FINAL THOUGHTS

As the school year winds down and summer kicks off, the PTA sends its thanks to every community member that donated time, talent, and treasure to help make this an educational, inspirational, and joyful year for our children, our faculty, and our families. 

Next year brings new faces, new ideas, and some changes, but each year we stand on the shoulders of the hard work and good faith of those that served before us, so a special thank you goes out to our departing PTA board members and volunteers who so generously gave of themselves to champion our Travis family.  I look forward to sharing more about new PTA and school initiatives in August, but until then, happy summer! 

- Jenny Teague, PTA President (president@travispta.org)      

 

FIFTH GRADE PRESENTS: WORLD FAIR!

Please join the fifth grade team today, Tuesday, May 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room for a festive celebration that will end a six week long unit of study. Students have planned a seven day, six night ‘dream vacation’ to a destination outside of the United States. Research topics included native plants and animals, form of government and government leader, average high/low temperatures, average daily rainfall, costs to attend attractions and more! At the World Fair, you will enjoy brief presentations from ambassadors of countries all around the world. Over 50 locations will be represented. We hope to see you there!

– Mrs. Flecker (sflecker@houstonisd.org) and Mr. Hunt (Michael.hunt@houstonisd.org)    

 

TRAVIS "YOUR VOICE" SURVEY

Travis families - we are seeking your input and feedback on your experience at Travis Elementary.  We ask that you complete an online survey grading the school in these areas:  academics, school safety and environment, family and community engagement, and the performance of administration and staff. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TravisParentSurvey.

Thank you for your time in helping us evaluate our school climate as we strive to evolve as a learning community.

 -  Mr. Day

 

THE PTA NEEDS YOU!

The PTA has two vacant positions to fill for the 2017-18 school year: Hospitality Co-Chair and Sponsorship Captain. The Hospitality role will partner with an experienced board member to provide little touches of food-based awesome to events like the Watermelon Social, teacher appreciation, and special community events. The Sponsorship Captain is a new role responsible for managing sponsorships for both Carnival and Auction, as well as assistance following up on corporate match donations.  This is the perfect role for someone with limited daytime availability.

If you are interested in either role or to learn more, contact Cindy Giesen (hospitality@travispta.org) for Hospitality or Joanna Smith (fundraising@travispta.org) for Sponsorships.

 

LAST CALL FOR BOX TOPS!

A reminder to submit any Box Tops you've been collecting by Thursday, May 25th. We don’t want any Box Tops to expire over the summer! Just drop them into the big pink mailbox located right outside the front office.

 - Mayte Sanchez (msanch45@houstonisd.org)

 

MEDICATION REMINDERS

A reminder from Nurse Amy: As the end of the school year approaches, I’d like to take this time to remind you to pick up your child’s medication the last week of school. By school policy, I am required to discard/ destroy all remaining medication whether nonprescription or prescription which has not been taken home. The school cannot store any medication for the following school year. Students are not permitted to transport medications home.

If you are unable to pick up medication by the last day of school, alternative arrangements can be made by contacting me prior to the end of the school year. In preparation for the new 2017-18 school year, please note that all medication administration forms will need to be renewed. Thank you for another wonderful year and I wish you a safe and healthy summer!

-          Amy Wingard (awingar1@houstonisd.org)        

 

FINAL REMINDER: LOST & FOUND

There is a large collection of jackets and clothing at the Lost and Found. Please stop by, or have your child stop by, on or before Wednesday, May 24th to check out the collection. There may be items there that you did not even know were missing! If you have any questions regarding the Lost and Found, please contact Julie O'Sullivan at juliewilliams13@yahoo.com. All items will be donated on Thursday, May 25th.

 

AMAZON SMILE & KROGER

A huge THANK YOU to all of the families who have shopped Amazon through the smile.amazon.com portal.  We have seen a tremendous up-tick in the amount of shoppers, and resulting donations for Travis. We earned more than $200 in the first quarter of 2017.  If you have grandparents or friends that are regular Amazon shoppers, please help them set up their account so that their purchases will also help increase donations.  Easy money, and it adds up over the year!

Also, remember that you can link your Kroger Rewards card to the Travis PTA.  This year alone we have raised almost $1,800 through this program. Enroll here, and remember that your enrollment must be renewed each year. Our organization number for the program is 82037.

Questions? Email Joanna Smith at fundraising@travispta.org.

 

TRAVIS GARDEN

Hello garden enthusiasts!  We would like to maintain the awesome gardens we have growing at Travis during the summer.  We would like to get together on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every Saturday starting June 10th.  If you would like to help, please email Cami Lytle Masters at camilytle@yahoo.com

 

SUMMER KINDER PLAY DATES

If you have or know an incoming Travis kindergartner, please mark your calendars and share the details for two fun summer play dates from 9:00 to 11:00 am on June 10th and August 19th.  Come to one or both, and gather at the Travis playground to meet new classmates and share a light snack.  

- Julie O'Sullivan, PTA VP-Parental Involvement (parentinvolvement@travispta.org)

 

SILVER ROCKET

The Silver Rocket editors congratulate cover artists Una Majkic (front) and Kate Stewart (back) and thank everyone for coming to our publication party at Kaboom Books. 

Thanks to all the children who submitted more than 500 poems and artworks this year. 
Please remind any disappointed artists and writers that they are still talented and special even if they weren't published this year. And remember to write and draw this summer! You can submit for the 2018 edition.

 

FINAL PTA MEETING

Mark your calendars to attend the final PTA meeting of the school year this Thursday, May 18th at 8:00 am in the library. At this meeting you can meet the 2017-18 officers, vote on the next annual budget and help administration recognize the efforts of this year’s PTA and Travis Foundation board members. Hope to see you there! 

 

TRAVIS SHAKESPEARE PLAYERS

The Travis Shakespeare Players are celebrating their spring season with an evening performance on the Travis Stage.

The Thursday Players will present Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest this Thursday, May 18th at 6:00 pm. We will begin the evening with the story of the star-crossed lovers and conclude with the most perfect British comedy ever written!

We invite everyone to come and celebrate Shakespeare's theatre with us. For more information about The Travis Shakespeare Players, please contact Carole Fairfield at carolefairfield5@att.net.

 

2017 SILVER ROCKET PUBLICATION PARTY/POETRY READING

The Silver Rocket 2017 publication party/poetry reading will take place at Kaboom Books (3116 Houston Street) this Sunday, May 21st from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Yes, this is the same awesome bookstore the second graders visit every year. And yes, it looks like a bookstore you would find in the pages of one of the tomes they sell. Please join us on their garden patio for a poetry reading, Silver Rocket cookies and to acknowledge this year’s artists and writers!

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Yankowsky at syankowsky@sbcglobal.net.

 

FIFTH GRADE PRESENTS: WORLD FAIR!

Please join the fifth grade team on Tuesday, May 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room for a festive celebration that will end a six week long unit of study. Students have planned a seven day, six night ‘dream vacation’ to a destination outside of the United States. Research topics included native plants and animals, form of government and government leader, average high/low temperatures, average daily rainfall, costs to attend attractions and more. At the World Fair, you will enjoy brief presentations from ambassadors of countries all around the world. Over 50 locations will be represented. We hope to see you there!

– Mrs. Flecker (sflecker@houstonisd.org) and Mr. Hunt (Michael.hunt@houstonisd.org)    

 

DON'T FORGET YOUR BOX TOPS!

A reminder to submit any Box Tops you've been collecting before the end of the school year. We don’t want any Box Tops to expire over the summer! Just drop them into the big pink mailbox located right outside the front office.

 - Mayte Sanchez (msanch45@houstonisd.org)

 

SPIRIT STORE

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers this year for making this our most successful Spirit Store year EVER!  Special thanks to my co-leader, Lisa Moore, who has been amazing and also to Christina Kuehler, for all of her amazing camping shirt designs and production this year.

We are still looking for someone to run the Spirit Store in the fall.  It will be a much smaller job as we are significantly reducing open dates and also merchandise available.  A good system is in place and most of the work can be done remotely.  If you are interested and would like to learn more, please contact me.

My heartfelt gratitude to so many people for so much help.  Our success was the product of terrific teamwork!

– Lauren Lindsay, Spirit Store Coordinator (spiritstore@travispta.org)

 

 

LOST AND FOUND

Is your child missing a jacket? Travis sweatshirt? Water bottle? Lunchbox? If so, stop by the Lost and Found! Items are once again accumulating, and they will be donated at the end of the year. As a reminder, please label all jackets, lunch boxes, and water bottles with your child's name. Please contact Julie O'Sullivan (juliewilliams13@yahoo.com) if you have any questions. Thanks!

PES SUCCESS!

The final PTA Parent Education Series event on May 4 was a huge success! Thank you to Travis parent Dr. Diane Roche for sharing her time and talent in leading the discussion surrounding the need to foster empathy in our children and our families. 

We hope you have enjoyed the PES this year, and PTA looks forward to sharing more in the series in the 2017-18 school year. Have a topic you'd like to see covered? Email programs@travispta.org to share your idea!

– Jenny Teague, VP-Programs 

COMMUNITY RECEPTION FOR CAROLYN KEYS AND JEFF THOMPSON MAY 1, 2017 

Two beloved teachers and members of the Travis Family – Carolyn Keys (43 years in education and 17 at Travis) and Jeff Thompson (31 years in education and 26 at Travis) – are retiring at the end of the year. Please join us for a community reception to honor and say goodbye to them both on Friday, May 12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

Former and current students’ families and fans of Ms. Keys and Mr. Thompson (Mr. T) are invited to share their favorite stories, quotes, memories, well wishes and photos by emailing them to Mayte Sanchez at msanch45@houstonisd.org. They will be displayed at the reception and attendees can add to the collection at the event as well. These items will later be compiled into memory books for them.

Families can also show their love for Ms. Keys and Mr. Thompson by contributing to Go Fund Me accounts set up in their honor:
Mr. T
Ms. Keys 

We hope to see you at the Community Reception!
– Mr. Day