The school and PTA sponsor a variety of events for students, parents and families throughout the school year.
Ice Cream Social is a beloved Travis Heights back-to-school tradition. Typically held the Friday afternoon before school starts, the social allows students to meet their new teacher, drop off school supplies and enjoy a frozen treat! Parents can browse information about the PTA, volunteering and other ways to support the school. It is also an excellent opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.
Welcome Coffee takes place the first day of school right after morning drop off. This PTA sponsored event allows parents to build community and support each other through the varied emotions that can come with dropping off the little ones on the first day of school.
Friday Assemblies take place every week. The assembly alternates for upper (3rd-5th) and lower grades (K-2nd)*. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to join us for assembly – it’s a lot of fun! Witness true Thunderbird spirit as the children hear morning announcements, receive acknowledgments for behavior that ROCKS (Responsible, Organized, Considerate, Kind, & Scholarly), compete by grade level for the Spirit Stick, and sing the school song with the one and only Thunderband. Fridays are our day to show school spirit by wearing a school shirt or Thunderbird colors (red & white)!
*PreK joins the lower grade assembly in January.
*Come January, 2nd grade joins upper grade assemblies.
Back to School Night is an opportunity for parents to learn about their child’s classroom and expectations for the year. Typically held in September, this evening event includes sessions where teachers meet with parents in groups and share information about curriculum, field trips, homework, behavior expectations and more. The evening also includes time to visit our special areas- art, music, PE, computer lab and library.
Principal’s Coffee Chats are an opportunity for parents to meet with our principal to learn about topics affecting the school. Typically held at 8am on a Friday morning near the end of the month, each Coffee Chat has a topic for discussion and a question & answer section where parents can ask about areas of interest or concern. These community events are also a great opportunity to meet other parents while chatting over coffee and snacks.
Beautification Days happen twice a year in the Fall and Spring. These PTA sponsored events bring parents, students and staff together to help improve the school’s outdoor environments. From cleaning up trash to building gardens, there are projects for every skill level and ability. Children are welcome, and families are encouraged to volunteer together to help our school shine.
Fall Carnival is a THES tradition dating as far back as the 1940s! Fall Carnival takes place on a Friday afternoon near the end of October and includes fun for all ages: game booths, prizes, tasty treats and more! Tasteful costumes are encouraged and neighbors are invited to come and join the festivities. Though the primary goal of this PTA sponsored event is to have fun and build community, all proceeds raised go to support the school. Parents, Teachers and the community all work together to make Carnival a success every year!
Tamalada is a holiday tradition that has been at Travis Heights for many years. Parents and teachers gather one evening in December to share the art of tamale making. Novice tamale makers are welcome to come and learn from experts who enjoy sharing this tradition from their cultural heritage. The tamales are then sold at the Cultural Festival with proceeds going to support the school.
Cultural Festival is a celebration of our school’s wonderful diversity. This Saturday morning event features performances, cultural tables, and a Mercado with handmade items for sale. Families and teachers host cultural tables from around the world, sharing books, games, photos, clothing, food, and other items. Students visit the tables and learn about the varied cultures that make up our THES community before enjoying performances from fellow students and community groups. This event is beloved by many and definitely not to be missed.
Family Fun & Fitness is the Thunderbird take on Track and Field Day. This event is split into two days, one for upper grades (3-5th) and one for lower grades (PK-2nd). Classes rotate through a variety of activity stations around the school and in the park and families are invited to join their students for this morning of fitness fun.
Gueros End of Year Party is an opportunity for the Thunderbird community to come together to celebrate the end of another successful school year while raising money to send our 5th grade students to The Outdoor School at Camp Champions. Held in May at the Gueros Restaurant Oak Garden, families enjoy live music, presentations by THES students, and tasty food and drinks all while enjoying time with their fellow Thunderbirds.
Young Scientists’ Day (YSD) is an annual half-day enrichment event that has occurred every fall since 2006 and is parent-led and teacher supported! YSD introduces our Thunderbirds to spellbinding careers in science and technology. Each year, 15-20 scientists and technologists from various areas (forensics, herpetology, cancer research, psychology, archeology, engineering, software design, internet technology, robotics, etc.) present workshops based on their specific area of expertise for groups of 10-15 children in grades 3-5. The older children sign up for two workshops to attend on this day. While our younger grades (PreK-2nd) do not engage in any breakout workshops, they do enjoy an entertaining scientific presentation.
Young Writers’ Workshop (YWW) is an annual half-day enrichment event that has occurred each spring since 1995. YWW was created to introduce children to the magical career of writing. Each year 15-20 writers from various areas (marketing, songwriting, book authors, comic books, poets, scriptwriters, editors, etc.) present workshops based on their area of expertise for 10-15 children in grades 3-5. The older children sign up for two workshops to attend on this day. While our younger grades (PreK-2nd) do not engage in any workshops, they do enjoy an engaging large group experience with a musician/storyteller.
Young Artists’ Workshop (YAW) is our newest annual half-day enrichment event that has occurred each spring since 2014. YAW was created to introduce children to the inspiring careers in the arts. Each year 15-20 artists from various areas (textiles, ceramics, paints, photography, theater, music, etc.) present workshops for 10-15 children in grades 3-5. The older children sign up for two workshops to attend on this day. While our younger grades (PreK-2nd) do not attend workshops, they do enjoy an engaging large group experience with artists of theater/music.