WELCOME BACK! (ALMOST)

Nerves frayed...either because your little darlings are dancing a jig on your patience OR because you’re sad to see the last few weeks of a carefree summer whittling away? I’m with you on both counts! It’s certainly a time of mixed feelings as we round out summer fun and turn our minds toward the new school year. 

Travis PTA has been busy this summer making exciting plans for YOU and your kiddos for the 2018-19 school year. Read on for some important invitations and updates, and remember that Travis PTA is your PTA, so if you have any questions or we can be of service to you, drop me a line at president@travispta.org. Also, be sure to save the date for Parent Information Night on September 4 (more details to come). 

We can’t wait to see our Travis family, welcome our new members, and kick off another fantastic school year! 

-Jenny Teague, PTA President

 

 

 

WATERMELON SOCIAL & MEET THE TEACHER 

Please join us on Thursday, August 23 from 4 to 6pm at Travis Elementary! Teacher classrooms will be open between 4 and 5pm, so drop in to the classroom to say hi. Feel free to drop off your school supplies while you’re there. Teacher assignments will be mailed out a few days beforehand so you’ll know right where to go. 

That afternoon anytime between 4 and 6pm, stop by the Multipurpose Room to grab some watermelon, greet friends new and old, learn more about the Travis PTA, and get a head start on shopping for all your Travis gear at the Spirit Store. We have some limited edition swag on offer, with something special debuting especially for our youngest Tigers! Contact the PTA Hospitality Chair with questions. We can’t wait to welcome you back from summer!

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS: START DATE, NEW HOURS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES 

The first day of school will be here before you know it, so mark your calendars and set your alarms! The school year begins on Monday, August 27. Don’t forget, we’ll have an earlier start time of 7:30am, and the school day ends at 2:50pm. Please click here for a list of school supplies by grade level. And remember, School Tool Box conveniently lets you order pre-packaged boxes of supplies. Click here to start shopping, and contact Ms. Sanchez with any questions.

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PTA BOO-HOO/YAHOO BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST 

Please join us for hugs and tissues (and high fives and cheers) as we send our little ones off to their first day of their 2018-2019 school year. Bring all your mixed feelings to the library on Monday, August 27 from 7:30 to 8am for coffee, breakfast, and friends. We can’t wait to see you there! For more information, contact PTA Hospitality.
 

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LET’S STAY IN TOUCH!

Keeping up with everything that goes on during the school year can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ways to deliver the news -- and if you’re reading this, you’re already a step ahead! So if you know of an incoming Travis family, please spread the word: Forward this email and encourage them to sign up for Tiger Beat emails at http://www.travispta.org/news/. If you’re on Facebook, you can also follow us at www.fb.me/TravisElemPTA. Social media not your thing? Check out our website at http://www.travispta.org/. Thanks for subscribing, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

 

 

NEWS FROM HISD

In June, HISD Board Trustees approved the 2018-19 budget. An announcement about the approved budget is here. If you’d like to review the details, check out the Resource Allocation Handbook here.  

As you may already know, The HISD Board of Trustees may be subject to takeover by the Texas Education Agency if HISD schools currently in Improvement Required (IR) status do not meet academic standards set by the state. If TEA takes control of the district, an appointed board of managers will take the place of our elected school board. We will find out the official status of current IR schools in mid-August, so stay tuned. 

To keep up with HISD goings on in the meantime, here is a list of upcoming HISD Workshops, Agenda Reviews, and Board Meetings:

July 30 - 2pm, Workshop
July 30 - 4pm, Agenda Review
Aug 9 -  5pm, Board Meeting

HISD Board meetings are held the second Thursday of every month, and Agenda review meetings are held the second Monday of every month. The board calendar is here. If you would like to register to speak at a Board meeting, go here. You can find HISD Board Trustee information here

- Julie O’Sullivan, Legislative Action Chair
 

 

 

HOST A TABLE & SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AT WORLD CULTURES NIGHT!

Mark your calendars and start planning now! World Cultures Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, and we need Travis families to host tables. You’ll educate students about the customs, history, and achievements of your favorite culture at this fun, interactive event. It could be a country that is part of your family heritage or a place you once lived or studied. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Lauren Lindsay, VP Programs at programs@travispta.org.

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: SCOUT NIGHT

Scout Night will be held Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. This event is for any family looking for more information about joining Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts at Travis. Children are welcome to attend as well. Girl Scouts will meet in the Library and Boy Scouts will be in the multipurpose room. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

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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