Upcoming Events - 11/14

See the full calendar at intlschool.org/calendar. You can make TIS one of your Google calendars. At the bottom of your calendar list on the left, click “add”, choose “add a friend’s calendar”, then type: tisadmin@intlschool.org.

Monday Nov 14: forms due for speech & hearing screening. Click here for info & form.

Monday Nov 14 & Tuesday Nov 15: Meet Head Search Candidate Robert Woods (last one!)
See his and all candidates' resumes at intlschool.org/newhead - use the All-Parent password

  • Monday 6:30-8 pm: Community Forum (Gym). Reserve childcare at intlschool.org/childcare (for TIS students and siblings age 3+).

  • Tuesday 7:45-8:20 am: Meet & Greet with the Candidate in the Staff Break Room (in Modular 3 between Stearns & Garden)

  • Tuesday 2-2:45 pm: Community Q & A (Gym)


Tuesday Nov 15 at midnight: all Head Search comments due to headsearchcomments@intlschool.org or comment boxes in the reception areas

Tuesday Nov 15, 3:15pm: Parent-Teacher conferences - advance sign-up required.

Thursday Nov 17, 6:30pm: Campus Master Plan presentation in the gym. Reserve childcare at intlschool.org/childcare (for TIS students and siblings age 3+).

Friday Nov 18: Speech & Hearing screening. Sign-up by Nov 14.
7:45-8:30am: SCRIP sale outside Stearns Hall

Saturday, Nov 19, 5:00pm: TIS auction - buy tickets by Mon Nov 14. intlschool.org/auction




Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Nov 21-23: Full days of school
Thursday & Friday Nov 24: No school - Thanksgiving




Monday, November 28: Scholastic Book orders due - click here for details.

Friday, December 2: Winter Festival at the Gerding Theater at the Armory
All shows will be professionally recorded and edited. You will be able to purchase DVDs from TIS receptionists (starting next week) and at the show. Volunteers needed to help with the TIS Spirit Wear sale at the show - contact marketing@Intlschool.org.

  • Show 1 - 9 to 10am: PreK & LowK with special guest performances by Maria's 4th grade, Hong's 5th grade, and Masami's 2nd/3rd grade

  • Show 2 - 11:30am to 12:30pm: Kinder & 1st grade with special guest performances by Wen's 5th grade, Constanza's 5th grade, and Taka's 4th/5th grade

  • Show3 - 3-4:30pm: all 2nd through 5th grades including Mei's older dance class


Sunday, December 4
Japanese Language Proficiency Test for 5th graders.


Notes from Alfonso - 11/14

Greetings,

I hope you can all make it to the auction this coming Saturday night and bid at a level that is meaningful for you. The auction raises critical funds that help make our work possible for each and every child.

PLEASE, please do not park in the designated auction spaces next to the hilltop building and in front of Stearns Hall. These people very kindly and significantly supported our children's learning by buying these spaces. Help me! And on a related note, if there are construction delays or such, please take a deep breath and DRIVE SLOWLY around campus.

I trust everyone had an illuminating parent teacher conference last Friday. As we adults meet and talk about our students, it is important for us to remember to include the student in the future plans to as great an extent as is possible given the age of the student. If not, we can end up running around in circles while the student stands stationary at the middle. And let's remember that effort counts for a great deal. Let's remember to commend genuine effort even when it does not immediately yield the results we would like.

Please do stop in to meet Head Candidate Robert Woods either today or tomorrow and welcome him to TIS from Moshi, Tanzania.

So here we are with the auction this week, Thanksgiving the next,  and Winter Festival right around the corner! Have a good week and see you at the corner,

Alfonso
Dr. Alfonso Orsini, Head of School, AOrsini@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 x122 

Auction this Saturday -- five days to go!

Are you coming to to the auction on Saturday? Great! Did you buy your tickets? If no, please purchase your tickets online by midnight on Monday at intlschool.org/auction!

The money we raise from this annual event enables us to purchase books and equipment and to offer teacher training, and means we can keep tuition at a lower level than most Independent Schools in our class! So please support the school with your presence.
Click here to check out the online catalog, which will grow and change for a few more days as we input all the donations. We're working to find the best spot for each item in the live auction (just 20 items!) or the silent auction (many items!). Last Thursday at the Auction Preview we saw so many amazing art projects and baskets - we had to choose just one from each track to be in the live auction. The live auction will feature the following projects. Drumroll please...


Yi Guan and Sandy's Chinese Pre-K art project
Exquisite black lacquer-effect three-panel screen decorated with photos of whimsical portraits made by the class using felt, buttons, beads and other objects.

Jossie & Abelid's Spanish Low-K Art Project
Your kids will be over the moon when you bring this hand-made Puppet Theater home with you from the auction!


Taka's Japanese 4th/5th Grade Art Project

A fused glass platter featuring Japanese carp and the phrase Ichi Go Ichi E (Once in a lifetime, this moment)

Thank you to everyone who worked on or contributed to a class project or basket!
Thank you to everyone who has donated! At this point we are no longer accepting donations.
Thank you to Reba Akin and Huma Pierce for coordinating both the class projects and the preview!
How can I support the auction even if I cannot come?

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  • You can make a donation to the Special Appeal: Alfonso's Choice for Educational Priorities by clicking here or on the Donate Now button.

  • If there is an item in the live auction that you really want, you can bid by proxy. Email or call Kelsey Cleveland to make arrangements. We can either call you when the item is being auctioned or you can tell us the item and your budget and let us bid on your behalf. (We can do this for relatives who live out of town too so spread the word.)



The auction committee has been working for a year to make this a night you won't want to forget. We look forward to seeing you at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday.

More information at intlschool.org/auction.

Linda McGeady and Joel Simon, auction co-chairs, auction@intlschool.org

Kelsey Cleveland, Development Director, kcleveland@intlschool.org

See your children perform

All these (except for Feb 17) are on the school calendar in the blue directory/handbook. All students perform for Winter Festival. For track festivals, that track's students perform and other classes attend either at the theater or in dry-runs.

  • Winter Festival December 2, details above

  • Chinese New Year: January 27, morning, at the Gerding Theater

  • Japanese Sakura Matsuri: February 17, morning, at University Place Hotel

  • Latino Festival: June 1, morning, at the Gerding Theater

New "TIS parents" web site coming . . .

Ever get frustrated looking for something on our web site? I'm working on a sub-site with a home page and navigation designed especially for enrolled families. I'm looking for a few parents who can look at it in the next week or so and give me feedback. Please let me know if you can help. Many thanks to Matt Eckmann & Pete Wright for getting me going on this!

Linda Bonder, Marketing & Communications Director, marketing@Intlschool.org, 503-477-5231

Update from Alfonso - 11/7

Hello, friends,
As you read this I will probably be on the train back from the PNAIS* Heads /Institutional Leadership Conference in Seattle. And you will be meeting our next wonderful Head Candidate (whom I will have the pleasure of visiting with on Tuesday).

First we have to thank once again Run for the Arts Leaders Joan Francis and Holly Levow as well as the many dedicated volunteers who helped out. Joan has managed RFA for some years now, and will be running it again with Holly next year. According to Joan, the preliminary total is $15,704.79! I love that total, not just because it is ginormous (a new word I learned from students) but because when there are cents involved it indicates people really reached down to contribute and support arts education. THANK YOU all for your contributions. And if you find the donation form under your sofa cushion or in the pocket of your coat, it is not too late to bring it in!

And here we are arriving at the auction, which promises to be a lovely event at the Art Museum this year. Buy tickets, invite friends, chip in and get super nanny to come and watch your kids! And please bring in your donation items. I'll probably be wearing a reminder signboard this week . . .

Last Thursday at grade 1 and 2 assembly I shared a wonderful story called Sarah's little Ghosts about guilt feelings when we don't admit to something bad we have done. While it can be challenging to maintain the attention of over 100 six and seven year olds, it is remarkable to see that in this digital age, they can still be utterly transfixed by a good story! A couple of times I almost lost my place in reading when I noted the beautiful look of wonder on their faces.

And the school council has come up with a great idea for assemblies. They have asked that teachers share their experiences of growing up and going to school in their countries. I am looking forward to hearing these stories myself.

Teachers worked hard on assessment reports last Friday; I hope you had a chance or will have a chance to read my Friday communication about how assessment works. Please be sure to sign up for a teacher conference on 11/11 or 11/15 if you haven't already (click here to sign up).

And speaking of learning milestones, congratulations to Chinese KG student Ahna who stopped at the corner last week to proudly show me that she had learned to whistle. The longer I work in this profession the more incredible it is to me that we learn not only language and calculus, but also how to speak, walk, eat solid food, and whistle.

See you at the corner,

Alfonso
Dr. Alfonso Orsini, Head of School, AOrsini@intlschool.org, 503.226.2496 x 122
*Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools

Auction countdown - TWO weeks to go - Preview this Thursday!



Saturday November 19th at the Portland Art Museum (SW Park at Main) - Pre-party cocktail at 5pm


Class project Preview Thurs Nov 10th, 3pm in the Gym. Come see great auction baskets and imaginative art projects!  Can you help set up at 1.30, or break down at 5pm?  Contact rebaakin@gmail.com

This is the last week for auction donations, so if you have a gift certificate or a cool experience you can procure, you can find donation forms at the front desks, or at inltschool.org/auction. Items can be dropped off at the front desks until Friday.

See below for details on this year's Special Appeal: Alfonso's Choice!

We would like every attending family to bring at least one non-TIS friend to the auction, and help break last year's attendance record!


Tickets on sale at intlschool.org/auction



This week's sneak peek: take to the air in a private plane for an aerial tour of Portland, or ride the river in a Fire & Rescue fireboat!

Staff Holiday Celebration -- Volunteer Opportunities

Every year the parent community at TIS rallies together to throw a wonderful holiday party for our teachers and staff. It’s our way of thanking them for their hard work, dedication, and love for our children. This year’s party will be on Saturday, December 3rd, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Tom and Karla Nutt’s home in SE Portland.

Since this event is sponsored entirely by the parent community, we are relying on you for help. Here are ways you can contribute:

1. Serve at the party – it is an incredibly fun evening and being a server is the only way a parent can attend the party. (Servers arrive at 6:00 p.m. and help clean up after.)
2. Create a homemade appetizer or dessert for the party – we need only finger foods this year that are easily passed on a serving tray

3. Donate beverages – wine and non-alcoholic beverages are needed
4. Donate cash – this helps us buy items that are not donated

The holiday party is a wonderful evening that the staff and faculty look forward to every year, and is made possible by the generosity of our parent community. Thanks in advance for your support!


Contact Karla Nutt at karlanutt@yahoo.com or Lori Schallich at lschallich@gmail.com to volunteer.

Alfonso's Choice: Special Appeal for Educational Priorities

If you asked Alfonso what TIS needs most to strengthen student learning, what would he say?
What kind of resources would help students with inquiry-based learning?
How does Alfonso want to help TIS teachers before he leaves?
This year’s special appeal, Alfonso’s Choice, answers these questions by addressing Alfonso’s educational priorities for TIS:

  • Library and classroom resources: $30,000

  • Technology: $25,000

  • Faculty professional development: $20,000


If we surpass our $75,000 goal, extra funds will go toward Alfonso’s choice of the three areas supported by the appeal.

The Details
Library and classroom resources: $30,000
Alfonso has made library and classroom resources a Special Appeal priority for the past three years. This has had an enormous impact on our students. Alfonso and the teachers agree that we still need to build our International Baccalaureate (IB) program by investing in books and classroom resources.

With your help, this year’s Special Appeal will support inquiry-based learning for all students in all four of our languages. Focused on all our IB units of inquiry, the fund will purchase books and bookcases for a classroom-based library system to work together with our main library-based collection.

Alfonso envisions hiring people to write books in our track languages for certain topics where books in the target language don’t exist, are not age appropriate, or are too costly. (For example, it’s hard to find information on the US constitution written in Chinese, Japanese and Spanish for elementary school students.)

We will allocate approximately $25,000 for books and $5,000 for additional classroom resources.

Faculty Professional Development: $20,000

“By funding faculty professional growth, you can enhance the quality of your school more and with fewer dollars than by directing
comparable amounts of money to any other point in your budget of expenses.”
- Independent School Management Magazine

Alfonso prides himself on prudent financial management and making the most impact for students with every dollar spent. As stated by Independent School Management Magazine, faculty professional development is one of the best investments a school can make. There is a virtually unlimited supply of professional development opportunities that will not only help students, but will also increase teachers’ personal growth and job satisfaction.

By raising your paddle on November 19, you will fund professional development related to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, teaching literacy skills, and developing rubrics to help students understand teacher expectations.

Consider:

  • An IB Primary Years Programme workshop for 27 teachers, March 2-4 right here in Portland ($725 per person).

  • When workshops are given in other cities, a few teachers could attend and become our resident experts training other teachers on that topic. ($1,500-$2,000 per person)

  • Professional Development Day in-house training for all staff on topics such as assessment strategies and tools ($1,500 per day)


Technology: $25,000
Thanks to your support and Alfonso’s leadership, the school has made great technological strides in the past few years. Now we must
continue the journey, investing more for technology-based support of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Alfonso envisions:

  • iPad listening stations for students to improve listening and comprehension skills and gain exposure to native speakers other than their teacher by listening to books, poems, music, plays and more.

  • iPad applications that help students learn to write characters or letters with their fingers. The iPad provides immediate visual feedback that helps students self-correct. (20 iPads: $10,000)

  • A permanent, reliable projection system caged into the gym ceiling to support assemblies, student presentations, guest speakers, parent meetings, and teacher professional development.

  • Support and training for teachers to integrate technology into their lesson plans and communications.

  • Improved connectivity infrastructure so that MacBooks and teacher computers connect to the internet without fail and frustration.


How to support the Special Appeal?
If you want to support the appeal and will be at the auction, raise your paddle proudly during the appeal.


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If you cannot attend the auction, here is how:

  • You may write a check to the International School and indicate Special Appeal in the note and send it to school attention “Development Office” or deliver to any of the receptionists.

  • To donate securely on-line, you may also click on this Donate Now button (it’s also on every TIS webpage); at program designation, select special appeal.


If you have questions about the special appeal, please contact Kelsey Cleveland, KCleveland@intlschool.org503-265-8635

Thank you!!

Kelsey Cleveland, Development Director, KCleveland@intlschool.org503-265-8635 

Piano lessons in your home

Piano Lessons with Ross Harris.  Experienced musician and music educator.  I can drive to your house! The first lesson is a free trial.  Please see my website or call for more information:  www.ross-harris.com(503) 521-1847. (Editor's note: Ross' family has been part of the TIS community for many years and teaches several TIS students already.)

Upcoming Events - 10/31

See all TIS Calendar events at intlschool.org/calendar. If you use a Google calendar, you can make the TIS calendar one of yours. At the bottom of your calendar list on the left, click “add”, choose “add a friend’s calendar”, then as the e-mail address, type: tisadmin@intlschool.org.

Have you signed up for Parent-teacher conferences?  Click here to sign up now. 


All week this week: Auction item pick-up outside Stearns. Honk and we'll come to your car!

Monday Oct 31
School Picture Retakes Posted Online- see separate e-mail with your password

Tuesday Nov 1 & Wednesday Nov 2: Meet Head Search Candidate Glenn Chapin
See his and all candidates' resumes at intlschool.org/newhead - use the All-Parent password

  • Tuesday 8-8:30 am: Meet & Greet, Arthur Street reception area

  • Tuesday 6:30-8 pm: Community Forum in the Hilltop Gym. Reserve childcare at intlschool.org/childcare.

  • Wed 7:45-8:20 am: Meet & Greet with the Candidate in the Staff Break Room (in Modular 3 between Stearns & Garden)

  • Wed 2-2:45 pm: Community Q & A (Gym)


Wednesday Nov 2: Last Day to Order School Pictures! See separate e-mail with your password & instructions, or contact the agency: Phone (360.513.2589) or email (jenn@agencypictures.net)

Friday Nov 4: No school for students
9:15am: Gilkey Middle School tour for TIS families – click here for info & to RSVP

NEW! Saturday November 5, 9:00am-noon: Garden Work Party. More info below.




Monday Nov 7 & Tuesday Nov 8: Meet Head Search Candidate Peter Metzger
See his and all candidates' resumes at intlschool.org/newhead - use the All-Parent password

  • Monday 8-8:30 am: Meet & Greet, Arthur Street reception area

  • Monday 6:30-8 pm: Community Forum in the Hilltop Gym. Reserve childcare at intlschool.org/childcare.

  • Tuesday 7:45-8:20 am: Meet & Greet with the Candidate in the Staff Break Room (in Modular 3 between Stearns & Garden)

  • Tuesday 2-2:45 pm: Community Q & A (Gym)


Tuesday Nov 8
* Deadline for donation of auction items including class donations
* 8:30am: Northwest Academy tour for TIS parents

Thursday Nov 10, 3-4:30pm: Auction Preview in the gym. Volunteers needed, contact rebaakin@gmail.com

Friday, Nov 11: No school for students
Parent-Teacher conferences - advance sign-up required. Click here to sign up


NEW! Saturday Nov 12: 9:00am-noon: Garden Work Party. More info below.




Monday Nov 14: forms due for speech & hearing screening. More info below.

Monday Nov 14 & Tuesday Nov 15: Meet Head Search Candidate Robert Woods
See his and all candidates' resumes at intlschool.org/newhead - use the All-Parent password

  • Monday 8-8:30 am: Meet & Greet, Arthur Street reception area

  • Monday 6:30-8 pm: Community Forum in the Hilltop Gym. Reserve childcare at intlschool.org/childcare.

  • Tuesday 7:45-8:20 am: Meet & Greet with the Candidate in the Staff Break Room (in Modular 3 between Stearns & Garden)

  • Tuesday 2-2:45 pm: Community Q & A (Gym)


Tuesday Nov 15, 3:15pm: Parent-Teacher conferences - advance sign-up required. Click here to sign up.

Friday Nov 18: Speech & Hearing screening. Advance sign-up required. More info below.

Saturday, Nov 19, 5:00pm: TIS auction! Buy tickets and see all info at intlschool.org/auction.

Update from Alfonso - 10/31

Greetings, friends,
And welcome to a new Monday and a new week.

Last week ended with the flourish of our annual fall costume parade. It was exciting to see so many princesses, ninjas (and yes a mutant ninja turtle here and there), Star Wars friends, Egyptian princesses, and even Sesame Street characters.

Please see the announcements about auction donations and tickets below and in the weeks ahead. As you know the auction is our largest fundraiser every year, and in addition to supporting operating costs, the money raised also supports purchase of resources, books, technology, and professional development for teachers and other staff.

You will also see below that Head candidate Glenn Chapin will be visiting tomorrow and Wednesday. PLease do make every effort to meet him on one of the occasions listed below. You can find his and the other candidates' resumes at intlschool.org/newhead (use the All-Parent Password).

And can it be? It is already time for assessment report writing this Friday so there will be no school for students.

I will shortly be sharing with you an email about assessment and reporting, so I will cut short here and wish you a very positive and dry week. And Happy Halloween.

See you at the corner
Alfonso
Dr. Alfonso Orsini, Head of School, AOrsini@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 x122

Auction countdown - three weeks to go

Saturday November 19th at the Portland Art Museum (SW Park at Main) - - Pre-party cocktail at 5pm



Tickets on sale now - click the button above or visit intlschool.org/auction. Reserve a table and invite some friends!
Class project preview - Thurs Nov 10th, 3pm. We need volunteers 1.30 - 4pm. 
Contact rebaakin@gmail.com



Tickets on sale at intlschool.org/auction.
We are still collecting auction items outside Stearns every morning this week at dropoff - honk your horn as you come down the hill and we will come to your car!

Can you volunteer the day of the auction? We need people to help set up from 9am on Nov 19th - get your volunteer hours logged!

 
Curious about the beautiful posters by Kat Topaz's design team? This year's Chinese Culture theme will be followed by Japanese and Latino cultural themes - so we can enjoy a taste of all three track cultures! If you have great ideas for decor and entertainment for future auctions sign up now for next year's auction committee...




THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED AND VOLUNTEERED SO FAR - THIS FUNDRAISER WILL BENEFIT ALL OUR KIDS!


Linda McGeady & Joel Simon, Volunteer Auction Chairs, auction@intlschool.org

Alfonso's Choice: Auction Special Appeal

Alfonso's Choice: Special Appeal for Educational Priorities
If you asked Alfonso what TIS needs most to strengthen student learning, what would he say?

What kind of resources would help students with inquiry-based learning?

How does Alfonso want to help TIS teachers before he leaves?

This year’s special appeal, Alfonso’s Choice, answers these questions by addressing Alfonso’s educational priorities for TIS:

DonateNow

  • Library and classroom resources: $30,000

  • Technology: $25,000

  • Faculty professional development: $20,000


If we surpass our $75,000 goal, extra funds will go toward Alfonso’s choice of the three areas supported by the appeal.

For more information, click here to download more information on the Special Appeal.

Donate in person at the live auction or click here to donate now. Your on-line donation will count toward the total raised!

Speech, language & hearing screenings - sign-ups due by Nov 14

The International School has arranged for speech, language and hearing screenings on Friday November 18, 2011. The screenings will be supervised and overseen by a licensed speech-language pathologist and conducted by graduate students in the Speech and Hearing Sciences program at Portland State University. The fee is $19 for hearing and $19 for speech and language.

To have your child screened, your form & payment is due to any TIS receptionist by Monday Nov 14. Please click here for the form (and more info).  Click here for more info on the PSU Speech & Hearing Sciences program.

Access Library Resources from home

There is something for everyone on the Library’s web site – intlschool.org/library! Students will find links to PYP resources, monthly Library Lessons, spelling, math and keyboarding games, a daily literature quiz, kid-friendly search engines and databases, interactive storybooks, as well as the online Library Catalog and more. Teachers and parents will find useful databases, informative articles, book lists, links to other libraries around the world, as well as Digital Inquiry Bins connected to each PYP Unit of Inquiry (in progress).

Our subscription databases include World Book, OSLIS, Tumblebooks and Bookflix. On the library web site (intlschool.org/library), under "For Parents" - use the TIS All-Parent password to see "Passwords for Parents" for access to WorldBook & OSLIS.

WorldBook Online
The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. "Read-Aloud" and "Translation' abilities are located in the Tool Box found in the articles

Gale Databases/Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) - (see the ITK e-mail for password info)

  • OSLIS is a SAFE environment for kids to do Internet-based research.

  • Quality licensed online databases are now accessible to all K-12 Oregon schools.

  • There are a large variety of reliable information resources available at one location.

  • Online tutorials and access to information resources help Oregon's students learn.

  • There are age appropriate articles with reading levels defined for K-12 (lexiles).

  • Information skills practice provided by information literacy curriculum framework.

  • It provides the resources to instruct students on citing work and how to research.

  • Content is varied and includes a multitude of magazine, encyclopedia and newspaper resources.

  • It provides the most current and constantly updated information.

  • Access from home is available so students can do research at night and on weekends.

  • Student achievement improves on the Oregon statewide assessment in schools where OSLIS is used.

  • Informe (Spanish language database)

  • Article translator


Tumblebooks
An online collection of animated, talking picture books. Available in English and Spanish.

BookFlix
An online literacy resource that pairs fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. Available in English and Spanish.

I am always happy to hear your feedback!

Tamara Beecroft-Fornell, Librarian, library@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 ext. 102