Newsletter, March 22, 2017

22 Mar

Family Night at BJ’s Restaurant tonight
Join other Summitt families at BJ’s Restaurant, 10515 N Mopac Expy, on Wednesday, March 22 from 5-9 p.m. Tell them you’re with Summitt and a portion of the sales benefit Summitt PTA.

Spring Fling tickets on sale
Spring Fling will be at Abel’s North on Saturday, April 29 from 6-9 p.m. You can purchase tickets for this great parents-only event here. This is a fundraiser to pay for our technology teacher, Barbara Neill. Austin ISD does not pay for a technology teacher at this campus and we want to make sure our students know basic computer skills in order for them to succeed. More information about tickets, childcare, etc. is here:

Childcare is available at Summitt through United Family Care Social Services. It’s $20 for the first child, and $10 for additional siblings. The price includes pizza, dessert, beverage, movie, games, etc. This is open only to parents who are attending Spring Fling, and we need at least 15 families to participate in order to make it happen. More information is on the table in the Great Hall or click here for the registration form and waiver:

STAAR Tests next week
STAAR Testing will be on Tuesday, March 28,  for 4th and 5th grade, and Wednesday, March 29 for 5th grade.

** Please note that parents are not allowed on campus during STAAR testing due to confidentiality and security. Please schedule lunch with your student on another day. This is for all grade levels due to testing groups in rooms throughout the campus.

Thank you from Boosterthon!
Summitt PTA wants the whole Summitt Elementary community to know how much we appreciate all of the support for the Boosterthon Fun Run!!! Without our students, teachers, staff, family and friends we could not have had such a successful campaign and event. So, a tremendous THANK YOU to all of you!

Yearbook updates
Fifth graders: We need your baby picture! Please send us a picture by March 25 of your fifth grader so we can include it in the Guess the Student in the Baby Picture page. It’s one of the most popular pages and we want to fill up the page with many cute babies! Please send us a full size (if possible) .jpg photo to with the student’s name in the subject line.

If you have pictures you’ve taken during the school year that you’d like to submit for consideration, please send full size pictures to It would also be helpful to tell us the event and grades/teacher of the students in the picture.

The price to order a yearbook is now $30 until 3 p.m. on 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 order yours this month!

Class and individual spring pictures update
Spring and group pictures were taken on Tuesday, March 7. It takes approximately 3 weeks for your school’s picture packages to arrive. Once you receive the pictures, parents will have about 7 days to select their package options and complete the payment envelope that is included in each picture package. Payment can be made using cash, check, or by paying online at

The payment envelope and/or any unselected prints must be returned to the school within 7 days for each child to receive his or her responsibility pencil! Once all money envelopes and unselected prints are collected, your local sales representative will stop by the school to collect these items.

Multicultural night
Summitt’s Multicultural Night has been moved to Friday, April 21, 2017, from 6 – 8 PM. If you stated in your survey you wish to to participate in sharing your culture or help out, we will be contacting you soon. Everyone is invited! We want to celebrate the diverse population represented in our school. See you there!

Incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten activities
If you have a child or know someone who will have a child in Pre-K or Kindergarten at Summitt in the Fall, there are activities they can attend to get acquainted with the school. More information is here, including information about Kinder/Pre-K registration on Tuesday, April 4 and a Facebook group.

Lost and Found
Please take a look in the Lost and Found for your student’s possessions. The Lost and Found is full of coats, clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes and water bottles. All items not claimed by Friday, March 31 will be donated!!

Vietnam trip update
If you are thinking about going to Vietnam this December with a group from Summitt, this may be your last chance to go in a while. Co Thuy says they will not offer another trip for the next 5 years. The Itinerary and preliminary costs are in this file:…/0B2U9EyoinyBNMlNXZmJSNDhFa…/view…

Contact Co Thuy at if you have questions. You can join the Vietnam Trip Facebook Group if you are more serious about going:

Need new change of clothes for students
If your student is in grades preK-2, please make sure that your student has a ziplock bag with a change of clothes that is size and weather appropriate. Any student can need to change, whether it’s a bathroom accident, spilled milk at lunch, or a big puddle after rain. The office is completely OUT of donated clothing to provide to students who need to change. Please ensure that your student has a change of clothes in their backpack.

If it has been there since August, thank you! Now is the time to double check that it still fits. If your student needs clean clothes, and there aren’t any in the backpack, we will need to keep them in the office until a parent can bring clean clothes, which disrupts their educational experience. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this!

Need clothing donations
Summitt clothes supply closet needs to be restocked. Students receive a change of clothes when they have wet accidents or get too dirty.  If your student needed to borrow clothes from the campus, please wash and return them. Please do not return the underwear. Due to health reasons, these have to be new.  With that being stated, Summitt’s clothes stock is in need of the following items:

New boy and girl underwear – Sizes 4 – 12
T-shirts new or gently used – Sizes 4-8 and a few sizes 10-12
Pants – new or gently used – Pull-on with elastic waists work best – Sizes 4 – 8
Socks – new or gently used – all sizes

Also, Summitt’s nurse office could use plastic grocery type bags to send home dirty/wet clothes. Bring these items to the office.

2017-18 PTA Executive Board Nomination
The PTA Nomination Committee – Alisa Dean, Danny Law, Editt Law, Angie Mendenhall, and Lynn Mendenhall – nominate the following individuals for the 2017-18 PTA Executive Board:

PTA President – Nicole Erickson
Vice President 1 – Lisa Fischer
Vice President 2 – Lacey Lake
Treasurer – Lesley Hargraves
Secretary – Evette Alvarado

A vote will be taken to approve these nominations on April 3, 2017 during the PTA general meeting at 6:30 p.m. All members are invited to attend and vote. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at that time if there is any other interested party.

Summitt Alumni Scholarship
The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship is now accepting applicants through May 2, 2017. The scholarship was established to recognize former students who have excelled in their academic endeavors, supported their community through various service projects and/or participated in extra-curricular activities, and proven they possess the drive to further their education. By granting these scholarships, we encourage students to pursue their academic endeavors and hope to strengthen relationships between Summitt and its alumni. Summitt Elementary will offer either one (1) $600.00 or (2) $300.00 scholarship/s, depending on the number of qualified applicants. The deadline to apply is May 2, 2017. More information is here.

AISD and Community Events

Teacher of the Year nominations

Krispy Kreme and Bush’s Chicken have their annual Teacher of the Year program. Nominate your favorite teacher for this award here and the winner receives $500 for the teacher and $500 for their school, plus prizes! Summitt had a Teacher of the Year winner in 2012, so let’s do it again!

AISD Customer Service Survey
The Austin Independent School District strives to provide all customers with excellent service. When you, our customer, contact a campus or administrative office we expect that you are immediately connected to the appropriate staff member and are treated with courtesy and respect. Please help us to improve our customer service by completing this short survey.

Young Rembrandts
Young Rembrandts Art Class will have their latest session on Wednesday, from March 29-May 17 at 3-4 p.m. Cost is $96. More information is here. Register at

Spring Flower Sale
Spring Flower Sale Starts NOW! *** Pickup is March 27 ***

Spring is here! It’s time to order your spring flowers and support Anderson HS Project Graduation 2017! This year’s flower selection includes Geraniums and New Guinea Impatiens (1 gallon plants-variety of colors) and blooming 10” Impatiens Hanging Baskets, perfect for spring planting, brightening up any patio, or treating your favorite Secret Pal, teacher, neighbor or friend.

Order now online at Questions? Contact Karin Foster at or 512-751-7085.All Spring Flower orders must be picked up on Monday, March 27 between 9am and 5pm (Anderson HS – corner of Mesa and Cima Serena). A reminder to pick up your order will be sent via email the weekend of March 25 – 26. Thank you for supporting Anderson HS Project Graduation 2017!

Matador Fest
Summitt families (especially Summitt 5th graders) are invited to Murchison MS Matador Fest on Friday, March 31, 5:30-8:30 pm. What is Matador Fest? Glad you asked! It’s a fun evening on the campus grounds to eat dinner, have fun with friends, and support the Murchison community. This is perfect for incoming 6th graders and their families! We will have several food trucks on site, including delicious La Trailá Street Tacos, Gatti’s Pizza, Wally’s chicken sandwiches, Jim Jim’s snow cones, and carnival treats like fried Oreos, cotton candy, and funnel cakes!! YUM! Join in the fun playing BINGO, getting photos with friends at the PHOTO BOOTH, or testing your skills at the ROCK WALL, laser tag, or video games. Come take a chance at winning a fabulous GIFT BASKET too! You could go home with amazing items like a Amazon Echo, Nixon Blaster, Dell laptop, UT baseball tickets, Monogram Lady items, Lush Products, Pizza Party for 10 at Rebel Pizza Bar, Kendra Scott, and Vineyard Vines (to name a few!). For more information

Austin Child Guidance Center Classes
The Austin Child Guidance Center on 810 W. 45th St. has free parenting classes each month. More details here.

Camp Invention
Camp Invention has a summer camp at Davis Elementary on June 12-16. More information is here.

Monster Jam
Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet is returning to the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. There will be a pit party prior to the Saturday show from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the arena floor, which gives fans the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers. Fans can purchase pit passes for $10 from Summit Elementary Groups of 10 or more SAVE $5 on tickets!* To purchase tickets, call (512) 232-4343, email or fill out our Groups Sales order form HERE. Deadline to order is Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m. For more information about this and other Frank Erwin Center Events, please visit us at

*Excludes $35 Gold Circle seats and $10 Party in the Pits passes. No double discounts. Offer is subject to availability. Facility fee and convenience charges may apply. All information is subject to change.

Chinese Summer Camp
There is a Chinese Language and Arts Summer Camp at Westlake Chinese Academy. Flyer is here. More information is here:

Theater summer camp
The Paramount Theatre is hosting a summer camp at nearby Davis Elementary, June 19-30. In Camp Story Wranglers students will explore story-writing, songwriting, costume and prop design, as well as acting, to create a new, thrilling, hilarious, weird, poignant, SNL-style, you-name-it production. The camp will not only challenge students to be creative writers, but will challenge them to bring their stories to life. Campers will be featured in a final performance downtown at Stateside at the Paramount on the final day of camp. Registration is now open and scholarships are available! Visit

Anderson Belle Camp
Come dance with the Anderson Trojan Belles at their 2017 BELLES SUMMER DANCE CAMP, June 19th – 22nd at Murchison Middle School(new location). Full day elementary aged campers will learn dances, participate in daily arts & crafts and game time, perform with the Belles, and more! Half day middle and high school campers learn more challenging dance routines, how the Belles practice and what it takes to be a Belle. Registration forms coming soon at Registration begins early this year on February 1st.

Anderson Cheer Camp
Come cheer with the Anderson cheerleaders at their 2017 SUMMER CHEER CAMP, July 10-13 at Westover Hills Church – 8332 Mesa Drive, 78759 (across the street from Anderson High School) (new location). Camp fees are $215 until 6/24 and $250 after that date. Based on space, we will not allow any walk-ins. Early sign up is suggested,

Educational series at The Ranch
The Ranch Achievement Program has a series of educational classes for parents. For more information, click here.