AIS Vienna

Issue 21, 2. February 2017

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Feb 9 Day 1 Day 2  
Friday Feb 10 Day 2 Day 3 Board Q&A Session
Saturday Feb 11     PTF Variety Show
Sunday Feb 12      
Monday Feb 13 Day 3 Day 4 PTF Out and About Event
Tuesday Feb 14 Day 4 Day 5 PTF Breakfast Among Friends
Wednesday Feb 15 Day 5 Day 6  
Thursday Feb 16 Day 6 Day 7  

Full AIS Calendar


From the Director


Yesterday was the first snow/ice day cancellation at AIS in the last three years. We thank everyone for cooperation and understanding through this rare event. The decision to cancel a school day is never taken lightly, and the decision is made after a team meeting and only after consideration of multiple sources of information. Our scan of local weather reports, consultation with the bus company, and anecdotal reports from drivers traveling to school all contributed to the decision to close school early. Checks of the roadways at the end of the day and black ice warnings contributed to our judgment to make the closure call early, a call we would not routinely make until the morning in question.

As a matter of checking our communication systems, please contact the school if you did not receive one of our two SMS messages, and know that our standing expectation is that if another weather event should occur we will send an SMS message by 6:30 AM and post any closure notice on the website.

It is our hope the streets dry up a bit with the coming warmer weather, and that we make it through the rest of the school year with no additional weather closures.

Steve Razidlo, Director


Executive Board Q&A on ES Extension and Budget


The Board would like to thank parents for coming to the ES Extension and Budget Q&A 1 on Monday evening. The purpose of the Q&A Sessions is to ensure a transparent and two-way communication with regards to the new draft ES Extension proposal and draft Budget 2017-2018.

A quick reminder that the Q&A 2 will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the HS Library.

The questions and answers from both Q&A Sessions will be compiled and released to the community by Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

The AIS Executive Board


Executive Board Nominations Committee


The Nominations Committee (NomCom), currently made up of Andrey Stolyarov and Renée Carmine-Jones (Chair), is still seeking volunteer members of the Association for support. The PTF Board will 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”, identify qualified candidates and recruit them for the Executive Board and Auditing Committee from within the AIS Community by the May 16 Election date that takes place during the Spring General Assembly. NomCom also ensures there is a targeted training program and a succession planning process in place.

Parent Volunteers Needed for the Executive Board Nominations Committee Please express interest at
The PTF Board already released a call for volunteers to join or support NomCom. Thanks again to those who have 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 (one member, one vote).

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.

One Question Survey
Furthermore, please click here if you have not yet completed our NomCom ONE QUESTION Survey. The survey deadline was extended at the request of Association members and will be online until 12:00 on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

The purpose of this survey is to identify parents interested in serving on our AIS Executive Board. 

The AIS Executive Board Nominations Committee


Athletics & Activities


Knights in Action: Our MS Swim team will travel to Athens this weekend to compete in their SCIS tournament. We wish them safe travels and the best of luck in the pool. Click HERE for the travel details.

Hosting Hillingdon & Warsaw: This weekend our HS Basketball teams host ACS Hillingdon (London) and ASW Warsaw for basketball competition - many thanks to all our housing families who have opened up their homes to welcome our guests. You can find the pick up & drop off details, Parent Housing Guidelines, Student Rules & Regulations and a game schedule HERE

Vienna Schools Ski Championships: Congratulations to the following who for the first time ever represented AIS in this year's race. Particularly to our MS Boys team who placed first in the team competition and now qualify for the Austrian final championships in late March.

HS Boys - Emil Frey, Karl Wlaschek & Camillo Kraus 
HS Girls - Marie Attensam 
MS Boys Nikolaus Attensam, Tassilo Hild, Tassilo Wallentin, Felix Ogon & Moritz Ogon

Mini Boosters: Thanks to a BOOSTER board initiative we experimented with opening Mini Boosters for our midweek games. We offered a restricted selection of healthy food and drink. This was a popular move with both athletes and of course the fans. We would like to offer this as often as we can - if you can donate some extra volunteer time to help us do this please email Andy Harrison

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 7:30 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 7:30 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


Girl Scouts


USA Girl Scouts are currently at capacity and are no longer accepting new registrations. We will hold our annual Registration Roundup in August, please consider joining us then for the upcoming year. If you would like to be contacted when we have more details for the 2017-2018 school year, please email us at

Sarah Chichester, Committee Chair


PTF Variety Show 2017 - Last Call for Signups!


Sign up now for the PTF Variety Show! Students grades 3-12, teachers and parents are welcome to participate! The deadline for signups is Friday, February 3!

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 Clothing Drive


The PTF is collecting clean, gently used clothing in good repair to deliver to the Traiskirchen refugee camp. The items requested are:

  • Winter coats and shoes for men, women and children
  • Men's clothing - any season 
  • Women's winter clothes 

We will be outside the Elementary School entrance, outside the Theater (for those who ride buses) and on Maulbertschgasse near #14, during morning and afternoon carpools on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 and 8. If you have too much for your child or you to bring to school, please contact Liz Gheorghita via school directory info, and we will arrange a time to collect items from your home.

Liz Gheorghita, Clothing Drive Coordinator


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


This event is now full but you may be added to the waitlist for our next Out & About event on Monday, February 13 at 9:45 AM! Join us for a private Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walking tour, as well as a private tour at the Mozarthaus. 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. Dress warm! Professional guided walk occurs in any weather! Transportation not included. Carpool or public.

To those who have already RSVP'd to Claudia, please don't forget to pay 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 Cookbook: Grow · Harvest · Cook · Share


Calling all students, parents, staff and teachers! Families, groups, and classes are invited to submit recipes for our 2017 AIS PTF Cookbook. Many have joined the optional challenge to grow or harvest at least one ingredient themselves. Our whole community is now involved in collating these recipes to share in our very own cookbook to be sold as a PTF fundraiser.

The deadline for recipe submissions is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. You may enter your recipe here. For further information, please email Click here for the flyer. 

The AIS Cookbook Team


The Secrets of the Mukwashi Trust School


Lately the ES Student Council has been doing a lot of things for the Mukwashi Trust School, but a lot of kids don’t know what the Mukwashi Trust School is or why we are giving them all the money we are making. The Mukwashi Trust School is a school located in Lusaka West, Zambia, Africa. There are approximately 360 students attending Mukwashi from Pre-K to Grade 9. Right now, they are trying to raise money to help build a High School. Where they are in Lusaka there are only 300 places for over 3,000 students to go to High School. That means there is only a 10% chance that a student will get to graduate! We would like to help. 

For now, we are sending a team of 4 teachers from our school during February break to visit our friends at Mukwashi. The teachers traveling plan to take with them school supplies as well as shipping some supplies later on. To raise money for these much needed items, we are having our event “Movie4Mukwashi” where we will be showing the movie “The Secret Life of Pets”. Ticket sales will only go so far! The afternoon will feature a bake sale with lots of goods. Parents can help by sending in bake sale contributions to help fill our tables with goodies for everyone to purchase. Please send in baked goods with your child on the morning of Friday, February 3. Students will be at the entrance ready to accept your donations. Parents are also welcome to volunteer at the event. Please email Mrs. Forbes if you can volunteer. Thank you for your help! Together, we know we can make a really fantastic difference for the students at Mukwashi. 

The Elementary School Student Council


ES Counselor Coffee Rescheduled


Due to the snow day on February 1, the Counselor Coffee, “Revisiting Friendships” will be rescheduled for Monday, February 13! Hope to see you there!

Kelly Underwood, ES Counselor


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
7 February – IB Information Evening, Secondary Library
14 February - Grade 11 Parent Night on university application process
20 – 24 February Ski Week (no school)
28 February – Grade 8 Parent meeting

University Workshops
Whether you are getting ready to go to college or you are just embarking on the college search quest, AIS in conjunction with the US Tri-Missions, is pleased to host a visit from Grace Cheng, US College Board Advisor and Director of Admissions for Wellesley College. There will be 2 workshops offered for students and parents on February 10.

Workshop #1: College Search and Application Process from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in the AIS Faculty Lounge with 30 minute Q&A session with parents to follow.

Workshop #2: You’ve finished your applications, now what’s next? Preparing to Transition to College from 3:15 PM-4:00 PM in the AIS Faculty Lounge. Student and Parents, please RSVP to or sign up through Naviance.

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


HS Counseling News


Click here for more information on the following:

College Board University Workshops
Junior University Night
Upcoming University Visits
Career Guidance
SAT Prep Course

The HS Counseling Team


IB News


IB Information Meeting for Parents of Grade 10 Students
A general IB information meeting will take place Tuesday, February 7, in the HS Library, 6:30-8:00 PM. The agenda items for the evening include: the IB Mission and Learner Profile, AIS summary results, IB Diploma requirements, the school’s IB Diploma program, and general university recognition. Much of the agenda items have been covered during the individual planning meetings, however, you are most welcome to attend the general information meeting as well. 

IB Diploma Program Spring Revision and Summer Courses
Please refer to the list of some spring revision and summer courses. Please note that AIS does not endorse any specific program or institution. 

Cheryl Augustine, IB Diploma Program Coordinator/Academic Dean


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