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Wednesday eFolder – October 16, 2019


Happy Wednesday Thunderbirds!

Fall Carnival is almost here! We can’t wait for THES to be buzzing with costumes, games, food, a dunk tank, cakewalk, photo booth, haunted hallway, raffle and more! The fun runs from 5–8 pm and all are welcome—don’t miss this spooktacular event!

If you have not done so already, please sign–up for your classroom booths on the sheet outside your child’s classroom or online. Also, please donate your grade–level designated food item. Food drop-offs start on Friday at 7:30 am in the teachers’ lounge. Cakes for the “Cake Walk” should also be dropped off in the teachers’ lounge on Friday morning. Please bring toys and stuffed animals to the box outside the office, Monday–Friday this week. These will be prize giveaways for our booths and are greatly appreciated. 

Food and Drink Donations requests by grade:
PreK: cookies
Kinder: fruit (cut fruit from the store: apples, grapes, berries, melon)
1st: bottled water
2nd: hot dogs, hotdog/hamburger buns
3rd: shredded cheddar cheese, whole pickles
4th: tortilla chips, water
5th: Fritos (no scoops)

Skip the ticket line!
For the first time ever we will be offering advance ticket sales for Carnival tickets. Buy your tickets early and skip the lines! Purchase online until Wednesday, October 16th and pick them up at the Will Call table.



We need additional parent/adult volunteers to sign up to work in our Haunted Hallway at Carnival THIS FRIDAY!  Hallway volunteers are encouraged to dress up and join the fun along with our student volunteers. If you are able to help, please sign up online.  If we don’t get enough volunteers, we’ll have to close the hallway early, and that would be a bummer!



October 16, 8-9 am
October 23, 8-9 am
October 29, 11am-12pm
Please join Ms. Diana Perez, THES Parent Support Specialist, for an hour of healthy and delicious food demonstrations. She will cover foods available in the Fall such as squash, pumpkin, apples, etc. Coffee and muffins will be provided.



Box Tops is changing to fit today’s families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online. Learn more online and download the app today!



Friday, October 25, 8am
THES Library
Enjoy coffee and a light breakfast while we discuss bullying, the legal definition, school responsibility, tips to identify and support our THES families. See you there! 



October 13–31 (or until they sell out)
212 E. Monroe St. / 512.442.5844
Monday – Friday: 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 7 pm



Calling all who are able to give more this holiday season! While December may still feel far away, we are already gearing up to ensure that the families who need it most have a wonderful holiday!

Are you able to purchase gifts to surprise and delight deserving Thunderbirds? Or do you know someone who is able and willing (they don’t need to be associated with our school to help)? Here is the form to fill out (or send along to others) Thanks so much for your generosity!



This component of the school-wide discipline plan is to recognize students for meeting school behavioral expectations. Thunderbird Curbside will be used in conjunction with Class Dojo. Students who meet expectations in all areas will have the opportunity to place their orders for the items they would like to purchase from our Thunderbird store once a month. Students and teachers will stop by on their assigned time to pick up their orders. 



THES will host a school-wide Storybook Character Parade on Friday, October 31st. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character. Students who are dressed as a Storybook Character will walk in the parade, and parents are welcome to attend. Students may choose any character from a book they enjoy following the guidelines in this letter. To support students’ feelings of safety and security in our building, violent or frightening costumes are not acceptable. No weapons or dangerous-looking items will be permitted to accompany a costume. Accessories such as wigs, masks, face paint or anything that can be considered distracting are asked to remain at home. Books are a required part of the costume. Here are some examples of acceptable costume choices, and some examples of unacceptable choices. If there is a costume that does not meet the “Acceptable Examples” parents will be called and asked to please come to school and have your child change out of the costume.

Acceptable Examples:
Fancy Nancy
Cinderella, Snow White, etc.
Greg Heffley (the Wimpy Kid)
Ramona Characters
Superman, Spiderman, etc.
Ms. Frizzle

Unacceptable Examples:
Characters from Goosebumps
Grim Reaper
with guns or weapons
Horror movie characters
Captain Underpants (inappropriate for school)

Please talk with your child about how he or she would like to participate in this event, and mark your calendars! See your child’s teacher for further information.



Parents, please complete your background check if you want to be a field trip chaperone! Field trips are starting now and background checks can take up to two weeks. 


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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