"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School


image by Ron Miller

image by Ron Miller

Water fountains at Lincoln High School are still shut off due to lead in pipes. PLEASE pack water for your child(ren)!  It will get close to 92 degrees later in the day Tuesday.Bathrooms will also not be available.

Please note that we will be at a NEW location this year: Lincoln High School, 1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

The times below include school bus transportation to & from the track from TIS.

Tuesday, May 23rd:
9:30 - 10:40AM  1st grade
10:20 - 11:25AM  2nd grade
11:00AM - 12:05PM  4th grade Spanish and Japanese
11:45 - 12:45PM  4th grade Chinese

Wednesday, May 24th:
9:30 - 10:40 AM  5th grade Spanish
10:20 - 11:20 AM  5th grade Chinese and Japanese
11:00 AM - 12:10 PM  3rd grade Spanish
11:55 AM - 12:55 PM 3rd grade Chinese and Japanese

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are looking for some more parent helpers for all or part of these days. Please contact Coach Robert or Coach David: RobertB@intlschool.org & Coach David, DavidP@intlschool.org

Thank you for your support!

- Coach Robert & Coach David

All-Parent Survey: FINAL WEEK!

It's your LAST CHANCE to take annual all-school parent survey yet? You have until May 26 to do so. The class with the highest parent participation rate wins a popcorn party! Take it now!

Current participation rates from Week 4:

Paola   68%

Patricia 15% 

Paula   33%

Vicky  30%

Aiyun   10%

Angela   23%

Candy   45%

Charlotte  32%

Chisa  50%

Christy   29%

Emily   42%

Hu Nan   23%

Jennifer   15%

Adela   17%

Adriana   42%

Celina   30%

Constanza 29%

Gilberto   14%

Ivonne   41%

Jossie   35%

Lorena E. 35%

Lorena P.  47%

Mercy   33%

Norma  42%

Ju-Ya   22%

Maggie   29%

Sophia 33%

TongFang   32%

Yifeng   46%

Yu Min   18%

Akiko   25%

Hideko   39%

Junko   21%

Masami   29%

Taka   46%

Homework and NEW After School Survey!

Yes, we have more surveys. These are MUCH quicker than the big annual parent survey, but they are still very valuable to us! Your input helps to shape our decision-making and to improve our school.

HOMEWORK SURVEY - closes this Friday, May 26th Please tell us about how homework works in your house! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CXC7P37

AFTER SCHOOL SURVEY - closes next Friday, June 2 We would like family feedback about its after school activities and childcare offerings. This BRIEF survey is divided into two sections: 1) after school classes and 2) SquareGator. It should take only about five minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M7PC7T5


School's Out Party at Oaks Park - Order your tickets by Friday!

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LAST CHANCE - RESERVE YOUR FUN BY FRIDAY!!!!  School's Out Party at Oaks Amusement Park! Need something fun to do to celebrate the end of the school year?  The Parent Network is hosting a pizza party and rides at Oaks Park after dismissal on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 14th from 11:00a - 3:00p! (School dismissal is anytime from 10a-noon.)  ALL TIS families are invited to attend.  (Kiddie rides will be open for little ones too!)  Per person cost of $15.00 includes pizza (plus a few extras) and a cold treat AND a ride bracelet!  (Pizza party only for non-riders is $5.00). Reserve your pizza and ride bracelet by completing a quick order form here: Oaks Order Form

Orders and payment are due by Friday, May 26th!  Check or card only - instructions will be on the form. (Check or card? Instructions will be on the form.)  GOT CASH?  In-person sales two days only!  Wednesday this week at drop-off (7:30a - 8:15a) and Thursday at pick-up (2:30p - 3:30p) - in front of Stearns Hall! 

Oaks Park is not open to the public on that day except by advanced school group reservation only!  ****Please note that this is a non-school hours event so parents are responsible for all transportation and supervision at the park! 

Library News: Important Dates & Volunteers Needed!

Lots of Library happenings! Please take note of these important dates below!

  • The book fair runs May 30 - June 2nd.  Please stop by before or after school to buy books for your family and friends!  This is a great way to support your child's reading AND support the school: points earned from the book fair allow us to buy more books for the TIS library.  The timing  is perfect! 
  • The TIS Library will stop checking out books May 31.  
  • All TIS library books must be back by June 9

URGENT: BOOK VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED! We still need volunteers to help us staff the Scholastic Book Fair.  Please contact Tomoyo (tomoyow@intlschool.org) and Lora (loraw@intlschool.org) to sign up. Shifts include any day(s) Tuesday May 30th through Friday June 2 7:30 - 8:30am and/or 2:30-4:00pm.  This is a great opportunity to promote reading, support the library, and connect with families and your lovely library team!



Foot Patrol this Thursday

Join TIS parents as we work to keep the area around our school clean and safe.

When: Thursday, May 25th from 8 am to 9 am

Where: Meet in front of Stearns Hall. Adults only. No pets please.

*Gloves, trash bags, pickers and graffiti removal supplies provided.

Please record your volunteer hours for participating in the TIS Foot Patrols!

Please contact Kristen Stowell @ psxtis@bumpsy.org with any questions.

Upcoming Foot Patrols:
June 8th, from 2 pm to 3 pm - last one of the school year!

Summer Reading Challenge!

Avoid the "summer slide" by signing up for the summer reading program at your local library, participating in the TIS Summer Reading Challenge, and purchasing books at the Book Fair to enjoy as family!

Perhaps you’ve already heard that your local public library’s summer reading theme is “Build a Better World.”  One way we build a better world is through building empathy. A powerful way to build empathy is through sharing stories.

In support of the public library’s reading challenge, The International School’s summer reading challenge focuses on reading stories that we hope will inspire empathy for others, as well as compassion for ourselves.  We hope that families will participate in both the TIS summer reading challenge and the one at their local public library.  Students are welcome to “double dip” by counting a book for both programs.  After all, the most important thing is that your child keeps reading, learning, and enjoying stories all summer long.

Click here for more information about the TIS Summer Reading Challenge!

Happy reading, The TIS Library Team




Safety Reminder - and sorry, no dogs

We have a few weeks left! The safety and well-being of our students is STILL our utmost priority. This is a reminder to please do your part by obeying the following rules while driving and parking around campus. 

- Obey the traffic guards

- Adhere to posted parking regulations.

- Stay off your cell phones during pick up and drop off

- Drive slowly

- When parking on the hills; turn your tires.


Regular dismissal for the Main Campus is at 3:10. Our curbside dismissal reps might enter your child into the system earlier than that time to help improve the traffic flow, but no child will be brought to your car earlier than that time.

Finally, we must remind you that dogs are not allowed on campus. This is for the safety of both our students and your precious pooch.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Upcoming Events

image by Ron Miller

image by Ron Miller

Bike and Walk to School Month Continues! Pick up sheets at the front desks of Stearns, Hilltop, or the EC Campus.



Teacher Appreciation Week! This is a wonderful way to break up a work day with a delightful treat and make our beloved teachers feel special. You should have received an email from your child's room parent; please ask him or her if you have any questions!



  • Mile Run! - pack water The times below include school bus transportation to & from the track at Lincoln High School: 1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205
    • 9:30 - 10:40AM  1st grade
    • 10:20 - 11:25AM  2nd grade
    • 11:00AM - 12:05PM  4th grade Spanish and Japanese
    • 11:45 - 12:45PM  4th grade Chinese


  • Mile Run! - pack water The times below include school bus transportation to & from the track at Lincoln High School: 1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205
    • 9:30 - 10:40 AM  5th grade Spanish
    • 10:20 - 11:20 AM  5th grade Chinese and Japanese
    • 11:00 AM - 12:10 PM  3rd grade Spanish
    • 11:55 AM - 12:55 PM 3rd grade Chinese and Japanese


  • PBIS Info Meeting. Join members of the faculty-led PBIS team as they review the impact of the first year of the program and outline goals going forward.  8:30am, Arthur Administration Building.


  • Teacher Professional Development Day. No School for students, SquareGatorOpen.
  • Teacher Appreciation Lunch. Please contact the Parent Network if you can help out! parentnetwork@intlschool.org


  • Memorial Day. School Closed. SquareGator Closed.


  • Main Campus Book Fair. Volunteers are still needed around morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. To volunteer, please contact parentnetwork@intlschool.org


  • Parent Network Meeting. Please join us for the last Meeting of the year as we elect our officers for 2017-18. For more information, please contact parentnetwork@intlschool.org 8:30am, Elephant's Deli on Corbett (across from the EC Campus).

 Photo by Ron Miller

Help Wanted!

We have a TIS teacher looking for a nanny. Ideally to start within the next two weeks. Located in SW Portland. Please contact Patty: pattys@intlschool.org


TIS family in search of Part time Babysitter/Housekeeper. Person would assist with school pick up/drop off and provide extra help around the house, etc. 10-20 hours a week. Need to be an excellent driver, responsible, and preferably loves kids. Pay would be $15-20/hr DOE. Please contact Brian: bneigut@gmail.com or 917.678.0595