AIS Vienna

Issue 2, 25. August 2016

  All - School


Elementary School 

 Middle School

  High School

This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Aug 25 Day 4 Day 4  
Friday Aug 26 Day 5 Day 5  
Saturday Aug 27      
Sunday Aug 28      
Monday Aug 29 Day 6 Day 6 Athletic Tryouts Begin
Tuesday Aug 30 Day 1 Day 7  
Wednesday Aug 31 Day 2 Day 8 ASA Signups for Swimming/Tennis
Thursday Sept 1 Day 3 Day 1 ASA Signups for all other activities
ES Open House

Full AIS Calendar


From the Director


Safety & Security
Thank you to everyone for a safe and pleasant opening to the 2016-17 school year. As a note to all parents, Austrian military staff have been assigned to patrol our campus this year; they are taking the place of the police canine unit who in the past performed this duty. Parents should know that we have been included in a broad group of diplomatic entities in this change of coverage, and that military staff are trained specifically in ‘compound patrol’ and personal security for diplomatic units. Please also note that our on-going commitment to security includes early practice at both evacuation and lock-down drills, which will happen already next week.

Food Service
SV Group has opened the school year with changes to menus, addition of new products, extensive staff training at other SV Group sites, and on-site presence of SV Group management. New products have sold out as students seem eager to try new yogurt drinks, smoothies, and cafe items. SV Group shares our commitment to meeting with parents early on in this new vendor relationship. A Director Coffee has been set for September 28 (8:30-10:00, Faculty Lounge) where SV Group leadership, AIS administration, and parents can ask questions and discuss this noteworthy change.

School Transitions
The first days of school signal transitions of all kinds; students are moving their lives back into structured, time-bound routines. Every family adjusts to this change in their own way--Dawn and I were ecstatic that our boys were back into predictable routines! It is only Wednesday as I write this note, and I know we are already getting tired in this week of grand change. Some of our youngest students will be exhausted by Friday, as this full, first week will wear them out. If you are a new family here at AIS, we are cognizant of the many factors -- grief and loss to name two -- which some of our students are feeling as they join our community. Please let’s work together to acknowledge that transitions are hard work, that feelings about school are important, and that by welcoming each other (back) we earn the core of our Mission...‘Nurture, Include, Challenge, Respect’.

Steve Razidlo, Director


After School Activities


The ASA program is fee based and offers a wide variety of activities for primarily ES students.

The semester 1 offerings is online for you to scope out which activities might be interesting for your child/ren. Its also a good idea to check with parents to see which activities they are interested in.

Please click HERE to go to the semester one page which includes; the entire program, the rules and regulations, important dates and contact information.

To read about the registration procedure, which is done entirely online,  please click HERE

DONT FORGOT registration for Swimming and Tennis begins at 12:00 on Wednesday August 31st while registration for all other activities begins at 12:0 on Thursday September 1st..... be ready to refresh your browser at 12:00!

The Events Office Team


Athletics & Activities


Please click HERE for links that will give you all of the information that you need for Athletics at AIS. You will see a menu of options on the left hand side of the page. You will find an introduction page, housing information, FAQ's, Boosters and much more.

Please select Teams & Schedules for specific information about the tryouts and practice schedules for the fall season. TRYOUTS start on Monday for the HS, Tuesday for MS Boys Tennis and Wednesday for the rest of the MS teams.

As ever we hope that as many of our MS & HS students find a place in the program to participate and compete.

Should you have specific questions not answered in the links please feel free to contact Andy Harrison Director of Athletics, Activities & Events.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities, and Events


Yearbook Photo Reminder


Smile, its time for yearbook photos!

For your information, below are the dates for the remaining grade levels, so remember to have your students dress their best! Due to a scheduling conflict the Grade 7 photos have been moved to Wednesday, August 31.

Elementary School
K - Friday, August 26
Grade 1 - Friday, August 26
Grade 4 - Friday, August 26

Middle School
Grade 7 - Wednesday, August 31

High School
Grade 11 - Friday, August 26
Grade 12 - Monday, August 27

JT Hilliard, Marketing and Communication Coordinator


Publication Of Images Of Students And Community Members


At AIS Vienna, we strive to use technology to make the curriculum come alive, and students are routinely creating or contributing to projects that could be published on the Internet and elsewhere. In addition, we try to be transparent with information related to school events and schedules so you can find information when you need it.

As a result, students' pictures and full names could appear on the school web site, newsletters, class web sites, broadcasts and other publicly available media. Although pictures and videos are generally of groups of students, on occasion there may be close-up pictures or videos of students.

Examples of information that may be published:

  • Videos and photographs of students on field trips or school activities.
  • Full names of students, e.g., in a sports team roster or list of travel details.
  • Web pages and blogs with videos and posts showcasing schoolwork.
  • News posts on Websites recognizing student achievement.
  • Email address to contact the owner of a blog post.

You can request that your child or other family member not appear in pictures or videos and that their name isn't included in publications, but this could impact your child's schoolwork, especially at the secondary level. This may also restrict participation in certain school activities and events. For the benefit of the greater AIS community all concerts and events are filmed and/or photographed and published online.

Parents may opt out of this policy by notifying JT Hilliard, Marketing and Communication Coordinator. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that we have your consent.

JT Hilliard, Marketing and Communication Coordinator


PTF Outing


Visit the Q19 (September 2) Mall in the 19th district and the basics about shopping, parking and living in Vienna. Afterwards we'll enjoy a lunch in a Viennese restaurant.

Read more details information here.

Please email by Thursday, September 1 (11:00) confirming your participation and please don't forget to specify:

  • Where you will meet us (at AIS main gate at 9:00 AM or at Q19 in front of Pascucci at 9:30 AM)
  • If you will join us for lunch at Figls

The PTF Newcomers Committee


Parents of AIS Vienna: The Facebook Group


This private group, which is not affiliated with AIS, is open to parents of students attending AIS who can share local knowledge of living in Vienna. Please send your requests to join by email to Tammie Perdue from an email address that you have listed in the AIS Parent Directory. This will ensure that we only include current AIS parents in our group. We hope you will find this new resource helpful!

Tammie Perdue, Facebook Group Administrator


Troop 427


Welcome back Boy Scouts!

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 6 in the AIS cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 PM. Cub Scouts and Webelos will meet this Tuesday, August 30 at 4:30 PM in the AIS Cafeteria.

For more information, please click here.

The Scouts of AIS


Girl Scouts of the USA


There are several girls interested in continuing or starting their Girl Scout journey but we’re in need of enthusiastic adults to become Leaders for the Daisies: Kindergarten and Grade 1 (ages 5-7) and Brownies: Grades 2 and 3 (ages 7-9) levels. Please contact if you are interested.

The AIS Girl Scouts


From the ES Principal


Welcome back Elementary School students and parents!
On Monday morning, students and parents filled the Elementary hallways with excitement.  Excitement about starting a new school year, meeting their teacher, and  making new friends.  There were shy smiles waiting around each corner and warm encounters as students and parents were reunited with friends.  It is with much joy, and enthusiasm as the Elementary Principal, that I officially welcome you to what I hope will be the best year in your children's life.

As I walked through classrooms on the first morning, I listened in on teachers reading stories like, The Kissing Hand and others hosting conversations about being kind and welcoming new students to our school.  I was proud of our teachers and our students for making the start to school so successful. 

What Makes AIS Elementary Special:

Our teachers love working with children and our students enjoy school.
AIS is widely recognized as a school that fosters positive relationships between teachers and students. These relationships translate into highly motivated and engaged learners. AIS students arrive with smiles and energy each morning, ready to learn.

Our programs support students to reach their potential.
The elementary school programs are carefully chosen to meet the needs of today’s young learners. Nurture, inclusion, challenge, and respect are hallmarks of our mission statement and closely aligned with the goals of our elementary programs.

We offer you a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
We believe in developing a strong partnership with parents. For this reason, we strive to create opportunities for parents to be involved in learning and learning celebrations.  Parents are regularly invited to attend reading and writing events, musical concerts, PTF meetings and grade level field trips. We welcome you as partners and invite your participation.

The opportunity to experience a fabulous city.
For those of you new to Vienna, congratulations!  What a great place to land; the rich cultural heritage combined with the famous Vienna woods, skiing and outdoor retreats make this a hard-to-beat location for you and your family.  As I am sure you have heard Vienna is the world #1 most livable city in the world.

As you will soon experience, AIS promises an outstanding education focused on the development of the whole child from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. We are very excited that you have made the choice to join us and we look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful school in the coming weeks and months.

Important Dates:

  • September 1:   ES Back to School Night  / Open House (see more information below ).
  • September 3:   All School Family BBQ
  • September 6:   New Parent Coffee
  • September 13:  PTF General Meeting
  • September 29 and 30 Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students on September 30)

For information about school events across the year please check the following resources regularly:

  • Read Scoops each week
  • Personalize AIS calendars so that your view reflects your areas of interest
  • Review the AIS website, with links to the Family Handbook and Parent Forum
  • Read The Squire, our Elementary School Newsletter, linked to Scoops each week
  • Read classroom websites and all communications from your child's teacher
  • Join PTF activities meetings and activities

Again, Welcome to school, may this year be the best year of your child’s life to date.

Sacha McVean, Elementary School Principal


ES Back to School Night / Open House 2016


The Elementary School welcomes all new and returning parents to join us for our annual “Back to School” Open House on Thursday, September 1st, from 5:00-8:00 PM. Our Back to School evening is designed to provide you with an opportunity to get to know our school, your child's teacher, the classroom, the AIS curriculum programs and common grade level practices. It is also a great opportunity for you to meet the parents at your grade level, make new friends and enjoy some social time. 

One of the things that I would like to highlight is a reminder that your child does not have one teacher, but many, and all of them are equally important to the overall growth and development of your child. For this reason, we have scheduled grade level presentations and open times for you to visit your child's Specialist teachers.

Please note additionally, EAL and German presentations will be offered between 6:00-7:00 for all grade levels.

"Back to School" - Open House Schedule September 1, 2016

Grade Level Presentations
5:00-6:00 Presentations in Grade 1, 2 and 3
6:00-7:00 Presentations in PK and Kindergarten
7:00-8:00 Presentations in Grade 4 and 5

EAL and German Presentations
6:00-6:30 German Language Presentation for Grades 1-5
6:30-7:00 EAL Presentation for Grades 1-5

Open Visiting Hours For Art, PE, Library, PK-K Music and PK-K Art
5:00-8:00 for you to drop in at your convenience in between grade level or other presentations

1-5 Music and PK-5 Tech
Dan and Deb LoCascio will be attending a family event in the United States at this time.  If you would like to learn more about our General Music program for 1st -5th Grade students or Technology Integration for PK-5th Grade please contact them directly at and

Please note that this is not an evening for students or for individual parent conferences.
Thank you in advance for your participation, we look forward to welcoming you Back to School.

Sacha McVean, Elementary School Principal


Music Options for Grade 6 Students


All grade six students will have the opportunity to participate in our music program this year during the O Block. O Blocks meet every other day from 11:45 to 12:30. Grade six students will choose to sing, play a string instrument, or play a band instrument. Grade six students were introduced to the program on Tuesday. Parents have received an email with a Google form to register their child. If you have not done so yet, please complete the form so students can start on Friday, August 26.

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
September 8-9 – Grades 9-11 Retreats
September 8-10 – Grade 12 Retreat
September 13 – High School Open House Night, 18:00 – 21:00

With the school year officially underway the high school is focused on our retreats held September 8 and 9 for grades nine through eleven, and September 8 through 10 for our grade twelve students.

For our seniors in particular this retreat is important. Not only will they be bonding with peers and the teachers who may very well be writing their college recommendations, they will also be spending time with our new counselors. These sessions are essential for gathering information to identify the universities that are a great match for our students, but also establishing expectations and deadlines for the college application process.

All of our retreats include manageable physical activities in the beautiful Austrian countryside, team building activities along with essential bonding time for our newest AIS students. The retreats for many of our kids are their fondest memories of high school.

Attendance at the retreats is a school expectation. Although we have a few exceptions every year who remain within our school building for those two days, the experience is not comparable.

For the retreats we need three pieces of information from parents. We ask that parents review the expectations in the student handbook and sign their child’s Student Contract. On Friday August 26 we will email Agreement Forms with trip details and the opportunity for parents to provide the school with essential details about their own child. We ask that the forms be returned no later than Wednesday August 31 so that we may confirm all logistics for the retreats. Finally we ask that all Medical Forms have been submitted to the nurse’s office so that we may manage your child’s health appropriately.

We truly appreciate parents submitting the forms by August 31 and we trust our retreats will be the memorable learning experiences they have been in the past.

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


HS Counseling News


Click here for more information on the following.

Welcome Back to School
Schedules and Course Changes

The HS Counseling Team


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