AIS Vienna

Issue 8, 6. October 2016

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Oct 6 Day 3 Day 2 HALF DAY for STUDENTS
Friday Oct 7 Day 4 Day 3 Prague Athletic Exchange
Saturday Oct 8      
Sunday Oct 9      
Monday Oct 10 Day 5 Day 4  
Tuesday Oct 11 Day 6 Day 5 PTF Breakfast Among Friends
Wednesday Oct 12 Day 1 Day 6  
Thursday Oct 13 Day 2 Day 7 MS Parent Teacher Conferences
HS Musical

Full AIS Calendar


Reminder from the Executive Board


Online voting to approve the revised 2016/2017 budget opened on October 4. Each parent who is not a school employee is entitled to vote. In case you did not receive the invitation by email, please check your spam folder. If you have any troubles voting, or if you did not receive the revised budget proposal, please contact the Assistant to the Director at

An Extraordinary General Assembly will be held on October 18 at 6:30 PM in the AIS High School Library where the result of the vote will be announced. Paper ballots may be cast before the assembly begins at 6:30 PM. An open Board meeting will take place in the library from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM following the assembly, and we encourage all parents to attend!

AIS Executive Board


October 12 Director Coffee - New Strategic Plan & Campus Renovations


All AIS community members are invited to join me on Wednesday, October 12, 8:30-10:00, in the Faculty Lounge. At this Director Coffee, we will “unveil” our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan and walk you through the four areas for major school improvements over the next five years. Following this 45-minute presentation, we will go on a 45-minute tour of the campus to show you the many improvements -- from stadium seating to new classrooms -- the school undertook this summer.

I look forward to welcoming everyone next week -- please wear comfortable shoes!

Steve Razidlo, Director


From the School Nurse - HPV Free Vaccine Program At AIS


Once again, we are offering the HPV vaccine program supported by the Austrian government which provides the HPV vaccine for free to children between ages 9-11. As you may know, the HPV vaccine is a cancer preventing vaccination for both boys and girls.

Please fill out the registration form and submit it to the nurse no later than Thursday, October 13, 2016 (the vaccine must be ordered). The date of the vaccine is Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:30 in the Nurses Office.

This is a 2 shot vaccine, with shot number one in October and the second in April. Parents who register their children will be notified of the details for the April vaccine at a later time.

If you have any questions, please email Renee McCormack ( or call at +43 1 40132 2131).

Renee McCormack, School Nurse


The HS Musical - Into The Woods


The AIS Players will present a children's theater performance of ACT I of the musical Into The Woods on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 13, 14, and 15, 2016 in the AIS Theater. With music by Stephen Sondheim and story by James Levine, this clever and comical musical magically mixes five of the Brothers Grimm's most notable fairytales into a charming mess that, naturally, ends happily ever after. Tickets are €5.00 for students and €10.00 for adults and may be purchased during Middle and High School lunch periods and at the door before each performance. You may also make ticket reservations by calling our Receptionist Steffi Kuern at +43 1 401 32 2111.

Celebrate Halloween month with a wonderful High School performance of Into The Woods!

Performance Times
Thursday, October 13 at 17:00
Friday, October 14 at 19:00
Special Children's Matinee Saturday, October 15 at 14:00

Michael Marinucci and The AIS Players


Athletics and Activities


Athletes in Action: It's SCIS tournament time for a lot of our teams. Good luck to the HS Boys and Girls Soccer teams who travel next week and to our MS/HS Cross Country team and HS Boys Volleyball teams who travel this week. All details are on the teams and schedules page.

SCIS Varsity Girls Volleyball Tournament: Next week we are hosting our first tournament of the year. You can follow the results and live streaming on our results page HERE.

Prague Exchange: Friday is our first housing event of the year. Thank you to all of the housers and Booster volunteers. Please click HERE for details.

Nick DeForest, Assitant Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


Grades 5-8 Meet Astronauts


On October 5 the entire AIS Middle School, along with Grade 5, had the pleasure of holding an assembly with astronauts Rusty Schweickart and Dumitru Prunariu. The students were able to spend an hour learning about their lives and their experiences, followed by a question and answer session.

Visit for photos.

JT Hilliard, Marketing and Communication Coordinator


PTF Breakfast Among Friends


Join us for the next PTF Breakfast Amoung Friends hosted by Austria on Tuesday, October 11 at 8:15 AM in the Faculty Lounge. Experience the feels, smells, tastes, and sounds of Austria! All are invited!

The PTF is looking forward to welcoming you there!

Tini Carmine, PTF Chair


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 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.

If you don’t want to be on the committee but can lend a hand, please sign up here.

Don’t forget to check your Elementary Kids’ backpacks to order Halloween party tickets and pumpkins! Middle School Students can buy trunk-or-treat tickets and pumpkins, too (see MS Student Council).

Donna Scharpf, Halloween Coordinator


PTF Out and About: Kreuzenstein Castle


Join us on Wednesday, October 19 at Kreuzenstein Castle!

There will be an English guided tour, then time to explore the grounds and garden on your own, as well as a group lunch at Burg Tavern (not included in price). Please submit €10 in an envelope labeled with your name, email, and Out & About. The last day for payments to be dropped off in the ES Office is October 14. Please RSVP to Tammie Perdue.

Click here for the event flyer.

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


UN Day at AIS


UN Day at AIS is approaching. On October 20 we will celebrate UN Day with 3 different events. The ES concert will take place from 8:45-10:00 in the Mike Maloy Gym. The concert is a colorful celebration of music and dance from around the world. The country booths hosted by parent volunteers will be open from 10:00-14:00 in the Lower Gym. And the international lunches will take place in your child’s classroom. More information about the lunches will be provided by room parents this week. Please encourage your child to wear the national dress or colors of your country on this day.

As part of the concert we will have a flag parade - if you have a flag and would like your child to walk in the parade please email Catherine Lloyd before October 14.

If you have any questions about UN Day, please contact Catherine Lloyd.

Catherine Lloyd, UN Day Coordinator


The AIS Song


It has become a tradition at every Elementary School concert to sing the AIS Song, written by the 4th grade in 2009. We would love for you to join us in song; it’s lovely when parents/teachers join their children/students in singing this song of friendship. Our first Elementary School concert will be the UN Day Concert on October 20 at 8:45 in the Mike Maloy Gym – we will be singing the AIS Song. Attached are lyrics and a recording of the Grade 4 composers singing it for the first time.

Please join us in singing the AIS song on UN Day.

Deb LoCascio, ES Music


The Soccer Factory: Calling All Girls!


Do you want to learn to play soccer? The Soccer Factory has an all-girls group that practices on Saturdays from 11-12:30 p.m. We are looking for new girls to come practice, play and have fun! Join us for a trial session.

For more information, contact Conor Maguire at

Conor Maguire, The Soccer Factory


Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences


The evening of Thursday, October 13 and the whole day on Friday, October 14 are set aside for Parent-Teacher Conferences. All Middle School parents received an email on Wednesday with a link that will allow you to schedule your appointments. Please note that there is no school for Middle School students on Friday, October 14. Please contact the Middle School Office with any questions.

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
October 13 – 15 HS Musical
October 19 – Standardized Testing Morning (MAP and PSAT)
October 24 - Nov 1 – School Break – No school
November 10 – Parent-Teacher conferences 17:00-20:30
November 11 – Parent-Teacher conferences 8:30-13:00

As we begin to near the half-way point of first semester our co-curricular programs begin to reach their culminating activities. Whether it is athletics, community service or the performing arts, our students are beginning to see the products of their collaboration, organization and hard work. In particular we would like to invite you to join us for our AIS players performance of the musical “Into the Woods” on October 13, 14 or 15. Our students have learned a great deal not only about performance, but about teamwork, perseverance and how to manage pressure! It will be a great show and we would love to see you in the audience.

On October 19 our grade 9 students will be sitting the MAP test while our grade 10 and 11 students sit the PSAT. Both tests provide us with information about how our students perform compared to other cohorts of students. Although these are not high stakes tests, the data is useful for us as a school and can help students plan course selection in high school and in university. Please encourage your children to take the test seriously but not to become stressed about the experience.

A special note, grade 9 students should bring their laptops, fully charged, on October 19 and drop them off in the assigned room as soon as they arrive at school so that we can start the exams on time.

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


HS Counseling News


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Upcoming University Visits
Oxbridge Interview Training

The HS Counseling Team


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