Newsletter, Oct. 11, 2017

11 Oct

Catfish Parlour tonight
It’s Summitt Family Night! Join other Summitt Families at Catfish Parlour (11910 Research Blvd) on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 5-9 p.m. It’s good for To-go orders too. Catfish Parlour has been a generous supporter of Summitt for many years. Tell them you’re with Summitt and a portion of the sales that night will benefit Summitt PTA.

EAGLE FEST next weekend
Mark your calendars for Summitt’s annual fall carnival fundraiser, Eagle Fest! Join your school on Saturday, October 21 from 3-6pm on the Summitt grounds for exciting games, fabulous prizes, a spooky haunted house, delicious food, and lots of school spirit!

We need everyone to do their part to make this successful. Proceeds from Eagle Fest helps pay for class field trips, teacher appreciation luncheons, teacher supplies, copier paper, and many more.

Tickets on sale for Eagle Fest 2017
Tickets can be purchased online ( and will be delivered to your child’s classroom the week of October 16. Paper order forms went home in Monday Folders. For more information, please visit

Classroom Booth Volunteer Sign Up
Eagle Fest runs on volunteer power! Please sign up here ( to help staff your child’s class booth. We need your help to make this year’s event a success!

Item Donations (prizes and drinks/chips/candy)
Eagle Fest is in need of small, unopened toys from restaurants like McDonalds, Chick Fil’A, Wendy’s, and Arby’s as well as larger “prize booth toys” in new or gently-used condition. A toy donation box has been set in the Great Hall near the Summitt Office.

In addition, every year we ask our wonderful Summitt families to help us out with food and drink donations. We sell the drinks and chips in the Food Court and use the candy, Pringles, and 2 Liter soda bottles as prizes. Signs have been set up along the wall in the Great Hall across from the office showing where to drop off your donations.

Pre-K Families – 12-24 Juice boxes

Kindergarten Families – 12-24 packs of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, or Dr. Pepper

1st Grade Families – 2 liter bottles of soda or 12-24 bottles of water

2nd Grade Families – 12-24 individual snack size bags of chips

3rd Grade Families – Halloween candy, 2lb bag (individually wrapped, no chocolate please; it will melt),

4th Grade Families – Tall cans of Pringles Chips and 2 liter bottles of soda

5th Grade Families – Tall cans of Pringles Chips

Haunted House help
The entire fifth grade class is responsible for the Haunted House at Eagle Fest. The coordinator needs some donations so please help out if you can.

Library News
There’s a lot of news from the library and you can read it all here: Find out which authors are coming to talk to 4th and 5th graders, and find out about the popular Pumpkin Decorating Contest due Oct. 25 in the State of the Library flyer.

Food Service Workers Appreciation Week this week
Please remember our cafeteria staff and all of the work they do for us by saying thank you to them in commemoration of Food Service Workers Appreciation Week, October 9-13!! Also, parents are encouraged to have lunch with their student this week as part of National School Lunch Week.

Bus Driver Appreciation week next week
Bus Driver Appreciation Week is October 16-20. Don’t forget to say “thank you” to your student’s bus driver next week.

Volunteer opportunities
Got the time?…
This section features volunteer opportunities with specific time estimates. Check here each week to see what’s needed. That way, if you “got the time,” you can help out regularly for 5 to 15 minutes, or for a couple hours on a one-time project.

  • —>If you have some time on Tuesday, October 17 from 8-11 AM, please consider escorting students who are getting flu shots to and from their classrooms. If you can help, please e-mail or call 512-414-4258.

  • —>If you can spare 15 minutes after the 7:45 bell, please stay to open the door for late students.

  • —>If you have 60 minutes (more or less) to spare each week, the front office could use your help with: filing, counting flyers for Monday folders, moving student folders into the appropriate grade level, delivering items to students, and completing beginning-of-year items that we have just not gotten around to doing. If you’re able to help, please speak with Shana or Elizabeth in the front office.

  • —>If you’ve planning to have lunch with your child this next week, please consider being a door opener. There are around 40 visitors each day between 10:30 am and 1 pm. That’s a lot of door answering for our front office! You can help the office staff during their busiest time while hanging out with your child. You do not have to sit next to the door or open it up in person. You will be given a phone to answer the front doorbell and then buzz in the visitors. If you’re able to help, please speak with Shana or Elizabeth in the front office.

Become a Summitt Business Sponsor

Do you own or work for a business that might be interested in supporting our school by becoming a Summitt Business Sponsor? It comes with good benefits, neighborhood presence, and is tax deductible. And 100% of the donation goes to our school and our kids! Any leads are appreciated! Just email the PTA at and PTA will follow up with more info or take the lead you provide and approach them directly if you prefer.

Shout out to Custom Mousepads
This year Custom Mousepads sent Summitt Elementary 100 mousepads at no cost to us when they found out about our school’s need for mousepads. You can make your very own custom mousepads on their website!

Grant writer needed
There’s an opportunity to receive a grant for a shade structure at Summitt. If you are interested in writing for this grant, more information is here.

Childcare for Oct. 23 student holiday
Since there will be no school for Summitt students on Monday, Oct. 23, there will be child care available that day. United Family Care Social Services will provide childcare for Summitt students on Oct. 23 from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per child (sibling discounts available). Register at

GT club meeting and news
We will be hosting our first GT Afterschool Club meeting on Monday, Oct. 16 from 3 – 4:30 pm.  We will be playing some ice breakers and brain games, as well as sharing a snack and just some time together. Come join us if you can!

GT news

  • Make sure you are receiving the GT emails. If you are on this list, but wish to be removed, please reply STOP, and I will remove you from the list. If you know of someone who should be on this list, but is not, please have them email me their address.
  • AISD’s new blogspot for all news about GT events.

  • GT services/enrichment for this year. Last year the PTA generously earmarked a lump sum of money to hire a support staff for the library with the intent that I’d have a few more hours to work with GT students. I have hired a woman who has years of volunteer experience in the Summitt and Murchison libraries. Her name is Laura Froelich.  Unfortunately, her paperwork has not been approved by the district just yet– through no fault of her own. In any case… I hope to see her regularly very soon.

Until then, I am in communications with the teachers regarding the best ways to provide services and enrichment for our students. As a campus, we are no longer doing FIT, so I am not currently seeing our GT students as Ms. Neill and I had in the past. I’m hoping that by mid-October we will have some sort of additional services under way. In the meantime, teachers are assessing their students and providing differentiation in the classroom.

I’m sorry if that is frustrating. I appreciate your patience. It is very much a priority for me. Right now, I just do not have all the pieces in place to be able to begin. Thanks for all your support!  As always, please do not  hesitate to contact me with any questions and/or concerns.

Benefits of joining PTA
Did you know that by joining PTA, not only do our students benefit, you can benefit as well. PTA members get discounts at places like Schlitterbahn and Six Flags. Visit the Texas PTA website to find out more!  Every year you need to join to get access to these discounts. Join at Summitt’s online store OR pick up an application in the Great Hall and turn it in at the office.

AISD and Community Events

Young Rembrandts session starts Oct. 25
Encourage your elementary student’s enthusiasm for art and develop their drawing skills with Young Rembrandts. This session’s stellar lessons will include a vibrantly colored, intricately designed lion and an adorable Dalmatian. Our students will learn about the history of mandalas, gain new perspective with our seasonal palm trees lesson, and more. Don’t delay, enroll today! More info here.

Austin ISD Bond information
This video has information regarding the bond election next month.

Information night at Fulmore Middle School

Fulmore Middle School invites the parents of all 5th and 6th grade elementary students to attend a Parent Information Night. We are offering two sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 7th  from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Fulmore Cafeteria

Meet members of the Fulmore community and learn about the Magnet and Dual Language programs and application processes. More information is here.

Austin Child Guidance Center
Austin Child Guidance Center, 810 W. 45th St.,  provides walk-in counseling services on Tuesdays and Fridays. More info is here or more classes on their website –

Girls conference
Saturday, November 4th Anderson is hosting a “We are Girls” Conference sponsored by the Girls Empowerment Network for girls in grades 3-8. This year’s theme is “Become Unstoppable!” Refer to the website for further information:

This appears to be a super event for girls and their parents. Featured speakers are Denise Hamilton, founder of Watch Her Work and IOLA and Lizzie Velasquez, motivational speaker, anti-bullying champion, and author.