Stephan's update

H1N1 Update
As I mentioned in an email to all parents last week, the CDC and Oregon Department of Health have recently reversed their previous recommendations that schools with cases of H1N1 in their communities close for a time. School closure is now considered to be unnecessary.

Nevertheless, TIS faculty members have begun learning how to post curricular materials on class websites for access by parents and students in the event that the school should ever need to close for an extended time in the years ahead. I want to thank parent Hugh Macworth for his considerable talent and time given toward guiding teachers through this process. Thanks go also to Jhoanna Co for all her work with this special training session last week.

Library fund raiser May 16
This is a reminder that the library fund raiser/wine tasting event takes place this Saturday, May 16th. We hope that many parents will attend the event and enjoy themselves as they continue to support the library in its role in serving your sons and daughters.

Arthur/Corbett deck
The children’s play deck passed the structural inspection late last week. The pre-k students can use the deck now while remaining work continues on the ramps and other items. The deck still shows only the sub floor. The final finish will be added once the rest of the project has been completed.

Teacher Appreciation Day
TIS faculty enjoyed a wonderful breakfast last Friday thanks to the parents of each classroom. On behalf of the teachers, let me express profound thanks to everyone who made the day so special for the faculty. The warmth and kindness demonstrated by parents for the teachers really speaks to the closeness of this very special school community.

Parents contributed by bringing in place settings for the teachers and entertained the children while teachers relaxed over breakfast. The meals themselves were simply splendid.

A group of parents was particularly instrumental in making the day such a success. Kara Gajowskyj, Skip Yotsuuye, Lisa Goldberg, Susan Marcus, Joan Francis, and Erin Leake all formed that “special team” of organizers behind the success of the day. I extend our thanks to them all, and an especial thank you to PTO president Paula Prince for her leadership with this important event.

PTO positions
I cannot stress enough the significance of strong volunteerism from within any independent school’s parent body. The very best schools have a long history of effective volunteer support from a broad representation of parents.

This is the time of year for the PTO to fill critical positions in the organization for next year. I urge parents to consider putting their names forward for roles within the leadership ranks of the PTO as TIS continues to grow and mature as an effective IB school. Your children, your staff, and your new Head of School and his administrative team all depend upon a well-run PTO to make the school such a continued success as you enter TIS’ third decade of educating children.

Please refer to additional information about PTO leadership positions in Paula Prince’s article in this week’s In The Know. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the PTO at the meeting on Wednesday, 6:30 PM, in the gym.

TIS sleepover
Coach Rob and Ferran have earned special thanks for having hosted the third annual sleep-over in the gym last Friday evening. A record number of children participated in this fund raiser from last year’s Auction. Thank you to the parents who purchased this item, and thank you to Coach Rob and Ferran!

Dr. Stephan Grasmuck