AIS Vienna

Issue 10, 20. October 2016

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Oct 20 Day 1 Day 4 UN DAY
MS/HS Band & Strings Concert
Friday Oct 21 Day 2 Day 5  
Saturday Oct 22      
Sunday Oct 23      
Monday Oct 24     NO SCHOOL: Fall Break
Tuesday Oct 25     NO SCHOOL: Fall Break
Wednesday Oct 26     Public Holiday
NO SCHOOL: Fall Break
Thursday Oct 17     NO SCHOOL: Fall Break

Full AIS Calendar


Daylight Saving Time Ends


On Sunday, October 30, Daylight Saving Time ends when local time is about to reach 3:00 AM local daylight time. Clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 2:00 AM local standard time.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on October 30 than the day before and there will be more light in the morning.

Read more…

JT Hilliard, Marketing and Communication Coordinator


End-of-Semester Student Withdrawals


We expect that some families are going to be relocated these next few months and will have to withdraw their children from AIS before the second semester. 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 as soon as you confirm your family’s departure or at least 2 weeks before your child’s last day of school.

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

In the meantime, have a restful Fall Break!

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


From the School Nurse: Reminder


For all students registered for the HPV vaccine: The date for HPV vaccine administration by Dr. Susanne Bach has been postponed to November 3, 2016 at 8:30 in the Nurse’s Office.

Wishing you a restful break!

Renee McCormack, School Nurse


Athletics and Activities


Medal Madness: Congratulations to all of the student athletes that competed in SCIS tournaments the last 2 weekends. ALL of our teams took home medals! This past weekend our Varsity Boys Soccer team took 3rd place while our Varsity Girls Soccer and Volleyball both took home silver medals!

Housing: Thank you to all of the families that housed last weekend! Up next is the ISST Boys Volleyball Tournament from the 9th to the 12th of November. We have sent reminders out this week to those families that did not already confirm and the guest names should be out the week after the break.

We hope that all of our student athletes and their families enjoy their time off next week!

Nick DeForest, Assistant Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


Yearbook Photos Online!


Yearbook photos 2016 are now available to view and purchase online at The password is aisv2016. You can place your order directly on the website. Any questions, please contact Lex at

Lex Cosentino, Aletho Photography


Romanian Children’s Relief


The Romanian Children’s Relief Club is beginning its annual collection drive in aid of Fondaţia Inocenţi, an organization that works with disabled, abandoned and disadvantaged children in and around Bistriţa, Romania. This fall, 11 students and two teachers will visit Bistriţa to volunteer and to deliver much-needed materials and medicines for the children. We hope to travel with bulging suitcases, and need your help to fill them!

Particular needs include:

  • Toys & art materials suitable for young children – balloons, facepaints, pencils, crayons, paints & brushes, glitter, art papers, playdoh, scissors, erasers
  • Clothes, shoes & hair clips/ties for young children – new or lightly used
  • Baby medicines, including diaper ointments, teething toys, infant Tylenol (Nureflex), baby thermometers
  • General children’s medical supplies, including over-the-counter allergy/eczema treatments, painkillers, band-aids, vitamins, burn creams, surgical gloves, toothbrushes & toothpaste, shampoo

Anything you can donate will be gratefully received. We’d also love to hear of any connections within the AIS community that might like to contribute on a larger scale.

Materials can be delivered to Mr Healey in S34 (HS Physics lab), and suggestions or questions should be directed to

Kevin Healey on behalf of Romanian Children’s Relief Club


PTF Halloween Spooktacular


We are counting down to the Halloween Spooktacular on November 4. If you ordered pumpkins (or want to order them), you can see Jolana outside the ES entrance today and tomorrow at 3:15 PM. Tickets for the ES Halloween Spooktacular will be on sale there, too, today and tomorrow at 3:15. We still need helpers before and on the day of the event. To lend a hand, please sign up here.

If you have any questions, please email Donna Scharpf.

Donna Scharpf, Halloween Coordinator


PTF Out and About - The Albertina Museum


Thank you for those who attended our PTF Out and About to Burg Kreuzenstein. Our next event will be Friday, November 18 at 10:00 AM. We will visit the Albertina Museum and take a 1 hour private English guided tour for the special exhibition Seurat, Signac, Van Gogh: Ways of Pointillism.

Spaces are very limited. Please RSVP to Tammie Perdue before paying in the Elementary Office. 15€ (fee is non refundable) due by November 11. Group lunch on own in the historic Augustinerkeller.

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


PTF Appropriations


The deadline to submit ideas for PTF Funding has been extended to November 15. 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. We ask you to think, “What was at my old school that was so awesome, but we don’t have it here!” and submit your ideas. If you have any questions, please email Donna Scharpf.

Donna Scharpf, PTF Appropriations Coordinator


Join the AIS PTF Cookbook Challenge!



Students, parents and teachers are creating a brand new AISV Cookbook together and we need your help! Families, groups, and classes are invited to submit recipes containing at least one ingredient that is grown locally. Let’s get our students cooking and preparing scrumptious, healthy meals then share these recipes with the whole community. Please click here for more details. You may enter your recipe here.

For further information, email

The AIS Cookbook Team


Adult Pottery Class for AIS Community


Get Your Hands On Clay!
If you are interested in learning hand building and wheel throwing ceramic techniques please join us for a six week ceramic workshop at AIS. Weekly demonstrations and practice time will enable you to make ceramic works to be proud of. Participants will create a variety of ceramic forms and surface designs. Experienced potters and teachers, Mark Kolinski and Ellen Levenhagen will lead the course. Please join us for some creative fun!

When: Mondays 3:30-5:00
Where: AIS Ceramics room V17
Dates: Mondays beginning. Nov 7th -Dec.12th
Fees: 90 Euros (includes all materials)

Contact Ellen at:

Nick DeForest, Assistant Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


Girl Scouts


If you missed our Roundup last week but are still interested in being a Girl Scout, please contact for more information. Our troop has three levels this year, Daisies (K-Grade 1), Brownies (Grade 2-3) and Juniors (Grade 4-5).

Hope you will join us soon!

Sarah Chichester, Committee Chair


Middle School Halloween Activities Night


The Middle School Student Council will host a Halloween activities night for all Middle School students on Friday, November 4 from 18:00-20:30.

Students can buy tickets for the Activities Night
Trunk-or-Treat for 5 Euros outside the cafeteria during lunch. 

Students are also encouraged to wear costumes to school that day for our Halloween Spirit Day. We encourage all Middle School Students to participate.

Happy Halloween!

Your Middle School Student Council


MS Play


The Middle School Play will be directed by Mr. Gutmann this year, actor, director and AIS alumnus. We'll be putting on a 'Haunted-House, Crime-Thriller Comedy'. Auditions will be in two weeks, on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, in the Theatre at 3:30 PM. There will also be opportunities to work backstage helping out with costume, set, lights and props. We'll rehearse twice a week and the performance will be on January 26.

Christopher Gutmann, MS Play Director


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
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
November 24 - 25 – Thanksgiving – No school

Parent Portal Update
Prior to Parent-Teacher Conferences our teachers have provided Life Skills scores for each student as well as upgraded grade books to communicate progress to date with parents. Parents are encouraged to enter the parent portal on Friday, October 21 for our “Grades in Progress” update which may help prioritize which teachers parents most want to meet during conferences.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Emails will be sent to parents on November 2 with instructions for the Parent-Teacher Conferences that will be held on the evening of November 10 and in the morning of November 11. Appointments with the teachers you would like to meet can be booked as of Tuesday, November 3 at noon, but not before Tuesday, November 3 at noon. If a parent cannot identify a time slot to meet with a teacher, please email the teacher directly to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience. Please remember to print out your appointment schedule and bring that with you to conferences so that you have room locations and meeting times.

Musical and Concerts
Thank you to our parents and students who were able to join us on one of the three nights of our AIS Players Musical or for either of our Band, Strings or Choir concerts. Your support is greatly appreciated as is your help in creating a genuine performance opportunity. We trust you enjoyed the show.

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


HS Counseling News


Click here for more information on the following:

Career Guidance
Upcoming University Visits
Information from the University Desk

The HS Counseling Team


IB News


The IB News includes the following:

IB Diploma Program Evaluation Guide and Self-Study Questionnaire
IB May Exam Registration
Grade 10 Students and Parents

Cheryl Augustine, IB Diploma Program Coordinator/Academic Dean


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