HAPPY THURSDAY, THUNDERBIRDS! 1/06/2022
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PTA News- Happy New Year!
PTA will be providing a Thunderbird T-Shirt to each student at THES! We really wanted to get them to you before the break, but a supply issue delayed the order. We will get them out as soon as we can.
Happy New Year to you all!
A Note from Our Principal
Dear Travis Heights Elementary families,
Our classrooms opened as scheduled Jan. 5th.
We know what to do to fight Omicron. Our protocols helped us get through last year when there were hardly any vaccines, they helped us during the Delta variant, and they’ll help us now.
The key each time has been you. Your cooperation and support have allowed Austin ISD to consistently fare better than schools in other districts.
The best way you can help protect your child is to get boosted this week, today if possible. Also, if your children are 5 or older they can receive the vaccine. Travis County has no-appointment vaccine clinics going on now, and Austin ISD vaccine clinics will resume Jan. 8. Don’t delay, do this now.
Secondly, get yourself and your children tested. You can come to one of AISD’s 11 testing hubs starting Jan. 3. You can find the hours, consent form, and a complete list of locations on the district webpage. The closest location to us is Travis ECHS, 1211 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704.
Finally, when you come to campus, please remember that all students and parents must wear a mask. A KN95 mask is best, but if none are available, a surgical mask or well-fitting cloth mask helps too.
You have the power to make this a great school year, no matter what Omicron or any other variant throws our way.
Travis Heights Elementary
Request for Parent Volunteers to monitor lunch.
Wow! How fun is this? Now that we have moved lunch to outdoors we need help to make sure our Thunderbirds stay safe while eating and visiting with friends. This is a greater opportunity to engage with our students. If you are interested, please follow the process for becoming an authorized Travis Heights Elementary Volunteer by following this link https://www.travisheightselementary.com/volunteering/ before completing this form for lunch monitoring https://forms.gle/65MSrrToKSUaqLjQ8. Our Assistant Principal Samantha Barrett will contact you to coordinate scheduling. Thank you!!
Dual Language is for Everyone: AISD Virtual Dual Language Workshops
Interested in learning more about Dual Language programming? Whether your child currently participates in Dual Language or you’re exploring options, we’ve got you covered.
Wednesday, Jan 12, 6–8 p.m. Join via Zoom: https://bit.ly/DLJAN12
This event will include workshops facilitated in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese. For more information, contact Janeth Medrano at 512.414.9648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flyer: Dual Language Workshop
Prospective Parent Tours
Travis Heights Elementary is a proud community supported In-District Charter School. 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. No RSVP is needed to attend any of these events. Prospective parents should bring a photo ID and are welcome to bring their child.
January 14: Tour at 8:30 am
January 18: Tour only at 5:30 pm
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Attention 5th Grade!
- Applications for middle school are now open: https://my.austinisd.org
- The deadline for submission of applications is January 7, 2022
- Please take a look at your students choices on the AISD website:
Dual Language in Middle School
Did you know dual language is offered at 13 AISD middle schools and 4 high schools?
Continue the benefits of a bilingual education to middle school and high school! Please see linked video and flyers for more information:
THES Chicken Coop Reimagined
The Coop has been a part of the THES landscape since 2014. Originally a Girl Scout project, the Coop became a featured learning space where our students were able to study the life cycle of animals and cultivate nurturing skills. Unfortunately, the years have taken their toll, and the beloved Coop is no longer safe for students or chickens.
But we have a plan to reinvigorate the space! Our youngest Thunderbirds (PreK and K students) need an area to foster holistic and authentic learning. This could be a space where we read, paint, draw, write, engage in dramatic play, garden, create stories, and create memories. We would like this to be a place where our earliest learners at THES participate in extensions of our learning targets while making meaningful connections to the real world.
To make this happen, we need your help! Please fill out the Google form linked to let us know how you can help us make this a reality. We have a clear vision of what this space will look like and of the exact supplies we need. We also need people knowledgeable in small structure demolition, people with trucks, people with trailers, people with gardening skills. Do you have any connections to donated dirt, plants, rubber mulch? We also need financial donations.
We have phases planned. The first one is demolition and removal of the structure. We will be repurposing the signage, so we need someone who can help us preserve the legacy of The Coop! We appreciate all of your support and dedication to our THES Family.
Please sign up to help us bring new life to The Coop. This will not happen overnight!
Our work began on Sunday, December 5 for phase 1. Additional phases coming SOON!
If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Moore at email@example.com or Sarah Wakefield at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within 24 hours.
Science Festival 2022
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs with about 3,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community. The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival serves students from Central Texas whose projects won at their schools’ science fairs. The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2022. For more information please visit https://sciencefest.org/
Winning Junior/Senior Division projects advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Best of Fair Senior Division projects advance directly to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.
Shout out to your Travis Heights Team!
Did one of our own deliver for YOU?
Teacher and Employee well-being is essential to our overall success as a school. The benefits of expressing gratitude and recognizing staff are limitless. Please join us in prioritizing our RAVE Employee Recognition program!
What is a RAVE?
The RAVE (Recognizing All Valuable Employees) program helps us honor our AISD team who take the extra steps to provide equitable and exceptional experiences for our students, families, staff, and community members.
Submit a digital Rave online ! The District shares all positive Rave submissions with each employee and their Principal or Supervisor.
Please spread the word about Raves with your community.
Up & Coming
7 Middle School Applications due
12 Dual Language Workshop (6:00 pm)
14 Prospective Parent Tour (8:30 am)
17 Student Holiday
18 Prospective Parent Tour (5:30 pm)
20 PBL Showcase (5:00 pm)
25 Class Photos
For holidays and district-wide events you can view the AISD calendar here: https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/calendar/Calendar_2021-2022v3.pdf