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Wednesday Folder – October 31, 2018

Happy Wednesday and Happy Halloween Thunderbirds!

We hope everyone is feeling nice and comfy in their pajamas today. Be safe out there tonight on your trick–or–treating adventures…and don’t eat too much candy!

We are rolling into the extra busy season, so read up on all the juicy details.

Thunderbird Thanksgiving–tickets on sale now!

Thursday, November 15

We invite you to join your student for a Thanksgiving turkey lunch at school! Tickets are required to eat the school provided lunch with your child and will be on sale in the lobby before school October 29 through November 6 (cash only). Tickets are $4 for visitors (you only need to purchase a ticket if you plan on eating the lunch provided by the cafeteria).

Lunchtimes will be slightly different on November 15 so please check with your child’s teacher for their revised time. As this is the busiest lunch time of the year, please arrive early to find parking and check in at the office for a visitor’s badge (you MUST bring your ID if you’ve never checked in before).

Don’t forget picture retake day is tomorrow.

Thursday, November 1

If your child was absent on September 27 or you are unhappy with your child’s photos, you will have the opportunity for a retake. Please send picture money and order forms/returned picture packages on this day. Extra order forms are in the front office. WE CANNOT ACCEPT LATE ORDERS.

Prospective Parent Tours

Travis Heights Elementary is a proud community supported In-District Charter School. Our current families are the best way to share great news about our school. We have exciting events coming up that we would love for you to invite your friends, neighbors, or coworkers to attend and learn more about THES. No RSVP is needed to attend any of these events. Prospective parents should bring a photo ID and are welcome to bring their child.

  • November 9: assembly at 7:40 am in the gym and tour at 8 am
  • December 7: assembly at 7:40 am in the gym and tour at 8 am
  • January 18: assembly at 7:40 am in the gym and tour at 8 am
  • January 29: tour only at 8 am

Square 1 Art Orders Due

Monday, November 5

We love partnering with this program to preserve your child’s art! Not to mention it makes great holiday gifts and each purchase benefits THES. You should have received a paper form last week with a sample of your child’s artwork and a personalized code necessary to place your order. If you order by Monday, November 5 you will receive free shipping to the school. There are three ways to order:

Online at

Fill out the paper form, attach payment and return to your teacher

Call 888.332.3294 x1

Thunderbird Party to benefit Project Based Learning (PBL)

Saturday, November 10, 6:30–9:30pm
1500 Betty Jo Drive, Austin, TX 78704

Please join Travis Heights Elementary friends, alumni, and neighbors for a cocktail party to benefit PBL at THES! Adults only, delish food + drinks. Tickets are $50/person and a Thunderbird Friends Sponsorship is $500 (includes four tickets and a special gift). Tickets/Sponsorships are now on sale through November 7 at

or email for more info.

PBL is a teaching method in which students learn by working for an extended period of time to research and respond to a real–world, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. Teachers often have to pay for project supplies out of their own pockets or parents are asked to help contribute what they can so that students can work together and build their projects. The teachers and students appreciate your tax-deductible support of the Thunderbird Party!

Thank you to hosts Regan Ellmer & JoAnn Dalrymple and to the THES PTA. Sponsors include Tequila 512 and Fall Creek Vineyards.

PTA Meeting + 2nd and 3rd Grade Performances

Thursday, November 15

Please join us for a very important PTA meeting followed by wonderful performances by our 2nd and 3rd graders! Kids should report to the cafeteria at 5:45 and parents can head to the gym for a 6 pm meeting.


Family Fun & Fitness (3rd-5th grade)

Friday, November 16

We invite you to join us for a morning full of fun physical activities and healthy eating. As a part of the event, we are asking families to donate healthy foods for our Snack Station.

  • 3rd–5th graders are asked to please send the following items to school on November 16:
  • 3rd grade: Pickles
  • 4th grade: Bananas
  • 5th grade: Oranges

Volunteers are needed!  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ms. Collins (512-414-3399, or sign up online.

Operation Thunderjoy

Apply by November 16

For the third year in a row, Operation Thunderjoy is on a mission to provide a joyful holiday season to our neediest Thunderbird families. Inspired by organizations like Blue Santa and the Angel Tree, Project Thunderjoy is the brainchild of one of our students who wanted to make sure her classmates had a holiday season as happy as her own. Thanks to the generosity of our village, we’ve been able to help at least 30 families annually. This year, we plan to help 50 families and we need YOU to help make it happen!

We need families and community members to “adopt” a family in need and provide gifts of toys, clothing, and food. If you are interested in sponsoring a family, please contact Lauren Davis (

Families in need are encouraged to apply with our PSS, Dianna Perez (512-841-0855 or The deadline to apply is November 16.

YMCA Townlake Swim Lessons

Registration is now open for swim lessons for the 2018/19 Fall & Winter swim session. Choose from group/private lessons and evening/weekend classes. Financial aid is available for those that qualify. Please contact Rachel O’Neal for more program information:

512.542.9622 x210 or

If you would like to opt out of paper fliers, please be sure to check the box on the front of our child’s Wednesday folder. Please help us reduce waste and save money!

This week’s folder items:


Grow With Us
Operation Thunderjoy
PTA Meeting & 2nd/3rd Grade Show
Family Fun & Fitness Day
Thunderbird Cocktail Party
YMCA Swim Lessons

Read the efolder for 10-31-18

Upcoming Events

  • Apr 23
    STAAR Testing

    Currently Happening Now

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • Apr 24
    Lunch with Your Thunderbird

    Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm


    Join your Thunderbird for lunch. Check in at the office with a picture ID.

  • Apr 26
    Coffee Chat with Principal Navarro

    Time: 8:00 am-8:30 am

    Location: THES Library


    Meet Principal Navarro in the THES Library and discuss important issues for Thunderbirds. Watch Dojo for topics. Occurs the last Friday of every month.

  • Apr 26
    Lunch with Your Thunderbird

    Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm


    Join your Thunderbird for lunch. Check in at the office with a picture ID.

  • May 01
    Lunch with Your Thunderbird

    Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm


    Join your Thunderbird for lunch. Check in at the office with a picture ID.

  • May 02
    PTA Exec Board Meeting

    Time: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

    Location: THES Library


    Attendees: PTA Board, Committee Chairs, School Administration and Teacher Representatives

  • May 03
    Upper Grade Assembly

    Time: 7:30 am-8:00 am



  • May 03
    Lunch with Your Thunderbird

    Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm


    Join your Thunderbird for lunch. Check in at the office with a picture ID.

  • May 06
    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

Do you have information or an event to submit to THES’s Wednesday Folder? Please visit our Folder FAQ page for submission requirements and guidelines.

To subscribe to Wednesday eFolders and have the eFolder delivered to your inbox, please use the subscribe form in the footer of the website.

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!