Apr. 15 Newsletter – Morning Assembly/STAAR update, Need fish tank, Spring Fling update 

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Calendar of Events

Apr. 20-22 – STAAR test

Friday, Apr. 24 – Rita’s Ice after school

Tuesday, April 28 – Summitt Family Night at Blue Baker

Friday, May 1 – Rita’s Ice after school

May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week

Thursday, May 7 – Kinder Round-up

Friday, May 8 – Koblenz movie night

May 11-15 – Book Fair

Monday, May 11 – PTA board meeting

Thursday, May 14 – CATCH Family Fun Night (New date!)

Friday, May 15 – Rita’s Ice after school

Wednesday, May 20 – Skate Night

Thursday, May 21 – Rita’s ice after school

Friday, May 22 – Bad weather make up day – will have school

May 25 – holiday, no school

May 28-29 – Field Days

Friday, May 29 – Rita’s Ice after school

Tuesday, June 2 – Summitt Family Night at Phil’s Ice House/Amy’s Ice Cream

Thursday, June 4 – Last day of school

Thursday, June 4 – Rita’s ice after school

Morning Assembly information for next week
There will not be an assembly on the following days for STAAR testing:
Monday, April 20, 2015 — 5th grade Math STAAR
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — 3rd grade and 4th grade Math STAAR
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — 3rd grade and 4th grade Reading STAAR; 5th grade Science STAAR

– Please note that parents/grandparents/community members are not allowed on campus during STAAR testing due to confidentiality and security. Please schedule lunch with your student on another day. This is for ALL grade levels due to testing groups in rooms throughout the campus. Parents who assist with Monday folders are allowed to volunteer to complete Monday folders in the late afternoon.

– We need 4 volunteers to assist with outside car duty on Monday, April 20th, Tuesday, April 21st and Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:10 AM to 7:50 AM. If you can help with this task on any of these days please e-mail shana.pokorny@austinisd.org (mailto:shana.pokorny@austinisd.org) . THANK YOU for your support and help!!!

School needs fish tank
The school is in need of a 75 gallon glass fish tank, so if someone has one, please email shana.pokorny@austinisd.org (mailto:shana.pokorny@austinisd.org) or 512-414-4484. We have someone who can pick it up!

Need volunteer to build enclosure
Are you good at building/creating? We need a volunteer to make a Plexiglass box for Summitt. We need a clear Plexiglass Rectangle Box, with no Bottom and no Top, so it will sit inside a sand table. We would like to use it for the chicks so the students can watch them grow. The chicks will start hatching on April 27th, so we will need it before then. Please contact Shana, 512-414-4258 if you’re interested.

Measurements are:
height – 30 inches
length – 39 inches
width – 14 inches

Spring Fling update
We want to say thank you so much to all the Summitt families, teachers, and friends that came out to support the PTA and Mrs. Neill at Spring Fling. The event was a blast and we have received a ton of positive feedback. We greatly appreciate all the help we received from so many parents, teachers, and staff members that made this event such a success. We have tons of ideas and are already starting to look for Spring Fling committee members for next year. If you are interesting in being involved in planning Spring Fling next year, please reach out to us at springflingdonations@gmail.com (mailto:springflingdonations@gmail.com) .

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous donations. A list of families and businesses that have made donations to us is provided below.

Our current tallies show we have netted almost $11,000 from the event. We are still collecting payments for baskets and Teacher Time and Talents that were won at the event. If you won an item and we have touched base with you, feel free to leave your payments in the office. If you weren’t able to make it to Spring Fling this year or maybe didn’t win that auction item you were eyeing, it’s not too late to make a donation. Please make all checks payable to Summitt PTA with Spring Fling in the memo line.

Finally, there were a few mix ups during the check-out process with baskets not getting all of their gift cards. Most of the problems have been remedied, but if you are missing your gift cards, please contact us at springflingdonations@gmail.com (mailto:springflingdonations@gmail.com) .

HEB gift cards
Support Summitt while you shop. If you regularly shop at HEB (and who doesn’t?), you can purchase a gift card at Summitt and a portion of the sale goes to our school. The gift cards will be available for purchase in the Great Hall on Thursday, April 16th and Tuesday, April 21 at 2:30-3 pm. Cards come in $25, $50, $100, & $200 denominations and can be purchased with cash or check only. Email Kynna at kynna@outlook.com (mailto:kynna@outlook.com) anytime for questions or if you need gift cards and cannot make it to the sale at Summitt. Kynna is happy to hand deliver orders over $100.

CATCH Family Night
Summitt CATCH Family Fun Night will be held on Thursday, May 14th from 5:30-7:30 pm. It will be held the same evening as our Book Fair Night and we will have different booths and stations set up all around the Summitt campus. For the past 5 years, we have held a Family Fun Night and we are excited to continue this event. The CATCH program promotes health and physical fitness through a coordinated approach. It stands for a Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health.

We will have many local businesses promoting health and wellness. If you would be interested in having a booth or donating items for our giveaway, please contact me at michellecomsudi@yahoo.com (mailto:michellecomsudi@yahoo.com) . This is a totally free event and there will be an opportunity for students to enter to win some amazing prizes. Every student that attends will get a free jump rope and families will get to enjoy healthy food samples, fitness demos, sport camp opportunities, as well as getting to explore our wonderful book fair.

Librarian Appreciation Week
This week is Librarian Appreciation Week. ​Please remember our librarian, Denise Richey, and all of the hard work she does for us by saying thank you to her in commemoration of Librarian Appreciation Week, April 12-18, 2015!

Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week
Please remember our office staff and all of the hard work they do for us by saying thank you to them in commemoration of Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week, April 19-25, 2015!

Parking reminders
Please remember not to block the driveways of the homes on Mosley Lane when you visit the school. Also, please do not park/block the buses in the bus driveway when school lets out in the afternoon.

Open PTA positions
We have the following PTA positions open for the 2015-2016 school year. If you are interested or have questions about these positions, please contact ccardosa@msn.com (mailto:ccardosa@msn.com)

– Box Tops Coordinator – The coordinator counts the Box Tops that get turned into the school and sends them in for cash.

– Skate Night Coordinator – schedule, advertise for, and attend the 4 skate nights for the school year. This can be divided among 2 volunteers.

– Coke Rewards Points Volunteer – collects and enters coke rewards points donated to the school.

– Boosterathon Coordinator – new position that will work with Boosterathon contacts to put on a Boosterathon next spring. Most of the work will be done by the organization, but we need a contact person.

– Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Event Coordinator – new position that will help create ideas, organize, and put on these two events at Summitt. Can be one person who does both or one person for each.


Adelphi Acres Garden Grand Opening
Please join us at the Adelphi Acre Community Garden Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, April 18th from 10am to 1pm. Adelphi Acres Garden is located at 3701 Adelphi Lane just down the street from Summitt. Everyone is welcome for this free event and to learn more about this grassroots initiative that transformed a neglected piece of public land into an inviting community hub.

Attendees will also have a chance to talk with master gardeners, learn about organic pest control and irrigation techniques. We will be joined but the City of Austin’s Public Works Department, its Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program, the Sustainable Food Center and all of the neighbors and supporters who have made this garden possible.

What to Bring?
* A potluck dish – share your favorite spring recipe or appetizer
* Plant List for Pollinators (PDF) (http://adelphiacre.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ff8988cfc893eb9ec212e0319&id=84122c8b5d&e=be5f938aa9)
* Items Needed for Toolshed (PDF) (http://adelphiacre.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=ff8988cfc893eb9ec212e0319&id=e6e55591a1&e=be5f938aa9)

Job opening for Summitt area resident
We need an attendant for Will, age 32 years old, on Mondays and Fridays from 8 am-6 p.m. Home base will be near the intersection of North MOPAC and Duval, where Will lives with a caregiver. We provide a very supportive, positive working environment. You need to be able to drive him to 1 activity each day (on Mondays it’s in Georgetown, Fridays at 38th and Lamar). No lifting required, but he needs some support getting in and out of the car, etc. He weighs 120 lbs and is incontinent. He needs help with all daily living activities. He has Cerebral Palsy, walks, does not talk but understands a lot, has an affectionate personality, laughs and smiles a lot, a very engaging person, collaborates with his helpers very well 98% of the time!

You will learn so much about people with disabilities living an active life in the community, communication, courage and living in the moment, and the family dynamics of having a child with disabilities. Will has a network that supports him and daily activities for learning and fun. He is often very intuitive and understands so much of the world around him. Most people who get to know Will take real pleasure in being with him.

Job requirements
– Anyone with the right character traits can learn to work with Will: patience, ability to read the behavior and body language of a nonverbal person, flexibility, being very dependable and reliable, sense of humor and fun, willing to deal with an incontinent person, ready to be a positive care team member.
– Nonsmoker, English speaker, have own transportation, age 18 or older.
– CPR certified or ready to get the certification.
– Paid through a state program, $10/hour plus a bonus 23 times per year and $30 expenses each day.

Contact info
Rosemary Alexander

Trojan Cheerleading Camp
Come cheer with the Anderson Trojan Cheerleaders! AHS Cheerleaders will be hosting the 2015 Cheer & Mascot Youth Camp on July 6 – 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is for grades K-9. You will learn cheers, stunts, dances, the school fight song & mascot skits. Participate in arts & crafts, games, pizza party and lots of FUN! Please visit our website for flyers and registration forms. Find out more at www.AndersonTrojanCheerleading.shutterfly.com. (http://www.andersontrojancheerleading.shutterfly.com/) Questions? Contact Kathleen McKay at kmckay28@yahoo.com (mailto:kmckay28@yahoo.com)

African American Parent Engagement Conference
The African American Parent Engagement Conference will be on Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at LBJ Early College High School. The theme is ‘Education in the Era of Change.’ Speaker include Dr. Sterling Lands II, My Brother’s Keeper; Manny Scott, Original Freedom Writer; Mychal Wynn, college and career planning; Dr. Donna Y. Ford, national education author; Dr. Anthony Muhammad, national school transformer. More information is here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNRnRMaXZ3VTNMcFVpUXk4VW1JbF9oR2RhYXB3/view?usp=sharing) .

Balcones Day
Balcones Youth Sports presents Balcones Day on Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3706 Adelphi. There will be a silent auction, games, food, and even Mayor Adler throwing out the first pitch! More information at http://balcones.net/

Anderson Softball camp
The Anderson High School Softball Coaching Staff will conduct a softball camp for girls going into 4th grade to incoming freshmen. The instruction will include fielding, throwing, hitting, and base-running. There will also be position specific instruction. The camp will be conducted on the Anderson High School softball practice field. Registration form is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNU0NFQnQwZXdqeDJfZDAtNi1IaHFzQ2QzRGlj/view?usp=sharing

Water will be provided for campers throughout the camp. All campers will be given a Trojan Softball t-shirt on the last day of the camp. The registration fee for the Trojan Softball Camp is $100 per participant. Participants are required to provide their own transportation, shorts, shoes and shirts. You may register in advance by completing this registration form and returning it to Coach Davis by June 10th , 2015.

Purchase Anderson flags
The Anderson PTSA is selling AHS FLAGS! There are two styles…3’x 5′ (flagpole size) and ​8″ x 12″ – pre-sewn on wooden rod. The large flag is $50 and the small flag is $10. Great to wave at sports/band events, decorate your lawn, etc. You may purchase online via this link: http://www.andersononline.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=454710&id=0

There is also a downloadable form on the same page. ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY APRIL 20TH as there is a long lead time to make them.

Trojans Pop Warner Registration NOW OPEN!
Football and Cheer are open to participants ages 5-12 years. Scholarships are available. Details for Trojans Pop Warner Football & Cheer (including May clinics) can be found on our website, www.trojanpw.com (http://www.trojanpw.com/) . Questions about football? Contact Myra Adkins (myra@wordofmouthcatering.com). Questions about cheer? Contact Jennifer Young (ryoung34@earthlink.net). Go Trojans Pop Warner Football and Cheer!

Spring Fling sponsors
Thank you so much to our Spring Fling sponsors and donors! Please shop at these businesses and let them know that you appreciate them for being Summitt sponsors.

Terabyte Level ($500+)
Abel’s North Grill and Tap House (http://abels.com/north)
Calendar Club (http://www.calendarholdings.com)
Disneyland (https://disneyland.disney.go.com/)
Attorney Jeff Barnett (http://www.civil-law.com)
Rewards (http://www.shoprewards.com)
The Torres Family

Gigabyte Level ($250-$499)
Austin Piano School (http://www.austinpianoschool.com) ,Bits, Bytes & Bots (http://bitsbytesbots.com/) ,Capitol City Comedy Club (http://www.capcitycomedy.com/) , Dan Logan/Bob Salon (http://www.bobsalon.indiemade.com) ,ESP Spares Inc. (http://www.espspares.com) ,Great Hills Country Club (http://www.greathillscc.org/) , Houston Symphony (http://www.houstonsymphony.org) , Renaissance Hotel (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/aussh-renaissance-austin-hotel/) , The Ueber Family

Megabyte Level ($100-$249)
aloft Hotel, Austin Food and Wine Alliance, Austin SPURS Basketball, Capital Cruises, Capital Music Center, Cen-Tex Senior Massage, Goose Goose Couture, Kids Acting, Mad Science of Austin, Matt Jones, Playland Skate Center, Precision Camera, Texas Stars, Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka, TopGolf, Trojan Pop Warner

* Alamo Drafthouse * Amy’s IceCream * Ashley’s Playhouse *Austin Zoo * Austinuts * Blanton Museum of Art * California Pizza Kitchen* Chaparral Ice * Esther’s Follies * HEB * JBG Organics * Julia and Rebecca Ballow * Kebab Time * Milwood Neighborhood Association * Outerwall/Redbox *Painting with a Twist * Paramount and State Theatres *Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy * Phil’s Icehouse * Playland Skate Center * RedBox * Restorative Touch * Rick’s Cleaners * Round Rock Express * Scarborough Renaissance Festival * Southwest Theaters * Silver Grill * Trader Joe’s * Yogurt Planet

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