Newsletter, Sept. 30, 2015

30 Sep

Soaring Skyward on Friday

Soaring Skyward is this Friday, October 2, 2015. Please come join your student and/or volunteer during this day of learning.

This day-long event will celebrate everything having to do with flight. There will be space-themed centers in the 5th grade areas, drones in the cafeteria, birds of prey on the blacktop, remote control airplanes in the gym, a helicopter on the track and a bubble concert with Science Buddies.

There will not be an assembly Friday morning in the cafeteria. Pre-Kg through 3rd grade students will wait in the great hall until 7:30 AM. Fourth and 5th grade students will wait until the 7:30 AM bell in the gym. Teachers will come and walk students to their class at the 7:30 bell. Students who eat breakfast in the morning will do so in the cafeteria.

Please send a sack lunch or let your child’s teacher know if you want one ordered from the cafeteria.

Lunch Schedule:

Pre-Kg    11:30-12:15

Kg           11:30-12:15

1st          11:30-12:00

2nd         11:30-12:15

3rd          12:30-1:00

4th          12:30-1:00

5th          12:30-1:00


Koblenz Movie Night on Friday

Come join the fun at Summitt Movie Night on Friday, October 2nd. We will be showing “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Home” in the cafeteria and the Great Hall.

A ticket will get you a snack pack with popcorn, a sweet, and a drink. Bring a blanket or a chair if you’d like. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start around 7 p.m.

The week of Summitt Movie Night:  Wednesday through Friday tickets will be on sale before school in the car line (for exact change or check) and after school in the Great Hall for $5. Tickets at the door will be $6. You may also purchase tickets by filling out the purchase tab at the bottom of the movie flyer and return it to your child’s teacher along with your check or cash payment. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Koblenz Exchange Program.


Message from Principal Standish

Has your student mentioned a time during the school day where they join a different group of students for a thirty minute time of learning? Some students may have referred to this time as ‘Enrichment’, ‘Intervention’ or even ‘Tutoring’. Summitt will be referring to this time as F.I.T. (Flexible Instruction Time). This is new at Summitt this school year. It is an opportunity for Response to Intervention (RTI). Everyday – every student has a thirty minute time to have their learning supported and/or skill retaught and/or have an opportunity for enrichment to meet each student’s area of need. The groups may change every nine weeks to meet the needs of students. Summitt staff is encouraged that this new opportunity will increase every student’s success in learning.

Summitt has several after school programs who use the Summitt playground after school. These organizations have paid building use fees in order to use these facilities. During these times, it is important to separate their students from the students who are not part of their program due to safety and insurance issues.  If you are on campus after school, please separate yourself from the areas they are using such as the play grounds, basketball court and/or the fields.

Dedra Standish, Principal


Need homeroom parents

Please consider signing up to be a homeroom parent for one of these classes. Eagle Fest is coming up in a little over two weeks and Halloween parties will be in a month. You do not have to do all the work. You will be the liaison between the class parents and the teacher and Eagle Fest coordinators.

A homeroom parent coordinator will provide you with materials. In fact, there are meetings this Thursday, October 1, at 7:45 am and 6:30 pm, in the Summitt library. If you are interested, please email with your name, contact information, and the teacher for whom you would like to be homeroom parent. Thank you.

Life Skills: Guerrero

Pre-K: Sawtelle, Tang

2nd: Nguyen

3rd: Metzger, Tang (Mr. T)

4th: Burkman, Wilson, Zukauckas



PE News

Thanks so much for all your support! We sold 595 pairs of Y-ties!! The Summitt PE department gets to keep half of the cost of each pair and it will help us send 5th graders to UT Volleyball Playday each year as well as buy equipment and materials for class and events over the next two years. We appreciate your patience as we had to reorder many colors throughout the fundraiser. Summitt families rock!!

In other great news, Coach Woodward and his wife, Megan became parents on September 22nd. They welcomed a healthy baby boy, Bradley Reid. Best wishes to the Woodward family!!


T-shirt update

We are sold out of gray t-shirts for the year. We do have white short sleeve ($12) and blue long sleeve shirts ($15) available. The back order for the Youth Small long sleeve should arrive in about 2 weeks and will be sent home with the students. There is still time to order your long sleeve shirts before the weather gets cooler! Questions please contact Diana George at


Eagle Fest update

EAGLE FEST 2015, Saturday, October 17, 3-6pm

Eagle Fest Booth Volunteer Sign-Up

The countdown is on – Eagle Fest 2015 will be here in just 18 days!  Eagle Fest runs on the willingness of each classroom to staff a booth. We ask every family to volunteer 30 minutes of their time to staff their child’s classroom’s booth.  We’ve made it easy on you this year – all signups will be done on Sign Up Genius (no registration required).  Signups are listed first by grade/ then alphabetical by teacher’s last name.

Thank you for volunteering. Eagle Fest cannot be a success without all of you and your support of Summitt!

Skip the Line! Buy your Eagle Fest 2015 Tickets Now!

Who wants to wait in line? Save yourself and your family some time and buy your Eagle Fest tickets online today in the Summitt online store. All tickets purchased online will be sent home in your child’s homeroom folder. Tickets can be purchased in bundles of 20 for $5.00.

Eagle Fest 2015 Business Sponsors

Thank you to our $100 business sponsors:

– Bulls Eye Recruiting

– The Austin’s Kids Directory

– Vivian Studio

– Cen-Tex Senior Massage, LLC

Thank you to our $50 business sponsors:

– Half Price Books

If you are interested in becoming a business sponsor, please contact Jill Maxfield at

Eagle Fest 2015 Family Sponsors

Thank you to the following Summitt families for their generous sponsorship donations:

– The DeJuana Family

– The Bereuter Family

– The Fowler Family

– The Pederson Family

– The Roitberg Family

– The Tang Family

– Suhitha Patil

– Betty Lovin and Family

– Ms. Reed (the awesome sub)

– Willa and Wyatt Fischer

And thank you to the Bethke Family and Darren Hampton for your donations and support to make Eagle Fest a success!

If you are interested in becoming a family sponsor, please visit or contact Lisa Fischer at Your sponsorship donation underwrites the expenses of Eagle Fest allowing all profits to go directly to benefitting our children at Summitt Elementary!


Save the Date: Book Fair

We have begun planning for this year’s Monster Book Fair – Reading Is So Much Fun, You’ll Get GOOSEBUMPS!! The book fair will be November 16-20. If you would like to be part of the planning committee or participate in the book fair, please visit Fair has all the latest information regarding Book Fair dates, links to volunteer and to the scholastic online book fair (November 11-27). More to come, so keep an eye out for book fair flyers, special events, and guest readers!! Thank you in advance for all you do to make this year’s book fair a success!!  


Box Tops

Keep collecting those box tops! Box tops are on many everyday grocery items and every one is worth 10 cents for Summitt! Clip, collect, and bring them in in groups of 50 with your child’s name and teacher’s name on the bag.  If you have any questions, email Sarah at Happy clipping!


Costco at Summitt

Costco will be at Summitt on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join Costco as a new member and receive coupons for products worth more than $50. Membership starts at $55/year.


GT News

The fall Gifted and Talented nomination window has closed as of Friday, September 25.  

The next step in the GT screening  process is testing and portfolio building. I will be ordering tests this week, as well as making a testing schedule.  I will be sure to notify parents of this schedule so that they can be sure to have their student well rested and fed on tests days. There really is no other preparation needed. The CoGAT is a test of students’ cognitive abilities, rather than review of material learned or not learned. This year the test will be given online in the computer lab or other quiet area where students can work uninterrupted. The test is usually administered over three separate test sessions during the school day. However, I may seek permission to test over several weekends, so as not to interrupt the classroom learning.

Classroom teachers will be creating a portfolio of work submitted by your student. They will include samples from each of the core subjects as well as anecdotes from classroom observations. All portfolios and test scores will be reviewed by the GT committee by November 16th, and parents will be notified shortly thereafter.

If you are interested in GT opportunities for your child, or learning opportunities to help challenge your student, I encourage you to come to our inaugural Parent Meeting this Thursday, October 1 at 6pm in the library.


Mother/Son event

Summitt moms, save the date for our first ever Mother/Son outing on Friday evening, November 13th. This will be a great chance to spend fun one on one time with your favorite little guy and get to know other Summitt families.

Dads and daughters, your outing is coming in February! These events are not just limited to moms and dads… any important person in your child’s life is welcome to attend.

AISD and Community Events


Information night at Fulmore Middle School

Fulmore Middle School invites all 5th grade parents to our Fulmore Magnet Parent Information Nights on October 8th and November 3rd, 2015. Our information nights will be held in the Fulmore Middle School Cafeteria from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Our presentation will give parents the opportunity to learn about Fulmore’s Magnet Program and the application process. Families are welcome to call the Fulmore Magnet Office with any questions at 512-841-4916.

Parent Information Nights:

October 8th, 2015 6:00-7:00 p.m.

November 3rd, 2015 6:00-7:00 p.m.

School Choice Fair: December 5th, 2015 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Fulmore

Open House: January 19, 2016: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Applications online November:

Applications due: February 5th, 2016


Pop Warner Trojan Football/Cheer schedule

Come check out Trojans Youth Football and Cheer!  Home games run through October at Murchison MS and Anderson HS – details here. GO Trojans!


Project Graduation Mattress Sale Fundraiser

Come see Anderson’s Big Gym transformed into a bedding showroom on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brand new, name brand mattresses deeply discounted and delivered to you – 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed. Come support the Anderson Community and our 2016 Senior Class by attending this fun event. Questions? Please contact Susan Yenzer, Bedding Event Committee Chair, (512) 695-9369 or Janice Pierce, Bedding Event Committee Member, (512) 657-0683. More information and a coupon is here.


Fall Mum Sales

Benefiting AHS Project Graduation 2016, Anderson’s annual alcohol & drug-free all night party for graduating seniors. This makes a great gift for your secret pal! Follow this link for more information, download the form or to order online: ORDERS DUE THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015. PICK UP/DELIVER DAY IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH. We will send you an email reminder on the 6th and pickup is at Anderson on the corner of Cima Serena and Mesa (Anderson teacher parking lot area).