AIS Friday Flash

Friday, August 23, 2019

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Austin International School Spirit Night

Monday, Aug. 26th, 4-8pm

13265 U.S. 183

Austin, TX

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New Parents Night

We had a wonderful time sharing and mingling with our new families at last night's event. This year we welcomed 29 new students from 23 families to our community. Join me in making them feel at home. If you are a new family but missed the event, please make sure to stop by reception to pick up a welcome bag. We have included the slideshow here for your reference.


AIS Spirit Night-Mon., Aug. 26, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for an AIS Spirit Night! Phil's Icehouse at 13265 US-183, Austin, TX 78750 (Lake Creek location) and the adjoining Amy's Ice cream are hosting a Spirit Night for AIS. They will generously donate a portion of sales for all customers mentioning Austin International School between 4 - 8 pm at both storefronts (Phil's & Amy's). So, wear an AIS shirt and come and get your grub on while mingling with other AIS families in support of our school. It is an easy way to give with the added bonus of not cooking!

The more guests we have, the more they will donate, so help us spread the word and invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Guests do not need to attend AIS to help -just mention the school at checkout. To help the restaurants prepare, thank you for RSVPing on our FB event page. If you are not on Facebook, thank you for emailing April with your headcount or if is easier, RSVP to the event listed above! We really hope to see you there!


Back to School Night-Thur., Aug. 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

All families should plan on attending our Back to School Night on August 29th. We will give a short presentation in the auditorium, welcome new families, introduce you to members of our faculty and teams, and then parents may break off for classroom sessions. Teachers will provide an overview of the year ahead, discuss classroom needs and expectations, and how you can support your child(ren)'s learning at home. AIS will offer limited childcare with registration on a first-come basis.

Plus, make sure to stop by the foyer for a sneak peek at our new AIS Spirit Store! Bring your credit cards or check books to buy or pre-order new AIS swag including t-shirts, mugs, cups, lunchboxes, bags, and more!


French Government Visit-Fri., Aug. 30

We will be welcoming Mr. Cadic, French Sénateur, The French General Consul, and Virginie from the French Consulate on Friday August 30th from 10:30 to 11:30. They will tour the school and learn more about our unique program.


Fall After school Programs-Register by next Fri., Aug. 30th!

AIS offers some amazing after school activities in French, Spanish, and English. Registration is open and available via your Parents Web Account until August 30th. To enroll your student(s) in a class, follow these steps:

  1. Login to your Parents Web account.
  2. Open up the Student Menu on the left side banner.
  3. Click on Course Request.
  4. And select the desired class(es) from the pull-down menus.
  5. When you have selected all your desired classes, scroll to the bottom and hit SAVE.

The deadline to sign up is August 30th, 2019 and the last day to change activities is August 30th, 2019. If you need to drop a class or update your class selection, please email our Afterschool Programs Coordinator, Jhino Medrano, and our Staff Accountant, Sandra Herrera. Payment will be processed through the FACTS/Renweb system and will be due on September 13th, 2019.


Labor Day-No School-Mon., Sept. 2

We hope you enjoy a carefree day on Monday September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. We will see you on the following Tuesday.


Head of School Coffee-Thur., Sept. 5, 8:30-9:30 am

On the first Thursday of every other month, our Head of School (HoS), Jacques Weber, will host a HoS Coffee after drop-off. This is a chance to visit with him informally, ask questions, and chat. Occasionally, there may be a subject or theme. Mark your calendars and join him for the first one of the 2019-2020 school year on 9/5.


Dress like an AIS Rockstar!

Everyone has been looking sharp as we return to school! As a reminder our dress code policy is as follows. Pictures included below.

  • Tops: Tops should be solid navy or white collared shirts. (no patterns or designs). On Fridays, other AIS branded shirts are welcome for all grade levels.
  • Bottoms: Trousers, shorts, skirts, or leggings should be solid navy. (no patterns or denim)
  • Shoes: Shoes should be rubber-soled with closed toes and heels. They must be suitable for active play. No shoes with lights or wheels.
  • Socks or Tights: Tights and socks should be solid navy or white (no patterns).


Volunteers & Room Parents Needed

We appreciate the support of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and members of our parent community who give their time to support student learning and school events. You may find volunteer opportunities on our Signup.com 2019-2020 Volunteer page. We will add events and needs throughout the year. Current opportunities include our Bake Sale, Pizza Friday, and the upcoming Book Fair in addition to class Room Parents. You may ask the PTO for more details at Back to School Night.

Room Parents help provide support to the class teachers, the school, and the PTO. Duties include organizing class parties with other parents in your classroom, disseminating reminders (from school updates found in the Friday Flash) to the other class parents, reinforcing school and PTO needs, and updating parents with other class information regularly. If you are interested, you may sign-up here or on the sign-up sheets at reception. This year, Theresa Pudenz, mom to MS student Liam, has volunteered to be our Room Parent Coordinator. Thanks Theresa! Be on the lookout for more information from her soon.

The PTO will also host a Room Parent Coffee on September 12th from 8:30 - 9:30 am to share more details about what it means to be a Room Parent and how you can help.


Family Handbooks

Please make sure to read the 2019-2020 Family Handbook. It provides valuable school information. You may find it under ParentsWeb or download the Elementary Handbook here and the Middle School Handbook here. To access via Parents Web, login and access the left side menu. It is located under the "School" section and then under Resource Documents. A list of changes and updates from last year's Family Handbook will be shared at our Back to School Night on 8/29. All families must submit a signed handbook acknowledgment form by September 30th to reception along with other school forms due then.


Hot Lunch Program

The signup for the September hot lunch program is in ParentsWeb. Log-in, click on "Student" and then "Lunch". The menu for the month is shown on the calendar. You can pick and choose what you would like to order by day/menu choice. You don't have to order every day or every week. To start, click on the Blue "Create Web Order" button to place your order details. Make sure to submit when finished. To check your orders upon a future visit, ordered items will appear in blue. Items ordered but not yet paid will appear red and won't be processed to our lunch vendor until finalized. For more information about the program and order details, you may contact our Business Manager, Ester.


Did you know?

Looking for another parent's email to send out that birthday party invite? Want to access the Friday Flash but can't find the email? Did you know you can do both by logging into your ParentsWeb account? Access the left menu bar under "School", and then "Directory" to find contact information. Once in the directory, on the right you can filter by grade or name. The student tab will show a list of grade-mates and the parent tab will list emails (unless a family has opted to not list). Kindly remember, these contacts are for school related use only and may not be used for business solicitations or distributed to others outside of AIS.

And we are now including a picture free version of the most recent Friday Flash under the "Announcements" section on ParentsWeb. You may also find it on our website under AIS News.

You may also self update any preferences and contact information at any time through ParentsWeb. We will share more about how we use ParentsWeb for class related updates at Back to School Night.


Save the Dates

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

  • 8/26 AIS Spirit Night at Phil's & Amy's Ice cream Lake Creek
  • 8/29 Back to School Night
  • 9/2 Labor Day-No School
  • 9/3-9/6 Student Council campaigns
  • 9/5 Coffee with the Head of School
  • 9/5 First AIS Board Mtg (revised date)
  • 9/12 Room Parent Coffee
  • 9/16 Individual Picture Day
  • 9/17-9/19 Middle School Retreat
  • 9/23-9/27 AIS Trilingual Book Fair
  • 9/30 School Forms Due
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