Newsletter, May 10, 2017

10 May

Last Skate Night on Thursday

The last Skate Night of the year is Thursday, May 11th, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann. It’s $6 per skater. Come out and have fun with our Summitt family!

Movie Night on Friday
Come join the fun at Summitt Movie Night on Friday, May 12th. We will be showing “Moana” and “The Secret Life of Pets” in the cafeteria and the Great Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start around 7 p.m.

The week of Summitt Movie Night: Wednesday through Friday – tickets will be on sale before school in the car line (for exact change or check) and after school in the Great Hall for $5. Tickets at the door will be $6. A ticket will get you a snack pack with popcorn, a sweet, and a drink. Bring a blanket or a chair if you’d like. You may also purchase tickets by filling out the purchase tab at the bottom of the movie flyer in the Monday Folder and return it to your child’s teacher along with your check or cash payment. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Koblenz Exchange Program.

AISD Bond election Q&A session
Come and Learn the Facts! AISD is including a Bond in the November 2017 Election. Before making your decisions,  learn how it will impact you. Kristin Ashy, our Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Rep will be answering questions on Friday, May 12, from 7:30-8:30 am in the Summitt Library. Coffee will be served.

School Health Team Appreciation Week
Please remember our School Health Team, Glenda Simmons and Denisha Holloway, for all of the hard work they do for us by saying thank you to them in commemoration of School Health Team Appreciation Week, May 8-12, 2017!!

Round Rock Express game next week
Get your tickets now and cheer on our Round Rock Express team. Stay after the game for their famous fireworks! 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.

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.

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

Library News
Need materials
This week our kinder and 1st grade students will be using materials that would otherwise be thrown away to make an animal from the fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. This is an extension project to our books and discussions about Earth Day, and a final project for some of our GT students. Students will make recycled art using toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, old boxes, and plastic containers. Most of this stuff we already have in plenty, but if you have any of the items listed, we’d sure love to take them off your hands. Please send them to the library or computer lab. Thanks!

googly eyes
pom poms
bottle caps
fabric scraps
old costume jewelry/ lapel pins
broken toys/cars/dolls
plastic cutlery
tin boxes
empty pill bottles

Library Guinea Pig Time-Share
Have you always wanted two adorable Guinea Pigs to love and squeeze for a bit without the 5 to 8 year commitment? Now is your chance! The Summitt Elementary Guinea Pigs – Whiskers and Mouse – are looking for kind and caring Summitt families to care for them over the summer. They come with a cage on wheels, a wooden hutch, 2 “hamster holsters”, food bowls and water bottle, a blanket, a brush, a bath tub, and nail clippers.

Care is actually fairly minimal–feeding, watering, and cleaning the cage is required. Brushing, bathing, cuddling is all optional. They are sweet girls who will love your veggie scraps and be happy to expose your child to the ins and outs of pet care.

Time slots are set up by the week beginning and ending on Sundays, with the exception of the first slot. If you would like to keep them for more or less time, please contact me directly. For more information, contact Denise Richey at (512) 414-4249. Sign up here:

Gifted and Talented End of Year Family Night
Rather than a final after school meeting, I thought it might be nice to change venues and time, and have a social gathering for the whole family on Wednesday, May 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Domain. Whole Foods has generously allowed us to use their community room upstairs, so feel free to bring the whole family, and pick up some dinner or dessert from downstairs. This will be something of a come and go event, but we will have a slide show of some of the year’s highlights, a Family Trivia competition, information about summer opportunities for your GT student, a make and take station, a book swap station (so, consider bringing a book or two to swap–parents, too!), and whatever other clever ideas come to me before then! You don’t want to miss it! There is no guest limit, but I would like to get an idea of who and how many people are coming. So, please RSVP. Thanks so much for a great year! I hope to see you all there.

Dual language picnic
The Vietnamese Dual Language Program would like to invite Dual Language families to an End of the Year Picnic on Sunday, May 21, 11:30 A.M – 2 P.M at the Summitt Elementary playground. We would like to ask each family to bring a dish as a potluck brunch. Pizzas and drinks will be provided by us for the children. Please bring a towel and an extra pair of clothes for your child to change in case he/she gets wet.

Counselors’ Chronicle
Congratulations to Ms. Coppola’s 5th grade for winning the highest percentage of children who arrived at school on time. She only had 2 tardies for the entire month. Thank you to all the others who turned in calendars. Ms. Garcia won a $5 gift card to Half-price Books in the drawing of participants.

Drury-96.0% students arrived on time

Banovic– 97.4% arrived on time

Farnsworth–97% arrived on time

Garcia–97.4% arrived on time

McClung–95.7% arrived on time

Skalaban–98.2% arrived on time

T. Tran–98.0% arrived on time

Pettigrew–98.0% arrived on time

Romer–95.0% arrived on time

Martinez–98.1% arrived on time

DaMommio–98.6% arrived on time

Coppola–99.0% arrived on time

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 Thursday, June 1 will be donated!!

School Supplies for next year
Cross school supply shopping for 2017-2018 off your list! We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies again this year to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year. It is super easy … Click, pay, done! Your child’s kit ships right to the school and will be waiting in their classroom on Meet the Teacher Night. And the kit is filled with high quality, name brand products! Plus, you will find the prices affordable!

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: . Deadline to order is June 30th!

Scouts at Summitt
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 Saturday, 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.

Cub Scout Recruitment Rally
Pack 90 Austin is having our annual spring Cub Scout recruitment event on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm in the Summitt Elementary cafeteria. Come by, meet our leaders and learn about Cub Scouts. All boys grades K through 4 are welcome to join our pack for the 2017-2018 year. For any questions please contact pack-90-leadership@googlegroups.com

Meeting for Vietnam tour group
There will be a meeting on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Library for anyone who is interested in going to Vietnam during 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. Contact Co Thuy at if you have questions. The Itinerary and preliminary costs are in this file:

AISD and Community Events


AISD Diversity Day
Austin ISD’s first Diversity Day celebration will be on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Austin High School, 1715 Cesar Chavez St. Join Austin ISD for food, music, art, dancing and community resources at this celebration of our schools and students. Interpretation will be available for most languages. Free and open to the public!

Need PTA mentors
The Austin Council of PTAs is looking for people to share that knowledge with PTAs that are just getting started, or PTAs that are working to expand what they do. As a PTA volunteer, you have a wealth of knowledge, earned by working with other parents and schools. Please consider sharing your experience and skills to help another school grow stronger! If you think you might be interested, please complete a short online interest form to let us know more about what you have to share and how you would like to share it. Thank you!

Como voluntario de la PTA, usted tiene una riqueza de conocimientos, ganados trabajando con otros padres y escuelas. El Austin Council of PTAs está buscando personas como usted que compartan ese conocimiento con PTAs que están empezando, o PTAs que están trabajando para expandir lo que hacen. Por favor considere compartir su experiencia y habilidades para ayudar a otra escuela a crecer más fuerte! Si cree que podría estar interesado, complete un formulario de interés en línea para informarnos más sobre lo que tiene que compartir y cómo le gustaría compartirlo. ¡Gracias!

TechLab STEAM Camp at Anderson
TechLab is a youth day camp that offers “hands-on” learning in science, technology, engineering, art and math like no other summer program in the greater Austin area. It offers curriculum and equipment that many children will NEVER see in their local elementary or middle school classrooms. TechLab is the result of an innovative partnership between the Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Austin Independent School District and Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Registration and dates are here.

Working alongside faculty from Anderson High School and across Austin Independent School District, we supply the latest tech and tech-art tools in an educational and safe yet fun and informal environment where campers can develop a passion for using technology to create and learn. Each year, our camp will ask children to pretend to be scientists trying to solve a challenge. This year, campers will pretend to go out to the rainforest to study how to complete scientific and discovery expeditions to Earth’s various rainforest regions. While doing so, kids won’t hear a lecture; they will ask the questions and they will use their imagination (and our tools) to find the answers. Click here for a flyer.

AISD Community Engagement – Designing our Future Schools!
AISD Staff and FABPAC members are so grateful to everyone who has and is participating in the Facility Master Plan updates and now potential bond projects! We know that May is a busy time of the year and we hope that you will see value in having your voice heard as the FABPAC works toward finalizing bond projects. Please join us for the final Community Collaboration of the year. The dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • May 16, Austin High School, 6-8 p.m.

  • May 17, Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, noon – 2 p.m.

  • May 17, Bowie High School, 6-8 p.m.

  • May 18, Reagan Early College High School, 6-8 p.m.

  • May 20, Travis Early College High School, 9-11 a.m.

If you are unable to make these meetings and still have feedback, please head to and fill out an online feedback form. We want to hear from you! Thanks again for your continued support as we continue to work together toward excellent facilities for all AISD students.

Free dance show tickets
If you would like a free ticket to Body Talk Dance Company’s Spring performance “Changes” please email Ms. O’Neal at It’s on June 9, 2017, 6 pm, at Manor Performing Arts Center. One free ticket per attendee, adult or student. The show is wonderful and inspiring!!

Anderson Trojan Soccer Camp
Anderson Soccer is hosting a Boys and Girls Soccer Camp on June 5-9, 2017.

U5-U11 – 8:30 – 11:30 am
U12-U15 – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

More information here:

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!


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

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

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.

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:

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