Newsletter, Jan. 16, 2019

16 Jan

MLK Holiday for Students & Staff!
This coming Monday, January 21st!

AISD Family Survey
The Annual Family Survey (formerly Parent Survey) is an important way for the district to receive valuable feedback from parents/guardians.  The results of this survey will be distributed to our principal, district administrators, and the Board of Trustees. Our campus report will be made available on the AISD website. It is very important that we try to reach as many of our parents/guardians as possible so please complete the survey below NOW and forward this on to others!

Surveys must be completed by March 8, 2019.

Pre-K at Summitt Registration Open!
Free Pre-K for those that qualify and Tuition Pre-K for up to 17 others at Summitt. Registration is open until January 31st! Come by or call the office at 512-414-4246 if interested. 
Some details about the program: The dates follow the AISD calendar, except the first week has a staggered start. The times are 7:45am to 2:15pm. The child needs to turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. The Tuition Pre-K fee is an estimated $520-$590 per month.

Gifted & Talented (GT) Nominations for K-2 Now Open!
GT Nominations are now open & due by Friday, February 1. Contact Denise Richey ( or Greg Rohde ( with questions. Forms are available in the front office.
Texas Assoc. of the Gifted & Talented:  TAGT offers 4 student scholarships. By providing the right opportunities, we may just spark the minds that will discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation. The scholarships available include:

  • Summer Enrichment Scholarship: Grades K-12; Max amount of $400 for use in summer enrichment programs
  • Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy Scholarship: Grades 4-8; the top scoring student applying for a Summer Enrichment Scholarship attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy will receive a full scholarship to the program
  • Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship: Graduating high school senior; $2,500 university scholarship
  • Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship: Graduating high school senior; $2,500 university scholarship

For applications and more information check here.
If you are interested in applying for any of these scholarships, please let Denise Richey ( or Greg Rohde ( know so they can help you get a TAGT member sponsor. If the application has a TAGT member sponsor, it gets “extra credit”!

FOR 5th GRADERS: Murchison Middle School Transition Dates UPDATED
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 scheduled:

  • January 24Course selection presentation at Summitt.  Murchison counselors will come to Summitt at 9am to present choice sheets to 5th graders and to talk about course descriptions.  5th graders should bring their choice sheets home for parents to view on this day.
  • January 255th grade showcase at Murchison.  This date has changed from the original.  5th 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.
  • 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.

Enroll Your Child for 2019-2020 School Year TODAY
Enroll NOW (scroll to the bottom for returning)! It is quick and easy! AND helps Summitt prepare accurately for the upcoming school year to minimize having to shift kids and teachers at the last minute! Thanks!!

Pictures for Yearbook
We need your pictures! If you took pictures of students at any event at Summitt, the yearbook team would like to put them in the yearbook! Please send full size pictures with event name, student grade (and teacher if possible) to We prefer shots of students in groups (2-6 students) doing activities over pictures of 1 student.


Help Thank Crossing Guards, Counselors, and Academic Specialists
Order online and ship to Summitt: Pick an item or two from the Appreciation Team’s Amazon Wish List and ship directly to: Appreciation Team, Summitt Elementary, 12207 Brigadoon Ln, Austin, TX 78727. Wide range of prices for all donation levels! Contact with questions or concerns.

Thank You to all who helped make our Easter Seals Drive Fundraiser a Success & Thank you to all those who came to the Chipotle Community Night!!

AISD and Community Events:
Make your voice heard at the Capitol! Make sure the Texas PTA Rally Day is on your calendar for Feb 25.
The official schedule has yet to be published by Texas PTA, but plan on 8 am – 8:30 am start on Feb 25th on the Capital Grounds with activities going until early afternoon. TX PTA’s main focus this year is on school finance reform, something that is desperately needed, especially here in AISD. Listen to rally day preparation webinars from Texas PTA:

Join your friends at these Milwood Library events
Check out these upcoming Kid Events to help foster reading and learning!

Beauty and the Beast Musical
Anderson Fine Arts is proud to present the Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, January 24th-27th. “Be Our Guest” for an evening of enchantment and music where furniture sings and flatware dances in this timeless classic that will delight all ages. Show dates:

Thursday, January 24 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 25 — 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 –  2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors and will be available online at or at the box office one hour before the show. The Anderson Little Theater Company is also hosting a book drive for Reading Partners, Please bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate when you come to the show! To subscribe to AHS Theater announcements click here.

Fulmore Middle School Open House
Magnet admissions testing is Jan. 19, 26, and Feb. 2. Families can refer to this link for more information. The deadline to apply for the Fulmore Magnet program is Fri., Feb. 1st.

Kealing Magnet Program Testing and Essay
Admissions tests have begun and Application Deadline is Feb 1st! Additional Information can be found here.

Paperpalooza  – Organization workshop
Wanna get your tax papers organized this year without filing for an extension? (yup) What if you could get away from your family for a long Saturday and a short Sunday and go through your papers in peace and uninterrupted time? (woot) Is it possible to tackle your paper mountains while having fun?? (yes) All this is possible at PAPERPALOOZA!! Feb 16 & 17! Tickets are limited so check out this link on Facebook or contact Ryan Lanier of Love Your Space Organizing at 512-799-7994 or email

Balcones Youth Sports registration for baseball and softball is open!
Register online at now through February 9.  Join us for an Open House on February 2 at 10am, 3106 Adelphi Lane – register in person, ask question, meet the Board, sign up to volunteer and learn about what to expect for the upcoming season. Balcones Youth Sports offers Little League Baseball for boys and girls ages 4-12 and Pony Softball for girls ages 4-14.  

Drawing Classes for 1st to 5th graders at Summitt Elementary
Make memories for your child this semester and sign them up for a Young Rembrandts drawing class. Your artist will learn about basic design and composition as they create a candy landscape and ‘visit’ the Far East by drawing the Great Wall of China. Our hockey player figure illustra-tion will score points with sports enthusiasts. In our art history classes we feature master artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Enroll today!
3:10 – 4:10 pm on Thursdays from 1/24/19 – 3/14/19
Tuition: $98 or 2 payments of $49 for an 8-week session
Enroll Online at
Contact or call (512) 795-4753.
Art class with Mr. Jones
ArtAfter with Mr. Jones will start next week. The Monday session from Jan. 14-Feb. 18 focuses on 2-D drawings and paintings. The Tuesday session on Jan. 15-Feb. 19 focuses on 3-D sculptures. Class time is 3-4 pm and each session is $90. This is open to students in grades 3-5. Contact Gordon Jones for more information.

City of Austin’s Art Poster Contest for 1st to 8th Graders
Encourage your students to participate in the 14th Annual Flood Safety Poster Contest which helps educate students about the risk of flooding and raise awareness about the importance of making safe decisions when floods occur. Austin is in the heart of Flash Flood Alley and driving through flooded roads is the leading cause of deaths during a flash flood. It not only puts drivers’ lives at risk, but also the lives of passengers and emergency responders. This poster contest is a fun way for students in grades 1-8 to become the teachers by channeling their inner artists to spread this important message:
“Turn Around – Don’t Drown!”
Guidelines for the poster contest are here. Deadline is Thurs., March 28, 2019.
Entries will be judged in three categories: grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8.  Prizes will be awarded to first, second, third and fourth place winners and include gift cards of $100, $75, $50 and $25 and a ride with Austin’s emergency responders on a swift water rescue boat on Lady Bird Lake.  For more information: or contact or 512-974-7064.