Newsletter, Feb. 6, 2019

6 Feb

School Counselor Appreciation Week is THIS week!
National School Counseling Week is February 4th – 8th, 2019. Please remember our counselors, Courtney Cardosa and Kimberlee Guerrero, and the important impact they have on our students’ lives! You can send a Thank You card from your child to school or there will be “Thank You” cards in the front office available if you or your student would like to personally thank your counselor. Chocolate and coffee are also welcome!

Speaking of Counselors… Don’t forget all 5th Grade Choice Sheets are Due on Fri. Feb. 8th 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.

Principal Fireside Chat
Please join us Mon., Feb. 11 at 6:00 pm in the Library for Principal Fireside Chat.

Class Valentine’s Day Parties & Cupid Shuffle – Thurs. Feb. 14
Thurs. Feb. 14th will be full with Valentine’s Parties for Classes and the School-wide Cupid Shuffle at assembly for Valentine’s Day.  For the Parties: please make sure you check with your child’s teacher regarding specific times and planned activities.  Use the below link to help expedite the Raptor process and get you to the action faster!  If you have previously been scanned into the system, simply complete the form by typing your name EXACTLY as it appears on your Driver’s License.  Then a pre-printed badge will be waiting for you in the office! Please note that we will close the form on Wednesday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m.  CLICK HERE for a Pre-Printed Badge
Please Note: You still need your ID on check-in

ALL Lost & Found Items will be DONATED on Fri. Feb 15!
Please take a look in the lost and found for your student’s possessions.  It is full of coats, clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes and water bottles. The lost and found is located to the right of the front doors, in the music hallway, after you enter the building. All items not claimed by Friday, February 15 will be donated!

Librarian’s Corner Gifted and Talented:  The window to nominate your kinder through 2nd grade student has closed.  Thank you to all the parents who submitted their parent surveys. The GT committee will be putting together a testing schedule and a calendar of dates that we will send out to all nominees to keep you abreast of the process and timeline.  Thank you. Please do not hesitate to contact Denise Richey at with any questions or concerns.
Kinder’s Eager Eagle Readers Challenge Extended!  Since the fall our kindergartners have been working very hard to read 100 books at home by the 100th day of school.  While we just reached the 100th day of school and many of our kiddos have reached their goal, we still have a few left who have not. But, it is not too late! We are extending the deadline to read 100 books until the end of February. Remember to send those reading logs in for your cool reading prizes, and get ready to celebrate the magic of reading with a special event hosted by our very own Summitt Library. You don’t want to miss it!!! 
Going for the Gold Luncheon: Our top 25% “Going for the Gold” 5th grade readers will be invited to a celebratory luncheon, Monday, February 11 beginning at 12:30 in the library. These students have been competing in a yearlong challenge to read award-winning books in an effort to expand their literature palette. This optional reading challenge encourages students to try a variety of quality literature outside of the mainstream and requires sustained effort and dedication.  We will be having a mid-year celebration of Chik-Fil-A nuggets, fruit salad, chips, various desserts, and lemonade. Parents are welcome to attend. In particular, we could use some volunteers to help with decorating the library, picking up the food, serving food and drinks, as well as bringing in desserts.  Please go to the sign up genius page at or email Denise Richey at if you are interested in volunteering.

From the Nurse:
We have had more cases of Flu come through our doors in the past couple of weeks.  Please remember that students must be 24 hours fever free without medication before they can return to school. See Flyer for more info on keeping your kids well!

Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run!

Registration is open for the Spring Season of Girls on the Run!  The program is open to girls in grades 3-5. The season starts the week of February 18 and runs through the first week in May.  Registration cost is $75 and includes two program shirts, water bottle, 10-12 weeks of practices, and entry into the Sunshine Run on May 5.  Registration is capped at 12 girls unless we can get folks to help as assistant coaches (hint, hint). For more information and to register, go to

Only 2 Weeks until our Summitt Eagle Fun Run begins!

Our major Spring semester fundraiser will begin on Feb 19th! The 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 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!

 Flyers with more info: EnglishVietnamese

Save the Date: Spring Fling is May 4
Mark your calendars and join us for this year’s Spring Fling 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

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.

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! 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.

Complete The AISD Family Survey NOW!
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.

Mark Your Calendars for these PE Events

  • Thursday, February 14th – School-wide Cupid Shuffle at assembly for Valentine’s Day
  • 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
  • Sunday, April 7th – Cap10K Thursday, April 25th – Field Day for K-2
  • Friday, April 26th- Field Day for 3-5  

Be on the lookout for upcoming emails about a staff volleyball playday, sportswear days and Summitt Social events!


Thanks to all the Staff that participated in This Year’s Teacher Talent Show & all those who attended!

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:

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

Murchison’s PTA’s Hot Topics 4 Parents
The next topic for this series will be Barb Steinberg’s Girl Friendships.  It will happen Wednesday, Feb. 13th in the Murchison MS Cafeteria.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and parents can visit with Murchison Principal Brad Clark and school counselors. Presentation will last from 6-7pm and light snacks will be served. Barb Steinberg is an expert on adolescent girls and relationships. She will be coaching parents on what to say to girls when specific situations arise and what to expect. This is an event for parents. It is free and no need to rsvp. Just come and bring your friends.

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:

Balcones Youth Sports registration for baseball and softball is open!
Register online at now through February 9.  Balcones Youth Sports offers Little League Baseball for boys and girls ages 4-12 and Pony Softball for girls ages 4-14.  

Paperpalooza Organization workshop
Get a handle on your stacks of paper especially those tax ones at PAPERPALOOZA!! Feb 16 & 17! Tickets are limited so check out this link or contact Ryan Lanier of Love Your Space Organizing at 512-799-7994 or ryan@loveyourspaceorganzing.comMasterChef 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!

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: