AIS Vienna

Issue 23, 16. February 2017

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Feb 16 Day 6 Day 7  
Friday Feb 17 Day 1 Day 8  
Saturday Feb 18      
Sunday Feb 19     Ski Plus+ Participants Depart
Monday Feb 20     No School: Ski Break
Tuesday Feb 21     No School: Ski Break
Wednesday Feb 22     No School: Ski Break
Thursday Feb 23     No School: Ski Break

Full AIS Calendar


School Budget Voting - Electronic Ballot


Each parent who is not employed at AIS should have received an email from with an individual link for voting on the 2017-2018 School Budget.

If you didn’t get your email, please check your Spam folder or contact

Chris Rolfe, Director of Technology


Transportation Corner


Identification Cards
If your child has not received his or her Blaguss Transportation ID card, please forward a copy of the registration form to Gregg Blackley, who will follow up with Blaguss. The current procedure requires full payment prior to a card being issued. If payment has been made without the completion of the registration form, this too will/has caused a delay in the printing of an identification card. Students who have not received their card will be allowed to board the buses, however names will be forwarded for review and follow up.

Morning Arrival to Pick-Up Locations
All students utilizing the transportation system should arrive at the published stop no less than 5 minutes before the published scheduled time. Please be aware that traffic can adversely affect the flow and arrival times of the coaches to the stops.

Infrequent Users of the Official School Bus
Anyone wishing to utilize the transportation service on an infrequent basis must present a valid ticket for access to the bus system. Tickets are available for purchase in the Villa/Business Office or ES Administration office for €7.50. Tickets should be presented upon request and are required for arriving and departing campus.

Rules of Conduct
All inappropriate language will result in follow-up action. Profanity should not be used at anytime or in any language on the buses. Pre-K through Grade 5 students are not to sit in any seats beyond the middle entrance door of the bus. All students should refrain from taking pictures and/or making videos on the buses. Click here for a complete list of the Rules of Conduct. 

Your Blaguss Team


From SV Group


As we prepare for the Ski Week vacation, please don’t forget to pay any outstanding balances with the lunch program catering group, SV Group. You can check your balance through Parent Portal. Please contact Mr. Edelsbrunner if you have any questions. 

Robert Edelsbrunner, SV Group Manager


Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day


The PTF will host this year’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on March 7. In previous years, our families have provided amazing food dishes from around the world and treated our teachers and staff members to a spectacular meal.

We ask you to help us continue this annual tradition by celebrating and showing our appreciation for all AIS teachers and staff by bringing/sending in food on Tuesday, March 7!

Please join the PTF in saying “Thank You”.

Click here for a detailed letter and to learn how you can help. Click here for the volunteer sign up sheet. 

If you have questions please e-mail Lynn Des Rosiers.

Thanks for making the Appreciation Potluck Luncheon on Tuesday, March 7 a delicious success!

Lynn Des Rosiers, Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day Coordinator


Lost and Found


Watches, jewelry, keys, bracelets, etc. can be claimed in the Physical Education Office. Clothes of all sizes, shapes and colors are located in the PE hallway as well. Unclaimed clothes will be donated to charity on Friday, February 17. If your child has lost something, please check our treasure chest of goodies! Thank you.

The PE Department


Mini Boosters Open Today


Come along and catch the MSG ‘A’ (5:30 PM) and the HSG basketball games today (7:00 PM) in the MM Gym and enjoy a snack and a drink at MINI BOOSTERS.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


Athletics & Activities


Knights in Action: The Events Office Team of Andy Harrison, Nick DeForest, Karin Hackl & Claudia Bonek would like to wish the entire AIS community a healthy, safe and enjoyable February break. When we return all our teams are involved in their end of season competitions. You can check all details on Teams & Schedules.

SCIS HS Swim in Warsaw: The HS swimmers had a great SCIS meet last weekend in Warsaw with multiple PB’s and a rich medal count. Team results ended with the boys taking the bronze medals while the girls took fifth just 4 points away from Athens in fourth. In addition six school records fell by the end of the second day. 

HS CEESA Robotics Team in Prague: Our HS robotics team enjoyed three days of competition in Prague this past weekend where the team were engaged in a variety of challenges and collaborated with other schools throughout.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


SKI PLUS+ 2017 - Off We Go!


AIS SKI PLUS+ Departs this Sunday: The SKI PLUS+ Team is eager to get to the slopes of the beautiful Dachstein region. All students on the trip need to be at AIS at 10:00 AM Sunday, February 19. Check in at the Theater, drop your bags and head to the cafe or Lower Gym. We return to AIS at approximately 7:00 PM on Friday, February 24. Please don't hesitate to contact Andy Harrison if you have any questions.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


American International Baseball Club


The registrations for the AIBC Spring season 2017 has been opened. The spring season will start on Saturday, April 22 and registrations can be submitted through our brand new website

Click here for more information.

Volunteers Wanted
As every year, we also need your help throughout the upcoming season. We especially need help in the area of coaching, but also scorekeeping and umpiring. Also, we would like to have at least one parent per team assisting the coach as Dugout + Safety parent. Their task would be to make sure that the kids remain in the dugout so they cannot be hit by foul balls.

AIBC Representative


Spring Choral Concert


Don't miss the upcoming Spring Choral Concert on March 15 from 7:00-8:15 PM featuring our Middle and High School singers.

Please come and enjoy our lovely singing!  

Kathy Heedles, 6-12 Choirs


PTF Volunteering Survey


Last call: The PTF is still requesting information from the Volunteering Survey. We kindly ask you for 3 minutes of your time to fill it out by this Friday, February 17. 

Click here to complete the survey. 

Thank you very much in advance for your participation in this important survey!

The PTF Board


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 PTF Cookbook Team


PTF Out and About - March


Please join our PTF Out & About parent event on March 1 for a very special day out! This month we will visit the Palais Augarten for a private, English guided, tour at 9:30 AM. Following the tour, we will attend a special concert from the Vienna Boys Choir from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM. They will present "Ein Haydn Spass". We will meet for lunch in the Augarten Cafe immediately following the concert.

Due to the limited number of participants and the high demand for this event, sign ups will only be taken from AIS parents starting on Thursday, February 16 at 3:00 PM. Please send your RSVP to Tammie Perdue. Once you receive confirmation of your attendance, please pay the €25 non-refundable fee by Monday, February 27 in ES office. Clearly label the envelope with your name/Out & About to Tammie Perdue. If you prefer to pay via Bank transfer over the upcoming school break, I will provide the details on request. No late payments, please.

Lunch cost will not be provided. Transportation will not be provided, so please allow extra time for your arrival on public.  

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


Creative Writing Workshop


Have you ever had an idea but you don’t know the way to write it down? If yes, then this is perfect for you: it’s fast, free, and fun. We’re hosting a creative writing workshop after school every Tuesday from March 28 to May 9 in M31 from 3:30-4:30 PM. It is open to students in grades 4-8. You can learn the basic plot structure, how to create believable characters, and how to form a proper setting.

If you are interested, please make sure to contact Claire Wassink before February 27. 

We are excited and eager to start hearing your creative writing ideas.

Beatrice Bara, Celia Martini & Claire Wassink, AIS Juniors


ES Counseling Website Updates


The counseling section of the AIS website has been updated!

What’s new?

  • Letters for each grade level about our new Bullying Prevention Unit
  • Newsletter and activity calendar from the Parent Institute
  • Counselor Coffee recaps and updates

Kelly Underwood, ES Counselor


Middle School Field Trip Day


All of the Middle School will be participating in their Grade Level field trips on Wednesday, March 1. These trips will last all day. The Grade 6 students will set off on a field trip to the Dialog im Dunkeln (“The Dialogue in the Dark”) located in the first district near Schottenstift. After visiting the Dialog im Dunkeln, students will walk to the Rathausplatz to eat lunch and ice-skate with the group of refugee children we’re working with this school year. Grade 7 students will be involved in a number of different service learning activities. Grade 8 students will visit a science lab at the University of Vienna and participate in a photo activity in the first district.

Parents will receive an email from the sponsor of the trips with more information about each activity.

Dave Straffon, MS Principal


Middle School Activity Afternoon


On Friday, March 3, the Grade 7 team of teachers and students will sponsor our next activity afternoon at the Engelmann skating and bowling center in the 17th district from 4:00-6:30 PM. The cost for the activity afternoon is €10 per student. The school will provide a bus from AIS to the center, leaving at 3:35 PM from the bus parking lot. Students will choose to either skate or bowl, and the cost for this is included. Students may bring some extra money to purchase food and drinks.

Students will need to be either picked up from Engelmann's or take public transport home.

Parents will receive an email with a Google form permission slip this week. Payment will be collected the morning of Friday, March 3.

Dave Straffon, MS Principal


Grade 8 Parent Information Evening


The 8th grade marks an important transition year. Both the Middle School and High School administration would like to invite you to the Grade 8 parent information evening on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 PM in the Secondary Library. Both students and parents are welcome to attend. 

MS and HS Administration


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
20 – 24 February Ski Week (no school)
27 February – Grade 8 Parent meeting
10 March – Parent Teacher Conferences 8:30 – 16:00
10-11 March – HS Musical, theater
14 March - MS/HS Band & Strings Concert, theater
15 March – MS/HS Choral Concert, theater
28 March - IB Visual Art exhibition opening, theater

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming
On Friday, March 10, HS students will not be in school in order for teachers to meet with parents to discuss progress to date. Parents are more than welcome to bring their High School students to conferences, particularly if advice on course selection is a topic for discussion. The sign-ups for parent-teacher conferences will start on Wednesday, March 1 (letter with instructions will be sent out Thursday, February 28). Please remember to sign up for single blocks,10 minutes only, so as many parents can see each teacher as possible. Obviously 10 minutes makes for rushed conversations, but thank you in advance for being mindful of other parents and students. Parents can of course extend conversations via email or by phone if it’s necessary.

Jarett Lambie, HS Principal


HS Counseling News


Click here for more information on the following:

Leaving AIS at the End of the Year
Summer Programs
SAT Prep Course
Upcoming University Visits
Career Guidance Test

The HS Counseling Team


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