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Wednesday Folder – December 13, 2017


In which we acknowledge the continued magnificence of our great community…

A.K.A. Thunderbirds Really Rock!

Cultural Festival was so fun this year and what a great turn out! Let’s give a big appreciation pump to Jeniffer Barrera for organizing the festivities this year! And also to all the families who did an amazing job hosting cultural tables! Thank you to all our performers, McNeil HS Ballet Folklorico, THES Choir, Porter’s Martial Arts, Travis HS Guitar and Mariachi and our very own ukulele playing teachers, Ms. DeJong, Ms. Wakefield, and Ms. Esquivel!

We also need to give a great big Appreciation Pump 💪??💪??💪?? to the parents who helped organize this year’s Tamalada. Appreciation Pump 💪??💪??💪?? to Gabi Rivera, Colin Clark, Catalina Santes, Carmen Clavel, and Maria Mata. Thank you also to our Cafeteria workers Alejandra and Elizabeth who steamed all the tamales for us. And, a huge Appreciation Pump 💪??💪??💪?? to Ms. Robertson who braved the journey to the school on the snow day to rescue the tamales that were stranded in the kitchen so we’d have them to sell on Saturday!

And our eternal gratitude to the student volunteers from St. Edwards who helped with Children’s Activities during the Tamalada on Wednesday. Finally, thank you to our business sponsors who donated ingredients: Guero’s, Polvo’s, El Milagro, and Borrego de Oro and HEB, your continued support of our school is very much appreciated!!

Congratulations Mrs. Freeman (5th grade)!

Learning occurs in the classroom and is extended through field trips! While an important component of our instructional plans, field trips can get expensive. Mrs. Maureen Freeman, a 5th grade teacher at THES applied for the Target Field Trip Grants. Her extra effort and time has paid off! Her proposal was selected as a recipient of a 2018 Target Field Trip Grant in the amount of $700. With these funds our 5th graders will visit The Meadow Center at Texas State University, to see how habitats combine to sustain life and what is the effect humans have on our natural environment.

Twin Day rescheduled (again!)

Ok, ok, it’s really truly going to happen this time. Really! Cross my heart! I know you believed me before but, I mean, really, it snowed! What can I say?

Snow. Austin. Snowday.

But no worries! Dry those tears. Dust off those matching outfits and get them on ’cause we’re going for round 3, or is it 2… (actually it may be round 1 since we are going back to the original date…) well, whatever it is, Twin Day is now rescheduled to this Friday Dec. 15th! Can’t wait to see all the matching outfits!

Happy Winter Break!

As if you need a reminder… our break starts after school this Friday! School resumes on January 3rd.

Awards Assemblies in January!

Mark your calendars!

THURSDAY, January 4th, 2018
2nd – 8:10am
1st – 9:00am
Kinder – 9:50am

FRIDAY, January 12th, 2018
5th – 8:10am
4th – 9:00am
3rd – 9:50am

Fantastic Student Reportage

Our student Photojournalism team has been busy. Check out their Thundernews blog. There are posts about classroom projects, school events and possibly a new reality TV show?


Science Fair is January 25th! If you want to work on your project over the break, you can find the requirements online.

This week’s folder items:


Awards Assemblies
Break Reminder
I Travis Heights Save the Date

Read the efolder 12-13-17

Upcoming Events

  • Apr 23
    STEAM Day

    Currently Happening Now

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • Apr 26
    Volunteer Appreciation Day

    Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am

  • Apr 29
    Grassroots Organizing/Advocacy Training

    Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

    Location: Travis Heights Elementary School, 2010 Alameda Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA


    Please attend this special training at our school on Monday, April 29th, from 4-5:30PM with Isabel Guerrero of Austin Interfaith. Please RSVP to Colin Clark at or Isabel at

    Isabel will train us in the tried-and-true organizing principles and practices that our school community has used in years past to win our in-district charter and help families facing displacement.

    We will learn how to host "House Meetings," where we identify issues of concern and identify new leaders for our school, as well as how to organize campaigns to win on our issues.

    As our school population changes, and as families face a variety of challenges, including housing insecurity, language barriers, and deportation threats, this training is foundational to organizing ourselves for the best outcomes for our children, students, faculty and staff.

  • Apr 30
    PTA Exec Board Meeting

    Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

    Location: THES Library


    Per PTA bylaws, only PTA officers may attend.

  • May 03
    Coffee Chat

    Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am

  • May 06
    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • May 07
    End-of-Year Party at Guero's (Camp Champions Fundraiser)

    Time: 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

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Thank you!