November 1 Newsletter – AISD Bond, Food Drive, Kendra Gives Back

1 Nov

Austin ISD Bond Election – Vote today!

Do you know that when our children attend Murchison Middle School, almost all of the 6th grade classes are in portables because they have no space in the main building for their classrooms? Do you know that at Doss Elementary, several grades are in portables? And since they are so overcrowded, their pre-K students attend school at another campus? Do you know that the floors at TA Brown Elementary off Hwy 183/N. Lamar were so unsafe for students that they had to close the school, relocate students and demolish it?  These and many other campus challenges will be addressed in the Austin ISD Bond.

Please vote this week for the bond package. Summitt PTA has endorsed this package. Early voting is through Friday, Nov. 3. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Summitt will benefit from the bond. Summitt will get improvements to A/C and heating, technology upgrades, updated computers for teachers, fire alarm upgrades, computer lab improvements, and those are just the immediate plans for this campus. Future plans include a full modernization of the entire campus.

This election will be decided by only 10 percent of the voters, so your vote counts more than ever. More information about the bond package is here. A list of what every school will receive is here.

Summitt Cares Food Drive
Please help families in need! Food donations will go to the Covenant Food Pantry (United Methodist Church)

When: Starts on Friday, Nov. 3 & ends on Friday, Nov. 10

Where: Please drop off items in the Main Hall

What: Covenant Food Pantry needs canned vegetables, tuna, fruit, Breakfast cereals, Peanut butter, 2lb bag of white or brown rice

PTA Meeting
The PTA General meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Picture Retakes
Picture retake day is Thursday, November 2. If your child was absent that day a note was sent home with an order form. If you would like your child to have a retake from the original picture you can pick up an order form on the community information table in the great hall.

Teaching Assistants Next Week
Summitt proudly recognizes its school’s Teaching Assistants on November 6-10. Thanh Doan, Sarwat Rahman, Nicholas Sohadaseni, Sarah Spence, Tori Tamblia and Brenda Wood provide much-need support to our classrooms. Please help the Summitt Appreciation Team thank them by signing up for a goody and bringing it to the Great Hall by 8 am Friday, November 3: Thank you for helping us to acknowledge these hardworking individuals. Summitt Appreciation Team,

Shop at Kendra Scott
The Summitt PTA is partnering with Kendra Scott in the Domain for a Kendra Gives Back fundraising shopping party on Nov. 7th, from 6-8 pm. Kendra Scott will be donating 20% of all the sales during the event back to Summitt. Come out, buy your holiday gifts, and support our school in the process. This is not limited to just Summitt families, so please share with your friends, neighbors, and family members. If you are unable to attend but would like to participate, you can do so by either calling the store the day of the event and placing a phone order or by filling a pre-order form.

Family Night at the Texas Stars
Join other Summitt families for a fun night out cheering on the Texas Stars on Friday, Nov. 10th. Tickets purchased through will be grouped in the Summitt block. Make sure to use promo code: SUMMITT. Tickets are $15 per person, a $10 discount per ticket. Parking is included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the game begins at 7:30 p.m. The Stars will be celebrating Military Appreciation that game as well. The ticket office recommends ordering your tickets by Nov. 6 to ensure space in the block. More info here.

GT Club Meeting
The GT After School Club November meeting is on Monday, Nov. 13 at 3:05-4:35 p.m. Please sign up here if you plan to attend:

Book Fair!
The countdown begins, and the Wild West Book Fair is less than two weeks away!! The Book Fair will be open all week (Nov. 13-17), with special Family Fun Night on Thursday, November 16. The children can come dressed in their pajamas. We will also be open during Grandparents’ Lunch on Wednesday, November 15. We would love for you to join us as a volunteer – please use this link to sign up!!

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 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.

  • If you have an hour or two any day, the teacher workroom needs volunteers to help fill requests for copies, laminating, and binding, and creating giant mittens for second grade’s end-of-semester celebration.

Teacher Workroom News

  • Second grade needs giant mittens cut out for their end-of-semester celebration. Six classes each need approximately 44 cutouts of the large mittens and 22 cutouts of the mitten cuffs. The stencils for these are hanging on the wall in the Teacher Workroom. Red and white are the preferred colors but any color will be okay. For questions, please email Heather Roell Oshman at
  • Several teachers have put in requests for copies, laminating, and binding. We need volunteers to help fill those requests. Stop by the teacher workroom to see who needs help.

  • The Summitt PTA has purchased a new laminator for the Teacher Workroom. Because it’s so fancy, a three-minute training is needed before using it. The wonderful office staff can show you the ins and outs of it before you use it.


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.

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. Your donation would help greatly.

AISD and Community Events

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.

Free Parent Workshop – Internet Safety for Kids and Teens
Austin Child Guidance Center, 810 West 45th Street, has a free workshop on Tuesday, November 7, from 6- 7:30 pm. Free childcare is provided. Parents will learn about general guidelines for online safety and recommendations for elementary-aged children and adolescents. Parents will also leave this presentation with more knowledge on cyber bullying. More information is here.

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:

Information night at Fulmore Middle School
Fulmore Middle School invites the parents of all 5th and 6th grade elementary students to attend a Parent Information Night. We are offering two sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 7th  from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Fulmore Cafeteria

Meet members of the Fulmore community and learn about the Magnet and Dual Language programs and application processes. More information is here.

Girls conference
Saturday, November 4th Anderson is hosting a “We are Girls” Conference sponsored by the Girls Empowerment Network for girls in grades 3-8. This year’s theme is “Become Unstoppable!” Refer to the website for further information: