AIS Friday Flash

Friday, January 17, 2020

Report Cards

Please look in your inboxes for Semester One report cards sent this week. If you have any questions, please reach out to your teaching team.

January Spirit Night @ Schlotzsky's

Thank you to all our families who came out to our January Spirit Night last night. We had a great time mingling with you. Thanks for your support!

Gala Tickets and Sponsorships on Sale Now!

We hope you can join us at our 9th Annual Art Gala! This year's event will be held at the beautiful Central 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 guests for a fun, festive night.

Tickets and sponsorship packages will be on sale through January 31st, however, today is the last day to get a guaranteed seat at a table if you are purchasing individual tickets. Purchases after today may be standing cocktail. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year bringing in over $100,000 to support our global education at AIS, so thank you for being a part of that. We look forward to seeing you there!

MLK Day/No School-Mon., 1/20

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, AIS will be closed on Monday, January 20th.

Gala Wine Collection Next Week- 1/21 thru 1/24

Each year, as part of our gala silent auction, we include a "wine cellar" from each class including bottles donated from families wishing to participate. So, if you have a favorite bottle of wine to donate, sign your class and last name with a sharpie (ex: Cheers from the Johnson Family-6e), and bring it to the school at drop-off next week. Then watch for the awesome wine packages available for silent auction bidding at the event. Thanks for your libation participation!

AEFE Workshop @ AIS-1/22 thru 1/24

Next week AIS will be hosting a professional development workshop for a group of French educators from North America. This workshop is part of the many workshops offered by our French AEFE network. If you see new faces at our school next week, thank you for making them feel welcome. We look forward to introducing them to AIS.

Bluebonnet Book Breakfast-Fri., 1/24

On Friday, January 24th, we will hold our 4th Annual Bluebonnet Breakfast in the media center. Students from CE2 through 6eme who have read a least five Texas Bluebonnet Books are welcome to join us for a hearty continental breakfast to celebrate AIS's love of reading. Each student will vote for their favorite nominated Texas Bluebonnet Book. Ms. Amanda will send AIS's tally to the Texas Library Association in order to be counted among the thousands of students that vote throughout the state. The voting will end at 8:10 am. Participating students should bring the following:

  • The completed TBB Reading Log (If they misplaced the copies given to them, click here to print out)
  • A nut-free breakfast treat to share with 10 people (optional).

MAP Assessments Begin-Mon., 1/27

Our next session of Measure of Academic Performance Assessments will begin on January 27th. The testing schedule will be sent out soon. Make sure students eat well and get plenty of rest before their sessions.

New Year Open House-Sat., 2/1, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Saturday, February 1st, we will have an Open House for prospective families. We look forward to having them learn how special our school and community is. We are asking our Student Council members to join us and kick off the event. Student Council parents received an email with more information today. We always appreciate other parent, student, and alumni participation as well. If you can come, thank you for signing up here.

Student Check-In & Out

Officially, only Middle School students may check themselves in and out. We understand kids enjoy the autonomy of entering the codes; however, understandably mistakes often happen without adult supervision. At pick-up, incorrect or missing check-outs often result in accrued late fees and unnecessary administrative and billing errors. When a parent code includes access to other student pick-up rights, this may inadvertently check other students in or out. We thank you for keeping eyes on younger students who participate in the check-out process and all being mindful of the correct procedures. Thank you.

French Bourse Applications for 2020-2021

We received revised Bourse scholarship forms! Make sure to get the updated packets at reception or the admissions office. All applications are due back to AIS by February 14th, so make sure to get your packet and complete the documentation soon.

2020-2021 School Calendar

The AIS Board of Directors has approved the 2020-2021 school calendar, which you will find published on the AIS website. In close alignment with AIS and RRISD school calendars, the first day of school will be Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 and the last day of school will be Wednesday, June 9th, 2020. We look forward to having you join us for learning, leading, and fun during our 20th year of global education!

2019-2020 Family Satisfaction Survey

As part of our commitment to continuous growth and improvement, we conduct annual surveys of our community in order to gain insight into our school and its programs. Our 2019-2020 Family Satisfaction Survey will remain open through Friday, January 31st, 2020. Thank you so much your time and effort in providing us with your much-needed feedback. Families who participate in the survey have the option of entering our Trilingual Book Giveaway! At the end of the survey, you will be given details to enter the giveaway. Please remember to save these details. Because surveys are submitted anonymously, we will be unable to verify your submission in order to resend the giveaway details should you lose them. Of course, participation in this year's book giveaway is entirely optional. Thank you, as always, for your support of our community!

Save the Dates

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

  • 1/20 MLK Day-No School
  • 1/21 - 1/24 Gala Wine Collection
  • 1/22 - 1/24 AEFE Workshop at AIS
  • 1/24 Texas Bluebonnet Breakfast
  • 1/27 MAP Assessments begin
  • 1/30 AIS Playdate for Prospective Families
  • 1/30 Incoming AIS Siblings Social
  • 2/1 New Year Open House
  • 2/3 100th Day of School! - Spirit Night at Hat Creek-Domain
  • 2/6 PTO Coffee
  • 2/14 Valentine's Day Class Parties
  • 2/16 AIS @ Happi Family Camp Fair