Alfonso's update - 2/16

Dear Friends,

First and foremost, please get your Custom House Pledge/No pledge form in today. Be heard!

Nothing lifts the spirits like a bit of sun in Portland February. It was a pleasure to see our Chinese dancers perform at the New Year celebration at the convention center over the weekend. They were excellent and the music worked! Thanks to Mae and Winnie and all the dancers for representing us so well in the community!

We had our first school council meeting last Monday with 3rd through 5th grade students elected by their classes. These students will serve for two months, then the classes will elect other representatives. The group brainstormed ideas for a service project and a school social event. We also determined that even though the council votes for ideas, the Head of School has a right to veto, in case the council votes, for example, to close school for an extra month.

This Friday, the Japanese track will have a Sakura Matsuri celebration and performance. Students in lower primary will attend rehearsals on Thursday and grade 5 students will join on Friday in an audience that will include, among other guests, the Consul General of Japan.

TIS will host an open house evening for prospective parents next Tuesday. Tell all your friends to come and learn about our wonderful school.

If you would be interested in hosting an intern teacher from China next year, please let Jhoanna know ( It would presumably be for the whole year. The intern, who would be provided through the Confucius Institute, could be a great asset to the school. We are also looking into the possibility of a full time resource teacher from China through the same program.

Finally, please remember that school policy calls for no candy at birthday parties. Of course a good goal for treats is always to make them as healthy as possible.

Stay well and have a good week.

Alfonso, 503-226-2496 x109