Newsletter, April 18, 2018

18 Apr

Book Fair this week
Summitt’s Spring Book Fair runs through this Friday, April 23. This pet-themed event is sure to be the “purr-fect” place for your student to “dig up” a good book and for you to “sniff out” some adorable gifts for Teacher Appreciation and Mother’s Day. We could use a few more volunteers during peak times (7:30-8:30 am and 2:30-3:30 pm) and to help make Family Night (5:30-7 pm, Thursday, April 19) a “doggone” good time! Sign up up now:

Here are a few extra “treats”:

  • If your child is bringing cash to buy books, remember that tax will be added to the cost of the books. Here’s a handy guide to find out how much money you need to bring to cover for tax.

  • Snap a pic of your little puppies and kitties using the pet-theme photo booth props next to Clifford’s doghouse.

  • Encourage your student to wear his or her favorite pet clothing or accessory (such as a dog-face T-shirt, chameleon earrings, or cat-ear headband) this Friday for Summitt’s Pet Day.

  • Who is human’s best friend? Help us answer the age old question by casting your ballet for cats or dogs. For every $2 you or your student donate to All for Books, you get 1 raffle ticket to vote for either “cats” or “dogs.” There will be daily drawings from each container to see who gets to “save” a stuffed puppy or kitty from the Book Fair “pound” and bring him or her home to snuggle.


CATCH Family Night on Thursday
Our 10th annual CATCH Family Fun Night will be held on Thursday, April 19th from 5:30-7 pm. We will have many ways to get active with your family! We will also be teaming up with the Book Fair in the library… we hope to see you there!

Activities will include a Parent Pacer Challenge, Camp Gladiator Obstacle Course, American Heart Association Jump Rope challenge, Trojan Pop Warner football throw and a dance party!  You will also have an opportunity to win some great prizes from our local HEB and participating vendors! Mark your calendars for this FREE family event!

Blue Baker tonight, Skate Night on Friday

  • Summitt Family Night is at Blue Baker tonight from 5-9 p.m. Get soups, sandwiches, pizza, and the best chocolate chip cookies in town! Our teachers will be walking around the restaurant selling fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies, so save room for dessert. Cookie sales from the teachers are cash only.

  • Skate Night at Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann on Friday, April 20, 6-11 p.m. Cost is $8 per skater. This Skate Night set-up is during their regular business hours so people from the community will be there.

  • As always, tell them you’re with Summitt and a portion of all Summitt Family events benefits Summitt PTA.

Snacks with the Principal
Do you have a Kindergarten or Pre-K student starting Summitt next fall? If so, please join us for Snacks with the Principal on Friday, April 20, at 9:30 am in the cafeteria. Mrs. Standish, cafeteria staff, and student leaders will introduce the incoming students to the cafeteria and how we eat our meals at Summitt. Your student will have a chance to walk through the hot lunch line and eat a snack at the cafeteria tables. This is a great way for parents and students to learn what to expect next year.

Save the dates for these upcoming events as well:
Storytime with the Librarian – Friday, May 4th, 9 a.m.
Workout with the P.E. teachers – Wed, May 23rd, 3 p.m.

Multi-cultural Night next week

On Friday, April 27, at 6 pm, Summitt will be having their 2nd Multicultural Night to celebrate the diverse cultures of Summitt. Over 12 different countries and heritages will be represented. This event is FREE for the entire family. There will also be a variety of cultural dishes to sample and fabulous entertainment to watch. Don’t forget to break open your piggy bank because Jim’s Ice will also be selling some delicious cold refreshments!

There are a few open spots still available for individual performances (1-5 minutes). If your child would like to participate and perform on stage, please fill out the link below by NOON Friday April 20, 2018.

Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week
Help Summitt celebrate Elizabeth Flores, Lisa Matuke, and Shana Pokorny next week, April 23-27. These three do so much for our school community—all while answering the constant buzzing at the front door! Stop by to say “thank you,” send a card or note to school, bring a special treat, or help answer the front door. Let’s make next week special for them.

Meet our new principal
Please join Associate Superintendent Hicks and our new principal on Tuesday, May 1st at 6 pm in the Summitt Cafeteria. We look forward to meeting our new principal as soon as he/she is approved and announced at the April School Board meeting on April 30.

Order School Supplies
We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for the school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at Wal-Mart, Target or HEB. This is convenient, easy and hassle free, plus the prices are competitive! So this summer as the temperature hits over 100 degrees and lines at the checkout counter are a mile long … make sure you have purchased school supplies from the comfort of your own home!

Math Pentathlon
Summitt Math Pentathlon is gearing up for next year! This national program incorporates math principles into fun board games designed to enhance problem solving, computational, geometric/spatial, and logical reasoning skills. Teamwork, good sportsmanship, sharing ideas, and communication skills are also stressed. Let’s meet up and play some games! Email for more info/to get involved.

Spring pictures due
The spring pictures came home with your student(s) last week. Parents now have the opportunity to purchase from the package and customize their purchase to meet their needs. There is no obligation to purchase and any unselected prints need to be returned to the school. Students returning packages/money will receive a responsibility pencil from the teacher. Please return full picture package (if you do no wish to buy), partial picture purchase or full package purchase (with money enclosed) by Friday, April 27, 2018.

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 anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour, please check your teacher’s workroom box. Many are needing last-minute copying and laminating as they work on end-of-year books and activities.

  • If you have have any time today (Wednesday) before 3:30 pm, tomorrow (Thursday) from 7:45 am to 7:00 pm, or Friday from 7:45 am to noon, please consider holding open the doors for visitors coming to the book fair.


Summitt Alumni Scholarship
High school seniors in Austin ISD who attended at least 3 years at Summitt are encouraged to apply for the Summitt Alumni Scholarship. Summitt PTA will award either one (1)  $600 scholarship or two (2) $300 scholarships, depending on the number of qualified applicants. Information on requirements is at Deadline for applications is due May 1, 2018.



Your Guide to Spring Fling

Spring Fling Tickets on Sale NOW!!
This year’s Spring Fling is on May 5th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Norris Conference Center on Anderson Ln. and tickets are now on sale through Friday, April 27th. Tickets are $30 per person and include entrance to the event, heavy appetizers, and 1 drink ticket. There are several ways to purchase tickets:
• Return the bottom portion of the Monday folder flier with cash or check to your child’s teacher.
• Go online at
• Purchase in the Great Hall before and after school 4/23 – 4/27.
More details about the event can be found at  and on the Summitt Elementary Facebook events page.

Volunteers still needed
To sign up to sell tickets in the Great Hall before and after school next week, click here.
We are still looking for volunteers to help set up and decorate for Spring Fling.  If you have time and are interested in volunteering, email us at

Facebook Page
Let us know if you are going or are interested in going to Spring Fling on our Facebook Event page. You’ll get the latest info there:

Need Childcare for Spring Fling? You have many options to fit your needs.

NW Austin YMCA Parents Night Out – Benefiting the NW YMCA Annual Campaign
6-10 pm at the NW Austin YMCA, 5807 McNeil Dr.
$15/child for member and non-members, includes a snack, games, pizza and a movie.
Children must be 4 – 12 years and fully potty trained. Click here for more details and to register. Registration deadline May 4th.

The Scholar Ship Kids Night Out –  6001 W. Parmer Lane, #390
Arcade theme kids night out. From 6-10:30 pm, $20 for the first child and $15 for siblings. For children ages 5-12. For more information or to register online, click here. Availability is limited, so register soon.

Ashley’s Playhouse – 13343 N Hwy 183, Suite 200
Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. $40 registration fee waived for Summitt families for care on May 5th. For pricing, more information and to register, click here.

AISD and Community Events

Art Camp with Mr. Jones

Summitt Art teacher, Mr. Gordon Jones, is offering 2 Art Camps this summer on June 4-8 and June 11-15. This is open to all students (you do not have to be at Summitt) who are entering grades 2-6. You can choose either the full day or half day program. The first week, students will learn Scuplting/Carving and Paper Crafts. The second week will have Drawing and Found Object Creation. Cost is $135 for half day and $250 for full day. More information about the camps is here. Contact if you have questions.

Anderson Trojan Belles 2018 Spring Show
The Anderson Trojan Belles present their annual Spring Show, “SPELLBOUND” on April 26-28, in the Anderson High School’s Performing Arts Center.  The shows start at 7 pm each night. You won’t want to miss the Trojan Belles, Anderson Dance Guard, Senior Guys Dance, Newbie Team, MMS Junior Belles and much, much more!

Online Ticket Sales
Tickets may be purchased online until Sunday, April 22. Online tickets are $12 (plus a service fee). Tickets purchased online will be available at “Will Call” the night of the show. To purchase tickets online, go to

School Ticket Sales
Tickets may be purchased on April 25, 26 & 27 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) in the school cafeteria during lunch from 12:35pm – 1:20pm.Ticket price during cafeteria sales is $10 per ticket.  During cafeteria sales, AHS students may purchase one $5 ticket for the Thursday night show only.

Box Office Ticket Sales
Tickets are available at the Box Office on show nights- April 26, 27 & 28 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). The Box Office opens at 6:15pm each night. Ticket price at the Box Office is $15.

AHS Speech and Debate Showcase
High schoolers wearing suits and presenting in front of judges? What’s it all about? Students nationwide are developing strong speech and debate skills that can serve them for a lifetime. Come enjoy the fun while you learn more and have a few laughs with the current award-winning Anderson High School Speech and Debate team’s annual Spring “Showcase.”

Who:  Anderson High Speech and Debate Team
What:  Showcase of S & D Skills
When: Saturday May 5th, 7pm AND Sunday May 6th, 3pm
Where:  Anderson High School Theater,  8403 Mesa Drive, Austin TX 78759
Tickets:  $10 for adults, $5 for students. Buy tickets from a current team member or at the door.

The team has had a remarkable 2017-2018 season. Anderson Speech and Debate is the 2018 UIL and NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association) District Champions, the 2018 TFA (Texas Forensic Association) State Champions in Public Forum Debate, and team sweepstakes winners in 8 tournaments this year. The team qualified 5 students to NSDA Nationals in Florida, and 13 students to the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky. More info? Find us at:

Dolphin Camp at Davis Elementary
Davis Elementary has camps on June 4-8 for elementary students who are interested. More information here.

Summer Fun!- Ages: Current Kinder and 1st graders.
Lead by: Madison Parker & Nikki Salzberg
Join Ms. Parker and Ms. Salzberg for a fun filled day of movie making Monday! Toy Tuesday! Wiggle Wednesday! Thinker Thursday! Field trip Friday- Bob Bullock Museum and lunch at the Capitol! We will make, build, invent, direct, and play all day every day! Cost: $250

Outdoor Fun!– Ages: Current 3rd -5th graders
Lead by: Ileana Ramirez & Harmony Richardson
Join Ms. Ramirez & Ms. Harmony in a week full of outdoor adventure. Students will participate in Arts & Craft lessons, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. Become one with nature and take advantage of this opportunity to become a certified Junior Ranger. Your child will love exploring the Texas Parks around us. Cost: $265

Let’s Go- LEGO Camp-Ages: Current 1st -3rd graders.
Lead by: Ms. Ashton
Love LEGOS? Then come construct and program all 12 LEGO We do Robots, solve engineering challenges, and have fun with LEGO games! Students will participate in a week long adventure of daily innovative creation. Cost: $235

Parents Night Out
Anderson HS Robotics NIGHT of the ROBOTS is on Friday, April 27th, 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:

Camp Fun Brain
Camp Fun Brain offers summer camps at 3 locations in Austin and Cedar Park. This is for ages 5-10 years. More information is at

Summer Art Camp
Did you know The Austin Artery hosts an all day art camp in our neighborhood for school aged children? They have weekly themes of weaving, clay, and much much more. Camps start June 11th and continue through August 10th. You can register at

Austin Sunshine Camp
Through the generous support of the Young Men’s Business League, Austin Sunshine Camps provides FREE fun-filled overnight summer camp programs for low income children of the greater Austin Area. All summer camp programs are provided FREE of charge to campers that meet the camp enrollment qualifications. Austin Sunshine Camps provides a variety of activities for campers to participate in including swimming, arts and crafts, science, and sports. Additional activities include canoeing, cooking, and ropes course activities.

Each child must meet one (1) of the three (3) camp enrollment qualifications:

  • Qualify for the school free & reduced meals income guidelines

  • Qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) OR be a

  • Foster Child

Enrollment is limited and is first come, first serve. Priority is given to applications received on or before Friday, April 20th, 2018. However applications are accepted throughout the summer. If you would like more information or an application please contact Kimberlee Guerrero at or call 512-414-4255.

Summer Camps at Anderson High School
There are many camps this summer at Anderson High School. Many are for students in elementary school. Here are a few of them. More are listed on here:

Cheer Camp
Anderson Cheerleading and Mascot Summer Camp 2018 – Learn cheers, dance routines, drum-line dances, stunts, and the Trojan fight song routine, all specifically choreographed by age level. Craft projects and snacks provided too! Register online now –

When: JUNE 25 – 28 (note earlier dates this year!)
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: Anderson Gym (now with working AC!)
Who: Kinder – 8th (grade level as of Fall 2018)
Cost: $235

Belles Dance Camp
On June 18 – 21, Grades K-5th (9 am-4 pm), Cost $200 online; $215 check by mail; $250 at camp; Grades 6th-11th (12:30-4 pm), Cost $115 online, $130 check by mail, $165 at camp; Please contact Angie Doucet at with any questions. REGISTER NOW

Girls basketball camp
Calling all girls entering grades 3 – 9! Girls Basketball Camp at Anderson High School this summer on June 4 – 7. For more details and to register, visit Anderson High School website, Athletics Tab, women’s basketball FORMS. OR see this link:

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.