"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Introducing our new Health & Safety Coordinator!

We are pleased to welcome Brandy Ascough, our Health and Safety Coordinator! Brandy has many years of experience in healthcare, and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Room Technician. She spent the past eight years at Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

  • From Los Angeles, California
  • BS in Science from Portland State University
  • Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Room Technician

Here is a personal note from Brandy:

Aside from my many years in emergency medicine/clinical work, I am an avid world traveler and rescue/rehabilitate animals in my free time. I enjoy playing classical guitar, learning new languages and am an avid reader. You will frequently catch me reading anything from peer-reviewed science journals, electrical code manuals, news, language books, to theater skits. I have a non-stop craving for knowledge and love to teach. I also taught CPR for many years in southern California and love to live an active lifestyle either running, camping, or out on the water on my boat.

The International School is an amazing school as it combines an inspiring mission and all encompassing way of learning. I am very excited to work with such a well cultured society coupled with a teaching environment. The sound of teachers and students speaking different languages throughout the day is music to my ears! I am proud to be the newest member of the TIS team!

Welcome, Brandy!

Meet our new Facilities Manager

We are happy to welcome Steven Borcherding, our new Facilities Manager, to the Team! Steve has 20 years of experience in almost all aspects of facilities and construction management. He was most recently at Portland Community College, were he worked for over ten years.

  • From Washington State
  • Studied at Olympic College in Bellingham, WA and Northwest Indian College in Bremerton, WA
  • Affiliations and Certification with APPA, IFMA, MPI, BSI, BOC, and CSI

Here is a personal note from Steve:

I am very excited to be a part of the International School. Having lived and worked extensively overseas and being part of a community of people from all over the globe I am a strong supporter of multicultural and international education as a tool to bridge world issues that are too large and complex for any one nation or people to resolve.

I have a passion for ensuring that the built environment and facilities work to support education and the mission of the school.  

When not mucking about in buildings I am most likely off somewhere in our family boat. I love outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing,  fly fishing and hunting wild mushrooms. 

Welcome, Steve!

TIS Welcomes Rebecca Roberts

We are pleased to introduce Rebecca Roberts, our new Events Coordinator & Development Assistant! This is a new administrative position in the TIS Development Department. Rebecca has many years of experience working in event planning and advertising.

  • From Portland, Oregon
  • BA in Advertising from Marquette University

Here is a personal note from Rebecca:

I spent the first 23 years of my career working in the advertising industry, completing that phase in 2011 after serving as Broadcast Director at a large global agency. I then jumped into chairing fundraising events for several large nonprofits, including the Oregon Episcopal School, where my children have attended since Kindergarten.  I am excited to share my passion, knowledge, and experience with The International School to help further its mission and to further strengthen its foundation.  As a parent striving to raise upstanding young adults, I admire TIS's focus on creating global citizens, something so important in our local community as well as today’s world.

In my free time, you will find me on the tennis court prepping for an upcoming match or whipping up the latest baking recipe that my husband and I saw on the Great British Baking Show.  In the winter, you will find me on the mountain skiing with my family and volunteering as a Ski Team Parent. I have one daughter in college in Massachusetts, and two sons in high school.  

Welcome, Rebecca!

Parent Volunteer Carpenters Needed!

We are looking for a few good parent carpenters to help with building some items for our new Early Childhood Playground! If you enjoy working with your hands, and know your way around a hammer and nails, this is for you! We will be building a total of 4 garden beds and 2 sensory tables. Lumber will be provided. 

Time/Schedule is flexible, but you must be available in July or August - we want these complete before the first day of school! Please contact Kat Simons at kats@intlschool.org if available!

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.

Save Time and Gas - Set up a Carpool!

Are you interested in setting up a carpool for the upcoming school year? Publish your request in ITK! 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 start publishing carpool requests as soon as they arrive.

TIS Summer Events

Come join us for fun, family-friendly events in July and August! Events will happen rain or shine, so let's hope for a lot of that beautiful Oregon sun. Please be sure to rsvp for all events here: www.intlschool.org/summerevents

Family Hike -  THIS SATURDAY! Sat July 22nd, 9:00am - Tualatin Hills Nature Center and Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton

Join fellow TIS families for an easy-paced hike led by TIS parent and staffer Lisa Olivares. You could spot beavers, herons, and other wildlife – binoculars may come in handy! Bring water and a snack. The Nature Center and the surrounding trails are managed as a nature preserve and no dogs are allowed. 

PreK and LowK Family Playdate - Saturday, August 26th 10am - noon
A special event for our preschool families at Sellwood Park. This is a great opportunity to meet other preschool families, both new and returning.

Kindergarten Family Playdate - Sunday, August 27th 10am - noon
A special event for our Kindergarten families at Sellwood Park. This is a great opportunity to meet other Kindergarten families, both new and returning.

To RSVP, please see the TIS 2017 Summer Events form. Sign up there, and you will be sent an email with more information as it gets closer to the event's date.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Olivares (lisao@intlschool.org) or Kat Simons (kats@intlschool.org)


Last Day of School: Wear TIS Gear!

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The last day of school is on Wednesday!  Please have your child wear a TIS shirt!  

  • LowK Parents: Your child can wear anything you or they prefer for the LowK promotion ceremony. They will be given special t shirts to wear after that. :)
  • Looking for gear? Check out our Sidewalk Clearance Sale! Lots of awesome branded shirts, umbrellas, jackets, and more will be available at both the EC Campus (check with Nurys!) and on the sidewalk by Stearns Hall during dismissal. Some are as cheap as $2!!

Click here for a list of activities for the day! 

Introducing the TIS Owl!

Please say hello to the official TIS mascot! TIS student winners Eden K, Maia G, and Katherine W worked with designer Frances Ellenberger to come up with a mascot that they are very proud of. Some of the elements that were important to them included having open wings, being realistic-looking (not overly cartoonish), and being friendly.

The TIS mascot is for school spirit. It will be used around campus such as on posters in the hall, on t shirts, etc. It will not replace our school logo, which will remain our school name with the globe and “kids." The mascot was voted on by our school community. We are so happy that our student winners were able to come together and design something that they are all proud of!