Jan. 21 Newsletter – Lost and Found, Teacher Talent Show, Fifth grade news

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Calendar of Events

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

Lost and Found
Please check the lost and found, located just inside the front doors (to the right), in the music hallway. We have accumulated a large number of coats, jackets, scarves, gloves and clothes. THESE ITEMS WILL BE DONATED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1.

Save the Date: Teacher Talent Show
Are you coming to the talent show? Are you ready to see the best talents Summitt has to offer? Teacher Talent Show is on Friday, January 30th, at 7pm in the Summitt cafeteria. Tickets will be sold next week, January 26-30, at 7:30 am and 2:30pm in the Great Hall. The tickets will also be sold the night of the show. The first five rows are $10 per seat. The rest of the tickets are $5 each. If you cannot purchase tickets at school, send your money in an envelope and indicate how many tickets you need. The teachers will do their best to pick great seats for you. Concession items will be available for purchase at the show. Our Teacher Talent Show benefits the Koblenz Exchange Program. See you at the show!​

Fifth Grade News
Fifth grade students need to know the following concepts to successfully complete the Murchison Middle School Technology Exemption Test. If the exemption test is passed, students will be exempt from one semester of Tech Careers, giving them a chance to take a full year fine arts class and an additional semester fine arts class during their sixth grade year. Passing the exemption test gives incoming sixth graders more flexibility when choosing their classes. The study guide with a list of what students need to know for the test is here – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNaGp2RkxPSUNRbWEtYzZrVGZDd3FFNC02SEQ0/view?usp=sharing

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
– This is the last week for Read to Succeed! The deadline is Jan. 23. 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 began last week! The program runs until 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, this Friday, 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.

– We will be celebrating the birthdays between January 18-24 and July 18-24 this Friday at morning assembly. Feel free to join your child on the stage for some dancing and fun!

– 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. Nomination forms can be found in the office or online at http://www.austinisd.org/academics/advancedacademics/gifted/parent-corner

There is a general information session being hosted by Mrs. Richey and Ms. Coppola on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:45 am or 4pm in the library. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the screening process, the timetable, and accommodations provided by the district.

Additionally, there are 2 invitations for upcoming GT events around town! One is on Jan. 31 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNd3l5cUdGMkdJaHZYa2I4eE52X1RyZElYcmhz/view?usp=sharing) and the other is on Feb. 7 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNSVQzTkZEdXFjWHlJNmVpMjZpcWdXbVNPdWpj/view?usp=sharing) . It might be fun to get a group of students to coordinate and go together. Please email denise.richey@austinisd.org (mailto:denise.richey@austinisd.org) if interested. I can create an email list of interested families.


Vertical Team News: Help Doss Elementary Library
The librarian at Doss Elementary entered in a contest that could result in a substantial financial award to their library. The funds would go to continue our Read Across Doss program. This program supports the reading program at Doss including author visits, book clubs, and genre studies. In the past, they have invited their sister school – Brown Elementary – to their author visits and would like to use the funds, in part, to continue the collaboration with Brown Elementary. Doss is the only AISD school that has applied. Click on the link below, enter your email address and you will receive a pin number. Put the pin number in and vote for Doss. Everyday 🙂 It literally takes less than a minute. The Doss school and community thanks you in advance!

Click here and vote for Doss: http://follettchallenge.com/video.cfm?id=485 (http://follettchallenge.com/video.cfm?id=485) . After you’ve cast YOUR vote, share this link with your friends, neighbors, and everyone you know! You can cast 1 vote per day from today until Friday, Jan. 30th. There’s a share of $200K on the line – we NEED your support!! The 10 videos with the most votes win the ‘People’s Choice Award’, and 20% of our total score is based on how many votes we receive.

The Follett Challenge is a program created to reward schools for their work to engage students, foster literacy, and promote critical thinking. Our video focuses on our Read Across Doss (RAD) program and what makes this collaboration with the Doss Library, our PTA, and our larger reading community so awesome!

AISD Family Support Co-op
AISD’s Special Education Department has a Family Support Co-op session on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Kealing Middle School, 1607 Pennsylvania Ave., from 5:30-8 p.m. A light meal will be served and free childcare is provided. For more information, click here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNWG1SU19WN0NyQk8zRFQ3VUVzQ3BndU1neXdR/view?usp=sharing) .

Trojans Pop Warner Football News
Trojans Pop Warner (https://leagueathletics.com/Default.asp?org=trojanpw.com) will start their third season this fall. We are excited to bring Cheer to our organization in 2015 and are currently looking for volunteers to get involved! Please contact Megan Foster (meganfoster2002@yahoo.com (mailto:meganfoster2002@yahoo.com) ) with questions and more information about Cheer. Questions about TPW in general? Contact Myra Adkins (myra@wordofmouthcatering.com (mailto:myra@wordofmouthcatering.com) ). Check out what we’ve been up to (http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2c178bd0c48c6280b2d2ec542&id=0ba6c84a9b) , including the new Cheer program!

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 on 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)

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