Newsletter, April 26, 2017

26 Apr

Field Days on Thursday and Friday

One of our most fun days of the year is coming up – Field Day! It will be done on 2 days, and for the first time in a few years we will have great weather! NOTE: There will be no Assembly in the mornings on Thursday and Friday.

Grades K-2 Field Day is on Thursday, April 27th from 8-10:30 am. Grades 3-5 Field Day will take place on Friday, April 28th from 8:15-10:30 am.

If you are able to volunteer to help run a station the morning of Friday, April 28th, please email Michelle at

We are also collecting donations of water bottles, juice boxes and chalk for Captain America’s Chill & Chalk station so that students can get a refreshment in the morning without having to bring money with them to the station time. Please drop them off at the office.

Encourage your students to wear their favorite Super Hero accessories and outfits along with appropriate footwear to run and play in. (Please NO masks or props)

Concession stand

The PTA will have a Concession Stand during the field day afternoon movie. We will be selling the following items for 25 cents a piece: goldfish crackers, cookies, chips, rice krispy bars, fruit snacks, and juice boxes. Students can bring money on the day of their field day.

Crush It Cones will also be available during the afternoon movie. Snowcones will be sold for $2, $4, and $5. We are looking a few volunteers to help with the concession stand. Please sign up at if you are interested.


Administrative assistant week

This is Administrative Appreciation Week. Please let Shana Pokorny, Lisa Matuke and Elizabeth Flores know how much you appreciate everything they do for our students, staff and community. THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!


Spring Fling on Saturday

Spring Fling, Summitt’s adult-only silent auction fundraiser, will be at Abel’s North on Saturday, April 29 from 6-9 p.m.

Auctions are Open

Classroom Creations available for bidding in the library. The Buy Now option will begin Wednesday after school (earlier than in years past), where you pay the Buy Now price on the bid sheet and the basket is yours to take home immediately. At the end of the day Friday, all unsold baskets will be taken to Spring Fling at Abel’s on Saturday. Teacher Time and Talent auction is also open in the Great Hall. Check out the great experiences our teachers are donating to support our technology teacher, Mrs. Neill. Bidder numbers are available at

Raffle Tickets on

Raffle tickets are on sale before and after school in the library. It’s $10 per raffle ticket cash or check only. Raffle prizes include a San Antonio Sea World and hotel package, an Austin stay-cation package including a Kendra Scott bracelet, and an XBox One S Minecraft Bundle. You don’t have to be present to win.

Spring Fling Auctions

Wristbands for food and drinks are no longer available. The auctions are open to the public and there will be a cash bar available for drinks, so come out and support Summitt. Auctions will be open at the event from 6 p.m. to approximately 8:15 p.m. The live auction, which includes the coveted reserved parking spot, principal for a 1/2 day, Vince Young and Colt McCoy autographed footballs, will begin around 8:20 p.m. Raffle tickets will be drawn at 8:45 p.m.

We accept cash, check and credit cards unless specified (like the raffle). We prefer cash or check in order to reduce the amount we have to pay in credit card fees.

We Need Your Help

We need your help to make this event a success. Please check out the signup and sign up for a shift.

Why we do this

This is a fundraiser to pay the salary for our technology teacher, Barbara Neill. Austin ISD does not pay for a technology teacher at our campus and we want to make sure our students know basic computer skills in order for them to succeed. Click here to read about how she got started teaching technology and what your children are learning – learn computer skills, robotics, coding and even create MineCraft projects.


Spring Pictures due

The spring pictures have come home to your student(s). Parents now have the opportunity to purchase from the package and customize their purchase to meet their needs. There is no obligation to purchase and any unselected prints can be returned to the school. Students returning packages/money will receive a responsibility pencil from the teacher.

Please return full picture package (if you do not wish to buy), partial picture purchase or full package purchase (with money enclosed) by Friday, May 5, 2017.


Stuffies in the Park

Summitt Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop 1446 is hosting a fun event for girls aged 4-6 and for Daisy scouts on May 13 from 2-4pm at Balcones District Park. It’s called “Stuffies in the Park.” Girls are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal or “stuffie” with them for a Girl Scout adventure. We will have a scavenger hunt, first aid tips, stories, songs, and girls can earn a patch. The cost is $5 payable at the event. Share the event on Facebook and register in advance.


Thank you for Supporting the Diaper Drive

Thank you to everyone who supported Girl Scout Troop 40’s Diaper Drive benefitting the Austin Diaper Bank. There was a fantastic donation turn out and we know these diapers and supplies will be very much appreciated by those in need.


Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1-5 is  Teacher Appreciation Week. Please remember our Teachers for all of the hard work they do for us by saying thank you to them.


This is a wonderful opportunity for school communities to celebrate AISD’s more than 6,300 classroom teachers—and how they make a difference in the lives of Austin’s children.

  • Every day, teachers touch the lives of students, parents and communities.
  • AISD has the most experienced teachers in Austin.
  • AISD has more National Board-certified teachers than any school district in Texas.
  • AISD teachers provide a high-quality education that prepares all students for college, career and life.
  • Teachers have helped AISD’s graduation rates reach an all-time high.
  • Teachers serve as scholars, listeners, role models, motivators and mentors.
  • Teachers inspire students to achieve their greatest potential.
  • Every teacher’s influence continues long after a student’s school days are memories.


School Supplies for next year

We are excited to announce a continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at WalMart, Target or Staples. Parents who used the service last year found 1st Day School Supplies to be convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, the prices are competitive! New this year: agendas and headphones for computer lab are included with the kit! You don’t have to order them at Meet the Teacher Night! You also have the option to donate a kit for students who need school supplies. You can make your purchase right now, so get started by clicking here:


Yearbook update

The deadline to submit pictures for the yearbook has passed. The yearbook was submitted at the end of March and we will receive the yearbooks by the end of May. In the future, please send us pictures soon after the event so we will have plenty of pictures to post in the yearbook. Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures this year!


Summitt Night at 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)


Tour Vietnam this winter break

Have a chance to visit magical Halong Bay, the ancient city of Hoi An, the capital city of Hue and fabulous Saigon this Winter Break. This might be your last opportunity to go to Vietnam 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:


Summitt Alumni Scholarship due next week

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


Free parenting workshop

Austin Child Guidance Center is offering a class on Internet Safety for kids and teens on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-7:30 PM at the Austin Child Guidance Center, 810 W. 45th Street. Parents will learn about general guidelines for online safety. Parents will leave this presentation with knowledge of what cyberbullying is, in addition to learning online safety tips and recommendations for elementary-aged children and adolescents. Contact Sara Walters at or 512-451-2242.


Register today for Pop Warner Football and Cheer.  

We are entering our 5th year for football and our 3rd year for cheer, Trojans Pop Warner (TPW) is one of the premiere Pop Warner leagues in the area with over 250 kids participating. In addition to success on the field, we are ranked 2nd out of 536 Pop Warner associations in the United States for Academic All-Americans. This is a tremendous honor and an important focus of our program. Player scholarships and community sponsorship opportunities are available – go to to register or find out more. Come join the fun!


Anderson Trojan Belles Spring Show

The Anderson Trojan Belles present their annual Spring Show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 27-29, in the Anderson High School’s Performing Arts Center. The shows start at 7 pm each night. You won’t want to miss the Trojan Belles, Anderson Dance Guard, Senior Guys Dance, Newbie Team, MMS Junior Belles and much, much more!

Online Ticket Sales

Tickets may be purchased online from April 1, 2017 to Sunday, April 23, 2017. Online tickets are $12 (plus a service fee). Tickets purchased online will be available at “Will Call” the night of the show. To purchase tickets online, go to


School Ticket Sales

Tickets may be purchased on April 26, 27 & 28 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) in the school cafeteria during lunch from 12:35-1:20 pm. Ticket price during cafeteria sales is $10 per ticket. During cafeteria sales, AHS students may purchase one $5 ticket for the Thursday night show only.  

Box Office Ticket Sales

Tickets are available at the Box Office on show nights- April 27, 28 & 29 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). The Box Office opens at 6:15 pm each night. Ticket price at the Box Office is $15.


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

Camp Challenger

Join us for 5 days of stimulating, creative, and highly interactive team-based challenges like you have never seen before in your local elementary or middle school classrooms!  Campers will complete STEAM-related challenges that are fun, interactive, and push them to use both their LEFT and RIGHT brain. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics- each day is ACTION packed with 5 main challenges and several mini challenges. More information is 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:


Mad Science Camp

Mad Science has camps all over town, including one at Summitt. Click here for a list of dates and themes.