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Greetings Thunderbirds! E-folder 12/9/20

December 9, 2020

Wednesday, December 16th from 4pm to 8pm
Torchy’s Tacos at 1822 S. Congress Ave.
Torchy’s will be donating a portion of their profits to Travis Heights Elementary PTA.  You can eat there, order and pick up, or even do Curbside.  Just be sure to let the person that delivers your order that you are with Travis Heights Elementary and your receipt will be counted towards our grand total.  Be sure to share this with friends and family in the area too.  The more, the MONEY-er!

December 18th
Have you or your child attended THES in the past 18 years? Then you probably know Ms. Eli, our amazing head custodian.

Ms. Eli is retiring on December 18 after close to two decades at THES. She has seen more kids pass through those doors than anyone else. Ms. Eli has worked tirelessly, and always with a smile, to keep our campus clean, safe, and beautiful.  Her kindness and quiet dignity is shared with everyone at the school.   She has always been willing to help our teachers in whatever way she could, and has trusted us by bringing two of her grandchildren here to THES. She’s been such an important part of the THES family for 18 years and will be sorely missed.

The THES community wants to thank Ms. Eli and send her off  best wishes as she moves on the the next adventure!

December 19 – January 5
There is no school December 19th – January 5th.  We will see you back on Wednesday, January 6th!


Dual Language Session (English)
Thursday, December 10, 6pm (English)
Please visit this site to register for the virtual session.

THES Prospective Parent Tours (Virtual)
Thursday, December 10, 11:30am
Tuesday, December 15, 6pm
Meeting ID: 987 7604 3856
Passcode: welcome

Dyslexia Information Session & Weekly Principal Update
Friday, December 11, 10am
Meeting ID: 964 7623 2276
Passcode: joinus

In order to allow for maximum participation, we have decided to postpone the event until the spring.  Check back for details.  To find out more about this annual tradition, you can read about it and other events at our school here:

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10am-12pm,
Friday, Dec. 11, 8am-10am
Tuesday Dec 15, 8am-2pm
Thursday Dec 17, 8am-10am
Coats for Kids are sponsored by Junior League of Austin. Our school is only the distribution point for THES families. All the coats were delivered to the school listed and labeled with the students names and cannot be exchanged or returned. Stop by the school during the designated times to pick up your child’s coat. Contact Ms. Jasim with questions questions:

2020-2021 T-Shirts are here!
Your Travis Heights Elementary PTA is very proud to announce that we are going to be providing a FREE t-shirt for every student at the school this year.  We will be distributing shirts on two days, Saturday 12/12 and Saturday 12/19 from 11am to 2pm in front of the school.  We are still working on the details of the process, but everyone will remain in their vehicle for this process.  Distribution will take place directly in front of the school at 2010 Alameda Dr. 78704.

In addition to the FREE shirt for every student (and staff member), we have a limited number of adult sized shirts (Unisex and Ladies cut) for sale to parents.  We also still have some stock of the very popular Thunderbird shirt (and hat and water bottle) from last fall.  These items will need to be purchased IN ADVANCE from the
THES Square Store 

Quantities for these items are limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Also, please understand that there will be no try on or returns available.  If in doubt, go for a larger size. While shopping, please consider a donation to your THES PTA to help cover the cost of the shirts we are providing to all our Thunderbirds!

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! 

Due to the Austin Public Library currently being closed to the public, we are emailing students who already have a 2019-2020 APL Student Card account in our system, their card number and password.

Your APL Student Card number (user ID) and password (PIN) can be used to access the online learning resources on the APL Homework Help page here:

Have a question about the Student Card and/or online learning resources? Ask us here: OR 512-974-7475!

You can reset the password (PIN) here:

FREE COVID-19 testing is available for AISD staff and students on campus if needed, or available for all community members 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:

For families, view APH testing site locations here:,30.1148,-97.214,30.6335

Free COVID-19 Testing Information Flyer:

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


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 after-school 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.