ISI connects languages, cultures, and people from every corner of the world.
ISI International Week, is our Homecoming, a time to celebrate our past, present, and future,
and to share traditions and culture that represent our diverse and vibrant school community.

 

September 6th - 10th

International Week began at ISI in 2019, and is a time to recognize and celebrate all of the cultures that make up the ISI community. Throughout the week, we celebrate each language track (French, Mandarin, and Spanish), and the week culminates with an International Parade and Festival. Carrying flags representing their nation and in attire that represents their home country, students, faculty, and staff walk together in a beautiful display of pride for their culture. The parade is followed by a festival for the full school community. Athletic events throughout the week serve as homecoming games for both boys and girls sports, and Upper School students have a Homecoming Dance.

International Parade & Festival
friday, september 9

Parade begins at 2:00 p.m. Visitors may begin arriving at 1:00 p.m. to begin parking and seating.
Festival begins immediately following the parade, concluding at 7:00 p.m.

Parking and seating are limited. Families are encouraged to carpool and bring the following items:

  • Lawn chairs and/or blankets 
  • Shading is recommended – umbrellas, sunglasses, sunscreen, hats
  • Water bottles 

Admission to the parade and festival is free. There will, however, be fees associated with food, drinks, and student club and Parent Association activities. The festival is a cashless event, and families can pre-purchase tickets (each ticket is worth $1) to use to purchase items. Families are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, but additional tickets will be available for purchase during the event through the Gryphon Store.

available FOOD/ACTIVITiES

Upper school clubs will host booths with various carnival-style games. All proceeds benefit Upper School clubs. The game details:

  • Black Student Union, Cup Pong Game - 1 ticket
  • Ceramics Club, Glitter Tattoo Painting - 1 ticket
  • Chinese Culture Club, Chopsticks Game & Hoop Throw Game - 1 ticket
  • Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeons and Math - 1 ticket
  • Eco Club, Fishing Game - 1 ticket
  • Hispanic Culture Club, Soccer Shooting Game & Empanadas - 1 ticket
  • Model United Nations, International Trivia Game & Buzzwire Game - 1 ticket
  • Robotics Club, Can Knockdown - 1 ticket
  • Timmy Club, Bean Bag Toss - 1 ticket

Lexington Independents will operate a food station with an assortment of offerings available for purchase with tickets:

  • Assorted soda - 2 tickets
  • Black bean burger (vegan/vegetarian) - 4 tickets
  • Cheeseburger - 4 tickets
  • Grilled Cheese (vegetarian) - 2 tickets
  • Hamburger - 3 tickets
  • Hot Dog - 2 tickets
  • Single bag chips - 1 ticket
  • Veggie Dog (vegan) - 2 tickets

Parent Association Concessions and activities will be available for purchase with tickets:

Concessions:

  • Balloon Animals - 1 ticket
  • Boba Milk Tea Mochi - 2 tickets
  • Boba Pineapple Cakes - 2 tickets
  • Bounce House - 1 ticket
  • Cotton Candy (2 flavors) - 3 tickets
  • Dolmades (vegan/vegetarian) - 2 tickets/piece
  • Honest Kids Juice Boxes - 1 ticket
  • International Assortment of Candy (Latinx and East Asian) - 3 tickets/bag
  • LaCroix - 1 ticket
  • Pains au Chocolat - 2 tickets
  • Popcorn (6 regional seasonings offered) - 3 tickets
  • Samosas (vegan/vegetarian) - 2 tickets/piece
  • Shaved Ice Cup - 4 tickets

Parent Association Activities

PRE-PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS

Each ticket is worth $1 and can be used to purchase food and participate in games at the festival. 

Tickets that are pre-purchased by Thursday, September 1 can be picked up during regular arrival and dismissal hours at the Chen Building, beginning on Tuesday, September 6 through Thursday, September 8.

Any tickets pre-purchased from Tuesday, September 6 through Wednesday, September 7 may be picked up 24 hours after the order is placed during regular arrival and dismissal hours at the Chen Building. All other pre-purchased ticket orders placed after Wednesday, September 7 may be picked up at the Gryphon Store booth during the festival. 

If you do not pre-purchase tickets or need to buy more at the Festival, go to the Gryphon Store booth located near the Taurel Building. This is the one station at the Festival where you will need to use your credit card. 

T-SHIRT PICK-UP

If you purchased an International Week t-shirt, they are now available for pick up! All t-shirts, regardless of your student's grade level, can be picked up in the Chen Building Lobby beginning this afternoon, during regular arrival and dismissal hours. Any shirts that have not been picked up by arrival on Friday may be picked up at the Gryphon Store booth. We hope to see many of you sporting your t-shirt at the Festival! 

volunteer sign-up

Parent volunteers are needed for both the International Parade and Festival! Those who plan to volunteer for the Parade must attend the rehearsal on Thursday, September 8, from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

All volunteers will receive communication from the Committee Chair/Point of Contact prior to the event. 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

PICK UP PROCEDURES, SEPTEMBER 9

EVENT MAPS

Lower School Events

ISI International Week is a time to celebrate our past, present, and future, and to share traditions and culture that represent our diverse and vibrant school community. This week, the Lower School will have three spirit days leading up to our International Parade on Friday. Students are invited to come to school dressed either in traditional or patriotic wear, with each day focused on the cultural heritage of our language tracks. Ideas for the spirit days include: traditional dress from the country of origin or a shirt with the country flag, name and colors on it. Participation is voluntary and uniforms can still be worn on these days. The week culminates with an International Parade and Festival. Carrying flags representing their nation and in attire that represents their home country, students, faculty and staff walk together in a beautiful display of pride for their culture. The parade is followed by a festival for the full school community. Additional instructions will be provided by classroom teachers. 

We encourage Lower School families to participate in Homecoming games, by attending the home athletic events throughout the week. 

Tuesday - Hispanic Heritage
Wednesday - Asian Heritage
Thursday - Francophonie Heritage
Friday - International Parade & Festival

Upper School events

International Week at the Upper School will also act as a traditional Homecoming Week. Athletic events throughout the week serve as homecoming games for both boys and girls sports, and High School students have their Homecoming Dance that weekend.

All week event - Mural painting: Assist in painting murals in the Taurel Cafeteria and Blackwell Hallway. Painting times for Middle School students are during lunch periods throughout the week. Painting time for High School students will be 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. throughout the week. 

Tuesday - Symbols of Peace: As an IB World School, ISI is committed to making the world a better place. Students will join the Timmy Club Color Run at the end of the day as we celebrate happiness and individuality in our diverse community. 

Wednesday - House Pride & Stay for the Game: Each student wearing their House colors will earn a point for their House. Join in the lunchroom House activity and earn even more point for your House by coming out and supporting our Varsity Girls Volleyball Team in their Homecoming Game. The first 30 students at the game will receive spirit clappers or pom-poms to support the Gryphons! 

Thursday - ISI Pride: Blue and orange is the theme as students are encouraged to show their ISI pride by wearing their ISI spirit wear. Come out after school and support our Middle School Volleyball or Boys Varsity Soccer teams. The first 30 students at the game will receive spirit clappers or pom-poms to support the Gryphons! 

Friday - International Parade & Festival: The week culminates with an International Parade and Festival. Carrying flags representing their nation and in attire that represents their home country, students, faculty and staff walk together in a beautiful display of pride for their culture. The parade is followed by a festival for the full school community.

Saturday - Glo-Co Dance: The theme of this year's dance is Glow-Co (wear neon!), and all grades 9 to 12 students are invited to attend. Visit the Homecoming ticket sales web page for more details and to purchase a ticket, which is required to attend. 
 

Support gryphon athletics at these home games:

9/7

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ 6 PM

9/8

5/6 Volleyball @ 4:30 PM

Middle School Tennis @ 4:45 PM

Boys Varsity Soccer @ 5:30 PM

7/8 Volleyball @ 5:30 PM

9/10

Boys Varsity Soccer @ 12:30 PM