Newsletter, April 5, 2017

5 Apr

Book Fair this week
The Happy Camper Book Fair is this week and runs through noon on Friday, April 7. We will have special hours tomorrow – 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come out and do some book shopping while you’re at CATCH Family Night.

Thank you to all the parents that have volunteered at our Happy Camper Book Fair so far. We need your help at our Family Night, as well. Please consider signing up for a 30 minute shift at the register or helping with the crafts table or even just leading a read aloud!

PE News
CATCH Family Night tomorrow
We hope you saved the date to join us for our 9th annual CATCH Family Fun Night at Summitt.  This year it takes place tomorrow, Thursday, April 6th 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!

Field Days
I can’t believe we are less than 1 month away from Field Day! This year’s theme is “HERO UP!”

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

We need volunteers to help run stations on Friday, April 28th, and we would also appreciate donations of water bottles, juice boxes and chalk for Captain America’s Chill & Chalk station.

The afternoons will be our PTA concessions/movie in the gym for all students that had Field Day that same morning. Encourage your students to wear their favorite Super Hero attire!

Summitt at Sea World
Spend a day at Sea World-San Antonio with other Summitt families! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids during the school holiday next Friday, April 14, Sea World, working with the Summitt-Koblenz exchange group, has offered us a great group rate to go to the park. The price of $35.49 includes the entrance fee for the day and lunch (hamburgers/hot dogs) in a private pavilion for the group. (Parking not included.) We need 100 people to participate to get this great rate. We still need 30 more people to go!

This rate and private lunch is only available through the group. Please email and let her know how many tickets you need.

Help with Austin ISD online registration
If you need assistance or have questions about AISD’s online registration, please join us on Monday, April 10from 4 to 6 PM in the Summitt library to complete your online registration for the 2017-2018 school year.

Icy treat truck every week
There will be a rotation of trucks selling ice cream or shaved ice after school every Friday until the end of the school year. Crush It Cones will make its debut at Summitt this Friday. A portion of the sales benefits Summitt PTA.

Summitt Family Night next week

Family Night at Blue Baker (10000 Research Blvd.)  will be on Tuesday, April 11th, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come out and see your teachers in action as they bake and sell 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.

Become a PTA volunteer
Summitt PTA has a few positions open. These are not board positions and most are seasonal commitments. Some positions can be done at home. Please consider helping so we can make events and communication go smoothly.

  • Bulletin Board Decorator – decorate the bulletin board in the Great Hall; mostly done before or around the start of the school year and then updated when needed

  • Coke Rewards – pick up Coke Rewards donation box at school and input Coke Rewards numbers into a Summitt account; most work is done at home

  • Eagles Night Out Coordinator – coordinate with RR Express and Texas Stars about setting a date for Summitt families to attend a game

  • Book Fair Committee Member – help plan the book fair in the Fall

  • Eagle Fest Co-chair – Help plan Eagle Fest in the Fall

  • Communication Team Member – Help maintain website, take pictures during events or help post the Newsletter

  • Boosterthon Co-chair – Help coordinate Fun Run in February 2018

  • Yearbook team – Trained to help lay out the yearbook; most work is in the Spring

If you would like more information please email Nicole

Librarian Appreciation week next week
April 10-14 is Librarian Appreciation Week. AISD is proud to honor and recognize the efforts of our hardworking library workers. It is the dedication of these professionals that keep our libraries vibrant and indispensable – and that is truly worth celebrating.

In commemoration of School Library Week, the district encourages students, staff members, families, volunteers and community members to take a moment to thank AISD library professionals for the services they provide to students and the district. Please remember our librarian, Denise Richey, and all of the hard work she does for us by saying thank you to her in commemoration of Librarian Appreciation Week!!

Diaper drive
The 3rd Grade Girl Scout Troop 40 is hosting a “diaper drive” to benefit The Austin Diaper Bank. The Austin Diaper Bank supports diaper needs in all age groups, from newborns to the elderly. Larger sizes, such as babies’ 4 or 5 and adult L/XL, are always in demand.

We are collecting:

Disposable diapers and pull-ups, even opened packages or loose diapers in good condition. Even diaper cakes.

Cloth diapers and accessories in good condition

Baby wipes and diaper cream

Adult diapers and pull-ups

Bed pads

Swim diapers

We have placed a box in Summitt’s Great Hall, just outside of the front office. We will be collecting donations until Friday, April 21st. Thank you so much!

Can Contest
Spring Can Contest March-29 thru April 21. Help your class win an ice cream party and the Championship Trophy! Drop off the cans by the trailer next to the basketball court. Find an entry slip in the office or on the community table in the Great Hall. Slips go in the container next to the pop top house. Any questions? Contact Sharon Reed at

Counselors Corner
Need Voss Water Bottles
Thank you to those of you who have brought empty Voss water bottles! However, we still need many more bottles. We are hopeful we will have enough so each teacher can have 2 bottles. Our goal is 200 bottles, but every bottle  helps. We appreciate your help. Please know you can purchase a six-pack of the small Voss bottled water for $6. Thank you!

Congratulations to both Ms. Frank and Ms. McClung for having the most days with perfect attendance. They tied with 100% attendance 15 out of 18 days. Ms. Frank’s class will celebrate on Thursday, April 6th and Ms. McClung’s class will celebrate on Monday, April 10th. Thank you to all who turned in calendars:

L. Tang–9 out of 18 days at 100%

G. Drury–11 out of 18 days at 100%

T. Tran–10 out of 18 days at 100%

S. Skalaban–6 out of 18 days at 100%

E. Farnsworth–9 out of 18 days at 100%

D. McClung–15 out of 18 days at 100%

S. Martinez–10 out of 18 days at 100%

A. Jones–9 out of 18 days at 100%

C. Frank–15 out of 18 days at 100%

T. Martinez–14 out of 18 days at 100%

Spring Fling is in less than a month
Spring Fling will be at Abel’s North on Saturday, April 29from 6-9 p.m. You can purchase tickets for this great parents-only event here. Order your tickets now so you we can get an accurate head count for the event. 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.

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

Childcare at Spring Fling
Have your child hang out with their friends while you’re at Spring Fling. 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:

Multicultural night
Summitt’s Multicultural Night will be on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 6 – 8 PM. Everyone is invited! We want to celebrate the diverse population represented in our school.

Summitt 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
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

Meet New Murchison Principal
We are excited to announce the Principal of Murchison Middle School, Mr. Bradley Clark. Mr. Clark most recently served as an Academy Director for the LBJ Early College High School. We welcome you to join us for a principal meet and greet at Murchison Middle School tomorrow, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The event will take place in the Library from 6 – 7:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

AISD Facility Master Plan
For the latest news and information on AISD’s Facility Master Plan, visit Information as it relates directly to Anderson can be found in Appendix A: School Recommendations Organized by Vertical Team

Girlstart Conference
Have your girl participate in Girls in STEM Conference, part of the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) national network. The conference is held at Travis High School on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-3:30pm. This unique program for girls in grades 4-8 offers a one-day series of workshops where girls participate in hands-on activities lead by women working in STEM careers. The conference is designed to introduce girls to STEM experiences, as well as female role models in STEM who encourage them to consider and pursue STEM careers. More information is here:

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 ishere.

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, 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.


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!

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