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Greetings Thunderbirds! E-folder 4/02/21

THES Virtual Book Fair

Dates:  4/19-5/2

Our Book Fair is online and helps our students discover new books, favorite characters, and more! Every purchase earns our school rewards for much needed resources. Plus, shipping is free on book-only purchases over $25.

**Use the promo code SHARE10 for 10% off every order, applied at checkout! Remember, every purchase means 25% in rewards back to your school.**

Link will be active on 4/19


FB Page for THES Parent Support Specialist Info

Check out the new THES Parent Support Specialist’s Resource Facebook page for everything THES needs to know.

You can also find other resources on these pages of our website:


Principal Update & Coffee Chat April 30

Our next schedule Principal Update & Coffee Chat is Friday, Apr 30, 10-11am.  The Coffee Chat theme is:

How to get Children to Help with Chores is the topic for our next coffee. We will share tips on ways to have our kids do chores around the house as a way to contribute to the family household.


Community Retreat Part 3: Eliminating Disparities in Discipline and Punishment – Workgroup Updates &  Action Steps on April 14 from 5:30 – 7:30.

*Due to the inclement weather and school closures for last week and this week we are rescheduling the March 24 community retreat #3 to April the 13th.*

At this third meeting, each workgroup will provide an update on the progress it has made and share the next action steps it will take for eliminating racial disparities in discipline and punishment.

  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 961 3436 1744
  • Passcode: 147980


THE GOOD SAMARITAN Food Distribution

Where: The Good Samaritan, 7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin, TX 78745
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 8am to 10am


Professional Development Days (No school for students)

PD Day: 04/02/2021.  These dates are student holidays and staff development days.  Please be sure to mark your calendar.


Change in Asynchronous Days

We will offer full weeks of school for the rest of the semester except for April 2, a student holiday, and professional learning day for staff.  Friday, April 9, and April 23, which had previously been communicated as asynchronous days, will now be a regular instructional day.

Also, as you plan for the 2021-22 school year, keep in mind that Austin ISD plans to offer standard face-to-face instruction and an optional virtual hybrid model. We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information and guidance from TEA.


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.


Student Registration Plans

Student Registration Plans for School Year 2021-2022 survey will be deployed through the parent portal on Monday, March 8, 2021. The invitation emails will be sent to parents’ primary email addresses. The survey is set to close on Friday, April 30, 2021.


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.


STAAR Testing Dates @ THES

Testing Window: 

1st Administration – Window open Tuesday, April 6th and closes Friday, April 9th 

  • 4th Grade Writing – Tuesday, April 6th 

2nd Administration – Window opens Tuesday, May 11th and closes Friday, May 14th

  • 3-5 Grade Math – Tuesday, May 11th 
  • 3-5 Grade Reading – Wednesday, May 12th 
  • 5 Grade Science – Thursday, May 13th 


Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning is a valuable support for all Austin students to develop their language and literacy skills. It is available in English PK-8th and Spanish PK-2nd (expanding to 5th Grade next year.

Which Imagine Learning programs are available to my students and me?

  • Imagine Language & Literacy: Adaptive, individualized English literacy instruction and language acquisition for all PK-6th Grade students + Emerging secondary Bilinguals.
  • Imagine Reading: An optional blended learning literacy tool for 3rd (550 Lexile) – 8th (1280 Lexile) grade-level content.
  • Imagine Español: Pk – 2nd-grade Spanish literacy and language acquisition skills.


Bike to School Training

Join Bike to School Day on May 5. AISD’s transportation and sustainability teams have partnered with Ghisallo Cycling Initiative for students to learn about biking, engage in physical activity and celebrate sustainable transportation in Austin.

Schools can participate by using the Bicycle Skills Challenge at Home program, a guided lesson plan for students to learn and practice bicycle safety and riding skills. The program is a modified version of the advanced bike rodeo clinic that the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative provides through AISD physical education programs. The dual-language, 30-minute program in English and Spanish can support both synchronous and asynchronous instruction


Student Survey

We recognize that this has been an extremely difficult year for our AISD community, especially for our students and campus-based staff. As such, the AISD Student Climate Survey deadline has been extended to April 30, 2021. The original deadline was March 12, 2021.


Please connect with your child’s teacher to ensure students in grades 3-11 have an opportunity to take the survey. As a reminder, parents/caregivers have the choice to opt-out students from taking the survey. Please contact your campus contact, Ms. Cano,  for information regarding the opt-out process.