AIS Vienna

Issue 12, 10. November 2016

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Nov 10 Day 3 Day 4 ISST Volleyball Tournament Begins
SCIS Athletes Leave
HS Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday Nov 11 Day 4 Day 5 HS PTC: NO SCHOOL FOR HS
Saturday Nov 12      
Sunday Nov 13      
Monday Nov 14 Day 5 Day 6  
Tuesday Nov 15 Day 6 Day 7 PTF Breakfast Among Friends
Wednesday Nov 16 Day 1 Day 8  
Thursday Nov 17 Day 2 Day 1  

Full AIS Calendar


Emergency SMS Test Friday


Our emergency SMS communication system is used to alert the community of any type of urgent communication, most commonly for school closure due to weather conditions.

For this to work it’s essential that we have your up-to-date mobile numbers.

We will be testing our system tomorrow, Friday November 11 after 13:00. All parents and employees should receive an SMS on the mobile number provided to us. If you have not received this text message on your phone by 15:00, please inform us by email to Rami Sleiman at, including your mobile number in the message.

Rami Sleiman, SIS Coordinator


Security Notice


Please note that MS and HS students are not to leave bags, backpacks, or other belongings unattended on campus. There have been occurrences recently where bags, backpacks, and other belongings are blocking doorways and hallways and might pose a problem in the case of an evacuation, and not to mention might get misplaced or lost.

Your help in reminding our MS and HS students to use the lockers provided to them is greatly appreciated.

Rudi Gabriel, Business Manager


Athletics & Activities


Knights in Action: As we publish this edition of Scoops all our teams are in action for their end of season ISST, SCIS and DVAC tournaments. We are seeding athletes to London, Bonn, Munich, Zurich, Basel, Athens and Budapest and we have teams competing at VIS and the Danube school. In addition, we are hosting the ISST D2 Boys Volleyball tournament--quite a weekend.

ISST D2 Boys Volleyball: We would love to see as many people as possible come to AIS and support not only our team but the entire tournament. Click HERE for the game schedule. However, if you are unable to attend in person you can follow the tournament through our web service where you will find results, score sheets, the program and our MS Club ‘Knights Student Network’ live streaming, click HERE.

New Tournament App:
In addition we will have an app available from Team App where players, parents, fans can have all of the information in one place and receive push notifications. The app is available for android or iphones online HERE Once you have the app search for “ISST Boys D2 Volleyball Tournament”.

Winter Season Tryouts: As we reach the end of the fall season we are excited to start our winter swim and basketball programs. Please click HERE for try out and practice schedules.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities, & Events


MS/HS Choral Performances


Please join us at the following upcoming choral performances:

December 14, 2016 19:00 AIS Theatre - O and E block MS Choirs and Messiah performance
January 7 & 8, 2017 Weekend DOM Tour to Linz and Salzburg singing Messiah parts (optional)
February 15-22 OMAN Festival of Choirs Trip – 17 High School singers

Hope to see you there!

Kathy Heedles, 6-12 Choirs and Fine Arts


PTF Breakfast Among Friends


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

The PTF is looking forward to welcoming you there!

The PTF Board


PTF Appropriations


This TUESDAY, November 15, is the deadline for submitting your proposals for consideration. If chosen, your ideas or projects will be paid for by the PTF. 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 by PTF funding. Information can be found here and the form to fill out with your ideas is here.

Think: "What would I like to see at our school that we don't have?"

If you have any questions, please email Donna Scharpf.

Donna Scharpf, PTF Appropriations Coordinator


PTF Variety Show 2017


Calling all talents!

Students Grade 3-12, teachers and parents welcome to participate!
February 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM
AIS Theater

To sign up contact Althea Papoulia, Variety Show Coordinator at


PTF Holiday Crafting


PTF Holiday Crafting has started! All talented crafters are invited to join the group working in the PTF Penthouse in the Villa Annex above the Amphitheater. Please email Doris Kaltenbrunner or call 0676 49 68 169 if you are interested. She will be there most days until December 10.

You can also support this important fundraiser by ordering your Advent or Door Wreath ASAP to make the planning easier!

Small gifts and decorations are in production already and will be for sale in the penthouse and at the Winter Concerts!

Click for samples of Advent Wreaths, Door Wreaths, and Decorations.

Click here for the order form.

Doris Kaltenbrunner, PTF Crafting Coordinator


PTF Out and About - The Albertina Museum


Our next event on Friday, November 18 at 10:00 AM is SOLD OUT! If you would like to be on a WAIT LIST, please email Tammie Perdue. For those who paid, we will meet at the Albertina Museum at 9:50 AM for a 1 hour private English guided tour for the special exhibition, Ways of Pointillism.

Group lunch (price not included) at the historic Augustinerkeller.

Transportation will not be provided.

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


Halloween Thank You


A big thank you to all the families who contributed to the successful Halloween Spooktacular.  Without your donations and volunteering, it would not have been possible. A special shout out goes to the organizing team:  Tini Carmine, Donna Scharpf, Sarah Adams, Elvan Ersoy, Lynn DesRosiers, Michelle Gress, Jolana Hermannova, Brooke Mitchell, Meredith Wotka, and Catherine Lloyd...and to the US Marines!

Donna Scharpf, Halloween Coordinator


Backpack Campaign Recap


Many thanks to those who donated used, barely used, and new backpacks to benefit those in need. Over 60 backpacks were donated by the AIS community and sent to children in Romania, Albania, and Moldova through the help of the charity organization ORA International Österreich.

Stay tuned for future opportunities to help.

Click here for more photos.

Frau Scharrer and the Mochila Team


Congratulations Musicians


Congratulations to two fine musicians who were accepted into the AMIS Honor’s Festivals for the HS this year. With other trips being planned this year, only 3 musicians put themselves forward to compete for limited places in the prestigious AMIS musical circuit. Paulina Vaugh was accepted for Honor Band with her French Horn audition and will travel to Luxembourg. Herbert Traub IV was accepted for the third year in a row to perform in the AMIS Men’s Choir in Abu Dhabi! Well done and thank you for representing AIS Vienna in these two amazing opportunities!

Mrs. Heedles and Mrs. Seekirchner


Yearbook Photos Online!


This is your last chance to guarantee your school portraits before the holidays!

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


Save The Dates - ES Winter Concerts


Tuesday, December 6
8:45 Grades 1 and 2 (including Grade 2 strings)
11:00 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Wednesday, December 7
8:45 Grade 3 (including Grade 3 strings)
10:00 Grade 4 and 5 Strings
10:30 Grade 4 and 5 General Music and Choir

All concerts will be in the AIS Theater.

Deborah LoCascio, Bonnie Reinitzer, Biljana Omcikus


Next ES Counselor Coffee: Is It Bullying?


In this Counselor Coffee, we will discuss bullying—what it is, what it’s not, and what you and your child can do to help stop bullying in its tracks. There will also be a segment on cyber bullying and a sneak peak at the new bullying curriculum coming this December! Join me in the ES Library on November 14 from 8:30-10:00 AM!

See you there!

Kelly Underwood, Elementary School Counselor


Middle School Field Trip Day


The entire Middle School will be involved in grade level field trips on Wednesday, November 16. The Grade 6 class will travel to the Mamuz Museum in Asparn an der Zaya to improve their understanding of early human history. Grade 7 will be visiting the Kunsthistorisches and Natural History museums and One-half of the Grade 8 class will be doing their service learning project working with students from the Clara Fay school. The other half of the Grade 8 class will be visiting ORF and learning about journalism.

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


First Quarter Grades


First quarter report cards were emailed home for Grade 7 and 8 students yesterday, November 9. Report cards for Grade 6 students were printed and hand carried home yesterday. Please review the first quarter report with your child, taking note of the "life skills" as they are an important source of information about student performance in class.

Grade 6 parents should sign the envelope and have their son/daughter return the envelope to the advisor this week.

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
November 10 – Parent-Teacher conferences 17:00-20:30
November 11 – Parent-Teacher conferences 8:30-13:00
November 24 – 25 – Thanksgiving – No school
December 8 – Public Holiday, No School
December 9 – Bridge Day, no School
December 16 – Half Day, 11:20 dismissal

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us for our Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday and Friday. If parents were unable to meet with a particular teacher please feel free to contact the teacher directly by email to set a conference time on an alternative date.

As a request, our faculty would very much appreciate if parents could limit texting their children to before 8:20, between 11:45 and 12:30, or until after 15:15. When a phone vibrates in a pocket the curiosity is often too much for students. Many will immediately ask to use the washroom in order to satisfy their curiosity, and we have even had students automatically reach into their bags to check their phones during a test. When I find students in the hall texting during a class a majority can show me that the contact name on the screen is in fact “Mom”. As it is almost instinct for students to respond to any stimulation generated by a phone, we ask parents to engage with their child outside of class time.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


Calling all Grade 11 Students and Parents


Please send in homemade baked goods to Frau Scharrer at school on November 16, 17, and 18. Those tasty treats will be sold at the November 17 and 18 Cabaret Nights to raise money for the Grade 11 and 12 Prom.

Donna Scharpf, Grade 11 Parent Team Leader


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