Newsletter, April 12, 2017

All returning students must register online for 2017-2018 school year. Login to your parent cloud account today to avoid filling out multiple paper forms:  https://my.austinisd.org  

School Supplies for next year


We are excited to announce a continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at WalMart, Target or Staples. Parents who used the service last year found 1st Day School Supplies to be convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, the prices are competitive! New this year: agendas and headphones for computer lab are included in the kit! You don’t have to order them at Meet the Teacher Night! You also have the option to donate a kit for students who need school supplies. You can make your purchase right now, so get started by clicking here: http://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=105797

Multicultural night next week
Summitt’s Multicultural Night will be on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 6 – 8 PM. Each grade level will participate in a cultural performance to begin the celebration. After the performances, there will be a variety of activities such as games, crafts and food sampling. We would love to see you in your country’s traditional costume!

Spring Fling tickets on sale until next Friday
Spring Fling, Summitt’s adult-only silent auction fundraiser, will be at Abel’s North on Saturday, April 29 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are available online now or in the Great Hall April 17th – 21st.  April 21st is the last day to purchase tickets. Order your tickets now so you we can get an accurate head count for the event. Raffle tickets will also be available in the Great Hall during ticket sales and at the event for some fabulous prize packages, like an overnight San Antonio trip including hotel stay and Sea World tickets. This is a fundraiser to pay the salary for our technology teacher, Barbara Neill. Austin ISD does not pay for a technology teacher at our campus and we want to make sure our students know basic computer skills in order for them to succeed.

Childcare at Spring Fling
Childcare is available during Spring Fling at Summitt through United Family Care Social Services. It costs $20 for the first child, and $10 for additional siblings. Registration and payment can be made with cash or credit card after school in the cafeteria with Ca’Ron.The price includes pizza, dessert, beverage, movie, games, etc. This is open only to parents who are attending Spring Fling, and we need at least 15 families to participate in order to make it happen. Register now as there is only space for 50 kids. More information is on the table in the Great Hall or click here for the registration form and waiver:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNaDZhZHJVZHNDVG8/view?usp=sharing

Spring Picture packets
The spring pictures should come home to your student(s) this week. Parents now have the opportunity to purchase from the package and customize their purchase to meet their needs. There is no obligation to purchase and any unselected prints can be returned to the school. Students returning packages/money will receive a responsibility pencil from the teacher.

Please return full picture package (do not wish to buy), partial picture purchase or full package purchase (with money enclosed) by Friday, May 5, 2017.

Field Days
I can’t believe we are less than 3 weeks away from Field Day! This year’s theme is “HERO UP!”

K-2 Field Day is on Thursday, April 27th and 5th graders will help run stations from 8-10:30 am.

3-5 Field Day will take place on Friday, April 28th and stations will run from 8:15-10:30 am.

We need volunteers to help run stations on Friday, April 28th, and we would also appreciate donations of water bottles, juice boxes and chalk for Captain America’s Chill & Chalk station.

The afternoons will be our PTA concessions/movie in the gym for all students that had Field Day that same morning. Encourage your students to wear their favorite Super Hero attire!

Icy treat truck every week
There will be a rotation of trucks selling ice cream or shaved ice after school every Friday until the end of the school year. A portion of the sales benefits Summitt PTA.

Become a PTA volunteer
Summitt PTA has a few positions open. These are not board positions and most are seasonal commitments. Some positions can be done at home. Please consider helping so we can make events and communication go smoothly.

  • Bulletin Board Decorator – decorate the bulletin board in the Great Hall; mostly done before or around the start of the school year and then updated when needed

  • Coke Rewards – pick up Coke Rewards donation box at school and input Coke Rewards numbers into a Summitt account; most work is done at home

  • Eagles Night Out Coordinator – coordinate with RR Express and Texas Stars about discounts/donations for Summitt families to attend a game

  • Book Fair Committee Member – help plan the book fair in the Fall

  • Eagle Fest Co-chair – Help plan Eagle Fest in the Fall

  • Communication Team Member – Help maintain website, take pictures during events or help post the Newsletter

  • Boosterthon Co-chair- Help coordinate Fun Run in February 2018

  • Yearbook team – Trained to help lay out the yearbook; most work is in the Spring

If you would like more information please email Nicole at Nicoleerin@Outlook.com

Diaper drive
The 3rd Grade Girl Scout Troop 40 is hosting a “diaper drive” to benefit The Austin Diaper Bank. The Austin Diaper Bank supports diaper needs in all age groups, from newborns to the elderly. Larger sizes, such as babies’ 4 or 5 and adult L/XL, are always in demand.

We are collecting:

Disposable diapers and pull-ups, even opened packages or loose diapers in good condition. Even diaper cakes.

Cloth diapers and accessories in good condition

Baby wipes and diaper cream

Adult diapers and pull-ups

Bed pads

Swim diapers

We have placed a box in Summitt’s Great Hall, just outside of the front office. We will be collecting donations until Friday, April 21st. Thank you so much!

Can Contest
Spring Can Contest March-29 thru April 21. Help your class win an ice cream party and the Championship Trophy! Drop off the cans by the trailer next to the basketball court. Find an entry slip in the office or on the community table in the Great Hall. Slips go in the container next to the pop top house. Any questions? Contact Sharon Reed at simsreed@sbcglobal.net.

Counselors’ Corner
Thank you to those of you who have brought empty Voss water bottles! However, we still need many more bottles. We are hopeful we will have enough so each teacher can have 2 bottles. Our goal is 200 bottles, but every bottle  helps. We appreciate your help. Please know you can purchase a six-pack of the small Voss bottled water for $6. Thank you!

Save the Date: Round Rock Express game
Summitt is having a Spirit Night with the Round Rock Express on Friday, May 19 at 7:05 p.m. Get a group out and watch some amazing baseball. There will be fireworks afterwards! They are offering us discounted tickets and giving a portion of our ticket sales back to the PTA. Tickets are already available, so buy your tickets now. They are $6 for lawn seating and $11 for Infield Reserved seats when you enter the code. More information is here.

Go to: www.rrexpress.com/may19
Enter code: summitt (must be all lowercase)

Tour Vietnam this winter break
Have a chance to visit magical Halong Bay, the ancient city of Hoi An, the capital city of Hue and fabulous Saigon this Winter Break. This might be your last opportunity to go to Vietnam with other Summitt families while your child is a student here. Co Thuy says they will not offer another trip for the next 5 years. The Itinerary and preliminary costs are in this file:  https://drive.google.com/…/0B2U9EyoinyBNMlNXZmJSNDhFa…/view…

Contact Co Thuy at thuy.nguyen@austinisd.org if you have questions. You can join the Vietnam Trip Facebook Group if you are more serious about going: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657500931217540/

Summitt Alumni Scholarship
The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship is now accepting applicants through May 2, 2017. The scholarship was established to recognize former students who have excelled in their academic endeavors, supported their community through various service projects and/or participated in extra-curricular activities, and proven they possess the drive to further their education. By granting these scholarships, we encourage students to pursue their academic endeavors and hope to strengthen relationships between Summitt and its alumni. Summitt Elementary will offer either one (1) $600.00 or (2) $300.00 scholarship/s, depending on the number of qualified applicants. The deadline to apply is May 2, 2017. More information is here.


AISD and Community Events

Anderson Trojan Belles Spring Show
The Anderson Trojan Belles present their annual Spring Show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 27-29, in the Anderson High School’s Performing Arts Center. The shows start at 7 pm each night. You won’t want to miss the Trojan Belles, Anderson Dance Guard, Senior Guys Dance, Newbie Team, MMS Junior Belles and much, much more!

Online Ticket Sales
Tickets may be purchased online from April 1, 2017 to Sunday, April 23, 2017. Online tickets are $12 (plus a service fee). Tickets purchased online will be available at “Will Call” the night of the show. To purchase tickets online, go to www.trojanbelles.com.

School Ticket Sales
Tickets may be purchased on April 26, 27 & 28 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) in the school cafeteria during lunch from 12:35-1:20 pm. Ticket price during cafeteria sales is $10 per ticket. During cafeteria sales, AHS students may purchase one $5 ticket for the Thursday night show only.

Box Office Ticket Sales
Tickets are available at the Box Office on show nights- April 27, 28 & 29 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). The Box Office opens at 6:15 pm each night. Ticket price at the Box Office is $15.

AISD Facility Master Plan
For the latest news and information on AISD’s Facility Master Plan, visit www.austinisd.org/fmp. Information as it relates directly to Anderson can be found in Appendix A: School Recommendations Organized by Vertical Team

Girlstart Conference
Have your girl participate in Girls in STEM Conference, part of the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) national network. The conference is held at Travis High School on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-3:30pm. This unique program for girls in grades 4-8 offers a one-day series of workshops where girls participate in hands-on activities lead by women working in STEM careers. The conference is designed to introduce girls to STEM experiences, as well as female role models in STEM who encourage them to consider and pursue STEM careers. More information is here: http://www.girlstart.org/our-programs/girls-in-stem-conference

Teacher of the Year nominations
Krispy Kreme and Bush’s Chicken have their annual Teacher of the Year program. Nominate your favorite teacher for this award here and the winner receives $500 for the teacher and $500 for their school, plus prizes! Summitt had a Teacher of the Year winner in 2012, so let’s do it again!

Summer swim team
Join the Hurricane Swim Team this summer. It’s a family-friendly summer swim team and their season runs from May-July. Their website is https://hurricanes.swimtopia.com/. More information is here.

AISD Customer Service Survey
The Austin Independent School District strives to provide all customers with excellent service. When you, our customer, contact a campus or administrative office we expect that you are immediately connected to the appropriate staff member and are treated with courtesy and respect. Please help us to improve our customer service by completing this short survey.  https://austinisd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_09rGfU8NFLNKuuV

Austin Child Guidance Center Classes
The Austin Child Guidance Center on 810 W. 45th St. has free parenting classes each month. More details here.

Educational series at The Ranch
The Ranch Achievement Program has a series of educational classes for parents. For more information, click here.

Monster Jam
Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet is returning to the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. There will be a pit party prior to the Saturday show from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the arena floor, which gives fans the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers. Fans can purchase pit passes for $10 from TexasBoxOffice.com.

Summit Elementary Groups of 10 or more SAVE $5 on tickets!* To purchase tickets, call (512) 232-4343, email GroupSales@erwin.utexas.edu or fill out our Groups Sales order form HERE. Deadline to order is Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m. For more information about this and other Frank Erwin Center Events, please visit us at uterwincenter.com.

*Excludes $35 Gold Circle seats and $10 Party in the Pits passes. No double discounts. Offer is subject to availability. Facility fee and convenience charges may apply. All information is subject to change.


 

There are camps open at Anderson High School this summer. Many of them are open to elementary grades. Find it here.

Anderson Belle Camp
Come dance with the Anderson Trojan Belles at their 2017 BELLES SUMMER DANCE CAMP, June 19th – 22nd at Murchison Middle School(new location). Full day elementary aged campers will learn dances, participate in daily arts & crafts and game time, perform with the Belles, and more! Half day middle and high school campers learn more challenging dance routines, how the Belles practice and what it takes to be a Belle. Registration forms coming soon at  www.trojanbelles.com. Registration begins early this year on February 1st. http://www.trojanbelles.com/uploads/3/8/4/6/38467185/camp_flyer_2017.pdf

Anderson Cheer Camp
Come cheer with the Anderson cheerleaders at their 2017 SUMMER CHEER CAMP, July 10-13 at Westover Hills Church – 8332 Mesa Drive, 78759 (across the street from Anderson High School) (new location). Camp fees are $215 until 6/24 and $250 after that date. Based on space, we will not allow any walk-ins. Early sign up is suggested, http://www.trojancheer.org/cheer-camp-1/2016

Theater summer camp
The Paramount Theatre is hosting a summer camp at nearby Davis Elementary, June 19-30. In Camp Story Wranglers students will explore story-writing, songwriting, costume and prop design, as well as acting, to create a new, thrilling, hilarious, weird, poignant, SNL-style, you-name-it production. The camp will not only challenge students to be creative writers, but will challenge them to bring their stories to life. Campers will be featured in a final performance downtown at Stateside at the Paramount on the final day of camp. Registration is now open and scholarships are available! Visit www.austintheatre.org/camps.

Camp Invention
Camp Invention
has a summer camp at Davis Elementary on June 12-16. More information is here.

Camp Challenger
Join us for 5 days of stimulating, creative, and highly interactive team-based challenges like you have never seen before in your local elementary or middle school classrooms!  Campers will complete STEAM-related challenges that are fun, interactive, and push them to use both their LEFT and RIGHT brain. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics- each day is ACTION packed with 5 main challenges and several mini challenges. More information is here: http://www.phoenixaviation.org/programs/summer-camps/

Chinese Summer Camp
There is a Chinese Language and Arts Summer Camp at Westlake Chinese Academy. Flyer is here. More information is here: www.WestlakeChineseAcademy.org/camp