An End of Year Message from Mr. Day

Thank You

The last week of the 2013-2014 school year is upon us and I want to thank you for the part you play in making Travis Elementary the unique school community that it is. Your visibility, connectedness, volunteerism, and donations of time, money, and spirit – along with the passion and contributions of our dedicated faculty and staff – enhance our students’ personal growth and the quality of education at Travis. My first year as principal was a special one and I thank you all for your support. Best wishes for a safe and restful summer vacation!

A Couple Other Closing Items

We say goodbye this week to a few of our staff members who are moving on to other pursuits: Anne Goode, Jennifer Yeggoni, Kristin Alexander, Peggy Granger, Stella Mercker, Amber Davis, and Ana Davalos. I thank them all for their dedicated service to our students and wish them well.
The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! Chelsey Teske and Mayte Sanchez did a fantastic job coordinating the event. They, along with me, would like to give a warm thank you to Kroger, Shipley's, and all the parent volunteers who helped out. Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.
The iconic dinosaur in the Travis Spark Park is soon to be “Yarn Bombed”! Urban Yarnage, an ad hoc group of knitters and crocheters in Houston that design and develop fiber street art projects, will wrap the dinosaur bones in yarn as part of a temporary art installation this Saturday, June 7. This fun and whimsical art project will be on display until July 5. Visit Urban Yarnage for more information and images.

A Message from Mr. Day: Travis Teachers of the Year

We are proud to recognize our 2013-2014 Travis Elementary Teachers of the Year: Ms. Kari French and Ms. Jennifer Yeggoni.

Ms. French is a Travis first grade teacher and Chicago native who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from North Park University. She is completing her 28th year of teaching and fifth at Travis. She received her elementary teaching credentials at College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN and at one time taught Montessori Preschool in Honolulu.

Ms. Yeggoni is a Travis first and second grade bilingual teacher who was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and grew up all over Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her teaching certification while working in the Austin ISD. Ms. Yeggoni has spent the last year-and-a-half at Travis and her nine years of teaching have included experiences educating elementary-age children in India and preschool children with developmental delays and disabilities in the Early Childhood Intervention program.
We are grateful to Ms. French and Ms. Yeggoni for their outstanding teaching and contributing their rich experience to the Travis community!

Travisaurus: A Message From Mr. Day

The Travisaurus art car amazed spectators at the Houston Art Car Parade last Saturday and won 1st place – youth category! WOW! What an impressive sight it was – an embodiment of the unique spirit and tradition of Travis! A very special thank you to the dedicated group of Travis parent volunteers, staff, and students that toiled for several weeks constructing the giant triceratops built around an old ambulance, including: the Krathaus/McGettigan Family for coordinating the effort and for lending use of the vehicle; Travis art teacher Ron Arena; and the Hixson, Cion, Moore, Powers, Shepard and Anderson Families. We also thank Mr. Arena’s art students, the many un-named volunteers who worked on it, the Travis Foundation for grant funding, and Kathleen Ownby/Spark Park/Charming Charlie for donating to the cause. Truly awesome!

Another thank you goes to Travis parent Loriana Morris, who designed the 2013-2014 Travis Yearbook and coordinated its production, advertising, sales, and distribution. It’s a beautiful publication and pre-ordered copies were sent home with students on Thursday. If you would like to order a copy, see the info box below. Thanks again, Ms. Morris!
One more thank you goes to Travis parent Joey Norvell. On Saturday, May 3, along with our custodians Mr. Vaquiz and Mr. Cruz and employees of Norvell Enterprises, the group picked up and disposed of the endless layers of fallen leaves piled up along Beauchamp next to the Spark Park and up to the school. What an amazing service this was to our school community and very much appreciated!

A Couple of Items From Mr. Day

The Ned Show

Today, we had a student assembly to see the The Ned Show, a character education program based on three simple skills: Never Give Up (focus and persistence); Encourage Others (kindness and shared learning); and Do Your Best (diligence and excellence). For more information, visit their website. A separate letter describing the show has been placed in Tuesday Folders, which includes information on ordering a yo-yo, a visual token of the lessons covered. Yo- yo purchases are not required and simply help the company fund the program, which is offered free to schools. The more important line of action is to ask your child about what he/she learned and reinforcing those themes in conversation and actions. Many thanks!

Make-Up Day Absences

If your child was absent from school on the first district make-up day on Friday, April 18, please make sure to submit an excuse note to the office. Children who were absent in observance of a Religious Holy Day will not be counted as absent, however, the school must have documentation in the form of an excuse note to make this official. An absence is considered unexcused if a written note is not submitted. Thank you!