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Wednesday Folder – November 28, 2018

Happy Wednesday Thunderbirds!

Welcome back! Hopefully, you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We have a couple of amazing THES traditions coming up that we hope you and your families will be a part of—Tamalada and Cultural Fest.


Wednesday, December 5, 3–6pm

Get to know other parents and staff while learning how to make tamales in the THES cafeteria! No experience needed. There will be lots of fun activities for kids, and you will be able to come back and purchase tamales on Saturday during Cultural Festival ($12 a dozen). We still need more than 50 volunteers to make this event happen. Please sign up online!

Cultural Festival

Saturday, December 8, 10am–noon

We will celebrate the diverse cultures of Travis Heights Elementary with cultural tables, student performances, and a Mercado with local vendors. If you would like to host a cultural table or be a vendor at El Mercado, please fill out the red forms available in the office.

Also—we still need volunteers! Our awesome Cultural Festival Leader, Jennifer Barrera has to be out of town the day of the festival. She is helping to get all the details in place but we need a couple of people who can keep things running the day of the event. Please let us know if you can help with one of the following:

Cultural Tables: supervise set up and be a point of contact for the families hosting tables.
Performers: be a point of contact for the performers/MC, keep the schedule running smoothly.
Mercado: supervise set up and be a point of contact for the vendors.

Please contact Jennifer Barrera at or Gretchen Otto at or sign up online.

Advocacy Team Meeting

Tuesday, December 4, 5:45–6:45pm, THES Library

We want you to join the Advocacy Team! Our mission is to work and advocate with families in the school community, in partnership with neighborhood groups, to address issues of common concern. All are welcome to come with a concern to share, or energy and interest in helping others in our school community. We work with parent leaders and families in the Travis Park, Lucero, and Heights on Congress apartments with issues like housing rights and immigration concerns. Contact Colin Clark by text or phone at 512.367.0309 or by email at with any questions.

Holiday Attendance Reminder

This school year, Austin ISD changed their attendance policy in which vacation, travel time, and family trips are no longer approved as an excused absence. Please keep in mind that Travis Heights is still in session until Wednesday, December 19 and school will resume Monday, January 7. Thank you for being mindful when planning travel days.

Please contact Gio at 512.414.3478 with any questions, or stop by the front office.

Coffee Chat—this Friday!

Friday, November 30, 8am in the THES Library

Join us for a light breakfast and coffee while we discuss bullying: what it looks like, how to handle it, and how parents can help!

Prospective Parent Tour

Friday, December 7

Recruitment is key for keeping our school at capacity and thriving! Please be a THES advocate and help spread the word about how wonderful the Thunderbird Community is by telling your friends, neighbors, and co-workers about our Prospective Parent Tours.

  • 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

Also, if you would like to share your THES experience by leading one of these tours, please contact PTA President, Gretchen Otto at

Want to gift something to a teacher at THES this holiday season? Did you know we have a wish list online? You can find a link on our school’s homepage. Spread the holiday cheer!

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:


Holiday Attendance Reminder
Tamalada & Cultural Festival
Coffee Chat
Prospective Parent Flier
Join the Advocacy Team
Lunch Menu

Read the efolder 11-28-18

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 09
    Family Learning Night

    Time: 4:30 pm-5:30 pm


    Join us for an afternoon of learning and fun! Make and take activities to do at home, obtain resources, shop our free book fair, and more.

    Come through the front door and head to the cafeteria.

  • Feb 10
    Upper Grade Assembly

    Time: 8:00 am-8:30 am

  • Feb 10
    Parent Tour

    Time: 8:30 am-9:30 am


    Prospective parents: please call the office if you are interested in learning more about the school and joining a tour of the campus.

  • Feb 15
    Parent - teacher conferences

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • Feb 17
    Lower Grade Assembly

    Time: 7:45 am-8:15 am

  • Feb 17
    Early Release

    Time: 1:30 pm-3:00 pm


    School will dismiss at 1:20 for the long weekend.

  • Feb 20
    School holiday

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm


    No school.

  • Feb 21
    Spring and class pictures

    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.

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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!