HAPPY WEDNESDAY THUNDERBIRDS!
It’s a BIG week at THES! Yesterday we enjoyed student performances for Black History Month, and also celebrated our 24th Young Writers’ Workshop. Tomorrow (Thursday) is Spring Picture day! This Saturday is our 2nd Annual Thunderbird Thrift sale AND Campus Beautification Day! We hope to see our Thunderbird families!
REGISTER FOR THE 2020/21 SCHOOL YEAR
All returning students must REGISTER ONLINE for the upcoming school year. If your child is not registered online, they will not be placed in a classroom for the 2020/2021 school year. It is crucial that we have 100% registration complete by the end of March as it will affect our staffing and funding. If you have trouble with the online registration process, please call the AISD Parent Technology Helpline at 512.414.9187 between 7am–5pm, M-F. We have laptops available in the office for parents to use—please ask Ms. Gio or the PSS, Ms. Perez!
NEEDED: PTA LEADERS FOR 2020-2021
We are looking for parents of children in lower grades to start getting more involved in PTA! Have you thought about getting involved but aren’t sure where to start? Now is the time to find out more about all the wonderful ways you can get involved with the school and help shape the future for your children. We are currently recruiting for many different areas, everything from President to Hospitality. Keep an eye out for an upcoming fun opportunity to mingle with current PTA leadership to learn more. You can also check out the website for more information (https://www.travisheightselementary.com/volunteering/) or contact Gretchen Otto (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
MONTHLY PARENT COFFEE CHAT
Friday, February 28
Join us this month for 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.
THUNDERBIRD THRIFT SALE
Saturday, February 29, 8am–12pm THES Gym
Thunderbird Parents and Teachers, we need your help with the Second Annual Thunderbird Thrift Sale benefitting THES PTA and our Parent Support Specialist! Please SIGN UP to help with setting up the sale on Friday afternoon, or to work a shift at the sale on Saturday. Volunteers get first dibs on sale items! To make the Thrift Sale a success we need A LOT of great stuff to sell. Bring your donations at drop off and pick up on Thursday February 27th and Friday February 28th. Volunteers will be on hand to unload and collect your items. To schedule a donation drop off Contact Maria Bergh 512-585-2708 or Anna Roth 832-498-2398.
Fun and affordable shopping for the whole family! Don’t forget to bring your Thunderbird Thrift Coupons.
CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION DAY
Saturday, February 29, 9am–1pm
Enjoy the fresh air and other Thunderbird families as we work together to make our THES campus beautiful! We would love to plant some veggies for our students to care for, so please bring some starter plants if you can. Gardening tools, and wheelbarrows welcome–we will fuel you with some tacos! Everyone is welcome to this beloved school event, so please feel free to bring your friends, neighbors, and grandparents to join in on the fun!
SHAMROCK DANCE—SAVE THE DATE
Friday, March 6, 4PM-6PM
Details coming soon for the 3rd, 4th, 5th grade Shamrock Dance at THES!
AISD NEW HEALTH CURRICULUM INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, March 11, 5-6pm
You are invited to attend a Parent Orientation night to preview health topics covered under the new Austin ISD Health curriculum. No child care will be available. Austin ISD believes that a valuable element of education is the development of respect for all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other personal attributes. The district is committed to providing all students with a positive learning environment. We encourage you to review the lesson overviews for each grade level by visiting https://www.austinisd.org/pe-health/health-education/hsr. This is an opportunity to have an advanced look at the important lessons your child will be offered in May. You will be provided an opportunity to opt-out of any or all of the lessons at this meeting. If you do not want your student to receive one or more of these lessons, you must actively opt-out by using the AISD opt-out letter. This letter is available online at the above link. It will be available in print at the meeting and will be sent home again on March 23rd. The deadline for returning opt-out letters is April 29.
SPRING BREAK—MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
2020 CENSUS FAMILY NIGHT
Wednesday, March 25th, 5-7pm
Our school will be hosting the 2020 Census Family Night on March 25, 2020 from 5-7pm. We will be sharing hosting duties with LINDER, DAWSON, TRAVIS HIGH & LIVELY MIDDLE Schools. We need neighborhood businesses and restaurants to have a booth and/or donate door prizes for the event. Please spread the word about CENSUS NIGHT and help me make the event memorable for ALL families. Please contact Ms. Perez at 512-841-0855 if you are able to donate or have a business in mind.
STEAM DAY 2020
Tuesday, April 21
We still need some presenters! Are you or someone you know in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics? If so, please reach out to one of us as we will be very happy to have you! The DEADLINE TO BE A PRESENTER is March 8th. We would love to have some additional support the day of the event to assist these presenters to make STEAM 2020 be its best yet! This event has been running for seven years and it would be great to keep the annual tradition going. It is an enriching morning that the students, parents and staff all enjoy. Perhaps you will have inspired a future artist, designer, engineer or architect? The possibilities of this dynamic learning experience are endless. For more information, or to volunteer please contact our STEAM DAY 2020 Chairs:
PTA Exec Board Meeting
Time: 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Location: THES Library
Per PTA bylaws, only PTA Executive Board Members may attend.
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