Newsletter, May 15, 2019

16 May

School Health Team Appreciation This Week

Summitt celebrates its school’s Health Team,Glenda Simmons and ChaKyra Sealie, this week, May 13-17. From tending to cuts and bruises to caring for those with an upset stomach, they do so much for the health and well being of our Summitt campus. Let’s show them our appreciation!

STAAR Testing Dates

May 13 & 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.

Yearbooks are here

The yearbook will be distributed in the after 1pm of Thurs, May 16. We will have less than 15 extra yearbooks to sell for $30 (check or cash only to Summitt PTA) starting on Friday morning at the front office. We cannot hold any yearbooks and will sell them until they are sold out.

Summer Movie Night at Summitt

On Fri, May 17th at 6:30pm, we will be showing “Wreck it Ralph 2” and “Incredibles 2” in the cafeteria and the Great Hall.

A ticket will get you a snack pack with popcorn, a sweet, and a drink.  Bring a blanket or a chair if you’d like. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movies start around 7:00 pm.

Wed thru Fri tickets will be on sale before school in the car line (for exact change or check) and after school outside in front of the school for $5. Tickets at the door will be $6.  You may also purchase tickets by filling out the purchase tab at the bottom of the movie flyer and return it to your child’s teacher along with your check or cash payment.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Koblenz Exchange Program.

Summitt Summer Camps

The last day to register is May 17 and approaching fast. 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.

Outdoor Beautification

Join us Sat., May 18th, at 9am for our final work day of the year. We have just a few more areas to plant and mulch. Please bring shovels, gardening tools, gloves, sunscreen, and water.

Mrs. Fleming’s Retirement Celebration

Mrs. Heather Fleming is retiring and she wants to see all of her current and former students! She’s having a Reunion/Retirement celebration on Sat., May 18, from 4-7pm in the Summitt Cafeteria. There will be class pictures to enjoy, some videos to laugh at, an open mic to share your stories, and some light refreshments. Everyone who has been impacted by her is invited, so bring your family along.

Mark Your Calendars for Spirit Family Night *& Day*: Tues. May 21

Join us for a Family Night (& Day) at Phil’s/Amy’s on 183 on Tues. May 21. You can also go any time between 11am-10pm and it will be counted towards our fundraiser IF you mention Summitt.

IMPORTANT: Supporters must say they are with Summitt Elementary to be counted as a check-in. We must hit 50 check-in’s to activate the cash donation to Summitt.

News From the Librarian, Mrs. Richey

1. Library Books are Due NOW: BUT. . . Parents and students are reminded to take advantage of our virtual library via the student portal or through our online catalog at

2. Book Swap: The Summitt Elementary Library will host the 3rd Annual Summer Book Swap on Wed – Fri, May 22-24

  • What’s a book swap? A Book Swap is free event in which students can bring in a book that they have already read, and swap it for a book from another student.  
  • How do I participate? Any Summitt student, teacher, or parent can bring in up to 5 books any time before, Wed., May 22.  Mrs. Richey will give you a Golden ticket for every book you bring.  Starting, Wed., May 22, Mrs. Richey will call students down to the library to cash in their tickets for a “new-to-you” book.
  • Can I bring ANYTHING? Please bring in reading books only–no sticker, color, or work books–that are in decent condition.  

Soar Into Kinder

Tues, May 28 from 10:00am – 11:30am, Check-in begins at 9:30am

Please register your incoming Kindergartener for Soar Into Kinder hosted by Summitt’s Kinder teachers. The event will give new students a taste of Kindergarten, as students participate in fun events right in the classroom!

A parent information session will be held during this time so that students can become acclimated to Kindergarten, while  parents have time to learn about the campus and what to expect as a Kindergarten family at Summitt Elementary School. At the end of the presentation, students will be escorted by the Kinder teachers to meet their parents, and take a tour around the campus.

To register your family to attend Soar Into Kinder, please email for access to the Google Form.

Join the PTA in helping Summitt & your child

Did you know that an active and engaged family is directly related to student success? Now is your chance to get involved, get connected, benefit your child, and help out Summitt Elementary.  Please review and consider the list of PTA program positions available for the 2019-2020 school year.  For more detailed info about a position, please email the officers overseeing the committees on the above document.

Order School Supplies for next year

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. Your order will arrive in your child’s class for the first day of school. The order deadline is June 30th! To order clickhere! Vietnamese translation is here.

Congrats to Summitt Girl Scouts!

Four of our Summitt Girl Scouts were recognized this weekend by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas for selling over 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this year. Way to go Alice D, Mila O, Charlotte W, and Haley E!

Girls on the Run Community Impact Projects

This spring season, the Girls on the Run elected to complete two Community Impact Projects!  These projects are part of the curriculum every season. In the past, the Summitt Girls on the Run have cleaned up the campus and held bake sales to benefit non-profit organizations such as Caritas and the Austin Humane Society.  This spring, the girls donated books to the Half-Price Books Half-Pint Library book drive and brought in treats for teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. Good job girls!

BOX TOPS is going digital

Thank you to all families who have helped us raise money by collecting Box Tops for our school.  Soon, the physical BOX TOP clips will be replaced by families scanning in their receipts for eligible products into a new mobile app. This is an effort to modernize the process and eliminate the time and expense of collecting, clipping, organizing, and mailing physical BOX TOPS. Look for more detailed information on this big change, including the new mobile app, in June.  In the meantime, please continue to clip and submit any physical BOX TOPS as they will all be accepted until the expiration date.

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.

Mark your calendars for next year:

The District of Innovation Days for the Anderson Vertical Team for the 2019-2020 school year are currently set as follows, which means no school for students:

Davis, Doss, Hill, Pillow, Summitt, and Murchison:

  • September 23
  • October 11
  • January 7
  • February 14


  • October 11
  • January 7
  • February 14

Need photographers for next year

Are you savvy on social media? Do you like taking pictures of your kids (and friends’ kids) at events? The Communications team needs you! We are looking for a team of 2-3 people to take pictures at Summitt events starting next school year. Your duties include attending major Summitt events, posting pictures to our Facebook page and also uploading it to our yearbook site. For questions or more information, email

Need volunteers to update websiteWe need to update information on the Summitt website ( and need a few people to look through it and make those updates. We have a lot of pages with a wealth of information, but some of it is outdated. This is a good project to do over the summer. You do not need to know how to design or build a website in order to do this. We will have people who can make those changes on the site if you let them know what is needed. For questions or more information, email


Got the time?

Many special events take place the last week of school, including Fifth-Grade Science Blowout and Fifth-Grade Promotion Ceremony. Please help the front office with the increase in number of visitors by doing one of the following:

  • If you have time 7:45/8 am next Wednesday, May 22, or next Friday, May 24, please stay to help open the front door for visitors.
  • If you have time first thing on Wednesday, May 22, or Thursday, May 23, please help the front office with the raptor badges so that the line can go more smoothly.

Thanks to everyone who has given their time in small increments to help behind the scenes this year. Many hands make light work. You are appreciated!
Thank you! to
Platinum Balloon Decor for donating the beautiful balloon bouquets for School Health Team Appreciation Week.

AISD and Community Events:The 5 Book Dive Event is here

Sat. May 18 from 9am to 2:30pm at AISD Performing Arts Center

Geared towards readers grades 3-6 but all are welcome.

Details here

The 5 Book Dive is an Austin ISD summer reading program created in 2016 by Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz. The purpose of the program is to encourage all students to read at least five self-selected books over the summer. Summer is a great time for students to relax with a book (or magazine, or comic, or whatever) and experience the pleasure of reading just for fun! And research has shown that reading just five books can protect students from a drop in reading levels known as the “summer slide”, which disproportionately affects lower-income students (Alexander, Entwisle, & Olson, 2007; Kim, 2004).

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.

Sign up for Affordable Swim Classes at Balcones Pool or others

Austin offers swim classes for ALL ages: babies to adult. It’s never too early or late to learn to swim or improve your technique. The Swim Lessons are in 2 week groups of 8 classes on every Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri for 30 minutes and only $57! Then you can stay and practice what you learn before and after! A great way to get your kids swimming! & More info

To Register click HERE & choose the Aquatics box in the first row of pics.

Call 512-974-9330 or email

Financial Aid is available.

City of Austin is hiring lifeguards

A great summer job that teaches you wonderful life skills. Starting pay is $15/hr. Must be 15 years or older. The city needs lifeguards to staff up our pools so please spread the word.  Info on getting started HERE

Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze, Plastic Film and Styrofoam Collection Event

Milwood Neighborhood Association has been  postponed to Saturday, June 8. Sponsored by Karl Hanson and H&H Build and Design. Details HERE. It is free to all current MNA members and others can still participate by making a suggested donation of $10 to Balcones Park. It is a great opportunity to clean out those garages of unwanted items that can’t be placed in the trash bins.

AHS Cheer & Mascot Camp

June 10-13 from 9am-4pm at Anderson High School

Ages: Kinder thru 8th (as of Fall 2019)

Cost: $235

Register online at

Kids will be grouped by grade levels and learn cheers, dance routines, as well as drum-line dances, stunts, mascot techniques and the Trojan Fight song routine. Craft projects and snacks provided too! Camp attendees will be invited to cheer with the Varsity team at a football game this fall!

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.

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

Tuesday May 21, 2019 from 6-7:30pm – 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

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.

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.

More info here or call (512) 451-2242