AIS Vienna

Issue 16, 7. December 2016

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Dec 8     NO SCHOOL: Public Holiday
Friday Dec 9     NO SCHOOL: Bridge Day
Saturday Dec 10      
Sunday Dec 11      
Monday Dec 12 Day 3 Day 6  
Tuesday Dec 13 Day 4 Day 7 PTF Breakfast Among Friends
MS/HS Band & Strings Concert
Wednesday Dec 14 Day 5 Day 8 MS/HS Choir Concert
Thursday Dec 15 Day 6 Day 1  

Full AIS Calendar


From the School Nurse


It’s that time of year again. We have had a number of students suffering from mild to not-so-mild cases of colds/flu, sinusitis etc.

It’s not to late to get a flu shot. Having said that, the flu shot is not protective against the “run-of-the-mill” viruses that plague us during the winter months.

Click on the link below for some general tips (also found on the Health Information page of the AIS website under Parents). The second link may also answer some questions you have about the flu vaccine. In any case, I wish you a healthy holiday season. Please feel free to contact the Nurse’s Office for any questions or concerns about illness in this winter season.

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips
Frequently Asked Questions About Flu

Renee McCormack, School Nurse


Athletics & Activities


Knights in Action: This week our HS basketball teams travel to the Munich International School for the annual Rodewald Tournament. We wish the teams a safe trip and success on the court. Remember you can see all schedules by visiting Teams & Schedules.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities, & Events


Speech & Debate


CEESA MS Speech & Debate: Many thanks to all who made this event such a wonderful success. Special recognition to our housers, and our volunteer judges and timers. Please click HERE for the results which include many AIS students.

NESDA HS Speech & Debate: Congratulations to the Speech, Debate, and Acting Team for a successful tournament in Brussels this past weekend! With over 100 participants from 11 international schools, AIS was well represented in all 5 events and are proud to announce the following results:

Gold Medal for Jake Reed in Oral Interpretation of Literature
Finalist Davis Davidson and Semi-Finalist Christoph Lhotka for Oral Interpretation
Quarter Final Debaters Sofiya Pavlova and Jake Reed
Semi-Finalists Davis Davidson and Katharina Landesmann in Duet Acting
Semi-Finalists Sofiya Pavlova and Christoph Lhotka in Impromptu Speaking

Click here for a few photos of the HS Speech and Debate Tournament.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities, & Events


Holiday Band and Strings Concert


Our O Block, 7th & 8th Grade, and HS Strings and the O Block, 7th & 8th Grade and HS Bands will be performing their Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 13 starting at 18:30 in the Theater.

Please note: We are kindly asking all students and parents to stay for the entire concert. It is important that all students hear and support their classmates. If you attend a professional concert, the musicians are there for your entertainment. At our school concerts, the parents and family members are there for the musicians – all musicians, not just their own child. We will work hard to keep the concert to one hour, so please plan your time accordingly. Performances are a large part of a student’s quarter grade and staying for the entire concert is a part of this. We are looking to cultivate a more respectful and professional atmosphere at our AIS Concerts.

Thank you for working with us to achieve this goal.

Susan Seekirchner & Ben Detrick


Winter Choral Concert


Don't miss the upcoming Winter Choral Concert on December 14 starting at 19:00 for Middle School, High School, and adult singers.

The Middle School singers in O and E blocks will open the concert for the Messiah performance by the HS and Adult Choir.

Kathy Heedles, 6-12 Choirs


Write for Rights with Amnesty


Please join the Amnesty Youth Group on Thursday, December 15 for the “Write for Rights” Campaign. You’ll be joining the biggest grassroots human rights event in the world. From now through the end of December, hundreds of thousands of people in over 100 countries will sit down to write letters on behalf of someone they’ve never met. They bring their friends, family, school and community together to advocate for human rights around the world. Your words can make a difference—we hear over and over from former Write for Rights cases that letters from people like you helped change their lives.

We will gather in V-12 from 15:30 until approximately 18:00. We will be asking you to write letters and sign petitions. There will be Kinderpunsch, cookies, oranges, and more to enjoy. Later on in the afternoon, we will be watching a film related to human rights. Come and make a difference.

Hope to see you there!

The Amnesty Youth Group


Habitat for Humanity in Portugal


This year a large group of Grade 11 students, along with a couple seniors went to Portugal on behalf of the Habitat for Humanity program at AIS. This group of twelve travelled to Braga, Portugal for five days. Within those five days, three days were spent working from 8:30-16:30 on a house for a 70-year-old cancer survivor. Since we were the last group to build the house, we were able to put the finishing touches on it. This included putting plaster over the walls, and concrete in the basement. It was such a great experience to work together in such a different way than we normally interact. Even the bus driver offered to help because he was so inspired that everyone was putting so much effort into this house.

Click here to watch a video made by Nico Scheurer.

Read more…

The Habitat for Humanity Team


PTF Breakfast Among Friends


The next PTF Breakfast Among Friends will be held on Tuesday, December 13 from 8:15-11:00. Come for the entire time or just part of the time for this fun event. This month, we will be having a Cookie Exchange! Bring a container filled with your country's favorite holiday cookies. Then, bring a second container (empty) to be filled with cookies from all other countries! Come and join the fun and learn what is happening at AIS.

Everyone is welcome!

The PTF Board


PTF Holiday Crafting


The PTF Holiday Crafting group will be selling their goods during the Band and Strings Concert on the December 13 and the Choir Concert on December 14. Please come to the Theater Lobby to have a look.

Doris Kaltenbrunner, PTF Crafting Coordinator


PTF Out and About - Apfelstrudel Seminar Recap


Thank you to all those who attended our December Out & About at the Schönbrunn Apfelstrudel Cooking Seminar! We had over 40 adults signed up and a wonderful time was had by all. I hope your family had as much fun eating your strudel as we had making them! Please find many pictures on our AIS Parent Facebook Group of all those who attended both days! If you aren't a member of the Facebook group, contact Tammie Perdue.

Please watch Scoops next week for our January Out & About announcement.

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


PTF Variety Show 2017


Calling all talents!

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

To sign up contact Althea Papoulia, Variety Show Coordinator at

Althea Papoulia, Variety Show Coordinator


AIS Spirit Wear Store


With the holidays quickly approaching, AIS Spirit Wear can make great gifts for family and friends!

The AIS Spirit Wear Store is located in the Main Office at the Villa Reception and is open daily during school hours (closed for lunch 11:45-12:45).

Below are the products that are currently available:

AIS Knights T-shirts €10
AIS Knights Hooded Sweatshirts €20
AIS Knights Sweatpants €15
AIS Knights Winter Hats €10
AIS Knights Water Bottle €3
AIS Knights Backpack €35

Purchases can be made with Credit Card, Bankomat, or in cash.

For more information contact JT Hilliard.

JT Hilliard, Marketing and Communication Coordinator


Nikolaus Visits AIS 2016


On December 5, the Austrian AIS Community was able to share some of their traditions with our students. The Austrian Nikolaus, who traditionally visits children on December 6, came to AIS and brought little bags filled with treats. These were distributed to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3.

Click here for photos.

JT Hilliard, Marketing and Communication Coordinator


ES Library New and Used Book Sale


Books are available in the ES Library to peruse and choose! This is a great time to buy books for holiday giving and vacation reading!

Brand new books 2€ each
Gently used books .25€ each (4 for 1€)

Please send in COINS or SMALL bills with your child.

The Elementary School Library Ladies


PTF Bingo Night Volunteers Needed


Please sign up by December 15 and give back to our school or Bingo Night will be cancelled! The PTF plans many activities throughout the school year to boost our school spirit. Bingo Night might be held on Saturday, January 28. At this time, we DO NOT have enough parent/staff volunteers for this event to happen. We urgently need an adult organizational team to plan this fun event for our elementary students!

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up before December 15 by clicking here.

The PTF is always looking for volunteers for events. Please contact me, or any PTF Board Member, for more information. Additionally, look on the Parent-Teacher Forum page of the new website under Parents.

Tammie Perdue, Volunteer Coordinator


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
December 8 – Public Holiday, No school
December 9 – Bridge Day, No School
December 13 – Band and Strings Holiday Concerts, 18:30
December 14 – HS Parent Coffee, 8:30, Faculty Lounge
December 14 – Choir Concert , 19:00
December 16 – Half Day, 11:20 dismissal
December 19 – January 6 – Winter break - No school
January 11 – 20 – IB Mock Exams
January 16 – 20 – Semester Exams

Please click here for the January exam schedule for 2017. Your child has had an opportunity to review the schedule with their homeroom teacher and complete a template they can use as their personal exam schedule.

In the exam guidelines, outlined below, I would like to draw your attention to the rule banning mobile phones from testing rooms. Although we do offer students a last chance to hand their phone to a proctor, if you could encourage your child to either leave their phone at home or in their locker it would better prepare students for college expectations.

Students do require a medical excuse to be absent from a semester exam.

Please feel free to contact the High School Office is you have any questions or concerns.

Grades 9-11 Exam Week is January 16 - 20, 2017
Each exam day has 3 sessions:
First session: 8:20 - 10:05
Second session: 11:00 - 12:45
Conflict/Make-up session: 13:30 - 15:15

For students with extra time there are two sessions each day
First Extra Time Session: 8:20 - 10:50
Second Extra Time Session: 11:45 - 14:15

  • Students are only required to be on campus during their scheduled exam time. When students do not have an exam, they may leave campus.
  • School buses are running regular service, departing school at 15:25 each day.
  • Students should arrive at their exam venue 10 minutes before the start of the exam.
  • Extra time will not be provided for a student who arrives late to their exam.
  • Students must remain silent upon entering the exam room.
  • Students may take writing instruments and a bottle of water to the exam room. Calculators are only permitted with prior consent or instruction from the teacher (e.g. math exam).
  • Food is not permitted in the exam room.
  • Bags, phones, music players, or other electronic devices are not permitted with the students while they are taking the exam. If a student has these items in the exam setting, it may be seen as academic dishonesty and the student's exam may be void. Phones will be collected and can be picked up at the high school office after the exam session.
  • Valuables should be left at home or stored in lockers before the exam sessions.
  • Students may not leave an exam room early. Students will only leave the exam room when the session is over and all exams have been collected by the proctors.
  • During exam week, students not taking exams may only be on the ground floor of the High School, or at the cafe or cafeteria.
  • The third and second floor hallways, along with the landing outside the lower gym, school library, and H23 are off limits during exam sessions in order to provide optimal conditions for exam takers.

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


IB News


The IB News includes the following:

Cheryl Augustine, IB Diploma Program Coordinator/Academic Dean


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