Dec. 3 Newsletter – Koblenz Holiday Bazaar, Lucas Miller performance, Food drive, Hour of Code

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Calendar of Events

Friday, Dec. 5 – Koblenz Holiday Bazaar
Monday, Dec. 8 – PTA board meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 9 – No morning assembly
Tuesday, Dec. 9 – 3rd grade musical
Thursday, Dec. 11 – Summitt Family Night at Panda Express
Friday, Dec. 12 – No morning assembly
Friday, Dec. 12 – Kindergarten play
Friday, Dec. 12 – 4th and 5th grade Jingle Bell Jog
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

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Class picture day

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Skate night

Monday, Jan. 19 – holiday, no school

Friday, Jan. 30 – Teacher talent show

Koblenz Holiday Bazaar on Friday

The Koblenz Holiday Bazaar is on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m. There will be vendors selling a variety of products that will make great gifts. There will also be 2 trucks selling yummy treats: SnoLabs and Juice Austin! Find out more information on the flyer here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNT0xSWm9GSThrb09sUTlfdGZuNThnS1FxN3N3/view?usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNT0xSWm9GSThrb09sUTlfdGZuNThnS1FxN3N3/view?usp=sharing ) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2U9EyoinyBNT0xSWm9GSThrb09sUTlfdGZuNThnS1FxN3N3/view?usp=sharing

Second Grade news: performance by Lucas Miller

The “Singing Zoologist” Lucas Miller performs for us Friday, December 5th! Lucas Miller charms kids and adults with his hilarious, fact-filled songs and stories about frogs, dogs, anacondas and more! His award-winning materials are available at special prices so students can extend the learning experiences! Please send in pre-orders on or before the 5th of December to homeroom teachers​. Post- orders are due December 12. For more information, please check out his website at http://www.lucasmiller.net/.

Food Drive

Summitt’s annual food drive will be held next week, Dec. 8-12. Please send non-perishable food items to your child’s homeroom teacher. Food items can be sent in unopened cans, bags, and pouches. The most-needed items include tuna, beans, and vegetables, but any donations will be readily accepted. The homeroom with the most food items will win a cookie celebration!

Hour of Code

Please consider joining your child for an exciting technology event in the Computer Lab at Summitt during the month of December. We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why Summitt Elementary is joining in the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code. Last year, 50 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! Check with your child’s teacher to find out when their class will be coming to the Computer Lab in December. All Kinder – 5th grade students will attend this event.

If you have questions, please email me, Barbara Neill, at barbara.neill@austinisd.org (mailto:barbara.neill@austinisd.org) or stop by the Computer Lab. Also, check my blog for more information at http://summittlab.blogspot.com/ or check our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Summitt-Elementary-School/430864627003576) page. Hope to see you there!

Book Fair update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Book Fair! We had a fantastic turnout! Please remember to shop our online book fair (http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/summittelementaryschool1) by Thursday, Dec 4. It is a great way to get both student and teachers Christmas gifts, and all proceeds help our school!!

Counselors Corner

Thank you to everyone who turned in Attendance Calendars. Congratulations to Ms. Le’s fourth grade. They won with 99.4% attendance. She only had two absences for the entire month. We will have a celebration for her class. Listed below are percentages for everyone who turned in calendars:

Cooper—98.5%

Banovic–94.1%

Pearson–98.8%

Brannies–97.6%

Skalaban–98.4%

Farnsworth–96.3%

Jones–98.3%

Hutka–96.1%

Lamon–97.5%

Cotter–97.0%

Rodriguez–96.3%

Le–99.4%

DaMommio–98.4%

Carstenson–97.8%

Coppola–98.8%

Fleming–97.8%

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 http://www.adl.org/imagine/ 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 kynna@outlook.com (mailto:kynna@outlook.com) and she will arrange to have the points donated to Summitt. http://www.mycokerewards.com/schoolDetails.do?id=1056701940&x=76&y=17

Library News

Dear Parents, the library is in need of your help. There are a number of projects around the library that I would LOVE to begin working on, but rarely have the time due to classes. If you are interested in helping out, please read below for more details on how you can.

Bulletin Board – I would like to change the bulletin board out in December for when we return in January. My idea is to do something about reading, and the new year. It will serve to promote our Bookspring Read-a-Thon. It usually takes about an hour to change out the paper, put up new boarder, and throw a few die cut letters up.

100 Books for Pre-K – We would like to start a reading promotion for PK in January. I need help assembling book bags, reading logs, and parent literature. I’ll have the materials that need to be run off and the books and bags. This can be worked on at home,too. Aiming for a due date of Jan.5.

Signage – I’m looking for someone with some basic design skills to create some signage for our series and book basket sections. I have access to printer and paper, or can budget for some color printing. I have a list of verbage for signs and measurements.

Weeding – We are in desperate need of weeding the collection to fit our newest titles and remove/replace the most loved and worn-out titles. This is an on-going job for anyone who has time to spare over the course of the semester. I have a list of titles and can give basic instructions. You can work on this as much or as little as your schedule allows.​

Summitt students Tomas and Alex Gerlach would like to give a Big Thank You to Summitt’s PTA and all the teachers, parents, and kids that donated books during Book Fair week to their Book Drive for Dell Children’s Hospital. They were able to collect 398 new and used books. These books will hopefully ease some of the burdens kids face while they are ill.

AISD AND COMMUNITY NEWS

Parents Night Out

Make it a Date Night and get some gifts at the Koblenz Bazaar before heading out! Send your children to Night of the Robots with the Anderson High School Robotics Team – Friday, December 5, 6-10 pm. Enjoy a Parents Night Out while your kids (K-6th grade) enjoy an evening of Robots: see VEX & humanoid robots in action, build with LEGOs, have pizza and watch the movie WALL-E. It’s $30/child. Register at https://robotnight.splashthat.com/ or get more info at andersonroboticsinfo@gmail.com (mailto:andersonroboticsinfo@gmail.com) .

Anderson Tech Talks

Ever wonder about how a chemical reactor is kept safe and stable? Or how an oil platform is controlled? Or even how food and pharmaceutical products are produced? It’s Process control and process automation. Learn about PID control, process dynamics, and the challenges of implementing a process automation project at the Anderson High School Robotics Tech Talk, Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm, featuring Vice President and Process Manager Dave Imming with Emerson Process Management. Free and open to all, monthly Tech Talks are held in the Anderson High School Theater, 8403 Mesa Drive, to educate students and the community about opportunities in STEM. For more information, contact: andersonroboticsinfo@gmail.com (mailto:andersonroboticsinfo@gmail.com)

Yes! Youth Fitness Winter Challenge

Participate in Yes! Youth Sports’ Winter Challenge and show your Summitt pride while supporting UCA, a charity that helps local underprivileged children. Children of all ages will play sports games and complete an obstacle course – Sunday, December 14, 1-5 pm, at Yes! Youth Sports, 13530 North Highway 183. Event Cost is $25 online, or $35 at the door. Register athttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-challenge-2014-tickets-14531162097?aff=eorg

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