Newsletter, April 17, 2019

17 Apr

Reminder – No School Friday, April 19th

Librarian Appreciation Week is this week
Please help us acknowledge our amazing Ms. Richey, and her wonderful assistant, Ms. Alvarado.  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 linked 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.
 

Spring Fling Tickets are on Sale NOW

This year’s Spring Fling is on May 4th from 6:30 – 9pm at Norris Conference Center on Anderson Ln. Tickets are now on sale and are available until Friday, April 26. Tickets are $30 per person and include entrance to the event, heavy appetizers, and 1 drink ticket. There are several ways to purchase tickets:

  • Return the bottom portion of the flier (which was in this week’s Monday folders) with cash or check to your child’s teacher.  
  • Go online at summitteagles.org/store.
  • Purchase in the Great Hall before and after school 4/22 – 4/26.  

Volunteers Still Needed

We are still looking for volunteers to help set up and decorate for Spring Fling.  If you have time and are interested in volunteering, email us at springflingdonations@gmail.com.

Can’t make it to Spring Fling? Here are other ways you can contribute:

  • Bid on items from home through our online auction software.  Stay tuned for more information on how to access the auction.
  • Make a general donation to Spring Fling or “Sponsor a Teacher” to the event. Teacher tickets and general donations can be made through the Summitt Store.

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


A Big Welcome to our visiting families from Koblenz, Germany
We’re so excited to welcome our visitors from Koblenz, Germany! They will arrive on Wednesday evening and we will honor them at an assembly on Thursday morning, April 18th. Students and parents from the Schenkendorfschule are here with us for two weeks. Please join us in welcoming them as they explore Austin and the surrounding areas during their stay in Texas.

Math Pentathlon Informational Meeting

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 info check out https://www.mathpentath.org. 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 mpsummitt@gmail.com.
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 not 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 here.

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!!

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

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!  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 (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.

Help with Third Grade Rocket Parts
Third grade is looking for volunteers to help cut rocket fins and shape styrofoam blocks. Work can be done at Summitt or at home. For more info, please contact katherine.beavers@austinisd.org.

PE News: Save the Date

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

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:

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. 

  • If you have time 7:45-8:15 am next Wednesday, April 24, please help open the front door for visitors to attend the Fourth-Grade Talent Show and point them to the front office to get their badges.
  • And again for Field Days: If you have time next Thursday, April 25, or Friday, April 26, please help open the front door and direct visitors to get their badges in the front office. 

Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week

Help Summitt celebrate Elizabeth Flores, Lisa Matuke, and Shana Pokorny next week, April 23-27. These three do so much for our school community—all while answering the constant buzzing at the front door! Stop by to say “thank you,” send a card or note to school, bring a special treat, or help answer the front door. Let’s make next week special for them.

Help Make Teacher Appreciation Week Special for Non-Homeroom Teachers

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”!    

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


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!

Thank you! to Platinum Balloon Decor for donating the lovely balloon bouquets for Librarian Appreciation Week.
 


AISD and Community Events:
Digital Citizenship Guide – FREE to AISD Families & PTAs  Stratfor, a local company with global reach, has created a new Digital Citizenship Guide for students and parents. It’s part of Stratfor’s Cyber Security Basics series.  This 108-page report is written to help provide tools and guidance for parents, teachers, and students about topics such as social media, privacy, cyber-bullying, online gaming, dark web, digital rights and more. Most users have to buy the report. The author is making it available at no cost to the AISD community. To get the report for free, please use this link: https://www.austinisd.org/technology/cyber-safety Scroll down to the two links for Stratfor and it will take you to a landing page. People just need to provide name and email address and it will bring up the report in a new window.  From there, they can download it.  

AISD School Changes 2019

Please join AISD for a conversation regarding potential school changes, which is expected to include program planning, repurposing and consolidations.

Each workshop will include a panel of speakers and then an activity to help us plan for the Austin ISD of the future. The workshops will be:

· April 16 at Bowie High School

· April 17 at Fulmore Middle School

· April 24 at the Alternative Learning Center

· April 25 at Dobie Middle School

All events are from 6 to 8 pm.  There are 2 types of meeting agendas; for more information, please visit www.austinisd.org/schoolchanges.

School Changes 2019 Community Workshops

In an effort to better align resources to meet student needs, AISD is beginning a process of reimagining the use of its facilities. While this process may result in changes such as school consolidations, boundary adjustments, and building repurposing, we are excited about the opportunity to identify and fill program gaps through the expansion and creation of opportunities for all students. Additionally, we look forward to collaborating with local partners to strengthen our communities.

Workshops will feature a panel of AISD staff, community members, planners and developers, who will engage the participants in a dialogue around the challenges and opportunities this process presents. Come gain a better understanding of the “reinvention roadmap” and participate in activities where you can share your ideas of how we can work together to strengthen your school community. 

Community Paper Shredding Day
Saturday, April 27th,  9 to 11am,  Anderson High School Student Parking Lot

Support the Anderson Wrestling Team and have your personal documents SECURELY shredded by Balcones Shred.  Your confidential & old documents will be destroyed onsite. Donations will benefit the AHS Wrestling Team.  See flyer for more info.Band News from our Vertical Team

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.
 Are you thinking of joining band ?You have SO much to look forward to!We are thrilled to have you in our Murchison Matador Band and Anderson Trojan Band feeder system and we want to invite you to our upcoming band carnival ‘Anderson City Limits’ on April 23. This is a fun band festival right here for our bands, featuring student groups on all the instruments, the jazz bands and the dance guard!  If you want to get a taste for what is coming up (scope out your FAVORITE instruments) and enjoy some great live music and food come on out!

Who:  Students from the Murchison and Anderson Band Programs

What:  A ‘band carnival and showcase’

When:  Tuesday, April 23 at Anderson High School Courtyard – performances start at 6pm and go continuously until 8pm

Delicious tacos will be for sale from the Anderson Food Truck and Amazing raffle items are up for grabs!  There is no entry fee – just come enjoy the great music and eat great food!!! If you are interested in purchasing tacos or raffle tickets you can visit us online at http://www.andersontrojanband.com/site-components/products-page/

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.  

Trojan Belles Spring Show

Come enjoy an evening of dance performed by the Anderson High School Trojan Belles and guest performers.  Tickets for Make Believe, this year’s Belles Spring Show, are now available online! The dance production runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 25-27, at 7pm each night, in the Anderson Performing Arts Center (PAC).  Go to www.Trojanbelles.com for the ticket link!  Seats are reserved and tickets are going quickly, so don’t delay!


Camp Braveheart
Families can now apply for 2019’s Camp Brave Heart!  Hospice Austin’s Camp Braveheart is an amazing and free of cost experience for students who have a death loss of a parent. Please help us spread the word. Camp will be Monday, August 5th – Wednesday, August 7th. To go directly to our Camp Brave Heart page or for a link to the application, click here.

Looking for a Two Day a Week Preschool Option for Younger Kids?

Check out Milwood Preschool. they still have a few spots left. Details here.

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

It’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp!  Your player is invited to attend Anderson High School’s Girls Soccer Team coed summer soccer camp the week of June 7th. We teach all levels of girl and boy campers! This is a GREAT way to Support Anderson High School and have a ton of fun!
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, get coached by our coaches (Coach McGough played at UT – hook’em and /Coach Patton at Syracuse) as well as our JV & Varsity players

Registration Link
All for the low price of $150.  Click here for more information. 

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