Oct. 18 Newsletter – Eagle Fest, Red Ribbon Week, No School Oct. 23

18 Oct

Reminder: There is no school on Monday, Oct. 23. It’s a teacher professional development day for Anderson vertical team schools, which includes Summitt Elementary, Murchison Middle, Anderson High Schools. There is no childcare provided at Summitt on Oct. 23.


EAGLE FEST on Saturday!

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

Eagle Fest Booth Volunteer Sign-Up – WIN A TESLA TEST DRIVE
Eagle Fest runs on the willingness of each classroom to staff a booth. We ask every family to volunteer 30 minutes of their time to staff their child’s classroom booth. We’ve made it easy on you this year – all signups will be done on Sign Up Genius (no registration required). Signups are listed first by grade/ then alphabetical by teacher’s last name.

Win a 24-hour TESLA Model S test drive by volunteering! Adult volunteers, ages 25+, will be entered to win a free 24-hour TESLA high performance Model S test drive – one contest entry per 30 minute shift worked (Winner announced in October 25th email newsletter). Sign up to volunteer now! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949a9ad2aa2fe3-eagle2. You can also sign up at the big volunteer poster in the Great Hall. Thank you for volunteering. Eagle Fest cannot be a success without all of you and your support of Summitt!

Item Donations (small prizes and drinks/chips/candy and coolers)
Eagle Fest needs to borrow your coolers. If you have a cooler that you can lend us, please bring them labeled to the Great Hall this week. If you are unable to bring your cooler to the school, contact us at summitteaglefest@gmail.com and we will arrange a pick up.

Don’t forget to bring in your donations – we are most in need of tall Pringles cans (currently on sale at HEB!), 16oz water bottles, and 12 oz canned drinks.

Skip the Line! Buy your Eagle Fest 2017 Tickets Now!
Who wants to wait in line? Save yourself and your family some time and buy your Eagle Fest tickets this week in the Great Hall (mornings 7:10am-7:45am) and afternoons (2:45-3:15pm).

Tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10 for $5.00. That’s only 50 cents a ticket! Approximately 20 tickets will allow a child to play each token-winning game at Eagle Fest once. An additional 20 tickets will allow a child to do every single game/booth/attraction. Hotdogs, cotton candy and popcorn will be available for purchase via tickets. About 20 tickets will feed a family of 4 a hotdog dinner.  (Tickets will still be sold during Eagle Fest at the ticket booth – cash, check, and credit accepted.

In addition, Crush It Cones will be bringing their snow cone truck to cool us down. Please note, Crush It Cones will be cash only. For questions contact the Eagle Fest committee at summitteaglefest@gmail.com

Counselors’ Chronicle
Red Ribbon Week
Our school will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week, October 24-27. We will be helping our students to make a commitment NOT to use drugs or alcohol. Each student will receive a red bracelet to wear for the week that symbolizes their commitment to say no to drugs and alcohol. To help make this week fun, we will be celebrating our commitments with the following dress-up days.

Tuesday 10/24 – Sock It to Drugs – Students wear crazy socks.

Wednesday 10/25 – Wear Orange Day – Students wear anything orange to support National Unity Day. This supports our anti-bullying and No Place for Hate initiatives.

Thursday 10/26 – Team Up Against Drugs Day – Students wear a college or team shirt of any kind (NFL, NBA, soccer, etc).

Friday 10/27 – Wear Red Day – Students wear anything red to show support for saying no to drugs.

Halloween Dress Up Day
This will be on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 and not part of Red Ribbon Week this year. The idea is still as follows: Students dress up as their favorite book character (super hero shirts are good if you don’t want to dress in a costume). NO Masks, props or accessories please for student safety reasons.

Fifth Grade Drug/Alcohol Awareness Program
This Thursday, October 19, the District Attorney’s office will be here to do brief (about 20 minute) drug and alcohol awareness programs for each 5th grade class. If this is something that you are not comfortable with, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know immediately so that we can make other arrangements.

Meals during Oct. 23 student holiday
To ensure all Austin ISD students have access to healthy meals, Food Service will be offering a limited menu for both breakfast and lunch on all District of Innovation Vertical Team Professional Development Days. While school may not be in session on these days, it does not mean that students must miss out on the opportunity to have nutritious meals.

During these no-school days, Summitt students can go to these schools for breakfast and lunch:

Monday, October 23, 2017 at Davis Elementary,  5214 Duval Rd.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Dr.

Friday, February 9, 2018 at Pillow Elementary, 3025 Crosscreek Dr.

On these days, both breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria of the assigned campus just as they would on a regular school day.  Breakfast will be served 7 – 7:30 AM and lunch will be served 11AM – 12:15 PM. While a modified menu will be offered, a minimum of two entree options will be provided for students to select from. Meals will consist of protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk to complete a healthy, balanced meal.

Students will enter their pin pad number and eat off their meal account, just as they would on a school day. Parents may join their child for breakfast or lunch by first checking in at the front office. An adult breakfast is $2.25, and an adult lunch is $3.50. There will not be an adult/monitors available. If your student is to eat at the campus, an adult will need to stay with the student. Healthy meals are important for student growth and development, even when school is not in session. We encourage your family to take advantage of these meals.

T-shirt orders
T-shirt order forms are going home this week. It is not too late to get your 2017-2018 Summitt t-shirt! Limited sizes are available. Do you need an extra shirt for Friday Spirit Day? Maybe a shirt for a friend or family member? Get them while supplies last. It’s $15 each, cash or checks made out to Summitt PTA can be sent with the order form.

Box Tops
Summitt will once again be collecting Box Tops to raise money for the PTA. Each Box Top earns us 10 cents, and last year we earned over $1000 in total! Collection sheets were included in the Monday folder, and extra sheets can be found on the Community Table in the Great Hall.  Please write your child’s name, teacher, and grade level on each form. For each form submitted, students will earn a small prize.

To submit larger amounts of Box Tops, there’s a collection box in the office.  Please don’t attach Bonus Box Tops to submission forms; they should be submitted separately in the office collection box.  We will also have a collection box in the Milwood Neighborhood Library for those who don’t have kids at Summitt, so please tell your friends and neighbors! Thanks for helping!

Library News
There’s a lot of news from the library and you can read it all here: https://www.smore.com/7vqzj-state-of-the-summitt-library. Find out which authors are coming to talk to 4th and 5th graders on Friday, updated news and info on the Birthday Book Club.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest
The Summitt Library annual pumpkin decorating contest is a few short weeks away. Have you started thinking of your winning design? Our theme this year is “Once upon a pumpkin patch. . .” We are encouraging readers to create, carve, paint, collage, or make in any way a pumpkin with any literary theme. Pumpkins can be submitted on Wednesday, October 25, until 3:30 pm. Judging will occur Thursday and Friday, with winners being announced on Tuesday, October 31 during the morning assembly.

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

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 are free between 3 and 4 pm this Friday, October 20, please help organizers move Eagle Fest games and supplies to the Great Hall.

—>If you have an hour or two between 9:30 am and noon this coming Sunday, October 22, please help put away the Eagle Fest games and supplies.

—>If you can help with any of the following, please contact our librarian, Denise Richey (denise.richey@austinisd.org).

If you are available at 9:30 am this coming Friday, October 20, please come take photos or corral students wanting autographs during an author visit.

If you have an hour to spare, please help count ballots after next week’s pumpkin carving/decorating contest.

Here’s one you can do at home!—Help cross out Summitt identification marks on discarded library materials.

Teacher Workroom News
The Summitt PTA has purchased a new laminator for the Teacher Workroom. Because it’s so fancy, a three-minute training is needed before using it. The wonderful office staff can show you the ins and outs of it before you use it.

Childcare for Oct. 23 student holiday update
Due to lack of interest, there will be no childcare at Summitt on the student holiday on Oct. 23.

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 summittsponsors@gmail.com 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.

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

St. David’s Kids Fest/Safety Fair
St. David’s Hospital off Mopac will have a Kids Fest and Safety Fair on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info is here.

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5UimrTV8C4&sns=em

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 – https://www.austinchildguidance.org/

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: https://girlsempowermentnetwork.org/what-we-do/we-are-girls-conference-austin/about-the-event/

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.