Newsletter, April 10, 2019

10 Apr

Multicultural Night on Friday 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. 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. The schedule of events is as follows:

6:00 Doors open

6:00 – 6:30 Mariachi Band Serenata

6:30 – 6:45 Student performances

6:45 – 7:00 Polynesian Dance

7:00 -7:15 Taiko Drums7:15 – 7:30 Lion Dance


Beautification Work Day this weekend

The Summitt Beautification team received a Bright Green Futures Grant and now we are putting our plans in motion. We need your help and ask that you join us for a planting day on Saturday April 13th starting at 9 am. (If the weather doesn’t cooperate Saturday, the make-up work day will be Sunday, April 14th at 9am.)  We will be planting native plants in various areas around campus to help our local pollinators. Please bring garden tools, gloves, sunscreen and plenty of water. We’ve got big plans, so please come out and help make our campus beautiful.

Does your high school or middle school student need volunteer hours? We will have a sign up sheet and will email volunteers a record of their hours worked. If you have questions, email Mary Ann Thomas at Maryannthomas7479@gmail.com.

Librarian Appreciation Week is (technically) this week! However, because of STAAR testing, the Summitt Appreciation Team has decided to acknowledge our amazing Ms. Richey, and her wonderful assistant, Ms. Alvarado, next week (the week of April 15th). These hard-working ladies go above and beyond to make Summitt a special place for our students, such as running an outstanding library, organizing Birthday Book Club, facilitating Math Pentathlon, and leading the GT program! Wow!!!

Please help us thank them by having your student write a thank you note, either on the template found here, or one of his/her own making. Send the appreciation card to school next week so your student can hand deliver it to Ms. Richey and/or Ms. Alvarado.

Postcard Love Letters Needed – LAST CALL
Last Call for postcards! We still need many more 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. Deadline to turn your postcards into Summitt is April 15th.

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 information, email Heather Roell Oshman at summittvp2@gmail.com.

What should you write about? There are several Texas PTA Legislative Priorities 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.

The 4th Grade Talent Show Come out on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:15 to see the amazing talents of our awesome 4th Graders. Please sign in at the office and join us in the cafeteria.

FLEX Newsletter:  Foreign Language Experience/Exploratory Program

Did you know that our Summitt students study 5 different languages during their years at Summitt?  Please read the Spring FLEX Newsletter to see what your students are learning in their foreign language classes.  Merci!  

Spring Pictures

The spring pictures came home on Monday, April 1. Parents now 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. Students returning packages/money will receive a responsibility pencil from the teacher. Please return full picture package (do no wish to buy), partial picture purchase or full package purchase (with money enclosed) by Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Order School Supplies for next year

As we finish up this school year, now is a good time to start thinking about getting ready for next school year before you get caught up in all your fun summer activities. Summitt is partnering with 1st Day School Supplies again this year in order to provide the exact supplies next year’s teachers have requested from their school supply lists, all delivered to your child’s classroom in time for the 1st day of school. Save yourself the time of shopping for next year’s school supplies and support our school – each purchase through 1st Day School Supplies includes a donation to the school. The order deadline is June 30th! To order click here! Vietnamese translation is here.

The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship

The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship is now accepting applicants from high school seniors through May 1, 2019. Learn more: http://summitteagles.org/about-us/alumni-scholarship/

Lost and Found is Full Again!

Please take a look in the lost and found for your student’s possessions. There are MANY coats, clothes, 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 Thursday, April 18 will be donated!!
STAAR Testing
STAAR testing will occur on the following days:

  • Tuesday, April 9 – 4th and 5th grade Math and Writing STAAR testing
  • Wednesday, April 10 –  5th grade Reading STAAR testing and 4th grade Writing makeup
  • Thursday, 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 and appointments 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.

PE News: Save the Date

  • Thursday, April 25th – Field Day for K-2
  • Friday, April 26th- Field Day for 3-5

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. Here is info on Research regarding the summer slide.

Summitt Summer Camps – Spots still available
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 (June 3-7 and June 10-14) 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 and to register your child.
Summitt T-Shirts Discounted to $5 each!
Need to a Summitt Shirt to show your support or replace a lost or stained shirt? Then today is your day! Also, adult sizes make great sleep shirts for kids! We have about 80 shirts left in our inventory, with very limited stock in YXS and no YS. If you select one of those sizes and we run out, we will give you the next size up. Order now online


Goodwill:


Food Drive

The Girl Scout Troop 2028 is having a food drive for hungry people. They are doing this to earn another step toward the Philanthropist badge. The troop is trying to collect and donate food to a food pantry.  If you are willing to donate, we would prefer canned items, unopened cereal, bags of fruit, peanut butter jars, and nuts. We are donating the stuff to Covenant church. Every Wednesday the food pantry will open up and let people have food. We are setting up a box in the great hall for donations. The deadline to donate is April 30th.

Thank You,

Troop 2028

Support Summitt’s Spring Appreciation Weeks
Your donations make appreciation weeks possible! Pick an item from the Amazon Wish List and ship directly to: Appreciation Team, Summitt Elementary, 12207 Brigadoon Ln, Austin, TX 78727. Or contribute with ApplePay (512-731-7460), Venmo (@Rhubka), or cash/check (appreciationdays@summitteagles.org). Be sure to include your name on the order so we can say “thank you”!  

Speaking of Shopping on Amazon!  
PLEASE switch to Smile.Amazon.com 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:

Matador Fest Tickets On Sale NOW
Friday, April 12th, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Matador Fest proceeds help to fund classroom supplies, books for the library, special curriculum enhancements, teacher training, direct teacher support and so much more!  You and your students will not want to miss this fun evening on the campus grounds to eat dinner, have fun with friends, and support the Murchison community.  Featured booths: Dunking Booth, Laser Tag, Inflatable Games, Gift Baskets, Bingo, and more!  New this year… The Meltdown!

Booths are 1-2 tickets to participate, Food 2-10 tickets, drinks 1 ticket. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at Will call the night of Matador Fest. Tickets can be purchased at the event as well. Tickets are $1.00 however can be purchased online at discount prior to the event.

Online sales will end midnight Wednesday, April 10th!
Pre-event pricing: $5 for 5 tickets plus 1 bonus (6 total)
$10 for 10 tickets plus 3 bonus (13 total)
$15 for 15 tickets and 4 bonus (19 total)
$20 for 20 tickets and 6 bonus (26 total)http://bit.ly/MatadorFest

Are you able to volunteer or have a teen looking for service hours?  Sign up to help and make this a fantastic event for the community!

We are looking for donations for our bingo and gift baskets.  If you are interested in donating items such as Local Sports Events Tickets, Small Electronics, Sports Equipment, Restaurant / Spa Gift Cards, fun new teen gifts, etc., please reach out to Lauren Ward.
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.

Community Paper Shredding Day
Saturday, April 27th,  9 to 11 am,  Anderson High School Student Parking Lot
Support the Anderson Wrestling Team and have your personal documents SECURELY shredded by Balcones Shred.  Your confidential and old documents will be destroyed onsite.  Donations will benefit the AHS Wrestling Team.  See the here for more information. 

Murchison Band Instrument Test Drive  for Incoming 6th Graders
Attention 5th graders!  Are you interested in joining the Murchison Band? On Saturday May 4, the Murchison Band will be hosting an event to for students and directors will decide together what instrument they will learn in 6th grade. Students will sign-up for a 20-minute time slot with a band director to try the different band instruments. Find the Facebook event Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/314572425923175/

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.  

Looking for a Two Day a Week Preschool Option for Younger Kids?
Check out Milwood Preschool. Details here.

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. https://www.andersontheater.org/

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. More details can be found here:  https://www.sunshinecamps.org/summer-camp/

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 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