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Thursday Thunderword 03/31/2022

HAPPY THURSDAY, THUNDERBIRDS! 03/31/2022

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.

 

Family Engagement Listening Sessions

The Family Engagement Support Office has partnered with MAYA Consulting to host a listening session to reimagine and redesign what authentic family partnership looks like at Austin ISD. Your voice, experience, and perspective as caretakers and parents are critical to informing this process.

MAYA Consulting is offering $75 per individual to participate, but hurry, space is limited!

We want to hear from you!

Use this link to RSVP! https://forms.gle/7zHf733VXYfCduzj7

Family Sessions:
April 5th, 5:30-6:30pm- English
April 6th, 5:30-6:30pm- Spanish

Download Flyers here in English and Spanish.

 

THES Thrift Sale

Thunderbird Thrift Sale returns!

We are so glad to announce that the Thunderbird Thrift Sale will be returning this year. The sale will be on Saturday April 2nd from 9am-12pm. Come shop, and don’t forget to bring your own bags! If you’d like to donate gently used items, please drop them off as soon as possible.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Click here to sign up to assist with this event. There are several opportunities over a few days, so please find one that works for you and come on out to help. This event will happen alongside Campus Beautification, Vaccine Clinic, and Registration Drive. So much going on!

Download Coupons here in English and Spanish.

 

Campus Beautification Day

In addition to the Thunderbird Thrift Sale, April 2nd will also bring back another long time THES tradition, Campus Beautification. We will all join together to spruce up our wonderful grounds. It’s been a minute, so there will be plenty of work for all levels of expertise. We will meet at 9am beside the cafeteria and go to town! Snacks will be provided.

 

Vaccines Available at Travis Heights

Saturday, April 2nd, between 9 am and noon
Get details here: Vaccine Flyer

 

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is next week! This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to purchase books for their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

It will take place from April 4-8 in the library. Families will be allowed to shop in-person before/after school (7:10-7:40, 3:10-4:00). Cash or credit is welcome.

To make things easier, you can set up an eWallet here https://bit.ly/thesbookfair and you/your child can start shopping online or in-person April 4!

Volunteers wanted! If you’d like to volunteer at the book fair, please e-mail our librarian Debby Harris at debbyharris@austinisd.org. All volunteers also get a FREE book!

You can also donate to students in need at https://bit.ly/bookfair_donations. Thank you for your generosity and support!

 

Upcoming Parent Workshops at THES

We are excited to host parent workshops in English and Spanish on the topics of Internet Safety and Effective Discipline presented by the Center for Child Protection.These topics were selected because they are relevant to the times we are living in. Our students are using the internet as part of their daily lives, and it is important we know how to keep them safe, as well as how to discipline and set limits for our children’s wellbeing. Come join us!

Register online: https://forms.gle/zUew5t4EgSvQj9rd7
Workshops will take place in the THES library.
April 6 – English & April 13 – Spanish

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Effective Discipline
5:00 – 6:00pm – Internet Safety

You can download flyers in English and Spanish.

 

Family Climate Surveys

Our district values your feedback! We are currently surveying Austin ISD families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school and district effectiveness. To ensure we continue to provide high-quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback. We want to know what you think.

To administer these surveys, we have partnered with Panorama Education to conduct our 2022 Family Survey. Panorama safeguards your privacy, keeping your responses
confidential. The survey shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete and will be a valuable source of information for us as we work to make our schools and district as
good as they can be.

You may complete the survey online between March 21, 2022 and April 8, 2022 using a
computer, tablet, or smartphone by visiting the website
surveys.panoramaed.com/austinisd/family

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses!

 

Picture Day Rescheduled
Class Picture Day Rescheduled – April 19, 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.

 

Pre-K and Kindergarten Early Learning Day – April 6

Do you know a family with children ages 3-6 (PK-K) who would like to join the Travis Heights family? Let them know about this great opportunity!

We will be having special tours for families of prospective PK-K Thunderbirds on April 6.

Tour times:
8:00-10:00 am and 4:30-6:30 pm

Flyer in English and Flyer in Spanish

 

Access To Healthy Food

With many AISD students living in food-insecure households, access to healthy food may be challenging when the district is closed. Families can use the community resources below to find free meals in their area while AISD offices and schools are closed for Spring Break:

 

We Love Our Volunteers!

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 https://www.travisheightselementary.com/volunteering/.
Our new volunteer coordinators Anna Roth, anna.m.roth@gmail.com, and Sura Jasim (Parent Support Specialist), sura.jasim@austinisd.org, will be in touch with you.

 

Summary of Events on April 2nd 9:00 am-12:00 pm at THES

THES will be busy this Saturday, April 2nd! To summarize, this is what you can expect if you join us (and we really hope you do!) from 9:00-12:00pm:

  • Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic
  • Thunderbird Thrift Sale
  • Campus Beautification
  • Registration Drive

A light breakfast and snacks will be provided! We hope to see you here!

 

Reminders

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

Registration Information for all students.
You can find out about meals and snacks at THES Meals
Follow the school on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TravisHeightsES
Follow the PTA on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TravisHeightsElem

 

Up & Coming

April
2 THES Thrift Sale
2 Campus Beautification
2 COVID Vaccines Available at THES
4 Pho Please Profit Share Night
6 Early Learning Day
6 Parent Workshop at THES in English
8 Family Climate Survey due
13 Parent Workshop at THES in Spanish
19 Class Pictures

For 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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