Grandparents &

Special Friends at the



of Portland

Welcome!  All of us at the International School of Portland value the importance of the rich and diverse relationships that our students have with their grandparents and special friends and we are excited to have you as a member of our school community.  You play a vital role in our community as loving supporters of our students and their education and we are honored to have the privilege of paving the way for your grandchild or special friend at ISP to become global citizen.

There are many ways for grandparents and special friends to be engaged in their  students’ education here at the International School of Portland! Click on the buttons below to learn more about our events, volunteer opportunities, strengthening our programs through philanthropic contributions, and more.

ISP Grandparents and Special Friends Support Our Library!

ISP welcomed over 180 grandparents, special friends and students on campus for our annual tea event on May 7, 2022.  Guests enjoyed tea, lemonade and treats, enjoyed conversations with ISP staff, used their creativity to make bookmarks for their favorite books, and toured and explored the ISP library with school librarians.  We were thrilled to be able to host our special guests on campus for this memorable event.  Don’t forget to save the date for our 2022-2023 event – May 7, 2023!

Our grandparents and special friends helped us to raise important funds for our library which will enable the school to purchase over 150 new books for our multi lingual collection – each with a special bookplate with the donor’s personalized dedication.  Thank you to the many supporters who made this possible!

Are you interested in supporting the ISP library?  Contact Rebecca Roberts at or 503-226-2496 ext. 125.

Grandparent Highlight

Mary Bakken

Prior to the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, ISP Grandparent Mary Bakken spent every weekday morning on campus serving as a volunteer in her grandson’s English Class. As a retired Kindergarten Teacher and Reading Specialist, Mary’s assistance in the English Class was a perfect fit. “I love being a part of my grandsons’ lives and education,” shared Mary.  Her grandsons are enrolled in our Spanish Track, a language Mary doesn’t speak, so this felt like a great way for her to get involved. “Even in small classes, teaching writing can be hard. I’m happy to be able to help out.”

When asked about her experience so far, Mary explained, “It’s awesome! I’m active in education again, and I get to see the different stages of the kids’ English writing development. And, it’s incredible to think these kids are learning first in another language!” Mary spent most of her career in a low-income district in the Minnesota Public School system. Many of her students were learning English as their second-language. “It’s interesting to now be assisting in a language immersion program of a different sort – I’m kind-of flipping the script!”

Mary has some advice for other grandparents looking to get involved: “Just don’t be afraid to dive in! We’re all life-long learners, and it really takes a whole support staff to help everyone reach their potential. When families get involved, it makes everyone better.”

We couldn’t agree more! Thank you, Mary, for helping our students thrive!

Interested in volunteering at ISP? Additional information on how you can participate as a ISP volunteer will be available soon by clicking the orange  Volunteer at ISP button above.   Please note that we are looking forward to welcoming guests back to campus to help in our library, garden, in classrooms and at school events once Covid safety protocols allow.  

Do you have questions?  We’re here to help you!

Beth Katona

Development Director

503-226-2496 ext. 117

Rebecca Roberts

Event and Campaign Coordinator

503-246-2496 ext. 125