Newsletter, February 28-2018

28 Feb

Message on school safety
Letter to families about school safety – More information in English and Spanish.

Summitt Family Night tonight
Come out to Summitt Family Night at Chick-fil-A on Mopac/Parmer tonight from 5-9 p.m. When you dine in or get it to go, tell them you’re with Summitt and a portion of the sale benefits Summitt PTA.

Help counting Boosterthon pledges
After such an amazing Fun Run where we met and exceeded our goal, we really need some help with counting and making sure all of the money collected through pledges is properly entered. Please consider helping with counting and entering those funds tomorrow, Thursday, March 1 from 7:45- 9:15 am in the Library. 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.

Contact Lisa Fischer for details –

Watch Fifth Grade Volleyball
Come out and watch our 5th graders play volleyball against other AISD schools. Afterwards, hang out at Explore UT. Volleyball Playday at the UT Rec Sports Center is on Saturday, March 3 and starts at 11:20 am for both teams! And thank you to Ms. Coppola for being one of our coaches this year!

Library News
I’m very excited to announce that the Summitt Library is once again partnering with BookPeople to bring you and your students an author event. Elise Broach, author of My Pet Wants a Pet, will be here on Friday, March 9. I will be sending out order forms ASAP, and will be telling your students all about it this week and next.

About My Pet Wants a Pet – A charming picture book that cleverly captures a universal wish—to love and care for something—and shows that you’re never too little to share in that dream, by New York Times­-bestselling author Elise Broach.

Once there was a boy who wanted something to take care of. Something of his very own. He begged his mother for a puppy. Until she said YES! The boy loved his puppy. He fed him and played with him and cuddled him. But soon, the dog wanted something to take care of—something of his very own. So the dog gets a pet cat; then the cat gets a pet bird; the bird gets a pet worm; the worm gets a pet flea…and on and on it goes as utter chaos ensues.

Academic Specialists Appreciation Week
Next week, March 5-9, our school will celebrate its reading and math specialists. Please give a special thanks to Heather Doyle, Marion Horowitz, and Linda White who provide one-on-one and group academic support to those students who need it. Please help us to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication by signing up to bring an item for “thank you” baskets: Please bring your item to the cardboard box in the Great Hall by 8 am, Friday, March 2. Thank you! Summitt Appreciation Days Team,

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 week, please consider filing papers in the front office. If you’re able to help, please speak with Shana or Elizabeth in the front office.

  • If you have 30 to 60 minutes between now and next Monday, March 5, please help Ms. Richey ( count out flyers for second- and third-grade classes.

  • If you have 30 to 60 minutes between now and next Monday, March 5, please help Ms. Richey ( hang posters.

  • If you are available 12:30-2:30 pm on Friday, March 9, please consider helping Ms. Richey ( during an author visit.


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

Yearbook orders
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.

Kinder Round up in April
Kindergarten Round-Up will be offered at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, at all elementary schools in the Austin Independent School District. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten in AISD. At Kindergarten Round-up, parents will receive information about the Austin School  District’s full-day kindergarten program, including curriculum, daily schedules, attendance requirements, the school year calendar, how to help a child prepare for school and information specific to the individual campus. Online registration is open now.

Multicultural Night in April
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:

AISD and Community Events

Early Voting this week
Early voting is happening NOW through March 2 to determine the state and national legislative candidates that will be on the November ballot. Voter turnout is pathetically low; let’s show our school pride and get out the VOTE! You can vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary, then vote for whomever you want in the November election.

The early voting locations are found here:

Mobile voting locations are here:

Don’t know who’s on your ballot? Look here: Want to learn more about the candidates? Look here: Remember, we are voting for the candidates that make laws regarding school funding, school safety, and SO much more that impacts our lives every day. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!! (Post a selfie of yourself voting on the Austin Council of PTAs FB page at The goal is 20 selfies during early voting!)

Help Balcones Park this week
Amplify Austin Fundraiser
Balcones Park Creekside Trail Amplify Austin Fundraiser: On March 1, help raise funds for Balcones Park’s Creekside Trail Repairs Grant. In order to help us secure 4 trash cans and 4 recycling cans, signs/mile markers, and more for our lovely Balcones Park! Balcones Park’s Fundraising Page is:

Also a blurb on It’s My Park Day:
It’s My Park Day at Balcones Park is THIS Saturday, March 3, from 10am to 2pm. We could use more people. These hours also go towards the trail grant and there is every level of activity from skilled to toddler appropriate. The Sign up is:

Belles Camp
The Anderson Trojan Belles Summer Dance Camp will be the week of June 18. Please contact Angie Doucet at with any questions. REGISTER NOW

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.

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:

Project Graduation Rummage Sale
Project Graduation at Anderson High School will be holding a Rummage Sale on 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 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!

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.

AISD parent survey due March 2
Paper copies of the survey are available at AHS and online at the links below. Families are encouraged to participate so they can share input on district and campus performance. The survey includes questions about how well school staff and leadership communicate with parents, as well as how easily parents may communicate about their students and how families learn about programs offered at their school. The results will help district leadership learn how to best to improve services for our students.

To take the survey: