Newsletter – February 7, 2018

7 Feb

Reminder: There is no school on Friday, Feb. 9. This is a professional development day for Anderson Vertical Team schools.

Lunch for students on Friday
To ensure all Austin ISD students have access to healthy meals, Food Service will be offering a limited menu for both breakfast and lunch on all District of Innovation Vertical Team Professional Development Days on Friday, Feb. 9. While school may not be in session on these days, it does not mean that students must miss out on the opportunity to have nutritious meals. During these no-school days, Summitt students can go here for breakfast and lunch:

Friday, February 9, 2018 at Pillow Elementary, 3025 Crosscreek Dr.On these days, both breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria of the assigned campus just as they would on a regular school day. Breakfast will be served 7–7:30 AM and lunch will be served 11AM – 12:15 PM. While a modified menu will be offered, a minimum of two entree options will be provided for students to select from. Meals will consist of protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk to complete a healthy, balanced meal. Students will enter their pin pad number and eat off their meal account, just as they would on a school day. Parents may join their child for breakfast or lunch by first checking in at the front office. An adult breakfast is $2.25, and an adult lunch is $3.50. There will not be adult/monitors available. If your student is to eat at the campus, an adult will need to stay with the student. Healthy meals are important for student growth and development, even when school is not in session. We encourage your family to take advantage of these meals.

Message from Principal Standish
Thank you for your gracious support, patience and flexibility during our campus fire evacuation last week. In the 25 years with the Austin Independent School district, this was my first evacuation due to fire. The students and staff did an A+ job exiting the building to safety. I was very proud of their quick response along with the City’s response and the support from my parents and community. The support with food, assisting with students and remaining calm was appreciated!! Thank you!

Boosterthon next week

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!

School Counselor Week
National School Counseling Week is February 5th – 9th, 2018. Please remember our counselors,  Courtney Cardosa and Kimberlee Guerrero, and all of the hard work they do for us. Click here to print out a “Thank you Message” and recognize the important impact counselors make in their students’ lives. Chocolate and coffee are also welcome!!

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 before or after attending your child’s Valentine’s Day class party next Wednesday, February 14, please help open the front doors for other parents and volunteers coming to parties.

  • If you have an hour or two this week, please help cut, staple, and distribute overdue library book notices to classroom teachers. Email Mrs. Richey ( if you’re able to help.

  • If you have an hour or two this week, please stop by the teacher workroom to see which teachers’ boxes have requests for projects, including the large number for laminating.


Spring Fling update
The 2018 Spring Fling date of May 5th is a firm date, not tentative as the calendar stated.  Parents, book your babysitters now and plan to join us for this fun adult only event. This is our annual silent auction fundraiser that supports technology instruction at Summitt. This year’s Spring Fling will be held at the Red Oak Ballroom at Norris Conference Center on Anderson Ln. Be looking for more information to come soon.

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


GT Nomination ends Friday
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 Meeting
Our next GT Afterschool Club meeting will be, Monday, February 12, at 3 – 4:30 in the library.  Please sign up your student if he/she plans on attending.


Yearbook committee needs your pictures
If you have taken any pictures at Summitt or a Summitt event, please email them to We are trying to get the yearbook done next month so we need many pictures to make this year’s edition memorable.

  • Please attach pictures in the email. Please do not send us links to your photo files as we do not have time to sort through all the pictures

  • You do not have to identify the students but we’d like to know the grade, teacher and event name if possible

  • Group pictures of 3-6 students are preferred over pictures of 1 child

  • 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:

PE Volleyball News
Volleyball Playday at Explore UT will be taking place on Saturday, March 3rd. We will be sending out permission forms to 5th graders this week in class. Forms are due on the morning of February 13th in the gym. Attached is the letter going home with students. Practices will be held after school from 3-3:45 pm in the gym on Wednesday, February 21st, Monday February 26th and Wednesday, February 28th. I will talk to Extend-a-care about the use of the gym on these 3 afternooons. – Mrs. Comsudi


Fifth grade news  
Important Dates for Transition to Murchison Middle School

  • 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.

Advanced High Math Application and AVID
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.

Girls on the Run sign up
Registration for the Spring Season of Girls on the Run is open! Girls on the Run is open to girls in 3rd through 5th grades. We teach life lessons through interactive lessons and  running games. The 10 week season begins the week of February 20th, and culminates in a 5K at the beginning of May. IMPORTANT CHANGE: practices this spring will be on Tuesday andThursday. The times will be the same, after school until around 4:30 pm. Cost per girl is $75 and includes 20 practice sessions with trained coaches and snacks, two shirts, water bottle, and registration for the 5K. To register, go to Interested in being an assistant coach (no running experience required) or have general questions? Contact Evette Alvarado at

AISD and Community Events


TEA Survey for Corrective Action Plan Special Education
In response to the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has drafted a corrective action plan to address concerns as they relate to the issues identified in the final monitoring report on special education. Click here to participate in the survey.

Parents Night Out on Friday
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!

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:

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.

Parents received 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!