Newsletter, May 22, 2019

22 May

This will be the last newsletter of the 2018-2019 school year, since Friday, May 24 is the last school day.  

Please look for occasional special editions of our Newsletter this summer as we share important information about next year. You can also keep up with us via Facebook and Twitter.

Make sure you also add Summitt’s Google Calendar so you will be aware of dates as they are added for 2019-2020, like Tues. Aug. 20: the First Day of the next school year. We wish all Summitt families a safe, fun, and healthy summer.

Don’t forget to read on!

5th Grade Graduation at 8am

5th Grade Graduation will begin at 8am on Thurs, May 23.  Register today by 3pm to get a badge pre-printed and speed up your check-in for 5th Grade Graduation!

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. The event will give new students a taste of Kindergarten, as students participate in fun events right in the classroom!  

A parent info 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. At the end of the presentation, students will be escorted by the Kinder teachers to 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.

The New Edition of The Summitt Good News…paper

Click here to read. A great way to learn more about the programming our school provides in the various grade levels from our very own students.

Free Summer Meals provided by AISD

The Austin School District provides FREE summer breakfast and lunch to children at a number of schools around the district.  There is no ID or application required!! See the link here for details or simply call 211 to find a school near you.

Join the PTA in helping Summitt & your child

Did you know that an active and engaged family is directly related to student success? Please help Summitt by getting involved and getting connected to benefit your child.  Please review and consider the list of PTA program positions available for the 2019-2020.  For more info, simply email the officer overseeing the position.

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 click here! Vietnamese translation is here.

Lost and Found

Please take a look in the lost and found for your student’s possessions. It is full of coats, clothing, 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 Friday May 24 will be donated.

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. Detailed info to come over the summer.  In the meantime, please continue to clip and submit any physical BOX TOPS as they will all be accepted until the expiration date.

Online Registration Reminder for ALL 2019-2020 Students

ALL Returning Students MUST Register for the next school year. If you have not already, please Enroll NOW (scroll down for returning students). THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Enrolling early helps Summitt prepare accurately for the upcoming school year to minimize having to shift kids and teachers at the last minute. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Flores, Summitt Registrar, at 512-414-4484. Or contact Melissa Seaton, Murchison Registrar, at 512- 414-4524. Please note that they are unable to place your child in a class until you have registered them!

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

School Changes

You may have recently received an email from AISD sharing some information regarding a regional planning map.  This map is not suppose to reflect any changes to our feeder pattern to Murchison Middle School or Anderson High School for the 2019-2020 school year.  The map divides AISD into five regions that stretch east to west and will allow the district to consider opportunities when enhancing our academic programming.  The regions will be used during the School Changes Process as the district determines whether schools may receive new programming or may need to be repurposed or consolidated.  This video provides more info – School Changes Process.

Please consider getting involved through the below options in this process:

  • If you are interested in serving as a voice for our community, you can sign up for one of AISD’s “think tanks,” through this link.
  • Attend a meeting at one of these locations/dates – click here
  • Follow Kristin Ashy, who is our Austin ISD District Four Trustee

Dress Code Survey

Please access the Dress Code Policy Revision Survey link to provide your input to Austin ISD’s Dress Code working group who will be reviewing the dress code policies.  


Got the time?

  • If you have time first thing tomorrow, Thurs, May 23, please help the front office with the Raptor badges so that the line for visitors to the Fifth-Grade Celebration can go more smoothly.
  • If you have time after the morning bell this Fri, May 24, please stay to help open the front door for visitors on the last day of school.
  • If you have time Thurs or Fri, please help Mrs. Richey shelve books.

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 more info, email

Need volunteers to update website

We need to update info on the Summitt website ( and need a few people to look through it and suggest the updates. We have a lot of pages with a wealth of info, 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. We will have people who can make those changes on the site if you let them know what is needed. For info, email

Searching for Appreciation Team Sponsors…

Have you noticed the shout outs in the newsletter to Platinum Balloon Decor? Your business could be mentioned next school year! We’re looking for anything that will brighten the day for our hardworking staff: giftcards (either as a gift for the staff/teachers or for the Appreciation Team to use to purchase items), flowers/plants, decor, food/drinks, trinkets, supplies, poster printing, etc. If you own or work for a business that is interested in supplying a specific appreciation week (or a whole semester—or an entire school year!), please reach out to the Summitt Appreciation Team (

…and Appreciation Team Members

The Appreciation Team is looking for people to plan fun themes for appreciation weeks, create posters, decorate, put together goody bags/baskets, and streamline the “process of appreciation.” Whether you’re someone who loves any excuse to look at Pinterest, a person who has an eye for decorating, or someone who can make processes more efficient, we would love to have you! Please reach out:

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:

End of School Bash – Movie in the Park

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.

Family Fun Nights at Milwood Baptist Church

This Sat. May 25th from 6-8pm. All are welcome to join as we kick off Summer right with KONA ICE, kickball, inflatables, and free food. Milwood Baptist Church will be hosting several Family Fun Nights over the Summer for you to enjoy close by and in the neighborhood. Then mark your calendars for the next Family Fun Nights on July 20 & Aug 10. Details can be found here

Join the Buy One Get One Book Fair at Murchison this week

This week, the Matador Library is holding its IB Community Service Project by holding a Buy One Give One book fair that benefits Buford the Book Bus.

  • Students who purchase books give a book to the Bus
  • Teachers who purchase books give a book to their classroom or to the Bus. This would include Librarians, too!
  • All non-book items are also BOGO, but can be kept by the purchaser.

Feel free to stop by, we’re open from 8am – 5pm (however, I am here by 7:15 if that works better, just let me know to expect you).

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

On Sat. June 8, Milwood Neighborhood Association will be hosting a BOPA Collection Event.  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.

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

Friday, May 24 – Last Day of School!

Tuesday, August 20 – First Day of the 2020-2021 school year