"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

LAST CHANCE: Survey closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday, Nov 15!

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In order to initiate the Strategic Planning process, a Strategic Planning Group (SPG) has been meeting for the past few months. This group consists of parents, grandparents, administrators, faculty, and members of the Board of Trustees. 

After many hours of intensive work sessions, the SPG has created DRAFT updated Values, Mission, & Vision statements for the school, as well as a DRAFT list of High Level Goals. The SPG reaffirmed the thinking behind the original Mission Statement developed by school founders Douglas and Frey Stearns in 1990.

  • The content of the DRAFT Values, Mission, & Vision statements will be familiar to TIS community members. However, the statements are bolder and more concise.
  • High level goals are broad statements about what we must accomplish in order to achieve our Vision. We can have short-term and long-term goals. In order to be successful in achieving our Vision, our goals must be clear and measurable.  The High Level Goals are organized by the eight categories in our current Strategic Plan. By next spring, we will align those categories with those recommended by Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)

We would greatly appreciate your feedback about these draft statements and goals. Please click here to answer a survey about these items. The survey is lengthy; allow 20-30 minutes. Complete the survey for a chance to win a TIS insulated wine/picnic tote valued at $85!

Direct survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DJMRY9T

REMINDER: Information Session on Faculty Retention

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You are invited to an information session about Teacher Recruiting and Retention at The International School.                                                                                                                            

When: Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Learners' Hall, 4th grade common area
Presenters: Robert Woods (Head of School), Marguerite McAleer (Human Resources) 

Join Head of School, Robert Woods along with Marguerite McAleer (HR) as they discuss how we are working to address faculty turnover. We will share how we gather employee feedback about the school, and what we do with that information. Market information about the current increase of language programs in local public school districts will be provided.   

Please RSVP using this link. We hope that you can join us.

REMINDER: Early Dismissal this Friday, no classes next week!

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We have an early dismissal on Friday, November 17. This is for faculty professional development meetings. There will be no school for students next week. Squaregator will be OPEN Nov 20-22 next week.

  • Curbside and walk in service will be available
  • Dismissal will start at 12:15pm.
  • If you ordered Friday lunch from Fresh & Local, students will receive their lunches to bring home with them. 
  • Squaregator will be available.
  • Please pick up all students by 1pm. 

We are trying early dismissal days this year as a replacement for several full no-school days. We welcome your feedback!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

TIS Global Gala - Tickets on Sale Now!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
The Sentinel Hotel

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!
Purchase your tickets at www.intlschool.org/auction
 

Early Bird Tickets available through December 8, 2017
$100 per person / $200 per couple
Prices increase December 9 so purchase your tickets early!
 

A Paella Party!

Your friends will be knocking on your door when they find out you were the winning bidder on a private paella dinner for 25 at your home, a delicious feast prepared by John and Renee Gorham, renowned Portland restauranteurs famous for Toro Bravo, Tasty n Alder, Plaza del Toro and many others. Oregon winery Crowley Wines will be there to pour their wines. This item is truly one of a kind and can’t be missed. 

Join us at the 2018 Global Gala for your opportunity to bid!

 

Thank you to TIS Parents John and Renee Gorham and Crowley Wines

The 2018 Global Gala is presented by
 

PGE Work on Caruthers This Week

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PGE  will be doing some additional work on Caruthers St. (the street to the left of Learners' Hall) this week and will need to close the top half of the road for a few days. Their plan is to work between 9:00 and 3:00 to minimize the impact to pick up and drop off.  

The top half closure will most likely be for only 2-3 of the 5 days, but this type of work can be tricky so the construction duration may take longer than planned.  Crews will be working on the top half of the street all week, but will only need the closure for a few days.

PGE thanks you for your patience as they complete this work.

November Scholastic Reading Club Order with Free Gift Wrapping

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“A book is a gift you can open again and again” - Garrison Keillor

Happy November! Our students have already grown in so many great ways this school year, most notably as readers. We have seen a huge increase in circulation, especially in their track language.

In order to maintain that growth, it is essential that your child is provided with the time to read every day.  Reading unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are.

With winter holidays just around the corner, we would like to encourage you to give books this season. Books are a perfect gift don't you think? There is a book out there for everyone.

For November, we are offering free gift wrapping for your Scholastic Reading Club order! The deadline to receive orders before Winter Break is November 27.

If you don't find any books you like from Scholastic, visit independent bookstores or Multnomah county Friends of Library Store for great used books. We hope that you are sharing your love of books and reading this holidays with your family and friends!

Your library team,
Lora Lyn Worden  & Tomoyo Wells

Upcoming Events

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Photo by Akiko Grimm

 

TUESDAY NOV 14

Keepin' it Clean Walk. Join TIS parents as we walk the perimeter of the school picking up trash, removing graffiti, cutting back invasive plants.  Trash bags, pickers, gloves, graffiti removal supplies provided.  Adults only.  8:15-9:15am, Hilltop Gate.

Parent Information Meeting - Teacher Recruitment and Retention Join Head of School, Robert Woods along with Marguerite McAleer (HR) as they discuss how we are working to address faculty turnover. Please RSVP using this linkLearners' Hall, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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FRIDAY NOV 17

Early Dismissal. No after school classes, Squaregator open. Dismissal starts at 12:15pm; please pick up your child by 1pm.

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SATURDAY NOV 18

TIS/Friends of Riverplace Monthly SOLVE Cleanup Event. 

10am-2pm. Meet at TIS lower playground

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MONDAY, NOV 20 -  FRIDAY, NOV 24

Thanksgiving Break - no school for students! Squaregator will be OPEN Nov 20 - Nov 22. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Gilkey Middle School Tour for TIS Families

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Come visit our campus and see why we are known as the longest-established and most-recognized language immersion school in Portland. Our international middle school accommodates advanced language learners in French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin, and offers English speakers the opportunity to start their second language.

It is scheduled for Friday 12/8 at 9 AM.  We begin in our main building and will have a special tour route planned for parents to see the Chinese and Spanish track classes in addition to other stuff.  

When: Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 9 am

Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at admissions@faispdx.org or (503) 292-7776 ext. 310

TIS Global Gala - Tickets on Sale Now!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
The Sentinel Hotel

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!
Purchase your tickets at www.intlschool.org/auction
 

Early Bird Tickets available through December 8, 2017
$100 per person / $200 per couple
Prices increase December 9 so purchase your tickets early!


One Sweet Ride (for your kiddo)!
Have a future car aficionado?   Join us at the 2018 Global Gala where you will have the
opportunity to bid on a Tesla Model S for Kids!  This battery operated toy Tesla
features working headlights, MP3 Sound System, and a working horn. 


Thank you to Hugh Mackworth and Josie Mendoza, TIS Alumni Parents

The 2018 Global Gala is presented by
 

REMINDER: Strategic Plan Survey: Values, Mission, Values & High Level Goals

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In order to initiate the Strategic Planning process, a Strategic Planning Group (SPG) has been meeting for the past few months. This group consists of parents, grandparents, administrators, faculty, and members of the Board of Trustees. 

After many hours of intensive work sessions, the SPG has created DRAFT updated Values, Mission, & Vision statements for the school, as well as a DRAFT list of High Level Goals. The SPG reaffirmed the thinking behind the original Mission Statement developed by school founders Douglas and Frey Stearns in 1990.

  • The content of the DRAFT Values, Mission, & Vision statements will be familiar to TIS community members. However, the statements are bolder and more concise.
  • High level goals are broad statements about what we must accomplish in order to achieve our Vision. We can have short-term and long-term goals. In order to be successful in achieving our Vision, our goals must be clear and measurable.  The High Level Goals are organized by the eight categories in our current Strategic Plan. By next spring, we will align those categories with those recommended by Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)

We would greatly appreciate your feedback about these draft statements and goals. Please click here to answer a survey about these items. The survey is lengthy; allow 20-30 minutes. Complete the survey for a chance to win a TIS insulated wine/picnic tote valued at $85!

Direct survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DJMRY9T