Newsletter, Sept. 21, 2016

21 Sep

WatchDOGS pizza party tonight
Come hang out with other fathers & father-figures tonight at 6:30 p.m. and find out how you can be your child’s Hallway Hero! There will be FREE pizza and drinks for dads and students. WatchDOG t-shirts will be sold for $13 each ($15 for XXL).

Message from Principal Standish
Dear Parents/Guardians: It has been a busy week with the finalization of the District Leveling process and finalizing schedules. Thank you for the support during these situations. There have been questions concerning Summitt’s FIT class. FIT stands for ‘Flexible Instruction Time’. This is a thirty-minute period scheduled the same time for each grade level except for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. During this class, students are grouped together in order for students to receive differentiated instruction based on the student’s needs that are focused on the instructional curriculum of the reporting period. It is an intervention opportunity provided by Summitt’s staff. Throughout the school year, the groups may change based on student’s needs.

If you have any questions, please ask your student’s teacher or administration. I want to extend a thank you for your continual support of our over-crowded parking lots and the traffic pattern. Administration has spoken to our Campus Police support to provide on-site visits to assist in making our traffic flow continue without problems and offer suggestions. So, if you see a police office around campus, please provide a smile and wave of support. Thank you to all the parents/guardians who attended the Vietnamese Parent Information meeting this past Monday afternoon and to all the parents/guardians who attended their student’s Back to School on Tuesday evening! Have a wonderful rest of the week! Your Principal, Dedra Standish

Kona Ice on Friday
We have booked 2 trucks for our next Kona Ice day on Friday, Sept. 23 after school. (Please remember that students who take the bus or go to after school care cannot purchase Kona Ice. They will have an opportunity to purchase Kona Ice at Eagle Fest and at other events this year, so thank you for your patience and understanding.)

Skate Night next week
Join other Summitt Families for a rocking skate night on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Playland Skate Center (8822 McCann). Which grade level will have the most students? It’s only $6 per skater. They have a playscape, arcade, and skate helpers for an additional fee.


Volunteer Opportunity – Content Editors
The PTA Communications team is looking for one or two content writers to help us update the weekly newsletter and website. We use MailChimp and WordPress, and we are happy to train. Be in the know while helping everyone keep their calendar of school events organized! Our team will be meeting after school dropoff at 7:45am on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the Great Hall. Contact us at if you’d like to join our team or learn more details.

Cafeteria Food Outside of the Service Area
There have recently been questions regarding whether or not students are allowed to take food outside of meal service areas. Reimbursable meals prepared for school nutrition programs are to be served and consumed in the cafeteria or other designated eating areas. However, in agreement with the Texas Department of Agriculture, AISD recognizes that with time-limited meal periods and the increased amount of fruits and vegetables offered at meals, some students may save some items for consumption at a later time.

The District’s goal is to provide students with healthy foods to fuel them for education each day, and if that means taking a component of their meal with them, the District encourages them to do so. There is no federal prohibition of students taking food outside of meal service areas. This practice not only helps in reducing potential food waste, but it also encourages consumption of healthy school meals. Food that is taken outside of designated meal service areas are intended to be consumed only by the student the meal was served to, during the regular school day, and not shared with family or friends.

Girls on the Run starts Monday
The new season of Girls on the Run is now open for registration! Our first practice start on Monday, Sept 26th in the Gazebo near the portables. Girls in 3rd-5th grade are eligible to join. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays on campus from 3-4:15 p.m. Go to this link:  Cost:  $75 for the fall season. Space limited to 18. Questions? Contact

Save the Date for Eagle Fest 2016
Mark your calendars for Summitt’s annual fall carnival fundraiser, Eagle Fest!  Join your school on Saturday, October 22 from 3-6pm on the Summitt grounds for exciting games, fabulous prizes, a spooky haunted house, delicious food, and lots of school spirit! For more information, please visit

Item Donations (small prizes and drinks/chips/candy)
Eagle Fest is in need of small, unopened toys from restaurants like McDonalds, Chick Fil’A, Wendy’s, and Arby’s. A toy donation box has been set in the Great Hall near the Summitt Office. In addition, every year we ask our wonderful Summitt families to help us out with food and drink donations. We sell the drinks and chips in the Food Court and use the candy, Pringles, and 2 Liter soda bottles as prizes. Signs have been set up along the wall in the Great Hall across from the office showing where to drop off your donations.

Day Care Families – 12-24 bottles of water

Pre-K Families – 12-24 Juice boxes

Kindergarten Families – 12-24 packs of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, or Dr. Pepper

1st Grade Families – 2-liter bottles of soda (it needs to be 2-liter bottle size only)

2nd Grade Families – 12-24 individual snack size bags of chips

3rd Grade Families – Halloween candy, 2lb bag (individually wrapped, no chocolate please; it will melt)

4th Grade Families – Tall Pringles Chips and 2-liter bottles of soda (it needs to be 2-liter bottle size only)

5th Grade Families – Tall cans of Pringles Chips

Beginning in October, another round of community engagement meetings will be held to solicit input regarding facility condition trends, the planning strategies used to address facility needs, and a new modernization approach.

Here are the dates, times, and locations for you to provide input. These are drop in and out sessions, so you can provide your input anytime during the meeting:

·       October 11 – Eastside Memorial HS Cafeteria – (6 – 8 pm)

·       October 12 – Burger Stadium – (4 – 6:30 pm)

·       October 13 – Reagan Cafeteria – (6 – 8 pm)

·       October 14 – Allan Center Cafeteria – (12 – 1:30 pm)

·       October 15 – Small Middle School Cafeteria – (9 – 11: am)

·       October 15 – Lamar Middle School Cafeteria – (12:30 – 2:30 pm)

In order to get as much representation from our neighborhood as possible, please try to attend one of these meetings to provide input. Your opinions will be folded into the planning as Austin ISD continues to work toward a ballot initiative in 2017. More information on FABPAC is here.

Summitt Business Partners in Education
Do you own your own business or know someone who does? We invite all local businesses to invest in our community by becoming a Summitt Elementary 2016-2017 Partner in Education business sponsor. All 100% of money raised through our business sponsors by the Summitt PTA goes directly to programs that benefit our students and all donations are tax deductible.

Summitt Elementary’s 2016-2017 Partners in Education will receive recognition throughout the school year. Visit for a complete list of sponsor benefits. Purchase your sponsorship online today at

AISD and Community Events

Parents Night Out on Friday
Night of the Robots with the Anderson High School Robotics Team is on Friday, September 23, 5:30-9 pm, at the new Applied Technology Building, Anderson HS. Enjoy a Parents Night Out while your kids (K-5th grade) enjoy an evening of fun and all things robot: see VEX and humanoid robots in action, build with Legos, eat pizza, robot crafts and watch the movie Inside Out. It’s $33/child. Register at:  or contact for more information.

Adelphi Acre Plant Sale
It’s Fall Planting Time! Stock up at the Adelphi Acre Community Garden Fall Plant Sale & Learn about Organic Fall Gardening. Proceeds from the sale go directly to the garden. It’s on Saturday, October 1 at 9 am – noon at AACG located on corner of Amherst & Adelphi.

There will be a wide variety of Certified Organic plants from local Gabriel Valley Farms Nursery.  Vegetables will cost $2 per plant, Herbs $3, CASH ONLY PLEASE. There will also be a Fall Organic Gardening 101 class starting at 10:30 am.

Anderson Belle Poinsettia Sale
The Anderson High School Trojan Belles would like to ask for your support in the annual Trojan Belle Poinsettia sale. As you know, it’s a tradition for the Anderson Trojan Belles to take pre-orders on these gorgeous plants now, for delivery in early December. They come in two sizes as follows:
Small:  (6 ½” pot) for $12.50 (colors: Red, Pink, or White)

Large:  (10” pot for $35.50 (colors: Red Pink or White)

(If you want to order pink or white, please indicate on the form, if it’s OK to substitute red, just in case pink or white are unavailable.)

These poinsettias make great décor for your home or business during the holiday season, and they make wonderful gifts! We will DELIVER your poinsettias to your home or business on December 1stth or 2nd. An order form is here for your convenience. Please note that all orders must be placed by September 27th and all checks must be dated between September 12th and September 25th. Payments should be made to AHS  (with Trojan Belles in the memo line), and can  we can pick up your payment. Thank you for considering supporting the Trojan Belles. If you are already committed to another Trojan Belle, thank you for supporting this team. Please contact Angie Doucet at or 512-590-9773 for more information.