"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Back to school Checklist

Dear families,

You should have received a postcard in the mail that provided a back-to-school checklist, which provides a number of items to help you prepare for the new school year at TIS.

Please complete all the steps by next Monday, August 21!

The checklist can also be found here: http://intlschool.org/register/

FIRST STEP: To Do (all families)

1. Go to intlschool.org/portal. On the "Verification" Tab, go through EVERY page to update:

◦                     Photo permission, medical permissions, insurance and doctors

◦                     All contact info and do-not-publish boxes (DNP) for the school directory

◦                     Emergency contacts & authorized pick-ups. We request that you name at least one emergency contact who is on the West side during the school day.

◦                     Press the "Click to confirm...." button to verify your information.

Thank you!

Welcome Back from the TIS Parent Network!

On behalf of your TIS Parent Network, we hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer break!  We're sure that great memories were made and we're equally sure that parents are looking forward to returning to a regular routine!  Let us help you make that routine extraordinary this school year for your kids and our community of parents, staff and teachers.  How does that happen?  It's simple - just be informed and involved!  Here are three easy ways to get started!

  • ATTEND! Fun Fall Fair!  Monday, August 28th 9:30a - 11:30a

The Parent Network invites you and your kids to join us on the Lower Playground for facts and fun! Parents can visit the Parent Information Fair and learn all about volunteer opportunitiesafter-school care/activities and lunch options!  While you browse, kids can enjoy a clown show from BJ the clown!  Stick around to play Douse the Principal - a water balloon game that is sure to be as much as a hit as it was last year! The Kona Ice truck will also be on hand - 25% of all sales will be donated back to the TIS Parent Network!


If you can’t make it to the Parent Information Fair, never fear!  You can find out all about volunteering at TIS by visiting http://www.intlschool.org/volunteer/.   We need every parent or family to lend a hand! There is something for everyone with every schedule – guaranteed!  If you have trouble finding what might fit for you, please contact us at parentnetwork@intlschool.org and we’ll help get you connected. 

  • JOIN US!  Learn more about the Parent Network by clicking on the following link:


Attend one of our monthly meetings, look out for special presentations during the year or take a deeper dive into the action by joining the Parent Network Steering Committee.  We are looking for dedicated parents to fill several open positions for the coming school year. If you are interested in hearing more about these and other positions, contact Parent Network Coordinator, Eunice Kim at parentnetwork@intlschool.org

Our staff and teachers make this school effective, our kids make this school worth it and our parents make this school great! This year, resolve to be an active part of this amazing community. There are so many new friends and parents who are working hard and looking forward to getting to know you.  If I can help at all, don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Parent Network Steering Committee at parentnetwork@intlschool.org.  

Have a great 2017-2018 school year!

New to TIS? Please Come to Parent Orientation!

Dear new families,

Welcome to TIS! As a reminder, please attend a 90-minute New Family Orientation session on Thursday, August 24. This orientation is important for learning more about our school and approach to learning.  Information about drop-off, pick-up, after-school programs, and many other TIS routines will also be provided to you.

1. Orientation sessions start at 9am, noon, and 3pm—please RSVP at intlschool.org/new for the most convenient session.

•   Please come without your child if possible.  If you will need childcare (TIS students and siblings age 3+), please reserve a space when you RSVP.

•   Orientation will be at Stearns Hall on the Main Campus - 025 SW Sherman St, Portland 97201. It's the grey building at the bottom of the hill.

If you cannot attend on August 24, please contact Jan Williams for information about a make-up session once school starts at admissions@intlschool.org

Sign up to be a Room Parent!


Room Parents are needed for the 2017-2018 school year! Room parenting is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow parents, get to know the teachers better, and help make great experiences for the kids! 

You don't need to know your child's class placement to sign up. See intlschool.org/room-parents for the "job" description, and intlschool.org/rp-signup to volunteer.

Questions about room parenting? Feel free to reach out to Kat Simons (Kats@intlschool.org) or current room parents.

We are also looking for a 2017-18 Room Parent Lead for the TIS Parent Network! Please contact Kat Simons or our outgoing Lead, Margaret Wu (mwu2@comcast.net) for further information.

Carpool Requests

To publish a carpool request, simply send your name, nearest street corner or part of town, number of children, and best way to contact you to itkeditor@intlschool.org. No need to know your exact before/after school needs yet - you can discuss this with interested families. We will publish carpool requests in the following week's ITK, and they will each run for two weeks. This week's listings are below:

  • Cedar Mill/Beaverton area: in search of someone to pick up 2 children (or each child can carpool separately) after school M, W, F. Would be happy to exchange for carpool drop off in the morning. Please contact Sara at saramagomes@gmail.com.

  • SE Portland - 147th and Powell. Contact: Elizabeth Munoz at lilsenoritapie@gmail.com or 503.415.0154

  • Cedar Mill area: Off NW Barnes Rd (near Market of Choice) - one child. Please contact Tasia at tasia.frater@gmail.com


Upcoming Events


if you are new to the TIS community, please attend a 90 minute orientation session to learn more about the school, its activities, and its routines. Orientation sessions start at 9am, noon, and 3pm—please RSVP at intlschool.org/New for the most convenient session.

Thursday, August 24th 9am, 12pm, OR 3pm. TIS Main Campus, 025 SW Sherman St



New and returning Early Childhood families are invited to play at Sellwood Park! TIS will provide snacks.

Saturday, August 26th 10:00am - 12pm. Sellwood Park, SE 7th Ave & Miller Street



New and returning Kindergarten families are invited to play at Sellwood Park! TIS will provide snacks.

Sunday, August 27th 10:00am - 12pm. Sellwood Park, SE 7th Ave & Miller Street

If you have any questions please contact Jan Williams (admissions@intlschool.org) or Kat Simons (kats@intlschool.org)



The morning of Monday, August 28th will be action-packed and full of fun! Below is a schedule:

Early Childhood Playground Ribbon-Cutting - come celebrate the opening of the brand new Early Childhood playground! This natural playspace will be the main playground for our Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, and used often by 1st graders as well! Ribbon-cutting will occur at 8:30am, but it'll be open for play all day. Due to the record August heat, the trees, grasses, and garden items will be planted in September. Everything else will be ready for fun!

Classroom Visits Come meet your teacher and see your classroom before the big day! Come any time between 9-10:30am. Please plan to stay not more than 30 minutes to give everyone a chance at some calm time in the classroom. Adults must stay with their children.

Fall Fun Fair Grown ups and kids alike are invited to join the Parent Network for a back-to-school celebration. Learn about volunteer opportunities, meet after school class providers, and sample lunches. Games, popsicles, and clown antics provided!  Lower Playground. 9:30-11:30am



It's finally here! Welcome back! Please allow yourself extra time for drop off this morning, as everyone will be finding classrooms and getting settled for the new year. Classroom maps and drop off / dismissal instructions will be provided within the next few days!

Tuesday, August 29th - 8:00am


After School Program with Trackers Earth - Fall 2017

TIS will have an after-school program with Trackers Earth on Tuesdays for Fall 2017! You can choose one of those days or both. The program is open to students in grades 1-5. Students would get picked up from TIS after school in a Trackers van. 

There is a maximum of 13 students per day, so commit soon to secure your spot!

A few notes…



School Supply Lists Now Available

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Each academic year, students are asked to bring a small list of durable supplies to be kept at school. These are typically items that a student will bring home at the end of the year to be used again.  Please click to see the school supply lists for 2017-2018:

Please note that most school supplies (such as paper, pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc)  are provided by the school and included in tuition.