AIS Friday Flash

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Viva la Vida Parade & Festival

We had such a fantastic time at Mexicarte's annual Viva La Vida Parade last weekend! Thanks to all the families who came and marched with us! It was great to show off our school with the greater Austin community.


Student Assembly Celebrates Creativity

At AIS our core values encourage our community to be Creative. We take creative risks that help us learn and grow as individuals and in teams. This month we celebrated the following students and staff who are creative: Madeleine S., Eloise S., Rosha C., Theo M., Amelia H., Nayla S., Roman P., Adrienne J., Oliver B., Micaela Z., Valerie T., Vivienne H., Sacha B., Marcelo Q., Jude P., Mateo S., Gabrielle B., Quinn J., & Pablo F.; and Mr. Cedric, Ms. Cindy, & Mr. Joel.


Spirit Week

What a fun-filled Spirit Week! We loved seeing the crazy hats, pattern overload, tiny Texans, and displays of AIS pride. Thanks and kudos to all for participating!


Monster Dash

What a fantastic Fund Run! Good job to all our little Monsters who ran, dragged, and zombied their way to the finish line. We couldn't have pulled it off without all our staff and parent volunteers, so thank you, thank you, thank you for your help and time.

So far, we have earned $8753 towards our Fund Run goal of $10,000. So, continue collecting those pledges through the end of the month to help us reach that finish line! We will pass along your lap total for all those per lap pledges this week. Donations (or belated registration) payments can still be submitted here.

Our funds raised to date is in big part to all our Monster Sponsors: The Johnson, Pasgar, De la Sierra Llorente, Musalem, Cruz Hernandez, Waelbroeck, Mateo Smith, Truchard, Havens, Locke, & Losada Families! Thanks for the extra support.

The Fund Run helps fund our annual giving goals to offset the delta between tuition dollars received per student and the higher expenses we spend per student. So, every dollar given enables more resources for our students, staff, and school.


Class Gala Raffle Baskets

We look forward to collecting our Gala class student raffle baskets on Monday from Room Parents. Baskets will be displayed in reception. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and go on sale next week. We will pull the lucky basket winners at the International Potluck on Friday, 11/22.


Thanksgiving Food Drive-Nov. 4 thru Nov. 21

Our Student Council Representatives are hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive from Monday, November 4 through Thursday, November 21 through the Austin Food Bank.

Last year we raised $724, and this year we would like to up our goal to $900. We need your help to reach our goal.

You can give to our Thanksgiving Food Drive in 3 ways:

1.) Donate funds to our Virtual Food Drive:

  • Every $1 makes 4 meals! Austin Food Bank can stretch a dollar a lot further than someone can at a grocery store because of their partnerships and bulk orders.
  • Austin Food Bank can buy and distribute fresh produce, and perishable frozen and refrigerated foods to people, which are often healthier options!
  • 96% of all donated resources Austin Food Bank receives go directly to the community through programs and food distributions.

2.) Bring food to school and placing it in the Food Drive boxes at in the reception area:

Click here for what to donate: Be sure to give items that are healthy, non-perishable food, items which are intact, un-opened, items in consumer or commercial packaging, items with non-breakable packaging (no glass please), and food within the expiration date on the packaging.

3.) Donate food and funds!

Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for participating in our Thanksgiving Food Drive!


Cross Country Meet-Tue., Nov. 5

Our rescheduled Cross Country meet will be on November 5th at Strickland School. You are invited to come cheer on our swift AIS Owls. If AIS advances, the following event will be on November 13th.


Developmental screenings-Tue. Nov. 5

On November 5, we will welcome Capital Area Screenings who will perform vision, hearing, speech and motor screenings at AIS for a $25 fee. Please use this link to register for these screenings. If your child is due for a mandatory screening and you are declining screenings organized by AIS, you will need to provide a screening record for your child including the following data: child's name, type of screening, date, screener, and screening results by November 1st, 2019. Please bring your screening record to the reception. Thank you.


MAP Information Session-Wed. Nov. 6, 2:30 or 5:00 pm

We have tallied results for the first MAP session of the year and student progress reports have been sent to those families who have previously attended a MAP Family Workshops at some point during their time at AIS. Families who have not attended a workshop previously should plan on attending one of the following offerings in order to learn how to read MAP student progress reports and to receive the assessment results for your student(s). Families do not need to RSVP for any of these workshops; drop-ins are welcome! Each workshop will start on time and will last approximately one hour. Multiple times are offered to meet varying schedules, you do not need to attend more than one timeslot. We look forward to seeing you there! Here is the last session for the upcoming week.

  • Wednesday, November 6th at 2:30 pm, and 5:00 pm


CM2 trip to France meeting-Wed. Nov.6, 5:00 pm

We look forward to seeing our CM2 families at our first trip to France meeting that will take place in the CM2 classroom on November 6 at 5 pm.


Head of School Coffee-Thur. Nov. 7, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Join Jacques for an informal discussion and chat over coffee in his office.


Out in the Community-Sat., Nov. 9, 10:00am - 1:00 pm

We will represent the school at AltEd's upcoming Festival of Learning at the Mueller Hangar on Saturday, November 9th. Come stop by and help us brag about AIS to prospective parents.


Spirit Night- Kendra Scott-Thur., Nov. 12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for a very special AIS Spirit Night on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for

a Kendra Scott Soiree at the Domain Store. Come pick out some bling for yourself, for mom, or any other special loved one just in time for the holidays. Kendra Scott will give back generously to AIS for all the purchases made. Last year this event, raised $1000 for our school! We hope you can make it. Stay tuned or more details.


Expression Wall

Make sure to check out the student council expression wall in reception. All our community is invited to write something on this wall to spread joy, kindness, gratitude and positive thoughts. It can be a drawing for the little one, a few words, or a poem. We look forward to reading your shares.


Picture Orders & Retakes

If you forgot to order individual pictures for your student(s) and wish to do so, you may go to the photographer's website using this specific code: IQ320952.

Retake pictures (individual and/or siblings) will take place on November 20. Please use this link to sign up for retakes.


International Week

We look forward to celebrating our upcoming International Week from 11/18 thru 11/22! This year our students are studying Iran, Indonesia, The Netherlands, South Africa, India, Italy, Andorra, Japan, Haiti, Reunion Island, & Israel. More details to come from the International Week Committee, but please mark your calendars for our community potluck on Friday, 11/22. Families will join us for a school celebration, bringing a dish from their own culture or from one of the countries we are honoring.


November Student Birthdays

Happy Birthday, bon anniversaire, and feliz cumpleanos to the following students with November birthdays: Mateo S., Cecily P., Marlene B., Sacha B., Cami H., Rosa R., Antoine M., Grace A., Owen J., Hallie C., Sophia N., Ryan N., Matteo T., Isabella H., Carmen D., Batiste C., Theo G., Amelie B., Vivienne B., Hana M., Chloe M., & Jude P.


Save the Dates

Please save the date for these upcoming events. More details to come.

  • 11/4 Cross Country Meet
  • 11/5 Developmental Screenings
  • 11/6 CM2 France Trip Mtg
  • 11/6 MAP Info Session-2:30p, 5:00 p
  • 11/7 Head of School Coffee/Spirit Store
  • 11/9 AltEd Festival of Learning-Mueller Hangar
  • 11/12 Kendra Scott Spirit Night
  • 11/16 French Market Festival-St. Edward's University
  • 11/18-11/22 International Week
  • 11/22 International Community Potluck
  • 11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Break - No School