo contest winner will be announced on April 28.

Watch for more information coming soon via The Owl and email. Let’s get moving! Contact Alumni and Community Engagement Manager Deborah Marion at DeborahM@intlschool.org for questions or more information on this year’s event.


Reminder: No Pets on Campus

In what will be sad news for many, dogs are not allowed on campus. We are required by the Oregon Early Learning Division to keep students away from unknown animals.

This is also for the safety of both our students and your precious pooch.

Thank you for your cooperation!


Strawberry Plants Requested

It’s garden time! Several of our students have requested strawberry plants. If you happen to have any runners from your own crop, please consider sharing with us!
Donations can be brought to the Hilltop front desk. To clarify, this ask is for spare strawberry runners – please don’t feel the need to buy any. 🙂

Priscilla Lane-Kappes, ISP Garden Leader