AIS Friday Flash

Friday, January 22, 2021

Service Learning Week at AIS

As part of their program of studies, AIS middle school students engage in a weekly class called Service Learning. The course challenges students to strive for our school’s vision of “global citizens with strong interpersonal skills who will interact positively with people from all cultural backgrounds and adapt to ever-changing international conditions.” Inspired by real-life issues, our students search for practical ways to engage in important global issues. The topics of studies for each grade level were: healthy lives and healthy choices (6th/6e); literacy (7th/5e); and safe and strong communities (8th/4e). To celebrate our students’ hard work in Service Learning, middle schoolers met today to present their projects to each other. We will be sharing interviews with these students through our Friday Flash over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for the videos!


Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

While engaging in the topic of safe and strong communities, 8th grade/4e students elected to focus on the JEDI principles—namely, Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Over the course of the first semester, students explored these topics within our global context. Though Service Learning charges students “Think Globally. Act Locally.”, COVID has created unique challenges that don’t allow students to directly engage these topics in our community. Undeterred, our 8th grade students created a website to explore JEDI principles which can be found at aisjedi.com. Our students have created a JEDI Quest Day which they will share with younger grades with the objective of engaging them in these important global topics.


New JEDI Books in the AIS Library

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” – Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tireless work, commitment, and sacrifice toward building safe and strong communities, and inspired by the 8th grade/4e students' work in living out our school's vision, mission, and values, Mr. Jacques has donated 26 JEDI-themed books to the AIS Library. This collection of picture books and chapter books explores a number of important themes related to justice, dialogue, inclusion, and compassion, and it represents a wide range of races, ethnicities, languages, and cultures. While we are fortunate to live, learn, and play in a diverse school environment every day, it is equally important that the literature we read reflects the beautiful diversity that our community honors.


10th Annual Gala Tickets on Sale-1/16 thru 2/6

We are moving our annual celebration online this year and look forward to celebrating virtually as a community on February 20, 2021 beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets and sponsorships on sale until 2/6.

The gala will include a silent auction filled with amazing experiences and swag. This year, our live auction will include great vacation packages, and our raise the paddle donation portion supports scholarship funding for our faculty's children.

We have some great sponsorship benefits including charcuterie platters with homemade jams, crackers, and bread; bottles of wine; and warm Tiff's Treats to enjoy from home while participating in our program! Plus, we will have a mixology demonstration to go along with our Gala signature cocktail kit, music, and more! This year, alumni, friends, and family members across the country or globe can also join in through our Friends of AIS ticket, so thank you for helping to spread the word.


Gala Wine Collection Next Week - 1/25 thru 1/29

As part of our gala each year, we ask our families who would like to participate to donate 1 bottle of wine for each AIS student to bundle in classroom wine packages. These amazing class wine cellars will then be auctioned off in our silent auction. We will begin collecting at morning drive through all next week, so thank you for participating!

  • Pick your favorite bottle of wine or bubbly
  • Sign the bottle with a sharpie to include your family name, class, and if you would like, a dedication. Ex: "Cheers! From the Johnson Family-5e"
  • Pass the bottle off at morning drop-off the week of 1/25 to 1/29
  • Wine Drop-off will be at tables near the Adelphi exit after driving through
  • Bid away on remarkable wine cellars during our virtual gala!
  • Winners will be able to pick up the wine from campus the last week in February.

AIS Board of Directors Meeting- Tue., 1/26, 6:30 pm

The AIS governing board of directors will meet virtually on Tuesday 1/26 at 6:30 pm. The community is invited to join during the Open Session of the meeting. Participation during the board meetings is reserved for members of the board and administrative staff, however, there is a public comment section at the conclusion of the open sessions for any community feedback from visiting guests.


PTO Virtual Coffee-Thur., 2/4, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Join the Parent Teacher Organization in this month's community coffee on Thursday, February 4th at 9:00 am via this virtual link.


Virtual Open House-Sat. 2/6, 10:00 - 11:30 am

We look forward to hosting prospective families interested in learning more about AIS at our next Virtual Open House on Saturday, 2/6. Current families, teachers, and alumni are encouraged to attend and help us share what makes AIS such a unique community and place of learning.


February Spirit Night-Wed., 2/10. 7:30 am - 7:30 pm

Next month's Spirit event will be an all-day event at Corner Bakery Cafe in the Arboretum at 9761 Great Hills Trail. So, grab a bite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Corner Bakery can accommodate take-out, delivery, or pick-up orders and will donate 15% of sales back to AIS. Details follow:

  • Soft RSVP to reserve our event here
  • Order delivery or take-out at cornerbakerycafe.com - Make sure to use the coupon code "659" to track back to AIS, or
  • Walk up to the storefront and place an order and mention Austin International School, or
  • Order by phone at (512) 777-4250 and mention AIS
Thanks in advance for participating and thank you to Corner Bakery Cafe for your partnership.


Bourse Packets Available

French nationals interested in Bourse scholarships for the 21-22 school year may reach out to Mathilde to pick up a packet beginning on Tuesday. The final submission deadline is 2/19 to return completed forms back to AIS for submission.


Summer Camp at AIS

I’m thrilled to announce that this year, AIS has partnered with KidzToPros to offer a variety of summer camp programs at our school. To kick off summer camp registration, KidzToPros is offering a limited-time $100 discount off all camps if you register by 2/15/21!

KidzToPros STEM, Arts, and Sports Camps provide the perfect summer opportunity for your child to continue developing mental and physical skills while learning the values of teamwork and sportsmanship. Their highly skilled staff are committed to delivering safe, fun, and enriching experiences, indoors and outdoors, all summer long!

Register at www.kidztopros.com and enter code FLY100 during checkout to receive a limited time $100 off each camp just for AIS students. Check out the flyer for additional details.


Save the dates

Mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars.

  • 1/25 - 1/29 Gala Wine Collection
  • 1/26 AIS Board Meeting
  • 2/4 PTO Virtual Coffee
  • 2/6 New Year Virtual Open House
  • 2/6 Last Day for Gala Tickets!
  • 2/10 Spirit Night at Corner Bakery
  • 2/20 10th Annual Gala