"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Directory Updates Due NOW!

Last chance to update your information for the TIS Directory! We will begin setting up the Directory this week. You should have received an email from Chelsea Bock last week showing what your information currently looks like. Please check your child’s entry in the attached draft for content – are the correct names, phone numbers and addresses printed correctly?

  • IF YOU HAVE CHANGES, MOST CAN BE DONE VIA THE PARENT PORTAL. If you have changes to phone numbers or addresses, or changes to which numbers you want printed, log on to intlschool.org/portal. Click or unclick the DNP (“do not publish”) box as appropriate.
  • If your home phone number listed is the same as a cell phone, please go tointlschool.org/portal and delete the HOME phone. 

Please contact ChelseaB@intlschool.org if:

  • You have a nanny or similar who is regularly involved with your child’s class (pick-up or volunteering) and you want that person’s contact information included. Send the person’s name, relationship, and e-mail address and/or phone number, whatever you want published.
  •  Your households are not combined/split correctly. (i.e. married or split households, not shown as you would like). Email the listing(s) as you would like it to appear; be specific about what you do not want to appear.
  • A parent is listed who should not be listed (i.e. an out of town parent who does not have contact with your child) – or vice versa.
  • Anything else that is wrong that you cannot change in the portal.

Thank you for your help!

Reminder: Early Dismissal this Friday

Photo by Kami Richards

Photo by Kami Richards

Reminder: We have an early dismissal this Friday, Sept 22. This is for faculty professional development meetings.

  • Curbside and walk in service will be available
  • Dismissal will start at 12:15pm.
  • If you ordered Friday lunch from Fresh & Local, students will receive their lunches to bring home with them. 
  • Squaregator will be available.
  • Please pick up all students by 1pm. 

We are trying early dismissal days this year as a replacement for several full no-school days. We welcome your feedback!

2017 Parent Survey Results Overview

Dear TIS Community,

We would like to thank all the parents who took the time to fill it out the annual Parent Survey this past Spring; we know that it is detailed and lengthy! Your survey responses help us to assess how we are doing, and contribute to our goals and priority-setting for the upcoming year. 

We are pleased to say that in general parents are overwhelmingly happy about TIS! Across the board, the percentage of “satisfied” and “highly satisified” parents is in the 90th percentile! You agree that your children are receiving an excellent, unique education here, from top-notch teachers.

Other notable changes since last year:

  • We had the highest number of respondents in years. Over 100 more than last year! Thank you so much!
  • Comments indicated an increased feeling of "community," with help from the Parent Network presence and more volunteerism on campus.
  • Increased happiness with pick up and drop off procedures - over 90% satisfied! This seemed impossible a few years ago!
  • Increased satisfaction with administrative response and follow-up.

 Click here for some additional information about the results.

Of course, there is always room for improvement. Common topics from the survey feedback include a desire for:

  • More information about newer programs like PBIS and Student Support Services.
  • Continuity of program/faculty communication across grades & tracks, particularly in regards to individual child progress and teaching differentiation
  • Increased communication from English, Library, Art, Music, & PE (LAMP) specialists. Many people were "unsure" about the grading, and significant portions were unaware of the LAMP specialist blog.

If you have additional questions about the survey, please contact Kat Simons at kats@intlschool.org.Please note that survey feedback about an individual teacher or staff member is confidential and will not be disclosed.

Education Town Hall - Please submit questions!

In preparation for the TIS Education Town Hall for parents (Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:00p to 8:00p - Learners Hall), the Parent Network invites you to complete a quick 4-question survey that will allow you to let our Educational Leadership Team (ELT) know what you want to talk about!!  We will then sort and group your questions to identify priorities and allow the ELT to respond most effectively and efficiently during the meeting.  Please click here to complete the survey by September 28th:  https://goo.gl/forms/X7V3o1fXk1m85lOt1

TIS at the Oregon Food Bank - Reservations Required!

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Join TIS friends for a day of community service at the Oregon Food Bank.  We will be helping to repackage bulk food to be delivered to families in need in our community and across the state.  Volunteers MUST RSVP and space is limited.  Children must be at least 6 years of age to participate (sorry, no younger siblings) and must be accompanied by an adult chaperone/volunteer.

October 13, 2017
1pm to 3:30pm

Oregon Food Bank Volunteer Action Center
7900 NE 33rd Drive
Portland, OR  97211

Click here to RSVP.

Please contact Rebecca Roberts, Event Coordinator/Development Assistant at rebeccaR@intlschool.org with any questions.

Art, Music, PE blog!

Hello there! Did you know that our Art, Music, and PE Specialists have a blog? The blog is a lovely way to get a glimpse of all of the wonderful things happening in our specialist classes! You can read it here: http://www.intlschool.org/lamp-blog.  We will send periodic reminders to go check it out!

The blog also lives on our Art Music & PE page in the "Academics" section of the website. If you are technologically inclined, feel free to subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates!

Upcoming Events

Photo by TIS parent Lis Grinspoon

Photo by TIS parent Lis Grinspoon


Curriculum Night: Grade 1 (All) & Grade 3 (Chinese & Spanish)*

  • 6:00-6:45pm: Grade 3 English
  • 6:00-6:45pm: Grade 1 Homeroom
  • 7:00-7:45pm: Grade 1 English
  • 7:00-7:45pm: Grade 3 Homeroom

All homeroom presentations will be in the your child's classroom. English locations will be announced.

*If you will be unable to make Curriculum Night due to Rosh Hashanah, please let your teacher know. They can make accommodations for you. We apologize for the scheduling oversight.



Curriculum Night: Grades 2 & 4 (All), Plus Japanese Grades 3 & 5*

  • 5:30-600: Grade 5 Japanese Capstone Trip
  • 5:30-600: Masami’s Grade 3 English
  • 6:05-6:45pm: Grade 4 English, plus Taka’s Grade 5 English
  • 6:05-6:45pm: Grade 2 Homeroom (plus Masami’s Grade 3)
  • 7:00-7:45pm: Grade 2 English
  • 7:00-7:45pm: Grade 4 Homeroom (plus Taka’s Grade 5)

All Homeroom presentations will be in your child's classroom. English & Capstone presentation locations will be announced.

*If you will be unable to make Curriculum Night due to Rosh Hashanah, please let your teacher know. They can make accommodations for you. We apologize for the scheduling oversight.



Early Dismissal. Curbside and walk up pickup will be available. SquareGator will be available. Dismissal begins at 12:15pm. Please pick up your student by 1:00pm.



Scholastic Book Orders Due

We earn a FREE book for the library every time a parent places an order online. Points are also accrued and the school uses them to purchase books for the library, classrooms or online resources such as BookFlix.

Online Ordering Information
Web address: scholastic.com/bookclubs
Please Note NEW Class Activation Code: NTDPH

For more information, visit: http://library.intlschool.org/scholastic-book-clubs/


Jiao Ying School after school art classes


Jiao Ying School after school art classes are taught by Mimi Yan, who has held after school art classes at TIS for 4 years now. She has 9 years of teaching experience with K-12 students, and is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a degree in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Art History, and Masters of Education. The classes will teach the fundamental skills, concepts, and mediums of fine art to students. Every class will include different subject matter based on a different theme, with different level material taught to different grade level students. Each student will be taught how to draw the subject matter step by step and be given individual attention.  

Session 1 classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9/5/17to 12/14/17. The cost is $315 for taking 1 class per week, or $560 for taking 2 classes per week. Cost includes all art supplies that will be needed. Please email mimiyanart@gmail.com to enroll or for more information. 

TIS After School Wushu Class


Exciting Chinese Kung Fu Classes!

Every week:

Age 4-5, Wed 3:45-4:15 PM* 
Age 6-7, Mon 4:00-4:30 PM & Fri 3:45-4:15 PM*

Age 7+, Tue 5:00-5:45 PM & Wed 4:15-5:00 PM*

This class is held off-campus at the US Wushu Center. We will pick up your kids at TIS and bring them to the center.

Please register by email at uswushu@gmail.com. Pay by check

 US Wushu Center: 425 NW 16th Ave, Portland OR 97209 - (503) 227 - 3738

*Except for non-school days, national holidays, and teacher planning days.

Volunteers Needed for School Picture Day! - Record Your Hours!

Sorry, monkeys are not allowed on campus!

Sorry, monkeys are not allowed on campus!

School Picture Day is Wednesday, September 13th. Want to get started on your volunteer hours? We are in need of Picture Day helpers for about 3 hours in the morning or afternoon to help line up students! If you are interested please email Chelsea at ChelseaB@intlschool.org for more details! 

In addition, please record your volunteer hours if you've helped out on campus over the past few weeks! You can record them here:  www.intlschool.org/volunteer