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Wednesday eFolder – September 18, 2019

Happy Wednesday, Thunderbirds!


This week is PTA Membership Drive Week (September 16th–20th). Please note that even if you were a member last year, you need to renew your membership (it’s only good for one year). Representatives will be set up in the lobby each morning to answer questions and welcome new parents who are interested in being making THES the best it can be! We will also have a table on the play pad at pickup each day. If you are not able to sign up in person, we have a handy dandy online form you can fill out at your convenience. Our goal is 100% participation!


Open September 9-20

*Nominations forms will be in the office, or you can ask your classroom teacher.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to be screened for Gifted and Talented (GT) and Talent Explore (TE) in Austin ISD through a nomination and screening process. All campuses in Austin ISD provide screening, identification, and services for Gifted and Talented students. Additionally, students screened for Gifted and Talented who are not identified for GT services are automatically considered for Talent Explore. Talent Explore identification is for high ability students who do not qualify for Gifted and Talented but demonstrate the potential to perform at high levels when grouped with Gifted and Talented students. Students may be identified through the screening process in one or more of the following areas:

  • GT STEM (science and mathematics),
  • GT Humanities (language arts and social studies),
  • Talent Explore STEM (science and mathematics), or
  • Talent Explore Humanities (language arts and social studies).

DOI DAYS (no school)—mark your calendars.

As part of AISD’s District of Innovation status, the Travis Vertical Team (which includes Travis Heights) has added five in-service days. These are student holidays in addition to those on the AISD calendar: September 23, October 11, November 11, December 19, January 7, and February 14. Please note, other schools may have different dates than Travis Heights.

For parents needing childcare, Extend-A-Care (512.472.9402) and Creative Action (512.442.8773) are offering day camps. 

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION — one more date left.

Tuesday, September 24, 8am

All volunteers (including field trip chaperones) must submit a background check through Austin Partners in Education each year, and complete an AISD Confidentiality Agreement. Please see the volunteer page of our website for more details.

FALL PICTURE DAY—smile pretty 🙂

Thursday, September 26

Your teacher will be sending home pre-printed envelope order forms.


Friday, September 27

Meet us in the cafeteria for a light breakfast and coffee. We will be discussing Title 1 information and how it affects THES.


Saturday, September 28

Come together starting at 9am to work on beautifying our school! Bring your children, relatives, neighbors, and anyone who enjoys gardening, carpentry,  and grounds clean–up. Whether you stay one hour or the entire day, that is fine by us. Don’t forget a water bottle, gloves, tools, and wheelbarrows needed if you have one!


Saturday, September 28, 10am-1pm

AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.

Please join us for a day free family fun and valuable information. We will have activities for all ages, food, performances, giveaways and a chance to meet groups that want to connect with your family and your school. Open to the public—we hope to see you there! For more info:


Friday, October 18, 5-8pm

Carnival is our big fall fundraising event and a true THES tradition! It is a great event for the whole family and community. Parent volunteers are what make the Carnival possible. Be on the lookout this Thursday at Back To School Night for a sign-up sheet in your child’s classroom. Please sign up for your chance to contribute and get to know the THES community. You’ll meet other parents, teachers and THES Alumni AND have a blast!

For more opportunities to contribute your time or become a Carnival 2019 Sponsor, contact Carnival Co-Chairs Maria Bergh, 512-585-2708, or Anna Roth, 832-498-2398,

DL Night

Please join us on October 3rd from 5:30-6:30 in the cafeteria for a jammed packed evening to learn and share about “How To Scaffold With Your DL Learner.”  We will discuss strategies, best practices for exceptional gains, and have lots of fun learning games/ activities for you and your child.

Prime Time

October 7–November 18

Oh yeah! We are gearing up for Fall Prime Time. Classes take place after school from 3:15–4:15. They will be assigned to one class based on availability, and good behavior is expected as Prime Time classes are a true privilege. Please complete the registration form in your child’s classroom folder or pick one up from the office and return it no later than Wednesday, September 25th. Late forms will not be accepted!

Upcoming Events

  • May 20
    PBL Dinner

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

  • May 22
    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 22
    1st-4th Graduation and Semester Awards

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm


    Sign in at the office and head to the gym for your Thunderbirds' grade-level ceremony to celebrate advancement and special achievements.

  • May 23
    5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

    Time: 8:30 am-9:30 am

  • May 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.

  • May 24
    No School - Staff Development

    Time: 12:00 am-11:59 pm

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