AIS Friday Flash

Friday, May 29, 2020

AIS Friday Flash - Head of School eCommuniqué (May 29, 2020)

Head of School eCommuniqué

Please watch the Head of School communique video for school updates.

CM2 Promotion Ceremony

We held a virtual CM2 Promotion Ceremony this afternoon to congratulate and recognize our CM2 students on their completion of Elementary School. We are so proud of Amalia A., Gabrielle B. Samantha B., Fiona C., Hallie C., Gigi G., Carmen L., Simone M., Margot M., Ian R., Yasmine S., Clémentine S., & Gisele T.! Thank you so much to Mr. Jacques, Ms. Emily, Ms. Noémie, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Gina, and Mr. Cédric for your time in preparing for the ceremony and in gratitude for your caring instruction and guidance to this remarkable group of students. Thank you to each family for enabling their international education which has empowered them to thrive and grow at their time at AIS and prepares them for what lies ahead.


Ms. Shachon, Ms. Natacha, Mr. Olivier, and Ms. Emily safely delivered surprise graduation yard signs to celebrate our 1st ever graduating 8th graders this week in advance of next week's celebration. We are so incredibly proud of our three 4è graduates: Joaquín F., Simón F., & Alex J. They truly exemplify our core values and we wish them all the best as they venture into high school. We look forward to honoring them and their families at Monday's virtual celebration.

Report Cards Disseminated - Mon., 6/1

Student report cards will be sent out on Monday, June 1st.

4è Graduation - Mon., 6/1 4:00 pm

We are thrilled to celebrate the first-ever graduating 8th-grade class at Austin International School! Our virtual 4è Graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, June 1st at 4:00 pm. We are so proud of our students! Join us in celebrating their accomplishments with the zoom link here.

Parent-Teacher Organization Meeting - Tue. 6/2, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

The last PTO meeting of the school year will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:30 pm with this link. Review the AIS Community Facebook page for a list of executive committee positions and responsibilities.

If you participate in the Pizza Friday program, the PTO also requests your response (one per household) about what to do with the unused portion of the Pizza Friday subscriptions by clicking this quick 3 question form here. Thank you for replying before the end of school or the PTO will accept unused Pizza funds as a donation.

Last Day of School (1/2 Day)/Community Car Parade-Thur., 6/4

The last day of school is fast approaching. June 4th will be a half-day of virtual school ending at 11:30 am. We are excited to announce we will have a drive-by car parade beginning at 2:00 pm that day. Faculty and staff will be safely lined up on the surrounding streets and along the drive-thru route to wave and cheer our students and families for a fantastic, albeit strange, end of our 2019-2020 school year. Feel free to decorate cars, make signs, bring noise makers, play music, and wave from the windows. Be on the lookout for an email on Monday with detailed information and the parade route map. Here are a few important guidelines.

  • CM2 & 4e graduates will begin promptly at 1:30 pm. Wear your cap and gowns (which may be dropped off if returning them at the end of the parade (not before or during). Please check your email for instructions specific to you all.
  • All other families will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. (thank you for not coming early, so our graduates can have the honor of going through first)
  • The route will go from Adelphi in front of the school (this entrance will be exit only), turning left on Coronet, left into the school back driveway, through the drop-off lane under the portico, and exiting out Adelphi.
  • No one should get out of vehicles at any time. While we would love to give hugs, we should remain safe and wave from a distance.
  • Please obey all traffic rules and be thoughtful and mindful of non-AIS cars and our neighbors.
  • Please do not stop your vehicles along the route (other than necessary for traffic flow)
  • Have fun! We look forward to seeing you all again.

Remaining Student Belonging Pick-Up - Thur., 6/4, 2:45 - 4:00 pm

Thank you to those families who have already come to pick up your student belongings. All those items remaining need to picked up on the last day of school in the afternoon at the conclusion of the car parade, around 2:45 to 4:00 pm. We will not be able to stop vehicles along the route to drop off any items or pickup student bags. Thank you for going through the parade, taking a break, and then coming back at the conclusion to pick your items up. Vehicles will not be permitted to park in our lots. Thank you for helping ensure a cluster free timely parade.

To expedite belonging pick-up, please write your last name with a sharpie on a piece of paper and display it in your front passenger side window. Parents should not exit the vehicles or come inside. A staff member will greet you and place your items in your trunk or back seats. We thank you in advance for retrieving items, as the school will not be able to store them over the summer.

Calling all Library Books! Drop off - Thur., 6/4, 2:45 - 4:00 pm

Please bring any AIS library books back to campus! If you are unsure if you have any books outstanding, please email Ms. Amanda. You may drop off any unused books on the last day of school, Thursday, June 4th at the conclusion of the car parade, around 2:45 to 4:00 pm. We will not be able to stop vehicles along the route to drop off any items or pickup student bags. Enter from the Coronet entrance through the drive-through under the portico. Thank you for not exiting your vehicle. A staff member will greet you to collect the books.

Virtual & In-Person Summer Camp Registration through June 5th

Thank you for taking our summer camp interest survey. Based on our community survey responses as well as comprehensive guidance from the Governor’s Office for summer programs that may operate from May 31st, we are moving forward with a couple of AIS Summer Camp offerings.

We will be offering some online and one in-person camp as outlined below for 5 weeks from June 15th through July 17th. Space is limited in order to conduct safe and effective learning and fun in both our virtual and in-person camps. Registration ends on June 5th (or when they fill), so sign up here now. You may sign up for one week or all 5. Make sure to check out the bundle options.

Online Camps:

Option 1) Franco Fun! (French Oral Language/Conversational French)

  • A. For grades CE1 – CM2 daily @ 9 – 10 am
  • B. For grades MS – CP daily @ 10 – 11 am
  • Online French Franco Fun Camps: $90/week (minimum 4 - maximum 6 each)

Option 2) Online Mini STEAM

    • C. For grades CE1 – CM2 daily @ 10 – 11 am (min 6 - max 10)
    • D. For grades MS – CP daily @ 2 – 3 pm (min 8 - max 12)

    Online Mini STEAM: $85 plus $20 supply fee/week

In-Person Camp:

S.T.E.A.M. Adventure Camp for grades MS – CE1 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (min 6 - max 8).

Join us in exploring S.T.E.A.M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Come experiment how science can seem like magic; how to discover, build, and invent; get the artistic energies flowing, and learn new skills like coding, stop animation, and much, much more!

STEAM Adventure Camp: $105 plus $20 supply fee/week OR sign up by the day (once a week for 5 weeks) based on the theme: Math Mondays, Tech Tuesdays, Engineering Wednesdays, Art Thursdays, Science Fridays/class celebrations, ex: every (just) Monday for 5 weeks

CAMP Bundles:

Save when you bundle the following:

Online Franco Fun! + Online Mini STEAM: $160 plus $20 supply fee/wk

Online Franco Fun! + In-Person STEAM Adventure Camp: $180 plus $20 supply fee/wk

Camp Safety

For our in-person camp, AIS will ensure our staff and community members follow our strict COVID safety guidelines including the following. A complete list of procedures will be shared with the registration link on Tuesday.

  • Students should bring a refillable water bottle, snacks, and a packed lunch from home.
  • There will not be any pre-camp or after-camp care. Parents will drop off and pickup campers outside the building and will not be permitted to enter the school building.
  • Families will be asked to answer health screening questions and student temperatures will be taken upon arrival. A record of health screening questions and temperatures will be kept for at least 21 days to support internal contact tracing practices.
  • Students will be washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds several times per day. Please ensure that you have discussed and practiced proper handwashing techniques with your children.
  • Students (when possible based on age) and staff will wear face masks.
  • Students will remain in one classroom by the group and will be separated by appropriate physical distance.
  • Staff and students will only be permitted to work in fully sanitized areas. All areas must be fully sanitized before the room may be reused. Where possible, a period of 48 hours between room use will be observed.

Magic is in the Air

Some of our faculty put together a special video celebrating the end of the year with a special pass-off. A huge thank you to Ms. Claire for coordinating and creating this and to our participants: Ms. Noémie, Ms. Natacha, Ms. Virginie, Ms. Shachon, Ms. Annie, Ms. Cindy, Mr. Cédric, & Ms. Jamie.

Student Mascot Design Contest

We are excited to share that the Student Council will be heading up an initiative to organize a team mascot contest drawing for the next school year. The contest will start on Thursday, June 4th, and last throughout the summer. You can use your summer to be inventive and artistic. Students from GS to 4è and staff members are encouraged/invited to submit their drawings for our school mascot. Here are the guidelines:

  • Draw the owl as you can imagine it.

  • Write the school slogan “Let’s go Owls!” and the name of the mascot “Owlvin”.

  • Post your drawing on this padlet in the column of your grade.

The winner will have his/her drawing chosen to be the AIS official team mascot and it will be given to a designer as a model. So, grab your markers (no colored pencils), as it’s time to show your creativity to the whole AIS community. Thank you for your participation! Let’s go Owls!

Save the dates

  • June 1 - Report Cards Sent
  • June 1 - 4è Achievement e-Celebration
  • June 2 - Virtual PTO Meeting 5:30
  • June 4 - Last 1/2 Day of School
  • June 4 - Car Parade 1:30 Graduates 2:00 Everyone Else
  • June 4 - Student Belonging Pickup/Library Book Drop-off 2:45pm
  • June 5 - Summer Begins!
  • July 15 - Community Update 2021 School Plans
Magic in the air at AIS