AIS Friday Flash

Friday, January 13, 2023

Un Grand Merci from Jacques

On behalf of the Board of Directors and myself, I would like to extend a big thank you to our community for so warmly welcoming Ms. Ariane Baer-Harper to the AIS campus so you could learn about her and her background, and so that she could get a good sense of how AIS works, but--more importantly--why we are such a special community. This was a true manifestation of this year's theme of Community and Connection. ¡Gracias!

MKL Day/No School - Mon., 1/16

The school will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th. We encourage all our families to discuss the special significance of this day with their child(ren) and we will have a week of Service Learning to follow.

Report Cards Disseminated - Fri., 1/20

Semester One report cards will be sent out on Friday, January 20th via email. You will receive a link to your child’s report, which will be valid for 14 days. We recommend saving a digital copy and printing a copy for your records within two weeks of receiving the link.

AIS Basketball Team

Our AIS Owls teams had their first games this week and the season is off to a great start. Mark your calendars for the upcoming games and come help cheer on our players!

  • Middle School will play on Saturday, 1/21 at HEB Center at 1:00 pm
  • Middle School will play on Monday, 1/23 at BASIS at 6:00 pm
  • CM1/CM2 will play on Monday, 1/23 at BASIS at 5:00 pm
  • CM1/CM2 will play on Sunday, 2/26 at HEB Center at 1:00 pm
  • Middle School will play on Sunday, 2/26 at HEB Center at 12:00 pm
The BASIS court is located at 1605 Kramer Lane and the HEB Center is located at 210 Avenue of the Stars in Cedar Park.

Register for the AIS Spelling Bee by Mon., 1/23

We are happy to announce our second annual AIS Spelling Bee competition! All currently enrolled CP-4ème students are invited to participate on April 4-5, 2023. To register your student, please complete this form before January 23, 2023. Students will use the 2023 Scripps Words of Champions list for English. There will be a separate list for French and Spanish. Competitions will be run by cycle. Please contact Ms. Martha with any questions.

Gala Wine Collection - 1/23 - 1/27

As part of our annual gala, we ask that members of our community donate a bottle of their favorite wine for each student which we will bundle together by class into amazing wine cellars. Each class cellar will then be auctioned off at the event in great libation packages as part of our silent auction! Be on the lookout for more event information and mark your calendars to have a delicious bottle of vino on hand to be passed off at morning drop-off the week of January 23rd to help support this fantastic community celebration.

AIS Board Meeting - Tue., 1/24, 6:30 pm

The AIS Governing Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, January 24th beginning at 6:30 pm. Members of our community are encouraged to observe the Open Session of the meeting with an opportunity for public comments at the conclusion of the open portion.

January Spirit Night at the Austin Spurs-Thur., 1/26, 7:30 pm

We hope you can join us for a special Spirit Night on Thursday, January 26th at 7:30 pm as the Austin Spurs take on the Dallas Texas Legends at the HEB Center in Cedar Park! AIS will have a group spirit section to watch the game. AIS tickets are on sale now here, and are $26 each. We have added on additional tickets in our spirit section, so you can purchase tickets through Friday, January 20th if you would like to join in! Go Spurs!

MAP Assessments Begin - Mon., 1/30

Austin International School uses the Northwest Education Association's (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth assessment to track individual student growth during their time at AIS. Students in Kindergarten and up complete assessments three times per year, after which student growth data is shared with teachers and families. MAP Growth data points are important in identifying areas of strength and areas of focus for each student. As such, MAP forms an important part of the work that we do to support individualized student learning at AIS. Please stay tuned for a more detailed assessment schedule and review this video here for more information.

PTO Community Coffee - Thur. 2/2 8:30 - 9:30 am

Please join the PTO for their monthly community coffee in the morning after drop-off to mingle and share with other AIS families.

New Year Virtual Open House - Sat., 2/4 10:00 - 11:30 am

AIS will host a virtual open house to welcome prospective families to learn about our school community on Saturday, February 4th. We love having current families, students, or alumni join in to share their experiences with interested families. If you can join us, email Mathilde to rsvp.

A Special Invitation to the Cirque du Soleil

The Québec-based Cirque du Soleil will be bringing their critically acclaimed show Corteo to Austin from February 2nd through 5th, 2023. Through a special arrangement with Cirque du Soleil, we are very pleased to offer AIS community members a 20% discount on tickets by using this link to make your purchase. Reach out to your AIS friends and plan a weekend or an evening out enjoying Corteo, a truly unforgettable experience!

Save the dates

Mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars.

  • 1/16 MLK Day/No School
  • 1/17 1st Day of Spring Afterschool Activities
  • 1/17 - 1/20 Service Learning Week
  • 1/20 Report Card Dissemination
  • 1/23 - 1/27 Gala Wine Collection
  • 1/24 Board Meeting
  • 1/26 Spirit Night @ Austin Spurs
  • 1/30 MAP Assessments begin
  • 2/2 PTO Coffee
  • 2/4 New Year Virtual Open House
  • 2/10 Spirit Night @ Blaze Pizza