MEAL TRAIN FOR MRS. BURKE

Our beloved kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Burke, could use the support of her Travis family. With Mrs. Burke's permission, I am deeply saddened to convey the news that Mrs. Burke's husband has recently been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. A meal train has been set up to provide her family with weekly meals to ease one tiny part of their new reality. Sign ups are available HERE through the end of May at present (and will likely be extended through summer nearer the time). If cooking isn’t your bag, an online donation option is also available (which all go directly to Mrs. Burke).

Whether or not you can contribute a meal, please hold Mrs. Burke, her husband, and her sons in your heart as they navigate this new reality. I know our Travis family will rally around Mrs. Burke and her boys. If you have any questions about the meal train, please feel free to contact me directly.

-Jenny Teague, PTA President

 

 

PTA AUCTION TICKETS ON SALE THIS SATURDAY!

Tickets ($45 each) and childcare spots ($5 each for potty-trained age 3+) go on sale this Saturday, January 19 at 10:04pm. You must buy an auction ticket to purchase childcare. Tickets include rad light bites, gnarly adult drinks, and major fun. Space is like totally limited, so grab your tickets ASAP.

HOW TO PURCHASE: Download the Handbid app on your smartphone, search for ‘Travis’, and register to buy tickets. Contact auction@travispta.org with any questions!

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THE HOSPITALITY CREW NEEDS HELPING HANDS!

Our PTA hospitality committee needs your help caring for our amazing Travis staff. Claim your spot for the upcoming Treat Train, Coffee with the PTA, and Teacher Appreciation Luncheons HERE!

 

 

CALM CRUSADERS

The Calm Crusaders 6-week program has returned to Travis Elementary! It is a small and fun group led by clinicians where children aged 8-11 (3rd through 5th grade) learn to identify stress, worry, emotions, anticipatory anxiety, overwhelm, fears, and frustration in their body. We will learn what happens to each of us, individually and uniquely, right before we behave a certain way. Illustrating that particular situations lead to thoughts, thoughts lead to emotions and emotions lead to behavior. This is a candid discussion lead by the child on how to observe, explore and navigate their feelings.

Dates: January 17 – February 21 (The session will be one time a week on Thursdays)
Times: 2:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $270

To learn more, go to www.catalyst-counseling.com and hit the “Calm Crusaders” tab. If you have questions or want to sign up your child, please email Leslie Smith or Barbie Atkinson, LPC at Barbie@Catalyst-Counseling.com.

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY CARNATION SALE BENEFITING THE TRAVEL CLUB

Surprise your child, friends, and teachers with a flower delivery! The Travel Club is pre-selling carnations for Valentine’s Day. Flowers are $1 each and will be delivered to classrooms on February 14. All orders and payments must be turned into homeroom teachers by Thursday, January 24. Checks should be made out to Travis Elementary. Please complete the flyer sent home (and HERE) to order. The front office also has extra copies. - Abby Schultz, 5th Grade Teacher & Travel Club Sponsor

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A RESTFUL RESOLUTION

A quick internet search reveals that most New Year’s resolutions are health-related: eat better, exercise more, lose weight. However, an often overlooked path to significantly improving your health and performance on everyday tasks is to ensure that you and your family are getting enough sleep.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently released a document that addresses the importance of sleep. Information detailing the positive benefits of getting adequate rest (e.g. improved concentration, better performance in the classroom and on the field, improved behavior) and the negative impact of not getting enough sleep (e.g. increased risk of obesity and diabetes, poor mental health, impaired academic achievement) can be found HERE.

So consider adding another resolution to your 2019 list (it’s not too late!) and make sleep a priority for your family this year. - Rhonda Welch, PTA Health and Wellness Chair

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, AND WELCOME BACK!

We hope you enjoyed your winter break! Your PTA has been working on some pretty exciting things for the 2019 school year, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Read on for details, and don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for even more clickable goodness.

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE

Happy New Year, Travis families! I hope the winter break was joyful and that your kiddos are excited to be back at school for the 2019 spring semester. Please make sure to check this week’s Tuesday Folders for a letter from me highlighting a few new wrinkles for the remainder of the school year, including:

  • School E-communication initiative

  • Morning drop-off adjustments

  • SPARK Park after-school hours

  • Homework Resource Page on the Travis Website

Also, the Travis Foundation invites all parents and teachers to join us for “Cheers to Travis” this Saturday, January 12 from 5-7pm. It's a great evening to connect, celebrate our Travis family and hear the latest update on the Travis Foundation's investments this year. One event, two locations, grouped by class year. Please RSVP for the K-2nd event location or the 3rd-5th event location. We hope to see you there!

Thank you and we look forward to serving you and your child(ren) once again.

Sincerely,
Mr. Day

 

 

COFFEE WITH THE PTA

Join us on Friday, January 25 from 7:30-8:30 in the Travis library for our next Coffee with the PTA. Board members will share updates on upcoming programs, volunteering, and the budget, plus we’ll vote to appoint the nominating committee to start staffing next year’s PTA Board. If you’re interested in joining the PTA board, this is a great time to learn more. Breakfast bites - and of course coffee - will be served.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR FINE ARTS NIGHT

Join us on Thursday, January 31 from 6-7:30pm for a celebration of the arts. We will have performances from several Travis student groups, local artists sharing their talents, and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. Concessions will be available for purchase. This event is FREE and open to all Travis families. We hope to see you there!

 

 

CAREER DAY VOLUNTEERS AND SPEAKERS NEEDED

On Friday, January 18th, Travis is having a Career Day. We are looking for volunteers to speak to our students about their careers and professions. This is a fun and exciting way to share your experiences and accomplishments and help give our students a realistic picture of what it takes to be successful in today’s workforce. If you are interested and willing to share your time with our students, please contact Leslie Smith at lsmith37@houstonisd.org.

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THE HOSPITALITY CREW NEEDS A HELPING HAND

Our PTA hospitality committee needs your help caring for our amazing Travis staff. Claim your spot for the upcoming Treat Train, Coffee with the PTA, and Teacher Appreciation Luncheons HERE!

 

 

TOTALLY AWESOME AUCTION NEWS!

Travis PTA presents “Back to the Future: An Evening of 80s Icons” on Saturday, February 23, 2019, 6-10pm at Rockefellers Houston. More than just a good excuse to don shoulder pads and tease your hair, the PTA Auction is our largest fundraiser of the year and accounts for 85-90% of our annual budget. Those funds help us pay for things like teacher assistants, Writers in the Schools curriculum, the Garden instructor, science lab supplies, and field trip admission and transportation, to name only a few.

AUCTION TICKETS AND CHILDCARE will be on sale at 10:04pm on Saturday, January 19th through the Handbid app. Tickets are $45 each and include light bites and adult libations. Childcare, provided by Kidventure, is $5 per child for potty-trained kids ages 3+. These items are both available in limited quantities, so be sure to snag your spots early when tickets go on sale. Contact Auction Chair Phil Teague with any questions.

SPONSORSHIPS are also available! Sponsors are a vital part of auction as they help subsidize the cost of the party, so we can put all dollars earned right back into our school. Sponsorship forms will come home soon in Tuesday folders, or you can sponsor online HERE. Contact Sponsorship Captain Rebekah Baker with any questions.

DONATIONS are the bread and butter of auction. Travis PTA is a non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible (to the extent allowed by law). So if you would like to donate an item or service, or you know someone who might, contact Donations Captain Jessica Taylor. If you can help collect donations from vendors, let us know that, too!

SIGN UP PARTIES are events and experiences donated to Travis and hosted by families and other community members. Past events include a Bros & Brews pub crawl, a 'Bad Moms' movie night, a crepe-making lesson, and sailing in Seabrook. Have an idea for a party and don't know where to start? Don't have an idea but want to host something? We've got you covered either way - contact PTA Fundraising VP Masha Phillips and we'll get you hooked up!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, both Sign Up Parties and a limited number of School Experiences will be offered to our entire Travis family, regardless of auction attendance. Fixed price tickets for these experiences will be available the week before auction in our online store, so you can grab a ticket without having to attend auction in person. This gives everyone a chance to participate in the fun, even if you can't make it to the main event.

Stay tuned for more rad news and updates coming to you via Tiger Beat and Facebook!

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TEXAS PTA RALLY DAY

PTA stands out from other parent groups in its long-term dedication to advocacy efforts. Through PTA, we fight for public school children's rights for strong and equitable educational opportunities. To that end, PTA Rally Day is a day for all PTA members across Texas to visit Austin to make our voices heard. The 86th legislative session of our Texas government will take place in 2019. On Monday, February 25th, PTA members from across the state will rally at the Capitol in Austin so that our legislators can see just how many parents are concerned about issues facing public education. Houston PTA leaders are organizing a group visit to Austin for HISD PTA members to participate in Rally Day, and we want YOU to join us!

On this day, in addition to a rally, we will also have the opportunity to meet with our local legislators. At this time, we can share our concerns and priorities for the next legislative session. How often have you complained about the failure of our legislators to act on important issues such as school funding and safety? This is the time to make sure that our voices are heard so that we do not have another legislative session pass without progress. You can find the Texas PTA legislative priorities HERE, and RSVP to attend Rally Day HERE. More details can be found via the Travis PTA Facebook page event HERE. Feel free to share the event with interested members of our wider Travis family. The more folks we have in attendance, the greater our influence in showing legislators we care about our public school students and the issues that impact them most.

-- Julie O’Sullivan & Ruby Powers, PTA Legislative Action Co-Chairs

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

We’ll be back on January 8th with our next issue of Tiger Beat. Until then, happy holidays to our Travis family!

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