"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Series #3: LGTBQ - TOMORROW

The third event in our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion series is tomorrow evening! Please attend this important event! Note: The EDI sessions are open to the larger public.


Wednesday, February 22nd

Learners' Hall


Each module, hosted by Barbara Diamond and her team, includes film, large and small group discussion, hands-on activities, and brief presentations.

LTGBQ. This module covers implicit bias against lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender identities. Participants explore concepts such as the gender binary and queer, gender non-conforming, and transgender identities. Participants will view Barbara J. Diamond’s film What Are You?, which features LGBTQ people in Portland, Oregon who describe their experiences with microaggressions based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Participants will engage in facilitated discussion and brainstorming on reducing bias against LGBTQ people in their workplaces, communities, and personal lives

Author Linda Sue Park to Visit TIS!

In our continued exploration of powerful stories, The International School will host author Linda Sue Park for a 3rd/4th grade presentation on March 14, and an after school book signing that is open to all families!  We’d like to give a special thanks to Powell’s Bookstore for connecting us with this fabulous opportunity.  We will have copies of Linda Sue Park’s “Wing & Claw” fantasy series available for purchase at the event.  

You can also pre-order any of her books (new copies only!) by e-mailing loraw@intlschool.org with the title and number of copies you would like, plus your child’s name.  All pre-order requests must be received by Friday, February 24, and paid for, by check, by March 3rd.  Powell’s is generously offering a 20% discount on any new titles purchased.

March 3rd Community Service Day

Community Service Day will be on March 3rd, come join us at the Oregon Food Bank, located at 7900 NE 33rd Dr Portland, OR 97211. This is scheduled on an In-Service day and will be from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. Volunteers will be repackaging bulk food donations into family-sized portions so that it may be distributed to those in need. There is about 16 spots left to filled, so place a RSVP as soon as possible. Only children 6 and up may attend, and all need to be accompanied by a chaperone (18 years old and up). Things to do:

  • Fill out and sign the “Youth Consent Form” (this must be done for anyone under 18 to participate)
  • Wear closed toe/heel shoes
  • Wear sleeved shirts
  • Do not have food, beverage, gum or candy
  • Do not attend if you feel sick or have a cough, runny nose, flu-like symptoms, open wounds, or food borne illnesses
  • Park in the parking lot and on the street. Please pay close attention to the signs posted to indicate the flow of traffic through the parking lot.

Sign up here! 

Volunteer Opportunity - Admissions Ambassadors

Our TIS Admissions Ambassador Program is now underway! If you'd like to share your love of TIS with prospective families, please sign up!  The primary job would be to email applicant families - most often within your child's language track - and offer to share your experiences about the school with them. No canned pitch - just be yourself!  You'd be assigned 1-4 families.  To volunteer or for more information, please email the Parent Network at parentnetwork@intlschool.org

Campus Foot Patrols - Curious? Check it out this Thursday!

Please help us keep the areas surrounding around our campus clean and safe. There are TWO separate ways to be involved! All parent volunteers get TIS credit hours for participating! 


Come spend an hour keeping our TIS neighborhood clean and safe. These patrols are organized by the Parent Network in coordination with Friends of Riverplace and the city of Portland. Come once, or make it a regular part of your schedule! Adults only, please.

Meet near the entrance to Stearns Hall. Dress for the weather in clothes that can get dirty.

Gloves, pickers, and trash bags are provided.


SOLVE is a state-wide non-profit organization that takes action every day to keep Oregon clean and green. It mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes over 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state. KIDS ARE WELCOME!

Join SOLVE, Friends of RiverPlace, and the International School in raking, trimming, digging and cleaning in the South Naito Neighborhood. From Naito to the River, help us beautify our community. Wont you be our neighbor? Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Raking.

 Two upcoming events: March 18 and April 22.

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm


Questions or to rsvp? Please contact the TIS Parent Network at parentnetwork@intlschool.org

Come Visit the Library!


More than 130 students participated in the 2016-2017 K-5 reading challenge!  Their incredible art and writing responses will be on display in the Main campus library through the end of February.  Please come check out the displays—dioramas, drawings, a letter to a character, a letter to an author, and more!

As an educator, the best part of the reading challenge was hearing about families reading and discussing the books together.  Stories—whether written or told, whether traditional, personal, fictional, or factual—are how we learn about the world, each other, and ourselves.  If you are curious what to read next, try some of this year’s Youth Media award winners or come by the library for recommendations!

- Lora

Auction Gala Sign-Up Parties - Spaces Still Available!

Did you miss the Gala, or didn't have a chance to sign up for one of the Gala's Signup Parties?  Have no fear - spaces are still open and available for online purchase! This year's parties include an all-ages roller skating party at Oaks Park; Scavenger Hunt at school with the specialist teachers for grades 2-5; Rosé All Day (and night!); and the ever popular NE Progressive Dinner.  Visit the Gala donation page for more details and dates, and to purchase your reservations.

Don't know what Gala Signup parties are?  It's easy!  few groups of TIS community members - including parents and teachers - agree each year to host a variety ofdifferent parties known as Auction Gala Signup Parties.  You simply sign up for the party (or parties!) that interest you, and pay per person. EVERY dollar from the party reservations goes directly to benefit the students and teachers at TIS, thanks to our generous hosts and hostesses!  Hurry though - reservation sales began at the Gala on February 4th and each party has limited reservations.  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Olivares at lisao@intlschool.org or 503-226-2596. 

Art, Music, PE blog!

Hello there! Did you know that our Art, Music, and PE Specialists have a blog? The blog is brand new this year, and is a lovely way to get a glimpse of all of the wonderful things happening in our specialist classes! You can read it here: http://www.intlschool.org/lamp-blog

The blog also lives on our Art Music & PE page in the "Academics" section of the website. If you are technologically inclined, feel free to subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates!

Upcoming Events

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5th Grade Graduation Photos - Please note new date!  Emails with more details coming soon to 5th grade parents!

The International School Equity, Diversion, & Inclusion Series: LGTBQ This module covers implicit bias against lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender identities. Participants explore concepts such as the gender binary and queer, gender non-conforming, and transgender identities. This event is free and open to the public.  Learners' Hall, 6:30-8pm



Campus Foot Patrol. Grading Day. Squaregator open.



NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Grading Day. TIS Community Service Day. Squaregator open.



CAPSTONE STUDY ABROAD TRIPS BEGIN! Good luck and safe travels to our 5th Graders! We hope that you have a wonderful time!



PARENT NETWORK ALL-PARENT MEETING / CHAT WITH ALUMNI NIGHT. Come socialize with fellow parents and meet members of the 2016-2017 Parent Network Steering Committee. Then join the Parent Network in welcoming a special Alumni Panel!  TIS alumni will join us to talk about the impact that a TIS education had on their lives. Refreshments will be provided. Interested in coming? Please RSVP by sending a quick email to parentnetwork@intlschool.org with your name and and how many will be attending. 6:30-8:30pm, Learners' Hall. The goal for this meeting is to be both informative and fun!

Sports Medicine 101

Come explore the exciting world of Sports Medicine with Little Medical School! Using interactive demonstrations, crafts, and games, kids will learn how to do an assessment, treat common sports injuries, and more! This class offers upper elementary school students a fun new way to discover a variety of science and health topics. 

Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 3/17-5/12 (6-week class)
Hilltop Building, Room #3

$89/ student (Grades 3-5)   
*Includes a variety of tools and crafts that the kids take home