Tirana International School

September 6, 2017


Important Dates

4 - Begin Sign-up for Activities
7 - Parent Coffee (8:00) on Parent Patio
8 - Summer Reading Challenge Assembly
8 - Back to School Picnic (17:30 - 20:00)
12 - After School Activities Begin
14-16 - MS/Sec Retreat in Voskopoje
18 - MAP Testing Begins
23 - Saturday Soccer Begins (see information below)


Director's Desk

This week we are introducing our parent ID system for those individuals that would like easier access to the campus.  As you are all aware, we take security at TIS very seriously and want to help facilitate an atmosphere where students feel safe and comfortable.  Part of this process is helping students know at a glance that an adult is a TIS parent by their on-campus badge.  If anyone would like to get a permanent badge, then they may send their name as it will appear on the badge and a recent digital photograph to robert-jackson@qsi.org.  Please send your name as you want to be addressed by students and teachers, so shortened forms are fine if that is what you prefer.  We would ask that parents only apply for a badge if they are expecting to be on campus on a frequently for school business.  

On another note, we look forward to seeing everyone on Friday at the back to school picnic!  We will provide hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks.  If families would like to provide a salad or dessert, then they are welcome to do so.  See you on the field for a big cookout!


Tiger News

This year the weekly announcements are produced for students by students with the help of Mr. Panetta.  If you are interested in reading about their activities, have a look here.  Students are still able to join the after school activity and help make the announcements.  


Albanian Language

Welcome back to all of the students that are taking Albanian language class this year. They were so excited to come back and to begin together this new journey of learning our beautiful and unique language. 


Intensive English

Five and six year old students are feeling comfortable and interacting confidently in the first days of IE class.  We wish them the best as they begin their process of learning English this year at TIS.



The 12 year old class is enjoying enhanced learning through new Chromebooks and Google Classroom. So far this year, students have used the new technology to access digital resources such as Khan Academy and online textbooks. In addition, students have accessed, completed and submitted assignments, worked collaboratively with peers, received teacher feedback and maintained their academic planners all through Google Classroom. 


British Literature

The oldest surviving English poem is the epic story of Beowulf, a legendary hero. Despite its age (the manuscript is over 1,000 years old), the events and the characters of the story still excite the modern readers. British Literature students at TIS have enjoyed immersing themselves in the epic battles of the mighty warrior.  

“The epic Beowulf is one of the best stories I have ever read” - Kaan.

“The poem describes each scene better than the next, making us feel like there is a real hero amongst us” - Sigve.

“The memory of Beowulf’s grandeur and glory lives on” - Alessia.


Saturday Soccer

We formally invite you to take part in our Fall Saturday Soccer. For 7 consecutive Saturdays children will engage in a friendly soccer league. Games will take place at the Tirana International School (TIS) soccer field. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful event, please reply to us no later than September 12, 2017 with a list of your players (maximum 10 players per team)and the registration form along with the payment.

Categories:  5-7 Years Old, 8-10 Years Old, 11-13 years Old

Contact coach Henry to register.  reyarriola@gmail.com  0698245144


Music in Tune

Music classes are just getting started.  All children at TIS from 2-13s see Mrs. Wheelis for music.  We are singing, clapping, playing instruments and generally having fun all around.  Feel free to pop in anytime and join your child for music class! This fall we are learning about things like beat, rhythm, instruments and genres of music.  Watch for more information about programs and concerts later this fall!


Meet the 9's

Meet the new 9 YO class.  We are intelligent!  We are talkative!  We are creative!   We are THE INTELLATIVES!



Families should mark their calendars for the Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 8 from 5:30 to 8:00.  TIS will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, popcorn and drinks for all children and parents.  Families are welcome to bring a salad or dessert to share with others.  Plates, cutlery, cups and napkins will be provided.  See you at the picnic!


Lunch Menu

Please find the lunch menu for September here.


After School Activities

Get ready for  another exciting year of activities . Our amazing teachers have done their best to offer many different choices of activities for TIS students.  Please find below the link to TIS activities website where you can find the schedule for the upcoming round of activities:

Registration Link - http://tisactivities.weebly.com/asa-registration.html

Important dates:
4 September-Sign up for 1 Round of ASA
7 September- Sign up closes
8 September- ASA confirmation
12 September-  ASA start



TIS is coordinating a retreat for all middle school (11-13) and secondary I-IV students.  The group will leave from school on Thursday for an 2-night getaway at Hotel Akademia in Voskopoje, Albania. During this trip they will participate in community building activities and enrichment coursework.  It is expected that all students and teachers participate in this important team building time. We will return on Saturday morning.
More information and permission forms will go out to middle school and secondary students later this week. The cost per student is 5000 Lek. Permission forms and money will be due by Friday 8 September 2017.



The 5 year old class are really enjoying learning the alphabet and numbers in French class. They are also learning basic French and classroom procedures, through observing gestures, activities or simple songs. Once they learn these useful words and phrases, they will get used to speak French during classroom interactions.


Toddler Play Group

What: TIS Toddler Playgroup 
Who: Parents and their little ones ages 3 and under. 
When: Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30
Where: TIS playgrounds (meet at the parent patio for a coffee first!)
Join us weekly on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30 AM at the TIS playgrounds. Have a coffee and chat with friends while the little ones play and socialize. Contact Sarah Hardenbergh (069-707-9559) with any questions. Hope to see you there!