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Jan. 28, 2014 Newsletter
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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)
Saturday, Feb. 7 – Charming Charlie Fundraiser
Monday, Feb. 9 – PTA board meeting
Thursday, Feb. 12 – Morning Tet show
Friday, Feb. 13 – Evening Tet show
Monday, Feb. 16 – holiday, no school
Wednesday, Mar. 4 – Skate night
Saturday, Mar. 7 – 5th grade Volleyball Playday at Explore UT
Monday, Mar. 9 – PTA board meeting
Friday, Mar. 13 – Rita’s Ice after school
Mar. 16-20 – Spring Break, no school
Thursday, Mar. 26 – Spring pictures
Friday, Mar. 27 – Rita’s Ice after school
Mar. 30-31 – STAAR test
Teacher Talent Show on Friday
The always-entertaining Teacher Talent Show is on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. this week, as well as before the show. There are still seats available – they’re $5 for each seat, which are reserved with a number. 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!
Counselor Appreciation Week
Next week is Counselor Appreciation Week. Please remember our counselors, Sandy Cumming and Tina Stogdill, and all of the hard work they do for us by saying thank you to them in commemoration of Counselor Appreciation Week, February 2-6, 2015!
Fundraising Day at Charming Charlie
Need a gift for your Valentine? Purchase something at Charming Charlie (in the Domain, near Dillard’s) on Saturday, Feb. 7 and a portion of the sale will go toward Summitt PTA. You just need to mention that you’re with Summitt when checking out. http://www.charmingcharlie.com/
Fifth Grade News
– Do you have a baby picture of your fifth-grader? Send it in to the yearbook! Please email a baby picture of your fifth-grader to firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) . Be sure to identify the baby in the picture. We would like all entries submitted by February 11.
– 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
Cultural Exchange to Vietnam
A Cultural Exchange Program hosted by the Vietnamese Dual Language Program has been established between Summitt Elementary and a school in Ho Chi Minh City. Cô Thủy is taking a group of parents, students, teachers and staff to visit Vietnam during the upcoming winter holidays, in Christmas 2015. If you are interested in being part of this trip please contact Cô Thủy at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) . Details of the trip will be presented at a later date.
Art merchandise for sale this week
The month of March is celebrated across the country as “National Youth Art Month” and the art students, teachers, and parents in Austin plan to observe this occasion in their own special way! Help us celebrate and support art by purchasing a high quality, light blue, 100% cotton, short-sleeved child or adult size T-shirt that has been designed by an elementary art student. Student and adult aprons will also be light blue and tote bags are available in dark blue. Our dream is to have a shirt on every child, teacher, and parent to display that art is basic to our lives!
Orders will be taken THIS WEEK only! T-shirts, tote bags, and child aprons are $10 each (no tax). Adult aprons are $12 each (no tax).
Goodwill Truck at Summitt
On Saturday, Feb. 14, Goodwill will park a truck at Summitt and we need to fill up that truck! Bring your gently used donations and Summitt PTA will receive a donation from them for filling up the truck. More information coming soon.
Girls on the Run update
Girls on the Run will begin in February, but there are no new spots open. Look for new registration for the Fall semester in August.
Library News and GT News
– Birthday Book Club – Celebrating all birthdays for the week of January 25 -31 and July 25 – 31 on Friday, January 30. Come and dance it out!
– Bookspring Read-a-Thon 2015 – We have officially begun this year’s read-a-thon! Remember to log your minutes and pages through next Friday, February 6. For a packet or more info, contact Denise Richey at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) .
– Eager Eagle Readers – Congratulations to Alexa Moy and Jordan and Jenesis Gorbett for being the first Pre-K students to complete 25 books for the Eager Eagle reader program. They each received a brand new book of their choosing for their hard work. Keep up the good work, readers!
– GT Nominations – The GT committee will continue to take nominations through the end of this week. The window will close to nominations as of Friday afternoon. Please contact your teacher if you are interested, stop by the office for forms, or find them online at this link: http://www.austinisd.org/academics/advancedacademics/gifted/parent-corner
If you are considering nominating your child, you are encouraged to talk to your child’s teacher for their input as well. Additionally, find attached 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) if interested. I can create an email list of interested families.
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 2.
Marathon Kids running logs are due next 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!
AISD AND COMMUNITY NEWS
Anderson High Baseball
Anderson High School Baseball invites you to help them Kick-off the 2015 season! Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Anderson Trojan Baseball Booster Club! It will be Saturday, February 21st from 3-8 p.m.
At 3 p.m., meet us at the Anderson baseball field for our annual Hit-a-Thon. It’s a great day of family fun: meet Anderson players and coaches, watch the Anderson players compete for hitting the ball the farthest, and kids can participate as well and pay to hit. We will also have drawings for prizes (must be present to win).
From 5-8 p.m., head to Chipotle at the Arbor Walk, located at 10515 North MoPac Expressway. Simply tell the cashier you’re supporting Anderson Baseball and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Anderson Trojan Baseball Booster Club! It’s EASY and FUN! Hope to see you all there – GO TROJANS!!
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) ) with questions and more information about Cheer. Questions about TPW in general? Contact Myra Adkins (firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) ). Check out what we’ve been up to (http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2c178bd0c48c6280b2d2ec542&id=0ba6c84a9b) , including the new Cheer program!
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 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2i2wvpnue659tkh/Website%20Video.m4v?dl=0 ) (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.
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