STEM NIGHT IS THIS THURSDAY!

The Travis PTA invites you to STEM Night this Thursday, November 15 from 6-7:30 pm. There will be many fun and exciting booths, including those by Travis teachers, parents, and student groups. Additionally, we will have exhibits from UH College of Optometry, Methodist Research Institute, and NASA. Starting at 6 pm on the multipurpose stage, we will have an interactive experiment presentation called “Castaways” by Nutty Scientists of Houston. At 6:45 pm, we will show the award-winning film “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” in the library to end the evening. This event is free to all, and dinner, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.  If you have a few minutes and would like to help serve dinner, sign up for a shift HERE.

We look forward to a mentally stimulating night of wonder and discovery and hope to see you there!

Paul O’Sullivan, Travis PTA STEM Chair


ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

Markers, crayons, and shoes. Oh my! Quick reminder to bring your dried up plastic markers, broken/unwanted crayons or gently used shoes to STEM Night November 15th as part of our the Crayola ColorCycle, The Crayon Initiative, and World Wear Project initiatives.

A very special THANK YOU to Daisy Troop #122229 for cleaning up our Travis playground on Sunday, November 4. The playground looks wonderful and your fellow Travis Tigers appreciate all of your hard work. If you have a troop or club that you like to sign up to help clean up our playgroup, click here to sign up.

Contact PTA Environmental Chair Derby Stevens with questions about Travis PTA’s environmental initiatives.


MYON WEEK #7 RESULTS

Here are this week’s Travis Super MyOn readers. Keep reading daily and grow your mind! Questions about this program? Contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Simms.

MyON Winners Week 7:

  • K: Victoria S. – 168 minutes

  • 1st: Eliana W. – 24 minutes

  • 2nd: Anchana A. – 236 minutes

  • 3rd: Colin G. – 127 minutes

  • 4th: Haider C. – 265 minutes

  • 5th: Carlos B. – 103 minutes

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THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON

All Travis families are invited to join their children during their assigned lunch times at the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grades will celebrate this Thursday, November 15. First, 3rd and 4th grades will celebrate on Friday, November 16. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the front office or on the day of the event.

If you are planning to attend, please consider coming early or staying late to help sign in parents and sell lunch tickets. If you are able to help out, please sign up for a spot HERE. Thank you for helping make this Travis tradition a success!

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FIFTH GRADE FORUM

Calling all 5th-grade families! Join PTA on Tuesday, November 27th from 6-7pm in the Travis library for a Q&A with Travis alum. Current middle school students and parents will be on hand to answer questions about experiences, transitions, and ‘wish I would have knowns’. Pizza provided by PTA!


SAVE THE DATE: COFFEE WITH THE PTA

The next Coffee with the PTA will be held Friday, November 30th from 7:30-8:30am in the Travis library. In addition to sharing a yummy breakfast to start your day, we will also share updates on programs, volunteering, and the budget.


MARATHON KIDS RUNNING CLUBS

This year, Travis PTA is assisting Coach Dodd with the organization and promotion of four Marathon Kids Running Clubs that your child can join. You may come once a week or as many times as you like.  Please ensure you have completed waiver for each child who will be participating. You can access a copy HERE.

Running Clubs will be held on the following days:  

  • Tuesdays:   3:00-3:30 pm in the Travis Garden

  • Wednesdays:  6:00-6:30 pm in Travis Spark Park

  • Thursdays:  3:00-3:30 pm in Travis Garden

  • Saturdays:  8:30-9:00 am in Travis Spark Park

 We are so grateful to all of our Travis volunteer parent running coaches.  We hope to see you all there!

 - Rhonda Welch, PTA Health & Wellness Chair


CARNIVAL RESULTS

Travis family, I couldn't be any more tickled to share the final results of the PTA Carnival, our fall FUNdraiser. As you know, 80% of Carnival net proceeds are divided equally among staff with instructional responsibilities. I am thrilled to confirm that, based on this year's results - our highest revenue and lowest cost year ever - each member of instructional staff will receive a budget of $707 to spend on supplies for use in the classroom. That’s an increase of 22% over last year's allocation. Since teachers, on average, spend about $600 of their own money for these kinds of items, Travis PTA is over the moon to be able to offer this gift from our community so that teachers can spend less of their own money in a job they put their whole heart into. Teachers, more details will come your way via email this week, so stay tuned. For a full breakdown of income and expenses, plan to attend the next Coffee with the PTA on November 30 at 7:30am. - Jenny Teague, PTA President

 

 

PTA CONCESSIONS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

PTA Concessions will be hard at work for STEM night selling yummy Chick-Fil-A, snacks, drinks and popsicles. But we need your help! Please consider donating 45 minutes of your time to dish out dinner to our lovely Travis families on November 15. Click HERE to claim a spot or email concessions@travispta.org with any questions.

 

 

FIFTH GRADE FORUM

Calling all 5th grade families! Join PTA on Tuesday, November 27 from 6-7pm in the Travis library for a Q&A with Travis alum. Current middle school students and parents will be on hand to answer questions about experiences, transitions, and ‘wish I would have knowns’. Pizza provided by PTA! Immediately preceding the Q&A from 5-6pm, Magnet Coordinator/Assistant Principal Sara Lytle will host an information session about navigating the middle school magnet application process, so come for one or both! Contact PTA President Jenny Teague at president@travispta.org with any questions.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: COFFEE WITH THE PTA

The next Coffee with the PTA will be held Friday, November 30 from 7:30-8:30am in the Travis library. In addition to sharing a yummy breakfast to start your day, we will also share updates on programs, volunteering, and the budget. Contact president@travispta.org with questions.

 

 

YOUR PTA DOLLARS AT WORK - AND PLAY!

On October 30, kindergartners enjoyed a performance of “Pinocchio” at Miller Outdoor Theatre while first graders visited George Ranch Historical Park. Travis PTA was proud to underwrite both the transportation and admission costs for these field trips. Thanks to the teachers for organizing the events and emphasizing the importance of experiential learning. Thanks also to the volunteer chaperones who helped teachers keep things safe and organized!

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OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER TREAT TRAIN NEWS

Our Halloween Treat Train was a spooky success! Thanks to Christina DeHaven, Marizol Cabrera, Eileen Smedley, Erin Bain, and Margaret Hickl for their time and treats! Be on the lookout for our Treat Train of Thankfulness on November 28! Email hospitality@travispta.org if you’d like to help with this event.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON

If you are attending the Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 15 or 16, please consider coming early or staying late to help sign in those attending and sell lunch tickets. If you are able to help out, please sign up for a spot HERE. Thank you for helping make this Travis tradition a success!

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LEGISLATIVE ACTION NEWS ROUNDUP

The Texas PTA has outlined its legislative priorities for the 2019 legislative session, which include funding reforms, health and safety improvements, advocating for meaningful assessment and accountability, and more. For detailed information and to download a summary, click HERE.

HISD will be discussing priorities for the 2019 legislative session at the Board Meeting this Thursday, November 8 at 5pm at the Hattie Mae White Building. The agenda for this meeting is posted HERE. HISD Board Hearings will be held November 15 at 8am (HMW Building). For meeting notices and agendas, click HERE. To watch live board meetings, click HERE.

Elizabeth Santos, HISD Board Trustee for Travis (District 1), is holding monthly community meetings in order to hear feedback on all things HISD. The next meeting will be this Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm. You can find more information and/or comment at her Facebook page.