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Wednesday Folder – November 29, 2017

Coffee Chat

Our next Coffee Chat is THIS Friday, at 8am. This month’s topic is Literacy and we will hear from the school’s reading specialist on some of the online programs the school uses to support reading skills.

Tamalada and Cultural Festival are next week!

Plan to join us Wednesday (12/6) from 3-6pm as we gather to make Tamales. All are welcome- no experience required. Come to learn, come to teach, come to have fun with your fellow Thunderbirds. Since we’ll be selling them, we can’t let children help with the Tamales, but we will have some fun activities for them as well. Join us anytime between 3 and 6pm and stay as little or long as you like!

Then be sure to come to the Cultural Festival Saturday (12/9) where you can purchase tamales ($12/dozen). There are still spots available for families to create Cultural Tables Sign up online if you can help. We’ll also have crafts for sale at the Mercado and student and cultural performances for you to enjoy!

If you have questions, please contact: Jennifer Barrera ( or Colin Clark (

AISD Middle School Fair

Curious about AISD’s options for Middle School? Saturday’s Middle School Fair is a great opportunity to start learning about the diverse programs offered in Middle School. For details: AISD Middle School Fair

Prospective Family Tour next Friday!

If you have any friends or neighbors who are interested in learning more about Travis Heights Elementary, please be sure to invite them to a Prospective Family Tour. Tour dates are listed on our calendar.

Tour Helpers Needed!

One of the things prospective families like best is the chance to talk with current families to get the inside scoop on the school. If you are willing to share your thoughts with new parents, we’d love your help with the Prospective Family Campus Tours. No experience or specific knowledge required- just a willingness to share your story! Please contact to learn more about how you can help.

English (ESL) Classes

The AISD REfugee Office is offering free ESL classes for any parents who wish to learn English. These classes happen on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8-10 a.m. in the portable behind the gym. Interested attendees should stop by the office to sign in (please bring your ID). Please note that childcare is NOT available.

Fundraising Team 💰

Are you interested in supporting the innovative educational programs at Travis Heights? Consider joining the fundraising team. Volunteers are needed to help with the annual PTA fundraiser in February. We are looking for volunteers who can:

  • Identify potential donors and collaborators
  • Research or write grant proposals
  • Request donations
  • Build business partnerships
  • Write or design communication materials
  • Assist with database data entry
  • Prepare thank you’s for donors
  • Plan events
  • Create media presentations

If you have any of these skills to share, let us know how you can help! Email:

We are Looking for Leaders!

We have several open parent leadership opportunities:

  • Communications Chair
  • Wednesday Folder Leader
  • Teacher Appreciation Co-Leader

Please check out the Volunteer page of our website for descriptions and approximate time commitments for these jobs as well as listings of other ways you can help.

Did You Know…

THES has a wishlist? You can check it out online and learn other ways to support the school while doing your holiday shopping, too!


Final Assemblies of the Semester
Upper Grades- 12/1
Lower Grades-12/8

This week’s folder items:


Coffee Chat
Tamalada/Cultural Festival
Principal’s Newsletter

Read the efolder 11-29-17

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 28
    Coffee Chat

    Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am


    Join us this month for a helpful training on managing strong emotions in our children and implementing peace areas at home by our Travis Heights counselors. You’ll leave with some quick strategies to try at home, raffle items, and a make-and-take project for your child’s very own peace area. 

  • Feb 29
    Thunderbird Thrift Sale

    Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm

    Location: THES gym


    Save the date and save your stuff! The 2nd Annual Thunderbird Thrift will take place in the gym from 8am-noon. This fun event was created last year to present a great way for our community to shop second hand and also help raise money for our school. 

    Please donate GENTLY USED CLOTHES, TOYS, BOOKS, HOUSEWARES, and ELECTRONICS. Ask your friends, neighbors & family if they have donations for the sale – the more inventory we have, the better the sale!

    Shop the sale early, and stick around for BEAUTIFICATION DAY! Just 30 minutes of gardening and clean-up can make a huge difference in how our campus looks and feels for our children.  The whole family is welcome!
    Contact Maria Bergh (, 512-585-2708) or Anna Roth (, 832-498-2398) with any questions or to schedule a donation drop-off.

  • Feb 29
    Winter Beautification

    Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm

  • Mar 03
    PTA Exec Board Meeting

    Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

    Location: THES Library


    Per PTA bylaws, only PTA Executive Board Members may attend.

  • Mar 06
    3rd-5th Shamrock Dance

    Time: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm


    This dance raises money for 4th grade to go to the Alamo. Only 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students may attend. No younger siblings or alumni allowed.

  • Mar 06
    Upper Grade Assembly

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • Mar 07
    It's My Park Day: Clean up Blunn Creek!

    Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm


    Volunteers are encouraged to meet at Blunn Creek for a neighborhood park cleanup. Austin Parks Foundation will lend waders, grabbers, trash bags, and will also dispose of trash. Click here for more info! Please spread the word and help keep the park behind our school beautiful! 

  • Mar 11
    AISD Health Curriculum Informational Session

    Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

  • Mar 12

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • Mar 13
    Lower Grade Assembly

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

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While our goal is to move most communications to digital methods some documents need to be delivered in hard copies so please continue to check your paper Wednesday Folder every week, sign, and return it on Thursday.

Thank you!