AIS Friday Flash

Friday, September 2, 2022

Spirit Night Thank You

What a turnout at our August Spirit Night at Phil's & Amy's Ice cream! Thanks to the families who attended and our partners, Phil's Icehouse & Amy's Ice Cream. Due to your patronage, the restaurants will generously donate over $610 to our school. Stay tuned for news next week about our upcoming September Spirit Event!


Back to School Night

We had such an amazing time visiting with our families at our Back to School Night this week. For those of you who missed the presentation in the auditorium, you may find the slides here. If you did not have a chance to attend the classroom presentations, reach out to your child(ren)'s teaching teams for any information.


Labor Day/No School - Mon., 9/5

The school will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday, and we will see you back on Tuesday, September 6th.


Afterschool Activities Begin - Tue., 9/6

Our after-school activities will begin next Tuesday, September 6th. Registration closed today, so we will be sending final class confirmations over the weekend along with other information and directions. Please remember to pick up your child(ren) after their class ends if he/she/they are not enrolled in the extended care program. For student pickup after classes end, please announce in PikMyKid and then park and walk to the reception to wait for your child(ren). Instructors will bring students out from class when it concludes or return them to extended care if they are remaining on campus.


Middle School Retreat - Mon., 9/12 to Wed., 9/14

Our Middle Schoolers are looking forward to their upcoming retreat at The Outdoor School in the hill country where they will enjoy the outdoors and have fun, experiential activities making memories to last a lifetime.


Room Parent Info Coffee - Thur., 9/15 8:30 - 9:30 am

Please join the Parent Teacher Organization and school leadership for an informational coffee about becoming a class Room Parent on Thursday, September 15th. We will send out Room Parent sign-up information after the meeting.


Vision, Hearing, Spinal Screenings - Fri., 9/16

Texas state law requires that schools support the process of vision, hearing, and spinal screening in children. You may have these screening completed by your family physician or you may opt to have vision and hearing screenings completed at AIS on Friday, August 16th for registered families. However, you must register by 9/15 to participate in the screenings being held on campus. Follow these steps below to register and review the included flier.

  • Register here by September 15th
  • Make sure to complete the online form and scroll to the bottom and hit submit
  • The cost for these screenings is $30 payable to Capital Area Speech

Spinal screening applies only to a limited number of students on campus and those families have already been contacted directly about this requirement. If you have not received an email about spinal screening, then your child is not due for spinal screening this year.


MAP Assessments Begin - Mon., 9/19

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. The first round of MAP assessments will begin on September 19th. Stay tuned for more details regarding testing dates by class and review this video here for more information.


Parent Teacher Organization Meeting - Tue., 9/20 5:30 - 6:30 pm

All families are automatically enrolled in the school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Please join us for the first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30 pm in the Science Lab. The PTO will provide an overview of the year and conduct elections for the PTO Leadership positions. Nikl Burke, the PTO President, collected some officer interest at our Back to School Night event, however, please reach out at aispto@austinis.org to inquire further about the open positions and roles.


Health Forms Due - Thur., 9/29

Please remember that all student medical and health forms will be due on Thursday, September 29th. State law requires the school to provisionally enroll and/or temporarily exclude students who do not have forms up-to-date, so please ensure that a recent well check (i.e., issued within the last year) and updated vaccination records are on file. AIS required forms for Wellness Exams and vaccinations forms can be found here, but your family doctor can provide their own form of documentation (as long as it has the applicable date of wellness exam, signature of doctor, date, and any vaccines/hearing and vision screening results taken at that time).


Staff In-Service/No School - Fri., 9/30

We will not have school on Friday, September 30th due to a staff and faculty in-service day. We will see our campers for Fall Camp or the rest of our families after the Fall Break on Monday, October 10th.


Fall Break/No School - 10/3 to 10/7

The school will be closed for regular school with an optional, limited Fall Break Camp the first week of October. Stay tuned for more information and registration details about our Carnival, Circus, Circus, Extravaganza Fall Camp!


COVID Testing Available at AIS

Austin International School is a private COVID testing center registered with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Lab ID: 45D2264585). We offer booth on-demand rapid antigen tests with results available in 15 minutes, as well as weekly PCR screening. All tests at AIS a quick, easy, and use shallow anterior nasal swabs (no deep nasal swabs).

  • Rapid Antigen Testing. If you would like to request a COVID test for your child, please send an email to COVIDtesting@austinis.org. You will receive an email from the CDC’s Simple Report platform to register for testing. Fifteen minutes after the test is conducted, you will receive your child’s test result by email. (Note: This is a new testing and reporting platform and families who were previously registered will need to re-register for testing).
  • Weekly PCR Screening. During periods of high community spread in Austin, we will activate our weekly PCR screening program. At that time, we will send instructions out to our school community on how to enroll your child.

If you have any questions regarding our COVID health and safety protocols, please reach out to Jacques.


Last Year's Yearbook

The 2021-2022 yearbooks may be purchased for $41.89 plus tax through Tree Ring. Place your order in August or September to receive 10% off and they will be mailed to the school address. We will put these in student backpacks upon arrival. Order yours today here or at treering.com/1014743869961294. For each book ordered, Tree Ring will plant a tree in honor of AIS.


September Student Birthdays

Happy Birthday, bon anniversaire, and feliz cumpleaños to the following students with September birthdays: Gigi F., Lydia D., Emmett T., Lucas Z., Madeleine S., Tayz S.,

Raphaël B., Parker S., William W., Abi W., Lillian G., Eva O., Lucas W., Sebas M., Sanaa A., Ari G., Jacob N., Oliver N., Sophia A., Mark B., Jolene M., Liam D., Nico P., Emma T., & Dafna F.


Save the dates

Mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars.

  • 9/5 Labor Day/No School
  • 9/6 Afterschool Activities Begin
  • 9/12-9/14 Middle School Retreat
  • 9/15 Room Parent Coffee
  • 9/16 Vision, Hearing, Speech/Language, Motor Screenings
  • 9/17 AIS Board Retreat (revised date)
  • 9/19 MAP Assessments begin
  • 9/21 AIS PTO Meeting
  • 9/29 Medical Forms Due
  • 9/30 Staff In-Service/No School
  • 10/3-10/7 Fall Break/No School
  • 10/3-10/7 Fall Camp available
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