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Greetings Thunderbirds! E-folder 2/10/21

February 10, 2021


Rise and Shine Thunderbirds! to the morning assembly.

Countdown to the Premiere at 8:00 am.


We celebrate Black History Month.

This month marks the first week of the celebration of Black History Month.

As part of our classroom activities, I would like to invite you to encourage your Thunderbird to research and learn about the accomplishments of some of our most influential historical figures.

To continue to share the information students have learned, we will highlight student projects, activities, and researched biographies throughout our school.

PBS children’s video link:


Join us for an African American Heritage Celebration!

Sunday, February 28, 2021 – 3:00 pm

The event will be streamed on the Austin ISD’s Facebook page: and on the web at AISD.TV

Access Details: The broadcast will also be available on Cable Channel 22 on Spectrum (Time Warner Cable), Grande, Google Fiber TV, and AT&T U-verse (Ch. 99) in Austin or watch our live-stream free from anywhere on Apple TV and Roku.  

Event Details: Learn more about this event and other events on the ASALH website.

For more information, contact


  • Ricky Pringle, Distinguished Teacher Award
  • Deborah Orr, Friend of Education
  • Eric Kennedy, Friend of Education
  • Hobart L. Gaines, Life Anew Restorative Justice Coalition 
  • Dr. Stephanie Hawley, W. Charles Akins 
  • Angela Bell, AISD’s Most Tenured African American Teacher 
  • Rhoda Coleman , AISD’s Most Tenured African American Principal



Student Holiday Reminder 

Feb. 12th is a DOI day and Feb. 15th is Staff Development. Both are holidays for students.

Revised Austin ISD Calendar for 2020-2021


Parent Meetings

  • Thunderboard- All welcome to join March 16 at 4pm
  • PTA Executive- PTA Executive Team March 2nd at 4pm
  • General PTA Meeting- All welcome to join TBD



Calling all Thunderbirds!  It’s that time of year again.  Time for I ❤ THES.  This is our annual PTA fundraiser and we need your help this year more than ever.  Normally, we would have other fundraising opportunities throughout the year, such as the Fall Carnival, Tamalada, and others.  This year, we have been prevented from having any.

So here’s your chance to show all the teachers, administrators, and other staff just how much Travis Heights Elementary means to you.  Starting Monday, February 8th, you can go to and show your support for all the great things that happen at THES!  All funds raised go to your PTA, which then goes directly to support Travis Heights Elementary and the wonderful things they do for all Thunderbirds!  Look for more info every day next week on how to support your school.


Want to be more involved?

Becoming involved in the leadership teams at Travis Heights Elementary is a great way to support your child and the entire learning experience for the whole community.  Find out more by going (here) to our website.


Go Fund for Vivian/ THES

Friends of the late Vivian Ballard have created a memorial fund to provide much needed new literature for our Travis Heights Elementary School. If you would care to donate, please go to

Vivian, an activist for most of her life, devoted much of her time and energy to the school. She opened her home, the beautiful Fairview (also known as the Gullett House at 1304 Newning), to meetings of parents and educators and often sponsored fundraisers to improve the school and expand its connection to our community.

In remembering Vivian, an avid reader, her family, friends, neighbors, and staff at THES have created Vivian Reads to make more quality books available to our young readers. Money raised will be used to buy age-appropriate, library-quality books in Women in Leadership, Human Rights, Nutrition and Health, and History/Geography.


Asynchronous Days Reminder


Please mark your calendars! The following days will be asynchronous, meaning all students will learn in a remoteoff-campus setting:

  • Friday, Feb. 26.
  • Friday, March 5.
  • Friday, April 9.

Asynchronous days limit the amount of time spent on campus. To further protect our community, we will use this time to do additional deep cleanings of our campuses. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.


Principal Update & Coffee Chat Feb 19

Our next schedule Principal Update & Coffee Chat is Friday, Feb. 19th, 10-11am.  The Coffee Chat theme is:

What to do when kids complain…. Easy tips to diffuse complaining with your child. Avoiding power struggles to keep the peace, it  is easy as 123.

February 19 at 10:00am

Meeting ID: 964 7623 2276
Passcode: joinus


Eating Fast Food May Affect Children’s Health

Fast food is a fact of life. But, you can teach your kids to make healthier choices at fast food restaurants. Be a CATCH MVP. Next time you visit your favorite fast food restaurant, Eat Smart and follow these healthy tips:

  • GO for grilled, baked or broiled foods most often.
  • Say “NO” to French fries (WHOA foods) or share an order with your family.
  • Order a side salad instead of fries. Go SLOW on the salad dressing. It is probably a WHOA food.


Thunderbirds our MOY testing window opens February 8th-19th.

The data we collect from our MOYs help our teachers to prepare a plan to support our Thunderbirds academically. Please help us by supporting your Thunderbird with a few reminders. The MOY benchmarks will be given in the areas of Math and Reading for grades 3rd-5th. Writing and Science will be given to students in 4th-5th. Below are a few reminders:

  • Get a good night’s rest.
  • Eat breakfast and prepare for the day.
  • Charge your device and have your headphones available. 


New and Returning Student Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

Online Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open! Parents will need to access the online registration through the Parent Portal. You can find specific registration directions HERE and attached below. If you need assistance please call the AISD Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187.


A Cultural Fest During Pandemic Times

To make our Cultural Fest happen this year, we are inviting you to create a short video about your culture to share with our THES community.  Our amazing tech teacher is going to use his magic to pull all of the videos into one special THES Cultural Fest video.  We are still working out the details, but are so excited about celebrating all of the cultures that make up our THES community. We should have the details all ironed out for next week’s efolder.  We can’t wait to see your face in our THES video!

If there are any amazing video experts out there who want to help, please email  We’d love to use some of these videos to show off our school to prospective parents, too!


Family Survey

The Family Survey is available to guardians from January 5th through March 5th.  Please take a moment to complete and share your family’s insights into shaping the future of AISD.  The survey can be found by following this link.


Transfers and Dual Language Applications

The beginning of the transfer season for 2021-2022 will be delayed. The frozen schools announcement will also be delayed. Please check back on this website for updates as they become available. All deadlines will be pushed back as well. Thank you for your patience.

More Information:

  • For the quickest response, you can send us a message at: (Choose Student Transfers).
  • Please call if you have questions about transfers for the 2020-2021 school year (512-414-1726).

Applications for enrollment into Dual Language programs for the elementary 2021-22 school year are being accepted NOW through February 26, 2021.

Find more information about the application process on the Dual-Language page


Transfer Window is Open

Requests for school transfers for families living within district boundaries begin Tuesday, Jan. 26. 

In-district transfer requests submitted between Jan. 26 and Feb. 19 will receive equal consideration. In-district transfer requests received after Feb. 19 will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Every child is welcome to join Austin ISD, including families who live outside the district boundaries but wish to enroll their child in AISD. The out-of-district transfer window opens Feb. 1 and submissions will be processed in date and timestamp order and considered after the in-district priority and lottery requests.

Transfers can be submitted online in the Parent Cloud, faxed to 512-414-4994, or mailed to AISD Central Office, 4000 S. IH-35 Frontage Road, Room 151, Austin, TX 78704.

Please visit the transfer website at Transfer Information | Austin ISD.


District Of Innovation Professional Development Days (No school for students)

Travis ECHS Vertical Team DOI Days: 02/12/2021 and 03/12/2021.  These dates are student holidays and staff development days.  Please be sure to mark your calendar.


Health Guidelines

Please review the information provided in the links below to learn more about how to respond if you believe your child has a positive COVID case and general guidelines for when to keep your child home from school. If you have any questions, please contact our school health room at 512-414-4495. Thank you!

COVID 19 Guidelines

When to Keep Your Child Home (English)  or  (SPANISH))

The Center for Disease control provides guidance for best practices to avoid infection and available resources.


Free COVID Testing ids available through Austin Public Health (APH).

NEW RESOURCE! Download and share this COVID-19 Testing Information PDF Flyer with your campus community:

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
  • have traveled in the last 14 days

Staff and students can schedule free testing by using this link:

View APH testing site locations here: 


How to Check Status on District Systems

AISD’s technology team has launched a webpage that allows school communities to check the status of district systems such as the cloud and portal, as well as Accelify, School Messenger, and Zoom, at


Integral Care Mental Health

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, Integral Care has a 24/7 Crisis Helpline at 512-472-4357 (HELP). You can also Text TX to 741741 to connect to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support via text.


Help with food, utilities, rental assistance or other community resources:

Call 211 to speak to someone for assistance, or visit ConnectATX (United Way of Greater Austin)

Austin ISD Parent Engagement Support Office has created a helpful community resource guide that includes information on services for:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Legal and Immigration
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Austin ISD
  • Other Resources

To review the AISD & Community Resource Guide, please click HERE.