AIS Vienna

Issue 7, 29. September 2016

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Sept 29 Day 5 Day 5 ES Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday Sept 30   Day 6 NO SCHOOL FOR ES: PTC
Saturday Oct 1     SAT Test
Sunday Oct 2      
Monday Oct 3 Day 6 Day 7  
Tuesday Oct 4 Day 1 Day 8  
Wednesday Oct 5 Day 2 Day 1  
Thursday Oct 6 Day 3 Day 2 HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS

Full AIS Calendar


Reminder: October 6 - Half-Day for Students


Important notice: On Thursday, October 6, all students will be dismissed at 11:25. Busses will depart at 11:35. There are no classes or activities in the afternoon. (Teachers and staff will remain on campus for an intensive professional development workshop.)

Please make the necessary adjustments to your pick-up and child care routine on October 6.

Steve Razidlo, Director


From the Admissions / Registrar’s Office


Admissions Office Tasks / Services During the School Year
The work of the Admissions Office does not end when your children start school. Throughout the school year, we are also responsible for:

  • Changing / updating contact information for parents and guardians on the school database
  • Changing students’ official names and citizenship on the school’s records
  • Issuing certificates of enrollment (“Schulbesuchsbestätigungen”)
  • Completing forms required by the Stadtschulrat Wien (Vienna City School Board) – these are urgent and must be forwarded to us immediately
  • Processing records requests for students who have already left AIS
  • Processing inquiries and visit requests from your friends, relatives, colleagues, or employers

Early / End-of-Semester Student Withdrawals
We understand that some families will have to be relocated these next few months or during the course of the school year. To help teachers and division assistants prepare reports and other documents for the next school and to expedite the clearance process, we kindly ask parents to complete and send the Withdrawal Notification Form to the Admissions Office at least 2 weeks before your child’s last day of school.

Please do not hesitate to email us at or call us through phone number 01 40132 ext. 2531 or 2181 for questions.

Have a wonderful school year!

Deidree Diño and Johanna Leary, The Admissions / Registrar’s Office


Athletics and Activities


Athletes in Action: The action is heating up for our student athletes at home and away. This week our MS soccer teams travel to Budapest and our MS/HS Cross Country teams compete in the DVAC championship. Next week our Cross Country and Boys Volleyball teams travel to their SCIS Championships.

Good luck to all athletes!

Nick DeForest, Assitant Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


AIS Middle School Meets Astronauts


On October 5 the entire AIS Middle School, along with Grade 5, will have the pleasure of holding an assembly with astronauts Rusty Schweickart and Dumitru Prunariu. The students will get to spend about one hour with the two astronauts who will speak with them about their experiences.

This is quite a privilege and it is thanks to our 7th grader, Polina, and her grandfather, Col. Padalka, who set this up for us.

Patty Dietderich, MS Science


Transportation Corner


Over the last few years we have had numerous items left or lost on the After School buses. There has been confusion as to where these items should be recovered or turned in if found. Please review the Lost and Found Procedures which will go into effect immediately.

As always, contact information can be found on the AIS Bus Service page.

Your Blaguss Team


Habitat Peace Breakfast


The Habitat For Humanity team is grateful for the tremendous support they received from the parents to host the UN Peace Day Breakfast for students and staff. We sold over two hundred waffles and special homemade treats sent by several Middle School Parents. We raised 515 Euros that will go towards purchasing materials for the November Thanksgiving Build that the AIS team will take part in.

Visit for more photos.

The AIS Habitat for Humanity Team


PTF Appropriations


Please look at the PTF webpage under Supporting the Student Community and read about how parents, teachers, and students can suggest ideas on how to enhance our community of learners to be subsidized by PTF funding. Information can be found here and the form to fill out with your ideas is here.

The deadline to submit proposals (with funding information) is October 21. If you have any questions, please email Donna Scharpf.

Donna Scharpf, PTF Appropriations Coordinator


PTF News - Fine Arts Boosters: F.A.B.


Welcome to the brand new AIS PTF Fine Arts Boosters Group! This group is for you, the supportive parents, especially the parents of our amazing fine arts students! Our goal in the F.A.B. group will be to support our dedicated teachers and students in the AIS Fine Arts areas of all Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. This parent group will boost awareness of our wonderful AIS FA programs and provide much needed help in these areas. If you are interested in volunteering your time for this important parent group, we welcome all interested parents, especially our fine arts parents!

Our first request of our F.A.B. parents is for adult volunteers to help with the HS Musical, Into the Woods. If you have sewing abilities or you can help with the costumes, in any way, please come to our parent workshop on October 4 from 4-6 PM in the school theater. We can use any and all hands to help sew, pin, tuck, or just zip costumes on our talented students. If you have special sewing abilities, please volunteer! The play will be performed on October 13, 14, 15.

Interested in volunteering? Contact us! F.A.B./HS Musical Parent Volunteer Coordinator: Althea Papoulia or PTF Volunteer Coordinator: Tammie Perdue.

Althea Papoulia and Tammie Perdue


PTF Out and About - Melk Abbey Wrap Up


Thank you to all who attended our first PTF Out & About trip to Melk Abbey. We had over 30 parents participate and we had a very fun event! The weather was beautiful for our visit. We had a wonderful English speaking guided tour and lunch in the Melk Restaurant. Click here to enlarge the photo.

I hope to see many of you at our next Out & About trip in October! Details can be found in this week's Scoops!

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


PTF Out and About - Burg Kreuzenstein


You are invited to our next PTF Out and About day trip to Kreuzenstein Castle. The picturesque Castle is located on a hilltop overlooking the village of Leobendorf, near the Danube and the Vienna Woods. An English guided tour will be given; Explore the grounds and garden on your own; Group lunch at Burg Tavern (not included in price). Please submit €10 in an envelope labeled with your name/email/Out&About and deliver it to ES Office by October 14. Please RSVP to

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


Girl Scouts


Join Austria’s only American Girl Scout Troop! All interested girls (grades K-12) should bring their parents to the USA Girl Scouts Overseas “Roundup” meeting on Thursday, October 13.

Check out our flyer for details.

Sarah Chichester, Committee Chair


Elementary STEM Challenges


What is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Educators around the world are recognizing the importance of developing these skills in learners, in order to prepare them for an ever-changing future.

This year in the Elementary School we will hold two school-wide STEM challenges. Through these challenges our students will be learning to:

  • think creatively
  • solve problems
  • be flexible and open-minded
  • persevere and try multiple solutions
  • work in a team
  • integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

The challenges are also a lot of fun!

For our first STEM challenge on Thursday, 6 October, our students will be building spinning top toys out of recycled materials. Your child's teacher will be sending more information soon.

For questions, please contact Betsy Hammerberg.

Betsy Hammerberg, Elementary STEM Coordinator


UN Day at AIS


UN Day at AIS is Thursday, October 20, 2016. Please join us in the celebrations in the Mike Maloy Gym at 8:45 AM for a colorful, delightful concert by the Elementary children. Following this will be the country booths in the Lower Gym from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. And of course the delicious international lunches in each Elementary classroom. More details to follow. If you would like to host a country table please contact Catherine Lloyd.

Catherine Lloyd, UN Day Coordinator


PTF Halloween Spooktacular


The annual AIS Halloween Spooktacular will be on November 4 this year. To make this event as great as in past years, we will need helpers before and on the day of the event. If you would like to be involved with the Halloween Spooktacular Committee, please email Donna Scharpf. Be on the look out for a sign up genius for helpers, as well.

Thanks in advance! “Many hands make light work!”

Donna Scharpf, Halloween Coordinator


Tech Night For Grade 6 Parents


Please come to our Tech Night on Tuesday, October 4.

We will meet from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Grade 6 classrooms to learn more about the online resources used in all 6th grade classes. Students will be teaching parents about Wordly Wise, Quizlet, online writing site, and online textbooks in math, social studies, and science.

Click here for the flyer.

We look forward to seeing you then.

The Grade 6 Teachers


HS Counseling News


Click here for more information on the following:

Upcoming University Visits
Oxbridge Interview Training

The HS Counseling Team


IB News


Access of the Electronic CAS Journal for IB Diploma Program Parents
In order for parents to view their child’s CAS program, parents of IB Year I Diploma students will receive a computer generated message from Managebac. Managebac is the electronic journal platform that the students use to log their CAS experiences. Once you receive the message you are to click on the link provided in order to set your own password. In case you do not receive a message from Managebac, please check your junk folder.

If you have any questions concerning your account please contact Dr. Pontikakis, CAS Coordinator: or Mr. Rami Sleiman, from our Technology Department,

If you are a Grade 12 IB Diploma parent and did not log on to the Managebac link sent last year, please contact Mrs. Angele Baharyan, IB Diploma Program Assistant,, who can resend the welcome link to you.

Cheryl Augustine, IB Diploma Program Coordinator/Academic Dean


AIS Strings at Palais Ferstel


The AIS HS String Quartet played on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the annual International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Conference at the Palais Ferstel. From Left to Right: Anna Grace Ulses, Ben Detrick, Sophia Reed, Amina Frassl, and Harry Choi. In attendance was US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz as well as other ambassadors and dignitaries.

Click here to enlarge the photo.

Ben Detrick, MS and HS Strings


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