REMINDER: COFFEE WITH THE PTA & 2019-20 PTA BOARD ELECTIONS THIS FRIDAY

Join us for Coffee with the PTA this Friday, March 22nd at 7:30am in the Travis library. We will elect our officers for 2019-20, hear updates on recent PTA spending, programs, and advocacy work, and share detailed auction results. We will also discuss recent news from HISD regarding the 2019-20 proposed budget. Come be a part of the elections process, meet our new board and chairs for the next school year, and learn about how you can advocate for meaningful change to school funding.

Bonus: Barnaby's on White Oak is sponsoring breakfast treats! There will also be a dedication to Travis as PTA presents Mr. Day with a special surprise on behalf of our families.

 

 

TRAVIS PTA MEMBERSHIP BREAKS RECORDS!

Thanks to the 23 new members that joined in 2019, Travis PTA is 641 members strong, a 65% increase over any previous year! That’s 641 voices advocating for our students, families, and faculty!

2019-20 officer elections are coming up March 22, and you must be a member to vote. If you haven’t yet joined, come on! travispta.org/join

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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Calling all superheroes -- we need your help! Put on your cape (or PJs), bring a blanket and come to the Travis Multipurpose room to enjoy the action-packed movie The Incredibles at the PTA Family Movie Night on Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm. Dinner, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase and superhero outfits or pajamas are welcome (and encouraged!). This event is FREE and open to all Travis families.

PTA needs some super volunteers to pass out pizza, popcorn and drinks during the event. If you can help, please click HERE.

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VEGOUT! KICK-OFF TASTING PARTY RECAP

The PTA hosted its annual VegOut! Kick-Off Tasting Party on Tuesday, March 5 with approximately 50 students and their parents in attendance. Additionally, several staff members, including Coach Dodd, Mrs. Cress, and Mr. Day, came out to support and role-model healthy eating for our students. A diverse array of vegetables were available for students to try, including roasted butternut squash and romanesco, black-eyed peas, steamed edamame, a variety of raw veggies, and several baked goods. Click HERE to access some of the day’s favorite recipes. A big thanks to Erin Bain, Kristian Borden, Langley Cumbie, Kelly Hare, Lauren Lindsay, Joy Roth, and Wendy Tull who prepared vegetables for and/or volunteered at the event. — Rhonda Welch, PTA Health & Wellness Chair

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A MESSAGE ABOUT THE 2018-19 TRAVIS YEARBOOK

Forgot to order your yearbook? No worries - the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, March 26! Click HERE to order, use passcode 1013463209432855, and don’t forget your customized pages.

Yearbook photos are still being accepted. If you have any to contribute, please upload to our shareable album HERE.

 

 

TIGER BEAT IS TAKING A SPRING BREAK

There will be no Tiger Beat next Tuesday, March 12, during Spring Break. We’ll be back on Tuesday, March 19. We hope you all enjoy your week!

COFFEE WITH THE PTA & 2019-20 PTA BOARD ELECTIONS

Join us at the next Coffee with the PTA on March 22 at 7:30am in the Travis library. We will elect our officers for 2019-20, hear updates on recent PTA spending, programs, and advocacy work, and share detailed auction results. We will also discuss recent news from HISD regarding the 2019-20 proposed budget, which, at last report, means the per student cuts have been reduced from $210 to $73. This is better news than previously announced, but better is not good enough for our students. Come learn about how you can advocate for meaningful change to school funding.

Bonus: Barnaby's on White Oak is sponsoring breakfast treats! There will also be a dedication to Travis as PTA presents Mr. Day with a special surprise on behalf of our families.

And when it comes to next year, we have some amazing volunteer leaders ready to serve you! The Nominating Committee submits the following nominees for the 2019-20 Travis PTA Board: for president, Tamara Steele; for first vice president - Programs, Andrea French; for second vice president - Parent Involvement, Erin Bain; for third vice president - Fundraising, Kris Sonneborn; for secretary, Langley Cumbie; and for treasurer, Nancy Dingwall. Come be a part of the elections process and meet our new board and chairs for the next school year!

 

 

THE VEGOUT! CHALLENGE

On www.choosemyplate.gov, the USDA reports that “about half of all American adults have one or more chronic diseases, often related to poor diet. Everything that we eat and drink - the food and beverage choices we make day to day and over our lifetime - matters.” The current recommendation in the USDA’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines is to fill our plates half full with fruits and vegetables at each meal. For elementary age children that means eating 2 to 2-1/2 cups of vegetables and 1-1/2 cups of fruit every day. Healthy eating habits are developed over a lifetime, but Travis contributes to this journey by taking part in The VegOut! Challenge. You can read more about the challenge HERE.

This month, the PTA will recognize all of Travis’ top veggie-eaters and award special prizes to the leading veggie-eater from each grade. To log your veggies, download the app or click HERE to download a paper form.

Also, don’t forget about the VegOut! Kick-Off Celebration happening at 3pm today, March 5, in the Travis Garden. And if you’re looking for some perfect veggie-centric ideas to inspire your Tiger, check out these fun recipes supplied by our very own Coach Dodd.

Mint "Milk" Shake
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Avocado
- Fresh mint leaves or mint extract
- Almond milk (or any “milk” product such as coconut milk or soy milk)

Put avocado and mint into blender with just a splash of milk. Pulse together thoroughly. Add more milk to thin out to your likening. Can drink as a shake or freeze for ice cream.

Veg Out Tacos
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Mushrooms
- Taco seasoning
- Tortillas or taco shells
- VegOut! toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, avocado, cilantro, etc.)

Place mushrooms of your choice in a food processor and pulse until it resembles ground meat. Then sauté in pan with taco seasoning mix. Put “meat” mixture into tortilla or taco shell. Add VegOut! toppings of your choice.

— Rhonda Welch, PTA Health & Wellness Chair

 

 

PTA FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Calling all superheroes — we need your help! Put on your cape (or PJs), bring a blanket and come to the Travis Multipurpose room to enjoy the action-packed movie The Incredibles at the PTA Family Movie Night on Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm. Dinner, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase and superhero outfits or pajamas are welcome (and encouraged!). This event is FREE and open to all Travis families.

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AN INTERNATIONAL FIELD DAY: GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Field Day will take place on Friday, March 8 (with a rain date of Friday, March 29). Make sure to send your child in athletic shoes and comfortable clothing, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Volunteers are needed to work at banana and water stations throughout the day. If you can help during your child’s time slot (or anytime!), please click HERE.

  • 2nd & 3rd: 8:00-9:30am

  • 4th & 5th: 9:45-11:15am

  • Kinder & 1st: 12:45-2:15pm

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TEXAS PTA RALLY DAY RECAP

As part of Texas PTA's Rally Day 2019, a group of Travis parents drove to Austin to advocate for improvements in public school financing and ask for funding for mental health and special education. In only 2.5 hours, the group spoke with seven Senators’ and Representatives' offices, all from Houston. While only one Representative from Houston, Rep. Dutton, is on the Education Committee, concerned parents are encouraged to call, email, and visit all of our Senators/Reps and those on the Education Committee. If you don't know your senator/rep, please use THIS LINK.

An omnibus education bill is slated to be announced soon, which has the potential of being a top focus this legislative session. We can't afford for it not to be.

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

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