Newsletter, February 21, 2018

21 Feb

Reminder: Bake Sale for Coach Woodward after school today

Principal selection meetings

Principal Dedra Standish will retire at the end of the school year. There will be meetings for the community to have input in the principal selection. There will be a meeting tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 6-7 p.m. If you cannot make it at that time, there is a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 8-9 a.m. Those attending the meetings will help develop a profile of the characteristics and skill desired in the permanent Summitt principal; additional details regarding the principal selection process will be shared. More information on the timeline of the selection process is here.

Boosterthon on Thursday in the Gym

Due to our lovely weather, the Boosterthon Fun Run on Thursday is now an indoor Glow Run in the Gym. Please note the children will be running on a different schedule. If you want to sign up to help when your child is running, refer to the SCHEDULE BELOW and sign up accordingly.

There’s still time to get pledges from friends and family. We are almost at our goal, so sign up on so we can continue to have Math and Reading specialists at our school.

Parents and other guardians are welcome to come cheer the kids on! Another way to support all of our students & the success of the Fun Run is marking laps for them. The kids will be wearing stickers to keep track of their laps. So we need 4 volunteers for each run to help mark laps on students’ stickers. In an effort to keep the gym dry, we will not be having water stations, please sign-up to mark laps, or just come and cheer the kids on. Sign up to help here.

3rd Grade – 7:50 to 8:35 am
5th Grade – 8:40 to 9:15 am
Kinder – 9:20 to 10:05 am
2nd – 10:10 to 10:55 am
Pre-K – 11:30 to 12:00 pm
1st Grade – 12:15 to 1:00 pm
4th Grade – 1:05 to 1:50 pm

Please remember to sign-in at the office. We appreciate your flexibility in helping. Thank you!!!

Tet Show on Friday
Please join us to celebrate the Year of the Dog on Friday, February 23. Delicious Vietnamese food including vegetarian dishes ($5 per plate), pizzas, drinks and concession items are available for cash-only purchase starting at 6 pm in the Summitt cafeteria. The Tet show will start at 7 pm. As always, the show ends with the Summitt Lion and Dragon Dance team.  Tickets will be sold February 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 am and 2:40 pm in the Great Hall. The tickets will also be sold the night of the show. This year’s show is called Vietnam: A Journey Through Time. Each grade level with perform a dance from the different eras of Vietnam.

  • The first ten rows are $10 per seat
  • All other seats are $5 per seat
  • Cafeteria seats are $3 each.


Need volunteers for 5th grade choice sheets
We need volunteers to help in the computer lab on Wednesday, February 28 from 8 am-12 pm. The 5th graders will be entering their choice sheets into the computer system for Murchison. It is important that we have people to help oversee that what is on the paper choice sheet is what gets entered into the computer. Please consider helping us to get this task accomplished so that choice sheets are entered by students as accurately as possible. Please contact Courtney Cardosa @512- 414-4248 or for more info.

Sign up to Enter Boosterthon Pledges
After the Fun Run, please help with counting and entering funds collected from pledges on Thursday, March 1 in the morning. Remember that you must be a member of PTA to handle funds.

PTA Board Position Opening
Have you wanted to be more involved in helping our Summitt community? Have you wanted more of a voice in how the PTA can better help our students? We have a PTA Board position opening for you! We are in need of an individual to fill the Vice President 2 (VP2) position.

The VP2 job description is the following:
Vice President 2 – Services

1.     Oversees the “PTA Services Committees” (ex: WatchDOGS, Hospitality, Family Nights, etc.). These committees each have their own chair/co-chair.

           a.     The VP2 is responsible for recruiting the chair positions and making sure the committees are running smoothly; occasionally stepping in to help out as necessary.

2.     The VP2 attends the monthly PTA Board Meetings (1st Monday of the month from 5:30-6:30pm) and four per year PTA General Meetings that are held after the Board meetings.

3.     The VP2 is a voting member of the Summitt PTA board.

Please contact Editt Law at if you are interested! Come back here next week to see other ways you can join the General PTA Board.

Spring Fling news
Spring Fling Tickets Coming Soon!

This year’s 2018 Spring Fling is right around the corner! Save the date and plan to join us on Saturday, May 5 at the Norris Conference Center for this adult-only fundraiser supporting technology instruction at Summitt. Tickets will go on sale in April.

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

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 can spare 15 minutes after the 7:45 am bell, please stay to open the door for late students.

  • If you’ve planning to have lunch with your child this next week, please consider being a door opener. There are around 40 visitors each day between 10:30 am and 1 pm. That’s a lot of door answering for our front office! You can help the office staff during their busiest time while hanging out with your child. You do not have to sit next to the door or open it up in person. You will be given a phone to answer the front doorbell and then buzz in the visitors. If you’re able to help, please speak with Shana or Elizabeth in the front office.


Yearbook orders
If you ordered a yearbook on the paper form during Meet the Teacher Night in August, we will send out a receipt soon. If you need to order a yearbook for $25, you can do it online at

If you have taken any pictures at Summitt or a Summitt event, please email them to Fifth grade families: we need a baby picture of your child! We need their name and their homeroom teacher’s name on the email.

Fifth Grade Volleyball Playday News
Volleyball Playday at Explore UT is on Saturday, March 3 and starts at 11:20 am for both 5th grade Summitt teams! We also have some spots left to play! Students can still turn in forms. Practices are 3-3:45 pm in the gym on these days:

Wednesday, February 21st
Monnday, February 26th
Wednesday, February 28th

Need coach at 5th grade Volleyball Playday
From Coach Comsudi: We have our 5th grade Explore UT Volleyball Playday coming up on Saturday, March 3rd. I am on the lookout for someone who might be willing to help coach one of our teams. Our UT volleyball team clinic will start at 11:20 am and then each team plays 3 matches. I will run the practices… I am just looking to see if anyone is interested in helping to coach on the actual day of Explore UT.

Fifth grade news  

  • 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.

  • Click here to get information about Advanced Math and AVID at Murchison.

Theater Arts information
Message from Murchison Theater Arts teacher to Fifth Grade parents: There are 2 different Theatre Arts class choices on the choice sheet for 6th grade 2018_19:

  • Theatre Arts (S or Y) is for EVERYONE – regardless of experience or interest. Students do not have to love performing in front of people. There is a little bit of performance but mostly I do all the DESIGN elements of Theatre: makeup design, set design, puppets, sound design, costumes. Lots of projects and hands on activities, as well as field trips. We have lots of fun! This is a great class for students who love Theatre of course but also perfect for those kiddos who just don’t know what elective they want to take – they will find something they like in my class.

  • Advanced Theatre Production (Y) is for students who want to be in the play production process — either as an actor or as a behind-the-scenes tech. (This class takes place on the cafeteria stage). To get into this class, kids have to complete the application process as well as choose it on their choice sheet.

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.

AISD and Community Events

School boundary maps

AISD has a website that allows families to see exactly what apartments, duplexes, streets, etc are in each school attendance area. If you want to know if a certain apartment complex or house on a certain street is in Summitt’s school zone, there is a website that will help. Go to, click on Go to Map, and you can either register or just sign in as a guest by putting in your Zip Code. From there, you can enter in an address or school to find out the schools in that area.

Anderson Band mulch sale
If you’re looking to spruce up your yard and need to buy mulch, you can help the Anderson High Trojan Band raise money. The band is selling mulch to fundraise for their award-winning program. You can order 2 types of mulch for $5 per bag. They need orders by Friday, Feb. 23. If you live in the zip codes of the schools that feed into Anderson (78727, 78731, 78750, 78757, 78758, 78759), you get FREE DELIVERY of your mulch order on Saturday, March 3.

You can order on At Checkout, you can put the name of a current Anderson band member on the Student’s First and Last Name. **If you do not know any band member, you can put your favorite band instrument so that section can get credit. For instance, Student’s First Name can be “Percussion” or “Flute” and the Last Name can be “Section.” Contact Susana Campos for more information.

Parents Night Out
Anderson HS Robotics NIGHT of the ROBOTS, is Friday, February 23rd, 5:30-9 pm, at 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:

Free and open to the public at  Austin Convention Center on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 8 am – 3 pm. Join thousands of learners of all ages at this unique, high-energy experience featuring more than 100 exhibitors, student performers, a student startup competition, and opportunities for personal and professional development. Austin Ed Fund will have a booth and will be inviting past Grant recipients to present/discuss their projects that were funded. RSVP to Attend for Free:

AISD Food Services Survey
As we develop school menus for the 2018-19 school year, feedback from our school communities is crucial. We are launching a survey which ends Feb. 16, to collect information that will help us create menus that best meet the needs and tastes of our communities. If you have any questions, please contact at or 512-414-0247.
Austin ISD Food Services 2017-18 Survey – English
Austin ISD Food Services 2017-18 Survey – Spanish

Angst: Raising Awareness on Anxiety
Surveys show more than half of our community have had some anxiety and it is increasing in kids. Angst is a documentary that shines a bright light on anxiety and offers resources, tools and hope. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, experts, and parents, including Michael Phelps. Angst helps people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourages them to reach out for help. It will be on Sunday, February 25,  4:30 pm at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/student, sold online. Note that this is not a religious movie. TLLC Youth group hosts the movie as part of their community outreach; the goal is to raise awareness and help others since anxiety is often hidden and more common than people realize.

Austin Child Guidance Center programs
Austin Child Guidance Center is offering low cost groups beginning in February. Topics include Behavioral Parent Training and Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Group for Teens. To register or refer someone, please call Sara Walters at 512-451-2242

Project Graduation Rummage Sale
Project Graduation at Anderson High School will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 24 from 9am-noon in the  Anderson High School Parking Lot. For more information please contact Debbie Rosenberg at 512-431-4875. If you would like to donate items, please let Debbie know!

Sign up for Summitt’s Cap 10K team
The CAP10K will be here before we know it! It takes place on Sunday, April 8th. Below is the link to join our school team! We already have several teachers sign up to join the Summitt Eagle team. Come out and run with them!

Austin ISD forms for next school year
Online registration 
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!

Return Commitment forms
Commitment Forms 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.

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. Deadline is March 2.