AIS Friday Flash

Friday, October 25, 2019

Día de los Muertos Storytelling

Thanks to the Millwood Library, especially to Jane Pan and Ambray Gonzales, for bringing their Día de los Muertos program to AIS for students in PS-CE2! It was a rich show explaining the traditions of this special Mexican holiday. We appreciate our partnership with Millwood Library and the great programming that they offer our students! ¡Muchos gracias!

Parent Teacher Potluck Social

Our biggest thanks go out to Stacey & Dan McDougal and the PTO for hosting last week's Parent Teacher Social. We had a fantastic time mingling with you.

Parent Teacher Conference TY

Thank you to our faculty for conducting 460 meetings over the day and a half of Parent-Teacher Conferences! And thank you for joining in the dialogues about our wonderful AIS students. Our staff also much appreciated the delicious snacks and lunch provided by the PTO. We appreciate all the support.

Cross Country Meet Rescheduled

Our Cross Country meet originally scheduled for this afternoon was postponed due to the heavy rains. The meet will be rescheduled to November 5th and if AIS advances, the following event will be on November 13th. Go AIS Owls!

Monster Dash Fund Run Registration-Extended thru Tonight!

We have extended our Monster Dash Registration through tonight. Participants MUST be registered to participate! Registered participants will receive a cool race shirt (on display along with sizes at reception).

To participate, follow these steps (note, there are 2 links you must fill out)

Step 1. Registration Google Form (or use paper copy sent in backpacks)

The student registration, volunteer links, and family sponsorship signups are all included

within this form.

Step 2. Payment Form Pay for your registration, sponsorship, and/or donation payments before or after the event. Or submit a check or cash at the box in reception.

Step 3. Collect pledges on the paper Pledge Form or provide donors with the online

payment link in step 2.

Step 4. Get ready to race! T-shirts will be passed out next week.

Viva la Vida Parade & Festival-Sat., Oct. 26 11:00 - 1:00 pm

We look forward to participating for the third year in Mexicarte's annual Viva La Vida Parade tomorrow! The parade will march from 6th Street and Red River through downtown Austin from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Sign up here to participate. For marchers, wear your AIS shirts and check out the full event details here. Look for the AIS flag and the big blue Owl! Come join us to walk the route and show your AIS pride or join in the festival.

Spirit Week-Oct. 28 thru Nov. 1

Show your school spirit next week. Each day will be a themed spirit celebration.

10/28 Monday- Crazy Hat Day: Show off your craziest hat!

10/29 Tuesday- Pattern Day: Wear as many patterns as possible, from head to toe!

10/30 Wednesday- Texas Day: Dress in your best Texas attire!

10/31 Thursday- Halloween: GS-4è can wear costumes to school and PS/MS will change after naptime.

11/1 Friday- AIS School Pride-wear: Wear AIS shirts and school colors or Fund Run shirt to show your #AISowlpride. Volunteers will be on hand to decorate for the Monster Dash with tattoos and hair spray in the morning. We need more help Friday morning, if you can you may volunteer here.

MAP Assessment Results Are In

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!

  • Monday, October 28th at 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 29th at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 6th at 2:30 pm, and 5:00 pm

French network Pedagogical Advisor Visit-Oct. 29 thru Oct. 30

We will welcome Mme Madamour (Aefe Pedagogical Advisor) this week, who will work with Maternelle French teachers on language acquisition. This training will nicely build on the training on Sign Language that all our Maternelle teachers and assistant teachers attending in August. We look forward to welcoming her on October 29-30.

6è Shadow Day 2-Wed., Oct. 30

We are excited to have 100% participation for our 6è Shadow Days! Our first group of CM2 visited 6è this Wednesday and had a great time! The 6è are looking forward to hosting the second group of CM2 this Wednesday, October 30th.

November Lunch Orders Due-Wed., Oct. 30

The November Hot Lunch calendar is loaded in the Family Portal (aka Parents Web) and accepting orders up until Wed., October 30th.

Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties-Thur., Oct. 31 2:30-2:50/2:55 - 3:25pm

On Thursday, October 31st, we will celebrate Halloween with a school-wide parade followed by classroom parties. The parade will take place from 2:30 - 2:50 pm followed by the classroom celebrations until 3:25 pm. Family members are invited to campus to watch the parade and attend class parties. The school will have dismissal at 3:25 pm as usual.


PS and MS students may wear Halloween colors to school but should not come to school in costume. They will change into their costumes after their 11:55 am recess.

GS - 4è students may wear their costumes to school.

Please be mindful of our costume guidelines and restrictions:

  • no scary, bloody or gory costumes
  • no weapons or anything that resembling weapons
  • no alcohol, tobacco or drug-related props or accessories
  • no suggestive costumes inappropriate for children

Monster Dash Fund Run-Fri., Nov. 1, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Before the Run - See the registration information above.

The Day of the Run - Get plenty of rest, bring your refillable water bottle from home, and eat a good breakfast and lunch to stay energized! We will NOT HAVE ANY disposable cups! - You MUST bring a reusable water bottle for the water station.

Celebrate the day and get pumped by showing your school Spirit. Wear school blue and green colors in creative ways: clothes, face paint, bows, ribbons, hair, etc. We’ll also have volunteers at the school to decorate hair and apply temporary tattoos in the morning. You can change into your run shirt before the event OR wear your favorite Halloween costume for the run.

Pickup - Students will need to be picked up at the regular time, as we need the time from 3:30 - 4:30 to set up for the race. Thank you for taking your student, unless registered for afterschool care, on a break to have a healthy snack and return at 4:15 to get ready for the race and warm-up which will start promptly at 4:30 pm. The parking lot will be blocked off in the afternoon. Please plan on utilizing street parking.

The Run - Walk or run around the perimeter of the school (approx. 2 miles) as many times as you want within a one hour time period. You can do your laps all at once or take breaks in between. We will have different lanes for younger and older kids. Parents, you are welcome to run with your kids. After your laps, enjoy a fun treat. Some refreshments will be provided as well.


4:30 - 4:45 pm Fun Warm-up

4:45 - 5:45 pm Lap Running

5:45 - 6:10 pm Awards, snacks, celebrating

6:10 - 6:30 Clean-up

6:30 Campus closed


We also need lots of volunteers to make this year's event a success! Thank you for signing up for a shift to help out during this fun-filled event on Friday afternoon or Friday morning for set-up, or during the event for activities such as water station, handing out bracelets (per lap), awards, refreshments, or clean-up. Sign up to volunteer here.

Thanks to all of you who are joining in and of course a big thank you to our Monster Sponsors: The Johnson, Pasgar, De la Sierra Llorente, Musalem, Cruz Hernandez, Waelbroeck, Mateo Smith, Truchard, Havens, Locke, & Losada Families

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.

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.

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

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

Save the Dates

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

  • 10/28 Crazy Hat Day
  • 10/28 MAP Info Session-2:30p, 5:00p
  • 10/29 Pattern Day
  • 10/29 MAP Info Session-8:30a, 2:30p
  • 10/29-10/30 AEFE Advisor Visits AIS
  • 10/30 Texas Day
  • 10/30 6e Shadow Day
  • 10/31 Halloween Parade & Class Parties
  • 11/1 Monster Dash FUNd Run & AIS Spirit Day!
  • 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