The Owl

A weekly parent newsletter

November 26, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 11/26/2018

Strategic Plan Survey: Goals and Action Timeline Last November, we asked the TIS parent community for your feedback on the updated Vision, Mission, Values and goals of TIS as part of updating the school’s Strategic Plan. The Board of Trustees, Senior Management Team (SMT), and the all-volunteer Strategic Planning Group (SPG) have been working diligently… View Article

November 13, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 11/12/2018

  Global Kids Enrollment Week! Enrollment for Global Kids Winter Term is open now on SchoolsBuddy! Enrollment will be open for Block 1 Enrichment Classes (3:10-4:40pm) and Block 2 (4:40-6:00pm) from November 12- 16, 2018.  Check out the Winter Class Schedule HERE. There are a variety of new options this term, including a Homework Center on Mondays and… View Article

November 6, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin: 11/5/2018

  Chinese Host Students Arrive in January! For the 5th consecutive year, TIS and the Chinese track 5th grade families will be hosting students from our Capstone partner school in Suzhou, China. 20 students and 2 teachers from the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (SEES), will be visiting January 28-February 1, 2019. They arrive the evening… View Article

October 29, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 10/29/18

  Early Dismissal – November 16 We have an early dismissal on Friday, November 16. This is for faculty professional planning meetings. Dismissal will start at 12:15pm. Curbside and walk in service will be available Global Kids will be available that day until 6pm. If you ordered Friday lunch from DragonWell Bistro, your child will… View Article

October 22, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 10/22/18

Welcome, Rosie Day Meet Rosie Day! Rosie is our New Marketing & Admissions Assistant. If you see her around campus please say hello! From Brighton, England Bachelor’s in Photography, University of the Arts London UK Master’s in Photography, Falmouth University UK Rosie writes:  After graduating from the University of the Arts London, I moved to… View Article

October 16, 2018

No school this Friday!

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS this Friday, October 19th due to Parent Teacher Conferences. There are no 3rd-Party after school classes on Tuesday, October 23 due to afternoon conferences. Global Kids is available for sign ups on those days, pending availability. Photo by Ildiko Arndt Smith

October 16, 2018

2018 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 and the one-question survey this past Spring; we know that giving feedback takes a lot of time! Your survey responses help us to assess how we are doing, and contribute to our… View Article

October 16, 2018

Global Citizens Annual Fund Update

Donate to the Global Citizens Annual Fund this month, and your family is automatically entered into a raffle for a CAMPUS PARKING SPACE to use in November! Our goal is 100% family participation – we’re currently at 19%. Donate today at to support every student in every classroom every day!

October 16, 2018

Great Oregon ShakeOut – October 18

On October 18 at 10:18am, we will be participating in the 2018 Great Oregon ShakeOut. We will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On to help us to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquake. Your family or organization can participate as well.  Please go to for more information.

October 16, 2018

ELT Town Hall – Tonight!

Educational Leadership Team (ELT) would like to invite you to: Education Town Hall Tuesday, October 16 , 6 – 7:30pm Learners’ Hall Education Town Halls allow you to pose your questions or comments about any part of the academic program of The International School. The TIS ELT team consists of: Robert Woods, Head of School; Maria Abad,… View Article

October 16, 2018

Middle School Options Night – Tomorrow!

Middle School Options Night Presented by the TIS Parent Network Wednesday, October 17 6:30-8:30pm – Learner’s Hall Come hear presentations about middle school options from Catlin Gabel, Gilkey Middle School, Northwest Academy, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland Jewish Academy, and hopefully a few more! Each school will present for twenty minutes on a rotational basis, followed by question and answer periods. This event will be… View Article

October 16, 2018

Volunteer Hours – So Much Counts!

Calling all parents to log in your volunteer hours!  There are so many things that count towards hours: If you attended Curriculum Night or Parent Info Meeting Are a Room parent, help with any activities on campus, and/or Help support your class’s auction project(s) These are just some examples that count toward your volunteer hours!… View Article

October 16, 2018

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos at TIS!

Día de los muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexico.  It is a time to joyfully remember friends and family members who have died and celebrate their memory. Día de los Muertos exhibit Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 2 Entrance to Learner’s Hall Stop by the entrance to Learner’s Hall this week to see the beautiful… View Article

October 16, 2018

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsorship at The International School is a wonderful way to promote your business while also supporting our students and teachers.  Event Sponsors are recognized at all of our major events, including the Auction Global Gala, International Festival, Arts Run and Grandparents Tea and Art Show.  Sponsor benefits include directory ad space, VIP auction perks,… View Article

October 16, 2018

School Picture Retakes – Please bring your originals in!

If your child did retakes and was not absent on the first picture day then please be sure to send your old photo package back to Dorian or TIS and give them a call so they know to reissue you new photos. Their number is 1-800-826-3535. We have given them a list of children that… View Article

October 16, 2018

Dragonwell Bistro Now Taking New Lunch Orders

Dragonwell Bistro – our Thursday and Friday lunch provider – is taking new orders. Your order will be prorated for the rest of the year. Please click here to visit the lunch ordering page.

October 16, 2018

TIS Family Bingo Night – Nov 9

The Parent Network is excited to host our second annual Bingo night! Date: Friday, November 9th 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 food. If you are planning to eat… View Article

October 15, 2018

Upcoming Events

TUESDAY, OCT 16 ELT Town Hall  Education Town Halls allow you to pose your questions or comments about any part of the academic program of The International School. The TIS ELT team consists of: Robert Woods, Head of School; Maria Abad, Head of Early Childhood; Bodo Heiliger, Head of Elementary; Kelly Rogers, International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator;… View Article

October 8, 2018

Willow Domes

A group of dedicated staff and parents came together this weekend and built two beautiful willow domes for the EC Playground! While the domes are new, please note a few things: 1) The willow is ALIVE. Leaves should begin to sprout in a few weeks, and then return in the spring! The domes will eventually look a… View Article

October 8, 2018

Global Citizens Annual Fund Update

It’s raining outside, so you know you’d love a parking space on campus!  If you make a gift to the Global Citizens Annual Fund during the month of October, you’ll be entered into a raffle for a campus parking space to use during the month of November.  Make your donation now at We’re at… View Article