AIS Friday Flash

Friday, September 20, 2019

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Hispanic Heritage Month is off!

Thanks to Mariachi Capitál for a great performance during our school assembly this Wednesday! We learned the different instruments used in mariachi bands and heard some great music. Stay tuned for these upcoming events. Make sure to check out the blurb below about our afternoon gathering with the Mexican Consul General on Monday.

  • 9/16-10/15 Library Class Parent Readers: Sign-up Here!
  • 9/16-10/15 Hispanic Global Influencers Library Display
  • 9/23-9/27 Trilingual Book Fair
  • 9/23 Visit from Mexican Consul General
  • 10/4 French & Mexican Bake Sale
  • 10/16 Flamenco Demonstration 10:15-10:30


Middle School Retreat

Our middle school students had a fantastic time at Camp Champions this week! They completed team building activities, learned outdoor survival skills, toured caves and hiked Enchanted Rock and learned more about each other and their teachers. Camp Champions staff said that our middle school was one of the best groups they have ever hosted, and we are proud!


PTO Strategic Plan

Thank you to everyone who attended the September PTO meeting on Tuesday. You can find all of the information for the strategic plan we discussed here.


St. Leonard's School Visit

On Wednesday afternoon, Jacques and Emily met with Dr. Michael Carslaw from St. Leonard's school in St Andrew's, Fife Scotland. They toured the school and talked about our unique, trilingual environment and learned about St. Leonard's programs. It was a pleasure to meet Dr. Carslaw, and we hope to stay in touch!


Austin Events this Weekend

Global Austin has partnered with Peace Day Austin to celebrate International Week of Peace from 9/11 to 9/21 and offers many free local events. Plus, Austin's Museum Day takes place on Sunday, Sept 22nd. Over 41 local museums are open to the public for FREE! Click the link for more information and a list of participating attractions. You can also check out Flamencura at Zilker Hillside Theater this evening or tomorrow night. More information can be found here.


Mexican Consul Visit - Mon., Sept. 23, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Mexican Consul General, Sr. Pablo Marentes, will be visiting AIS on Monday, September 23rd. He will be given a tour of the school by several of our student council members and will speak to our CM2-4è students about the history of between Mexico, the United States, and France. This will be a great experience, given his passion for history and his background as a professor! We are excited that he is taking the time to visit our school and happy to welcome him to our campus.

We invite all of you to join us for a meet and greet from 3:25 - 4:00 pm at pickup time in front of the school. We will have nibbles and refreshments to mingle as a community with our esteemed guest.


Book Fair-Sept. 23 - Sept 27, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Make sure to stop by the foyer any (and every) day next week for our AIS Trilingual Book Fair! We are partnering with Book People and Bonjour Books and will have amazing titles in French, Spanish, and English plus Teacher Wish-Lists to procure an item for your student's classroom. Thanks to our volunteers who have signed up to help for 2-hour shifts. Your support makes a big difference!

The Spirit Store will also be open for limited times during the Book Fair. Come check out our student water bottles, AIS hoodies, lunchboxes, shirts and more!


Lunch Orders Due - Wed., Sept. 25

Just a reminder that lunch orders need to be submitted to Ester Snodgrass. The last day for orders is Wednesday, September 25th.


Uniform Exchange - Thur., Sept. 26

We will have our Uniform Exchange Closet out this Thursday, 9/26 afterschool. Bring in your gently worn or too small uniform items and get a ticket to exchange for another item. Donated items should be gently used in good condition (no holes or tears). Thanks to Christina Aimard for being our Uniform Exchange Coordinator this year! She could use an extra hand once a month and you can sign up here to help with the sales.


Student Forms Due-Mon., Sept. 30

Please be reminded that as per Texas law, all wellness checkup forms and immunization records are due by September 30, 2019. There is no exception to this requirement. Students who do not have required documentation on file will be excluded from school until appropriate documentation is submitted.

  • Wellness Check Form: A student wellness check must be completed every year, without exception. The wellness check form must indicate the date of the exam (i.e., not simply the date the form was signed) and wellness checks must have taken place within the last calendar year. If a wellness check is scheduled to take place after the previous wellness check has expired, please inform the school in writing (reception@austinis.org) of the upcoming wellness check date.
  • Immunization records: All vaccine requirements are listed on our school’s website. This information includes which vaccines are required, the documentation that must be on file, and information about exemptions, if appropriate. Texas Administrative Code §97.66(a) requires our school to exclude students are not in compliance with the vaccine requirements.

We thank you for your support to ensure that your children’s records comply with the laws of the State of Texas. If you have any questions about these requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Jacques at your convenience.


CM1 Trip to Ft. Davis-Mon., Sept. 30 thru Fri., Oct. 4

Our fourth graders are anxiously awaiting the trip to Ft. Davis. Students will visit the historic site, go horseback riding, visit McDonald Observatory for interstellar excitement, stop by the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, visit Davis Mountain State Park, and their overnight stays will be on Prude Ranch! We can't wait to see the pictures and hear about their adventures.


Middle School Night-Tue., Oct. 1, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

CM1 and CM2 families are invited to join us at our upcoming Middle School Night on October 1st from 6pm-8pm. We will meet in the library media center to hear from teachers, students, parents and administration about what's going on in our middle school. If you would like to discuss our middle school program one-to-one, please reach out to Emily Hopkins (usprincipal@austinis.org) to schedule a meeting.


AIS Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza - Thur., Oct. 3, 5:30 - 8:30

Save the date for our next Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza at Lakeline Commons located at 14009 N. Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78717. They will host us from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Stop by anytime during that window and present our Spirit Flyer and Blaze will generously donate 20% of net sales to AIS. It is an easy way to skip the cooking for a night while giving back to your school. We hope to see you there!


Fall Break Camp: Lost in Time - Oct. 7 thru Oct. 11

Registration is open for our fun-filled camp in French, Spanish, and English during Lost in Time! Campers will learn about ancient historic sites and archaeological treasures that were once lost in time and then discovered such as the Rosetta Stone, Nazca lines, Terracotta Army, Great Pyramids, Atlantis, and Dinosaurs fossils.

The camp runs between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm for $310 for the full week or $80/day. Early drop-off is complimentary from 7:30 am - 9:00 am and afternoon care is available until 6:00 pm at $18/day or $80 for the week. A charge of $5 per minute is in effect for late pickups after 6:00 pm.

Camp charges will be added to your FACTS account, but if you prefer to pay by check, you may drop a check off at the box in reception.


Upcoming Outreach Events

These dates are further off but mark your calendar for these upcoming outreach events. These are great opportunities for AIS to get out in Austin and promote our school to the community and prospective parents. We always love to see AIS community members (sporting their new spirit attire) stop by or help us man the booths at the events. More details and sign-up information to come.

  • Mexic-Arte's Viva la Vida Parade - 10/27/19. This will be our 3rd year participating in this awesome Dia de los Muertos parade in downtown Austin. Come hold a banner, wear your AIS spirit wear, and march with us to show off our Austin International School pride.
  • AltEd's Festival of Learning - 11/9/19 at Browning Hangar at Mueller. A family-friendly event showcasing independent schools in Austin.
  • French American Business Council of Austin's French Market - 11/16/19 at St. Edward's University. This is a celebration of the sister-city exchange between Austin & Angers, France.


Save the Dates

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

  • 9/23 Visit from Mexican Consul General
  • 9/23-9/27 AIS Trilingual Book Fair & Spirit Store
  • 9/30 School Forms Due
  • 9/30-10/4 CM1 Ft. Davis Field Trip
  • 10/1 Middle School Night
  • 10/3 PTO Coffee & Spirit Store Sales
  • 10/3 Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza
  • 10/4 Spinal Screenings
  • 10/7-10/11 Fall Break & Fall Camp
  • 10/15-10/16 MLF visits AIS
  • 10/17 State of the School
  • 10/18 Annual Fund Launch
  • 10/19 Parent-Teacher Social
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