Principal's Corner

In last week’s Tuesday folders, you received a ‘Parent Guide to the Second 9 Weeks’ for your child’s grade level. It contains helpful information on the academic content by subject that your child is currently engaging in, as well as tips on supporting social and emotional development and learning at home. Make sure to check it out.

Speaking of home learning, thank you for your support of your child’s work on individual projects or Project-Based Learning (PBL) activities. Enhancing PBL – a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge – is a school-wide initiative this year. Our families’ recent support of “Project Pumpkin” in 1st grade and “A Taste of Travis” in 5th grade are examples.

Also, please note:

  • We’ll talk a little about PBL, school happenings, and provide one final opportunity to ask questions about the HISD magnet application process at this Friday’s Coffee with the Principal session, which begins at 8:00 am in the library.
  • Students earning perfect attendance during the first two 9-week grading periods will be recognized at a celebration to be held on Thursday, December 21st. More information to come.

I wish you all a safe and joyful Thanksgiving holiday break.

With gratitude,

Mr. Day

THE GRASS IS SOMETIMES GREENER...

There's changes coming as the Travis playground gets revived and refreshed, all under the careful stewardship of Travis Foundation.  As a kick-off to the project and show of support, PTA has completed step 1 - a replacement of sand with AstroTurf in the covered structure in the playground.  The newly minted "Imaginarium" is a tidy place for kids (not cats!) to experience sensory play.  There's more to come, so stay tuned as the Foundation leads the charge on this exciting project.

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Thanksgiving Luncheons

Families are invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving luncheons in the cafeteria with their child during their assigned lunch times this Thursday, November 16th and Friday, November 17th. Tickets for adults may be purchased in advance from the front office for $5.00 and will be sold on those days, as well.

November 16 – Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th Grades (No Pre-K)

November 17 – 1st, 3rd and 4th Grades

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Family Holiday Movie Night & Shopping

Save the date for Thursday, December 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm to attend the first annual PTA Family Holiday Movie Night and Shopping. More details to come after Thanksgiving, but, spoiler alert: Jack Skellington is back in town and he's bringing some elves with him!

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Election Update

Voter turnout was low, however there were major victories for City of Houston bonds. Results for HISD District 1 Trustee's open seat will lead to a run-off between the top two vote-earning candidates: Gretchen Himsl and Elizabeth Santos. Neither of the three candidates received 50% of the votes so the run-off election will be held in December 2017.  Make sure to vote!

For more visit: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Houston-ISD-incumbents-hold-edge-in-early-returns-12339714.php

Ruby L. Powers - PTA Legislative Action Chair

Kroger Rewards

Every time you shop at Kroger, Travis receives a portion of your total purchase, so register your Kroger Rewards card today! Enrollment is now online only and takes just a minute or two to complete. Go to Kroger Community Rewards to sign up, using the Travis code: 82037. Within seven to ten business days of enrolling your Kroger Plus Card, you will see the following at the bottom of your receipt: “At your request, Kroger is donating to William B. Travis Elementary PTA.” Getting groceries AND giving back to your school - a win-win!

THE NUMBERS ARE IN!

Monster Bash 2017, Travis PTA's Fall Carnival, was a smashing success! The numbers are in, and Travis PTA is delighted to announce that, due to the time, toil, and treasure of our amazing Travis community, we are able to allocate $549 to each faculty member with instructional responsibilities. What a phenomenal achievement! Plans are already underway for next year, so if you have any comments or feedback to help make Carnival even more awesome, email Carnival Captain Alina Schrom

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REMINDER TO VOTE IN TODAY'S ELECTION!

District 1, where Travis Elementary is located, has three candidates. If you live outside of the Travis area, your district might also have an election. Not sure who your HISD Trustee is or your district? Look at this map

For more information about the ballot so you can prepare in advance, HISD Trustee positions on issues, polling locations and times, click here for a non-partisan resource.  (Travis PTA does not endorse any candidate.) 

 

 

SAFETY CONE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are looking for volunteers to set up safety cones on Beauchamp and Florence in the mornings and afternoons. Times needed are listed below. 

A.M.
Set-up 7:00-7:15a.m.
Take down 8:00-8:15a.m.
 
P.M.
Set up 2:30-2:45p.m.
Take down 3:30-3:45p.m.

If you are able to volunteer on one or more days per week, please contact Julie O'Sullivan for more information.

 

 

JOIN PTA! 

Had a blast at World Cultures Night? Loved Carnival? Enjoyed Desayuno de Dia de los Muertos? Got that date saved for STEM Night? We hope the answer to all of the above is YES!

These are just a few of the amazing events Travis PTA underwrites and organizes each year. If you haven't yet had a chance to make Travis PTA YOUR PTA, you can still join online here for only $5 a person. We're just a few members away from exceeding last year's membership total – help us top up the roster. We're holding a spot just for you!

 

 

LIBRARY NEWS

The Travis library is open every morning from 7:50-8:15a.m. Students can request a pass from their teacher to visit and swap books. A super cool bonus is that parents can visit during this time to check out books as well! Also, if you have a few free minutes on Fridays from 7:30-8:15a.m. OR 2:45-3:15p.m., pop on by to help our librarian, Mrs. Sims, by shelving a book (or twenty).

 

 

TRAVEL CLUB FUNDRAISER NIGHT AT KENDRA SCOTT

Shop Kendra Scott in Rice Village on Monday, November 13 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and 20% of the proceeds benefit the Travis Elementary Travel Club. Unable to attend? Complete the order form sent home in Tuesday Folders and return to Mrs. Schultz by Wednesday, November 8th. You may also call in your order during the event at 713-965-4056. Kendra Scott is located at 2411 Times Blvd. Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77005. – Abby Schultz, Travel Club Sponsor

 

 

GUEST PRESENTERS IN FIFTH GRADE

On Monday, October 16th, fifth grade students were treated to presentations by local bakers as a kick-off to our four week long project-based learning unit. Our very own Mayte Sanchez thrilled students with a no-bake cheesecake recipe, while fifth grade parent Mona Lisa delighted students with no-bake Eskimo Cookies! Our final presentation came from local baker, Scott French, owner of Mister French’s Gourmet Bakery. Mr. French guided students through the making of chocolate chip cookie dough and shared delicious treats with the students afterward. 

We extend our heartfelt thanks to these community members who took time from their daily life to engage our students in math and science used in the real world. Thank you for your passion and inspiration! 

With appreciation,
The Fifth Grade Team

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS BREAKFAST WRAP-UP

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Dia de Los Muertos breakfast last Wednesday morning! Special thanks to PTA Treasurer Veronica Jurado, her mother, Diane Garcia, and aunts Norma Martinez and Vicky Colorado for their incredible decorations. We enjoyed fresh Pan de Muerto and much-needed coffee after a late night! Thank you also to Andi Dulaney for loaning us the Dia de los Muertos decorations in the library case, and to Mr. Arena and his art students for the wonderful artwork they created for the display. Thanks also to Sarah Cox and Kristie Belding for their wonderful display skills to pull it all together. We are thankful to celebrate this special holiday with our Travis community. –  Lauren Lindsay, VP Programs

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Carnival Success!!

In Norway, you can say thank you, "takk", but when something really special happens, you offer "tusen takk", a thousand thanks. That's what I offer our Travis PTA Carnival crew and volunteers. Many of them are parents who are either new or only one year "old" in the Travis family, yet they conjured up an event that made it look like they've been doing it for years. They did it always with two aims in mind - to create a FUN event, and to raise FUNDS from the event to give back to our teachers. I think they did both with grace and efficiency (a tricky combo!). So I offer, on behalf of PTA, TUSEN TAKK to every single parent, teacher, administrator, and community member that helped make the 2017 Monster Bash so amazing.

Special thanks to Carnival Chair Alina Schrom and her marvelous monster crew of Jill Royle, Erin Silva, Christina Wilkerson, Lee Banchetti, and Michelle Grant. Tip of the hat also to PTA Sponsorship Captain Rebekah Baker and School Decorator-in-Chief Kristie Belding.

Fundraising totals will be announced soon, so watch this space.  Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos from your very grateful and humbled PTA President! -Jenny Teague