Newsletter, Jan. 22, 2019

22 Jan

Turn In Those Box Tops for Cash!
Please help Summitt continue to earn money by collecting your Box Tops! Please turn in Box Tops by February 25 for our next submission deadline. For every collection sheet turned in, your student will earn a small prize. Collection sheets will be going out in Monday folders. Extra collection sheets and a bin for populated sheets can be found on the Community Table in the Great Hall. Thank you for collecting and submitting Box Tops.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Week Jan. 28 – Feb. 1
Next week is Summitt’s Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Our crossing guards keep our students safe, no matter what the weather. They will often put their own safety on the line to ensure students and families get across the street safely. And they sometimes have to deal with impatient or speeding drivers! Summitt’s Appreciation Team is encouraging everyone to give their crossing guard a special treat, note, or high five next week to show their appreciation. 

  • Steve Reinhart at Amherst & Mosley (am)
  • Shannon Sullivan at Amherst & Mosley (pm)
  • Carita Guyton (“CG“) at Mosley & Brigadoon
  • Wish Kerstin Stewart all the best at Cassidy & Brigadoon—this Fri., Jan. 25 is her last day!

Don’t Miss the Teacher Talent Show – Fri., Feb. 1st

Are you coming to the talent show? Are you ready to see the best talents Summitt has to offer? Teacher Talent Show is on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Summitt cafeteria. Tickets will be sold January 28, 29, 30, 31 and February 1 at 7:15 am and 2:55 pm in the Great Hall. The tickets will also be sold the night of the show.  The first five rows are $10 per seat. The rest of the tickets are $5 each. Concession items will be available for purchase at the show. Our Teacher Talent Show benefits the Koblenz Exchange Program. See you at the show!

Come to the PTA Meeting to hear Speaker, Walt Smith speach about school finance and policy makers – Mon., Feb. 4th
Join us for a PTA meeting on Mon. Feb. 4th beginning at 6:30. The PTA will host a guest speaker, Walt Smith, of the Mallard Group. Mr. Smith is the founder of this organization that specializes in interactions with policy makers at the local, state, and federal government levels.  He will speak to the audience on specific concerns related to school finance and how to approach policy makers with a goal to advocate for schools and students. Please plan to join us for an informative evening!

Pre-K at Summitt Registration Open!
Free Pre-K for those that qualify and Tuition Pre-K for up to 17 others at Summitt is available. Registration is open until January 31st! Come by or call the office at 512-414-4246 if interested. The program 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-$560 per month.

Gifted & Talented (GT) Nominations for K-2 ENDS – Fri. Feb. 1!
GT Nominations are due by Friday, February 1. Forms are available in the front office.
Contact Denise Richey ( or Greg Rohde ( with questions about GT and see GT Scholarship info for other programs too below.

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 & 5th Grader Baby Pictures
We need your pictures from any and all student events and all of those baby pictures of our 5th Graders! Deadline is Feb. 28th! 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.

Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run!

The spring season of Girls on the Run starts the week of February 18!  Registration will begin in February and fills up fast.  Right now, they are looking for more volunteer coaches.  If you have time Mondays or Wednesdays, between 3:00 and 4:30, consider volunteering as an assistant coach.  Practices are held at Summitt.  Girls on the Run provides you with the training you need and you do NOT have to be a runner.  For more information about becoming a coach, visit or text Coach Evette at 512-914-6900.
Summitt Eagle Fun Run – Feb. 19 thru March 1 We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major Spring semester fundraiser! Apex Fun Run is a 2 week interactive leadership program combined with a fun run fundraiser that helps schools all over the country raise funds, while promoting leadership, good character and fitness. The Apex Leadership theme this year is Apex STRONG!  

  • With parents help, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Fun Run day to help our school.
  • Students will run for 30 minutes and will run an average of 26-36 laps around the Apex Raceway. The maximum amount of laps is 36 and each lap is 1/16th of a mile.
  • Through Apex’s online pledging system, sponsors can pledge per lap or any flat donation amount for students, and can pledge from anywhere in the world!

 Flyers with more info: EnglishVietnamese

AISD Family Survey
Don’t forget to take a moment to provide your valuable feedback to AISD on the Annual Family Survey (formerly Parent Survey)!  Your opinion is VERY important so please complete the survey below NOW and forward this on to others!

Surveys must be completed by March 8, 2019.


Help Thank Crossing Guards, Counselors, and Academic Specialists
Your donations make appreciation weeks possible! Pick an item from the Amazon Wish List ( and ship directly to: Appreciation Team, Summitt Elementary, 12207 Brigadoon Ln, Austin, TX 78727. Or contribute with ApplePay (512-731-7460), Venmo (@Rhubka), or cash/check ( Thank you!

AISD and Community Events:
Is Your 5th Grader Interested in Theatre?
Do they love acting in plays?  Or doing behind the scenes tech? 
Murchison Middle School Advanced Theatre Production class is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  This class is a year-long elective with class time devoted to preparing and presenting one-act plays.  See your school counselor or email Theatre teacher Mrs.Owens @ for an application.  Students can apply to be an actor or a behind the scenes technician.  Applicants will be contacted to audition/interview.  All individually motivated risk takers with a love for the theatrical process should apply!  More Info:

Beauty and the Beast Musical
Anderson Fine Arts is proud to present the Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, January 24th-27th at 7pm. “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. 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.

Mark Your Calendars to Join the Texas PTA Rally Day is on 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:

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.  

Lego STEM Classes for 1st – 5th
Does your kid love legos? Try this STEM Lego Class on Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm at Summitt. It begins January 30. You can register here. Contact Info: 512.757.4371 or

Drawing Classes for 1st – 5th
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.

Anderson Softball Fundraiser
Donations will go towards equipment, fees, and travel costs. Your support is vital to the success of our program. Make a Donation to Support Anderson Softball 2019 Click Here.

Join your friends at these Milwood Library events
Check out these upcoming Kid Events to help foster reading and learning!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. “Turn Around – Don’t Drown!”
Guidelines for the poster contest are here. Deadline is Thurs., March 28, 2019.
For more information: or contact or 512-974-7064.

Texas Assoc. of the Gifted & Talented Scholarships
TAGT offers 4 student scholarships: Summer Enrichment Scholarship: Grades K-12; Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy Scholarship: Grades 4-8; Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship: Graduating high school senior; & Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship: Graduating high school senior.
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”!