"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

5th grade Exhibition is This Week!

Please join us in celebrating our 5th grade students at their IB Exhibition, the culminating event for PYP students. Exhibition is a special unit of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme designed and executed by the students themselves. This Exhibition is truly unique to The lnternational School because we connect it to the 5th grade Capstone Study Abroad trips. All parent community members are invited!

Prior to that, parents of students from PK through 4th are invited to join us for an info session about Capstone Study Abroad. Get basic questions answered, and speak with parents who recently returned from the trips!

 5th Grade Exhibition: Thursday, April 27th - all day.  Exhibition: Learners' Hall, Main Campus

Capstone Study Abroad Info Session 8:15am in the Arthur Administration Building

**Exhibition Presentations will be in English following the Capstone Info Sessions and from 2:10-3:00pm.** They will be in the target language for the remainder of the day, during which time our Kindergarteners through 4th Graders will visit.

TIS for Best Summer Camp: Vote TODAY!

The International School's Summer Camp is a nominee in NW Kids Magazine's Best Summer Camp contest! We won in 2015 and 2016 - let's make it a trifecta!

Click HERE to vote us the "Best Language Camp" AND "Best Academic Camp"!

Have you enrolled for Summer Camp yet? Due to popular demand, we've opened new sections of Spanish purple, blue, and green camp. Check availability of all of our sections here. 


Register online, it's quick and easy to create an account and sign-up for Summer Camp sessions.

For questions about TIS Summer Camp, contact Meredith at MeredithF@intlschool.org.

Run for the Arts Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone who made Run For the Arts a successful event! Most of the kids were happily soaking wet by the end of their run, but it didn't bother them one bit.  Everyone ran their little hearts out, and it put smiles on everyone's faces.  A special thanks to the teachers and staff who go out of their way to adjust schedule for this event, and to our dedicated staff of parent volunteers who really make this event happen - especially parent volunteer coordinator Holly Levow.

Don't forget to submit your pledge payments or single donations by May 5!  New this year - Run For the Arts donations can be submitted online via Young Audiences online donation platform: http://runforthearts.ya-or.org/.  Checks and cash are still gladly accepted with the paper forms.  (We can still view the number of pledge donors per child for the prize calculations if all donations are made online!)  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Olivares at LisaO@intlschool.org or x116.  Thank you - our art and music programs graciously depend on this event!

Main Campus Drop off and Pick Up Safety

During drop off and pick up, and for the safety of everyone involved, please make sure you stay in your car and continue to move down the line as directed to have your child(ren) assisted out of the car by our staff.

  • Drop off begins at 7:30 and ends at 7:55At 7:55, you can park, as close to the bottom of the hill as possible, and take your child to class.
  • Pick up begins at 3:10 and ends at 3:45. If you do not have your number card then you may park on SW Water and pick up at the designated pick up point.
  • Please keep in mind to drive slowly and to stay off of cell phones during drop off and pick up. 

As a reminder: All children need to be signed out before taking them from classrooms. If you need to pick up your child early from school, you must check in at the front desk.  Please give our staff at least 24 hours advance notice if you need to do an early pickup after 2:30.  Please send an email to attendance@intlschool.org stating what time you will be picking up.

Bike And Walk To School Challenge Month & Bike Parade!

Walk + Bike to School Challenge month is upon us! That wonderful time of year when the bicycle commuters of Portland become a little bit evangelical and try to recruit new members to the faith. Come one, come all, join hordes of transcendent individuals who commute to school and work with no traffic, easy, plentiful parking options, cardiovascular health, fresh air, and stress reduction. Say good bye to road rage, carbon foot print guilt, and the cost of feeding your fossil fuel guzzling beast! Feel the righteousness coarse through your veins! And, in the month of May, win prizes to boot!

  • If you live within 6 miles of TIS and own a kid-equipped bike, and haven't biked to school yet, I challenge you to ride to school at least four times during the month of May. I'm saying four since it might take a couple of trips to get the kinks out, and if you do it twice kink free, you will get hooked.
  • If you already bike or walk to school, I challenge you to increase the number of trips by 10-20% for the month of May.
  • If biking from home isn’t an option for you, how about driving to some place less than a mile a way from school and then biking or walking the rest of the way? There is plenty of parking on the East side of the Tillicum bridge, for example, and then you can walk or ride across that beautiful bridge. A "partial" ride is better than no ride, and still counts for your tally.

Pick up a scorecard at any front desk (Hilltop, Stearns, ECC) and fill out the number of trips you make May 1-31. If you also walk or bike home after school, please indicate that on your scorecard. You get double points for doing the round-trip

At the end of the month, we’ll be handing out prizes - Everyone who participates gets swag! Kids get shwag, and adults get a choice of a bottle of wine or some large bottles of premium beer! This will allow us to have a bike and a walk category winner, with the family that makes the most people powered commutes in May getting to choose between the beer or wine.

BIKE PARADE!  On Monday May 1st, we’ll meet up at the Salmon Street Springs fountain area to form a massive, unstoppable bike brigade parade to school with swag for all riders. Please get there between 7:35 and 7:40.  Celebrate International Workers day by leaving your bourgeois automobile at home!

ALSO: The "safe routes to school" fairies will be visiting the bicycles of good little children that day to leave goodies. If you use a tandem or tagalong and it doesnt stay at school, the fairies will also be leaving goodies for pick up at the Stearns Hall office.

I look forward to seeing you May 1st, if not before, on your bike.  Please e-mail me with any questions - please put "Bike challenge" in the subject header!

Cheers, Chris Ginocchio (Lila's dad, 3rd grade Chinese) - cjginocchio@hotmail.com

Upcoming Events


Education Town Hall The TIS Educational Leadership Team (ELT) would like to invite you to the first Education Town Hall meeting. The purpose ofthis Town Hall will be to allow you to pose your questions or comments about any part of the academic program here at school. 6:00 - 8:00pm, Learners' Hall



5th Grade Exhibition is a special unit of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme designed and executed by the students themselves. Our students will present the findings of their research projects and discuss how it intertwined with their experiences on their Capstone Study Abroad trips. 8:00am-3:00pm, Learners' Hall. (English-only presentations - 2:15-3:00pm)

Capstone Study Abroad Parent Info Session Capstone is the pinnacle to a TIS education. It enables students to validate their language proficiency and cultural understanding through real world experience. Your child will embark on this at the end of their 5th grade year here at TIS. Following the presentation, you have the option to walk as a group to Learners' Hall to check out the Exhibition! 8:15am in the Arthur Administration Building

Parent Foot Patrol Come join TIS Parents as we walk the perimeter of campus in an effort to keep our campus clean and safe.  As we walk we pick up trash, remove graffiti, and report any concerns.  Trash bags, pickers, gloves, and graffiti removal supplies are provided.  Please contact Kristen Stowell at pdxtis@bumpsy.org with any questions. 8:00 - 9:00am; meet in front of Stearns Hall



Bike & Walk Challenge Begins - Bike Parade to Main Campus! It's Walk + Bike Challenge Month! In order to kick off the month,  we'll be leading a bike parade that morning from Salmon Street Springs (SW Waterfront) to the Main Campus. Meet up between 7:35 and 7:40.


Walk & Bike Challenge Month is Coming in May!


Walk + Bike Challenge Month encourages students and families to walk, bike and roll to school and in their neighborhoods. TIS is a participating school; look for sign up sheets, stickers, tattoos, and more at the front desks coming soon. 

TIS will also be celebrating National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10th. Last year over 2,200 schools participated across the country! 


As a special treat to kick-off Walk + Bike Challenge Month, the Safe Routes to School Bike Fairies will be visiting all 106 elementary, K-8, and middle schools in the Portland program. Each bike parked on campus during bike fairy day will receive a packet including a raffle ticket for even more prizes.* Safe Routes knows that biking isn't always easy or convenient for families, so they just want to say thanks for making the effort! More info on this to come!

Questions? Please contact Walk & Roll Challenge Month Parent Coordinator Chris Ginocchio at cjginocchio@hotmail.com.