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Wednesday Folder – March 2, 2016

Hello Thunderbirds!

Boogie All Night! Boogie All Afternoon into Early Evening!



You’ve seen the signs, you’ve heard the stories, and now it’s almost here again…

The Shamrock Dance!

On March 4, all you 3rd-5th graders get your dancing shoes on and shake out your parents’ disco jumpsuits cause it’s time borrow those bad boys and have some fun!

The party starts at 4 p.m. and is over at 6 p.m. Tickets on sale in advance or at the door.

‘Cause boogie nights are always the best in town, Got to keep on dancing, keep on dancing, Got to keep on dancing, keep on dancing …

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Boom! We did it! $25,000!

Congratulations Thunderbirds!

Thank you to all the students, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, friends, teachers, administrators, community members and businesses who came together to make this year’s I Travis Heights Elementary Fundraiser such a success!

Special thanks to our generous business sponsors:

  • Austin Emergency Center
  • PSW Development
  • Kendra Scott
  • TreeHouse
  • Home Slice Pizza
  • Detekt Biomedical
  • Guero’s Taco Bar

Another Young Writer’s Workshop is on the books

I’ll step back for a moment to let the fabulous Ms. Walter tell you about last week’s events…

Last Thursday’s Young Writers Workshop marked its 20th year! It all started with a wonderful parent by the name of Susan Williamson. Susan was a writer who new many other writers who lived in the Travis Heights area. Several writers came to THES and presented their writing to the Travis Heights students. Students chose the writer they wanted to visit. At that time the writers included reporters, play writes, and Ben Sargent.

This year, under the leadership of THES parent and alum, Erin Walters, the tradition continued with some new adaptations. We had over twenty writers who were lyricists, game designers, rappers, poets, play writes, sports reporters, bloggers, marketing designers, and many more. There were two 50-minute workshop sessions that were interactive for our older students (3rd-5th graders). In addition, our younger students (PreK-2nd) listened and learned writing and cooking from Chef Louie (Kelly Crawford)! Each child received a book with stories and recipes.

Our writers were very excited and shared their student experiences over lunch brought by our wonderful parents. We are grateful to host this type of career learning for our school thanks to our parents, teacher, students, and volunteers!!

Keep on writing Thunderbirds!

Here are the writers who taught our students last Thursday:

ERICA FLORES, musician, Girls Rock Austin program director
BRANDON “B. LIGGY” LIGON (AKA Mr. Ligon), rap artist and teacher
SIMONE MONIQUE BARNES, writer/storyteller
SUSAN MORRISON, author, professor
SHELDON PACOTTI, writer of fiction, nonfiction, and video games
NEAL POLLACK, fiction writer, journalist
RUPERT REYES, playwright, artistic director of Teatro Vivo
ANGEL ARREDONDO, children’s book author
MARISOL CABALLERO, minister, activist
CEDRIC GOLDEN, sports reporter
ASHELY “FLASHE” GORDON, blogger, grant and curriculum writer
ALISON MACOR, film critic and author
NETTIE REYNOLDS, essayist, speaker, storyteller
PATRICK ANCIPINK, technical and marketing writer, author
BILL TALBOT, marketing VP

BIG THANKS to these writers for volunteering, as well as to the parents, PTA, teachers, staff, and THES community members who support Young Writers Workshop. Many people volunteered, sponsored the event, or made food or other donations. Give thanks to ABGB, Curra’s, and Ruta Maya Coffee when you can, to name just three! Here’s to our unique and wonderful community – and to writing!

Erin Walter
THES parent and Young Writers’ Workshop coordinator

This week’s folder items:

Upcoming Events

March 3, 2016
Thunderboard Meeting
Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Meetings open to all.

March 4, 2016
2nd-5th Assembly
Time: 7:35 am-8:00 am

March 4, 2016
“Whole Brain Child” Book Study for Parents
Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am

March 4, 2016
PTA Executive Board Meeting
Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Open to all.

March 4, 2016
Shamrock Dance
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

March 7, 2016
3rd & 4th Math Benchmark

March 8, 2016
3rd & 4th Reading Benchmark

March 9, 2016
5th Science Benchmark

March 11, 2016
PK- 1st Assembly
Time: 7:35 am-8:00 am

March 11, 2016
“Whole Brain Child” Book Study for Parents
Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am

March 14, 2016
Spring Break

March 24, 2016
Choir Field Trip
Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

March 25, 2016
2nd-5th Assembly
Time: 7:35 am-8:00 am

March 25, 2016
Coffee Chat
Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am

March 29, 2016
STAAR- 4th Writing, 5th Math

March 30, 2016
STAAR- 5th Reading

March 31, 2016
STAAR Makeups

March 31, 2016
Most Likely to Succeed Film Screening
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Summer Arts Academy

Fundraising Success

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