Jan. 14 Newsletter – Superintendent forum at Summitt, Skate Night, Original Artworks

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, Jan. 15 – AISD forum at Summitt, 4-5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Skate night

Monday, Jan. 19 – holiday, no school

Friday, Jan. 30 – Teacher talent show

Wednesday, Feb. 4 – Summitt Family Night at Catfish Parlour

Friday, Feb. 6 – Class Picture Day (date change)

Monday, Feb. 9 – PTA board meeting

Thursday, Feb. 12 – Morning Tet show

Friday, Feb. 13 – Evening Tet show

Monday, Feb. 16 – holiday, no school

Meeting at Summitt with AISD Superintendent Finalist Paul Cruz
Austin ISD community forums continue throughout January to give staff, students, families and community members the chance to meet the sole finalist for superintendent. Paul Cruz will give a short presentation at each forum and will then open the floor to questions from those in attendance.

The Jan. 15 forum at Summitt Elementary School will include Vietnamese interpretation. The Jan. 15 forum at Pickle Elementary School will be conducted in Spanish with English interpretation; all other forums will include Spanish interpretation.

Schedule of forums:
– Jan. 15: 4–5 p.m., Summitt Elementary School (Vietnamese interpretation), 12207 Brigadoon Lane; 6–7:30 p.m., Pickle Elementary School (Spanish with English interpretation), 1101 Wheatley Ave.

– Jan. 21: 6–7:30 p.m., Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St.

– Jan. 24: 10–11:30 a.m., Crockett High School, 5601 Manchaca Road

Skate Night on Thursday
Join other Summitt Families for a rocking skate night on Thursday, January 15th! Which grade level will have the most students? Come find out on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Playland Skate Center (8822 McCann). It’s only $5 per skater. They have a playscape, arcade, and skate helpers for an additional fee.

Original Artworks
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Original Works fundraiser; it was a huge success and the products turned out beautifully! If you missed the deadline to order through the school, you still have a chance to make an order online through Original Works’ website. Visit Original Works’ eStore at http://www.originalworks.com/store/. In the eStore you can upload images, place your order on line, and have it shipped directly to your home. We providing this information because some parents have expressed a desire to make an additional order. Because the E-Store order is not through the school program, there is a shipping charge to a home address. If you have any questions please contact Jill Maxfield at maxfield.jill@gmail.com (mailto:maxfield.jill@gmail.com) .

PE News
Marathon Kids running logs are due by Friday, Feb 6th, which is the last day to turn in the order for the free finisher shirts. Thanks so much for participating and please get those in as soon as possible!

Thanks so much to our Fuel Up to Play 60 5th graders for their great warm-up ideas for our WOW Wednesday assembly and for coming up with the 5th grade snack intervention: Anna Otto, Keiana Alber, Isabel Duong, Ellie Skalaban, Isabella Saldivar, Megan Onuoha, Janka Rutkovsky, Ximena Woodhead, Olivia Griffin, Monique Wright, and Cailin Cifra. Information about 5th grade volleyball playday at Explore UT will be coming very soon.

Library News
– We have extended the deadline to January 23rd!!! To all my 4th and 5th graders, we are still accepting Read to Succeed reading logs to earn a free ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. All you have to do is read 6 extra hours and fill out the log. Yes, you can count reading you did over the break! Stop by the library to pick up your log if you need one. Your parents will thank you this summer.

– For pre-K students, our Eager Eagle Readers Incentive Program begins this week! The program runs from Jan. 12-May 29. All Pre-K students at Summitt are invited to participated in the Eager Eagles Reader program. The goal of the program is for students to listen to 100 books being read during the course of the spring semester.

This is how the program works:
* If a student listens to 25 books and returns signed reading log form, the student will receive a free paperback book of their choice.
* If a student listens to 50 books and returns signed reading log form, the student will receive a reading medal. (Yes, the first 25 count toward the 50.)
* If a student listens to 75 books and returns signed reading log form, the student will receive an Eager Eagle Reader t-shirt. (Yes, the first 50 count toward the 75.)
* If a student listens to 100 books and returns signed reading log form, the student will be invited to the End of the Year Reading Celebration. (Yes, the first 75 count toward the 100.)

Reading at home with your child helps him/her to become a better listener as well as a reader. Anyone who reads—parents, grandparents, baby sitters, or older siblings—may read with the student to reach these goals. Two books will be sent home in a book bag with each student. After the books have been read, students will return the bag and receive a new bag with two new books. To reach the 100 book goal, the students need to hear about 5 books a week.

Important things to remember:
* To get credit for books read, students MUST turn in signed reading logs.
* Additional books from the home or public library can also count toward the goal.
* It is important to return the bag of books on a regular basis, so the selection can be rotated through all students.

– And for all our Summitt readers, January 23rd will be the kick-off assembly for our Bookspring Read-a-Thon! All students are invited to be book heroes as readers all over the city work to raise money for this amazing literacy support program. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be explaining the program to our students. Following that, information will be sent home. Be on the look-out–this is a great reading resolution for all our students to work towards. If there are any Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops, families, or organizations of any kind that are interested in helping with the assembly, please contact me ASAP.

– Happy news! Our sweet guinea pig, Shelley, was given a sweet friend and companion. Her new little friend needs a name. Stop by and meet this cute furry “friend” and add your suggestion to the name jar. I will continue to take any name ideas until Friday, January 17.

– We will be celebrating the birthdays between January 11 – 17 and July 11 – 17 this Friday at morning assembly. Feel free to join your child on the stage for some dancing and fun!

– Lastly, the window for nominating students for the AISD Gifted and Talented program has opened. Students can be nominated by teachers or parents to be considered for the program until Friday, January 30. If you are have any questions, or are interested in the program, please feel free to email the GT Advocate, Denise Richey at denise.richey@austinisd.org (mailto:denise.richey@austinisd.org) . If you are considering nominating your child, you are encouraged to talk to your child’s teacher for their input. We will offer a few general information meetings soon to help clarify the program and the process.

Come by the library or call Denise Richey at (512) 414-4249 if you have any questions.

AISD AND COMMUNITY NEWS

Nominate teachers and staff for AISD awards
Open nominations for Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Counselor of the Year, Librarian of the Year and Classified Staff of the Year began Jan. 5 and close Jan. 31. We invite staff, students, parents and community members to nominate a candidate for these awards. To nominate, go to www.aisdsalute.org (http://www.aisdsalute.org/) . Join us May, 19, at the AISD Performing Arts Center.

Kickball Registration
Northwest Austin (NWA) Kickball is accepting registrations for our 2015 Spring Kickball season. NWA Kickball is a girls-only kickball league providing girls with an exciting kickball experience for over 35 years. There are 5 divisions with players ranging from ages 4-18. Come join us! Register online: www.nwakickball.com or E-mail: info@nwakickball.com (mailto:info@nwakickball.com)

The NWA Kickball season runs from March thru May. NWA Kickball provides a positive, safe environment to build self-confidence, learn good sportsmanship, make new friends and most importantly, have fun! Come be part of the most exciting game around!

High school graduation plan video
Have you ever wondered or want a better understanding of the new graduation plan? Take a look at the Anderson High School developed graduation plan video. It takes a very complex plan and making it simple to understand. It takes about 7 minutes to watch. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2i2wvpnue659tkh/Website%20Video.m4v?dl=0​​​

Project Graduation Spring Flower Sales
Project Graduation is an all-night alcohol and drug-free party for graduating seniors at Anderson. Two different varieties of beautiful one gallon plants are on sale for $9 each: Geraniums – red or salmon OR New Guinea Impatiens – Hot pink or white

Orders and payment are due by March 13, 2015. Plants will be available for pickup on Friday, March 27, 2015, from 9am-5pm at Anderson (corner of Mesa and Cima Serena). A reminder to pick up your plants will be sent by email during the week of March 22. Order online with payment by credit card at http://tinyurl.com/PGSpringFlowerSale Questions? Contact Ann Baran, 512-825-4604.

Play well after school course
Our new after school enrichment course – Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO – at Summitt will begin Fridays, Jan. 23 – Apr.10, 2015, 2:50 – 4:20 pm. If you would like to register for this course, please go to the below link for registration information. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you in class! Click here to register. (http://play-well.org/course-finder/#/San_Antonio,_TX,_United_States/30.129748101121923/-99.53567339101556/31.350178287928923/-97.01156450429681/9/7038) If you don’t know about play-well or if you know someone that is interested in joining our class, please take a look at this 🙂 What We Do! (http://youtu.be/GWWQpuFQc40) Who We Are! (http://youtu.be/waPIc884dYo)

Baseball registration
Make plans to play ball at Balcones Youth Sports! Register online at http://balcones.net/. The fee includes costs for player shirts and hats. The Spring Season is a more competitive season and teams will have 12-17 games, two practices per week and older kids will inter-league. There are several special events during the Spring Season including: Opening Day, Team Photos Day, Balcones Day & MLB’s PHR (Pitch Hit & Run Competition). We will have a free skills clinic prior to the season opener, there will also be special preseason meetings for parents: Parent Rep (team Mom’s or Dad’s), Scorekeeping Clinic, Umpiring Clinic, Coaches Clinic (dates to be announced).

BYS participates in the Post Season District 11 Tournament in June and July aka City and State All-Star tournaments (additional player entry fees apply). These exciting tournaments have prerequisites to qualify to participate: the player must have played with a chartered Little League Team prior to the post-season tournament, live within the LL boundaries and have proof of age, residency. BYS’s 11-12 year old team has won the City Tournament two years in a row and our other divisions have advanced to the semi-finals in most other divisions played. We’d like to encourage you to sign up early and get ready to play ball next Spring! For Softball, there are post-season tournaments, last Spring our Pony team advanced to sectionals and the Mustang team placed 8th in Central Texas! For more information, see our FAQs pages for Little League Baseball (http://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=17018&org=balcones.net) or Softball.
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