SILVER ROCKET ART SHOW AND POETRY READING PARTY

Calling all Silver Rocket fans! Please join us at Kaboom Books (3116 Houston Avenue) on Sunday, May 19, at 2pm for Silver Rocket’s launch party, celebrating all artists and poets.  

Did you know that Travis PTA fully underwrites all Silver Rocket printing costs, enabling every student and staff member to receive their own copy of this special publication? That’s your PTA dollars at work!

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PLAYGROUND CLEAN UP

Get outside, enjoy the cooler weather, and help us keep the playground clean for our little Tigers! If you are looking for a way to help out that doesn't require much of a time commitment and lets you work outside, then this is for you. Grab a friend or two and spend about 30 minutes walking around the playground picking up trash. We’ll even provide the gloves and trash bags! This is also a perfect service project for our Girl Scout/Cub Scout troops. Click here to sign up.

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MARKER, CRAYON, AND SHOE RECYCLING

Travis is part of the Crayola ColorCycle and The Crayon Initiative! Bring in ANY plastic markers (dry erase and highlighters included) and ALL your broken/unwanted crayons for our final collection of the year. Markers will be shipped back to Crayola to be recycled. Crayons will be shipped to The Crayon Initiative, melted down into new crayons, and given to children in various hospitals.

Our World Wear Project shoe donation program will take your family's gently used shoes (no holes, peeling or tears please). Donated shoes will be sent to people in developing countries who would otherwise not be able to afford them, plus Travis receives some funds, too. We are starting box six of our shoe donation and we are so close to filling it up. Help us break the school record! The donation box is located in the front hallway by the Community Room until May 31.

Designated ColorCycle, Crayon Initiative, and World Wear Project donation boxes will also be available at Dinner in the Garden on May 23. Contact PTA Environmental Chair Derby Stevens with any questions. 

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HELP SUPPORT HB 3!

We are down to the final three weeks of the session, as we wait for our legislators to pass a bill that addresses many of the important concerns facing Texas public schools. It’s critical we lobby our lawmakers on the joint education committee to pass HB 3!

On May 6, the Senate voted 26-2 on HB 3, which would increase student funding, grant teachers and librarians a $5,000 pay raise, and fund full day pre-k for low-income students. However, the bill in its current form would not increase sales tax to lower school district property taxes - the Texas House and Senate will have to compromise on their significant differences over the bill before it can be signed into law. The two key differences? How to offer teachers pay raises and property tax relief.


HB 3 also restores the G/T allotment (via an amendment made by Sen. Jane Nelson). There were major differences from the House bill regarding this, and accordingly, the chambers appointed members to negotiate the final provisions of the bill.

This conference committee will begin meeting this or next week and will likely conclude by the end of next week. Please take the time to contact the conference committee members (linked above) and show your support for the G/T allotment being included in the final bill.  You can also call your own State Representative and Senator to make sure they pass HB 3 once the final provisions are negotiated by the committee.

Find your elected officials HERE. Call your representative via their Austin number, found HERE. If you don’t get your representative on the line, leave your name, details and a prepared pitch on voicemail or with a staffer. Here is a sample script:

“Hello, my name is _____, and my zip code is ______. I am calling to ask [Senator/Rep] ___________ to support HB 3 including the GT allotment amendment. This matters to me greatly because  ______. Thank you for your time.”

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A MESSAGE FROM YOUR YEARBOOK STAFF

We want to thank everyone who ordered a yearbook and let you know that yearbooks have arrived and will be sent home by the end of this week. It’s not too late to order your yearbook for home shipment. Order HERE (passcode: 1013463209432855).

We also want to thank all the 5th grade students who submitted artwork for the Travis yearbook cover. We had so many wonderful submissions, making it a really difficult decision for our judges. Congratulations to Catie Giesen for being this year's yearbook cover winner! Here's to being a Travis Tiger, where we are not just friends, but family.

-Travis Yearbook Staff

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SDMC MEETING

The final meeting of the 2018-19 Shared Decision-Making Committee (SDMC) is next Wednesday, May 15. If you have feedback, concerns, or praise that you would like addressed at the meeting, you may send a note to SDMC@travispta.org or drop a written note in the box at the school’s front desk. You may choose to remain anonymous in either instance if you wish. Please submit any notes by 3pm on May 14 to ensure inclusion in the meeting. All notes are read aloud and discussed at the meeting, ensuring that relevant issues are addressed. Bringing information or concerns to this committee is one way to see action taken on the matters that matter most to you!

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TRAVIS SHAKESPEARE PLAYERS

Mark your calendars for the Spring 2019 performances by the Travis Shakespeare Players! Each cast will be performing Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."


Thursday Shakespeare Players

Thursday, May 16, 2019

6:00 P.M.


Tuesday Shakespeare Players

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

6:00 P.M.

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FAREWELL TO MRS. RICHBURG

After nearly 30 years of teaching, with the last 12 here at Travis, Michelle Richburg will be moving on to her next chapter at the end of the school year. We’d like to send her off in style with a gesture of our deep gratitude for the immeasurable wisdom she has imparted to countless students, and for a lifetime of sacrifice spent teaching. Whatever the future holds next for Mrs. Richburg, her husband Ronnie, and their college-student daughters (University of Arkansas and Blinn College), we’d like to provide her an opportunity for some well-earned relaxation in the form of gift cards to her favorite establishments. If you would like to help show Mrs. Richburg how deeply we appreciate the many years of service spent educating our children and an entire generation, you can do so by sending donations to parent volunteer Beth Lousteau by May 15 through her PayPal or Venmo accounts using her email address: bethlousteau@gmail.com. Please indicate “Richburg” in the notes section.

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COMMUNITY RECEPTION FOR SHARI BURKE AND MICHELLE RICHBURG

Two beloved teachers and members of the Travis Family – Shari Burke (30 years in education and 11 at Travis) and Michelle Richburg (27 years in education and 12 at Travis) – are retiring at the end of the year. Please join us for a community reception to honor and say goodbye to them both on Thursday, May 16 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

Former and current students’ families and fans of Ms. Burke and Ms. Richburg are invited to share their favorite stories, quotes, memories, well wishes and photos by emailing them to Mayte Sanchez at msanch45@houstonisd.org. They will be displayed at the reception and attendees can add to the collection at the event as well. These items will later be compiled into memory books for them.

We hope you can join us.

Sincerely,
Mr. Day

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MAY EVENTS

May 1, School Principal Day

May 3, School Lunch Hero (Cafeteria Workers) Day

May 6-10,  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8, PTA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

May 8, School Nurse Day

May 13-15,  STAAR testing (no campus visitors or volunteers)

May 16 (7:15-8:30am), PTA Superhero Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast & PTA Meeting

May 23 (6-7:30pm), Dinner in the Garden

May 31, last day of school


HISD BUDGET UPDATE

Remember back in the golden days (a few months ago), when HISD announced a $210 per student (PUA) cut to the 2019-20 budget?  Then, in early April, HISD announced the cut would be reduced to “only” $73 per student. And THEN, just last week, HISD made principals aware that there would be NO cut to PUA for 2019-20.  What a roller coaster! The good news is that Travis will not see additional budget cuts next year. The less good news is that the school is operating on a dramatically reduced budget as a result of prior year general, magnet, and GT funding cuts.  Be part of restoring equity to all schools by making your state representatives and senators aware of your support for HB 3, which raises the per-student funding amount for ALL Texas public school students. More info and contact details are available HERE.  

-Jenny Teague, PTA President


TRAVIS TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

The first week in May (6th - 10th) is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we want to show our teachers how much we love them! Let's thank them for all their hard work by giving them a luncheon they'll remember. On May 8th, we're going to have a TEX-MEX buffet for all faculty and staff.  It’s all hands on deck, so sign up to help HERE.

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SAVE THE DATE: CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES ON MAY 16th!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 16, from 7:15 to 8:30 am. Travis PTA would love to thank all our volunteers, donors, and sponsors with a special breakfast honoring YOUR collective superpowers. This is a fun time to catch up with your Travis family and share some successes from the concluding school year. Beginning at 7:45, PTA will host the final general meeting of the year. The 2019–20 budget will be proposed for adoption, and updates and exciting developments for the next school year will be shared. We hope to see you there!


HAPPY RETIREMENT TO MRS. BURKE!

We need your help to say thank you to Mrs. Burke for inspiring Kindergartners to love learning for more than 30 years.  At the end of this school year, we will wish Mrs. Burke all the best as she retires from Travis to spend more time with her family.  It is almost impossible to say thank you enough for all Mrs. Burke has given to her students and our school as she has worked tirelessly and selflessly for so long, but we are going to give it a try!  

 Mrs. Burke loves the beach and travel, and we are planning to gift her with an Airbnb gift card so she can enjoy time away with her husband and children.  Mrs. Burke’s current class is organizing, so you can contact room parent Stacey Saunders by May 15th if you’d like to contribute or send donations via PayPal or Venmo using Stacey’s email address (Stacey.Saunders@chevron.com).

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