TIGER BEAT WRAP-UP

What a year! From an auspicious start thanks to Harvey, to more than a few hurdles along the way for our own Travis family, to the challenges facing our wider HISD community, this year was one for the books. Despite all of this, the generosity and fortitude of our school family always shined. For that reason, it has been a pleasure helming this year’s PTA, and I look forward to another year of education, engagement, and excitement when we all meet again on August 27th. 

This is our last Tiger Beat of the 2017-18 school year, but be on the lookout for a special summer edition to hit your email in July, chock full of important information and helpful resources for the upcoming year. If you know of an incoming Travis family, please spread the word and encourage them to sign up for Tiger Beat emails at http://www.travispta.org/news/. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.fb.me/TravisElemPTA

The end of school is always bittersweet. For Shelley Roselius and Wendy Tull, who helmed Tiger Beat the past two years, this issue marks their last as co-editors. Please join us in thanking them both for bringing all the latest Travis news directly to your inbox each week. While we are sad to say goodbye, we are also excited to welcome Gaby McBride as Tiger Beat editor for 2018-19. Have a wonderful summer -- we’ll catch you on the flip side!

-Jenny Teague, PTA President

 

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

As we look back on the 2017-2018 school year, we’ll remember the challenges we faced and overcame. From Harvey to ice days, to HISD funding and magnet program worries, to heavy hearts for the losses suffered in Parkland and Santa Fe, there was a lot to absorb.

But with these challenges came stories of resilience and examples of service and compassion for others – valuable lessons that inspired your continued support and boundless spirit, generosity, and involvement. Combine this with the efforts of our amazing teachers and staff – and you have a truly unique school community that inspires creative and innovative learning moments and memories for our kiddos that they’ll take with them forever.

Thank you for the trust you place in us and for everything you do to empower and energize a thriving learning environment at Travis Elementary.

I wish you all a safe and joyful summer vacation!

With gratitude,
Tom Day, Principal

 

 

 

LIBRARY HELP NEEDED

As the library winds down for summer, Ms. Sims could use a little help shelving books to leave the library in tip-top shape. If you have a few minutes after drop off or before pick up this week, stop by the library and shelve a book or ten!
 

 

 

 

KINDERGARTEN SUMMER PLAY DATES

If you have or know of an incoming kindergartner, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9, 9-11am and Saturday, August 18, 9-11am. Join PTA on the Travis playground as we share some cool snacks and meet new kinder friends.

 

 

 

5TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO HOUSTON METHODIST SPONSORED BY YOUR PTA

On May 22, the entire 5th grade visited the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education and enjoyed hands-on displays and interactive presentations. Thank you to Houston Methodist for hosting, our 5th grade teachers for corralling, and our PTA STEM Chair Paul O’Sullivan for organizing. Travis PTA was happy to underwrite this field trip because science rocks! That’s your PTA dollars at work!

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DINNER IN THE GARDEN RECAP

Can you DIG it? Yes, you could, Travis community! What a way to end the year -- with fun, friendship, and FOOD! Thanks to our PTA event hosts Joanna Smith, Jill Yeomans, Ashley Throckmorton, and Julie O’Sullivan as well as all our helpers! They put fun in a bun to make the night the magical end-of-year celebration that it was. Thanks for coming out to the final PTA event of the year to say sayonara to 2017-18! 
 

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THANK YOU TO OUR TRAVIS VOLUNTEERS!

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who volunteered this year. Whether you were a reading or math partner, helped in the science lab, showed up for garden time, helped to shelve books in the library, volunteered with Carnival, Auction, or World Cultures, Fine Arts, or STEM nights, cleaned up the playground, helped a teacher, acted as room parent, or donated time, food, or funds to events, you are greatly appreciated!

-- Julie O’Sullivan, VP Parent Involvement
 

 

 

 

STAY INFORMED ABOUT HISD NEWS OVER THE SUMMER

HISD has workshop and agenda reviews scheduled for June 4, and a public hearing on the district budget and regular board meeting scheduled for June 14. Though it is summer, the HISD budget will soon be approved, we will soon hear about Harvey waivers for individual schools, and we will find out if HB 1842 has been triggered by “improvement required” campuses’ performance on STAAR — this could lead to closure of those schools OR appointment of a board of managers by TEA to replace our elected trustees. Stay engaged and involved because major changes are coming to HISD. You have a voice! 

  • You can see the HISD Board calendar here.  
  • You can access meeting notices and agendas here
  • You can view a live stream of all meetings here
  • Here is the info and link to speak at HISD Board meetings. 
  • HISD Board Member information can be found here

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR WORLD CULTURES NIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 27 

Early next school year, we will once again look for Travis families to host tables representing a country of their choosing at the World Cultures Night. It could be a country that is part of your family heritage or a place that you lived or studied. If you are interested in participating or in learning more about the event, please contact Lauren Lindsay, VP Programs, at programs@travispta.org

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: TRAVIS 2018-19 CAMP-OUTS

Mark your calendars for the 2018-19 Travis camp-outs! Official PTA-subsidized camp-outs will be held for Kindergarten October 12-13, 2018 at Lake Livingston, and for 2nd grade April 5-7, 2019 in Huntsville. Parent-organized unofficial campouts will take place for 3rd grade November 9-11, 2018 at Dinosaur Valley and March 29-31, 2019 at Lake Livingston.  More details to come nearer the time, but be sure to save the dates so you can share in the fun!

 

 

 

MARATHON KIDS LOG 5,500 MILES!

What an amazing job our Marathon Kids did this year! They completed a total of over 5,500 miles -- the equivalent of running from the East Coast of America to the West Coast AND BACK AGAIN! And that was just the documented miles from running logs that were turned in; as a school community, we actually ran even more miles.

Congratulations to all our Marathon Kids and the volunteer coaches who helped our students to develop lifelong healthy habits and a love for running. Have a healthy summer and I hope to see more Marathon Kids running next year.

-- Coach Dodd
 

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DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE LOST AND FOUND!

As a reminder, please be sure to check the lost and found before the school year ends and items are sent off for donation. You might be surprised what you find there!  

 

 

 

ENDING SCHOOL VIOLENCE A PTA PRIORITY

Our hearts and thoughts are with the families of Santa Fe High School as they mourn the senseless loss in their community. In times like these, however, thoughts are not enough. Texas PTA has made encouraging legislation to ensure school safety a priority.  According to Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook, "With the help of the nearly half a million voices in Texas PTA, we will make school safety the number one priority in our advocacy work for the upcoming legislative session. We also continue to partner with the Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos to identify ways to better protect our school campuses and bring important information to our families across the state." Read the full National & Texas PTA joint statement here.  You can also find PTA resources regarding school safety here.  

Please be assured that Travis has emergency preparedness plans in place in the extremely unlikely event of a school invader.  Please check in with Principal Day or your teacher if you would like more details regarding the plans and/or the lock down drills students in which students take part. 

- Tom Day, Principal & Jenny Teague, PTA President
 

THANKS TO OUR TRAVIS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

There's so much happening at this time of year, but it is never too busy to say THANKS! Last week we honored our PTA board, and this week we highlight some special Travis community members who have gone above and beyond this school year.  This list is by no means exhaustive - in a family like ours, every single person offers greatness in ways little and large on a regular basis!  Travis is the special place it is in no small part due to the volunteer sweat equity of our community.  That work will continue next school year, so stay tuned in August for ways you can make a difference, whether you have 5 minutes at home in the evenings or several hours during the school day.  There's a place for everyone in the Travis family!  
-Jenny Teague, PTA President

Thanks to each of the following volunteers for all they've done in both official and non-official roles to provide educational and engaging opportunities for our students and families. 

  • Karen Wilshire - Amazon Smile/Kroger Rewards 
  • JR Davis - technology assistance
  • Cami Lytle - Garden Parent liaison
  • Charlsie Idol - Spirit Store order fulfillment
  • Lisa Moore - Reading Partners coordinator
  • Kristie Belding - head Carnival hallway decorator
  • Denna Arias - School Toolbox coordinator
  • Mayte Sanchez - Box Tops coordinator 
  • Debbie Muniz - El Dia de los Libros/Ninos coordinator
  • Alan Krathaus, Fiona McGettigan, Lisa Moore, Stephanie Drescher Yankowsky - Silver Rocket Editors
  • Amit Bushan, Bridgett Davis, Martha Martinez, Caroline Schlemmer - Shared Decision Making Committee representatives
  • Travis Foundation Board Members
  • Room Parents, Garden Parents, and Science Lab Parents
  • Math Partner and Reading Partner volunteers
  • PTA event, Spirit Store, and concessions volunteers
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HISD OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

As you may have heard, last week the HISD Board of Trustees voted ‘no’ on a contract proposal that effectively ended the Outdoor Education Center program available to HISD 5th graders. If you want to make your voice heard about this decision, share your child’s experience with the OEC, or communicate the impact this program has had on our community, please email the interim superintendent and your trustee. 

glathan@houstonisd.org
rskille2@houstonisd.org
elizabeth.santos@houstonisd.org
sergio.lira@houstonisd.org
jjones57@houstonisd.org
sue.deigaard@houstonisd.org
anne.sung@houstonisd.org
ddavila3@houstonisd.org
wadams2@houstonisd.org
holly.flynnvilaseca@houstonisd.org
 

KINDER SUMMER PLAY DATES

If you have or know of an incoming kindergartner, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9 from 9-11am, AND Saturday, August 18 from 9-11am. Join PTA on the Travis playground as we share some cool snacks and meet new kinder friends! 

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SUMMER READING

This year, HISD is partnering with the Houston Public Library to promote summer reading through their Summer Block Party program. Every student at Travis who reads and logs at least the minimum of 10 days will be invited to a Travis Block Party after school on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Your ticket to the Travis Block Party will be your printed log from HPL, which is due to Mrs. Sims no later than Friday, August 31, 2018. Registration starts today!
 
Learn more at http://houstonlibrary.org/summer.  
 

SILVER ROCKET

Thank you to everyone who attended our kick-off party this weekend at Kaboom Books! Silver Rocket would like to thank Mr. Day, our teachers, the PTA, our amazing Travis community (including Kaboom Books, the host of our 2017 and 2018 publication parties), and above all, our student poets and artists for a wonderful ride. Keep creating!

The Silver Rocket proudly announces a change in the editorial staff for the 2018-2019 school year.   New editors Laura Hipps and Dawn Diamond, are two very talented and dedicated Travis parents who have stepped up to the challenge! We welcome their leadership and creativity as we continue this great Travis tradition.

Travis Elementary and the PTA thanks departing editors Alan Krathaus, Fiona McGettigan, Lisa Moore, and Stephanie Yankowsky.  They were responsible, in whole or in part, for the last seven editions of this art + poetry book. Silver Rocket is a unique asset to Travis not commonly seen at elementary schools. This crew of editors evolved and improved the magazine into the glorious, colorful publication that it is today! You will be missed!

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LOST & FOUND

As a reminder, please be sure to check the lost and found before the school year ends and items are sent off for donation. You might be surprised at what you find there! 

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