Hola Familias de Travis y feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana (observado el 15 de septiembre - 15 de octubre) honora a la herencia étnica y cultural de nuestras comunidades hispanas. Aqui en Travis estamos muy contentos de poder festejar esta época importante. Únete a nosotros el jueves 27 de septiembre a las 6pm para celebrar World Cultures Night y visite las mesas organizadas por las familias de Travis sobre países como Honduras, Brasil, Guatemala, México y más. También tenemos sorpresas en la reunión de la PTA el viernes 28 de septiembre al las 7:30am. Disfrute un desayuno sabroso mientras veas actuaciones en español por nuestros estudiantes. ¡Están orgullosos de mostrar todo lo que han aprendido en la clase de español con la Maestra Ávila!  

Hello, Travis Families, and happy Hispanic Heritage Month!  

 Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) honors the ethnic and cultural heritage of our Hispanic communities, and Travis couldn't be any more excited to celebrate this important time of year. Be sure to stop by World Cultures Night at 6pm on Thursday, September 27, to visit tables hosted by Travis families, including Honduras, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and MORE! We also have a special treat in store at the PTA meeting at 7:30am on Friday, September 28. Enjoy a tasty breakfast while watching special Spanish performances from a small group of students. They are excited to show off all they've been learning in Ms. Avila's Spanish class!

 -Jenny Teague, PTA President



Thank you to all the Travis families who have volunteered to help with World Cultures Night. We will have 24 families participating, and literally, every continent except Antarctica will be there! You don’t want to miss the cuisine, crafts, costumes, and cultures that is World Cultures Night.  Starting at 7pm, there will be performances in the Multipurpose Room, including a vocal performance by Travis students, the Crockett Elementary Folklorico Dance Ensemble, and a dance performance of the Egyptian Shamadan. We hope your family can join us for this fun and free Travis celebration.

Lauren Lindsay, VP Programs programs@travispta.org

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As you may be aware, the volunteer clearance process through Raptor/VIPS is taking a bit longer this year. We have been told by HISD that volunteers who registered the week before school started are being processed right now, so you should receive your clearance via email very soon. If you recently completed the application, plan on it taking up to three weeks before you receive clearance.

If you still need to register, click here to access the registration.

Thank you so much for supporting Travis and our students through your volunteerism, and thank you for your patience.



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/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. Come and join us after school from 2:55-4:00 pm, Wednesday, October 3rd when we launch our first session. The cost is $270.

 Please direct your questions to Leslie Smith, and/or email Barbie Atkinson, LPC at Barbie@Catalyst-Counseling.com, and check out www.catalyst-counseling.com and hit the tab Calm Crusaders to sign up.


October is right around the bend and with it our Travis Carnival and all the fun prep work that comes with it. Although the classes do a wonderful job filling the back halls with autumn cheer, it is our task to create Carnival excitement in the main halls with everyone's Halloween themed artwork and decorations!

 Parents and volunteers, if you have a moment, please join us in putting a touch of Halloween cheer on our Travis walls. From October 1st through the 5th meet us in the Travis Community Room for a moment or an hour between 8am-12pm. We will sort collected decorations, arrange by themed sections, and spot check for durability. This is a come and go as you like week-long project, so no time commitments are necessary.

This year's Monster Mascot (the big footed yellow Yeti, who still needs a name) is going back to school as well, so any autumn (leaves, flat pumpkins, paper apples, corn, garland, fabric scraps, or wreaths), Halloween (non scary - window clings, paper masks, wall hangings, old costume parts, fabric scraps, or garland), and small school related items (paper apples, bulletin board scraps) decoration donations are welcome. Every bit helps as we decorate with what our community of parents, teachers, and children provide us -- we often raid our Travis kid's room for extras!

The Halloween donation bin will be next to the PTA box outside the Community Room starting World Cultures Night, where we will have a booth so kiddos (and parents) can decorate paper blanks (people and ghosts) and construction paper creature vacation scenes for the various creatures our kiddos drew last year.

For more information contact Kristie Belding, our fabulous Travis Carnival Hall Decorator, or email carnival@travispta.org. Thank you to all!



Help us keep the playground clean for our little Tigers! If you are looking for a way to help out that doesn't require much of a time commitment and lets you work outside, then this is for you! Grab a friend or two and spend about 45 minutes walking around the playground picking up trash. We’ll even provide the gloves and trash bags! This is also a perfect service project for our Girl Scout/Cub Scout troops.

Click here to sign up, and contact PTA Environmental Chair Derby Stevens with any questions.

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Families, thank you for helping us put children first as we’ve implemented new procedures during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times. This has helped cultivate a calm, orderly, and safe environment for our students and staff during peak times of transit. Additionally, we will conduct monthly fire drills and quarterly inclement weather drills in order to be prepared for those emergency scenarios, the first of which took place the week of Aug. 27-31. We will also notify you before conducting an intruder drill in the month of September.

We also ask for your help during those times of the school day when students are outside for recess or movement breaks, garden time, fire drills, etc. Please do not approach the school fence to talk to, or take pictures of, any children (including your own) as it is difficult for teachers and students to distinguish between strangers and school family members, which creates a safety concern. Along those lines, we ask that if you are driving along the perimeter of the campus to please refrain from idling or driving too slowly as this, too, can create an uneasy feeling for staff members supervising students.

As we say to our students, “It is our job to keep it safe. It is your job to help keep it safe.” Thank you for your support!

-- Mr. Day




Longtime Travis crossing guard, General McKenzie, returned to duty Thursday, September 6. Mr. McKenzie and his daughter, Kim, were hospitalized for more than two months after suffering smoke inhalation during a house fire last December. 

Mr. McKenzie is a Travis fixture, having protected pedestrians around Travis for 18 years, the last eight on the corner of Florence and Highland Streets. He is currently stationed at the intersection of Norma and Beauchamp Streets, but hopes to return to his old post soon. Be sure to say hello and welcome him back when you see him!




If your family is interested in joining Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts, please join us for Scout Night tonight, September 11, 6:30-7:30pm at Travis Elementary. This year, for the first time, boys and girls in Kindergarten or older can join Cub Scouts as Lions! Girl Scouts will meet in the Library and Cub Scouts will be in the Multipurpose Room. Children are welcome to attend the meetings. We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions or comments, please contact:
For Cub Scouts - Chris Sunstrom 
For Girls Scouts - Rashmi Bapat




Calling all bookworms! If your child is interested in participating in the Name That Book contest or you would like more information on the program, please join us this Thursday, September 13 at 7:45am in the library for an information session. All grade levels are welcome to join. Please check in at the front office no earlier than 7:30am and head to the library.  

The Name That Book contest, coordinated by the HISD Department of Library Services, serves to acquaint HISD students with classic literature as well as contemporary award-winning books, representing a variety of genres. The district-wide competition is held in the spring. 

Hope to see you there!




Save the date for our first PTA meeting of the year at 7:30am on Friday, September 28 in the Travis library. This year PTA meetings have gone early bird. Come hear updates about spending and programming AND get answers to any questions you might have...all while we feed you breakfast!  




The best way to advocate for your child’s education is to vote for candidates who support public education. October 9 is the last day to register for the November 6 election. Voter registration information is HERE

National PTA is currently advocating for three action items: two items are related to gun violence in schools and one item is related to family engagement in education. If you would like to get involved in any or all of these action items, please contact your Congressperson. You can find the national campaigns (and even draft letters that you can personalize) HERE.

There is also an HISD Board Meeting on September 13, 5:00pm at the Hattie Mae White Building. The agenda may be reviewed HERE. To register to speak at a board meeting, click HERE.

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




HISD has partnered with Healthy Schools, the nation’s largest school vaccine provider, to offer FREE flu shots during the 2018-2019 school year. A team of nurses and other staff from Healthy Schools will rotate to each campus for half-day clinics beginning in October through December.

The flu vaccine is a primary way to protect yourself against the flu and an important measure in supporting school attendance during flu season. Healthy Schools is an in-school health service provider that focuses on increasing access to quality, no-cost preventative healthcare for children. Click HERE to learn more and sign up. 




Travis is now part of the Crayola ColorCycle and The Crayon Initiative! Bring in ANY plastic markers (dry erase and highlighters included) and ALL your broken/unwanted crayons. Markers will be shipped back to Crayola to be recycled. The crayons will be shipped to The Crayon Initiative, melted down into new crayons, and given to children in various hospitals. Designated ColorCycle and The Crayon Initiative donation boxes will be available at World Cultures Night on September 27 and at all PTA events.

Our World Wear Project shoe donation program is back and ready for your family's gently used shoes (no holes please!). The donation box is located in the front hallway by the Community Room. Donated shoes will be sent to people in developing countries who would otherwise not be able to afford them, plus Travis receives some funds too! WIN, WIN. So, clean out those closets and bring us your shoes! 

Please contact PTA Environmental Chair Derby Stevens with any questions. 




As we start the new school year, I am excited to announce the promotion of Natalia Junkans to the Travis administrative team as an instructional specialist. Mrs. Junkans has most recently served as a math and science teacher on the Travis 4th grade team.

Mrs. Junkans will fill a critical void on our leadership team, taking on some administrative responsibilities with a primary focus on monitoring student academic progress and supporting teachers in meeting individual student needs through targeted instruction and intervention. She brings a broad skill-set, strong instructional expertise, administrative experience, and an intense love of the Travis community and family to the position. She will be able to support the students, teachers, and staff of Travis in a variety of ways, and I am thrilled to have her in this new role.

Finding a strong replacement for Mrs. Junkans made her move possible. Michellee Valdez, who previously student-taught at Travis in 2015, takes on the 4th-grade math-science teaching role, bringing energy, experience, and a whole-child teaching philosophy to her students and new team.

Congratulations, Mrs. Junkans, and welcome to Travis, Mrs. Valdez!

-Tom Day, Travis Principal


Parent Open Night is TONIGHT, September 4.  Come learn more about your child’s school year, enrichment classes, and available extra-curricular activities. Childcare is available starting at 5:30pm and the event officially starts at 6pm.  


World Cultures Night is coming September 27 from 6:00-7:30 pm on our Travis campus. Join us for a celebration of the cultures that make our Travis community so unique and diverse. We are looking for a few more table hosts, so if you have a culture you would like to represent, be it your family heritage or a foreign country you have lived or studied in, we would love to have you join us. If you are interested in hosting a table, please contact Lauren Lindsay, VP Programs, no later than Friday, September 7. Mark your calendars for this fun, free, family event open to all Travis folks!

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We as a PTA are overwhelmed by the number of new members who have signed up or renewed their PTA memberships in the last week. THANK YOU. Our campus is incredible!

My fifth grader made this video to inspire more people to join PTA because she loves what our PTA family has done for her school. Please sign up to be a member - you can do so online HERE. Consider sponsoring a teacher membership. Ask your grandparents. We are stronger together. And we can make a difference together. ONLY $5 makes a BIG difference. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

-Cindy Giesen, PTA Membership Chair



Do you know your way around an Excel spreadsheet? Want to help the PTA out behind the scenes a couple hours a week? Then you may be perfect for the role of Membership Assistant!

If you’re interested in this role or would like additional information about other ways you can be involved, please contact Erin Bain, VP of Parent Involvement.