Newsletter – January 24, 2018

24 Jan

Teacher Talent Show on Friday

Are you coming to the talent show? Are you ready to see the best talents Summitt has to offer? Teacher Talent Show is on Friday January 26th, at 7pm in the Summitt cafeteria. Tickets will be sold this week, 7:15 am and 2:30 pm in the Great Hall. The tickets will also be sold the night of the show. The first five rows are $10 per seat. The rest of the tickets are $5 each. Concession items will be available for purchase at the show. Our Teacher Talent Show benefits the Koblenz Exchange Program. See you at the show!

Return Commitment forms
Commitment Forms were sent home this week. It has your child’s name on it. This is not the same as Online Registration.  Please return forms as soon as possible before March 1st.

AISD Calendar for next school year
The AISD calendar for 2018-19 has recently been approved. It is Calendar A which has the first day of classes August 20, 2018 and the last day of classes as May 24, 2019 (Friday before Memorial Day). This gives a 5 day break at Thanksgiving and a Winter break of 9 days for students. Check here for the official posting of the 2018-19 calendar adoption.

GT Nominations open now
The Gifted/Talented nomination window for kinder through 2nd grade opens on, Monday, January 22, and ends on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Please click here for more information.

GT After school Club
My apologies to those of you who were expecting an after school GT club meeting, Monday, January 22. Due to a number of circumstances, we were not able to pull off the scheduled date, but have pushed the meeting back to next, Monday, January 29. My sincerest apologies. Please find the sign-up link:

Spring Fling needs help
This year’s Spring Fling will take place on Saturday, May 5, at the Norris Conference Center, located next to North Cross Mall. The proceeds collected from this adults-only fundraiser will help us support technology instruction at Summitt Elementary. Start looking for a babysitter now!

Volunteer to help at Spring Fling
Spring Fling needs your help! If you are interested in event planning, soliciting donations or marketing, please contact

Girls on the Run sign up
The Spring Season of Girls on the Run is here! Girls on the Run is open to girls in 3rd through 5th grades. We teach life lessons through interactive lessons and  running games. The season begins the week of February 20th. IMPORTANT CHANGE: practices this spring will be on Tuesday and Thursday. The times will be the same, after school until around 4:30 pm. To register, go to Interested in being an assistant coach (no running experience required) or have general questions? Contact Evette Alvarado at

Save the date: Boosterthon
Parents! Save the Date for this year’s Summitt Eagle Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on February 13, 2018. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on February 22, 2018. We have upped the ante with our increased goal of raising $25,000 for academic intervention programs. So, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.

Donations will go toward academic intervention programs and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run on Feb. 22! Thank you for your support!

Save the Date: Multicultural Night
Summitt’s 2018 Multicultural Night will be on Friday, April 27th from 6-7:30pm. It will be a night to celebrate the diverse cultures of Summitt. If you’re interested in volunteering or hosting a cultural table, you may sign up here at this link:

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 this next week, please consider helping to create book bags and bookmarks for the Eager Eagle Reader program. Email Mrs. Richey ( if you’re able to help.


Library News
BookSpring Read-a-Thon

BookSpring Read-a-Thon begins, Monday, January 22 through, Sunday, February 2. It is that time of year once again for the Bookspring Read-A-Thon. This is our 5th year to participate in this amazing program that aims to launch all children into a world of reading by providing them with their own new books.

BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon encourages community service through reading. During this two week event, students and book lovers read and collect donations based on the number of minutes they read. The donations buy books and support BookSpring’s childhood literacy programs in the Greater Austin area. BookSpring serves children ages birth to 12 years, teen parents and parents of young children. Ninety-five percent (95%) of BookSpring’s recipients are living at or below the federal poverty level. To learn more, visit Information about how to register to participate will be sent home next week in Monday folders. Please consider encouraging your child to participate. As little as $3 buys a new book for a child in our community.  Thank you!

Eager Eagle Readers Pre-K Reading Incentive Program begins this week
Beginning the week of January 22, 2018, all Pre-K students at Summitt Elementary are invited to participate in the Eager Eagle Reader program. The goal of the program is to set up our students for years of academic success, to bathe our students in literature at home, as well as at school, and to ignite in all of our students a passion and thirst for knowledge. By reading at least one book to your student 5 nights a week over the course of the semester, your child will have read 100 books or more and be well on their way to a lifetime of learning! It’s easy to participate, and along the way your students will earn small rewards to keep encouraging them towards their goal of 100 books.

Fifth grade news (new dates added)
Important Dates for Transition to Murchison Middle School

  • (NEW DATES) January 31, February 1, & February 2 – Murchison will offer Open Tours to allow parents who are considering Murchison to come tour without having to call and make an appointment. The tours will be offered from 11:30 AM until 1 PM. Parents need to report to the Murchison office to sign in and then they will be taken on a tour by a member of the Murchison PTA.

  • (NEW DATE) February 1 – Information meetings about schedule and course changes at 6 p.m.

  • January 26 – A team from Murchison will come to Summitt to hand out and go over choice sheets. Choice sheets will come home this day.

  • February 6 – Murchison Choice Sheet Night from 5:30-7 pm. There will be stations set up in the cafeteria and the gym to provide information about the different elective choices.

  • February 12 – Choice sheets due back to your child’s teacher by this day. If we do not have a choice sheet back by this day, we will have to create one for them. Even if you might be moving, transferring, or attending a magnet school, please fill one out just in case.

  • February 28 – Students will enter choice sheets into the computer database. The counselor for incoming 6th graders will be here to help. We will need parent volunteers to help make sure all selections match what is on the paper. After this date, all changes will have to take place by calling the Murchison counseling office.

If your student will not be attending Murchison, please contact Courtney Cardosa @512- 414-4248 or I will need to communicate with the AISD school, magnet, or academy that your child will attend to ensure that they have a schedule. You may also contact me with questions or concerns.

Be a Summitt Cafeteria Monitor
Who: Anyone who wants to work part time and make some extra money! Perfect for moms and retirees!

What: Help direct students, maintain order and safety, open containers, wipe down tables, etc.

When: 10am-1:30pm. Flexible days. Choose between 2-5 days of work! Schedule is consistent once agreed upon.

Where: Summitt Elementary

Why: Extra money ($7.25/hour), at-will employment, community connections!

AISD and Community Events

Parents Night Out
On Friday, February 9th, from 6-9 PM, Girl Scout troop 1351, made up of 8th grade girls,  will be holding a Parents Night Out as a fundraiser for their cultural excursion trip this summer. Drop off your kids who are potty trained and as old as 5th graders. It’s $30 per child, but if they have siblings it’s only $20 per additional child. This will be held at St. Matthew’s Huffman Hall, 8134 Mesa Drive, where we will provide pizza, a movie with popcorn, games, and crafts. All the Girl Scouts are Red Cross Babysitting certified 8th graders, and the Leaders are CPR and First Aid Certified. Register here and we will follow up with you!

Anderson High School Musical
Come enjoy Anderson High School’s production of “Into the Woods” January 25, 26 & 27 at 7 PM and January 28 at 2 PM. A spellbinding evening of musical theater full of twisted fairy tales and enchantment! Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. This show is appropriate for older elementary students and up.

Advance ticket sales are during lunch (12:35-1:20 PM) on Wednesday, Jan. 24, Thursday, Jan. 25 and Friday, Jan. 26 outside of the Anderson High School cafeteria. Advance tickets will also be on sale the evening of Wednesday, January 24 at the Anderson High School PAC from 7:30-9 PM. You may also purchase tickets at the Anderson High School PAC Box Office one hour before showtime.

Online registration for next school year
Online registration  for the 2018-19 school year is available in the AISD Parent Cloud. Students who are incoming K-12, can register online now. Here is the link: There are already 28 campuses with more than 10% of their students registered online for 2018-2019!

After school LEGO classes for grades K-2
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Trains, Helicopters, Treehouses, and Beam Bridges. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. Play-Well classes meet on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., Jan. 29.-Apr. 2. More info here.

Parenting Conference
Westover Hills Church is hosting a parenting conference highlighting Brad McCoy and others for parents to learn effective parenting skills and better understand their children. Sessions will range from topics with a purely practical parenting approach to those of a more spiritual approach as well.

When: February 3rd, 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Where: Westover Hills Church 8332 Mesa Dr. Austin, TX 78759
Who: Parents with children from Preschool to High School
How: Register at
Cost: $35 per person – $20 for child care (Scholarships available)

Parents will receive a parent letter and survey scan form in the Tuesday, January 16 folder. Please note that the hard copy scan forms are due no later than Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

If parents do not wish to complete the scan form survey, the online survey links for the parent survey are available on website where they can choose to take the survey in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese. PLEASE NOTE:  THE SURVEY SHOULD ONLY BE COMPLETED IN ONE FORM, SCAN FORM OR ON-LINE, BUT NOT BOTH!

ADHD Parent Coaching Series
Parents, guardians and caretakers are invited to join us for a continuation of Positive Parenting, an ADHD Coaching series by guest speaker Ed Gooze, Ph.D. It will be at Travis High School and Pillow Elementary School.

Location: Travis High School, 1211 E. Oltorf
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Dates: Wed., January 17; Wed., February 21; Wed., March 21; Wed., April 18
Travis Online Registration:

Location: Pillow Elementary School, 3025 Crosscreek Drive
Time: 8–9:30 a.m.
Dates: Fri., January 26; Fri., February 23; Fri., March 30, and Fri., April 27
Pillow Online Registration:

Spanish interpretation provided. Childcare will not be provided. Call Family and School Support Team at 512-414-5834 with questions or to register.

AISD Nominations
Open nominations for Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Counselor of the Year, Librarian of the Year and Classified Staff of the Year began Jan. 2 and close Jan. 31. We invite staff, students, parents and community members to nominate a candidate for these awards. Join us May 17, 2018 at the AISD Performing Arts Center.

Lamar Middle School instrument test drive
All 5th (and 6th grade where applicable) students are invited to participate in Lamar’s Instrument Discovery Day on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9 am – 12 pm. Students interested in music can come and tryout both band and orchestra instruments for FREE.