Newsletter, March 6, 2019

6 Mar

Summitt Eagle Fun Run on Friday

Our Fun Run was a huge success!  Our profits for this fundraiser are topping over $40,000.  This is fantastic news for all of our campus programs. A huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers, staff, and our fast runners for making this a great experience.

Spring and Class Pictures
Spring and classroom group pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 13 for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 4th and 5th grades and Thursday, March 14 for PPCD, Life Skills, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.  Parents should have received flyers in the Monday folder, March 4, to order these pictures. The classroom group photo flyer will need to be returned with payment ($15.00) on picture day.

The spring picture just needs 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. 

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

A vote will be taken to approve these nominations on April 1st, 2019 during the PTA general meeting at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Math Pentathlon Parent Interest Meeting
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 1st from 5:30- 6:30 pm.

This week is Academic Specialists Appreciation Week ~ March 4 – 8

This week let’s shower our Academic Specialists – Heather Doyle (Left) and Marion Horowitz (Right) – with many “thank yous” for helping our students.  Here are two simple ideas:
 –      Send a note/gift with your child that they give directly to them.
 –      Write a note then drop it off in the box provided in the office OR write an email and send it to We will happily print the message for you and deliver it.

Appreciation Team Meeting Next Thursday
Summitt’s Appreciation Team will meet next 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:

Take the AISD Family Survey – Closes in 2 days
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.

Library News
Our Eager Eagle Readers will be celebrating reading 100 books with an afternoon performance by the Magnificent Magician Black Bert. Parents are welcome to attend. The show will be in the library on, Friday, March 8, at 1:30pm

Postcard Love Letters Needed
We still need your postcards. It’s not too late. The Summitt PTA included two postcards in your student’s Monday folder a few weeks ago. 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, there are some in the table in the Great Hall or 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. Check the paperwork in Monday folders for more information or email Heather Roell Oshman at

Camp Summitt this summer – Save the Dates
Registration is happening soon for our 2 one-week camp sessions being held at Summitt the weeks of June 3 – 7 and June 10 – 14.  Early morning and late day care will be available. Camps for all ages–cooking, art, games, crafts, and more.  Watch for more news on Camp Summitt soon.
Help fund the Summer Reading Initiative
Help Fund Summitt’s Reading Initiative by making a small donation: Here is info on Research regarding the summer slide.

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

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

Pictures for Yearbook & 5th Grader Baby Pictures
We still 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 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.


Thank you! to Platinum Balloon Decor for donating the lovely balloon bouquets for Academic Specialists Week.

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 either Wednesday, March 13, or 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:

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.

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 Tues of each month 11am
    Books and Babies               1st Tues of each month 2pm
    Toddler Story Time             every Thurs 10:15am
    Preschool Story Time         every Thurs 11am
    Bow Wow Reading            every Fri 4pm
    Lego Lab                           every  2nd Tues 3:30pm
    Chinese Mandarin-English Story Time      3rd Tues of each month 3:30pm
    Pajama Story Time        every 4th Tues 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

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: