Dec. 17 Newsletter – Lost and Found, pictures for yearbook, food drive update

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, Dec. 18 – No morning assembly
Dec. 19, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015 – Winter Break, no school

Monday, Jan. 5 – Winter break ends, classes resume

Saturday, Jan. 10 – Goodwill truck at Summitt (tentative)

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Class picture day

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Skate night

Monday, Jan. 19 – holiday, no school

Friday, Jan. 30 – Teacher talent show

Summitt office announcements
Reminder: Last day of class for students is Thursday, December 18, normal release time. Classes resume for everyone (students and teachers) Monday, January 5, 2015.

LOST AND FOUND: Please check the lost and found, located just inside the front doors (to the right), in the music hallway. We have accumulated a large number of coats, jackets, scarves, gloves and clothes.

Yearbook pictures
We are now accepting pictures for the 2014-2015 Summitt Yearbook. Please send photos of class parties, scout group pictures, and other event pictures to ( . Please indicate the event and class or group for each picture. Please send only pictures where the people pictured have agreed to the publication of the picture.

Food Drive update
Thank you, Summitt Community, for a very successful 2014 Food Drive! Fifth graders advocated this worthy event with posters, announcements, and class speeches. This year, the food items counted by fifth graders totaled at 1,562, exceeding last year’s count of 1,485. The donations will be taken to the Food Pantry, found on the west side of the church at 4410 Duval Road. People in need may receive food at this location every Wednesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The homeroom that brought in the most items was Ms. Willett’s and is the winner of the cookie celebration!

Counselors Corner
A big thank you to all the families who participated in the “Season of Giving.” We had a wonderful response and were able to make the holiday season for many families a lot brighter. Thank you for joining in Summitt’s holiday outreach.

Summitt students advance in Lego League
Congratulations to The Lego Lizards on their success at the First Lego League qualifying event held at Hill Country Middle School last weekend. The team earned a ticket to the Central Texas FLL Invitational this March and were given The Research Award for their presentation on clean drinking water. They were judged on their robotics skills, teamwork, inspiration, and group project. The team of 5th graders have been representing Summitt Elementary at Jr. FLL and FLL events since they were in 1st grade. The Lego Lizards are Mine Ulker, Brady Stovall, Rebecca George, Cyrus Deeds, Cailin Cifra, Sophia Chau, and Blake Anderton. If you are interested in forming a FLL team or learning more about the program please visit

Jingle Bell Jog winners
Congrats to all of our 4th and 5th graders for running the mile-long Jingle Bell Jog on Friday! Thanks to the Special Area teachers, Ryan Lanier, the Kreitlers and the Fonken family for helping out during the race! Also, a big thanks to Heather Fleming and Kim Coppola for making the fantastic toilet paper finish line and Tracy Tran’s 1st grade class for coming out to cheer on the runners!! So proud of all of our students! Here are the top finishers!

5th girls
1st-Ellie Skalaban
2nd-Janka Rutkovsky
3rd-Kara Moy

5th boys
1st-Will Fonken
2nd- Cogan McBride
3rd-Jakob Simpson

4th Girls
1st-Leti Paez
2nd-Ashlyn Gall
3rd-Elizabeth Cimics, Brooklyn Meacham

4th Boys
1st-Preston Meyers
2nd-Daniel Vela
3rd-Dillon Lanier, Marcellus Wright

Teacher workroom volunteers
The teacher workroom needs more volunteers. The teachers need help making copies, laminating and various other jobs. If you have some spare time during the week to help out our hardworking teachers, please contact ( to see how you can get involved.

No Place for Hate activity
Students are invited to participate in an art project where they Visualize a World Without Hate. The art will be displayed beginning January 19, 2015, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to launch No Name Calling Week, a No Place For Hate activity. Please go to to see the video from the Anti-Defamation League that sparked this activity.

Read to Succeed
Fourth & 5th Graders can earn free tickets to Six Flags Fiesta Texas by reading over the holiday break. Only 6 hours of non-required (not for teacher-assigned reading logs) reading before January 9, 2015, earns a ticket! Have your child pick up a reading log from Mrs. Richey in the Library or their language arts teacher for details.

Coke Rewards codes
Please remember Summitt after your family gatherings! Those numbers you see in the caps and boxes of Coca Cola products can be turned into items the school can use. Donations of points found in Coke, Sprite, Fanta PowerAde, Nestea, Minute Maid and more through the My Coke Rewards Program have already earned gator balls, a stereo, a flip camera, and other stuff for the school. The more codes we get the more useful the items we can order! If you have caps/codes but don’t have enough points to bother with an account, contact Kynna Sullivan at ( and she will arrange to have the points donated to Summitt.


Baseball registration
Only a few days left to take advantage of early-bird registration discount for Spring Ball! Get your $10 early bird discount by registering online at by 12/31/14! Sibling discounts are applicable during the early bird registration period. The fee includes costs for player shirts and hats. The Spring Season is a more competitive season and teams will have 12-17 games, two practices per week and older kids will inter-league. There are several special events during the Spring Season including: Opening Day, Team Photos Day, Balcones Day & MLB’s PHR (Pitch Hit & Run Competition). We will have a free skills clinic prior to the season opener, there will also be special preseason meetings for parents: Parent Rep (team Mom’s or Dad’s), Scorekeeping Clinic, Umpiring Clinic, Coaches Clinic (dates to be announced).

Make plans to play ball at Balcones Youth Sports! BYS participates in the Post Season District 11 Tournament in June and July aka City and State All-Star tournaments (additional player entry fees apply). These exciting tournaments have prerequisites to qualify to participate: the player must have played with a chartered Little League Team prior to the post-season tournament, live within the LL boundaries and have proof of age, residency. BYS’s 11-12 year old team has won the City Tournament two years in a row and our other divisions have advanced to the semi-finals in most other divisions played. We’d like to encourage you to sign up early and get ready to play ball next Spring! For Softball, there are post-season tournaments, last Spring our Pony team advanced to sectionals and the Mustang team placed 8th in Central Texas! For more information, see our FAQs pages for Little League Baseball ( or Softball.

Free NAMI Basics Program
NAMI Austin, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Basics Education Program for Free on Wednesdays, January 14 – February 18 and February 4 – March 11. Each 6 week session is held from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13. More information is found on this flyer ( . Registration is required and can be found here ( .

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