News from Alfonso - 11/1 (what? November already?)

Greetings, friends,

And welcome to November and auction month. We had a great Costume Day Parade last Friday (except for a confused 80’s rocker who showed up having a bad hair day) and I hope you were able to catch it on line. Thanks to Linda Bonder, live streaming has come to TIS and in the future, many working parents and grandparents and friends will be able to tune in to our shows, events, and even classroom presentations on line. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording on our channel at (see password at the top of the ITK e-mail. It will start with a short ad, sorry).

As flu season arrives (and strep and viruses), it is good for us to remember these lines from the parent handbook:


For the health of the school community, children should not be at school if they:

» Have had a fever in the past 24 hours;

» Have an active cold;

» Are contagious to others;

» Are sick enough that you feel they should stay inside for recess or not participate in gym.

If your child has a communicable disease, a report from the doctor is necessary before your child can return to school. Children with bacterial infections (i.e., strep throat, impetigo) must be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and be feeling well enough to participate in all activities before returning to school.

As you may have read, our Auction Special Appeal this year is for math and science resources, math and science professional development for teachers, and math, science, and other resources for the library. With the special appeal, one doesn’t buy anything. One just gives at the auction by raising the paddle for a certain level of donation. You don’t have to attend the auction to give to the special appeal. In fact, you can just click the blue donate button in the article below. Please support this crucial initiative at whatever level you can.

The photo here is from last week when the Spanish Track 5th graders read their Halloween stories to the PreK students at Arthur Street.

Finally, I am sad to report the passing of former TIS parent Maurice Lucas, well known professional basketball player and coach, and father of former TIS Japanese track student Landon Lucas. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family on the passing of this good man.

Take care of yourselves and have a peaceful week,

Alfonso, 503-226-2496 x109