On Thursday, March 22, join the PTA in the library for an 8am meeting.  We will share updates on recent projects and elect our Nominating Committee to oversee our 2018-19 PTA Board elections. The executive officers, comprised of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Vice-Presidents (Programs, Parent Involvement, Fundraising), are elected by PTA members at the meeting on April 19. All other captain and chair roles are appointed by the President so do not need to stand for formal election. Have you been waiting to step into a role as a parent leader? (Yes! Yes, you have!)  PTA is for EVERYONE, so if you have a desire to serve, we can help you find your place.  For a full list of board positions, check THIS out, and note that roles are for a one-year term serving June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019. Want to learn more about a role or have a chat about how you might be involved as a parent leader at Travis?  Drop me a line at  -Jenny Teague, PTA President



Check out the new River of Love installation, a secret spot of beauty visible only from inside the Travis hallway. Travis students, inspired by the book ‘I Love You When’, each painted a rock in honor of something they love. 

Thanks to everyone that made this installation happen, including Counselor Leslie Smith, Assistant Principal Sara Lytle, PTA Arts Chairs Sarah Cox and Steph Meyer, and Kyle Cox and his landscaping magicians. Thanks also to the teachers and parent volunteers who gave of their time to help students create their contributions. This project was lovingly underwritten by Travis PTA. That’s YOUR PTA dollars at work.





We hope you had a Spring Break full of veggies and healthy eating! Get more details here and enjoy these recipes to get even more veggies into your day!





As you begin your spring cleaning, don’t forget about our World Wear Shoe Donation program.  By placing your family’s gently used shoes in our donation box, you are helping to make shoes affordable and available to people domestically and internationally who might otherwise be unable to afford shoes, all while raising funds for Travis PTA.  Just secure each pair with a rubber band and toss them in the big brown box in the Travis entryway.  Donating shoes never made more cents! Contact PTA Environmental Chair Ashley Francis with any questions.


Students in PE class will be doing a unit on heart health and participating in The American Heart Association’s Hoops for Heart program. This is very similar to Jump Rope for Heart, but instead of jump ropes, the activity focus will be on basketball skills. There will be an option to make donations to the American Heart Association to help in its fight against the number one killer in the United States…heart disease.  Another thing different this year is that as a school, we will forgo the thank you gifts normally given to those who donate, so that we can “give more” to this charitable organization. For more information contact Sharon Dodd, PE Teacher at




A reminder that the Tiger Beat will not be published during Spring Break, so look for your next issue again on Tuesday, March 20th! 


It's been a busy week in HISD when it comes to pending proposals! On February 26th, the HISD Board of Trustees held a workshop where they were presented with the Superintendent's latest version of the proposals relative to magnets and the budget.  If you have an hour to spare, you can watch the whole magnet meeting HERE, or you can Cliff Notes it by checking out the slides for the MAGNET and BUDGET presentations.  Lots was discussed, but a few highlights that have a direct impact on our Travis community:

  • Vanguard magnet programs will now remain in existence (it had been previously proposed to eliminate Vanguard as a magnet theme). 
  • ‘Double dipping’ of GT funds will be eliminated. GT magnet students will still get the same state funding as any GT-identified student, but in the current proposal, there will be no additional GT magnet funds allocated on a per student basis.  However, there will be a Capital Resource Fund to which any magnet school can apply for capital improvement projects.  Details of this fund aren't yet fully clear.
  • There has been some movement on a shift from a PUA to FTE funding model, with some additional 'flex funds' being made available to principals to use at their discretion.  
  • The projected 2018-19 budget deficit has been reduced from $208 million to $115 million.  Read more HERE.

Note that these discussions are still only proposals and nothing has been voted on yet. There will be a similar workshop to address proposed budget changes on 3/22, and it will be live streamed on HISD TV. HISD has also committed to scheduling community input meetings and has released a survey to seek feedback from parents.  You can take the survey HERE.

HISD District I Trustee Elizabeth Santos visited Travis for a 'Coffee with the PTA' event on February 27th.  This was a productive opportunity for Trustee Santos to meet the Travis community and hear our concerns, and we thank her for her time and consideration. We also thank Area Superintendent Dr. Steven Gutierrez for his presence at the meeting.  Trustee Santos also held a district-wide Town Hall on March 5th.  If you couldn’t attend either event, you can still share your concerns with her via email at  If you have questions about how any of these issues impacts Travis directly, don't fret - just ask Mr. Day ( 

More to come as it develops, but until then, a happy and restorative Spring Break to everyone! 

 -Jenny Teague, PTA President



Come out and join our Travis kids on Field Day this Friday, March 9th. We need volunteers to cut and serve bananas and refill water bottles for our student participants. If you would like to volunteer for your child's grade level, here is the field day schedule:

  • 2nd and 3rd grades: 8:30-10:00
  • Kinder and 1st grades: 11:30-1:00
  • 4th and 5th grades: 1:30-3:00

Parents are welcome to come and help or cheer!

Here is the link to sign up:

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Thank you to all who came out to the VegOut Kickoff Party on Saturday!  Special thanks to Lauren Lindsay for her veggie treats and to Camp Gladiator for some awesome free family fitness! 

Don’t forget to keep logging your veggies over Spring Break!  Register at or by downloading the VegOut! mobile app or use the Paper Log that went home on last Tuesday.  

This week’s VIP Inspiration Recipe is from Ms. Richburg, 5th Grade

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Questions? Email Karen Miles, PTA Health & Wellness Chair or check out the VegOut info page on the Travis Website.




At 8:00 am on Thursday, March 22nd join the PTA in the library for our next general meeting.  We will share updates on recent projects, answer any community questions, and elect the Nominating Committee to oversee the 2018-19 PTA Board elections (to be held on April 19th).



If you are a parent of a second grader, please join us for a Camp Out Information Meeting today at 5:30 pm in the Travis Multipurpose Room. Second grade teachers will present important information about the camp out and you will also be able to register. The Camp Out will be April 6th, 7th, and 8th at Huntsville State Park. 

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Volunteers are needed for the Photography session on March 23rd

The Auction team worked hard securing the photographer and organizing this session to offer families amazing portraits of the kiddos, so please consider helping the school and signing up for a one-hour time slot during the photography session by clicking HERE.



There will be a public traffic meeting on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm at Travis. The City of Houston will present findings from their recent study of the traffic calming devices (speed cushions) that were installed throughout the neighborhood, including on many roads right next to or very near the Travis campus, including Beauchamp, Pecore, Watson and Bayland.  The City's study has shown that the introduction of these traffic calming devices has resulted in decreased speeds and volumes on the very roads our students walk to and from to school on. 

Outside of Travis on Beauchamp, the average daily volume dropped from 2124 vehicles to 1593.  The average speed dropped from 28.1mph to 25mph. Slower speeds and less cut-through traffic means safer streets. This meeting will give stakeholders the opportunity to voice their support (or disapproval) for the devices.  The results of this meeting could impact whether the devices become permanent or are removed.  If you feel the devices have positively impacted your experience as a driver or pedestrian, please plan on attending the meeting to make your voice heard.  If you can't attend in person, please email comments to Department of Public Works and Engineering, Assistant Director Khang Nguyen at



If you have an incoming Kindergarten student, please join us on Thursday, March 29th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm to learn about the Kindergarten registration process for the 2018-2019 school year. You'll have a chance to hear about Travis Elementary programs, tour the school, meet campus administration, and attend Student Outdoor Learning Centers conducted by Travis Kindergarten teachers.

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Thank you to everyone who has visited the art exhibition "The Periwinkle Foundation Presents Making a Mark®.”  If you haven’t, please check it out! The exhibition includes artwork created by Texas Children's Hospital patients from all over the world. As we celebrate kindness at Travis, it is a perfect time to enjoy the exhibition with your child, and have them write a postcard to the artist of their choice expressing how the artwork has made them feel or by drawing a picture inspired by a piece of artwork. Of course, parents are also invited to write to the artists. There are instructions in the library at the Making a Mark mailbox. Just be sure to include the number of the artwork so that the postcard is delivered to the appropriate artist. The exhibition will be on display in the library until Fine Arts Night on April 19th. 

-    Julie Sullivan, PTA VP – Parent Involvement

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Makes plans to attend this evening's 5:00 p.m. "Coffee with the PTA" and special guest HISD District I Trustee Elizabeth Santos, who will be on hand to meet the Travis community, hear concerns, and answer questions.

Trustee Santos is also hosting a District I Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, at Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center (9400 Irvington Blvd) to discuss current issues in HISD, including questions the public has about:

- Reduction in Force decision (likely to be voted on at the March 8 board meeting);
- Budget cuts;
- FTE funding model proposal;
- Magnet and choice school proposal; and
- Improvement Required school proposals (potential closure, conversion to charters, or other turnaround plans).

These two gatherings are your opportunity to make your voice heard about the challenges facing HISD. If you have a question you'd like to submit to either event, email

Jenny Teague, PTA President



March is National Nutrition Month! Travis Elementary families will be participating in the VegOut! Challenge: an easy, delicious food adventure created by Recipe for Success Foundation to encourage children and adults to increase their regular intake of fresh vegetables.

PTA will host a Veg Out Kick-off Party Sunday, March 4th at 3:30 p.m. at the basketball courts. Dress for fitness if you want to join our Free Family Fitness Sunday Series led by Camp Gladiator at 4:00 p.m. Bring your favorite veggie treat! Get a head start on your veggie tracking!

The challenge is simple: Eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days!

Participation is free and open to all Travis families. You can register online at or by downloading the VegOut! mobile app and logging your veggies. When registering, please register under Travis Elementary, then find your child’s grade level team.


For those who prefer to track on paper, look for Paper Logs in today's Tuesday folders. You can also find them here. Completed paper logs can be turned into Coach Dodd.

Prizes will be awarded! The individual to eat the most variety of vegetables will win a $10 gift certificate to the Travis Spirit Store. The grade with the most variety of vegetables eaten will win a free popsicle ticket for every child in the grade, to be redeemed at either PTA Fine Arts Night, April 19th or Dinner in the Garden, May 24th.

Need recipe ideas? Click here!

Questions? Email Karen Miles, PTA Health & Wellness Chair.



March 4th is the next PTA's FREE Family Fitness event. It will feature Camp Gladiator and will be right after the VegOut Kick off party – two fantastic reasons to come out to Travis Basketball Courts on a Sunday! Mark your calendar: VegOut Party 3:30 p.m., Camp Gladiator at 4:00 p.m.

Camp Gladiator will offer obstacle courses, challenges, and the opportunity to break a little sweat. Fun physical fitness for the whole family that will leave you feeling refreshed for the new week! Come check it out! #BetterTogether

Wear sneakers and bring a yoga mat and/or towel and water! Questions? Contact Karen Miles, PTA Health & Wellness Chair.