Newsletter, Sept. 26, 2018

26 Sep

Soaring Skyward on Friday

Our Summitt Eagles always look forward to Soaring Skyward, our day to celebrate Flight, on Friday, Sept. 28. This is an all-day event – highlights include a hot air balloon expert at 8 am, the 5th grade parade at 9 a.m. (new time!) in the cafeteria/gym, and ending at 2:30 p.m. on the blacktop for our bubble dance. We will have guest speakers and exciting demonstrations. We will also have lots of hands-on activities for the kids to get an immersive experience of space. Parents are encouraged to join your student and/or volunteer during this day of learning. But please remember to bring an ID and sign in and out at the office! (picture courtesy of Noble Photography – Michelle Comsudi)

Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday
The Vietnamese Dual Language program will host the Mid-Autumn (Tet Trung Thu) Festival on Friday, Sept. 28th at 6:30 pm – 8:30pm. Admission is $3 and dinner is $5/plate. Drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase. Cash only. There will be activities for kids and kids talent show, lion/dragon dance performance and a lantern parade at the end. If you want to learn about the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival, click here.

Martial Arts class
Also we are taking new students, 3rd grade and up for our Martial Arts class. Please register with Thay Pham. Parents meeting will be on Oct. 11 and trial practice on Oct. 18. Please check our monitor in the hallway for all info related to the VNDL Program, After School Program, Extra Curriculum activities as well as performances for the community.

PTA Meeting – AISD board candidates
PTA invites all Summitt families, friends, and neighbors to attend our October meeting to hear from the two Austin ISD District 4 Trustee Candidates, Kristin Ashy and  Zachary Price. It will be on Monday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. Both candidates will be sharing their platforms and answering questions from the audience. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the candidates for the AISD Trustee position that will represent Summitt on the school board. In addition, will be voting on the following bylaws changes:

Custodian Appreciation Week Next Week
Austin ISD proudly recognizes Custodian Appreciation Week, October 1 – 5. From spotless floors to bathroom cleanliness, Summitt custodial staff work hard to keep our facilities clean and safe. Day in and day out, they arrive early and stay late to make sure that Summitt is a great place to learn, teach and work. They are a crucial part of our family. The next time you see Veronica Garcia de Buentello, Maite Escobar, Jose Avila, Cecilia Quintanilla and Maria Torres on campus, let them know how much you appreciate their hard work!!!

Summitt Appreciation Weeks
Want to say “thank you” to everyone who makes your child’s school week a good experience? Want to show your appreciation for Summitt’s staff, but don’t know how you’d thank them all? The Summitt Appreciation Team will be creating “thank yous” for those whose national appreciation weeks are this fall: our custodians, food service workers, cafeteria monitors, bus drivers, and teaching assistants. To show your appreciation, sign up to bring a goody to the Great Hall by Friday, October 5: Email questions to

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 stop by the teacher workroom to see who needs help. Contact Karen Reyna ( with questions.

  • If you are free 10:30 am to 11:30 am any day during the week, please consider helping out in the cafeteria. We can use extra help with all grades. Contact Shana in the front office ( with questions.


Fifth Grade news
Believe it or not, it is already time to start talking about transitioning to middle school next year.  We will be trying to update our newsletter as dates become available or change. Dates are subject to change so it is always wise to check the middle school website about events that will be held on their campus.  We have the following dates already scheduled:

October 2- Murchison Middle School Fall IB Parent Night from 6-7 p.m. in Murchison’s cafeteria. There will be a short informational presentation about what IB means for our students and parents, followed by a Q&A session.

October 19- 8-10 am Murchison and magnet school (Keeling, Fulmore, Ann Richards) presentations. Parents are welcome to attend.  Each school will do a short presentation to 5th grade about their school. This event will be held at Summitt in the 5th grade commons.

January 11- 5th grade showcase at Murchison. Fifth grade students will travel by bus to MMS. They will rotate through introductory presentations about the campus and it’s programs.  Students will be gone from about 9-12 am. Parents are welcome to attend but will need to provide their own transportation.

January 24- Course selection presentation at Summitt. Murchison counselors will come to Summitt to present choice sheets to 5th graders and to talk about course descriptions. Fifth graders should bring their choice sheets home for parents to view on this day.

February 5-  Choice sheet night at Murchison. This is an opportunity for parents and students to go and see the school and ask questions about elective choices. Foreign languages, Band, Theater Arts, Art, Choir, Technology classes, etc. will have tables set up with staff to answer questions to help you make decisions.

February 8-  Choice sheets will be due to Mrs. Cardosa at Summitt. If you do not submit a choice sheet, Mrs. Cardosa will have to meet with the student to make choice sheet selections so that the student will have classes at the beginning of the year.

Math Pentathlon Informational Meeting
Want to learn more about Math Pentathlon at Summitt? Join us Monday, October 1, from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Summitt library as we discuss details of this fun new club! For more information check out We support our volunteers – you do not need to be a math wiz to help! Membership is open to all grades (K-5). For more information or to register contact

Koblenz informational meeting
Would you like to know more about our teacher & student exchange program with Schenkendorf Elementary in Koblenz, Germany? Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at 5:30 pm in the Summitt library. This year our friends from Koblenz will be visiting us sometime in April. We will travel to Germany the following year in June 2020. See what the program is all about and how you can get involved.

Benefits of joining PTA
When you join PTA, our students benefit and so do you! Members get discounts at Schlitterbahn, Six Flags, and more. Visit the Texas PTA website to find out more! Every year you need to join to get access to these discounts. Join at Summitt’s online store OR pick up an application in the Great Hall and turn it in at the office.

Library News
Birthday Book Club Sign-Up has begun!
Sign-up for Birthday Book Club has begun, and less than a week in we have raised almost $1000 for our library. You can continue to sign-up for Birthday Book Club now through, Friday, October 12. I have a window of time to do sign-ups, so please sign up now even if your child’s birthday isn’t until the spring. The Google form can be found at : No time to stop by the library? Feel free to fill out the form at home. I can choose a book for your child, or have your student come by during the school day to do it. Just write in “You choose” in the blank marked title. Thanks for your support!


  • Star Dome in the library, Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Friday, Sept. 28

  • Storyteller, Bernadette Nason visits 2nd and 3rd grades, Thur., Sept. 27


GT Nominations due soon
The Fall GT nomination window has opened! Beginning, Monday, Sept. 10 and running until Friday, Sept. 28, parents and teachers can nominate 3rd-5th graders to be screened for the Gifted and Talented program. Grades K-2 will be in the Spring.  Forms in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic can be found online at: Please note that parents must complete both the Parent GT Nomination Form (grades K-5 only) and the Gifted Characteristics Checklist for Parents. Also, for any questions and to understand the program, please come to a general GT information meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 -7:30pm in the library.




Tickets on sale now!
Mark your calendars for Summitt’s annual fall carnival fundraiser, Eagle Fest! Join your school on Saturday, October 20, from 3-6pm on the Summitt grounds for exciting games, fabulous prizes, a spooky haunted house, delicious food, and lots of school spirit! Tickets can be purchased online ( and will be delivered to your child’s classroom the week of October 15.

Classroom Booth Volunteer Sign Up
Eagle Fest runs on volunteer power! Please sign up here ( to help staff your child’s class booth. We need your help to make this year’s event a success!

Item Donations (prizes and drinks/chips/candy)
Eagle Fest is in need of small, unopened toys from restaurants like McDonalds, Chick Fil’A, Wendy’s, and Arby’s as well as larger “prize booth toys” in new or gently-used condition. A toy donation box will be set in the Great Hall near the Summitt Office.

In addition, every year we ask our wonderful Summitt families to help us out with food and drink donations. We sell the drinks and chips in the Food Court and use the candy, Pringles, and 2 Liter soda bottles as prizes. Signs have been set up along the wall in the Great Hall across from the office showing where to drop off your donations.

Pre-K Families – 12-24 Juice boxes

Kindergarten Families – 12-24 packs of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, or Dr. Pepper

1st Grade Families – 2 liter bottles of soda or 12-24 bottles of water

2nd Grade Families – 12-24 individual snack size bags of chips

3rd Grade Families – Halloween candy, 2lb bag (individually wrapped, no chocolate please; it will melt),

4th Grade Families – Tall cans of Pringles Chips and 2 liter bottles of soda

5th Grade Families – Tall cans of Pringles Chips

AISD and Community Events

Shredding day
Support the Anderson Wrestling Team and have your personal and business documents SECURELY shredded by Balcones Shred on Sunday, October  14, 2-4pm, Anderson High School Parking Lot. Your confidential and old documents will be destroyed onsite. Donations will benefit the AHS Wrestling Team.  See the flyer for more information.

Anderson High School is excited to announce this year’s TROJAN PINK OUT calendar of events. We are counting on you, our vertical team families, friends and fans, to help us turn Anderson’s stands and audiences PINK this October. Trojan Pink Out events are intended to raise Breast Cancer Awareness at Anderson and in our greater community. Education, early detection and timely treatment of this terrible disease are all critical steps in the fight to save lives. In recent years, too many amazing women in our community have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and we are blessed to count many of them as courageous fighters, close friends and SURVIVORS.

TROJAN PINK OUT t-shirts will be sold for $10 (cash or check, made payable to Komen Austin) at the Anderson Spirit Store through the end of October. Shirts can also be purchased at the Anderson Pancake Breakfast on Sept. 28th or immediately BEFORE our PINK OUT events. Need your official TPO t-shirt now! Email Karin Foster at for individualized purchase/delivery options. Thank you for helping us turn Anderson PINK this October!

Organizing sessions
We know you’re out there, busy moms! Do you have a to-do list that just gets longer even though you’re TRYING!?! (PS It’s NOT your fault!!) Let’s seize that time that’s slipping through your fingers at a new weekly “MomBoss time” being held locally by former Summitt mom and current professional home organizer, Ryan Lanier. So bring a box or laundry basket full of your papers, mail, forms, school papers, coupons, lists, ETC, and start laying your hands on PROGRESS for you!

What is this? Save Our Sanity Paper Parties (AKA SOS!)  AND WE HAVE A SHREDDER, TOO!

When/Where? Tuesdays 9:15-11:15am @ Silver Grill Café (4005 W Parmer Ln)

How much is it?  $25 per class or $100 for 5-class pass **DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS EVERY WEEK!!**

Come every or any Tuesday you’ll start to feel like “I GOT THIS!”  Hurry and RSVP via text to 512-799-7994 or email *or just drop in as long as you bring your baskets of your PAPER!!

Austin Child Guidance Center Group sessions
Behavioral Parent Training: Managing Difficult and Noncompliant Behaviors
This 8-week group is for English speaking caregivers of children 5-12 years old. This group will help caregivers of children with difficult to manage behaviors including noncompliance, ADHD- attention and hyperactivity issues, and disruptive behaviors. Caregivers will learn how to understand their children’s misbehavior, increase compliance, and decrease disruptive behavior. It meets every Monday, beginning Sept. 24, from 6-7:30 pm. Cost is $10 per session/per couple. More info in this flyer.

Social Skills and Friendship Group
This 8 week group will work with children who are 7-9 years old. This group will work with kids to learn about body language, communication, and socially appropriate interactions. It meet every Wednesday, beginning Sept. 26, from 6-7:30 pm. Cost is on a sliding scale fee. More info in this flyer.

Astro Kids after school program
Astro Kids Gym has an after school program from 2:30-5:30 p.m. (extended hours available). Transportation is available. For more information, click here.