Watermelon Social

The annual Watermelon Social for new families will be held from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, August 21 in the Travis Garden. It’s a great time. Don’t miss it!

From Gretchen Himsl, Travis PTA President

On behalf of the Travis PTA, I want to thank all of our parents for giving of their time, interest and resources to support our school. It is clear that Travis is a special place, but it would not be the same without the involvement and commitment of our parents. I also want to thank Mr. Day and the teachers and staff for their encouragement of our families, which helps to form our strong community. If you’re leaving us to attend a new school, we send you with a fond farewell, and hope to see many of our Alumni during the Fall Carnival. For the rest, have a safe and healthy summer and we will see you in the fall!

Special thanks to Travis parent EMILY MIR for being the talented and reliable editor of the Tiger Beat for the past two years. Thank you Emily for keeping us all informed!

Have a good summer!

Behind the Scenes

Thank you to all our “behind the scenes” staff at Travis for a wonderful year. The crossing guards, janitors, cafeteria staff, math and reading specialists, nurse, front office staff and crossing guards know our children by name and help their days run smoothly. These folks keep the school functioning and clean, and work every day to keep our children fed, healthy and safe. 

Vote for Travis

Travis needs your vote! Our neighborhood newspaper, The Leader, is polling for the 2014 Reader's Choice awards. You can vote ONCE A DAY for your favorite Heights area school under "Education and Community". Last year's winner, (Harvard) flashed this honor on their marquee over the last year. Don’t you think "#1 Reader's Choice School" would look really good on OUR sign?

Let's Dig In And Get Those Beds Ready For Summer

Please come out May 24 at 8 a.m. to help prepare the Travis Garden for the upcoming summer. Bring gloves, sunscreen, bug spray and wear close toed shoes for safety. If you have a wheel barrow feel free to roll it on over at we will be weeding, mulching and harvesting any ready crops. See you on the 24th

Update on ‘Lake Travis’

We're happy to report that ‘Lake Travis’ – not the one near Austin, but the huge pond that formed in the Travis Spark Park following last week’s rains – should not be reappearing any time soon. HISD’s Construction and Facility Services Department completed work to unclog the storm drains on the field which should solve last week’s drainage problem. (Let’s hope so!)

Travis Project Fair

We will hold our Travis Project Fair during the week of May 19-23. This is a time for all students to showcase the different kinds of projects that they have worked on throughout the school year. These could be IIM projects, science fair projects, Inventor’s Showcase, etc. Projects will be displayed around campus throughout classroom and hallways. Teachers will send out information about when to stop by and see the variety of work that has been done this year.

Shakespeare Players in Spring Performance

The Travis Shakespeare Players and Classical Theatre Company will present their spring performance on Tuesday evening, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. on stage at Travis. The troupe is made up of third, fourth, and fifth grade students who meet with director, Carole Fairfield, on Thursday afternoons, to learn the works of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. This spring they present a few scenes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the full length A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Oscar Wilde's, The Importance of Being Earnest. All are invited to attend and support the young actors!

Don’t Procrastinate - Order School Supplies Today

Place your order online today and relax. When everyone else is battling the back-to-school crowds to find their supplies, you'll know that job is done. Spend those hours enjoying the last days of the summer break knowing that your kids are equipped when the first day of school starts. 

Volunteering Just Got Easier

There are some behind-the-scenes changes happening with the PTA, and we're excited to tell you about them!

First, we debuted the new digital Tiger Beat a few weeks ago. If you currently aren't receiving the Tiger Beat in your email inbox every Tuesday morning, we want you to give it a try.

Second, we're excited to announce that we received a sponsored premium account for Podio, an online project management and collaboration tool. Here's why that's a big deal.

Travis events are incredibly successful. However, to continue that success, we need to make them less intimidating for volunteers to helm. A big step toward solving that problem is providing a tool that takes the project management process out of the email inbox and into a collaborative, coordinated and managed environment. We think that tool is Podio, and we're very grateful for their sponsorship.

p.s. We plan on documenting our experience with Podio for the benefit of other nonprofit organizations. We'll document everything, including setup, training and finally real-world implementation. If you want to follow along, we encourage you to do so here.

Last PTA Meeting

Join us for coffee, breakfast and a morning PTA on Friday, May 16. The meeting will begin after drop off at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Please join us for this brief meeting to vote on the PTA Budget for next year.

Last Chance for Yearbooks

Hurry to purchase and customize your 2013-2014 Travis yearbook plus add photos to your two free custom pages. Books will be shipped to your home. Ordering is simple.

1. Go to www.TreeRing.com/validate

2. Enter our school’s passcode: 1013463209432855.

Yearbooks are $24.94 plus shipping (approximately $8).

Gardeners Needed

Do you enjoy working in the garden, picking and planting things or just being outside for a few minutes a week? Come join us in the Travis Garden maintaining a garden plot this summer. We are in need of many gardeners to maintain our garden beds so the kids come back to school to beautiful, bountiful classroom garden beds. You can pick and you can plant and enjoy some time showing your kiddos the joys of gardening. It’s an easy and fun job that will be appreciated by the entire community as we plan to harvest a bit each week for the Heights Interfaith Food Pantry just north of Travis. Come and go as you can and enjoy the summer in our beautiful garden! If you are interested please contact Jennifer Jordan.

Let's Dig In And Get Those Beds Ready For Summer

Please come out May 24 at 8 a.m. to help prepare the Travis Garden for the upcoming summer. Bring gloves, sunscreen, bug spray and wear close toed shoes for safety. If you have a wheel barrow feel free to roll it on over at we will be weeding, mulching and harvesting any ready crops. See you on the 24th!

Early Jump on School Supplies

The school year hasn’t even ended, but you can get a jump start on next year. The PTA is offering school supply packages again this year. A flyer went home earlier.  I have attached another one with this email. You can purchase your school supplies online until July 11th. This company will allow you to customize your order. You can add more things or not order another something if you already have 15 at home.
Reasons to purchase the school supplies on line:

  1. Easy
  2. One Stop Shopping
  3. Delivered to your home (ready to bring to Meet the Teacher Day in August)
  4. Supports the PTA and the school

Three helpful hints about school supplies:

  1. Order Early (one less thing to worry about this summer before school starts)
  2. Order Early (less chance things will be backordered)
  3. Order Early (less chance it will not arrive on time)

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Don’t forget….Order Early!

Art Car Reminder

The mighty Travisaurus art car will be riding in the Houston Art Car Parade this Saturday, May 10. A dedicated group of Travis parent volunteers, staff, and students has been working for several weeks on the giant triceratops built around an old ambulance. Students have painted many of its panels in art class with Mr. Arena. The parade rolls down Allen Parkway beginning at 2 p.m. More information will be communicated this week. Don’t miss it!