"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Welcome Back - Again!

Welcome back, everyone! It was so nice to be able to join together again on campus today - despite the ice and slush! We realize that the past few weeks have been frustrating and challenging for everyone.  We will be sending out a survey shortly about makeup days.

Let's hope that we have seen the last of the wintery weather. We are excited to have everyone back in the classroom together. Now let's get back to learning!

Chinese Capstone Students Are Here this Week!

Our Capstone exchange students from China are here this week! Students and teachers from the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (our host school in Suzhou, China) are attending TIS Wednesday-Friday. The SEES students are staying with our Chinese track 5th grade families. These are the same SEES students who will host our 5th graders in March.

Due to the chaotic weather this week, arrangements were made for TIS parents to pick up their host student early. Some parents even picked up host students for other families. Thank you so much to these TIS families, teachers Christy and Angela, and to Meredith Fleming for all of their hard work in making this happen!

Overall our parents are beyond thrilled to witness their child speaking fluent Chinese and our students are being kind, patient and gracious hosts. They all took advantage of the no-school day on Tuesday to have fun! Seeing the students together having fun is a warm reminder of the TIS mission.

We are very excited to have the opportunity to host these students. Now in its third year, it is an amazing and rare opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. We hope that every host family and student truly enjoys the experience. If you see the visiting students or teachers on campus, please join us in welcoming them to TIS!

For more information about Capstone, contact Meredith Fleming (meredithf@intlschool.org)

School in Session February 20 - Please Pack a Lunch

The multiple snow days have required us to activate our second school reserve day. School will be in session on Monday, February 20. This day is in addition to the additional snow reserve day that has been activated for Tuesday, January 17. Lunches will not be delivered these days. Costs were already calculated without that date. Please pack a lunch if your child normally gets pizza on Mondays and/or burritos on Tuesdays!


In anticipation of snow days, we built two extra snow days into the calendar, plus two “snow reserve days” i.e. potential makeup days into the school calendar. This gives us 4 potential snow days to work with before having to determine make up additional make up days during the school year, or add them on to the end of the school year. Unfortunately, we have now reached our fifth cancelled day.

We have never had so many weather-related closures in the course of a school year. We are currently examining additional options to make up additional days.





International Festival is Feb 10! Performance Schedule Coming Soon

The International Festival is one of the great annual traditions at TIS! Each class performs a different song, skit, and/or dance in their track language. It’s a great way to showcase our multiculturalism and spirit of the school. TIS parents, grandparents, and other members of our community are invited to come watch the students perform. The shows are really fun!  

This year's Festival will be held on Friday, February 10 at the PCC Sylvania Campus (same location as last year).

Watch your inboxes for the final International Festival performance schedule.  There will be four separate performances times across the day; each class will be assigned to one of these slots. Tips: Early Childhood students are always in the 8:30 show. Kindergarteners perform in the 10:30am show. 

The full schedule will be released soon.  Stay tuned!

Parent Volunteers are needed! You would be assigned to a different show than your child(ren) would be performing in. For more information, contact kat@intlschool.org



Little Veterinarian School - NEW After School Activity!

Little Veterinarian School
Grades 1-5
1/13-2/24 (Fridays) 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Hilltop Building, Room #3
$89/ 6-week session

Little Veterinarian School®encourages elementary school children to explore the exciting world of veterinarians. Using interactive demonstrations, crafts and games, kids learn how to take care of a pet and use instruments that real veterinarians use. Classes include:  What’s in the Veterinarian’s Office?, The ABC’s of Dog Care, Laceration, Sick of Ticks, The Immune System and Vaccinations, and Veterinary Fun and Graduation!  Participants will receive a stuffed dog, journal, and many other projects and tools.  Join us for this fun and unique new STEM class.

REGISTRATIONS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-veterinarian-school-the-international-school-tickets-30270815825
WEBSITE:  http://www.littlemedicalschool.com/bend-portland/

School in Session January 17th - Please pack a lunch!

The multiple snow days in early December have required us to activate one of our school reserve day. School will be in session on Tuesday, January 17. There will still be no classes for students on Monday, January 16, though school will be open for a teacher in-service day.

PLEASE NOTE: Burrito Bar will not be delivering that day. Costs were already calculated without that date. Please pack a lunch if your child normally gets burritos on Tuesdays!

The 2016-17 Auction Gala is only one month away

Do you have your tickets yet??  The Gala is TIS's largest fundraising event...and an incredible amount of fun!  Take a peek at what will be offered at the Gala this year at our new preview page: www.intlschool.org/auction-preview.  We'll keep posting photos and info on class art projects, baskets, sign up parties, and other info as we receive them!  Please contact Lisa Olivares with any questions about the Gala at LisaO@intlschool.org.

Check those Lost & Found Bins!

Brrr! It's chilly outside! If your child is missing a coat or a sweatshirt, there's a good chance that its in the Lost & Found bin! lease be sure to check the Lost and Found located inside of Stearns Hall, Hilltop building and the EC Campus! There are more than 50 items that are overflowing from the bin and the rack on the Main Campus alone! The items not picked up by Friday, January 13th will be donated to a charitable organization to distribute to children in need.


THANK YOU for your support of the Global Citizen Fund

The $10,000 matching challenge gift from our Board of Trustees closed on Saturday, December 31.  While we didn't quite hit the $10,000 mark, we raised a remarkable $6,940 in slightly over one month!  Since the Board will now match that amount dollar-for-dollar, our community added $13,880 to the Global Citizen Fund in that short period!  Our total is now $26,108.17!  Contribute now to help bring us to the $40,000 goal - a huge thank you to everyone who's brought us this far!

After School Coding Classes

Coding with Kids is BACK for the Winter with BRAND NEW CURRICULUM! Sign up NOW! Classes are filling up fast!

Grades K-2
Wed, 3:35 PM-4:35 PM
Jan 11 - Mar 15
$199 / 10-week session

Jump start your child’s STEAM education with Coding with Kids’ Little Coders class! Students will develop their computational thinking skills and build their own creative programs. Our curriculum combines a blend of fun activities - both "on-screen" and “off-screen” - to keep students engaged and excited about coding. This class will give students a strong foundation on coding basics, such as loops and conditionals, that can be built upon in our other classes. Kids will be introduced to these programming fundamentals in a variety of ways appropriate for this age group, from coding puzzles and board games to hands-on programming using online drag-and-drop tools, such as Scratch (scratch.mit.edu).

REGISTRATIONS: www.codingwithkids.com/session/2088

Grades 3-5
Thu, 3:35 PM-4:35 PM
Jan 12 - Mar 16
$199 / 10-week session

Do you play games and wonder how they are created? Would you like to build your own computer programs? Come learn how at the Coding with Kids Academy! In this fun after-school class, BEGINNERS will be introduced to the core concepts of computer programming, including loops, conditionals and variables. INTERMEDIATE students will move on to more advanced concepts, such as nested conditionals and functions with parameters. Using the Scratch development environment, you will learn how to create a variety of programs, from simple animations to multi-level games. With new projects each session, you will be able to express your creativity and advance as a coder!

REGISTRATIONS: www.codingwithkids.com/session/2089

CLICK HERE for a complete list of after school classes at TIS!