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.

Grandparents and Special Friends Event

A Virtual Celebration of Storytelling

To our grandparents and special friends who joined us on May 16, THANK YOU!  Thank you for tuning in to our celebration of storytelling  with your ISP students.  We loved seeing your smiling faces from all across the globe.   We would also like to thank you for your enthusiastic support of the library.   With your generous support, we will be adding over 100 new books to our library!

Save the Date!  Join us on May 15, 2022 for our annual Grandparent and Special Friends event.  We are hoping to be able to gather together again in person.  Check future issues of the Globe for information or check back here on the ISP Grandparent page.

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!

Lisa Olivares

Alumni and Engagement Manager

Rebecca Roberts

Event and Campaign Coordinator

503-226-2496 ext. 116

503-226-2496 ext. 125