Newsletter, May 2, 2018

2 May

Movie Night on Friday
In honor of May the 4th, come to Summitt’s Special Movie Night!!! On Friday, May 4, we will have a special showing of “Lego Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back” before our feature movies.  Our feature movies will be “Coco” and “Despicable Me 3.” Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Lego Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back will begin at 6:45 pm on both screens and the feature movies will start right after around 7:05 pm. A ticket will get you a snack pack with popcorn, a sweet, and a drink. Bring a blanket or a chair if you’d like. We will have additional snacks, treats, and glow in the dark items for purchase.

The week of Summitt Movie Night: Wednesday through Friday tickets will be on sale before school in the car line (for exact change or check) and after school in the Great Hall for $5. Tickets at the door will be $6. You may also purchase tickets by filling out the purchase tab at the bottom of the movie flyer and return it to your child’s teacher along with your check or cash payment. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Koblenz Exchange Program. Come spend some quality time with your child on Friday before you head to Spring Fling with the adults on Saturday.

Spring Fling is on Saturday

Spring Fling is an adults-only fundraising event on Saturday, May 5, from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Norris Conference Center’s Red Oak Ballroom, 2523 W. Anderson Lane.

NEW: All auctions now online!
The Summitt Spring Fling is just 3 days away! Ticket sales are now closed, but don’t worry if you can’t make it because you can still support technology education at Summitt with our online auction. Start bidding on Classroom Creations and Teacher Time and Talent now by registering at We already have lots of bidders! Our fantastic Classroom Creations are on display in the library and the Teacher Time and Talent offerings are posted in the Great Hall. Each item has a 3 letter code to use to search on the online auction website. Items can be viewed by category. Directions for texting your bid is on the website. A Buy Now option will be available on Friday for Classroom Creations only. If you Buy Now, you can pick up your item in the library after school Friday or it will be kept in the office for pick-up. All other items will be taken to the Spring Fling on Saturday for bidding to continue.

Volunteers Still Needed
We need your help to make Spring Fling a success. There are shifts before or after school this week selling raffle tickets in the Great Hall or as an auction monitor in the library.  We also need volunteers to help set up from 12-3 p.m. on Sat at Norris Conference Center and to help at the Spring Fling event.  Click here or email us at Do you have a high school student in need of some volunteer hours? There are shifts available before and during the event and they can sign up here.

Raffle Tickets on Sale NOW
Come by the table in the Great Hall to buy your Spring Fling raffle tickets before or after school until May 4 or at the Spring Fling event. Tickets are $10 each, cash or check only, and you do not have to be present at Spring Fling to win. This year’s Spring Fling raffle prizes are:

* American Girl Doll – Tenney Grant

* Austin Staycation Package – includes a one night stay in a petite suite at the Hotel San Jose, 2 tickets to Ester’s Follies, and a Kendra Scott Dean Necklace

* Xbox One S 500GB with Madden NFL 18 Bundle donated by Tom Franco of Crush It Cones

Still have questions about what Spring Fling is?
What does Spring Fling involve? Spring Fling is a fun adults-only night out with plenty of food, drinks, and fun. Some of the components of the fundraiser are:

* Silent Auction made up of donations from area businesses, Classroom Creations donated by each class, and Teacher Time and Talent, donations of fun experiences by our fantastic teachers. All the silent auction items will be available for bidding on our online auction site and can be paid for with cash, check, or credit card.

* Restaurant Row offers restaurant gift cards at face value to popular restaurants like Uchi, Trulucks, Taco Deli, L’Oca D’Oro, and many many more. Cash, check or credit card.

* Wine Toss is just a ring toss, but with wine! The wine for the ring toss was generously donated by Twin Liquors. You pay $10 for three rings, limit one bottle per turn. Cash or check only.

* Our Live Auction includes our coveted reserved parking spot, Principal for a ½ Day and more.

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:

Storytime with the Librarian on Friday
Incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten students are invited to join our favorite school librarian Mrs. Richey on Friday, May 4, at 9 am for a few stories and a chance to get to know the Summitt Library! Younger siblings are welcome. Save the date for our next event: Workout with the P.E. teachers on Wednesday, May 23rd at 3pm

Thank you from PE
I’m so thrilled that we had such marvelous weather for both CATCH Family Fun Night and our Hawaiian Field Days! I hope your students enjoyed the day! A big THANK YOU goes out to all of the Special Area teachers, 5th grade student helpers, Anderson PALS, Denise Richey and Stephanie Knuth for running stations! Thank you to Courtney for coordinating the Anderson Senior volunteers. Teachers, thank you all for being so flexible with the scheduling changes for both days!

Summitt’s Principal and Vice Principals Appreciation this week
Summitt will celebrate our principal, Dedra Standish, and our vice principals, Victoria O’Neal and Celines Gauthier, next week on April 30-May 4. Help us to make their week great by stopping by to say “hi” or sending a note or card to school. You are invited to sign up to bring a treat for an appreciation basket: Let’s come together as a community to make next week special for them.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11
Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please remember our classroom teachers, substitute teachers, special education teachers, and special area (PE, art, music, technology) teachers for all the hard work they do. Our teachers inspire our students to achieve their greatest potential, and their influence continues long after the students’ days are memories. So stop to say “thank you” in the hall, send a card or note to school to tell them how much they mean to you and your child, or bring a treat to show your appreciation. They all deserve to be recognized for their important role in our school community.

Summitt Elementary Spirit Night with the Round Rock Express
Join other Summitt families at the Dell Diamond to watch the Round Rock Express vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes baseball game on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Lawn seats are $6, and reserved seats are $12. It will be STAR WARS NIGHT! Be ready to meet Anakin Skywalker, Princess Leia and witness a lightsaber battle. Don’t forget to stick around post-game for Friday Fireworks! A percentage of every ticket sold goes back to support Summitt Elementary! Purchase tickets at

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!

Library News
Checking out books
While students will continue to visit the library throughout the month of May, our last day for student and parent check-outs will be Friday, May 11. All student and parent books will be due by, Friday, May 18. Please start corralling any books that have been left at grandma’s, in the back seat, at daycare, etc. Thank you!

Book Fair update
Thank you for a great book fair! As you may or may not know the Spring book fair is an exclusive library fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Summitt library by supplementing our annual book budget –a paltry $2 per student!!! We had a super turn-out for a Paws for Books Book Fair, and some of the highlights include:

  • raised over $350 in donations to help 36 Summitt students purchase books

  • gave away $60 worth of books for teachers–which is to say nothing of all the families who supported classroom libraries by buying off Teacher Wishlists

  • “adopted” out 2 dozen puppies and kitties

  • raised nearly $4000 in cash for the library

A huge thank you to all the moms who came out and volunteered with set up, student preview, cashier, and clean up. MVP award goes to Alexa Keller and Alisa Dean for countless hours spent helping me from start to finish, as well as so many kids counting change, and choosing books. That being said, I’d be remiss if I did not also mention by name Heather Roell, Ginger Garana, Evette Alvarado, Sharon Reed, Kerstin Stewart, Editt Law, Kate Carlson, and Jessica Pedemonte. It truly takes  a village, and these ladies are my tribe! I couldn’t possibly get this thing off the ground without them.

Lastly. . . From the Library with Gratitude
I wanted to extend a great big thank you to all the students, teachers, and families who sent a card, a note, a drawing, a paw-print, or any other various token of love during Librarian Appreciation week. I am always so touched by the kindness and generosity of this community. I know when I get a basket filled with goodies, or see posters hung up on the walls, a coordinated effort went in to making that happen– emails, shopping trips, hours spent cutting and pasting.  The same can be said for my colleagues who take the time to buy me flowers, a gift card, or bake me a special treat. As one of you– an overscheduled parent of two, and a frenzied educator busily trying to wrap up another year, I appreciate the thought, I really do, because I know what it cost you– your precious time. Thank you. I appreciate all of you so much, too. As always it is my pleasure to serve as your librarian.

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 extra hour or so during the week—especially between 10 am and noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays—please consider helping Mrs. Richey in the library. She could use extra hands for shelving and sending home overdue notices.

  • If you have 15 minutes after the 7:45 am bell, please stay to hold open the front door.

  • If you are having lunch with your child this next week, please consider being a door opener. Lunch is the busiest time in the front office. Speak with Shana or Elizabeth if you are interested.

  • 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.


AISD and Community Events

Reminder: Please register online for next school year
Parent’s if you want your student on a class list for Meet The Teacher/1st day of School you will need to register online.  We will not be sending home paper registration anymore. If you need assistance or a computer to use you can always call the office or come by and use the ones in the Library.

Touch A Truck
Touch-A-Truck is a fun-filled event for families to bond as their children explore the vehicles they’ve seen in movies, books, and just driving around town. From fire trucks and ambulances to backhoes and bulldozers, Touch-A-Truck has them all! It will be at on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am-3pm, at Camp Mabry. Tickets are $5 each. This event benefits SAFE. SAFE events like this directly support the hundreds of children in our care who receive housing, healing, and support. Touch-A-Truck represents what SAFE is all about: happy, healthy families in our community! More info here.

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.

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

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.