"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Read in Your Pajamas Day - Dec 16

Please join our TIS English Department on December 16 for Read in Your Pajamas Day! 1st through 5th Grade students can come to school in their pjs to participate in the day.* Packing a set of regular clothes is recommended.

Parents and other caregivers are invited to join us during your child's English class.
Bring a favorite book, wear your pajamas too, and spend some time reading to kids or being read to!

Super simple, super wonderful.

*Is your child in PreK-K? Some classes participate in their homerooms; ask your child's teacher!

Graphic Design Help Needed - Can Work At Home

 The TIS Marketing Department is looking for some volunteer help updating some posters (and perhaps creating a new one or two). The projects are quite simple, and the hours are flexible - Work from home! If you have some basic graphic design skills, and have access to InDesign or Illustrator, please contact Kat Simons. Feel free to reply to this email! Thanks!

By the way, have you recorded your volunteer hours lately?

Upcoming Events



Report Cards Released Check your emails! 

Early Childhood Book Fair Begins Come out to the EC Campus around arrival and dismissal times to discover some great selections. The Book Fair will run every day through Dec 8.



Parent Network Monthly Meeting All parents are invited to join the Parent Network Steering Committee as they provide updates and plan upcoming activities for the school year. 8:30am, Elephant's on Corbett - Upstairs (across from the EC Campus).

TIS Board of Trustees Meeting ll are invited to attend meetings of the TIS Board of Trustees. 6:00-8:00pm Learners' Hall - Main Campus

Early Childhood Book Fair Ends



PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES - No Class Squaregator Open, no after school classes. To schedule your conference, please click here. 

Special FAIS tour for TIS Families.  The FAIS Office of Admissions would like to remind you about a special tour of the Gilkey International Middle School- exclusively for TIS families- Come see our classes in action (including the advanced Spanish and Mandarin students), 9- 10:30 am No RSVP necessary. All grades welcome.



PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES - No after school activities. Squaregator IS Open. To schedule your conference, please click here



Read in your PJs Day! 

Last Day of Class before Winter Break  My, the Fall went fast!

Shogatsu Matsuri 2016 • Please join us

For the first time, a special three-day festival will take place at Uwajimaya Beaverton Plaza on December 29, 30, and 31st of December. This is the first outing for this particular festival, and together it will be a unique, fun, and of course, tasty.  The tents will be totally covered and folks can gather underneath and eat, drink and socialize. 

There is no cost to TIS.

Sponsored by Friends of Japan, Yuuyake Shinbun, and Lexus of Portland.


TIS MASCOT contest!!

Did you hear the news? We are looking for a school mascot! The contest is open to all students attending The International School (Parents of younger students can help to write the idea). A mascot can be anything that students think best describes our school. Examples: an animal found everywhere in the world, something that shows our IB profile traits, a type of map, or anything else that comes to mind! 

Submission forms are available at all of the front desks located at Hilltop, Stearns and Learners' Hall, and are also located HERE Submission boxes are there as well! All submissions are due no later than December 16th.

Students can submit as many entries as they like; one form should be submitted per idea. The top finalists will be chosen by the PBIS Team and announced in January. Then students will vote on the mascot they like best. The chosen mascot will be announced at the International Festival on February 10th. One lucky winner will have their mascot drawn by a professional designer and their name on a plaque in a special place at our school!


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conference sign-ups are now open! Fall conferences will be on December 9th and 13th.

Some important things to note:

1. Fall conferences with Art, Music, and PE Specialists are initially by invitation-only. They will contact you directly if they would like to talk to you about your child’s progress. We will then open them up for general signups a week prior to the conference dates. 

2. We don't offer childcare during parent teacher conferences. It might be a nice time to buddy up with the parent of a fellow classmate and trade off supervision. SquareGator will also be open. 

3. For those of you in Adela’s Kindergarten class: Conferences will be delayed until January.


To sign up for your Homeroom and English conferences:

- Go to http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School

- Check off the names of all the teachers that you want conferences with for all your TIS students.

- Tell the system that these conferences are for different students - next screen will ask which conference is for which child.

- The system will send a link to your e-mail. Check your email, click on the link.

- The system will give you side-by-side availability for all the teachers you selected - just click the conferences that you want!

- Then it will send you a confirmation for all the conferences you signed up for.

Candy Trujillo is organizing the conferences this year.  If you have any questions or issues with the system, please contact her at CandyT@intlschool.org


Buy your tickets NOW for the 2016-17 TIS Auction Gala!

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Join us for an evening of celebration to benefit our students: global citizens who always reach for the sky! This year's event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at The Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland at 6:00 pm (Alumni Reception, 21+, at 5:00 pm).  Early bird special! Tickets purchases made by Saturday, December 17, 2016 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a 1-night stay at the Sentinel Hotel on the night of the auction.  Buy your tickets now for a chance to win. For questions or information on sponsoring this amazing event, please contact Lisa Olivares at 503-226-2496;116, or LisaO@intlschool.org.

Click here to purchase tickets

Capstone China Student Exchange 2017

2016 exchange students visit Mt. Hood with their TIS host.

2016 exchange students visit Mt. Hood with their TIS host.

For the 3rd consecutive year TIS and 5th grade Chinese track families will host students from the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (SEES) as part of our growing Capstone study abroad program. 24 students and 2 teachers from SEES will attend classes at TIS and stay with 5th grade families from January 17-22, 2017. 

SEES is our host school in Suzhou, China, where our 5th graders will attend school during Capstone. The visiting students will be the same students who will host our students in March, allowing the students an opportunity to get to know their host buddy and get a glimpse of what it will be like to stay with another family during Capstone.

We are excited to be a host school once again and look forward to meeting our 2017 exchange students. A huge thank-you to all 5th grade Chinese track families for opening your homes to these students, thank you!  

Questions? Contact Meredith Fleming, Capstone Coordinator, or Robert Woods, Head of School.

Scholastic Book Fair & Reading Club


Our EC Book Fair is coming up on December 5-9! As a reminder, families  may also purchase books at any anytime through the Scholastic Reading Club online. 

 When you order books through Scholastic-- whether at the Book Fair or through the Reading Club, TIS receive points that we can use to order books for the library.  Talk about a win-win situation!  If you'd like to order books through the Scholastic Reading Club, please order books on-line using our school code, NTDPH.

If you already have an account, please be sure to follow these steps to update your class code:

Log into your account at http://scholastic.com/readingclub.
Click "Your Account" on the right side of the page.
Click "My Profile" and it will show your "My children"
Click "Edit" and Enter class code: NTDPH

A special thanks to Tomoyo Wells for leading our Scholastic Book Fair and Reading Club!

Thanks, Lora



Trick or Treat for UNICEF - Thank you!!

 A note from Akiko Grimm, 1st grade Japanese track teacher:

"I would like to share what I am thankful for this season of a year. I am thankful for TIS community, especially first and third grade students who joined "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" this year.  I am excited to announce the total amount that students raised for UNICEf is $1507.20!!  This amount of money itself will provide life saving nutrition for about 1055 malnourished children.

My Japanese first grade students learned about common needs of children and how UNICEF helps children in the world. They made posters for Trick or Treat for UNICEF, collected money, and sorted money.  During a Thanksgiving activity this week, some students wrote, "I'm thankful for UNICEF for helping children." 

I am proud of our caring, open-minded, and principled students and their actions. They are the global citizens who will change our world in better way.

Happy Thanksgiving!"

Thank you so much to all of our participants, and to everyone who contributed!