AIS Friday Flash

Friday, October 29, 2021

Progress Reports Follow Up

Progress Reports were sent this week. Please read the email message sent with the progress report link for an explanation of the progress indicators on the progress reports. These documents are available through the link for 14 days, so don’t forget to save them for your records. If you have any questions about your child's progress report, feel free to reach out to your child's teaching team directly.

Halloween Celebrations

It was so fantastic to see our ninjas, tacos, cats, and princesses this week for our Halloween celebrations. Thank you to our Room Parents and all parents for your contributions to our class parties.

Día De los Muertos

Ms. Marta and our CM2 students orchestrated an amazing performance in honor of Dia de los Muertos this week and performed for other AIS students. Great job to our CM2 students and a big shout out to Ms. Marta for her choreography and leadership!

AIS ADULT Spirit Night

Thank you to all of our participants in both the virtual Spirit Night and the in-person event. We had a fantastic time learning and enjoying about the 7 styles of cheeses! It was really great to visit with other community members. Thank you so much and thanks to Anne and Caroline with Antonelli's for making it a special evening.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all the AIS teachers for your guidance and support during this semester’s PTCs! Thank you also to families for the time you took to discuss your children’s progress and ways that you can work in partnership with the teaching teams so that we can put in place the best support possible for all students at AIS. We had a total of 486 individual conferences scheduled over the last day and a half. We appreciate everyone sticking closely to the PTC schedule to ensure that every meeting could go off without a hitch!

Thank you, PTO!

The PTO supplied treats for our faculty and staff during our Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. Thank you so much for showing your appreciation and we appreciate you right back!

Ft. Davis Trip - 11/1 thru 11/5

Our CM1 and CM2 students will be off to Ft. Davis to visit Prude Ranch and McDonald Observatory and more! We wish them luck and am sure they will have an amazing experience.

Counsel General of France Visits AIS - Tue., 11/2

On Tuesday, Mme Valérie Baraban, the Consul General of France in Houston, will visit our campus from 2 pm to 3 pm. She is the first woman to hold this post since it was established many years ago and we are excited to congratulate her for the position as we welcome her to our campus.

MAP Family Workshops - 11/1 thru 11/12

MAP assessments are conducted three times per year in GS (Kinder) through 4e (8th). In order to receive results from MAP assessments, at least one parent or guardian is required to attend a MAP Family Workshop. If you have attended a MAP workshop in the past, you are not required to attend a new one—though you are welcome to if you would like a refresher! Due to the pandemic, these workshops will be offered virtually throughout the week next week. To see the available time slots and sign-up to attend a session, please visit this sign-up link. See you there!

Head of School Coffee -Thur., 11/4 9:00 - 10:00 am

Join our Head of School, Jacques Weber, for a virtual Coffee from 9:00 - 10:00 am on Thursday, November 4th. The HoS coffees alternate with the PTO community coffees on the first Thursday of each month. This month's coffee will focus on Middle School! CM1 and CM2 parents, please join us!

Virtual State of the School - Tue. 11/9

All community members are encouraged to join members of the AIS Governing Board and AIS Leadership as we present the State of the School. This event will recap the prior year and look ahead to our current year for a financial snapshot, our fundraising goals, and our program plans. Please join in from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. with this link.

November Spirit Night - Thur. 11/11

Join us for our November Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza on November 11th. This event is all day, so pick up lunch for work or skip a night of cooking and come to Blaze at Lakecreek. Make sure to show the flyer and mention AIS and Blaze will generously donate 20% back to AIS! If you prefer to order pickup/to go, call the restaurant at 512-233-6024 and mention AIS. Either way - please rsvp to give the restaurant an estimate for staffing needs here.

AIS COVID Protocols: Move from Level 3 to Level 2

Based on current public health data and guidance, Austin International School will be moving from Level 3 to Level 2 protocols for face coverings, physical distancing, and cohorting. Though full details for our adaptive health and safety protocols can be found on page 9 of our 2021-2022 Campus Opening Guide, the following changes will take place beginning on Monday, October 18th:

  • Masks continue to be required indoors at all grade levels.
  • Masks are now recommended, though not required, while outdoors.
  • At least 6’ of distance is required when masks are not being worn.
  • Cohorts within the same grade level (e.g., CE1a and CE1b) may mix together indoors.

We continue to monitor the key indicators for staging each day in Austin and meet with officials from Austin Public Health each Friday morning. Our decisions to change adaptive protocol levels will always be data-informed and based on prudent recommendation from health experts. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jacques directly.

We Need Your Feedback! Be Part of AIS's Next Strategic Plan

With our current strategic plan coming to an end in 2021, the Strategic Committee of the AIS Board of Directors is seeking community input as it plans for the next big steps in AIS’s future. Please share your thoughts—no matter how brief or how long—through this open-ended survey. Responses may be submitted in English, French, or Spanish. We truly value the input of all our community members and wish to thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for the future of our community!

Save the dates

Mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars.

  • 11/1-11/5 CM1/CM2 Fort Davis Field Trip
  • 11/1-11/12 MAP Workshops
  • 11/4 Head of School Coffee
  • 11/9 State of the School
  • 11/11 Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza
  • 11/15-11/19 International Week
  • 11/22-11/26 Thanksgiving Break