"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

TIS Strategic Plan - Help Us Shape our Future!


This summer, we began the invaluable process of updating our adopted 2009 Strategic Plan for the school. Our 2009 Strategic Plan has been used by the Board of Trustees as a guide for making critical decisions and by the Head of School in making daily decisions about operations, curriculum, and administration. Since that time, many of the goals articulated in the 2009 Plan have been achieved. TIS has reached another threshold in its growth, internal and external conditions have changed, and new issues have arisen. The International School’s updated Strategic Plan will document our values, vision, mission, and priorities for the next 10 years.

There are several ways for you to stay informed and involved throughout the process, including through focus group interviews, reviewing materials on the TIS website, planned drop-in sessions, online surveys, and other communications such as In The Know, faculty and administration announcements and meetings, and emails.

1) Focus Groups: Sign up to participate in a stakeholder Focus Group Interview. This provides an opportunity for you to delve deeper into issues and provide feedback about what is important to you as a member of our school community. There are four sessions scheduled on October 17th and 19th; find one that works for you! Each group will be limited to 10 participants each to encourage effective dialogue. Click here to sign up for a Focus Group

2) Drop-In Sessions: Attend drop-in sessions to review and comment on information from two key steps in the planning process: 1) Vision, Mission, and Values and 2) High Level Goals. These drop-ins are scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th in Learners’ Hall. Come by any time from 7:30-8:30am, or from 3:30-5:00pm. 

3) Online Review: Comment on materials posted on the TIS web site. Announcements of these materials will be put in ITK, and online surveys will be distributed.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Fall Costume Parade


Get ready for the annual Fall Costume Parades! They will be held on Tuesday, October 31.

-  Grades PK - 1: 8:30-9:30am.

- Grades 2 - 5: 2:00 - 3:00pm.

Students, Families, and Staff are encouraged to dress up! Please, no weapons of any kind (light sabers are weapons), no bloody wounds or very scary masks, and no costumes that drag on the ground or otherwise interfere with walking. Students can put on masks or long capes ONLY for the parade and must take them off again after the parade.

No candy, please (most kids will get enough of that Halloween night)!




Oregon Battle of the Books! - Deadline this Friday

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Dear 4th and 5th grade Parents,

The International School will be participating in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) this year!  This will be organized by the TIS Parent Network. Since this is our pilot year, we will only open registration to 4th and 5th graders.  Teams may not be mixed by grades, but can be mixed by tracks.  Please register your student and team here If you need assistance finding a team, please indicate that in the google form.   Registration will close Friday, October 20th.

Chinese Exchange Students' Visit Confirmed!

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This February TIS and the Chinese track 5th grade families will be hosting 27 students and 2 teachers from the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School, our Capstone partner school in Suzhou, China. They will be visiting February 6-11, 2018, and attend classes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of that week. That means that they will be here for the International Festival! 

Each TIS 5th grader in the Chinese track will be matched with a SEES student who will attend classes with them throughout their visit. The students will stay with Chinese track 5th grade families. We hope that the visiting students will be the same students who will host our studentsduring Capstone i March, allowing them an opportunity to get to know their host buddy and to get a glimpse of what it may be like to stay with a host family and attend a host school during Capstone. 

TIS is working to establish a reciprocal exchange program with each of our Capstone partner schools. Our goal is to provide all 5th grade students with the opportunity to not only study abroad during Capstone but to also serve as a host here in Portland.  

To learn more about Capstone or the exchange program with SEES, please contact Meredith (meredithf@intlschool.org).

Please record Your Volunteer Hours!


Have you gone to a school meeting? Done room parenting work? Chaperoned a field trip? Helped in the library?  Please take a moment to log your volunteer hours! Your participation helps us strengthen our community, teach our students global citizenship,  appeal to organizations in grant applications, and keep tuition costs down! If you dont see a category that fits your work, please let the Parent Network know at parentnetwork@intlschool.org

If you still havent signed up for a volunteer account, please do so. You can indicate your volunteer interests and record your hours. We will get in touch to pair you up with someone on campus who would be grateful for your time and talents. 

Thank you for your work at TIS.  We couldn't have a successful school year without you! 

TIS Bingo Night - Nov 10

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The Parent Network is very excited to host our first Bingo night!

Date: Friday, November 10th

When: 5 to 8 pm

Where: Learners Hall

This event is open to all PreK to 5th grade students and parents. There will be multiple games of Bingo, prizes and delicious catered Mexican food. If you are planning to eat with us, we are asking for $5 per person, with a $20 max per family for the catered food. Please send payment via paypal to ykkzipper@gmail.com.

Thank you and we hope you can join us and help build a stronger, closer TIS community! We can't wait to play Bingo with you! Please RSVP by November 6th!


TIS Community Opportunity to Experience Milagro Theatre’s Performance of Éxodo: A Day of the Dead Production

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Éxodo: A Day of the Dead Production  How do you carry those you left behind? Milagro’s 22nd annual Día de Muertos program presents a new, company devised espectáculo built around the theme of diaspora. Inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead and recent refugee stories, we embark on a journey of the living and the dead as they both seek safety and peace in a new home.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00pm
Milagro Theatre 525 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97214

Milagro Theatre is generously offering 80 tickets at a discounted price of $16.00 a ticket (that’s $11.00 off the regular ticket price and $4.00 below the student ticket price).  

To experience this vibrant performance and take advantage of this time limited offer call 503-236-7253 to reserve tickets or purchase online at http://milagro.org/event/exodo-dia-de-muertos/. Use Coupon Code INTLSCHOOL to purchase tickets. This code will only work for the November 5th 2:00pm performance. This production is appropriate for ages 6+ and lasts approximately 70 minutes. When purchasing tickets (even for children/students or seniors) select “adult ticket” to receive the discounted price. Additional ticket processing fees are added upon checkout. This offer expires on 10/17/17 or when the 80 tickets are sold.

No refunds; no exchanges. No children under 5 are admitted to the theater. There is no late seating to the theater once the doors have closed. Please allow sufficient time for travel to the theater and street parking. The theater is not responsible if any of your party are unable to attend or arrive too late to be seated.

Email questions to pdxtis@bumpsy.org or check out Milagro Theater’s website www.milagro.org.

Upcoming Events

Photo by TIS Library Specialist Tomoyo Wells

Photo by TIS Library Specialist Tomoyo Wells


Strategic Plan Focus Group Interview. Participants will engage in a discussion on TIS' future, our challenges and opportunities, and provide feedback on a proposed newly stated mission and vision.  Please sign up here 7:00 - 8:30pm, Learners Hall



Strategic Plan Focus Group Interviews. Participants will engage in a discussion on TIS' future, our challenges and opportunities, and provide feedback on a proposed newly stated mission and vision. Please sign up here. Various times, Classroom 1N117, OHSU Collaborative Life Science Building



Parent Teacher Conferences. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS No after school classes. Squaregator open. Sign up here: http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School



Strategic Plan Drop In Sessions. Please come and review and comment on information from two key steps in the planning process: 1) Vision, Mission, and Values and 2) High Level Goals.  Learners’ Hall. Come by any time from 7:30-8:30am, or from 3:30-5:00pm.

Parent Teacher Conferences (afternoon). NO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES. Squaregator open. Sign up here: http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School



PreK & Kinder Open House for Prospective Families. Please tell your friends, neighbors, and colleagues who may be interested! Details at intlschool.org/tours

World Class Runner Tara Welling joining RUN CLUB. - Sign Ups Start Now


Tara, who started running in the second grade, is the 2016 US Half Marathon Champion will be running after school with students, assisting Coach Robert and is excited to share her joy with our runners. Children are exposed to the fresh outdoor air and changing seasons through a gentle, exploratory light run all year long. This first session is from October 25th to December 14th. We don't shy away from weather, we embrace it, properly attired, while learning a lifelong activity. Tara started running in second grade herself. Students are limited to a maximum of two days per week (strongly suggested), but can run one day as their schedules allow.  

I will open one day a week for the youngest runners, Kindergarten and some Low K runners on Wednesdays only. Parents can run for free with their child. Please inquire as to availability of space in the day or days your desire. Preference will be granted to runners running two days per week. Most popular days are Monday and Thursday.          

Cost: $112.50 for each day per week with a maximum of two days. Must keep the same schedule weekly.  

Full Info at www.OurSportingLives.com
Coach Robert oursportinglives@gmail.com 503-348-0799