AIS Vienna

Issue 20, 26. January 2017

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Jan 26 Day 3 Day 8 MS Play 
Friday Jan 27 Day 4 Day 1 NO SCHOOL FOR MS STUDENTS
Saturday Jan 28      
Sunday Jan 29      
Monday Jan 30 Day 5 Day 2 Budget Q&A
Tuesday Jan 31 Day 6 Day 3  
Wednesday Feb 1 Day 1 Day 4  
Thursday Feb 2 Day 2 Day 5  

Full AIS Calendar


From the Director


As AIS marks the halfway point in the school year, I welcome everyone back for Semester 2. An especially warm welcome goes to the new families joining us at this time. Midyear transitions to a new school provide both opportunities and challenges, and we hope you are finding an open and helpful community here at AIS. As a reminder to everyone, I respect and appreciate dialogue, and my door is open for hearing your questions, concerns or celebrations.

Our Admissions process has already begun to recruit and interview students for the 2017-2018 school year. As it is every year, getting the word to outside families about the merits of attending AIS is a community-wide effort. Each of us has opportunities to tell stories about who we are as a learning community. The emotional connection our parents and students have with our teachers and fellow families makes a great impression on those considering schools in Vienna. How will you share the “AIS story” with your personal and professional networks? How has the AIS experience changed the trajectory of your child’s life? Last weekend I overheard a high school student, seated in a local coffee shop, telling a friend that he ‘wouldn’t be the person he needs to be’ without AIS’s help and support. 

Finally, I invite you to the next Director Coffee on Thursday, February 2, 8:30-10:00 AM, in the Faculty Lounge. Following the meaningful and informative “digital citizenship” parent workshop hosted by Elementary and Middle School counselors, teachers and staff, the Director Coffee will focus on the topic of “teacher selection and development.” I will outline what goes into hiring our high quality faculty, and offer time for you to ask questions about teacher recruitment. I look forward to seeing you there!

Steve Razidlo, Director


Executive Board Nominations Committee


During the November Executive Board Session on November 29, the Board approved two candidates for the Nominations Committee (NomCom), Andrey Stolyarov and Renée Carmine-Jones (Chair).

Following this meeting, NomCom requested that the PTF Board nominate at least one additional Association member to stand on this Committee as per our Bylaws (Article 10.1) and Policy A (1.5.2P.2).

The purpose of the Nominations Committee (NomCom) is to organize a “Call for Nominations” of qualified candidates from the AIS Community to be recruited to run for Executive Board and Auditing Committee by the May 16 Election date that takes place during the Spring General Assembly.

Parent Volunteers Needed for the Executive Board Nominations Committee

At the December 11 PTF Breakfast and in the January 22 PTF mail to the Association, the PTF Board released their call for volunteers to join or support NomCom with the nomination and election process. Thank you to those who have already come forward; further support is welcome to assist in community outreach seeking out potential candidates and empowering our Association members to use their voices and submit their votes.

The Nominations Committee will meet approximately four times, at a time and location most convenient for its members and will organize a couple of “meet & greet” events around the potential candidates. Once approved by the Board, the PTF nominee(s) to NomCom will be announced in Scoops on February 9 and at the February 14 PTF Breakfast.

Andrey Stolyarov & Renée Carmine-Jones (Chair), Nominations Committee 2016-2017


From the Admissions Office


Priority Applicants for the 2017-2018 School Year

The application period for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on February 1. If you have not already done so, please contact the Admissions Office if you wish to apply on behalf of your children who will start as NEW students in August. Admissions criteria and guidelines still apply, but siblings of current students will be placed under priority category 2 (until April 1). 

You can view the list of application requirements here.

Reminder for Families Departing in the 2016-2017 School Year

As we get closer to the end of this school year, we expect that some families will have to relocate in June or even in the next few months. To help divisional counselors and administrative assistants prepare references, reports, and other leaving 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 know your child’s last day of school.

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

Deidree Diño and Johanna Leary, Admissions / Registrar's Office


From the Nurse


TICK SHOTS!  It’s that time of year again… AIS will continue the Tick Shot vaccine program to protect against Early Summer Meningoencephalitis (FSME). Click here for the registration form and information about the illness conferred by ticks and the vaccine itself. Everyone in the AIS community is eligible, even children who do not attend AIS, adults and other family members or caregivers.

Registration deadline is February 17, 2017

Please feel free to contact the school nurse, Renee McCormack for any questions. Remember those who started the program last year and received the first 2 injections still need the 3rd vaccine to be fully protected. Boosters are available every 5 years.

Many thanks in advance for your prompt registration! 

Renee McCormack, School Nurse


Athletics & Activities


Knights in Action: This weekend our HS Basketball teams travel to Switzerland for their mid-season SCIS tournament. We wish both teams a safe trip and a successful tournament. Please see Teams & Schedules for details. Also, our MS Swim and Basketball teams are traveling to Budapest on Saturday for competition. Again, see Teams & Schedules for details.  

ASA Chess successes: The AIS team taken from our ASA program successfully competed at the Schülerliga and ranked 13 from 35 teams. Best Player was Taegeun Yoon, who won all of his games!

You can see the detailed results HERE.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


HS Strings and MS & HS Bands to Perform in the City


The AIS Instrumental Music Department will take part in a cultural exchange with students from China. The HS Finale Orchestra will perform on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 PM in the MuTh Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys Choir and the combined 7th & 8th Grade and HS Bands will perform Friday, February 3 at 7:00 PM in the Musikverein. These events are organized by a Chinese Cultural Exchange agency that brings student orchestras, choirs and bands from Chinese schools to Europe for a week-long tour culminating with gala concerts in Vienna. For tickets or further information, please contact Ben Detrick or Susan Seekirchner

Susan Seekirchner & Ben Detrick


PTF Variety Show 2017


Sign up now for the PTF Variety Show! Students grades 3-12, teachers and parents are welcome to participate!

Saturday, February 11, 2017
AIS Theater, 7:00 PM

Parent volunteers are also needed for the evenings of February 10 (rehearsal) and February 11 (performance), both evenings at 6:00 PM.

To sign up to perform or volunteer, contact Althea Papoulia. Click here for more info.

Althea Papoulia, Variety Show Coordinator


PTF Out and About - February: Mozart Guided Tour & Mozarthaus


Don't wait to sign up for our next parent event on Monday, February 13 at 9:45 AM! We will have a private Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walking tour with a highly skilled and knowledgeable guide from Artissimi, as well as a private tour at the Mozarthaus. We will learn all about one of Austria's most popular and influential composers of the Classical era.

We will end our tour with a delightful lunch at the newly opened Gerstner Beletage Café. Lunch cost is not included.

Meet up at Stephansplatz 1010. Details provided in email confirmation. Transportation not included. Carpool or public.

Please RSVP to Claudia before paying your €15 non-refundable fee in the ES office to Claudia Siffert/ Mozart Out & About by Monday, February 6. Click here for more information. 

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


PTF Appropriations


Thank you to all who submitted proposals to the PTF Appropriations Committee and to all who voted in our online survey to help decide where PTF funding should go. The results of the voting can be found here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact The PTF is very excited to be able to subsidize so many great ideas and initiatives from our teachers, parents, and students.

Donna Scharpf, PTF Appropriations Coordinator


Counselor Coffee


The next ES Counselor Coffee is February 1 at 8:30 AM in the ES Library! Come learn about play and friendship: how it develops and changes, what is healthy or toxic, and what you can do to support your child as they navigate their way through their elementary years with their classmates. See you there!

Kelly Underwood, Elementary School Counselor


Middle School Play


The Middle School players, under the direction of Chris Gutmann, will be presenting "Professor Thyme and the History Mystery". There will be two shows today, Thursday, January 26. At 1:00 PM, the play will be presented to the Middle School student body. The show will be repeated for parents at 6:30 PM this evening. We hope you can join us for the evening performance. Click here for more information. 

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


INMM Science Fair - Call for Participants


The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Science and Engineering Fair is quickly approaching and the Science department would like to encourage all students to enter a project. The Science Fair is an exciting opportunity for students to meet real scientists and discuss what they have done with a variety of audiences. Please encourage your child to meet with their Science teacher and find out the details of entering a project for the Science Fair. The Science teachers are happy to help! The fair will be on March 25 at the Lycee Francais. If your child is interested they need to get started soon! Click here for additional information about the fair.

Patty Dietderich, MS Science Teacher


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
30 January – Report Cards sent via email
7 February – IB Information Evening, library
14 February -  Grade 11 Parent Night on university application process
20 – 24 February Ski Week (no school)
28 February – Grade 8 Parent meeting

With Semester 2 officially underway we are quickly back into our usual pace, which certainly makes use of the time we have.

Parents are reminded that we have a number of upcoming evening presentations designed specifically for parents. We have IB evenings, college application evenings and an evening designed just for Grade 8 students coming in to the High School. We hope you can join us.

AIS has been contacted by an alumni graduate who is seeking help from our students. Her organization is desperately trying to support refugees trapped in shelters and camps that are exposed to the cold and our students are doing what they can to help. We are collecting blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats, hats and gloves in good condition in donation boxes placed in the Theatre lobby. We have very little time to contribute as by the end of the day today, Thursday, a large truck will stop at our campus on the way to Belgrade for immediate delivery. Any help your family can provide with this extremely short notice is greatly appreciated by our students, and the thousands of refugees they wish to help.

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


HS Counseling News


Click here for more information on the following:

Important Workshops
Junior University Night
Upcoming University Visits
Career Guidance
SAT Prep Course

The HS Counseling Team


Speech, Debate and Acting Spring Season


Speech and Debate is back in action as we prepare for our spring season and our tournament the last weekend of April in Barcelona. We meet Mondays and/or Tuesdays after school in the Secondary Library and our first practice is this Monday, January 30 at 3:30 PM. We welcome new team members and anyone interested should attend. If you are interested but cannot join us Monday or Tuesday next week, please contact either Mrs. Forbes or Ms. Rowland. We are looking forward to another super spring season of SDA! 

Nicole Forbes Wagner and Lindsay Rowland, Speech, Debate and Acting Coaches


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