AIS Friday Flash

Friday, September 6, 2019

MAP Assessments Begin-Mon., Sept. 9

MAP testing will begin next week for students in grades GS-4è during the week of September 9-13. Please be sure your children come to school well-rested and having eaten a good, healthy breakfast. For testing details, please click here.

Let the Student Council Campaigns begin!

Next week, students in CE2- 4è will begin their campaigning for Student Council! Registered students may bring their posters and campaign materials to school Monday morning. We wish all the student council candidates well in their campaigning! Elections will be held next Friday, September the 13th. Thank you to our Student Council Committee, Virginie Grimaud, Gina Pieriboni, & Olivier Boudou.

Room Parent Coffee-Thur., Sept 12, 8:30 - 9:30 am

If you have signed up to be a room parent, whether for Fall or Spring, please plan on attending the Room Parent Coffee on September 12th from 8:30 - 9:30 am to receive important information, instructions, and plans for the year.

Science & Green Activities

CE2 students have started the Clean Creek Campus program with Keep Austin Beautiful. Today they learned about watersheds, using a model to see how pollution affects our aquifer.

And on September 12th, students will be fortunate to conduct a live video conference with Émilie Lacaze, an ecotoxicologist, from Environmental Toxins about "Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants" to explore the effect of microplastics on animal life.

Individual & Sibling Pictures-Mon., Sept 16

Our photographers will be here on Monday, 9/16 to take individual and sibling student pictures. Make sure students come in dress code (found below) and ready to smile! An order form has been placed in your child's backpack today. Please bring it back with payment by next Friday, September 13th if you are interested in keeping memories. If cash payments, please enclose the exact amount since they will not be able to provide change and let us know there is cash in the envelope. Checks must be made to "Strawbridge Studios, Inc"

We could use a few volunteers to support the sibling retrieval portion of the day. Click here to volunteer (and thank you).


o Color: Solid navy or white

o No logo (except the AIS logo)

o Shirts must be collared (except for Maternelle)


o Trousers, shorts, skirt, or leggings

o Color: Solid navy

o No denim

Socks or tights

o Color: solid navy or white

Spanish Heritage Month

We are so excited to launch a month-long Spanish Heritage celebration at AIS in a couple of weeks. We will have celebrations, highlights, and programmatic inclusions to share with you as a community, as well as special treat additions to October 4th Bake Sale. Thanks to Christina Aimard and Emily Hopkins for their hard work and planning. Please see some of our planned activities below, and stay tuned for more to come!

9/16-10/15 Library Class Parent Readers: Sign-up Here!

9/18 Mariachi Performance 10:15-10:30

9/23-9/27 Trilingual Book Fair & Hispanic Global Influencers Display

TBD Visit from Mexican Consul General

10/4 French & Mexican Bake Sale

10/16 Flamenco Demonstration 10:15-10:30

Middle School Retreat-Tue. Sept. 17 thru Thur. Sept. 19

Our middle school students will be heading to Camp Champions in Marble Falls, TX from Sept. 17-19 for a special retreat. They will participate in several team building and nature activities and will spend a day at Enchanted Rock completing a geology tour.

PTO General Meeting-Tue., Sept 17, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

As a Parent of AIS, each of you is a member of the Parent Teacher Organization and is encouraged to attend the first PTO general meeting of the year from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the Science Room. PTO meetings are a great way to stay involved and participate as a community. Be on the lookout for an email and meeting agenda from the PTO separately. Meetings are also streamed on Facebook live via our Parent Community FB page. Limited childcare is offered during the event, by signing up here. Mark your calendars for future PTO meetings scheduled on 10/22, 12/17, & 4/21 preceding the open session (community welcome) of the AIS Governance Board meeting. The January 2020 date is still pending and other PTO meetings may be added throughout the year as needed.

St. Leonards School Visit, Wed. Sept.18

Dr Michael Carslaw, Headmaster at St Leonards School, an IB day and boarding school offering language programs in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Norwegian and more in St Andrews, Scotland will be visiting AIS in September. This is a great opportunity to continue to build our international partnerships as part of our strategic plan tenet of Awareness and Growth as we strive to be a center for international education by contributing to the international drive for the development of future global citizens. Dr. Carslaw was referred to us by AIS alumni parent, Laura Jacks, whose 2 students currently attend St. Leonards.

Book Fair-Sept. 23 - Sept 27, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

We can't wait for up upcoming, week-long AIS Trilingual Book Fair from September 23rd through the 27th! We are partnering with Book People and Bonjour Books and will have amazing titles in French, Spanish, and English plus Teacher Wish-Lists to procure an item for your student's classroom. We need volunteers for 2 hour shifts. Thanks for your consideration. AIS staff will be on hand to train and help during the event shifts.

Birthday Books

Please review this information from our librarian, Ms. Amanda, about how you can support our growing school library needs in honor of your student's birthday by participating in our Birthday Book Program!

Student Forms Due-Mon., Sept 30

Please be reminded that as per Texas law, all wellness check forms and immunization records are due by September 30, 2019. There is no exception to this requirement. Students who do not have required documentation on file will be excluded from school until appropriate documentation is submitted.

  • Wellness Check Form: A student wellness check must be completed every year, without exception. The wellness check form must indicate the date of the exam (i.e., not simply the date the form was signed) and wellness checks must have taken place within the last calendar year. If a wellness check is scheduled to take place after the previous wellness check has expired, please inform the school in writing ( of the upcoming wellness check date.
  • Immunization records: All vaccine requirements are listed on our school’s website. This information includes which vaccines are required, the documentation that must be on file, and information about exemptions, if appropriate. Texas Administrative Code §97.66(a) requires our school to exclude students are not in compliance with the vaccine requirements.

We thank you for your support to ensure that your children’s records comply with the laws of the State of Texas. If you have any questions about these requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Jacques at your convenience.

Middle School Night-Oct. 1, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

CM1 and CM2 students and families, please mark your calendars Tuesday,10/1 for Middle School Night! Be on the lookout for more information.

September Student Birthdays

Happy Birthday, bon anniversaire, and feliz cumpleanos to the following students with September birthdays: Rafael A., Ariana P., Emmett T., Lydia D., Lucas Z., Madeleine S., Raphael B., Alexis C., Sebas M., Jacob N., Isabella C., Oliver B., Adelys A., Taylor M., Emma T., & Lucas P.

Save the Dates

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

  • 9/9 MAP Assessments begin
  • 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
  • 10/1 Middle School Night
  • 10/3 PTO Coffee & Spirit Store Sales
  • 10/3 Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza
  • 10/4 Spinal Screenings
  • 10/7-10/11 Fall Break & Fall Camp