Newsletter, March 27, 2019

28 Mar

Book Fair Next Week

Stomp on over to Summitt’s library for a “Yabba-dabba-doo” good time!The Summitt Spring Book Fair is coming up April 1 through 5. We need a few volunteers to help with setup (this Friday, March 29), work the book fair, and pack up afterwards, as well as provide snacks for the teachers to chomp on while they check out the merchandise during the teacher preview. Sign up now to volunteer and make this book fair a Dino-Mite success.Contact Denise Richey ( with any questions.

Summitt PTA Meeting to Vote 2019-2020 Board & More – April 1, 6:30pm

The Next PTA General Meeting will be on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 6:30.  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

A vote will be taken to approve these nominations during the meeting. 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.  In addition, we’ll have an update on the latest regarding school finance bills in the Texas State Legislature.

Get Your Yearbook Today thru April 1
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.

Pre K and Kinder Orientation is Coming to Summitt Elementary!
This is a registration event for all Pre K and Kinder students for the 2019-2020 school year. This event is formerly known as “Kinder Round Up” where needed paperwork is gathered to complete your child’s paperwork (see details below). Please note there will not be tours or activities at this event. We are excited to welcome our newest Summitt Eagles to the nest!

When: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – This is a “come and go” event!

Where: Front Office, Summitt Elementary School For more details regarding incoming Pre K & Kinder events, click here to join the 2019-2020 Incoming Summitt Eagles Facebook Page

Prior to the April 2nd event, please visit the AISD website at to register your child online. On April 2nd, you will need to bring your Driver’s License, proof of residency (i.e. utilities bill, lease or mortgage agreement, etc.), your child’s immunizations record, your child’s birth certificate and your child’s Social Security card (optional) to the Summitt front office.  We will have staff on hand to make copies of these documents to complete your registration.  Vietnamese Info

Principal Coffee on April 4th
Next Coffee with the Principal is Thursday April 4th at 7:45 am.  Kristin Ashy, our newly elected Board Trustee, will also be in attendance to speak.

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!

Math Pentathlon Parent Interest Meeting – April 29
Mark your calendar for a parent interest meeting.  If your child is interested in participating in Math Pentathlon next year, please join us for an info. session on Mon. April 29th from 5:30- 6:30 pm. 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 info:

Summitt Summer Camps

Thank you so much to all the friends and families who have already visited and registered for a week or two of fun at Camp Summitt!  If you’ve noticed any additions, revisions, or tweaks, our sincerest apologies. As this is our first, of what we hope will be many seasons of Camp Summitt, we ask your pardon. The website is now current and will not be changing again. We are looking forward to a full house and encourage you to spread the word to all of our Summitt families.  We’d love for your students to be a part of the first ever Camp Summitt! Camp will be 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.

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

STAAR Testing
STAAR testing will occur on the following days:

  • Tues., April 9 – 4th and 5th grade Math and Writing STAAR testing
  • Wed., April 10 –  5th grade Reading STAAR testing and 4th grade Writing makeup
  • Thurs., April 11 – All STAAR makeup testing

Please note that parents are not allowed on campus during STAAR testing due to confidentiality and security.  Please schedule lunch with your student on another day. The library will also be closed these days. This is for all grade levels due to testing groups in rooms throughout the campus.
Multicultural Night
Friday April 12th at 6:00 pm, Summitt will be hosting their 3rd Multicultural Night to celebrate the diverse cultures of Summitt.  As of right now, we have 12 different countries and heritages being represented, but we would love to have more! It’s not too late to sign up!  This event is FREE for the entire family. We will have a mariachi band, some Polynesian dancing, and our very own Taiko team and Lion Dance team performing for the event.  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! Please click on the link if you are interested in participating!

Summitt T-Shirts Discounted to $5 each!
Do Mom & Dad or Grandma & Grandpa need a Summitt shirt to show their school pride? Would your student like an extra shirt for classmates to autograph during the last week of school? Need to replace a lost or stained shirt? Then today is your day! Also, adult sizes make great sleep shirts for kids! We have about 100 shirts left in our inventory, with very limited stock in YXS and YS. If you select one of those sizes and we run out, we will give you the next size up. Order now online:

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.

Postcard Love Letters Needed
Yes, we STILL need your postcards to reach our goal. 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 here. Please include your name and address so they know you are a constituent. If you need additional postcards, you can print them yourself here. Postcards can be sent back to school in your student’s folder or can be delivered to the box in the Great Hall. For more info email Heather Roell Oshman at

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 by attending Spring Fling.  To learn more, check out the Spring Fling page or email
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.
Family Survey – squeak in. It is still open.
It’s not too late to complete the family survey for our campus. It is so important that you provide your feedback to help AISD and Summitt continue to grow –


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 anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour, please stop by the teacher workroom to see if there is any photocopying, cutting, laminating, etc., that the teachers need done. Contact Karen Reyna ( with questions.

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:

Milwood Library Children’s Block Party  Saturday, March 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm
 All ages welcome
Come join us at Milwood Library for a Kid’s Block Party with games, face painting, button making, French and Chinese Mandarin storytimes, science exhibits and snacks. Special Events include Elizabeth Kahura’s African Culture, Music and Dance performance and Recycled Reads will have a large scale book sale for all ages during this event.  Event Link:
Address: 12500 Amherst Dr.
Check back here if weather is looking questionable
Milwood Library Special Program: A Civil Discussion This Thurs. March 28th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Milwood Library
The topic will be A House Divided: What Would We Have to Give Up to Get the Political System We Want? This program is the first in a series of discussion programs at multiple library branches. This program’s purpose is to increase communication between individuals and to foster understanding of different viewpoints and experiences. Please take a look at the PDF provided for more information! Event Link:  For more info about the discussion: Click Here

MadScience Club
Mondays, 3-4pm from April 8 to May 13, $99
Grades K thru 5th
Info at: or 512-892-1143

After School Chess Club
Tuesdays, 3-4pm from April 2nd to May 21, $100
Grades 1st thru 5th
Info at: or
Lego STEM Classes (Grades K-2)
Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm from April 3rd to May 15th, $156 Register & Info at
Or contact

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.   

Hope Takes Flight – Community Event

Kick off Autism Awareness Month at Hope Takes Flight, a family friendly event sponsored by William’s Community School.  William’s Community School is located right around the corner from Summitt, on Duval Rd., and primarily serves children with autism.  Hope Takes Flight is going to start with a fun run for kids and parents, and feature live music, food trailers, face painting, a petting zoo, and other kid friendly activities.  All proceeds will benefit William’s Community School, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Where: Q2, 10124 Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin, TX 78729

When: Saturday, April 6:  9:00-3:00

Register for the Event here:

The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship

The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship is now accepting applicants from high school seniors through May 1, 2018. Learn more:
 Trojan Trek Fun Run, May 5, 2-4 PM @ Anderson High School
Join our vertical team schools at the 3rd annual TROJAN TREK fun run. This is a fun, family-friendly, 1 mile run at Anderson High School. Mark your calendars for the event.  

Night of the Robots

The Anderson Robotics team will be hosting another fun Night of the Robots event for children K-5th grade on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 5:30pm.  More details can be found here. Sign-up Here and get a date night while your kids have a wonderful learning experience.

Anderson High School Theater Camp

Online Registration is now open for the Anderson High School Kids Summer Theater Camp, July 15-19, at Anderson High School. The Story Explorer Theater Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day and is open to students who will be in grades 1-8 during the 2019-2020 school year. Early drop off and late pickup is available.
Looking for a Two Day a Week Preschool Option for Younger Kids?
Check out Milwood Preschool. Details here.

Austin Sunshine Camp
Austin Sunshine Camps has provided free fun-filled overnight summer camp programs for the children of the greater Austin  area (Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop counties) since 1928. All summer camp programs are provided free of charge for all campers who meet the 2018-2019 free or reduced school meals income eligibility guidelines. Each camp session brings campers together for five days and four nights of exciting outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, swimming, science, nature, cooking, arts & crafts, ropes course, and team building activities. Transportation to camp is available on the first day only. However, transportation is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, campers are provided three meals and two snacks a day.

Furthermore, by attending Austin Sunshine Camps, campers take home increased self-confidence, leadership abilities, better problem-solving skills, and friendships that last a lifetime. Campers learn to resolve conflicts, value diversity, and to share in the success of the group. Fun becomes the foundation on which courage, self-respect, cooperation, and leadership are built.   More details can be found here:
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

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