NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT

Travis Family, I wanted to share that, as you may have heard, my family has moved to the Woodlands area.  We are excited about this next step in our journey, but we are saddened to say goodbye to a school and neighborhood community that has offered us love and support over the past 7.5 years.  While our children will be leaving Travis in December to start their new school, I will remain in your service as PTA president through the end of my term in May 2019. Why, you ask? The short version is because I said I would. When I was again elected as president for this year, I made a promise to serve, and I want to be a person of my word for the school and for the board members who committed to serve alongside me. The longer version is that, after discussion with our current PTA board, no one felt quite ready to take on the role, so this additional 6 months gives them time to continue to hone their skills so that a new board will start fresh and prepared in 2019-20.  In consultation with Mr. Day, I have agreed to stay on to help be part of that training in preparation for passing the proverbial torch. The Travis community has played a large part in my family, so this final act of service means that I will pay forward the kindness we've enjoyed by continuing to represent the interest of Travis students, families, and faculty just as voraciously as I would if my own children still walked the halls. Is this unusual? Sure, a little. But the Travis we love has never been happy with being usual. I will still be on campus weekly and am always available to you via email. I look forward to attending all extracurricular events with my family as the Teagues continue to show up for Travis as so many of you have shown up for us.  And even better news than me staying is that my better half, Phil Teague, is also staying on as Auction Chair. Boy, do he and his team have a party planned for you! More details on that below. In the meantime, if you have any questions or I can be of service to you, now or in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out.
-Jenny Teague, PTA President

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2018 TRAVIS HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS ARE HERE!

The 2018 ‘Travisaurus’ is a wooden laser cut design highlighting our beloved playground centerpiece. Great for current students, alums and teachers, ornaments can be purchased online HERE or during Book Fair evening events on Tuesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 13th, so plan to attend and snag yours. We only have a limited quantity, so get yours while the gettin’s good!

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Dino-sized thanks to Travis parents Daria Conlan (design) and Lauren Caldarera of tx/rx studios (production). What an amazing community of talent we have!!


PTA RALLY DAY

PTA stands out from other parent groups in its long-term dedication to advocacy efforts. Through PTA, we fight for children's right to access a strong education. To that end, PTA Rally Day is a day for all PTA members across Texas to visit Austin to make our voices heard. The 86th legislative session of our Texas government will take place in 2019. On February 25th, PTA members from across the state will rally at the Capitol so that our legislators can see just how many parents are concerned about public education. On this day, in addition to a rally, we will also have the opportunity to meet with our local legislators. At this time, we can share our concerns and priorities for the next legislative session. 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 that our voices are heard so that we do not have another failed legislative session. You can find the Texas PTA legislative priorities HERE, and RSVP to attend Rally Day HERE. -- Julie O’Sullivan and Ruby Powers, PTA Legislative Action Co-Chairs


TRAVEL CLUB FUNDRAISER

Want to be close to the Lights in the Heights action? Now you can! The Travis Travel Club will be selling parking spots on campus for LITH starting at 4 pm on Saturday, December 8th. The money raised helps fund a large portion of the Traveling Tiger Scholarships. Please consider parking at Travis or swinging by to show your support.

Sincerely,

Abby Schultz, 5th Grade ELAR

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MATH STARS

Congratulations to our Tiger math stars who represented Travis at the Rainbow Challenge Math Competition last Saturday, which included 2nd place finishes in the 3rd and 4th grade divisions. A problem-solving competition conducted by the Houston ISD Mathematics Department, 30 schools and 450 students participated in the event hosted at Frank Black Middle School. Team members and coaches were: 3rd Grade – Nicole Santos, Coach; Eemani Ahmad, Jeslyn Galvan, Evan Hehmeyer, Nico Longoria, Merritt Olson; 4th Grade – Michellee Valdez, Coach; Jessica Borrego, Arthur Martins, Aiden Reyes, Nathan Thokala, Alexander Velez; 5th Grade: Samantha Flecker, Coach; Dana Alageli, Jonah Poizat, Jacob Ramos, Darren Rubalcaba, Lukas Sanchez. We are grateful to our coaches and proud of our students’ hard work!

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DONATIONS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF

Help us show appreciation for our crossing guards, custodians and cafeteria staff this holiday season! Parents and staff may turn in donations to teachers or the office in an envelope marked “CCC donations.” Please turn in donations by Monday, December 17.

-Mayte Sanchez


TRAVIS GIRLS SCOUTS COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR NEW HOPE HOUSING

New Hope Housing serves some of our city's most vulnerable citizens by providing affordable, permanent housing and support services for those who live on a very limited income. Please help our Travis Girls Scouts collect new household items to be provided to the tenants at New Hope facilities across Houston! Requested items include serving/cookware, dishware (flatware and plates/bowls), towels, twin/queen bed linens, queen/twin comforters, bath mats, shower curtains, toiletries, and decorative items (like small area rugs, wall décor, baskets).

It’s easy to donate! New items are preferred and can be purchased directly from the New Hope Amazon wish list or at local stores and dropped at the Norhill Esplanade on December 9 from 3-5pm. For more information or to arrange for items to be picked up, contact Sara Vingiello at svingiello@gmail.com. The December 9 drop off will be the final collection day for donations. Thank you and Happy Holidays from the Travis Girls Scouts!

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GIVING TUESDAY

Hopefully you were able to stalk the shops on Black Friday or snag an online deal on Cyber Monday. Today, on Giving Tuesday, non-profits like Travis PTA seek donations to help augment the work we do to support opportunities for education and engagement for Travis students, families, and faculty. If you'd like to help support initiatives subsidized by Travis PTA such as the Garden, Spanish instruction, Writers in the Schools, teacher aide salaries, Silver Rocket magazine, field trip admission and transportation costs, STEM and Arts in-school programs, Science Lab, One Book One School, and family movie nights (to name only a few!), consider making Travis PTA part of your Giving Tuesday by making an online donation HERE.

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FIFTH GRADE FORUM

Calling all 5th-grade families! Join PTA TODAY, Tuesday, November 27th from 6-7pm in the Travis library for a question and answer session 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! Contact president@travispta.org with any questions.

 

 

COFFEE WITH THE PTA

Coffee with the PTA will be held this Friday, November 30th from 7:30-8:30am in the Travis library. Board members will share updates on programs, volunteering, and the budget, including detailed Carnival results. This meeting’s theme is the Travis Garden, which is fully subsidized by Travis PTA. Garden instructor Ms. West will be on hand with some exciting garden updates, and several students will share some of their garden-related projects. As a bonus, the free garden-themed breakfast on offer includes ingredients grown in our very own school garden!

 

 

LOST AND FOUND

Stop by the Lost and Found to check for missing items soon, as all unclaimed items will be donated on December 14. There are some gems in there someone is sure to miss! Check out photos of some of the treasures HERE. As a friendly reminder, please label your child’s belongings so we can make sure they find their way home.

 

 

KROGER REWARDS ADD UP TO BIG SUPPORT FOR TRAVIS!

In just two months, 98 families helped our school earn almost $300 - just by linking their Kroger Rewards card to Travis Elementary and shopping for groceries! If you haven't signed up yet, it's quick and easy. Click HERE to link your rewards card to Travis Elementary using the code XS553. The more you shop at Kroger, the more donations you'll earn for our school. Thank you, Travis supporters!

 

 

MYON WEEK 8

We have a special announcement: Travis earned a trophy for finishing 3rd place among all schools in the Northwest Area of HISD during October for total time read on myON. That’s 3rd place out of 46 schools! Congratulations to all of our students who have been reading stories on the computer with myON! The picture below showcases our trophy and the winners for the weekly challenge since we have started the districts Read to Succeed challenge with myON. We know our students are also reading with other programs and traditional books, and we want you to keep up the good work reading however you choose, because we are proud of all of our readers!

This week’s super readers:
K: Victoria S. – 346 minutes WOW!
1st: Leo B. – 29 minutes
2nd: Leah K. – 184 minutes
3rd: Isaiah G. – 151 minutes
4th: Mattias S. – 523 minutes WOW!
5th: Liam M. – 215 minutes

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PTA STEM NEWS

Two weeks ago we learned that Travis PTA was one of eleven schools chosen as a recipient of the National PTA STEM Families Game Night Giveaway of two STEM-themed game pack sets, which students at Travis will be able to use in class. We are thankful to be chosen and hope the game packs will provide educational enrichment for Travis students now and in the future.

On behalf of the Travis PTA, thanks to everyone who made STEM Night an exciting, educational event and to all of you who came to enjoy our STEM activities. Our incredible Travis teachers created many energetic and interactive booths for students, and Professor Plutonium of Nutty Scientists of Houston provided a fun and stimulating show. We were graced with several booths from Travis family members: microbiologist Vivian Reisinger and Vanessa Barrow, DPM, and Travis parent Kerri Snyder obtained the “Dream Big” engineering movie for us at no cost to Travis. Kelly Hartman and Julie O’Sullivan from Methodist Research Institute guided students with slime and Beth Kosobud from NASA showed how astronauts prepare for space flight. Dr. Angeline Nguyen and Dr. Ashton Ehlers from UH College of Optometry had some exhibits that demonstrated that what we think we see isn’t what our brain tells us we see, and Ms. West shared about the new Monarch grant Travis has received. Thanks also to Girl Scout Brownie troop 122286 and Den 11 of Troop 30 of the Boy Scouts for their thoughtful and fun booths. This evening represents all that is great about STEM at our school and is another example of your PTA funds hard at work to provide educational content.

- Paul O’Sullivan, PTA STEM Chair

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