AIS Friday Flash

Friday, January 21, 2022

MLK Canned Food Drive

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our community for all your generous food donations for our Canned Food Drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Our community encourages and values Adaptability, Autonomy, Creativity, Inclusiveness, Kindness, and Responsibility. Our vision is a community fostering respect, leadership, and empathy through interculturalism and the joy of learning. Thank you for demonstrating Kindness and Empathy. We received 588 items to help those in need! We dropped them off this week to our partner, Custom Ink, who in turn donated them to several area shelters and food pantries. Thanks again for your fantastic support.


Thank you to Our Teachers and Staff from Mr. Jacques

One of my favorite parts about being a member of the AIS community is coming to work each day with an amazingly dedicated team of educators and staff members. Over the past few weeks, several of our team members have been impacted by COVID isolations and quarantines. Despite the many challenges this has caused, our team has rallied together to ensure that we keep our campus open for everyone and minimize disruptions to learning. I would like to express my gratitude to the teachers and staff members who have taken on extra coverage responsibilities for classes and duties since the first week in January. Our team is truly committed to every child’s growth and wellbeing, every single day. Don’t forget to express your own thanks to the many folks who have come together to get us successfully through this phase of the pandemic. Merci encore à toutes et à tous !


Attendance & Health Notifications

If your student absences, tardies, for mid-day arrivals, or early pick-ups, thank you for emailing attendance@austinis.org, reception@austinis.org AND your teaching team email so they are aware of any attendance related issues.

Medical records or updates may be sent to healthalert@austinis.org and any relevant staff. Vaccine records should be sent to records@austinis.org so that their children can be exempted from any quarantines in the event of close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.


Pooled PCR Testing Now Available at AIS

Please check your email for a message from Jacques about weekly on-campus PCR testing for COVID-19. Detailed information about our new PCR testing program can also be found on our school’s website. Please remember that in order to participate, families must opt-in by completing the online consent form for minor children. The access code for our school’s consent form is AUSTINIS. If you have any questions about our pooled PCR testing program, please reach out to Jacques.


APH Vaccine Survey for Children under 5

With the expected approval of the Pfizer vaccine for use in children under 5 years of age, Austin Public Health (APH) would like your input as they work with community partners to plan the vaccine roll out for children aged 6 months - 4 years. They expect that the COVID-19 vaccine will first become available for children 2-4 years old, and then vaccines for children younger than 2 years old will likely follow. If you are a parent or caregiver of a child (or children) that is under age 5 and is aged 6 months - 4 years, please complete this optional survey (also available in Spanish). The survey is intended only to capture information for planning purposes, and your personal information will not be shared. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.


Traffic Flow & Pick-Up/Drop-Off Reminders

Please remember that for the safety of our community members, the traffic flow on our campus is one-way only, entering from Coronet Drive and exiting onto Adelphi Lane. Please do not enter through the driveway that is on Adelphi Lane. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind our community members of the following:

  • Please pull all the way forward under the portico for drop-off and pickup. Even if you are a Maternelle family waiting to drive through, a team member may be able to expedite the vehicle behind you.
  • Thank you for making sure your students are ready to go as you enter the driveway, so they may hop out under the portico as quickly as possible with masks and materials ready to go. If they need a little extra assistance, a staff member may help on the sidewalk.
  • For safety, we ask that students don't exit or enter vehicles on the side while waiting in the line so that our staff is aware of their drop-off or pick-up status.
  • If your child is in elementary and you park on the street to retrieve them, thank you for having your child come let us know they are walking to you or wave at staff to verify pick-up.
  • The rear parking lot behind the school is for staff only.
  • The maximum speed limit on campus is 5 MPH (8 km/h)
  • During times of limited staff capacity, we cannot accommodate student pick-ups at reception within 10 minutes before regular dismissal (unless pre-notified and pre-arranged with reception & the teaching teams in advance) as our staff is transitioning duties to focus on all school pick-up. We understand sometimes there are atypical exceptions, and you may email reception and teachers ahead of time, so we are able to accommodate and prepare students to be ready at a reception in advance during this busy time. We ask that Maternelle families arriving early, wait until dismissal, and pick up from the usual classroom entrance.


For After Care Pick-Up from 4:00 to 6:00 pm & 3:00 - 6:00 on Wednesdays:

During afterschool care pick-up, sometimes our youngest students take extra time to pack up belongings and come outside or to load up in car seats outside. Thank you for announcing via PikmyKid and rolling down your window and notifying a staff member of your arrival (if needed). If there are cars already behind you (which may include Middle School parents needing to drive through to the other side of AIS, especially on Wednesdays), we may ask you to pull forward and park. Thank you for waiting on the steps of the portico outside to assist your student in getting to your car. This should help with line congestion and aid with busy afterschool class pick-up days. Thank you for your patience and assistance.


Report Cards Sent this Week

This week, families received a link with Semester 1 Academic Report Cards. Please remember that the link will only be active for 14 days, so you will need to print or save a copy of the report for your records before February 2, 2022. Once you have read your child's academic report, you can feel free to reach out to the teaching team directly with any questions you have regarding their academic growth and progress. Thank you again for all the support you have shown AIS this year. We are looking forward to another great Semester!


Bourse Packets Available

French nationals interested in Bourse scholarships for the 22-23 school year may reach out to Mathilde to pick up a Dossiers de Bourse packet or ask at morning drop-off next week. The final submission deadline is Friday, 1/29 to return completed forms back to AIS for submission.


Virtual Board Meeting - Tue., 1/25, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

All community members are invited to join the AIS Governing Board for the open session of the Virtual Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, 1/25 at 6:30 pm. The open session of the board meeting is structured to enable our volunteer board and the Head of School to conduct school business that requires board involvement. At the end of the open session, there will be approximately ten minutes allocated for public comments, during which members of the AIS community may voice feedback to the board.


January Spirit Night @ Austin Spurs-POSTPONED

While we were very much looking forward to our planned Austin Spurs Spirit Night, considering the recent Omicron surge and the impact it has had this year on our community, we will, unfortunately, have to postpone the event planned for January 27th. We hope to reschedule this for later in the year. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to a future date. Stay tuned.


MAP Assessments - Mon., 1/31

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 next session of MAP assessments will begin on Monday, January 31st. Stay tuned for more details regarding testing dates by class and review this video here for more information. Remember to pack healthy snacks and for students to get a good night's sleep on testing days to perform their best.


Virtual February PTO Meeting - Tue., 2/1

On Tuesday, February 1st, please join other members of the Parent Teacher Organization for a virtual meeting at 5:30 pm. We encourage all AIS families to attend.


Virtual Open House - Sat., 2/5

AIS will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, February 5th to introduce prospective new families to our school. Save the date and stay tuned for more information about how you can help participate.


Save the dates

Mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars.

  • 1/19 Report Cards Disseminated
  • 1/25 Board Meeting
  • 1/27 Austin Spurs Spirit Night
  • 1/31 MAP Assessments Begin
  • 2/1 February PTO Meeting
  • 2/5 New Year Open House
  • 2/14 Class Valentine's Celebrations