"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Today is the LAST Day for 2017-18 Re-Enrollment

Re-enrollment is now open for the 2017-18.  We are looking forward to continuing to educate our students in an environment of language immersion and inquiry based learning.  Once again re-enrollment will now be completed entirely though the parent portal. 

Please go to www.intlschool.org/portal and log in.  On the left hand menu, click on "Enroll/Re-enroll" and follow the step-by-step instructions.  On the final page, you will need to read the enrollment agreement and click the "I agree" button.  Once you have clicked that, you can "print/view completed contract."  Once you have clicked that, you can print out the tuition contract.  Please sign and return to them to the school along with a $300 deposit. Please return them to the school no later than TODAY, MARCH 20th!

Capstone Update: Week 1 in review

Our 5th graders' week attending a host school and living with a host family has come to an end. They will spend the next week visiting cultural and historic sites and collecting information for their Exhibition projects. Be sure to check out the Capstone blogs for fun photos and updates:

Save the Date! April 27th: Capstone Info Session & 5th Grade Exhibition. Parents of students from all grades are invited to join us for an info session about Capstone. Afterward, parents will have an opportunity to visit 5th Grade Exhibition. Info Session: 8:15am, location TBD. Exhibition: Learner's Hall. 

Questions? Contact Capstone Coordinator, Meredith Fleming: MeredithF@intlschool.org

Early Childhood Art Show

It's that time again...The EC Art Show will be on display with an opening Monday, April 3rd and will run through Friday, April 14th. 

We're looking for volunteers to help out starting March 24th until the 26th (the weekend that kicks off spring break)

If you will be in town for Spring break, this is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours! (and a great way to take a sneak peek at your child's artwork to be displayed!) Coffee and bagels will be provided, and your children are welcome to come, so you will not have to worry about childcare.

If you are interested, please contact Carolina at carolinab@intlschool.org.

Reminder: Parents, have you volunteered for a TIS activity or event? Please record your volunteer hours here.

TIS Foot Patrol

Join TIS parents as we work to keep the area around our school clean and safe.

When: Thursday, March 23rd from 8 am to 9 am

Where: Meet in front of Stearns Hall. Adults only. No pets please.

*Gloves, trash bags, pickers and graffiti removal supplies provided.

Please record your volunteer hours for participating in the TIS Foot Patrols!

Please contact Kristen Stowell @ pdxtis@bumpsy.org with any questions.

Upcoming Foot Patrols:
2nd Thursday of each month from 2 pm to 3 pm
4th Thursday of each month from 8 am to 9 am

Run For the Arts

Did you know that 100% of the classroom budgets for our art and music programs is funded by Run For the Arts?! We are extremely grateful to have such robust art and music programs because of the contributions our community makes to this fun event! Mark your calendars now for the 2017 Run For the Arts: 

Early Childhood Campus - Wednesday, April 19
Main Campus - Thursday, April 20

The running schedule for each class will be released the week before the events. For more information, visit www.intlschool.org/rfa.

Auction Sign-up Parties

Hey parents of 2nd-5th graders...do you want a night out?!  Sign up your TIS student for our Party With the Specialists on Friday evening, May 19. Drop off your grade 2-5 students for a scavenger hunt, pizza dinner and a movie; then treat yourself to a dinner date!  OR...are you looking for a fun night out??  Sign up for the Rosé All Day (and Night) party on Saturday, September 23. 

Visit https://tis.schoolauction.net/auction201617/give for more details and to sign up now!

Engineering For Kids

Engineering For Kids will be hosting an 8 week course entitled "Traveling Into The Future". This course will immerse students in the expansive world of Minecraft, and will challenge student’s ingenuity and problem solving skills as they navigate through several engineering challenges. Students will learn how to use teamwork and manage resources like an engineer in the real world. Building in Minecraft allows students to experiment with designs and materials, all without the risks associated with building structures in reality. 

Students will be able to: 

- Work in teams to construct buildings and infrastructure within Minecraft worlds
- Connect a series of islands with bridges, boats and tunnels
- Solve a 200 year old mystery and terraform the Earth
- Build a settlement on the moon 

Wednesdays: 4/05, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/03, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24—8 Weeks 
Two Hours per Session 3:30pm to 5:30pm, $288 per child
Age: K – 5th graders
Location: The International School

Register HERE!

For questions, contact Emily at 503-330-8781

Upcoming Events


MONDAY, MARCH 20 Re-Enrollment 2017-2018 DUE through Parent Portal.



Parent Teacher Conferences (after school) No after school classes. Squaregator WILL be open.  To schedule your conferences, 

Alumni Info Night for Prospective Families 6:00-8:00pm. Advance reservation is required. Sign up here



TIS Foot Patrols Join TIS parents as we work to keep the area around our school clean and safe. Adults only. No pets please. Gloves, trash bags, pickers and graffiti removal supplies provided. Meet in front of Stearns Hall 8:00-9:00am



Read in Your PJs Day! Due to popular demand, we are going to hold a belated annual Read in Your Pajamas Day! This will make up for the one lost over the winter. This will be for 1st - 4th grades (5th will be on Capstone) during English class. Do you have a Prek - Kindergartener? Some teachers have already done make up days. Please be sure to ask your child's individual teacher if they will be participating.



Spring Break! SquareGator Open. Enjoy your time off. See you in April!



Early Childhood Art Show



Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Series: Disability 6:30-8:00p in Learner's Hall

Sibling Applications Due March 14th

If you have a child starting at TIS in the 2017-18 academic year, we do need you to please submit an application. Applications received by March 14 will have sibling priority for enrollment, even in classes with waitlists. Any application submitted after March 14 will join the waitlist for any classes that have them.

You can find our new application online by creating an account through our new admissions system. 

 - The most direct way to fill it out is to start here: www.intlschool.org/mailinglist

-  Bypass the Tours options page by clicking “next" (unless you want one, of course). 

 - Press “Apply” and 

-  Choose “Current Family / Sibling Application” for a discounted application fee.

 Paper applications are available as well. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jan Williams, Director of Admissions, jwilliams@intlschool.org, x 110

Linda Sue Park Author Visit - Tuesday, March 14

Linda Sue Park will be at The International School on Tuesday, March 14.  She will speak to 3rd and 4th graders in a special assembly at 2:00pm, and then be available for book signing in the library after school. 

Three of her books will be available for purchase, including her powerful novel, A Long Walk to Water, which is based on a true story of hope and perseverance in South Sudan.  Powell's has extended their educator discount to all TIS families buying books at this event.  Please bring cash or check only!  The books and prices are A Long Walk to Water ($6.40 paperback), Forest of Wonders $5.60 (paperback), and Cavern of Secrets ($13.60 hard cover).  The latter two books are part of Linda Sue Park's delightful and intriguing new Wing & Claw fantasy series.  They are excellent for 3-5 graders to read on their own, or as books tor read aloud to your family. 

Linda Sue Park writes wonderful stories spanning all ages, genres, and formats.  If you'd like to learn more about her writing and the power of children's books to change the world, please check out her Ted Talk, and come meet her on Tuesday, March 14.