SECOND GRADE CAMPOUT PARENT INFORMATION MEETING

There will be a Parent Information Meeting about the upcoming 2nd grade campout next Wednesday, Feb 27 at 6pm in the Travis Library. Parents can get their questions answered and also register for the event. The campout will be held at Huntsville State Park (Prairie Branch Camping Area) April 5-7. This annual tradition is another event sponsored by our fabulous Travis PTA!

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GET READY TO VEGOUT!

For families new to Travis, VegOut! is a program run by Houston-based Recipe for Success, whose mission is to combat childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate, and eat their food. VegOut! Is a program that challenges people to eat 30 different veggies within 30 days, and Travis takes this challenge seriously! Last year, we had multiple children who each ate over 100 different veggies during the month of March. But truthfully, if this program gets our Travis kids to eat even one new vegetable, we declare that a success! So visit the VegOut! Website, brush off (or download) the VegOut! app, and plan to join us for the kick-off celebration after school on Tuesday, March 5. Watch this space and your child’s Tuesday folder for more information. — Rhonda Welch, PTA Health & Wellness Chair

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VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCHEON

Travis PTA loves showing OUR love for Travis faculty and staff! With the help of so many volunteers and donors, PTA hosted a Valentine’s luncheon for Team Travis. There was a ‘soup’er spread of sweet and savory delights, all sprinkled with our love and gratitude.

Thanks to PTA Hospitality Chair Langley Cumbie for overseeing another successful event and to all the Travis family members who showed up, served up, cooked up, and cleaned up at the luncheon! That’s PTA power at work!

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HOUSTON YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA 2019-2020 APPLICATIONS NOW ONLINE

Kurt Johnson, violinist with The Houston Symphony and Travis parent, is excited to continue a second season of orchestral training for young musicians age 5 and up and welcomes all aspiring students to apply.

Two orchestras are offered this season: The Concert Orchestra, for beginner students (Suzuki book 2 and above); and the Philharmonic Orchestra, for students at an intermediate/advanced level (Suzuki book 3 level or higher). An application, fee, and teacher recommendations are required for consideration. An audition is required only for the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Both orchestras will have the opportunity to receive regular sectional coaching from musicians from The Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, and Houston Grand Opera. HYSO also offers social activities, outreach concert opportunities, and a winter and spring concert. The application deadline is April 15. Detailed information and applications can be found at www.hyso.info. Questions? Contact Colleen Matheu Johnson, Artistic Coordinator, The Houston Youth String Orchestra.

 

 

PTA BUDGET SURVEY

As PTA prepares for the 2019-20 budgeting cycle, we'd appreciate your feedback about the programs and initiatives funded by PTA. Please complete the parent survey HERE. If you are also a Travis teacher, you may also complete the teacher survey HERE. Both surveys close February 15th. All responses are anonymous and the information will not be shared outside the PTA board. Results will help us get a better idea of how PTA can best help Travis, but the final budget decision rests with a vote of general membership at our PTA meeting in May. Contact PTA President Jenny Teague with any questions.

 

 

ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL IS HERE AGAIN!

For the fifth year in a row, the One Book, One School initiative is providing Travis students with a copy of a book to read together as a family. This year’s selection is “Fenway and Hattie” by Victoria Coe, who will be visiting our school later this month to talk about her work, thanks to financial support by Travis PTA. Please read the letter Ms. Sims included in the book for you and your family to have a successful OBOS experience. There is a lot of good information in there and should answer most questions. Be sure to watch the PTA Facebook page for celebrity guest readers … you never know who might be reading to us!

Thank you to Ms. Sims for organizing OBOS again! Please let her know if you have any questions. Happy reading!

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TRAVIS UIL TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS

Congratulations to the Travis UIL team for a successful meet on February 2nd. 30 students competed in seven different events to help Travis to an overall 8th place finish.

Special recognition to tournament winners in our academic events:

Jillian E. — 3rd place in 3rd grade chess puzzle
Rex P. — 6th place in 2nd grade chess puzzle
Sadie B. — 7th place in 3rd grade ready writing

Special recognition to section winners in our speaking events:

Eden N. — 1st place in 5th grade oral reading
Dana A. — 1st place in 5th grade oral reading
Catie G. — 1st place in 5th grade oral reading
Mari C. — 2nd place in 4th grade oral reading
William G. — 2nd place in 3rd grade Storytelling
Roman K. — 2nd place in 2nd grade storytelling

We are excited to grow our UIL team next school year and we are looking for mentors. Please contact parent volunteer coordinator Ali Kirby if you have an interest in helping to prepare competitors in any of the following events: Art, Chess, 'Maps, Charts and Graphs', Math, Music, Oral Reading, Writing, Social Studies, or Spelling.

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TRAVIS PTA GOES TO RALLY DAY

Who: Parents who care about public school education. Sponsored by Travis PTA, this event is open to all Travis community members who stand with PTA to represent the interests of Texas public school children.
What: PTA members from across the state will rally at the Capitol to share concerns with legislators about public education.
When: February 25th, 2019; Leaving Houston 6:30am, returning by 6:30pm
Where: Texas State Capitol Building, Austin TX
Why: 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 our voices are heard so we do not have another unproductive legislative session.

More Info:
Contact Travis PTA Legislative Action Chair Ruby Powers for more information.
Texas PTA legislative priorities can be found HERE.
Travis PTA Facebook event is HERE.
RSVP to attend Rally Day HERE.

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PTA BUDGET SURVEY

As PTA prepares for the 2019-20 budgeting cycle, we'd appreciate your feedback about the programs and initiatives funded by PTA. Please complete the parent survey HERE. If you are also a Travis teacher, you may also complete the teacher survey HERE. Both surveys close February 15th. All responses are anonymous and the information will not be shared outside the PTA board. Results will help us get a better idea of how PTA can best help Travis, but the final budget decision rests with a vote of general membership at our PTA meeting in May. Contact PTA President Jenny Teague with any questions.

 

 

PTA FINE ARTS NIGHT WAS FAN-TASTIC!

FAN was a triumph: the performances, the art, the activities, the FUN! These events look seamless as an attendee, but they require a ton of behind the scenes coordination. Thanks to PTA Arts Chairs Lauren Garcia and Lori Horvilleur for their organizational prowess, aided by VP Programs Lauren Lindsay. Concessions Captain Ashley Throckmorton was slinging the Chick-fil-A with her volunteer crew, and Spirit Store maven Shelly Anello had swag for days. Travis teachers enjoyed a BBQ chicken dinner courtesy of Hospitality Chair Langley Cumbie and her team, and all grades were on hand with exciting fine art stations. Special thanks to PTA Health & Wellness Chair Rhonda Welch, who volunteered to lead the pottery station with Joy Roth. And of course, thanks to all our local vendors and companies that came out to make the evening one of our best FANs ever, including:

Micah the Artist
Mad About Hoops
Urban Jungle Martial Arts
Travis Choir
Tod Bailey
Writers in the Schools
Inprint

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THE TREAT TRAIN TEAM RIDES AGAIN

The PTA Treat Train chugged through the hallways last week to spread treats and appreciation to faculty and staff. Thanks to volunteers Kristian Borden, Margaret Hickl and Caroline Johnston for driving the train.

If you’d like to take a turn as a conductor, contact PTA Hospitality Chair Langley Cumbie at hospitality@travispta.org. This is a fun way to let our faculty know how much we appreciate them.

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PTA RALLY DAY IS COMING SOON

PTA Rally Day is coming up on February 25 and Cindy wants to tell you all about it. Can’t make it that day? Don’t worry - Cindy’s got some advice for you! (Thanks to cinematographer, Travis 5th grader Cate G.)

Top tips:

  • Let your state reps know how you feel about our broken school funding model. Use the ‘Town Hall’ feature on Facebook to message them directly.

  • RSVP to Rally Day HERE.

  • Find your state representatives HERE.

  • Learn more about Texas PTA legislative priorities HERE.

Contact Travis PTA Legislative Auction co-Chair Ruby Powers with questions.