From Alfonso - 10/4

Dear Friends,

First, a reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 6:00 there will be a facilities forum in the gym to share the report of the site evaluation committee and a look at our current and emerging facilities needs. Again, if you are attending, please be sure to rsvp to Jhoanna (JCo@intlschool.org), especially if you need child care.

Last week we completed elections for the grade 3-5 School Council. Congratulations to all those who were chosen. The group will begin its weekly meetings next week.

As you may know, last summer we were selected as a Confucius Classroom School by the Confucius Institute at PSU and the Hanban Office of China. As a result we received several boxes of books and other resources from China. And just last week our three wonderful interns arrived, Yao Wu, Surong Chen, and Weijia Hu. These young women will be studying and doing other activities at Portland State but will spend time with us each week observing, helping and learning about teaching Chinese in America.

On a similar note, thanks to our designation as an International Spanish Academy, we welcome Christina Aranda Rubio from Spain. Christina will be with us this year as an intern, living with TIS families.

Kudos to TIS students Apostoli(Spanish 5), Sideris(Spanish3) and Serafim(Spanish 2), who performed traditional Greek dances at the Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. If you missed this year’s festival remember to watch for announcements next September.

An administrative colleague of mine from another school recently said, “Why knock yourself out? No one remembers what we do anyway.” A touching contradiction to that notion occurred on Sunday morning when some 50 current and alumni families, students and staff came together to honor the memory of former TIS Spanish teacher Jaime Galán of Spain. People shared wonderful stories of this unique man, and a white dogwood was planted in his memory. Clearly Jaime is and will be remembered.



As I write this, grade 4 students are in a bus on their way to Mt St Helens. Grade 4s are currently doing a PYP Unit on slow and fast processes that keep the earth constantly changing - such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

We are into auction and special appeal season now. Please watch the announcements and support us in any way you can. This year’s special appeal will focus on science and math, providing science and math classroom resources, professional development, and library materials.

REMEMBER: this Friday is statewide professional development day and there will be no school for children. We big kids will be here doing our study and homework.

Have a peaceful week ahead and see you at the corner,
Alfonso
Head of School, AOrsini@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 x109