AIS Friday Flash

Friday, May 21, 2021

Wild Kingdom at AIS

AIS is running afowl these days! Aside from the common bird species in our trees and making nests in our portico columns, our Heron chicks have hatched and are being well cared for by Mom and Dad. They can be seen most days high in the trees of the front playground. Plus, now we have fledging baby falcons in a nest on the front side playground! Make sure to check them out but be careful and ask your children not to disturb the babies if you see them on the ground walking about.


MAP Spring Testing Sessions continues

Students will be completing their final MAP testing of the year next week as well (May 17-May 28). Please be sure that students eat a healthy breakfast and get plenty of sleep in order to do their best!


May Board Meeting - Tue., 5/25 6:30 pm

The AIS governing Board of Directors will convene virtually this Tuesday, May 25th at 6:30 pm. AIS community members are welcome to join the Open Session of the meeting. Comments and questions are reserved for board members during the program, however, there is a public comments section at the conclusion of the Open Session to provide feedback.


Picture Make-up Day - Wed., 5/26, 8:30 am

Make-up Pictures and 8th-grade graduation photos will be taken from 8:30 - 9:30 on Wednesday, May 26th.


8th Grade Graduation - Fri., 5/28 5:00 pm

We are excited to host our annual 8th Grade Graduation in celebration of our Class of 2021 on Friday, May 28th at 5pm! This event will be in person outside for parents/guardians and siblings only, and anyone else can feel free to join us via Zoom using the information below. Email principal@austinis.org if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you soon (either virtually or in-person!).


Afterschool Care Pick-up - Fri., 5/28 thru Wed, 6/2

For students in afterschool care, please note the portico will be blocked off after 4:00 pm and will not be able to be passed thru next Friday, May 28th, Tuesday, June 1st, and Wednesday, June 2nd for our Graduation ceremonies.

For students in CP and up, guardians may still enter Coronet and park on the side of the building. Students will be dismissed from the auditorium using the side doors (CP-CE2 hallway) instead of the portico. Vehicles will be able to turn around and exit Coronet from 4 - 6 pm on these days only. Please be careful of two-way traffic and merging staff vehicles at the Coronet driveway upon your exit.

For Maternelle families picking up after-school care students on these days, you may enter Adelphi and pick up from the classroom exits as usual.

All pick-up directly after school will remain as usual. The portico will be blocked off after dismissal.


Calling all Re-enrollments!

If you plan to attend next year but have not yet completed your enrollment packet, please do so via your Family Portal. As we are close to finishing the year, we are in our final phase of budgeting and planning for our classes. Some have very few spots left so we want to make sure we have you accounted for. If we have already heard from you, then we have your intention marked down accordingly. We will be in touch next week with those folks we haven't heard from in a while, or you may contact Mathilde or April with any updates.


Memorial Day/No School - Mon., 5/31

The school will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 31st.


Elementary Achievement Ceremonies - Tue., 6/1 & Wed., 6/2

We are happy to announce that we will have modified, in-person outdoor CM2 Promotion Ceremonies for our two CM2 classes for students and their parents/guardians only. Due to the large number of students and families in CM2, limited spacing, and remaining distancing requirements, however, we will not be able to accommodate a combined program for the two classes. Both ceremonies will take place under the portico on the respective days, where it will be nice and shaded. We will also stream the ceremony via Zoom for family and friends to view at home. Invitations for CM2 families will be sent out on Monday and Zoom information will be included in next week's Friday Flash.

  • CM2a Promotion will be on Tuesday, 6/1 at 5:00 pm
  • CM2b Promotion will be on Wednesday, 6/2 at 5:00 pm


Parent-Teacher Organization Meeting - 6/3 5:30 pm

Please join other community members for the last virtual PTO meeting of the year on Friday, June 3rd at 5:30 pm. More details to follow. There are open PTO executive committee positions for next year. If you are interested in giving back to the school and supporting fellow parents, guardians, and faculty, please reach out to ais-pto@austinis.org.


Report Cards - Fri., 6/4

Report cards for the final semester will be sent out on Friday, June 4th.


Spirit Week - 6/7 thru 6/9

Stay tuned for more details about celebrating Spirit Week for our last week of school.


Save the Date-End of Year Spirit Night at the Drive-In - Tue., 6/8

We hope you can join us for a special community event to celebrate the end of the year: a Drive-In Movie at the Blue Starlight Urban Drive-In in Round Rock on Tuesday, June 8th! Entrance to the drive-in will begin at 8 pm and the movie "Tom & Jerry: The Movie" 2021 will begin at dusk between 8:30 - 9:00 pm.

  • Tickets will be $50 per carload - with a maximum of 60 cars/200 people.
  • You can opt to pre-order a Snack Combo for $10 which includes a drink, popcorn, & candy. Some limited refreshments will be available on-site at full price.
  • Purchase your admission here (per carload)
The following COVID protocols apply. All guests must remain in vehicles except for restroom use and refreshment pick-up. No open hatchbacks. Masks must be worn outside of vehicles or when windows are cracked down below 75%


Last Day of the 2021-2022 School Year - Wed., 6/9

There are only twelve days left of this school year (but who's counting)! Wednesday, June 9th will be a half-day and the last day of school.


AIS Yearbook Pre-Orders

It's the time of year to pre-order your AIS yearbook! In order to secure your yearbook, please order before the deadline of May 28th! Your yearbook will be shipped directly to your home address this year!


School Supplies for 2021-2022

Be on the lookout for school supply lists and ordering options for our class school supplies for next year. We will send out this information in early June.


KidztoProz Summer Camp at AIS

Our partners, KidzToPros, will host their summer camps at AIS and have included a May discount on their camps for a $100 off. Register at www.kidztopros.com and enter code FLY100 during checkout to receive $100 off each camp, just for AIS students. Camps include many offerings from sports to robotics for students aged 4 to 14. For registration information or any questions, please reach out to the KidzToPros.


COVID-19 Vaccines Open to Ages 12+

As you are likely aware, individuals 12 and older are now able to get their free first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations will be taking place this weekend during a drive-through vaccine clinic at the Exposition Center (7311 Decker Lane, Austin, TX 78724) from 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. While currently not required by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, families with children aged 12-17 are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine as soon as possible. The consent of a parent or guardian is required for ages 12-17 and the parent or guardian must be present, and in the vehicle, when they arrive at the Exposition Center. Alternatively, families may sign-up for vaccination through UT Health Austin.


Exemption from Certain Quarantine Requirements

Under new guidance from local health authorities, schools may exempt students from certain quarantine requirements once they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you elect to have your child vaccinated in the coming months, please send proof of vaccination to the AIS Reception so that it may be included in their student file. This guidance will evolve in the coming months, so please continue to review the Friday Flash and any special school communiqués pertaining to vaccinations and quarantine requirements.


AIS Community Vaccination: One-Minute Survey

To help us have a better understanding of the level of vaccine protection in the AIS community, please a brief moment to complete this AIS one-minute quick survey. Having this data will help us continue to make data-driven decisions regarding virus-protection protocols while maintaining our school’s commitment to being informed, prepared, and safe.


Save the dates

Mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars.

  • 5/17-5/28 MAP Assessments begin
  • 5/25 May Board Meeting
  • 5/28 4e/8th Grade Graduation
  • 5/31 Memorial Day - No School
  • 6/1 CM2a Promotion Ceremony
  • 6/2 CM2b Promotion Ceremony
  • 6/3 PTO Meeting
  • 6/4 Report Cards Sent
  • 6/7 - 6/9 Spirit Week
  • 6/8 Spirit Night at the Drive-In!
  • 6/9 Last Day of School!
  • 6/14 - 8/4 Summer Camps
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TOM & JERRY - Official Trailer