Newsletter, Feb. 8, 2017

8 Feb

Summitt Family Night tonight
February’s Family Night will be at Chick-fil-A (Parmer/Mopac) on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 5-8 p.m. Tell them you’re with Summmitt, place your receipt in a basket and a portion of the proceeds benefit Summitt PTA.

Fun Run starts Monday

Our big event to raise money for Math and Reading Intervention will kick off on Monday morning! There will be 9 days of exciting lessons led by the staff at Boosterthon. On Thursday, February 23, we will have the Summitt Eagle Fun Run!!! Our plan is to have it outdoors with students running on 2 tracks set up by the Boosterthon team. If the weather does not cooperate we will hold the Fun Run in the gym.

Summitt students will each be wearing a large sticker on their back to keep track of their completed laps. We need volunteers to help mark those laps. Please sign up for one, two or all of the time slots. Last year was a blast! Please sign up to help us out:

Here is the schedule:

  • 8:15am: PreK, K & 1st graders

  • 9:15am: 2nd & 3rd graders

  • 10:15am: 4th & 5th graders

Each student will also be able to star in their very own pledge video when you register them for the Fun Run. See Ms. Standish’s preview video: Go to and insert this link: You will be prompted to download the video, but it will not really download. It just takes you to a video. For more information about the Fun Run, check out our page:

More questions? Click here. Click here to get the information in Vietnamese.  Click here for information in Spanish.

Rules for using the playground after school
Please remember (as stated in the Monday Folder inside cover under the section – Use of the Playground) “Only children enrolled in the Extend-a Care after school program will have access to the playground before 6:30 PM.”
Extend-a Care is wonderful in that for a few minutes after school is dismissed – before they lead their groups outside – they don’t mind students accompanied by their parent to play on the playground for a few minutes.

****Remember that all students are to go home at the end of the school day. All students need to be in the supervision of an adult when on campus.

Dad and Daughter Bowling
Mark your calendars for Summitt dad and daughter bowling fun at Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Rd! It will be on Sunday, February 26th, from 3-5 pm. Cost is $10 per person.

Buy tickets online or look for an order form in Monday folders next week. We hope to see you there! Questions: Jennie Leon –

PE News
5th grade volleyball
For the past 9 years, 5th graders from Summitt Elementary have been participating in Explore UT’s Volleyball Playday. They will be receiving permission forms this week in PE. This year it is taking place on Saturday, March 4, at the University of Texas. The 5th grade teams will play 3 matches against other Austin ISD schools. They will also get to participate in a 35 minute volleyball clinic with the Women’s Volleyball Team and Men’s club team at the University of Texas. We’ve had a wonderful response to this event and have had to form two teams in the past years. In order for your child to be a part of a team, we will need the permission slip signed and returned by the morning of Friday, February 10th. We will start accepting forms immediately after morning assembly in the gym. There will be an area to form the volleyball line. The first 28 students will be assigned to one of two teams in the order the permission slips are received. No forms will be accepted before this time.

Students who would like to participate need to be able to attend after school practice Monday and Wednesday from 3-3:45 pm the two weeks before the playday. Parents must be able to provide transportation to and from the UT Recreation Center on the morning of the playday. Summitt is scheduled to start play at 9:05 AM on Saturday, March 4th. This is a fantastic event to showcase your son or daughter’s volleyball skills that we have been learning in PE the last 6 years. I hope you will allow them to participate, and if you have any questions please email me at or call our PE office at 414-0587. We will send out an information packet as the volleyball playday approaches.

CATCH Family Night
Also, please mark your calendars for our Summitt CATCH Family Fun Night on Thursday, April 6th from 5:30-7 pm. We will be teaming up with the Book Fair this year. If you know of any business that would like to promote health and wellness at our event, please let me know!

Recipe contest
We are currently hosting a healthy eating snack recipe contest for 3rd-5th grade students. They received information about it in PE this week. Top 3 nutritious, no-bake recipes will win a snack-making party and Fuel Up to Play 60 goodies! Recipes are due by February 28th!

National School Counseling Week
On Feb. 6-10, please remember our counselors, Courtney Cardosa and Sandy Cumming, and all of the hard work they do for us. Have your student fill out a “Thank you Message” in order to recognize the important impact counselor make in their students’ lives.

Counselors’ Chronicle
Congratulations to all the students who arrived at school on time. Ms. Farrera’s class had the most students arrive on time. Her class will celebrate with a popcorn party. For the month of February, we will keep track of absences in each class. Please encourage all students to come to school every day unless they are ill. Below are the teachers who turned in calendars for January.

Teacher’s name        % of students who arrived on time

L. Tang                            98.9%

K. Banovic                      94.2%

H. Brannies                    98.6%

G. Drury                         97.4%

E. Farnsworth                95.2%

S. Yarborough                93.8%

D. McClung                     94.7%

S. Skalaban                     98.0%

T. Tran                              98.8%

S. Martinez                      96.2%

J. Pettigrew                      97.9%

A. Jones                            99.2%

G. Farrera                         99.7%

T. DaMommio                  98.6%

T. Martinez                       97.6%

Box Tops
A Box Tops sheet was sent home this week. Please tape or glue box tops on to paper, no staples. Make sure they are still valid and not expired. Once your student has a completed form they can turn it into their teacher for a reward. We also need people to help count the ones in the container that were turned in at the office. Email: for questions or to help.

Message from School Nurse
The school nurse has sent out a message regarding head lice. Click here for the information.

Yearbook orders
Please check the Monday Folder for a yearbook order form. They cost $25 if your order them by Feb. 28. The price will increase to $30 until March 31. You can order them online by visiting Enter the code 14348X. We did not offer any yearbooks to order at the beginning of the school year, so get yours this month!

If you have pictures you’d like to submit for consideration, please send full size pictures to We prefer group shots over individual pictures. It would also be helpful to tell us the event and grades/teacher of the students in the picture.

Girls on the Run begins soon
Spring Season GOTR Registration Information: Girls in grades 3-5 are eligible. Practice days are MON and THURS 3:05-4:30!!  (please note the new day and times). Go to to register. First practice is THURSDAY Feb 22. Season culminates May 7th at the Silicone Labs Sunshine Run 5k! Contact with questions. Space is limited. We still need coaching help, too!


AISD and Community Events

Piano lessons
Did you know that in order to play percussion in middle school, your child needs at least 2 years of piano lessons? Percussion is the only instrument with a prerequisite, so enroll your child in piano lessons if he/she might be interested in percussion.

Austin Piano School has a new beginner class starting this week for students that are 2nd grade or older. This will be the last chance to enroll in a new class before September. Austin Piano School offers group piano classes that are fun and affordable! For more information, go to

Substance Abuse workshop
The Murchison Middle School parent committee on substance abuse is sponsoring a second parent workshop. The event will be held in the Murchison cafeteria on Wednesday, February 15, at 6:30 pm. RJ Garcia, interventionist, therapist and advocate will help guide parents who have questions about substance use.

Night of the Robots – Anderson HS Robotics
DON’T MISS THE FUN! Night of the Robots with Anderson HS Robotics, February 24, 5:30-9 pm, Anderson HS. Enjoy a Parents Night Out while your kids (K-5 grade) enjoy an evening of fun and all things robot. For more information go to

Safe Routes to School Survey
Thanks to Prop 1, Austin now has over $27.5 Million for Safe Routes to Schools – The biggest budget for Safe Routes in America. Bike Austin and Walk Austin want to help connect parents from every neighborhood with this huge new resource. Please take our short survey below to let us know where you’d like to see safety improvements like bike lanes or sidewalks. To take the 1-2 minute survey please visit this site:

AHS Project Graduation
The Anderson Project Graduation committee wanted to personally invite the vertical team to the upcoming PG2017 Adult Party & Auction, our largest fundraiser for Project Graduation 2017. What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with food, drinks, dancing and more! The event is Sunday night, February 12 from 6-9 pm at the beautiful Canyon View Event Center, 4800 Spicewood Springs Road. It promises to be a fabulous evening benefitting a great cause, and we need the Anderson Community support. Invitation and event details below, purchase your tickets at

STEAM Summer Camp
There will be a STEAM Summer Camp 2017 at Small Middle School. This year’s theme is “Where Nature’s Wisdom Powers Human Innovation.” Go to Our Website to Save Your Spot by Registering Today!