Newsletter, April 3, 2019

4 Apr




Book Fair This Week; CATCH Night on Thursday
Stomp on over to Summitt’s library for a “Yabba-dabba-doo” good time! The Summitt Spring Book Fair runs through this Friday, April 5 at noon. Don’t forget CATCH night is Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 – 7 pm. Wear your favorite Sports Team Jerseys and fill out your PASSPORT to enter a raffle for some cool prizes! We have fun events such as DrumFIT, Parent Pacer Challenge, Camp Gladiator Obstacle Course, Anderson HS Soccer Team, Art Make ‘n’ Take, Healthy Info Booths, Book Fair, and Cosmic Kids Yoga! We will also host Team Jersey Day during the school day!

Also, we still need a few volunteers to help on CATCH night and to pack up on Friday. Sign up now to volunteer and make this book fair a Dino-Mite success. Contact Denise Richey (denise.richey@austinisd.org) with any questions.

Please note: If you are interested in shopping the book fair during morning arrival, doors will open close to 7:15 a.m. Please do not proceed to classrooms until morning assembly has dismissed, and please make sure your child is in his or her classroom before the tardy bell at 7:45 a.m.  If you are interested in shopping the book fair during dismissal, please enter the building along with the Kinder parent pick up line at the front entrance after students have dismissed and cleared the hallways. The Book Fair will remain open until 3:30 p.m.

Principal Coffee on Thursday
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.

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.

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.


Multicultural Night next weekOn 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 Drums
7:15 – 7:30 Lion Dance


Beautification Work Day next weekThe 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. 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. If you have questions, email Mary Ann Thomas at Maryannthomas7479@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! https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=105797. 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/


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


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: http://give.livingtree.com/c/summitt-summer-reading-initiative. 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! 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.

Enroll Your Child for 2019-2020 School Year TODAYEnroll 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!

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 no YS. If you select one of those sizes and we run out, we will give you the next size up. Order now online: https://summitteagles.org/store/?model_number=shirt2018


Goodwill:

Librarian Appreciation WeekLibrarian Appreciation Week is next week! However, because of STAAR testing, the Summitt Appreciation Team has decided to push it out a week and will be acknowledging our amazing Ms. Richey, and her wonderful assistant, Ms. Alvarado, the week of April 15th. Be on the look out for more details in next week’s newsletter.


Support Summitt’s Spring Appreciation Weeks
Your donations make appreciation weeks possible! Pick an item from the Amazon Wish List https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2G2Q7VFYZZONF?ref_=wl_share) 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:
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.

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:  HopeTakesFlight2019.wildapricot.org


Murchison Band Instrument Test Drive  for Incoming 6th GradersAttention 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 CampOnline 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 CampAustin 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 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