Newsletter, May 24, 2017

24 May

Summitt Book swap this week
It’s not too late to bring in your old books for the Summitt Summer Book Swap this week. Next Tuesday, Mrs. Richey will announce throughout the day for students with Book Swap tickets to come to the library to “shop” for a new-to-you book. If need be, we will continue with our book swapping into next Wednesday. Students can bring up to 5 gently used books to the library beginning until Thursday, May 25. For every book brought in, students will receive a ticket. (1 book = 1 ticket)  During the last week of school, Mrs. Richey will put out all the great books donated on the library tables, and students will have a chance to come spend their tickets on something “new to you!” More information is here.

Need fourth grade parents to help
We need fourth-grade parents and guardians to serve at the fifth-grade promotion ceremony. The fifth-grade promotion ceremony is tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, from 8 am to 10 am. We need fourth-grade parents and guardians to serve cake and lemonade after the ceremony, as well as set up and clean up. Please help us to make it a special day for fifth-grade families:

PE News
We had a lot of fun in Physical Education this year and I wanted to thank everyone for their support! Thanks to all of the parent volunteers at Hero Up Field Day and everyone who donated water, juice and chalk! A big thanks goes out to our Fuel Up to Play 60 team, our 5th grade volleyball players and everyone who helped make CATCH Night such a great success!

Also, if you would like individual Fitnessgram scores for any 3rd-5th grade student, please email me at for the information. Have a wonderful Summer break 🙂

PTA needs help
We need you!!! Summitt PTA is already planning for the next school year. Because this year has been amazing, we are adding a few new things to our campus. We have openings that can take as much or as little time as you have. Please consider stepping into these new roles as we support those who teach our children. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email Nicole, PTA president at

Fall Fundraiser Chair
Eagle Family Sponsor Chair
Eagle Corporate Sponsor Chair
Math Pentathlon
Social Chair
Book Fair Committee Member
Dinner with Summitt Night Coordinator
Eagle Fest Co-chair

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!!

If you need a list of the school supplies by grade, it’s listed here:

Friendship Garden update
The Fifth Grade Service Club is wrapping up their year-long project – the Friendship Garden. We want to give a special thank you to the folks at Home Depot located in the Arbor Walk. They donated their time and most of the supplies to help us finish off the project. They built a reading bench, a little library for our books, gave us paint for the vertical posts along the fence, a drainage cover, a “Plantman” painting, and helped us get the rock walkway put in. If you get a chance, please thank Marci and the rest of the Home Depot garden department service team. We love how the garden looks! Please stop by and enjoy the view!

Spring Fling Survey
Take Two Minutes to Make Spring Fling Even Better. Thanks to you, Spring Fling 2017 was our most successful ever! We are already planning next year’s event. Please let us know how we can make Spring Fling 2018 even better with this brief survey. Your voice matters!

Summitt Family Night at Phil’s/Amy’s next week
Come out to celebrate the end of school with a Family Night at Phil’s Ice House and Amy’s Ice Cream on Hwy 183 on Tuesday, May 30th. The fundraiser actually lasts all day from open to close, so you can come in for lunch and/or dinner. Mention you are with Summitt and  a portion of the sales to go back to the PTA. If we have 50 supporters purchase at Phil’s and Amy’s, they give us 15% of our sales, but if we get 100 or more supporters, they will donate 20% back to us. We hope you can join us!

Icy Treats after school
Kona Ice will be back on Thursday, May 25th before the long weekend and on June 1st to celebrate the last day of school.

Fifth Grade News
Murchison Transition Camp
There will be a transition camp for all students new to Murchison Middle School. It’s on August 7, 8, 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include a campus-wide scavenger hunt, field day activities and many more.

Library News
Guinea pig update
Thank you to all the families that have volunteered to host the guinea girls at their home for a week or two this summer! I really appreciate your help. I will be putting together a folder of How-to’s along with the sign up list, so that each family will have the contact info for the next family signed up to watch them and can coordinate pick up/drop off. My info will be included so that you can reach me at any time this summer with any concerns or questions. Thank you!

Return library books
It is hard to believe, but this is the last week for student check-outs!  All student books are due, Friday, May 19th. Please check in backpacks, under beds, and at grandma’s house for any hidden library books and get them turned in. I will be sending out overdue notices and making phone calls starting next week. Thanks!

Of course that doesn’t mean we want you and your student to stop reading! Oh, no, no, no! Visit AISD’s 5 Book Dive website which has book lists, book marks, and videos to get you excited about what to read next. Check it out!

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!!


AISD and Community Events

Anderson Vertical Team meeting
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, May 30,  for the Anderson VT Community Meeting – 5:30 p.m – Anderson Theater. Come hear about plans for that the Anderson Vertical Team schools have to incorporate additional PD days into the 2017-2018 School Calendar. This falls under the AISD District of Innovation Initiative. We will gather community input about the calendar we are planning to implement in the 2017-2018 School Year.


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!


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,

Irish Dance Center summer camps

The Irish Dance Center ( – 12406 Amherst Dr, Austin, TX 78727) is hosting Summer Camps for girls and boys ages 4 and older. Two-time World Irish Dancing Champion Eimir Ni Mhaoileidigh offers lessons in traditional Irish dance, language and culture. The camps will be held June 5-9, July 5-7, and August 14-18. Beginners are welcome! Call 512-354-5112 for more information. P.S. Moms/Dads – there are classes for adults, too!

Volleyball camp
The 2017 Lady Trojans Volleyball Camp is scheduled for July 24 – 27, 2017 and will be held at Anderson High School. The camp is open to all athletes entering the 3rd through 9th grade from any school and is designed for all levels. Athletes will be grouped according to age level. The campers will learn basic volleyball skills with emphasis on setting, passing, defense, blocking, serving and hitting. This camp will allow all campers the opportunity to enjoy learning, developing and utilizing their skills while making new friends. Campers will participate in organized drills and fun activities and on the last day of camp, all campers will wear their camp T-shirt and participate in the “End of Camp” tournament. Campers should arrive 30 minutes early on the first day for check-in. Camp Fee is $100. More information and registration form is here.

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.

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:

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!

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: