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Wednesday Folder – April 18, 2018


Let’s Give a Great Big Appreciation Pump!

Pump! Pump! Pump! to our STEAM day team! It sounds like the kids really had a blast and the presentations looked like so much fun. Thank you to Soo Spaw, Renee Pinchero, Karen Borich, Bob O’Dair and Regan Ellmer for making the day a success. And thanks to Dani Diepenbrock and Julie Joyce for organizing hospitality for our guest presenters.

We are so lucky to have parent volunteers willing to organize the Young Writers’ Workshop and STEAM Day enrichment opportunities. If you would be willing to join the planning team for one of these events, please contact volunteers @

Kids performing and parents voting!

PTA Elections & Budget THIS Thursday! Please join us this Thursday, April 19th at 6pm for the PTA meeting. It’s an important one as we will be holding officer elections and approving next year’s budget. The meeting will be immediately followed by a musical performance from our talented Kinder/1st Grade Students!

Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming!

We’re looking for donations and volunteers for our upcoming Teacher Appreciation week (April 30th – May 4th). If you’re interested in bringing food or volunteering for one of the meals we’re hosting for the teachers and staff, please clink on the links for the SignUpGenius pages:
Sign Up for Monday Snack Bar

Sign Up for Wednesday Sandwich Bar

Sign Up for Thursday Popsicle Social

If you can’t bring an item or volunteer but you’d still like to contribute, you can Donate now and check the box for Teacher Appreciation. All the funds will go towards making the week special for the people who spend all day helping our little folks grow and learn.

Thank you for your help!

Save the Date- It’s Party Time!

Our annual Gueros End of the Year Party and Camp Champions fundraiser is Tuesday May 8th, 5:30-8pm!

Ms. Roberston’s Retirement Parties!

The school will be hosting a celebration to honor Ms. Robertson’s many years of service to our school, Friday, April 27th from 4-6pm.

And because one party just isn’t enough, the PTA will also be hosting a community potluck in Ms. Robertson’s honor on Saturday, May 12th from 3-6pm.

If you would like to help plan the Potluck party, please contact Eliza Platts-Mills at ptapresident @ or Julie Ulrich at volunteers @

What do you think?

As we plan our calendar of events for the next school year, we are interested in getting parent feedback on some of the events we’ve held. This feedback will be used to help us determine how to best schedule these events. Please return the paper surveys from your Wednesday Folder to the office by Thursday, April 26, or parents can complete the survey online here.

Staff can complete the survey online here.

Principal Selection Committee

Dear THES Campus,

The Thunderboard met on Thursday and reviewed the applications for the remaining two teacher/staff and two parent positions on the Principal Selection Committee. In all, the committee consists of three teachers/staff (and one alternate) and three parents (and one alternate) and will be:

Tonya Penny – Teacher and Thunderboard Co-Chair
Beth Gerlach – Parent and Thunderboard Co-Chair

Kent Hawes – Teacher
Erika Villanueva – Teacher
Lisa Etzel – Teacher (alternate)

Gretchen Otto – Parent
Maile Molin – Parent
Deb Lykins – Parent (alternate)

It was a VERY difficult decision and we appreciate the time and effort that everyone put into the application process. We received 10 applications from teachers and staff, and 4 from parents. They were all excellent. We were very impressed and moved by the level of commitment and care for all members of our school community. How lucky we are to have such an amazing community at THES! The selection committee will do our absolute best to represent the ideas and passion expressed in each application and strive to find the best fit for a principal for our special campus.

Thank you so much to all that applied!

Principal Profile

As a part of the Principal Selection Process, many of our staff and parents attended meetings on April 5th to create a “Principal Profile” which describes the characteristics we feel are important in our next principal. The district will use this profile to screen applicants and will offer interviews to those who best match what we are looking for. You can check out the final version which combines the input from both the staff and parent meetings here. Isn’t it awesome to see our how our whole school community is reflected in the qualities we are looking for?

Curious about AISD’s budget situation?

Find out more at one of the upcoming budget meetings.
Budget Meeting Spanish

Budget Meeting English


4/19- PTA meeting & Kinder/1st Grade Performance
4/20- Lower Grade Assembly
4/24- Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/27- Coffee Chat- Blended Learning & Technology
4/27- Spirit Day- Moustache Day!
4/27- Ms. Robertson’s Retirement Party 4-6pm
Week of 4/30- Teacher Appreciation Week & Bookfair!
5/8 – End of Year Party & Camp Champions Fundraiser at Gueros
5/12 – Retirement Potluck 3-6pm

This week’s folder items:


Coffee Chat
School Meeting
Retirement Potluck
T-Bird Fiesta
Calendar Survey

Read the efolder for 04-18-18

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 24

    Time: 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

    Location: THES Library

  • Feb 25
    Young Writers' Workshop

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • 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! 

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Thank you!