Newsletter, Feb. 20, 2019

20 Feb

Summitt Eagle Fun Run!

The Apex Fun Run challenge starts this week!!  Information regarding our upcoming Fun Run was sent home in Monday Folders.  Please review the information again as we kick off this fundraiser which goes to pay for so many of our campus- specific programs.  

The Apex Leadership theme this year is Apex STRONG and the run will happen on Friday March 1!  

  • 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!

Tet Show this week!!

Please join us to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Friday, February 22. Delicious Vietnamese food including vegetarian dishes, pizzas, drinks and concession items are available for purchase starting at 6 pm in the Summitt cafeteria. We will also have tea lounge bubble tea drinks at $5 each.

The Tet show will start at 7 pm. As always, the show ends with the Summitt Lion and Dragon Dance team. Tickets will be sold February 19, 20, 21 at 7:30am and 2:40pm in the Great Hall. The tickets will also be sold the night of the show.

  • The first FIVE rows are $10 per seat.
  • All other seats are $5 per seat
  • Cafeteria seats are $3 each.
  • If your child is performing and is in Pre-K, Kinder, 1st or 2nd grade, they must have a ticket and sit with you after their performance.
  • If you cannot purchase tickets at school, send your money in an envelope and indicate what type of tickets and how many you need. The teachers will pick great seats for you.

Our Tet Show benefits the AISD Vietnamese Dual Language Program.

See you at the show!

Postcard Love Letters Needed We need your postcards! The Texas 86th Legislative Session is upon us. The Texas PTA is working to advocate for our students during this session and needs your help. The Summitt PTA included two postcards in your student’s Monday folder. These postcards are for you to write your legislators in the Texas House and the Texas Senate. You can find your legislators at

What should you write about? You can find out more about the Texas PTA Legislative Priorities at There are several issues they are advocating for on behalf of our students ranging from school finance to meaningful assessments to health and safety. Find one that speaks to you and why you support this issue. A couple of sentences is all you need.

An example for school finance would be something like:  “Texas is ranked 43rd in the nation in per pupil spending. We see this as local property taxes and PTAs attempt to fill the gap with funding positions We also see school districts forced to make hard choices of cutting imperative positions like nurses, lunch monitors, and reading specialists.”

If you need additional postcards, there are some in the table in the Great Hall or you can print them yourself.

Postcards can be sent back to school in your student’s folder or can be delivered to the box in the Great Hall. Check the paperwork in Monday folders for more information or email Heather Roell Oshman at

After School Enrichment is HERE! 
Learn more about Summitt’s new informal learning opportunities called Fabulous Fridays. This is an afterschool enrichment program where Summitt students will engage as a small group with one of Summitt’s teachers to learn, play, and have fun outside of the formality of the academic school day. Students can choose one, 6-week class from a variety of offerings. Each week from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Classes will begin, Friday, March 1. To learn more about classes and fees, please see the class descriptions.  For more info and to register your child, please click on the LINK!

Attn:  Kinder Parents – Kinder Rodeo Planning Mtg

Kinder teachers will be having a Kinder Campfire Rodeo Chat for Kinder Parents.  It will be held on Wednesday, February 27th from 3:15-3:45 pm in the Kindergarten Commons. This will be a brief meeting to discuss ideas and planning for Kinder Rodeo which will take place Friday, March 15th from 8:00-11:30 am.

Karneval: Support our Koblenz Exchange!

If you are interested in supporting our Koblenz Exchange and enjoying a German tradition that has made its way to Austin, TX, please join the fun!

Austin-Koblenz Sister City Committee, in partnership with the German-Texan Heritage Society and Austin Saengerrunde brings this more than 800-year old German tradition to Texas!

Koblenz Karneval – Austin Style is a family friendly event, and the evening’s program is wide and varied and features authentic German food, student performances, costume contests, German live music, and much more. Saengerunde Hall is located on the same location as Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, with free parking across the street in the parking garage. The goal of the event is to raise funds for the ongoing Austin-Koblenz, Germany student exchanges.

Tickets include admission, food and 2 drink tickets and lots of fun.  Festivities are set for Saturday, March 2nd from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

CHICK-FIL-A Comunity Night – Next Wed. Feb. 27

Mark Your Calendars!

Got the time?…

This section features volunteer opportunities. Check here each week to see what’s needed. That way, if you “got the time,” you can find the perfect option.

  • The front office could use help answering phones and opening the front door during the weekly staff meeting. If you have time on Fridays from 8-9:30 am (approx.), please talk to Shana (
  • If you have time to help in the library with shelving books, passing out overdue notices, and processing new books, please contact Mrs. Richey; (512) 414-4249

Mark Your Calendars for Spring Fling!
Spring Fling will be on Saturday, May 4. Spring Fling is an adult-only silent auction fundraiser made up of donations from local area businesses. All proceeds from the event go directly back to Summitt to enrich and enhance all students’ learning experiences at our wonderful school.  Parents, neighbors, businesses and community groups are invited to participate – whether it be by donating an item, volunteering your time or attending Spring Fling.  To learn more, check out the Spring Fling page or email

Mark Your Calendars for these PE Events

  • February 18th-March 1st – 5th Grade Volleyball after school practice
  • Saturday, March 2nd – 5th grade Volleyball Playday at EXPLORE UT Thursday, April 4th – CATCH Family Fun Night/Book Fair/Fine Arts Night
  • Thursday, April 4th – CATCH Family Fun Night/Book Fair/Fine Arts Night
  • Sunday, April 7th – Cap10K
  • Thursday, April 25th – Field Day for K-2
  • Friday, April 26th- Field Day for 3-5 

Last Week to Turn In Those Box Tops for Cash for this round!
Help Summitt earn money with your Box Tops! Please turn in Box Tops by February 25! Simply send them to school in your child’s folder or place them in the bin for populated sheets can be found on the Community Table in the Great Hall. Thank you for collecting and submitting Box Tops!

Pictures for Yearbook & 5th Grader Baby Pictures
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 students just posing.

TAKE the AISD Family Survey TODAY!
Our school needs your input to continue to improve and grow! So please 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! Complete one per child.

Surveys must be completed by March 8, 2019.

ALSO Take the Facility Master Plan Survey

Austin ISD is embarking on its update of the Facility Master Plan, a long-range roadmap to modernizing all district facilities. We want to hear from you and for you to promote the survey on your campus and in the community. Take the online survey to help us shape our #AISDFuture.  We want your insights and perspectives on how the district can best support and strengthen district-wide priorities in the areas of: athletics and fitness; Career and Technical Education, career preparation; and, fine arts and creative learning. To fulfill the promise of a high-quality public education for all our students, we are seeking input from academic department personnel, as well as school and community stakeholders. We endeavor to better understand the needs of our communities and help guide the development of future capital improvements. The survey will be open from February 8th, 2019 to February 28th, 2019.
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!!

Thank you! to Platinum Balloon Decor for donating the lovely balloon bouquets for Counselor Appreciation Week.

Girl Scout’s Pet Supply Drive
Girl Scout Troop 1201 (3rd grade) is hosting a donation drive for the Austin Humane Society from Feb 1-20. The girls ask that you please bring a donation and drop it into the decorated box in the Great Hall.  You will find a printed wishlist at the donation box or you can view it HERE

Summer Reading Initiative back again this YEAR! Help Fund Summitt’s Reading Initiative by making a small donation: Here is info on Research regarding the summer slide.

Do You Use
PLEASE switch to with PTA Texas Congress 856 Summitt Elementary as the benefactor! It is free and easy and effortlessly raises funds for our Summitt Kiddos!

AISD and Community Events:

Mulch Time at Anderson High!
It’s MULCH TIME!  Support the Anderson High School Trojan Band and Dance Guard, by placing your order online at by March 26th.  Deliveries on April 6th!
We are offering two of the most popular types of mulch – Hardwood and Black Label. Bags of mulch are priced at $5/each, including FREE delivery (10 bags or more) to homes zoned to Anderson High School. Pick up at Anderson High School is available if you live outside of our delivery area.
Thanks for supporting the Anderson High School Trojan Band and Dance Guard!
Please e-mail Julie at with any questions.

Social Skills and Friendship Group: 
The Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is offering their popular Social Skills and Friendship Group again, for children 7-9 years old. This group will help teach kids to learn about body language, communication, and socially appropriate interactions.  The class will take place every Tuesday from Feb 26 to April 23 (8 sessions) from 6-7:30pm. It will take place in the ACGC conference room at Austin Child Guidance Center at 810 W. 45th St, Austin, TX 78751.  The cost is a sliding fee based on income and family size. Childcare for children over two while space is available is free. Please contact please contact Sandy Perwein to register: or at 512-451-2242.  

Mark Your Calendars to Join the Texas PTA Rally Day on Mon. Feb 25

The Texas 86th Legislative Session has begun! The Texas PTA is working to advocate for our students during this session and they are rallying on the steps of the Capitol to make our voices heard on Mon. Feb. 25. There are several issues the Texas PTA is advocating for on behalf of our students ranging from school finance to meaningful assessments to health and safety.

9:30am Caucuses at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca St)
11:30am Rally on the Capitol Steps THIS IS THE MAIN EVENT
1:30pm Legislative Visits (Starts in the Capitol Building Members Lounge – Extension, E2.1002) Visits will be done by 5pm.

The goal is to have 500 people from the AISD PTA Community. If you can come for part of the day, we can use your support. There will be free parking at House Park (1301 Shoal Creek Blvd.) from 8am – 3pm. If you’re interested in carpooling or would like more info, please contact Heather Roell Oshman at

For more info on the Texas PTA Legislative Priorities for the 86th Legislative Session, check out

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: Junior Now Casting
HEY KIDS! MasterChefJunior is on a NATIONWIDE search for the most talented home cooks in America between the ages 8-13 and we will be in HOUSTON on FEBRUARY 23RD! If you think you are the next MasterChef Junior, pre-register at , and come to our audition!

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

Walk-In Clinic
The Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is also offering their Walk-In Counseling Service Clinic.  Children up to the age of 17 as well as other family members can be seen without having to wait for an appointment. Caregivers can be seen without their child to consult about problem behavior, seek advice or get direction. Family members can for be seen for one walk-in session or return for more. Services can be provided in English or Spanish.
WHEN: Tuesday: 4:00 – 6:00PM (English) Friday: 2:00 – 4:00PM (English & Spanish)
 *Clients are seen on a first come, first serve basis
WHERE: Austin Child Guidance Center 810 W. 45th St., Austin, TX, 78751
BY WHOM: Qualified mental health professionals who are specially trained to work in this 50-minute format
FEE: Sliding fee scale  
FOR ADDITIONAL INFO: (512) 451-2242

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”!

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 info: