AIS Friday Flash

Friday, December 13, 2019

Let's Go All In!

Thanks so much to those of you who have contributed to our Annual Fund so far. Be on the lookout for more information coming to your home mailboxes soon. We hope you consider making a one time, fully tax-deductible gift before the year-end. We are asking for $85 per family, but ANY amount is welcome that is within your means. What matters most is 100% participation at any level. As always, we thank you for your continued support and partnership in fostering an amazing school and community!


Open House & Trail of Lights

We would like to extend a big thank you to those families who attended or brought their fabulous singers to last week's Open House. Our prospective families were very impressed with the performance. And it was great to participate in the Trail of Lights Run last Saturday as well and celebrating with families after the event. This is another testament to the great community we have here at AIS!


Alumni Jingle & Mingle

We welcomed back about 40 parents and alumni students last night at our Winter Alumni Jingle & Mingle. It was wonderful to see our previous students and families and hear about their successes and journeys since AIS.


Spring Afterschool Activity Registration Open

Registration is open for next semester's Afterschool Classes and will be open until January 9th. Check out the schedule of awesome activities like Little Vet School's "All About Cats!", Preschool Cooking Club, Soccer, Building with Circuits/Physics in Motion, Yoga, Chess, Theatre, Cooking & Coding, Engineering, Physics, and Roller Coaster Design, an Italian Experience, and much more. Classes are for a variety of ages and are offered in French, Spanish, and English. The last day for cancellations or class changes will be Friday, January 10th. To register:

  1. Access your family portal
  2. Click on Student
  3. Click on Course Request
  4. Use the drop downs to find your desired classes

Sign up soon, as some classes fill up quickly. You may reach out to Jhino with any questions.


Save the Date-9th Annual Art Gala

Tickets and sponsorship packages are officially on sale for our upcoming 9th Annual Art Gala. This year's event will be held at the beautiful downtown public library on February 22, 2020 from 6:30 - 11:00 pm. We hope you can join us for this celebratory event. Our gala includes silent auction items, a live student art-work auction, a dance party, and a wonderful chance to support your school and mingle with other AISers for a fun, festive night. We look forward to seeing you there!


PTO General Meeting & AIS Board Meeting-Tue. Dec. 17

All teachers and guardians are invited to the December PTO meeting on Tuesday, December 17th at 5:30 pm in the Science Lab. Limited childcare is available for the PTO meeting and you may sign up here.

The AIS governing Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 in the Media Center, and you are welcome to join the open session from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.


Google Field Trip-Thur. Dec. 19

On Thursday, December 19th, CM2-4è students will be taking the metro to go to Google's Downtown office on Thursday, December 19th. There, they will explore coding, computer science, and engineering in a professional environment! Students should be dropped off by 7:45 am and picked up between 3:10-3:25 pm at Howard Lane Metro Station. Parents may either drive their children to the station themselves or arrange for carpooling with other parents. Lunch will be provided by Google, but students should bring a small backpack with two snacks and a water bottle. They should wear good tennis shoes, a raincoat, a hat, and an AIS T-shirt if possible. We are really looking forward to this visit!


December Spirit Night-Thur., Dec. 19, 4:00 - 9:00 pm

All families, we hope you can visit Newk's Eatery in the Arboretum on Thursday, December 19th for an AIS Spirit Night. Stop by any time between 4 - 9 pm. This is a great way to have a break from cooking, eat-out, and mingle with our community. For this spirited night, we booked the event through an online portal, so thank you for RSVPing here to provide an estimate to the restaurant. These are always fun opportunities to chat with each other in an informal setting while giving back. Newk's will generously donate 15% of our sales back to AIS.


Winter Choir Performance-Fri., Dec. 20 2:15 - 2:45pm

Ms. Noémie is inviting all families to join us for a Winter Choir performance on Friday, December 20th from 2:15 - 2:45 pm. Students from CP-CM2 will perform.


Class Parties-Fri., Dec. 20 2:50 - 3:10 pm

The Winter parties will immediately follow the performance (around 2:50 pm). Be on the lookout for more information and sign-ups soon from your room parents for the class parties. Dismissal for the Winter Break will be promptly at 3:25 pm.


Winter Break/No School-Dec. 23 thru Jan. 6

We hope all our AIS families and partners have a wonderful holiday break. The school will be closed during the holidays. Monday, January 6th is a staff in-service day and we will see everyone back on Tuesday, January 7th.


Volunteer Artist

We would love to hear from you if you know an artist who will be interested in working with Ms. Virginie, our Art teacher, and come to our school to explain their work and show a few techniques. Please contact Audrey Talarico, Lower School Principal, at audrey.talarico@austinis.org. Thank you!


Gala Raffle Results

Thanks to all of you for your class raffle basket donations and ticket purchases. We raised $1150! Good job to CE2! Your class basket sold the most tickets so you will get a Pajama Snow Cone party after the new year and MAP testing. Room Parent, Christina Aimard, will also get a special treat!


Student Council Food Drive

On behalf of the Student Council, we would like to thank everyone for your contributions to the successful food drive. It was a huge success and it was a result of the group effort from our amazing community. We appreciate every single donation! With your help, we were able to obtain 187 pounds and $1,533.14. Thank you!


Save the Dates

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

  • 12/17 PTO/Board Meeting
  • 12/19 Spirit Night-Newk's
  • 12/20 Winter Parties
  • 12/20 Choir Performance
  • 12/23 - 1/6 Winter Break
  • 1/6 Staff In-Service Day-No School
  • 1/7 Welcome Back to School
  • 1/9 Head of School Coffee