Newsletter, May 1, 2019

1 May

Summitt Spring Fling This Saturday

The Summitt Spring Fling is just 3 days away! Ticket sales to the event are now closed, but don’t worry if you can’t make it because you can still contribute to our online auction or buy raffle tickets. Start bidding on all Classroom Creations, Teacher Time and Talent, and all other Silent Auction items now by registering at

Bidding is open now and the auction is available to anyone, so please share with your family, friends and neighbors. Our fantastic Classroom Creations are on display online & in the library so come by to check them out before or after school.  Each item has a 3 letter code to use to search on the online auction website. Items can be viewed by category. Directions for texting your bid is on the website. A Buy Now option is also available for some items. If you Buy Now, you can pick up your item in the library after school Friday or it will be kept in the office for pick-up. All other items will be taken to the Spring Fling on Saturday for bidding to continue.
Volunteers Still Needed
We need your help to make Spring Fling a success. There are shifts before or after school this week selling raffle tickets under the front awning by the drive through drop off.  We also need volunteers to help set up from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday at Norris Conference Center and to help at the Spring Fling event. Click here or email us at
Raffle Tickets on Sale NOW
Come by the table under the front awning by the drive through drop off to buy your Spring Fling raffle tickets before or after school until May 3 or at the Spring Fling event. Tickets are $10 each, cash or check only, and you do not have to be present at Spring Fling to win. You can also send money in an envelope to your child’s teacher with your name, phone and the number of tickets that you want. This year’s Spring Fling raffle prizes are:

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

Garden Workday also this Saturday

We have a busy Summitt weekend. Please join the Beautification Committee this Saturday May 4 at 9 am for a workday to install our pollinator gardens. The rain chances are decreasing, and barring lightning or severe weather, we will still be planting. Please bring work gloves, sun block, shovels, yard bags, gardening tools and plenty of water.

Have a middle or high school student who needs volunteer hours?  We can use their help and will have a sign in sheet to email notices of hours worked.

Summitt’s Principal and Assistant Principals Appreciation Week

This week, April 29-May 3, we celebrate our principal, Kelly Friede (center), and our assistant principals, Celines Gauthier (right) and Valerie Sterne (left). Help make their week great by sending a note or card to school, bringing in a special treat, or stopping by the “big tent” with your child to take a silly circus selfie! Let’s come together as a community to make this week special for them!

Teacher Appreciation is Next Week, May 6-10

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please remember our classroom teachers, substitute teachers, special education teachers, foreign language, PPCD, Life Skills, Res/Inclusion, speech, and special area (PE, art, music, technology) teachers for all the hard work they do. Our teachers inspire our students to achieve their greatest potential, and their influence continues long after the students’ days are memories. So stop to say “thank you” in the hall, send a card or note to school to tell them how much they mean to you and your child, or bring a treat to show your appreciation. They all deserve to be recognized for their important role in our school community.

STAAR Testing Dates

Monday, May 13– 3rd and 4th grade STAAR testing, 5th grade retest

Tuesday, May 14 – 3rd and 4th grade STAAR testing, 5th grade retest

Wednesday, May 15 –  5th grade STAAR testing

Thursday, May 16 – retest

** Please note that parents are not allowed on campus during STAAR testing due to confidentiality and security.  Please schedule lunch 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.

News From the Librarian, Mrs. Richey
I wanted to send a quick word of thanks to all the students, staff, and families for all the kindness showered on me in the last few weeks in honor of Librarians’ Week.  I’ve received many handwritten and colored cards, posters, balloons, flowers, lunch, gift cards, socks, scarves, soap, and more! Each and every bit of your love and caring reminds me of how blessed I am to live and work in such a wonderful community.  Thank you so much for all your support.

Also, if you would like to be part of the Guinea Pig Summer 2019 Time Share, click here to sign up for a week with Mouse and Whiskers.

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 clickhere! Vietnamese translation is here.

Help fund the Summer Reading Initiative
We still have 65% 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

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.


Thank you! to Platinum Balloon Decor for donating the amazing balloon bouquets for Principal and Assistant Principals 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.

  • If you have anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour, please stop by the teacher workroom to see what projects need to be completed. Contact Karen Reyna ( with questions.

AISD and Community Events:

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:    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.

 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.

Batteries, Oil, Paint & Antifreeze Collection Event (plus Styrofoam) – Sat. May 11 from 8-10am
Milwood Neighborhood Assoc is offering a Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex) and Antifreeze Collection Event soon! All the things that can’t go in the trash. Find details 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:

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.

Helping Our Children Grow and Develop Workshop

In this workshop, caregivers will learn about standard behavior within the developmental stages from ages five to fourteen. Caregivers will leave with knowledge about challenging behaviors that can arise during each stage and strategies that they can use to help navigate through these challenges.

Click here to register

Tuesday May 21, 2019 from 6-7:30pm

Austin Child Guidance Center

810 W. 45th Street

Austin, TX 78751

Cost: $20 per person

*Free childcare for children over 2. Space is limited, so register quickly to reserve a spot.  

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.

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:

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