Newsletter, Nov. 15, 2017

15 Nov

Book Fair this week
The Wild West Book Fair is in full swing! If your child wants to buy a book during school hours, please place money in a bag. All books will have tax added to the total so make sure they bring enough money to cover tax.

Wednesday: 7:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Thursday:  7:15 a.m.-8 p.m.  Pajama Day! There is a special Family Fun Night (6-8 p.m.). The children can come dressed in their pajamas at school and for the Family Fun Night.

Friday: 7:15 a.m.- 12 noon

Do you have family who wants to order books for your child but cannot make it next week? Order now until Nov. 18 at the online book fair! We need your help during the Book Fair so please volunteer – use this link to sign up!!

Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday
Join Summitt Elementary for Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Thanksgiving lunch includes all-natural sliced turkey and gravy or vegan lentil chili Frito pie. Diners may select up to four sides: whole wheat rolls, garden salad, local Texas apples as well as scratch-cooked traditional cornbread dressing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes, seasoned green beans and blueberry crisp. A guest meal is $3.50.

Lockdown drill on Friday
In compliance with AISD policy, all lockdown drills are to be planned in advance and announced to parents and staff at least 24 hours in advance before the lockdown drill. Lockdowns are conducted for intruder or violence on campus. A lockdown drill should take no longer than 30 seconds to complete and students will be given an opportunity to process the experience by their teacher. In accordance with this policy, this is our official notification that a lockdown drill will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 17 at 9 AM.


Summitt Lion Dance at Chuy’s Parade on Saturday

Come out and cheer on our Summitt Lion and Dragon Dance Team as they perform in the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. It will be on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. The parade will go from the Capitol to the Ann Richards Congress Bridge. Bring an unwrapped gift to benefit Blue Santa. If you cannot make it downtown, watch it live on CBS Austin.

Holiday Market
Summitt is hosting its seventh annual “Holiday Market” craft and vendor event on Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-9 p.m. Booth space is only $25 (if paid before November 25th-$35 after November 25th). We will also have a Silent Auction! All proceeds benefit the Summitt-Koblenz Exchange program. We will advertise the event on the marquee, in the school email newsletter, in the local newspaper, and with the neighborhood association. For more information please contact:

Vendor information:

Vendor application can be downloaded for you to fill out and send it to us:

Teacher Appreciation Lunch sign up
Summitt PTA will host an appreciation lunch for our teachers and staff on Wednesday, November 29th. We will be providing burritos from Free Birds but we need help rounding out the meal. Please sign up to contribute a side dish, dessert, or drink. Thank you so much for helping make a special meal to thank our staff for all of their hard work and dedication to our students! Sign up here:

Original Works Art Fundraiser due next week
Last week you should have received a special flyer with an image of a piece of art created by your child and a special code for ordering online from the Original Works Art Fundraiser. This is a PTA fundraiser that benefits the school and also gives you the chance to purchase some really neat things with your child’s art on them. The items make wonderful grandparent gifts and will be sent to you in time for the holidays. Please make sure place your order before November 20. A handful of students received paper order forms – the deadline for ordering with the paper form was November 13. Contact with questions.

Classroom project volunteers
We need help with these end of semester Celebration Projects

  • Third grade needs 250 giant red stockings cut out

  • Second grade needs about 200 more giant red mittens cut out

The stencils for both of these projects are hanging on the wall in the Teacher Workroom. Red butcher paper can be found in the hall next to the art room behind the library. For questions, please email Heather Roell Oshman at

Notes from the Nurse
Please read this letter from the nurse regarding medicine at school. Only those medications that are medically necessary during school hours for a student’s attendance or written in an IEP  should be sent to school.

Fitnessgram results online
Parents can now access your student’s Fitnessgram results through the Parent Cloud. All 3rd-12th grade students enrolled in PE or a PE substitution must be tested. Previously, providing Fitnessgram results to parents required that teachers print individual scores by class. After working with AISD programmers, A Fitnessgram tile has been placed in the Parent Cloud featuring student results in English and Spanish.

Log in to the Parent Cloud, they type “Fitnessgram” in the search box and click on the tile. Parents will see their children listed, and upon choosing one, they will see scores as well as additional information including assessment explanations, standards, and requirements. There is also a Spanish translation option.

Vietnam Trip Meeting
There will be a  final meeting for everyone who is going on the trip to Vietnam this winter break. It’s Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the library. This will be your chance to get last minute advice and information.

Summitt Celebrates its Teaching Assistants

Please thank Thanh Doan, Sarwat Rahman, Nicholas Sohadaseni, Sarah Spence, Tori Tamblia and Brenda Wood for their hard work. They provide much-need support to our classrooms! Teaching assistants may teach parts of a lesson or teach a small group of students who need extra instruction. Many TAs work one-on-one with special needs students, shadowing their student and assisting with class work, organization and behavior management. Teaching assistants often serve as an extra pair of eyes in the classroom, responding to students’ needs as they arise.

Can Contest
It’s time for the Fall Can Contest! Which class will win the trophy and an ice cream party? Please bring your empty aluminum cans in a bag to school. They can be dropped off behind the trailer next to the basketball court. Entrance slips can be found on the table in the Great Hall or in the office. The contest runs until Nov. 30. Winners will be announced the following week. Last year we earned over $500 with your cans! Any questions email Sharon Reed,

Lost and Found
Please take a look in the lost and found for your student’s possessions, it is full of coats, clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes and water bottles. The lost and found is located to the right of the front doors, in the music hallway, after you enter the building. All items not claimed by Thursday, November 16 will be donated to Coats for Kids!!

Got the time?…
This section features volunteer opportunities with specific time estimates. Check here each week to see what’s needed. That way, if you “got the time,” you can help out regularly for 5 to 15 minutes, or for a couple hours on a one-time project.

  • If you have an hour or two any day, the teacher workroom needs volunteers to help fill requests for giant stockings and mittens for second and third grade’s end-of-semester celebrations. For questions, please email Heather Roell Oshman at

  • If you have time 10:30 am to 1:30 pm (or any time in between) on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, please consider helping out in Summitt’s cafeteria. We have only one lunch monitor at this time on those days. Contact the front office if you are able to assist.


Multicultural Night 2018
SAVE THE DATE for Summitt’s 2018 Multicultural Night on April 27th from 6-7:30pm. More info on how to sign-up to share your culture or volunteer will be upcoming.

Recycle those Pringles cans you won at Eagle Fest!
The third grade needs clean, dry Pringles cans (with lids). Please drop them off in a labeled container in the Great Hall. Thank you!

Water Bottle and Wipe Collection
Brownie Troop 2028 is collecting new reusable water bottles and unopened packages of wipes. The collection is starting October 30th, 2017 and ends on November 30th, 2017. We are collecting these water bottles and wipes for kids that don’t have permanent homes. All donations are going to The Center for Child Protection. We set a goal for a hundred water bottles and wipes. The box for donations is in the Summitt Great Hall. More info is here.


AISD and Community Events

Food during Thanksgiving Break
Many AISD students live in food insecure households and access to healthy food may be challenging when AISD is closed. In preparation for the Thanksgiving break, our food services team is working with schools to share information from the Central Texas Food Bank about resources that help keep families fed throughout the year and during school breaks. If you need assistance, please contact Summitt’s office for an emergency food assistance referral list with locations where families can get food assistance (English and Spanish) and November calendars for the food bank’s mobile food pantries and Fresh Food for Families distribution locations.

Save the Dates: upcoming family friendly races
Jingle Bell 5K benefitting MADD on Sunday, December 10th @ The Domain
CAP10K-Sunday, April 8th, 2018 in Downtown Austin

MathLeague competition, the largest network of local and state math competitions at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the country, is teaming up with the Church of Christ in Hyde Park to conduct an elementary competition for third through sixth graders from 8 am to approximately 1 pm on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Church of Christ in Hyde Park, Austin, TX. Last year, over 20,000 students participated in these contests, and they had a great time doing math problems and meeting their peers from other schools. The contests also provide an excellent opportunity for coaches from the various schools to discuss strategies and teaching techniques. Over 250 schools in the Austin area have been invited. More information is at

Parents Night Out
Anderson HS Robotics NIGHT of the ROBOTS, December 1st, 5:30-9 pm, Anderson HS. Enjoy a Parents Night Out, while your kids (K-5th) enjoy an evening of fun and all things robots. For more information go to:

Anderson Belles Dance Clinic
The holiday season can be busy! REGISTER NOW for our Jingle Belles Mom’s Day Out Clinic on Saturday, December 9th. Drop off your K-5th grade kids to spend a day of fun with the Trojan Belles. We will have tons of fun with holiday-themed activities for your little ones such as dancing, arts & crafts and more!​ More info here:

Parent help series video
Just about 5 minutes is all it takes to view one of the Parent Education Mini-videos in the AHS PTSA parent help series. These minis feature interviews with and information gathered from experts in their respective fields with topics ranging from positive use of social media to how to prepare your senior student for college away from home. Videos are geared towards parents of high school aged children with the hope they will help parents keep the lines of communication open with their students. Look for new minis coming later this fall. Please check out all our current posted mini-videos by clicking through the following tabs at > Parents tab> PTSA> Parent Education Minis or by clicking HERE.