Newsletter, April 4, 2018

4 Apr

Lockdown drill this Friday afternoon
In compliance with AISD policy, all lockdown drills are to be planned in advance and announced to parents and staff at least 24 hours in advance before the lockdown drill. Lockdowns are conducted for intruder or violence on campus. A lock down drill should take no longer than 30 seconds to complete and students will be given an opportunity to process the experience by their teacher.

In accordance with this policy this is our official notification that a lockdown drill will be conducted on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2:20 PM.

STAAR Test next week
Students will take the STAAR Test next week, Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11. Because students will be testing in all parts of the school, we ask that you do not come to have lunch with your child, even if they are not taking the test. Parents are not allowed on campus during STAAR testing due to confidentiality and security. Also, please do not schedule appointments on the days your child is taking the test. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday – 4th grade writing, 5th grade math
Wednesday – 5th grade reading

Librarian Appreciation Week next week
AISD is proud to honor and recognize the efforts of our hardworking library workers on April 9-13. It is the dedication of these professionals that keep our libraries vibrant and indispensable – and that is truly worth celebrating. In commemoration of School Library Week, the district encourages students, staff members, families, volunteers and community members to take a moment  to thank AISD library professionals for the services they provide to students and the district. Please remember our librarian, Denise Richey, and all of the hard work she does for us by saying thank you to her in commemoration of Librarian Appreciation Week!!

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.  

GT Club next week
GT Club will meet on Monday, April 9, at 3:05-4:30 p.m. Details and sign up here:

Incoming Kinder News
There are many events planned for incoming Kinder and Pre-K students. Bring your child to find out what to expect at Summitt.

Snacks with the Principal
Friday, April 20th, 9:30 a.m.
Join Ms. Standish for a snack and an introduction to one of the biggest transitions of the school day… the Cafeteria!

Story Time with The Librarian
Friday, May 4th, 9 A.M.
Join Mrs. Richey for some stories and an introduction to Summitt Elementary’s wonderful library.

Workout with the P.E. Teachers
Wednesday, May 23rd, 3 – 3:15 P.M.
Our P.E. teachers will give us an introduction to one of the most popular classes at Summitt. This is after school ends.

Meet the Teacher
Thursday, Aug 16,th
3:30-6 p.m.  (TENATIVE Date*)
Pre-K and Kindergarten students will meet their teacher and see their classroom.

Welcome to PRE-K & Kindergarten Social
Silver Grill
Saturday,  Aug 25th, 9 A.M. (Tenative DATE*)
After you have met the teacher, come meet your classmates!  The whole family can celebrate the end of summer at Silver Creek Grill. Food will be available to purchase and there is a playground for the kids.

*Check the website and/OR Facebook Group for Confirmed Dates Later this Spring

Spring Fling tickets on sale soon!
Mark your Calendar – Spring Fling & Silent Auction on Saturday, May 5.  Tickets for this year’s Spring Fling and Silent Auction will go on sale on April 16. At this adult-only fundraiser, you will have the opportunity to bid on items like ACL Live concert tickets, Schlitterbahn Waterpark tickets, an American Girl Doll and much more. All of the proceeds raised will go to supporting technology instruction at Summitt.

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.


AISD and Community Events

Lego Camp at Summitt starting soon

A LASA high school student who is also a brother of a Summitt student is offering a free robotics program at Summitt beginning April 17.

Do you love to build with LEGOS? Do you want to learn how to program? Do you want to have fun solving challenges with your friends? Then join the Summitt Robotics Program Today! You can apply now at View the promotion video here: Note: Deadline for student application is Wednesday, April 11.

The top 20 4th and 5th graders will be chosen based on interest in robotics, and this number may go up based on the number and quality of applications! The program is FREE, and all materials will be provided! The program will run from April 17th to May 8th on Tuesdays in Ms. Neill’s room from 4:30pm-6pm.

If parents are interested in volunteering and helping, they can apply to the program as well! You can find the flyer for the program at the following link: Parent applications are due Sunday, April 15. Questions? Contact

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.

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:

Chinese Summer Camp
Westlake Chinese Academy will host summer camps for students ages 4-16. Subjects include calligraphy, traditional Chinese music, water coloring, origami, etc.


Free parenting workshop
Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums, How to Cool Off 3-10 year olds – Austin Child Guidance Center (810 W. 45th Street) will have a free workshop on Wednesday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m. When children have a hard time managing their emotions it can turn into meltdowns and tantrums. Meltdowns and tantrums can be effectively prevented, managed, and treated. In this workshop, parents will be able to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum, will learn tools to respond to and prevent meltdowns and tantrums, and will be given resources for when to seek additional help.

There is free childcare is available to children 2 years old and older. Free registration will be available on the Austin Child Guidance Center website’s event page and registration will open on Monday, March 26th. Please contact Sara Walters at or at 512-451-2242.

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.

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: