Newsletter, March 14, 2019

14 Mar

Skating Fundraiser at Playland
This Friday 3/15/19 from 6pm-11pm
Grab your friends and family and join Summitt PTA for one of the best nights of the year – Skate Night!
$9 per person, includes roller skate rentals (rollerblades are additional $4)
Kids Under 3 & non-skating adults are free. No outside food or drink.
Playland Skatepark Address: 8822 McCann Dr, Austin, TX 78757
Please make sure you TELL PLAYLAND that you are with Summitt Elementary so Summitt PTA can get the $4 per person back to our school!

Summitt’s 2nd Edition of Good News…paper is on shelves now!
Click Here to read this enjoyable edition.

Summitt Summer Camps
Summitt Elementary will host a summer camp during the first two weeks of June, divided into two 1 week sessions from 9am to 3pm with extended hours available if needed. Proceeds from Summitt Summer Camp are used to fund school-wide needs such as technology, classroom materials and professional development. Click here for details.

Spring and Class Pictures
Spring and classroom group pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 13th for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 4th and 5th grades and Thursday, March 14th for PPCD, Life Skills, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.  Parents should have received flyers in the Monday Folder on March 4th to order these pictures. The classroom group photo flyer will need to be returned with payment ($15.00) on picture day.  The spring picture will need to have the form returned with the style selected.  These packets will be printed and shipped in approximately 3-4 weeks after picture day.  Parents will then have the opportunity to purchase from the package and customize their purchase to meet their needs. There is no obligation to purchase and any unselected prints can be returned to the school. Did you forget? That’s ok. You can still send in your money for class pictures until Friday.

Yearbooks are on Sale Now
Ordering available until April 1. Full Color Yearbooks are $25. To order visit: You might need this code 32612R. Or return the envelope in your child’s folder with cash or check payable to Summitt Elementary School.

Family Survey – Now open until this Fri., March 15
It’s not too late to complete the family survey for our campus.  Please click on the link to access the survey until Friday, March 15th.  It is so important that you provide your feedback to help AISD and Summitt continue to grow –

Surveys must be completed by March 15, 2019.

Appreciation Team Meeting Tomorrow!
Summitt’s Appreciation Team will meet tomorrow, Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 pm at Silver Grill. Come help us plan special appreciation weeks this spring as well as look ahead to next fall. If you are interested but can’t come—or have a business who can provide gift cards or tokens of appreciation for staff—please reach out to see how you can help:

Summitt Playground
As many of you know, the Summitt playground has been under construction the last few months. Our new playground equipment installation will be complete soon and we are thrilled to have an updated space for our students to play.

Summitt Track
The next phase of construction will begin over Spring Break as the Summitt track gets a major upgrade. As there will be no students on campus, the area will not be fenced off, so the district construction team asks that you keep clear of the track area over the break. Their goal is to complete most, if not all, of the work while the students are not on campus. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting spring at Summitt. The current track will be dug up and material removed, it will be leveled, made a more uniformed width, moved slightly further from the heritage oak, drainage issues will be improved, and a new surface applied. So pretty much a complete overhaul.

Math Pentathlon
This Tuesday our Math Pentathlon participants were recognized at morning assembly!  It was great to get a chance to celebrate these students and discuss Math Pentathlon to the kids!

Math Pentathlon Informational Meeting – 4/29
(Date change from April 1 to April 29)
Want to learn more about Math Pentathlon at Summitt? Join us Monday, April 29, from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Summitt library as we discuss details of this game playing club! For more information check out Membership is open to all grades (K-5). Math Pentathlon runs on volunteer power and you do not need to be a math wiz to help!  For more information contact

Summitt PTA Meeting to Vote Board In & More – April 1, 6:30pm
A vote will be taken to approve the below nominations on Monday, April 1st, 2019 during the PTA general meeting at 6:30 p.m in the library. All members are invited to attend and vote.  Nominations will also be taken from the floor at that time if there is any other interested party.

Summitt 2019-2020 PTA Board Nomination
The Summitt PTA Nomination Committee nominates the following individuals for the 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board:

  • President: Lisa Fischer
  • Vice President 1 – Fundraising: Lacey Lake
  • Vice President 2 – Services: Heather Roell
  • Treasurer: Kate Carlson
  • Secretary: Editt Law

Principal Coffee on April 4th
Join Principal Friede for Principal Coffee on Thursday, April 4th from 7:45 to 8:30am.  Kristin Ashy, our newly elected Board Trustee, will also be in attendance to speak. Mark it on your April calendar and come join us for coffee and conversation!

CATCH and Fine Arts Family Night
Save the date for our 11th Annual CATCH Family Fun Night on Thursday, April 4th from 5:30-7:00 pm at Summitt Elementary.
CATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health!  Along with the Book Fair and Fine Arts events, we plan to host a variety of activities, information booths and contests for our families to enjoy! The event is absolutely FREE and we will also have drawings for amazing prizes donated by local businesses.
Thank you to Anh Cao and Andrea Pearson for hosting a mindfulness area in our great hallway!  A big thanks to Rita Cooper for organizing an active station with the Anderson HS soccer team outside!  We will also have a DrumFIT area in the cafeteria, a Parent PACER challenge in the gym, an obstacle course outdoors and many wellness vendor booths in the great hallway. If you know of any businesses/groups that would like to host an active area/booth, please contact Michelle Comsudi (  We hope to see you there for a fun- filled family event!

Help fund the Summer Reading Initiative
We still have 80% to go! Please consider placing a few dollars towards this cause to support our kids and prevent the summer slide getting them! Help Fund Summitt’s Reading Initiative by making a small donation: Here is info on Research regarding the summer slide.

Multicultural Night
On Friday April 12th at 6:00 pm, Summitt will be hosting their 3rd Multicultural Night to celebrate the diverse cultures of Summitt.  This event is FREE for the entire family.  There will also be a variety of cultural dishes to sample and fabulous entertainment to watch. Please click on the link if you are interested in participating!

Postcard Love Letters
The second round of Summitt postcards was delivered on Monday. However, we’re still a long way from our goal so please write yours and drop them off in the Great Hall. Anyone can write postcards including students, teachers, moms, dads, grandparents, neighbors, co-workers, etc. You can find your legislators here. Please include your name and address so they know you are a constituent. If you need additional postcards, there are some in the table in the Great Hall or you can print them yourself here. For more information, email Heather Roell Oshman at
Student Delivery! Just Fund It Texas is looking for students to volunteer to sort and deliver postcards on Wednesday, March 20th. For more information, email It’s an easy way to get your student involved in the legislative process.

Apex Fun Run Fun Facts
We raised: $41,412.67 for Summitt through 1,627 pledges with 30,313 laps to total 1,895 miles ran!

PE News

  • 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

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!

Food Services Survey
Take a minute & fill this out with your kid. There is also some good info, you might be surprised to learn.


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.

  • Still looking for help! The front office needs help answering phones and opening the front door on Fridays from 8-9:30 am (approx.). Please talk to Shana (
  • If you have time from 8 am to noon Thursday, March 14, please help escort students to and from classes for group and spring photos. Contact Shana ( if you’re able to help.

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:

PaperPalooza is back! 
New format of one day only: Sat, April 13th from 8:30am-5:30pm.  Take this opportunity to join a professional for focused time to declutter and organize your papers. Follow the link to the FaceBook event and get signed up!  Spots are limited.  Registration closes April 7th.   
Balcones Day Festival
Sat. April 13, 2019: 11 am – 3 pm
Come join Balcones Youth Sports for our annual Spring Festival.  This is our biggest fundraiser for the year.  We will have Carnival Rides, Silent Auction, local vendors, our annual Coaches vs Alumni Game, and more.  Wristbands are available for $20 and can be purchased in our BYS Store. Wristbands provide unlimited access to the carnival rides, and tickets will be available for purchase the day of for games to will Soda’s and Baked Items.  Balcones Youth Sports is located at 3106 Adelphi Lane, with sidewalk access to the ball park.
Are you a local vendor? Promote your business at our event. Purchase your booth at BYS Store and select Balcones Day/Event Sponsor. Contact Amy Noel for more information.
Boys & Girls Summer Soccer Camp
Hosted by Anderson High School Soccer
For students ages 5- 15
Dates & Times: June 3rd– June 7th, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Anderson High School Soccer Fields, 8403 Mesa Drive Austin, TX 78759
What We’ll Provide: Camp Soccer Ball, Camp T-shirt, Snacks
Registration Link

Mulch Time at Anderson High – Order By March 26th
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.

Join your friends at these Milwood Library events
Check out these upcoming Kid Events to help foster reading and learning.
Events/Programs for Children:
    Early Literacy Playgroup     1st Tuesday of each month 11am
    Books and Babies               1st Tuesday of each month 2pm
    Toddler Story Time             every Thursday 10:15am
    Preschool Story Time         every Thursday 11am
    Bow Wow Reading            every Friday 4pm
    Lego Lab                           every  2nd Tuesday 3:30pm
    Chinese Mandarin-English Story Time      3rd Tuesday of each month 3:30pm
    Pajama Story Time        every 4th Tuesday of each month 6pm

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