Newsletter, May 25, 2016

25 May

School Supply List
We have the school supply list for next school year! Each file is by grade. Third grade needs to check the file that corresponds with the child’s last name.



1st grade

2nd grade

3rd with last names A-L

3rd with last names M-Z

4th grade

5th grade

Skate Night tonight
Skate night will be on Wednesday, May 25 at Playland Skate from 6-8:30 p.m. It’s $6 per skater. If you regularly attend skate night, we need a Skate night coordinator. Contact for more info.

We need your input
Summitt PTA has a survey to see how we can communicate, plan and serve you better. Please take a moment to answer a few short questions. Your feedback is important to us.

PE News
I would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation on Thursday for our wild and crazy Indoor Field Day as well as a big thanks to all of our 5th grade helpers! We hope the kids enjoyed the day!! Field Day on Friday wouldn’t have been such a success without the help of Alexa Keller, Kelli Whitford, Becca Phillips, Denise Richey, Heather Doyle, Jeanie Cavendar, Cathy Harris, Gordon Jones, Robert Pham, Thuy Nguyen and Coach Woodward! Thanks for all your help running stations! And thank you Mrs. Fleming for getting all of the kids soaking wet at the end of the day.

This Wednesday after school at 3 pm (if the weather permits), our Fuel Up to Play 60 team will be repainting the four square and hopscotch lines out on the fire lane!

Modern Woodmen of America has donated 850 health and nutrition kits to our school. They include a bookmark and a jump rope. I will be handing out all of those next week! Thank you, Modern Woodmen!!

More Thank you notes
Boosterthon Fun Run
Please accept a huge thank you for all of your support for the Boosterthon Fun Run. It was an amazing success and just goes to show what a great school community Summitt has in its students, parents, teachers, staff, family and friends. We exceeded our goal and will now be able to fund some much-needed tutoring at Summitt. It was such a great success that we already have our dates for 2017. Have a great summer! – Amy Dole, Boosterthon Chair and your Summitt PTA

Austin Pets Alive
Thank you to everyone who donated to Austin Pets Alive! There will be some very happy animals this week.

Cub Scout Rally
Cub Scout Spring Roundup Rally will be on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Summitt Elementary Cafeteria.

Time for a Pizza Party! Join the FUN of Cub Scout Pack 90 for all boys completing K-4th grade. Free Pack 90 T-Shirt for joining Cubs and Parents! It’s $16 to join today!

For more information please call: Robert Nurisio: 512-763-9298; Find a pack near you: Meetings at various locations all over Austin! Please visit our website for information on a pack near you!!

Third Grade Rocket Launch
The third graders will hold their annual Rocket Launch on Wednesday, June 1. The launch times for classes are every 30 minutes from 8-11 a.m. Your child’s teacher will have the class launch times.

Bulletin Board designer needed
Are you creative? Want to volunteer but don’t have much free time? We are looking for someone to update and maintain the PTA bulletin boards in the lobby of the Great Hall. Contact Nicole at

Student medication pick up
All medications must be picked up, disposed of, or sent home at the end of each school year. District rules state that elementary age children may carry inhalers home in their backpack.  ALL other medications must be picked up by a parent. Any medications left on campus the last day of school will automatically be disposed of at 3 pm. If your child has medication or an inhaler you should have received a note home as to your preference of the disposition. Please return to the nurse or front office ASAP!!

Library News
Studies show that when kids read 20 minutes or more everyday over the summer they maintain or improve their reading skills from the year before. Conversely, no summer reading causes many students to lose their school year reading progress.

As parents and teachers we all understand the importance of reading, even during our summer break–especially during our summer break! This summer the Summitt Elementary Library is hosting a Reading Scavenger Hunt to help encourage and excite our students to continue reading even during the dog days of summer. Students and their families are encouraged to participate in any number of the various reading programs going on around town in an effort to complete the Summitt Reading Scavenger Hunt. By reading 25 books, students and families will then be invited to the Back-to-School Breakfast hosted in honor of our “hungry” readers. To get your map and find out how get started visit the library today!

The following list will give you some more ideas of where and how to encourage summer reading.

Dr. Cruz’s Reading List
• Five Book Dive –

Austin Public Library
• Finding a library near you…
• Summer Reading program is June-August
o Reading portion: everyone gets 2 books (1 in June/July-1 in August), record for the months
o Teen Steam and Teen Summer Geek-Out summer reading programs, in partnership with the Thinkery
o Programming portion: puppet shows, Literature Live
o Regular library programming: storytimes, gaming, crafting, sewing, book clubs, lego labs, YA for adults bookclub

• Library Cards
o Everyone in Austin city limits qualifies; not sure?, enter address, “Austin Full Purpose” designates they are eligible
o Virtual Library Card – only accesses OverDrive,

• Library Scavenger Hunts
• The Van Show – Sesame Street Type Talk Show, Van’s Mailbox to make suggestions for interviews or questions to ask

• Follow APL! Instagram, @austinpubliclibrary, tumbler-

• Virtual Library
o – bright green button or go to explore–> virtual library
o Collections grouped by type and most have apps
o Hoopla – all items instantly available to people, 8 items per month
o Brainfuse – live homework help, national company
o LearningExpress library – all centers
o Research databases
o Ask Us
o Using the Library – how to, services
o Zinio – digital magazines (Zinio for libraries)

Summer Reading | Barnes & Noble 
It has printable pdfs for reading logs in English & Spanish Kids Earn a Free Book! Here is How. Step 1. Fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal (PDF). Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N …


Half Price Books‘ logo is my favorite – Feed Your Brain! Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program – Kids from preschool through high school can earn Bookworm Bucks.

Suggests a list of 6 books, and wants the kids to read at least three from their list of suggestions for their age group, and three others of their choice. Bookmarks will be available in store in June.

We are still waiting to see if this program will run in 2016 — stay tuned! Kids who participate in the Summer Quest program can earn a Percy Jackson tote bag if they read 4 books from their summer reading (it’s a huge list with some awesome titles!).

American Girl
If you have a daughter who loves the American Girl dolls or books, be sure to also visit the American Girl Read-a-palooza website for fun printable pages and in-store activities.

And many more. . . go to Free Fun in Austin’s Reading Programs link at…/05/summer-reading-austin-texas/

Encourage Summer Reading in AWESOME Places
One of the most effective ways to get kids to read during the summer is to offer them super fun reading spots! Here’s a list of free & fun places that kids will enjoy cuddling up with a book along with affiliate links to a few of our favorite reading items:

• In a pillow fort
• In your closet
• At the pool
• At the park on a picnic — we always take our Fold & Carry Picnic Blanket with us for easy reading set-up!
• Outside on a blanket
• At the beach — here’s a cool beach book list for them too!
• On car trips
• When you attend an outdoor summer storytime (usually hosted at your local library)
• In a tent — here’s a great list of books for camping & tents !
• Outside – at night – with a flashlight!
• In a hammock (one of our favorite spots!)

And reading doesn’t always have to be books either! Encourage them to read the back of the cereal box, signs at the pool, the flavors of ice cream if you’re out for a treat — reading can happen in lots of places during the summer.

Thanks again for a great year. I can’t wait to see you all back in the fall! Happy reading!


Golf in Schools
Golf in Schools had a great time at CATCH Family Night and want to offer students more fun this summer. They have camps all around Austin for students ages 4-11. Camp info is at More info on their flyer. For a certificate for a free lesson, click here.

Anderson Robotics Camp
ANDERSON ROBOTICS CAMP (for Rising 5th-12th grades) is open for registration. The Anderson Robotics camp will give your students an opportunity to learn some valuable skills in the area of Robotics. During the week of July 18-21, campers will learn skills in Electronics and Computer Programming or 3D Printing and Engineering Design for robotics. During the week of July 25-28, campers will learn skills in VEX robotics.  The goal of the Anderson Robotics team is for each camper not only to learn skills in Robotics, but to learn the skills of team work through Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation. Be part of a great team. Join us at Anderson Robotics. For questions, For registration, go  ausTIN CANs – Anderson Robotics FRC 2158

Daisy 5K on Saturday
The Daisy 5k and Kids K will be at Camp Mabry (220 West 35th Street, Austin TX 78763) on Saturday, May 28th at 8 am. They have kindly given us a discount code of GOTR2016 that will give us $3 off the price of registration, making it $35/runner for the 5k and a mere $7 for the Kids 1-Miler (held on the official military track!!). Miler starts at 7:45 am and the 5K is at 8 am.

Shakespeare in the Park
FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – At the hillside Theater in Zilker. This year it is Macbeth and it runs at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday evenings until Sunday, May 29th.

Trojan Pop Warner Football and Cheer
Trojans Pop Warner Registration WILL BE CLOSING on May 31, 2016 for Football and Cheer participants ages 5-12 years. Scholarships are available. Details for Trojans Pop Warner Football & Cheer, including summer schedules and camps can be found on our website, Questions about football? Contact Myra Adkins ( Questions about cheer? Contact Jennifer Young ( Go Trojans Pop Warner Football and Cheer!

More camps at Anderson
Click here for a list of camps offered for elementary to high school students at Anderson this summer. They range from sports, dance, cheer, robotics, theater, etc.