HISD CANCELS EARLY RELEASE DAYS

At the HISD Board meeting on 9/14, Trustees voted to eliminate all five early release days from the HISD 2017-18 calendar and reinstate them as full days of instructions.  All previous full day holidays remain unchanged.  You can find the updated calendar here.  

GRANDPARENT’S DAY LUNCH IS THIS WEEK

We look forward to seeing all grandparents (and special friends) during their students’ scheduled lunch time on Thursday, September 21st.

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WORLD CULTURES NIGHT 2017

Don't miss the first PTA meeting and World Cultures Night because it's at supper time!! This year dinner will be available for families to purchase! A local small business, Happy Fatz, will be serving up a fun and deliciously hot dog bar! Not into meat? No worries, fabulous vegetarian options will be available as well.  Place your orders for the evening here.

Ambassadors are needed to host a table for our different countries, so if you are interested in participating in this fun event, please email Programs@travispta.org by September 22nd with your name, contact information and country.

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TRAVIS ARTISTS & CRAFTERS: RAISE YOUR HANDS!

For this year's Travis Spirit Store we are in search of shop items created by / inspired by our own Travis families. If you are an enthusiastic crafter, create custom items like grosgrain hair bows or monogrammed baseball hats, or perhaps even have an Etsy store, we want to hear from you! Email spiritstore@travispta.org and tell us what you can make. We can't guarantee that the store will offer every item suggested, but we certainly want to know what our community can do!

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ODYSSEY OF THE MIND - ADDITIONAL MEETING DATES

Odyssey of the Mind is an International Creative Problem Solving Program for students grades Kindergarten - College age. It is based on the idea that creativity can be taught and developed with practice. The program's focus is to develop divergent, independent thinking abilities through a challenging, but FUN learning process. Teams are given problems to solve using art, writing, performing and building skills!

Travis has had many successful teams participate in the past and is looking to create new teams as well. The program is 100% parent volunteer driven, so we need coaches to keep the program going. Coaching is an amazing way to watch your child grow! Travis teams are sponsored by the Travis PTA.

We will be having additional meetings for interested coaches in the Community Room after drop off on September 21st and 26th at 8:00 am.

Questions? Please contact Gaby McBride or Sara Lytle.

REGISTER TO VOTE AND MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT 1

Travis Elementary district seat (District 1) is up for general election on November 7, 2017. The candidates for the seat are Gretchen Himsl, Monica Richart, and Elizabeth Santos

Learn more about the candidates at the “Meet the Candidates” event at James S. Hogg Middle School Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. Remember that you must register to vote at least 30 days in advance of the election. You can register at Travis Elementary World Cultures Night Thursday, September 28 where Volunteer Deputy Registrars will be helping out. 

If you’re unable to attend World Cultures Night, you can complete a voter registration application online and print and mail it to the Harris County voter registrar (Ann Harris Bennett, Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar/  P.O. Box 3527/ Houston, Texas 77253-3527). 
    
All Harris County voters may vote early in person at any voting location in the county. The first day of early voting is Monday, October 23, and the last day is Friday, November 3. Early voting locations will be listed in here October 21. More information about voting eligibility and voter registration is available online
 

TRAVIS SHOE RECYCLING

If your family is outfitted with new shoes for the school year, please donate the old ones! Drop off shoes of ANY SIZE (tied or rubber banded together) in the donation boxes in the Entry Hall of Travis. We earn money for our school and help those in need through this program. Win/win!

Shoe recycling will be ongoing, so please keep them coming! Questions/comments contact Ashley Francis, PTA  Environmental Chair.

NEW TEXAS-WIDE LAW BANS TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Texting while driving has always been dangerous, but as of September 1 it’s against the law, too. Texting while driving is now punishable by a fine of $25-99 for first-time offenders and $100-200 for repeat offenders (though no points will be assigned). The new law also states that if an accident caused by texting and driving results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, they can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and jail time not to exceed one year. The new law only addresses "reading, writing, or sending electronic messages" via a "wireless communication device." This means it's still legal for motorists in most cities to use their phone for navigation, music apps, dialing phone numbers, etc. though drivers may get pulled over if an officer suspects them of texting.

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FAMILY FITNESS SERIES

Thank you to all the families that joined us to kick off to the PTA free family fitness last Sunday with Present Time Kids! We learned all about being present and still, active listening, and the four tools Travis students practice as part of the program. Ask your kiddo how they use these tools in class!

Thanks to PTA health & wellness chair, Karen Miles, for organizing and Travis mom, Heather Goodwin, for co-creating and sharing this amazing program which helps our minds stay fit and focused.                              

Sad you missed it? Fear not! Catch the next session in the series on Sunday, October 8, 4pm, when Coach Dodd will kick off marathon kids. See you at the playground! Questions? Email health@travispta.org.

WOODLAND PARK CLEANUP

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, October 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for Scout clean-up day at Woodland Park. This is not just for Boy or Girl Scouts – all families are invited to participate!  Make sure to wear long pants and closed toe shoes, as well as sign the waiver found here if you would like to join us in keeping the park beautiful. 

Questions?  Email Rashmi Bapat.

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Be a Part of the Travis PTA!

9.12.17

As you are checking off your "To Do" list for the new school year, be sure to sign up for your 2017-2018 Travis PTA membership. By joining the Travis PTA, you're not only supporting great programs and events; you're also gaining a voice. Only members may vote on issues related to programs, events, and budget priorities. Membership starts at just $5 per person, and dues provide the PTA important working capital to start the school year. Please consider sponsoring a staff member or teacher. Learn more or join here.

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Playground Drainage

9.12.17

Thanks to the hard work and cooperation of Travis Administration and PTA, Lake Travis is no more. Even in the worst of the recent weather, the new drainage system in the playground worked a treat. Kudos to Principal Day and past PTA President Elizabeth Coffman for a job well done!

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Fruit Bowl Challenge

9.12.17

Love our Travis teachers? What better way to show them some love than by providing them with healthy fruit to snack on during the week. Families take turns to fill the bowl once a week on Wednesdays to help the teachers through hump day! Wednesdays don't work? Another day during the week is great, too! Contact Hospitality Chair Cindy Geisen to learn more or sign up here.

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Odyssey of the Mind

9.12.17

Odyssey of the Mind is an International Creative Problem Solving Program for students grades Kindergarten - College age. It is based on the idea that creativity can be taught and developed with practice. The program's focus is to develop divergent, independent thinking abilities through a challenging, but FUN learning process. Teams are given problems to solve using art, writing, performing and building skills!

Travis has had many successful teams participate in the past and is looking to create new teams as well. The program is 100% parent volunteer driven, so we need coaches to keep the program going. Coaching is an amazing way to watch your child grow! Travis teams are sponsored by the Travis PTA.

We will be having meetings for interested coaches in the Community Room after drop off on September 15th and 19th at 8:00 am.

Questions? Please contact Gaby McBride or Sara Lytle.

 

Travis Playground Cleanup

9.12.17

School is in session, fall temperatures are nearly here, and Travis Playground Cleanup needs you!  Consider signing up for this monthly effort that keeps our kids' play space clean and leaves you feeling fulfilled.  There are now dates scheduled throughout the school year.  If you have a group looking for a service project, this is a great one! Your Travis community will be forever grateful.  Learn more or sign up here.

Please contact Ashley Francis, Travis PTA Environmental Chair, with questions.

 

Travis Open House

9.12.17

Please come by on Tuesday, September 19th to visit your child’s classroom, meet the full teaching and administrative staff and learn more about some of the extracurricular activities offered!

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