Newsletter, April 24, 2019

25 Apr

Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week

Help Summitt celebrate Elizabeth Flores, Lisa Matuke, and Shana Pokorny this week, April 2226. 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 during the lunch hours Let’s make this week special for them. There are posters in the office and at the front door of the school for you to leave a nice note for them!!

Our Field Day theme this year is “Out of this World”!

Come and join us to cheer on our students at this fun event!

  • Grades K-2 Stations on Thursday April 25th: 8:15 am to 11:00 am
  • Grades 3-5 Stations on Friday April 26:  8:30 am-11:00 am

If you wish to come join us for this event, please make sure to first come to the office for a Raptor Badge. If you would like to skip the line on Thursday or Friday, here is a Raptor Badge link to have your badge pre-printed, no later than Wed. at 2pm.

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. Please note tickets will not be sold after 4/26 and can not be purchased at the door. 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.  

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.
  • Don’t forget to buy some raffle tickets.
  • 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.

Raffle Tickets for Sale NOW

Buy your Spring Fling raffle tickets for only $10 each.  You do not have to be present at Spring Fling to win. This year’s Spring Fling raffle prizes are:

  • $250 Uchi/Uchiko Gift Card Donated by Chef Mike Martin
  • 2-night stay at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, breakfast for 4 included

Volunteers Needed

We need your help! To sign up to volunteer with Spring Fling set up/tear down, registration and more, click here.

Need Childcare for Spring Fling??

The Scholar Ship Kids Night Out –  6001 W. Parmer Lane, #390

6-10:30 pm, $20 for the first child and $15 for siblings. For children ages 5-12.

For more information or to register online, click here. Availability is limited, so register soon.

Ashley’s Playhouse – 13343 N Hwy 183, Suite 200

Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. For pricing, more information, and to register, click here.

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 information 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.

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/

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and Hearing Screenings will be held on campus  April 30th and May 1st. They will be screening all of the 1st and 3rd grade classes.  

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 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 information, please contact katherine.beavers@austinisd.org.

Enroll Your Child for 2019-2020 School Year TODAY

If you have not already, please Enroll NOW (scroll down for returning students). Enrolling early helps Summitt prepare accurately for the upcoming school year to minimize having to shift kids and teachers at the last minute. Early registration is also important because you will not be placed on a class list for Meet the Teacher Day until you have online registered.

Summitt T-Shirts – only $5 each

There is 1 Youth L and several Adult XL shirts left. Grab them quick. Order now online


Goodwill:

Summitt’s Principal and Assistant Principals Appreciation Week

We will celebrate our principal, Kelly Friede, and our assistant principals, Celines Gauthier and Valerie Sterne, next week on April 29-May 3. Help make their week great by sending a note or card to school or bringing in a special treat. Let’s come together as a community to make next week special for them!

Thank you! to Platinum Balloon Decor for donating the lovely balloon bouquets for Administrative Professionals Appreciation 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.

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    If you have time tomorrow, Thursday, April 25, or Friday, April 26, during Field Days, please help open the front door and direct visitors to get their badges in the front office.
       
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    If you have any time between 8 am and 2 pm next Tuesday, April 30, or Wednesday, May 1, please assist with escorting first- and third-grade classes to and from vision and hearing screening. Contact Shana (shana.pokorny@austinisd.org) for more information.
       

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


AISD and Community Events:

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 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.

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!

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.

Balcones Day – This Sunday   

Due to rain, the fun at Balcones Youth Sports has been moved to Sunday, April 28 from 1-5 pm.  Come join us for a fun-filled family day! We will have carnival rides, bounuce houses, a Rock Wall and 4G Spin Ride. We have games to win Sodas and Baked Items, Kona Ice, a Donut Eating Contest, local vendors and our Silent Auction.  And if you are an Alumni of BYS, you can’t miss our Annual Alumni vs Coaches baseball game. Use this link to purchase your wristbands now for only $20 for non-food games and rides, with tickets available the day of the event.  Balcones Youth Sports is non-profit youth organization that offers Little League Baseball, competitive Pony Baseball, and Pony Softball.

Milwood Resident Meeting

For all those that live in Milwood NA’s boundary, please join us Wed. April 24 at 7pm at Milwood Baptist Church for a great meetings where we will discuss a number of items with the main being protesting your property taxes. For more info click here.

Anderson Tennis Family Play Day

Are you a tennis player or always wanted to give it a try? In collaboration with the Capital Area Tennis Association, the Anderson Trojan Tennis Team is hosting a free day of tennis activities for all ages. Come meet the team and learn some of the basics or show off your skills hitting with some of our top players. Kids can earn a prize by visiting our fun tennis activity stations. No racquet? No problem! There will be some available to borrow.

When: Saturday, May 4th 1:30-3:30

Where:  Anderson High School Tennis Courts

You will be able to find information about camps and how to get involved in tennis at all levels. Please register here: https://www.austintennis.org/anderson-high-school-tennis-play-day/    There will also  be a collection bin for new or gently used books of all levels to benefit the NJTL Summer Reading Program.

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. Info here.

End of School Bash – Movie in the Park (Save the Date)

On Fri, May 24 come celebrate the end of the school year with a movie in Balcones Park, popcorn and snow cones!!! Come early to play on the park and get your spot. Movie will start at 7:30. Event link HERE. Hosted by Shannon Reeve, Realty Austin.

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.

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

Thursday, April 25th – Field Day for K-2

Friday, April 26th- Field Day for 3-5

Monday, April 29th- Math Pentathlon Parent Interest Meeting,

Saturday, May 4th- Spring Fling

Monday, May 6th- PTA General Meeting,

Thursday, May 9th- Principal Fireside Chat

Monday, May 13th – 15th – STAAR Testing

Friday, May 17th- Koblenz Movie Night