The Owl

A weekly parent newsletter

March 12, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 3/11/19

School Calendar Date Change Per the email from Robert Woods, we have rare professional development (PD) opportunity for our teachers. Highly respected IB educators Anne van Dam, Anne-Marie Evans and Lynn Cuccaro will be in Portland in May.   In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, we will need to make a change to… View Article

March 4, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 3/4/19

Capstone Study Abroad / Hot Cocoa Social and Send-Off This week, our TIS 5th graders will embark on a life-changing experience – Capstone Study Abroad! They spend two weeks in China, Japan or Mexico. They live with host families, attend school with their peers, visit cultural and historical sites they have studied in school, and… View Article

February 28, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 2/25/19

Congrats, OBOB Winners! Seven hard-working teams competed in the TIS OBOB Tournament on Friday 2/22. Teams were: Team BOKSS, The Super Books, The Spanish 3rd Niñas, The Bookie Wookies, The Sky Readers, The Top of the Book Chain, and the WINNING TEAM- The Book Nuts. Altogether, 30 TIS students from 3rd-5th grade participated on a… View Article

February 19, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 2/19/19

Sibling Apps Due Friday, March 1 If you have a child starting at TIS in the 2018-19 academic year, we do need you to please submit an application. Applications received by March 1 will have sibling priority for enrollment, even in classes with waitlists. Any application submitted after March 1 will join the waitlist for… View Article

February 11, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 2/11/2019

International Festival – Thank You! The weather held off last Friday, and we managed to have a marvelous International Festival! Thank you to all who came. We hope that you enjoyed the show(s)! Order forms for DVDs of each show of the International Festival are available at  Stearns Hall and Hilltop front desks. Please return… View Article

January 28, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 1/28/19

Parent Teacher Conferences this Friday – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on February 1st (this FRIDAY!) and the afternoon of February 5th. There is no school for students this Friday, and no third-party after school classes on February 5th (Global Kids Alternate Day is Open). To sign up for your Homeroom,… View Article

January 15, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 1/14/2019

International Festival Schedule 2019 Here it is – the list of which classes will perform in which show! Please NOTE that there are THREE shows this year, not four like last year. This is because more teachers than in the past have decided to combine classes, thus making fewer total performances. Each show should last… View Article

January 4, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 1/7/2019

Welcome Back! TIS Spirit Week is Next Week! Happy New Year! We are excited to open up school with the second annual TIS Spirit Week! In collaboration with the TIS Parent Network, we invite all community members to share in some fun and simple daily activities to show off our school spirit. Spirit Week will… View Article

December 10, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 12/10/2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 5th Grade Lion Dance Performance Last week, TIS 5th graders across all language tracks presented their Lion Dance Project to the school. In collaboration with  Susan Kennedy, Music and Movement Specialist from the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, the students created a performance in the Feng Shui tradition of… View Article

December 3, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 12/3/2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin Strategic Plan Survey: Goals and Action Timeline UPDATE: We have received 74 responses to our survey so far! Let’s get to 100! 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…. View Article

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