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Thursday Thunderword 1/20/2022

HAPPY THURSDAY, THUNDERBIRDS!  1/20/2022

Have an announcement or other great news to share? Please submit your info to the school the week prior to when you’d like to see it in this newsletter.

 

COVID Updates
See our website to find the most recent COVID-related information: COVID Updates.

 

Coffee Chat – January 28, 8am

Happy New Year and welcome back. January is a time for goal setting with kids. This month we will focus on the person that we want to become and the goals we can set in order to get there. Our counseling theme for the beginning of the year is on how to be a peacemaker in the community and in the world. We will be having a Peace Walk at the end of the month to celebrate our differences and instill the value of peace. Our social emotional lessons will discuss the kind of strategies that great peacekeepers have used over the years, and how we can each adapt these strategies in our own lives. This is a great time to talk to your children about the type of values that help our community to grow stronger, and how each of us have the responsibility to set goals for ourselves in order to be the change we wish to see in the world.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97408397150?pwd=RCtFNnQ4SGtiNkNpYi96TWNqa3VyQT09

Meeting ID: 974 0839 7150

Passcode: joinus

 

Class Picture Day Rescheduled – February 24, 2022

 

Eating FREE school breakfast + lunch benefits you & your school!

As we welcome our virtual and returning in-person learners to campus, it is a good opportunity to remind families that meals are free for all students this school year.  Students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch, as well as afterschool meals at participating campuses, regardless of household income and without any application or documentation.  

At AISD, we encourage all students to dine at school.  As a federally funded program, we receive reimbursement for each meal served; the more meals we serve the more funding we have to invest in the quality of our food, maintain local jobs, and support the Texas economy.

Even if a student brings food from home, they can still choose to enjoy a free meal, or select sides to accompany their sandwich.  As long as a student selects three different meal components with at least one being a fruit or vegetable (ex. banana, veggie dippers, and milk), it qualifies as a free lunch meal.  

AISD menus regularly feature chef prepared, scratch-cooked recipes made in the kitchens at each school using locally grown or produced, sustainably raised, and clean label ingredients

  • Learn more about school meals at Austin ISD.  
  • View daily menus, nutritional information, and allergens at www.SchoolCafe.com/AustinISD.  
  • Digital versions of the elementary printed menus are posted on the Food Service Campus Toolkit each month. 
  • We offer accommodations for documented food allergies or special diets.  Families may have their doctor complete a Request for Dietary Accommodation and submit to the school nurse.  
  • All schools offer vegetarian and/or vegan options daily.  Families may request milk alternatives, gluten free bread, and vegan accommodations by contacting their school’s café manager. 

Cafeteria Menus
Please see the link below to find out how to get the meal menu for each day. AISD will provide free meals for all students through June 2022.  Meals are free for all students regardless of income, or without any application or documentation. At AISD, we encourage all students to take advantage of free school meals!

https://www.austinisd.org/nutrition-food-services/menus

 

PTA News – January PTA Meeting

Welcome to 2022 y’all!  So far, so …. well . I know recent events are really a kick in the teeth, but let’s try to stay strong and focus on staying safe.

We had hoped to have our first in-person PTA Meeting and performance at the end of January, but have just decided to hold off.  No need to risk anyone’s safety at this point.  We will be holding a virtual PTA Meeting on Thursday, January 27th at 6pm.  The Zoom link will be distributed by Class Dojo that week. 

As we all know, Omicron is running rampant throughout the city, including our schools.  Let’s all do our part to be safe and reduce the risks to all of Thunderbirds, including staff.  Be sure your kiddo has a good mask every day and keep washing those hands and covering those coughs and sneezes.  If you haven’t already, please get yourself and your kids vaccinated and boosted.  AISD is offering plenty of opportunities.  I have also heard that the line at the Travis County Expo Center on weekends is not bad at all. 

From all of us at PTA, please stay strong and let us know if we can help.  You can reach out to me at ptapresident@travisheightselementary.com .

Merrideth Jiles
PTA President

 

Shoutout to PTA
PTA has purchased a school  shirt for every student at Travis Heights. Parents expect in the next few weeks your child will bring their school t-shirt home. Remember to have your child wear their school t-shirt every Friday to show school spirit and build community among us. Thanks again PTA, Thunderbirds ROCK!

 

Bell Schedule & Tardies
THES Families! This is a reminder that school starts and the tardy bell rings at 7:40am. Staff will be on duty at each grade level door for students being dropped off until 7:40am. Any student who arrives after 7:41 am will be marked as tardy. Thank you for getting your students here on time so they can get the absolute most out of each and every instructional day!

 

Attendance Matters!
To receive the maximum benefit from classroom and instructional participation it is important that your child report to school on time each day. The Attendance Matters Webinar has been created by the district to help parents understand the importance of regular attendance. Thank you for taking the time to invest in your child’s success!

https://attendanceworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AW-Infographic-2.12.1311.pdf

School doors open at 7:10 am
School begins promptly at 7:40
Students arriving after 7:41 am will be counted tardy.
PK: 7:40 am – 3:10 pm
K-5th: 7:40 am – 3:10 pm
Office Hours: 7:15 am – 4:00 pm

Please call the school if your child will be absent from school (512) 414-4495.

 

Lunch Update
Lunch Reminders:  Families to send their children with appropriate clothing for the weather. (Jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) We will continue to have lunch outside if the weather permits. We will announce otherwise that morning if we are moving to indoor lunch (same indoor plan as before).

Temperature considerations and proper clothing are as follows:

o Below 60 degrees: jacket or long sleeves recommended
o Below 50 degrees: coat and long pants recommended
o Below 40 degrees: gloves and hats with long pants and coat are necessary

Temperature Guidelines

Wind Chill Factor 35 to 38 degrees (dry weather):
45 minutes of total exposure to the chill factor
15 minutes inside for re‐warming
Students must be in appropriate clothing with extremities covered

Wind Chill Factor 31 to 34 degrees (dry weather):
30 minutes of total exposure to the chill factor
15 minutes inside for re‐warming
Jackets/coats must be worn at all times, extremities covered Wind Chill Factor of Below

30 degrees:
No outside activity

 

Lunch during this season- Yes, we still need volunteers!
Winter is here and sometimes the weather is too cold to eat outdoors. We are monitoring the weather daily and deciding whether to eat outdoors or indoors every morning.  Indoor lunch is mostly held in each classroom with the exception of PK, Kinder, and two 1st grade classes. 

Whether lunch is held indoors or outdoors, we are still in need of lunch monitor volunteers! 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!! 

 

Healthy Snacks Only
We will continue to encourage our students to eat healthy at school. Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value will not be allowed for snacks during the day. This includes candy, soda, and chips. We will share healthy snack options with families and students. Please privately remind students and remind families of our snack expectations if they bring a snack that is an FMNV. A quick and healthy option readily available are the fruit options provided with our BIC. We will continue to inform and share ideas with our families.

 

Travis Heights Heights Elementary Official Facebook Page!Facebook-donate
Check here for the latest updates and parent resources. https://www.facebook.com/TravisHeightsES

 

 

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

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

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