June 3 Newsletter – school supply list, Rita’s ice, T-shirt art winners

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June 3, 2015 Newsletter

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 4 – Last day of school

Thursday, June 4 – Rita’s ice after school

Thursday, Aug. 20 – Meet the Teacher (3:30 p.m. for Pre-k and Kinder; 4 p.m. for Grades 1-5)

Monday, Aug. 24 – First day of school

This is the last regular edition of the Summitt Elementary Eagles Newsletter. There may be a few special announcements during the summer but the weekly version will return in August. Have a great summer!

School Supply list
The school supply list for 2015-2016 is available online. Please note that 3rd grade has 2 separate lists – one for last names A-L and one for last names M=Z. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNTjNrRF9xajQ1aGc/view?usp=sharing

Rita’s Ice
Celebrate the last day of school with Rita’s Italian Ice. They will be available on Thursday, June 4, at 2:30 p.m. It’s $3/cup.

T-shirt artwork winners
Congratulations to Triet Le and Paola Mercado for drawing the winning entries for the T-shirt contest. We have a tie this year and both artworks will be featured on next year’s T-shirts. Scroll down to see their drawings.

Incoming Kindergarten playdates
Make new friends before school starts! All incoming Kindergarten students and their families are invited to playdates this summer. The first playdate is Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Balcones District Park. The second is a swim party on Saturday, July 18, from, 4-6 p.m., at the Balcones Pool. Then the final one is a potluck picnic on Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., tentatively at Summitt. For more information, please contact Amanda – amandakgreene@yahoo.com (mailto:amandakgreene@yahoo.com)

WatchDOGS pictures
If you have a picture posted on the WatchDOGS board in the Great Hall, you may take it home with you. Thank you for dedicating your time to Summitt!

PE News
We hope that your child had a great time at our Hero Up Field Day! I saw some great sportsmanship, a ton of excitement and action, and quite a few smiles! Thanks so much for all the donations for our morning break station and for letting us borrow coolers and ice chests! Clif Kids donated snack bars for the break station as well, so thank you Clif bars and Jessica Casey!

A big thanks goes out to everyone who helped run stations: our amazing 5th grade helpers, Coach Woodward, Mrs. Harris, Ms. Cavender, Ms. Worsham, Mrs. Richey, Mrs. Menn, Tina Stogdill, Sandy Cumming, Alexa Keller, Thanh Tran, Sarah Allen, Thuy Nguyen, and two of our former Summitt students, Michael Onuoha and Khalil Easley. Y’all rock!

Lastly, I would like to thank our Summitt custodians, teachers and families for being so supportive… especially Mrs. Heather Fleming who always has something up her sleeve to make sure the 5th graders have a day they will never forget! Thanks again for cheering on your children and their classmates, donating items or even just making sure they came to school prepared for such a wildly active day! I appreciate it and have a wonderful Summer break, Summitt Eagles 🙂

PTA news
The Summitt PTA would like to thank all of our members, volunteers, and financial contributors for this year. Your hard work, time, and donations have ensured that our students could go on field trips, that our teachers received reimbursement for $75 worth of supplies and were provided with appreciation luncheons, that support for the library and front office was provided, and that our beloved technology teacher Ms. Neill received her salary. This year we were also able to get the new electronic sign up and running, completely funded by and provided for the school by the PTA.

Special thanks to Priscilla Vrana, Jill Maxfield, and Lisa Fischer for their hard work on Fall Fest, to Lacey Lake and Katie Foshea for revamping Spring Fling, to Nicole Erikson, Amy Pederson, Jana Bermudez, Ginger Garana, Karla Kreitler, Lisa Domzalski, Lynn Anderton, Diana George, Shannon Sullivan, Thanh Tran, Gina Panza, Amy Carr, Amanda Greene, Kynna Sullivan, Jessica Pedemonte, Julia Fannin, and all the other parent and teacher volunteers who have been part of this awesome organization this year. We look forward to seeing you August 20 for Meet The Teacher 2015! – Courtney Cardosa, Summitt PTA President

Library News
I wanted to take a minute to thank all the wonderful students, families and teachers who have supported the library this past year. I am so fortunate to do the job I do, and I appreciate the myriad ways you all show your support–from cards to gifts to baked goods to smiles and hellos in the hall. Whether you helped financially or with your time and talent or just with your good vibes–thank you! I look forward to serving you all again in the fall. Have a great summer!

Headed out of the country? On a cruise? Or, even just to grandma’s house? Send Mrs. Richey a postcard this summer, and tell her all about your exciting summer at:

Denise Richey
c/o Summitt Elementary Library
12207 Brigadoon Lane
Austin, TX 78727

Don’t forget to sign your name on the card. All postcards will be displayed in the library!

And, remember, wherever you may or may not be headed this summer, make sure to fit some reading time into your summer schedule. Reading even one book a week can be so helpful in fighting against that summer slide! See ideas for reading programs going on all around town. Including this great one from Book People here (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001WyfgaxccN5cxoPFoMrn4J3DxB2i1_N69dkrYf9otrTFgnpU7zSPinKy3TRJ2JQRy1n3AViZWlc61GvhbJPegge04ZeoCIUqvXI8hp0jZ5Q7Gdu5GDQMQGX2EFAn9SUxNbHAm9APE7nyRDSImV62c3BJjd_BBgp9x51huGpnPSy-qH8_1MjNVTUfl-gVR165YMM0fsuef5KGIJUQmEViIvA==&c=rHPz58q88jD9n7WxG2QJK01jt27FOnKI72DHh4zutO8AgMivhvePvQ==&ch=hrDFjFaZm6VlitrG1OaklpIcT_Q0RymeVy8_IysBRD9h7T6iNAd6kA==) . Information on the Austin Public Library’s summer reading program is here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNTjF4bVRxOE5kbEFFc0Vrcjk4bXRJNnZmNEhj/view?usp=sharing) .

Academic news
Trojans Pop Warner football is proud to announce that the ONLY fifth grader from Texas to make the National First Team All-American is Summitt’s very own Will Fonken! We have 11 National Second Team All-Americans and 4 National Honorable Mention Scholars in the fifth and sixth grades. Also, we want to recognize former Summitt student Braden Fannin for making the National Second Team All -American as a 6th grader. Congratulations athletes!

The Pop Warner All-American Program (http://www.popwarner.com/scholastics/scholars.htm) requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply. Over 400,000 5th & 6th grade kids participate in Pop Warner with close to 9,500 applying to the All-American Program!

Collect Box Tops and pop tabs
Don’t forget to keep collecting Box Tops and soda pop tabs and turn them in at the beginning of the school year.

Help with Summitt communications
If you are interested in being a part of the Summitt Communications Team, we would love to talk to you! The team handles the Newsletter (emailed announcements) which is sent out each week, the school website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. They have a great system in place and can train you. We use MailChimp for the newsletter and WordPress for the school website. If you are interested in becoming a part of the communication resources for Summitt please email the team at newsletter@summitteagles.org (mailto:newsletter@summitteagles.org) .

Looking Ahead to Fall Fest
We are looking for people interested in helping with Fall Fest next year. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions please contact Jill Maxfield maxfield.jill@gmail.com (mailto:maxfield.jill@gmail.com) or Lisa Fischer at lisawolf@gmail.com (mailto:lisawolf@gmail.com) . Fall Fest is starting to look for donations of gently used toys and books for next year. If you have anything you would like to donate over the summer please contact Jill Maxfield at maxfield.jill@gmail.com (mailto:maxfield.jill@gmail.com) to set up a time to drop off donations.

T-shirt artwork winner Triet Le

T-shirt artwork winner Paola Mercado

AISD AND COMMUNITY NEWS

Lacrosse clinic
On Sunday, June 7th, Zach Kurzweil will be giving out free lacrosse lessons for any child who is interested in learning how to play from 5-6:30 p.m. at Summitt Elementary. He is the head lacrosse coach at Anderson High School and will bring extra sticks for anyone who does not have it. He is also hoping to get other Trojan Youth lax players out there as well.

Book reading by local author
Local children’s book author, Jennifer Rustgi will read her new book, A Moon of My Own at the Lil’ Walnut Library on Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. This little free library is located at the Mrs. Fleming’s Home, 12203 Scribe Drive.

Jennifer will personally inscribe and sign copies for anyone who’d like to purchase! A Moon of My Own is a sweet story of a young girl who goes on an enchanted adventure around the world with her faithful companion, the moon. The book will be beautifully printed in a 9×12, durable hardcover format. You can learn more about the book by visiting amoonofmyown.com (http://amoonofmyown.com/) .

Belles Dance Camp
Come dance with the Anderson Trojan Belles at their 2015 BELLES SUMMER DANCE CAMP, July 20th-23rd at Anderson High School. 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 at www.trojanbelles.com (http://www.trojanbelles.com/) .

AISD Back to School Bash
Austin ISD is holding its annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m.–Noon at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. There will be information about programs and services, free immunizations by Seton (children must have shot records), free backpacks & school supplies (children must be present to receive a backpack, while supplies last), and door prizes. A shuttle from Summitt and other schools around town is available every 30-45 minutes beginning at 7:30 a.m. Flyers in English, Spanish and Vietnamese is here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNeF95YjJNU1htVUZfQzZqbUE3VURUV3drQ0o0/view?usp=sharing)

Free summer math program
TenMarks Summer Math Program will be available for free to schools and parents for a second year beginning May 19. Founded six years ago, the online math program provider was acquired by Amazon in 2013, and its Summer Math Program is meant to combat the two to three months of math learning research has shown students lose over summer. The Amazon acquisition made it possible to offer the summer program for free, which in turn allowed schools and districts to scale it to all families, irrespective of income, during summer school programs. https://www.tenmarks.com/summermath

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