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Thursday Thunderword 02/17/2022


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Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 21

This year, our parent conference days in the Spring is February 21. There will be no school for students on this day.

Teachers are reaching out to parents to communicate and schedule conferences with all homeroom students. There will be no school for students on Monday, February 21st. Every child’s parent will be offered a face-to-face conference. However, if a phone call or Zoom is more convenient please communicate this with the teacher to best meet your needs.


Coffee Chat and Principal Update

Join Us on February 25th at 8am for our monthly Coffee Chat and principal update. This month we will be discussing tools for staying calm. With all the things happening in the world it is important to take a moment to recenter and refresh for ourselves and our children.

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

Meeting ID: 974 0839 7150
Passcode: joinus

PTA News

Hello Thunderbirds! Hope this finds you all well. We have ended our annual I Heart THES fundraiser and I think we did OK. We’re still tallying personal donations, but we do know that the Home Slice Profit Share night brought in $2100 and our long time friends at Juke Automotive are matching with another $2100. That’s $4200 in funds to support our great staff and students at THES. Great news for all!

The biggest news on the horizon is our “Get Involved” meetings coming up, see below. We also have the Shamrock Dance coming up on 3/3. While this isn’t a PTA event, we are helping support the 4th grade parents that are putting it on. If you want to help, contact me at and I can forward on to the appropriate people.

Merrideth Jiles
THES PTA President


Get involved in your THES PTA

We have had a recent flurry in interest from parents that are ready to get involved with their THES PTA! I can’t begin to tell you how great this is for the school and all our Thunderbirds. To try and get as much info out as quickly as possible, we will be hosting a couple of meetings next week to discuss what YOU can do for PTA and answer all your questions. We have several opportunities and they require different skills, so join us and find out where you can fit in. These meetings will be happening next week on Wednesday 2/16 at 5pm and Thursday 2/17 at 4pm. We plan on covering the same material at each meeting, but feel free to join both. Most of the session will be Q&A.

The Zoom link is the same for both meetings :
Meeting ID: 956 314 1628
Passcode: 143086

Your Travis Heights Elementary PTA needs you and this is a great way to learn how you can really get involved.


POSTPONED!! Campus Beautification Sat. 2/26 9am

Join other Thunderbirds on Saturday 2/26 to work on our school grounds. We will likely be mulching, pruning, weeding, raking, and whatever else we can do to make THES grounds really shine for Spring (it’s just around the corner you know).

Come prepared to work, we recommend long pants, good shoes (no open toes please), and gloves. Also feel free to bring any gardening tools you have. We will supply a few, but the more the merrier.

We will meet at the blacktop area at 9am. Some food (tacos, donuts, who knows) and coffee will be provided. ***MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES*** This will be one of our first “boots on the ground” activities in a long time, so let’s be sure we do it right.

Shamrock Dance

Shamrock Dance, a beloved Travis Heights Elementary School tradition, is back! The dance will take place on Thursday, March 3rd 4-6pm and is for current 3rd, 4th, and 5th THES students only. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold by 4th grade teachers during the week of the dance or at the door. 4th grade parents, please help us make the dance happen by donating drinks and snacks and by volunteering at the event. Everyone else, join us on the dance floor!

To volunteer as a chaperone for the event, please CLICK HERE to access our signup.


Class Picture Day Rescheduled – February 24, 2022

What is better than picture day in elementary school? Looking at your pictures 20 years later!! Picture day is coming fast and this year individual and class pictures will be taken on the same day! Be sure to have your best look on that day.


Black History Month

February is Black History Month and THES students have been researching and celebrating the accomplishments of some of our most cherished leaders, icons and heroes. This important time gives us a chance to reflect on the great people who have shaped the world around us. Take a look at some of the projects students have been doing.



THES Counselor Appreciation Week: Feb. 14-18

This week is counselor appreciation week! What an amazing value these awesome educators provide to our students, campus and community. From daily lessons and reminders on how to be kind, stay on track and make the world a better, more loving place to providing important resources to help all of us raise our children well. Please be sure to thank Ms. Raquel Brown and Ms. Gloria Cano for all that they do for our students, our families, and our staff!


Counselor’s Corner

Mindful Practices on Campus: A lot of exciting things are happening at Travis Heights Elementary School this spring. Our campus is becoming a wonderland of mindful practices and spaces. A special thanks to Colin Clark for donating Mindfulness books for the Social Emotional Learning of our students.

Every teacher can now utilize this resource for their morning meetings with students. The book has a variety of poses, deep breathing techniques, and social emotional topics to discuss. This new initiative goes hand-in-hand with the renovation of our campus garden spaces. Since the beginning of the school year our Mindfulness Garden Committee has been working to raise money to improve the outdoor learning spaces around campus.

Our 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Bright launched the first DonorsChoose site for our committee in the fall and we reached our goal within one week. This first launch provided us with childrens gloves, hand shovels, buckets, and more so that our students can participate in hands-on learning. This week, I am proud to announce the launch of our second DonorsChoose site which will allow us to create a mindful pathway on the campus grounds. If you chip in to help our students, we’ll be incredibly grateful.


Band Aid School of Music performed for lunch for our students at outdoor cafe.

Band Aid School of Music performed during lunch this week. You may have heard the good news from your kiddo! Many of our students expressed interest in taking lessons and/or joining Band Aid’s national champion band program. You probably know they are in our neighborhood. If you are interested in giving your child a great musical opportunity, all Travis Heights new students will receive a special discount of $70 for the first two months of lessons!


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!


Excused Absences during Quarantine

If your child is in quarantine due to COVID, know these absences will be excused. You might be receiving the automated calls and emails from the district because the excused absences must be entered manually. We ask for your patience as we process these absences due to COVID.



Meet Our New Volunteer Coordinators

Interested in volunteering to be a lunch monitor? Or would you rather help with making copies or decorating bulletin boards? If you want to help, we have plenty that needs to be done!

If interested, please follow the process for becoming a Travis Heights Elementary Volunteer by following this link
Our new volunteer coordinators Anna Roth, ,and Sura Jasim (Parent Support Specialist),, will be in touch with you.


THES Teacher of the Year and Teacher of Promise!

Salute is AISD’s annual celebration to recognize some of the district’s outstanding team members for their continued dedication to student excellence and achievement in our schools. It is a privilege to announce Mr. Myers as our THES Teacher of the Year and Ms. Ariel Ibarra as our Teacher of Promise.



Fill The Staff Pantry

What helps the day go better… How about a little pick me up for staff? We would like to work toward filling the empty pantry in the lounge with some quick grabs to help keep the energy up throughout the day. Other than a few goldfish in the classroom, our teaching team does not have access to healthy snacks or the ability to go off campus when the need presents. Let’s help out by providing some nutritious and delicious items that staff can enjoy while keeping the day going.

Drop-off items in the marked box at the main entrance. Individually-wrapped items preferred. Healthy snack and drink ideas:

Nuts Trail mix Microwave popcorn
Dried fruit Protein & granola bars Cup soup
Instant oatmeal Sparkling water Coffee (grounds or cold brew cans)
Chips Chocolate (Of course!) Creamer, sugar, sugar substitutes (stevia, etc.)
Sugar free candy Canned soups, chili, etc. Beef jerky



Plan Proposed to Close Woodland Avenue at I-35

Attention THES families! Due to concern about the possible closing of Woodland at I-35, SRCC invited them to this week’s meeting and they shared several sources to help everyone understand their process:

  • This document gives an overview of all of the proposed changes that are coming.
  • This recording is of a community meeting that was held earlier this year.

One of our parents, Fred DeWorken, is collecting data he will be sharing with TxDOT.  If you would like to give input about the closing of Woodland for cars, please take the time to fill out this short  survey.



Time to register your returning students!

RETURNING STUDENTS: For families registering students returning to Austin ISD, a Parent Portal account must be created before you can access the online registration system. To create a Parent Portal account, visit

Note: Only parent/guardian contacts are able to use the online registration system. If you have any questions or need assistance with Parent Portal or online registration, please contact your student’s campus or call the Family Support Line at 512-414-9187.

*All returning students who have had a recent change of address should submit proof of residency to the campus when returning to school in August. Please note that additional documentation may be requested by the campus in order to complete enrollment if those documents are not attached electronically during this online registration process. *

NEW STUDENTS: For families registering students new to AISD, a Parent Portal account must be created before you can access the online registration system. To create a Parent Portal account, visit

Note: Only parent/guardian contacts are able to use the online registration system. If you have any questions or need assistance with Parent Portal or Online Registration, please contact your student’s campus or call the Family Support Line at 512-414-9187.

Families registering students new to AISD will need to provide the following documentation at the child’s campus:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s social security card (optional)
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s withdrawal form/last report card (if applicable)
  • Parent/guardian photo ID
  • Proof of guardianship (if applicable)
  • Proof of residency

*All students new to AISD must submit proof of residency to the campus when starting school in August. Please note that additional documentation may be requested by the campus in order to complete enrollment if those documents are not attached electronically during this online registration process.*


AISD CARES: Exceptional Customer Service & Equitable Experiences

AISD is committed to providing equitable and exceptional experiences for our customers: our students, our families, our colleagues, and our community members. For us, customer service is more than just providing answers or offering support; customer service is what makes our large district feel like a family. AISD CARES strives to build transformational relationships that lead to an authentic sense of trust and belonging within our entire AISD community.


Let’s Talk Communication Platform

Austin ISD is committed to connecting with students, families, staff and community members to provide exceptional and equitable experiences.

Let’s Talk is an online tool that takes your questions and feedback and sends it directly to the appropriate staff members for follow up.



To condense the length of our E-folder, some important news has been moved to a page of its own.

Please find out about meals and snacks at THES Meals
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Up & Coming

21 Parent-Teacher Conferences
24 Class Pictures
25 Principal Update & Coffee Chat
Campus Beautification–POSTPONED

3 Shamrock Dance
4 No School
14 Spring Break begins!

For district-wide events you can view the AISD calendar here: