Newsletter, March 29, 2017

29 Mar

Book Fair next week
The Happy Camper Book Fair begins Monday, April 3 and runs through noon on Friday, April 7. If you would like to help, we need volunteers to help set up, break down and be cashiers. Please sign up here.

All for Books Change Drive
While book fair is an annual highlight for many of our students, there are those students who spend a tortured week looking at all they cannot afford. Please consider having your student participate in our All for Books change drive so that we make sure all our Summitt Eagles are able to purchase one new book of their very own. Each day this week, beginning on Tuesday, March 28, classrooms will work together to collect change.

Tuesday: PENNY-tastic Tuesday

Wednesday: 2, 4, 6, 8—We appreciate your NICKELS and DIMES Wednesday

Thursday: Big Money Thursday–Quarters

Friday: Fantastic Friday—anything and everything!!!

The classroom with the most change on Friday, March 31, wins a Make-Your-Own Trail-Mix Party and 45-Minute Reading Camp-Out in the library! Funds will be distributed amongst students throughout the week of book fair. Thanks for your support!

Incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten registration next week
Kindergarten and Pre-K registration will be on Tuesday, April 4, at 9 a.m. More information about what paperwork to bring is here:

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, and join the Summitt incoming Kinder/Pre-K  Facebook group.

CATCH Family Night next week
We hope you saved the date to join us for our 9th annual CATCH Family Fun Night at Summitt. This year it takes place on Thursday, April 6 from 5:30-7 pm. We are teaming up with the library this year, so it will also be taking place during the Summitt Book Fair!

We will have fantastic booths in the great hallway that promote wellness, and we will also have many activities for you to check out with friends and family! Back by popular demand is the Parent Pacer Challenge and outdoor obstacle course. We will also have DrumFIT, an awesome new exercise program born right here in Austin!  All of those areas will be ongoing throughout the evening from 5:30-7 pm! I apologize that we will not have any vendors serving food this year… so please plan to fuel up before or after the event! Participants will have a chance to enter a raffle for some great prizes donated by our local Mopac and Parmer HEB! Winners will be announced Friday morning! Hope to see you there 🙂

PTA General Meeting on Monday
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 Monday, 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.

Spring Fling is in 1 month
You should have received information from your Home Room Parents about your class’ Classroom Creations. Please respond quickly so that you can support them in this very important aspect of Spring Fling’s silent auction. More information can be found at

A couple of updates on the child care section:
Childcare is available during Spring Fling at Summitt through United Family Care Social Services. It costs $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. Register now as there is only space for 50 kids. More information is on the table in the Great Hall or click here for the registration form and waiver:

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.

Summitt Family Night at Blue Baker
Family Night at Blue Baker (10000 Research Blvd.) will be on Tuesday, April 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Come out and see your teachers in action as they bake cookies. You can purchase those still-warm cookies made by Summitt teachers! Make sure to tell the cashier you are with Summitt because a portion of the proceeds from the night will be given back to our PTA.


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!

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!!

Save the Date: Round Rock Express game
Summitt is having a Spirit Night with the Round Rock Express on Friday, May 19, at 7:05 p.m. Get a group out and watch some amazing baseball. There will be fireworks afterwards! They are offering us discounted tickets and giving a portion of our ticket sales back to the PTA. Tickets are already available, so buy your tickets now. They are $6 for lawn seating and $11 for Infield Reserved seats when you enter the code. More information is here.

Go to:
Enter code: summitt (must be all lowercase)

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.

Vietnam trip update
This might be your last chance to go to Vietnam during Winter Break with other Summitt families while your child is a student here. 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.

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


Matador Fest on Friday

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

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!

Summer swim team
Join the Hurricane Swim Team this summer. It’s a family-friendly summer swim team and their season runs from May-July. Their website is More information is here.

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.

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

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


Summer Camps

There are camps at Anderson High School this summer. Many of them are open to elementary grades. Find it here.

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,

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

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

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