AIS Friday Flash

Monday, April 15, 2022

AIS Spelling Bee Registration

Thank you for filling out your preliminary interest in an AIS Spelling Bee. We are happy to report we will host this event the first week of June for students in CP-4ème using the official Scripps Words of the Champions lists. To register officially, please fill out this sign up link. Stay tuned for more information.

Middle School Matinee Signup due by Sunday, 4/17

As one of our gala experiences, the Middle School teachers are hosting a memorable movie matinee just for AIS middle school students. We will rent out a private movie theater and Alamo Drafthouse to watch Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore on Thursday, May 19th. We need 5 more students to reach our minimum! If you want to attend, email April by this Sunday to secure this fun event.

MAP Family Workshops - April 18th through 29th

MAP assessments are conducted three times per year in GS (Kindergarten) through 4e (8th grade). In order to receive results from MAP assessments, at least one parent or guardian is required to attend a MAP Family Workshop. If you have attended a MAP workshop in the past, you are not required to attend a new one—though you are welcome to if you would like a refresher! These workshops will be offered virtually over the next two weeks. To see the available time slots and sign-up to attend a session, please visit this sign-up link. See you there!

École des Loisirs March Books are Here

If you signed up for the École des Loisirs French book subscription, then be sure to check your children’s backpacks today! We were very excited to receive some great new titles from graphic novels to chapter books and more. Thanks to the great number of subscriptions received through the school we were able to add eight fantastic new French titles to the AIS library for kids of all different ages this month. Bonne lecture !

AIS FUNd Run Registration

Be on the lookout for information this week about registering for our upcoming Peace, Love, & Rock & Roll Fund Run event which will be held on Friday, May 20th in person. Stay groovy, baby!

French Elections at AIS-Sat., 4/23

We are honored to support the values of the French Republic and the mission of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs by hosting this year's French presidential elections on our campus. Hundreds of French voters from El Paso to Austin visited the AIS campus last weekend for the first round of the French presidential election. The second round of elections will take place on April 23rd and legislative elections will take place in June. French citizens who would like more information about voting should reach out to the French Consulate General in Houston.

STEAM Week - 4/25 thru 4/29

We can't wait to celebrate S.T.E.A.M. week with our community. Our students will work on projects about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and will showcase student projects to other AIS classes as well as with you, our community members, on Friday, April 29th. This year our students are learning about Five Senses with Fruit; Dinosaurs; Water; All About Bees; All About Chicks; All About Ants; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Waves and Acoustics; Cooking & Chemistry; and Bigger to Smaller.

STEAM Fair - Fri., 4/29

Stay tuned for more information next week about our 2022 STEAM Fair. Parents and community members will be invited to come to view our student STEAM projects on Friday, April 29th in person. Thirty-minute time slots will be designated by grade throughout the day to minimize capacity at one time.

PTO Cabi Event & Fashion Show-Sat., 4/30, 10:30 am

Ladies, come to AIS on Saturday, April 30th for a special Muffins & Mimosas Cabi Fashion Show morning hosted by Cabi stylist and AIS parent, Jill Jacobs-Tunks. Get yourself or that special mom in your life some fantastic new wardrobe finds and visit with other AIS moms.

May Break/No School - Mon., 5/2

Our school will be closed on the first Monday of May for a school break.

Teacher Appreciation Week - 5/3 thru 5/6

Join us in appreciating and showing the love to our faculty for all their hard work, love, and support shown to our student body throughout the year. Stay tuned about daily themes to appreciate all they do.

Head of School Coffee - Thur., 5/5 9:00 - 10:00 am

Come join us for an in-person Head of School coffee on Thursday morning, May 5th at 9 am for a community gathering in our courtyard.

AIS Health and Safety Protocols to Level 0

On March 4, our community moved to Level 1 health and safety protocols as listed on page 9 of our 2021-2022 Campus Opening Guide. The health situation in Austin has improved significantly over the past few months and Travis County's community transmission level is considered low. We continue to monitor the health situation on campus through weekly PCR testing of rouly one-quarter of our school population; there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in our student or staff population since February 21 and no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus since the week of January 31. After extensive consultation with APH and given these indicators of high levels of biosecurity on our campus, AIS will move to Level 0 adaptive health and safety protocols beginning Monday, April 18th. This includes:

  • Face coverings. Masks are optional indoors and outdoors.
  • Physical distancing. Any distance is permitted.
  • Cohorting. Contact between cohorts is permitted.

Reminders about Mask Usage at School

It is important to note that as outlined in our March 4th Head of School eCommuniqué, AIS may increase its health and safety protocol levels--including requiring the use of masks--if the COVID-19 situation worsens. Importantly, any individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who have close contact will be required to wear a mask for 10 days under our current test-to-stay protocol. Choosing to wear a mask is always an option; it is a family and/or student decision. All AIS community members are required to respect others’ individual choices to wear a mask or not wear a mask; any form of disrespect or bullying of another community member’s choice will not be tolerated by the school.

Summer Camps at AIS

AIS has once again partnered with Kidz to Pros (KTP) who will hold their own KTP Summer Camps at Austin International School this summer. Please note that KTP is renting the school and they are responsible for all registration, staffing, and camp curriculum for these camps directly. Take advantage of an AIS discount with $75 off using code FLY75. Kidz to Pros camp serves students age 6 to 14 years of age.

AIS Adventure Camp for MS & GS

AIS will conduct our own summer camp for students who will be entering MS PreK 4 and entering GS, Kinder students next school year. Both camps will be offered in French and English and will have arts and crafts, sports, and S.T.E.A.M. themes. Campers must be registered for a minimum of two weeks.

  • Our MS camp will be a half-day camp from 9 am to 12 pm for $175/week with optional early drop-off for $50/week. Maximum of 15 campers, minimum of 8. No after-camp care available. Sign up quickly as spots are filling up.
  • Our GS camp will be a full-day camp from 9 am to 3 pm for $315/week with optional early drop-off for $50/week. Maximum of 15 campers, minimum of 8. No after-camp care available. Sign up quickly as spots are fillingup.
  • Discounts for campers registered for all 6 weeks.

Register to join us for our AIS Adventure Camp here.

Save the dates

Mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars.

  • 4/9 & 4/23 French Elections
  • 4/25-4/29 STEAM Week
  • 4/29 STEAM Fair
  • 4/30 Cabi Fashion Show
  • 5/2 May Break/No School
  • 5/3-5/6 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/5 Head of School Coffee
  • 5/9-5/17 Middle School Galapagos Trip
  • 5/19 Middle School Gala Matinee
  • 5/20 Peace, Love, & Rock & Roll Fund Run