A big NI HAO from China! After a few days of sightseeing (and getting over jet lag), the TIS fifth grade Chinese track's homestay week is officially underway! The weather couldn't be any better, the food couldn't be any tastier, and our handoff to the host families couldn't have been any smoother. It was smiles all around (and a few stray tears of pride) as our kids were reunited with the new friends that they made only a few weeks ago when the Chinese students from Suzhou Experimental School came to Portland. Teacher Christy, Meredith Fleming, and our local tour guide Frank have done a great job of coordinating (e.g., "herding cats"), and it's exciting to know that our students are in good hands with their new friends in China. Until next time, ZAI JIAN (see you later)!
Written by TIS Parent Mike Jung. Photo by TIS 5th Grade teacher Christy Appleberry