HAPPY WEDNESDAY, THUNDERBIRDS!
Let’s celebrate World Kindness day together this week! On Thursday, November 12th please wear your favorite THES t-shirt so we can show our community how kind Thunderbirds are not only on World Kindness Day, but every day!
THES PROSPECTIVE PARENT TOURS (VIRTUAL)
Friday, November 13, 8am
Travis Heights Elementary is a proud, community led In-District Charter School. Meeting and hearing from our current families are the best way to share great news about our school. We have exciting events coming up that we would love for you to invite your friends, neighbors, or coworkers to attend and learn more about THES. Join us for our first ‘Virtual Campus Tour’ through Zoom. No RSVP is needed to attend any of these events. Enjoy a cup of coffee, visit with friends, neighbors and school leaders as you learn about and take a virtual tour through Travis Heights Elementary!
Parent Tour Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 987 7604 3856
ADMIN COFFEE CHAT + CAMPUS UPDATES
Friday, November 13, 10am
Join Principal Navarro for coffee + campus updates. This brief meeting will include the current status of our reopening and any important Information going forward. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A.
Meeting ID: 964 7623 2276
RAPID TESTING ON CAMPUS
Goal of Testing: Implement an equitable approach to deploying an estimated 14,500 monthly rapid COVID-19 antigen tests provided, from TEA and TDEM, to increase safety and learning/working in-person for students and staff.
Assumptions: This test is free for all AISD students and staff, and will be implemented in phases. Participation in being tested is voluntary and cannot be mandated by the school district. BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 antigen testing (nasal swab) is only for staff and students that are learning/working in-person. Older students (7th grade and above) and adults have the ability to self-administer the test in the presence of a testing administrator.
Please see Austin ISD Plan for COVID-19 Rapid Testing for more info!
AISD OPEN FOR LEARNING NEWSLETTER
Please check out the latest from the district!
COATS FOR KIDS
Coats for Kids, sponsored by the Junior League of Austin and in collaboration with Austin ISD is so excited for the 2020-21 school year! Because of COVID-19, Coats for Kids will be delivering hand-selected coats to students at their AISD campus in December. This year, Coats for Kids is not requiring proof of age or income for eligibility; however, please provide this information for demographic and reporting purposes. Please fill out Coats for Kids 2020 AISD Registration Form to receive a coat.
BRAG ON YOUR TEACHER!
In Austin ISD, we are committed to building transformational relationships that lead to a sense of trust and belonging for all. We welcome the opportunity to hear the stories that make AISD feel like home! Please help us recognize our dedicated staff members by submitting a RAVE. The Recognizing All Valuable Employees or RAVE Program was created to honor those who take the extra steps to provide equitable and exceptional experiences.If you had an exceptional experience interacting with an Austin ISD employee , please nominate that staff member by completing the form below. RAVE about someone who has served you well! https://www.austinisd.org/hr/customer-service/rave
Calling all who are able to give more this holiday season! Each year, Operation Thunderjoy collects meaningful holiday gifts for the 50 Thunderbird families most in need. In past years, items such as clothes, shoes, large grocery gift cards, beloved toys, bikes… even necessities such as prescription glasses, beds, A/C units and extermination services were donated. This year, the pandemic is making personalized gift requests and collection tougher, but we’re still determined to bring joy to the lives of those who need it most. We’ll make it work primarily via gift cards or products that are more universally needed.
Can you — or people/companies in your network — dig deep and pitch in? We are seeking gift cards or donations in the following categories:
- Grocery / Food / Accessible Dining
- Big Box Store (Walmart/Target)
- Clothing / Shoes / Outerwear
- Hygiene Products
- Books / Educational Toys/Games
- Gas Cards (Shell / Chevron)
- Cash (for more specific needs)
To donate, or find more info please visit: https://www.travisheightselementary.com/operation-thunderjoy/
TRANSITIONING BETWEEN REMOTE & ON-CAMPUS LEARNING
Austin ISD is proud to offer a choice between remote learning and face-to-face instruction for the 2020-21 school year. The timeline for switching from one instructional model to another is as follows: Transitioning from on-campus learning to remote off-campus learning will occur when a student/parent or guardian chooses to do so. Transitioning from remote off-campus learning to on-campus learning will occur as soon as possible, but not to exceed five school days. The next request will occur at the beginning of the next grading period. For more info, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/openforlearning
As a reminder, if you are coming to campus, please be sure to bring your masks. We have masks here but invite parents to send students with a mask and also a back up mask. Thank you!
- Download the AISD App today for iPhone and Android.
- Keep up with what’s happening in the District by watching this week’s AISD in 3.
- Visit Austin ISD’s Community Learning Spaces webpage.
- BLEND is Austin ISD’s online learning platform. Tutorials are available in English and Spanish.
- Austin ISD is now offering free seven day meal packs at curbside sites.
- Follow Austin ISD on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
AFTER SCHOOL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Austin ISD knows the value of high-quality after-school learning opportunities. After-School programs provide students with safe, enriching and structured learning environments. To support Austin families and staff, a variety of afterschool programs are available. Please note this list is not comprehensive and some programs may only accept students from certain schools. For more information on the various after-school offerings and enrollment requirements, please visit the following websites or reach out to your campus.
Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area
Circle C Child Development Center
Twilight Evening School Program
FREE COVID TESTING
FREE COVID-19 Testing is available through Austin Public Health (APH). COVID-19 testing is recommended for those who have COVID-19-related symptoms, have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and have traveled in the last 14 days
Staff and students can schedule free testing by using THIS LINK.
View APH testing site locations HERE
Free COVID-19 Testing Information Flyer