HAPPY WEDNESDAY, THUNDERBIRDS!
Welcome to week two! We hope you are adjusting to your new schedule. We are so proud of you for being flexible and dedicated to your work. Hang in there – it will get easier as you settle in. We have some really exciting ways to celebrate the end of our 2nd week…read the details below!
LAST CHANCE! STUDENTS MATERIAL PICKUP (FROM LAST YEAR)
September 15 – 18, 7:30am – 4pm
Any student materials left after this date are subject to disposal! We simply do not have the space to store the amount of “stuff” that remains.
PRIME TIME & ART
Virtual PrimeTime is back for the Fall. Classes take place after school from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Students will be assigned to one class based on availability, and good behavior is expected as Prime Time classes are a true privilege. Classes include: Coding, Music, Dance, Yoga, Storytime and so much more! Registration will be available through the parent portal and will be live on 9/17.
ADMIN + PARENT ZOOM: CAMPUS UPDATES
Friday, September 18, 10:00am
Join Principal Navarro for coffee and campus updates. This brief meeting will go over the current status of our reopening and any important Information going forward. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A.
Meeting ID: 962 206 6869
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL PARADE
Friday, September 18th, beginning at 11:00 am
Due to weather, we had to reschedule our Back to School Parade during our school lunch hours from 11am – 1pm. THES Teachers and Staff will start lining up on campus at 11am, and ice pops, courtesy of the PTA, will be passed out at the locations below shortly after. Dress up with school colors and share the pride with all your favorite teachers – we will see you somewhere on the parade route below!
Locations for Popsicle Distribution
PTA will be setting up at four locations for the distribution of popsicles. We will arrive BEFORE the parade starts to hand out the ice pops, so get to these locations early!
1. Travis Park: We will be inside the fence, to the north of the entrance off Live Oak. Across from building 40
2.Lucero: We will be on Wilson St, across from Fletcher, on the sidewalk
3.The Heights on Congress: We will be in the back of the lot, between 2731 and 2733.
4.The Track at Stacy Park: We will be by the Blunn Creek sign on Eastside, across from Lockhart.
ZOOM DANCE PARTY
Friday, September 18, 7pm
PTA will be hosting another fantastic Zoom Dance Party to end the second week of school! Put on your best Thunderbird gear, some whacky accessories, and your dancin’ shoes. You will need TWO DIFFERENT devices to stream the music and participate in the Zoom Party. Music will be streamed via Twitch at www.twitch.tv/jmolinmusic and dancers will be spotlighted on Zoom. Zoom meeting info will be distributed in Class Dojo. You DO NOT want to miss this one!
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Monday, September 28, 5 – 6pm (3rd – 5th)
Visit your child’s classroom and hear about classroom routines/expectations, what your child will be learning this year, and how you can help from your child’s teacher. Q&A.
Tuesday, September 29
4 – 5pm – (PK 3 & 4 ONLY) Visit your child’s class and hear about classroom routines and expectations, what your child will be learning this year, and how you can help.
5 – 6pm – (K-2nd) Visit your child’s classroom and hear about classroom routines/expectations, what your child will be learning this year, and how you can help from your child’s teacher. Q&A.
TECHNOLOGY DISTRIBUTION UPDATES
Chromebooks and iPads are available at the Travis Heights Elementary Campus and no longer at Crockett or the AISD Performing Arts Center. You or your teacher MUST have requested technology through the AISD portal/ Technology Distribution Tile in order to receive. Hotspots are assigned through the district and you will be contacted when they are ready.
The next window for device pickup will be Monday, September 14th – Friday, September 18th from 3 – 4pm. Please bring your Student ID for a Chromebook or your student’s QR code for an iPad. If you are having trouble, please contact your child’s teacher for additional support.
If your device is damaged or has hardware issues you can bring it to the school Monday – Friday, 3 – 4pm. You must bring your child’s S#, name, and description of the issue. If you are having a software/login issue please call the parent support desk at 512-414-9187.
How to Register for Technology
Families can still request technology in the Parent Cloud. After logging in to my.austinisd.org — search for Technology Distribution and the link for the form will appear. Once complete you may pick up your device(s) from the school. You first must be registered with a Parent Cloud account, my.austinisd.org also has a link and instructions in both English and Spanish for doing that. If you are having trouble, families can also request technology by calling Travis Heights at 512-414-4495 or by contacting your child’s teacher.
CALLING ALL LIBRARY BOOKS!
If you still have library books from last year, you can drop them off any day on the front of the school in the box labeled library books. We’d really love to get all our books back so we can check them in and have them cleaned and ready for student use later this year. Look in your backpacks, under your beds, on bookshelves or anywhere they may be hiding. Thanks!
AISD TO CONTINUE FREE MEALS THROUGH DECEMBER
All Austin ISD students will receive free school meals through December 2020. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently announced an extension of current school meal programs through December 31. This extension allows Austin ISD to continue to provide free meals for any child under 19, or those over the age of 19 who are utilizing special education resources or currently enrolled in school to complete the requirements for a high school diploma from curbside meal sites.
For students participating in remote, off-campus learning, both breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm at more than 40 curbside locations throughout Austin. Austin ISD will serve free breakfast and lunch in the classroom for on-campus learners. Curbside meal sites and more information can be found here: https://www.austinisd.org/openforlearning/meals
FARM FRESH FOOD BOXES
AISD will continue to provide free, local Farm Fresh Boxes from The Common Market Texas through October 7 at specific AISD curbside meal sites. The boxes feature locally grown produce, such as peppers, melons, squash, carrots, and other seasonal staples. The Common Market Texas, a mission-driven distributor of sustainable, local farm foods prepare and deliver the produce boxes to AISD. The produce boxes will be available at each curbside meal site one time through October 7th until they run out each day. Distribution will take place from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m as follows. More info HERE!
- Wednesday, September 16: Allison Elementary, Blackshear Elementary, Eastside Memorial Early College High School, Govalle Elementary, Martin Middle School, Metz Elementary
- Wednesday, September 23: Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Crockett Early College High School, Oak Hill Elementary, Odom Elementary, Patton Elementary, Sunset Valley Elementary
- Wednesday, September 30: Akins Early College High School, Casey Elementary, Covington Middle School, Kiker Elementary, Kocurek Elementary, Paredes Middle School
- Wednesday, October 7: Blazier Elementary, Langford Elementary, Perez Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Rodriguez Elementary, Uphaus Early Childhood Center, Widen Elementary
ASBESTOS & PEST CONTROL MANAGEMENT PLAN
Please read this very important notice from AISD!
NOTIFICATION AHERA & IPM FY 20-21
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 three in-service days. These are student holidays in addition to those on the AISD calendar: January 5, February 12, and March 12. Please note, other schools may have different dates than Travis Heights. Teachers Professional Development Days are as follows: October 12, February 15, and April 2.
AISD MOBILE APP – DOWNLOAD NOW
Austin ISD is happy to announce the launch of its mobile app—a new way to stay connected. The app will allow all AISD students, staff, and families to receive notifications from the district and campuses for which they wish to subscribe. Other helpful tools include a COVID-19 self-screening for users to complete before coming into contact with others or before leaving home for work or school.
The app allows for quick access to:
- see the calendar for the current school year,
- links to
- Parent Cloud
- Parent Self Serve
- School Café,
- the School Directory, and
- the latest news.
Locate the free Austin ISD Mobile App in the digital store for your mobile device by searching for Austin ISD. For questions concerning the new app, call 512–414–9187.
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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