Newsletter, Nov. 30, 2016

30 Nov

Message from Principal Standish
Dear Parents/Guardians, I hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving filled with family and friends and that you had a restful full week break from school. With having the whole week break, it means that our Winter Break will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Students will be attending school on Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th. That means we only have 3 ½ weeks before winter break!

Thank you for getting your student to school on time ready for instruction before 7:45 AM and for having your student at school everyday. There will be much instruction that will happen during these 3 1/2 weeks along with fun activities:
– 4th and 5th grade Jingle Bell Jog on Friday, Dec. 2nd;
– 3rd grade Musical on Tuesday, Dec. 6th;
-3rd grade field trip to the Nutcracker on Thursday, Dec. 8th;
– Pre-Kg field trip to see Holiday Heroes on Friday, Dec. 9th;
– 5th grade Pioneer Experience Day and Kg Program on Friday, Dec. 16th
– We begin the next week with class holiday parties on Monday, Dec. 19th.

As Summitt Students, we are Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Learn.
Dedra Standish, Principal

Koblenz Holiday Market on Friday
Summitt is hosting its sixth annual “Holiday Market” craft and vendor event on Friday, December 2 from 6-9pm. This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done while supporting local entrepreneurs. We will have Scentsy, Lipsense, Rodan & Fields, Young Living Essential Oils, Penny Street Boutique (clothing & accessories), Organic Chix, handwoven baskets, hand crafted jewelry, embroidered shirts/bibs/blankets, holiday ornaments/decor, homemade candy, peanut/pecan brittle, stocking stuffers, and more! We will also have a Silent Auction! All proceeds benefit the Summitt-Koblenz Exchange program.

Skate Night on Thursday
Our fun skate night will be on Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.

Toy Drive
Summitt has teamed up with Austin Police Dept. to be a toy collection site. There are bins in the Great Hall for you to drop your toy donations. We are collecting NEW toys for boys and girls, especially those ages 0-2 and 11-14. The donation bins will be at Summitt until Friday, Dec. 9.

Save the Date: Easter Seals Drive
Clothing and Household Items Drive – Don’t clean out those closets just yet!! Summitt PTA will be holding a clothing and household items drive on Saturday, January 28 with Easter Seals of Central Texas. This is a fundraiser for the PTA because Easter Seals pays .20 cents per pound for soft items like clothes, shoes, clothing accessories, sheets, small rugs and similar items. And they also pay .05 cents per pound for small household items such as dishes, pots, pans, or any other small items used in a home. Look for more information to come soon.

Counselors’ Chronicle
Spirit Week
In an effort to try and create some winter/holiday fun around school, we will be having our 2nd annual winter spirit week December 5 – 9. Students are invited to participate in the dress-up portions if they would like. Here is a list of the events for winter spirit week:

December 5 (Monday)-Wear a holiday shirt that represents the holiday that you celebrate.

December 6 (Tuesday)-Socks. Wear your most fun and festive holiday socks.

December 7 (Wednesday)-Ugly holiday sweater or shirt day.

December 8 (Thursday)-Holiday Bling. Wear all your fun, festive, holiday pieces (necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, neckties, etc.) all at one time!!!

December 9 (Friday)-Holiday Headwear. Get out your favorite Santa hat, antlers, menorah or festive head piece of your choosing.

Holiday Assistance
Here is a link for Blue Santa  applications. Please be aware the applications are due to the Blue Santa people by November 22nd. If you need help completing the form you can call Ms. Cumming at 512-414-4255.

GT News
This month we are doing something different. We have invited our friends from the Austin Creative Art Center to join us for our program and do an art class with our students! A few things will be different in order to pull this off. First, we will meet for 2 hours from 3-5 p.m on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Also, we will charge $10 per child to cover the cost of the supplies and the teacher’s time! We know it will be worth it! Your child will come home with a really beautiful creation! Check out their webpage to see the type of projects they do:

If you sign your child up, you will need to PRE-PAY for this program. Checks can be made to Becca Phillips or you may VENMO a payment to: phillipsbecca. If you have not pre-paid and signed up, your child may not attend. Just like last month, your younger siblings may attend if you (the parent/guardian) has signed up to volunteer.

To recap:
1. Time Change: 3-5 p.m.
2. Pre-pay $10

We hope to see your students there!

Pringles Can recycling
Third Grade Still Needs Pringles Cans – Please drop them off clean, dry Pringles cans (with lids) in a container in the Great Hall. And don’t forget to save the ones you share with friends and family next week at Thanksgiving.

Join the PTA for special discounts
Did you know that not only does the school benefit by your membership, but you get PTA benefits as well? You can get tickets to Six Flags for only $35.99 (reg. $53.99)! To learn more check out the Texas PTA website –  Questions? Contact Editt Law at


AISD and Community Events

Vietnamese Language Class
Registration is now open for the basic Vietnamese as a Second Language (VSL) class in the Spring. Classes will be held at Asian American Resource Center – City of Austin, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin beginning in January. More info here: Click below to register:

Free dance tickets
Body Talk Dance Company, affiliated with Joyce Willett School of Dance, is offering a limited amount of Buy One, Get One free tickets for the December 10th, 4:30 pm performance of their winter show, “Pure Imagination, 80’s Flashback” at the Manor ISD PAC, 12700 Gregg Manor Rd.

If you buy an advance purchase $10 adult ticket, you get a student ticket for free. One voucher per student. This is limited to the first 25 people who can make the event with their student. JWSD is located on Research at Spicewood Springs and offers dance for all ages. To request a voucher for your free student ticket, please email Ms. O’Neal at

Applications for Fulmore Magnet School
Fulmore Magnet is happy to announce that our shadowing applications are now online on the Fulmore website. The deadline for this is December 16th.  Students can also access a paper shadowing application in our full application. Thanks very much for your support!

Screening at Anderson
Do you wonder if your student is spending too much time on technology devices? Do you wonder how technology maybe impacting your student’s development? Do you have challenges navigating your student’s digital world? Then plan on attending the screening of Screenagers on the evening of January 18th at the Anderson High School Theater at 7 PM with other parents with the same ‘wonderings’.

Trojan Youth Lacrosse 2017 Spring Registration
Trojan Youth Lacrosse Association and Anderson High School Lacrosse have joined together to meet the growing demand of young athletes interested in playing lacrosse in Northwest Austin. The 2017 spring lacrosse season runs Feb-May and registration for both boys and girls is now open. Go to to register and join the fun!

Day of the Robots – Anderson Robotics
Need to work on your Christmas shopping? Then bring the kids to DAY of the ROBOTS on Saturday, December 3, 10 am-2:30 pm at Anderson HS. Enjoy a Parents Day Out shopping while your kids (K-5 grade) enjoy a day of fun and all things robot. For more information go to