Oct. 4 – Koblenz Movie Night, Catfish Parlour, Flu shots

4 Oct

Koblenz Movie Night on Friday

Come join the fun at Summitt Movie Night on Friday, October 6th. We will be showing “Hotel Transylvania 2” and “The Lego Batman Movie” in the cafeteria and the Great Hall. A ticket will get you a snack pack with popcorn, a sweet, and a drink. Bring a blanket or a chair if you’d like. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start around 7 p.m.

The week of Summitt Movie Night: Wednesday through Friday tickets will be on sale before school in the car line (for exact change or check) and after school in the Great Hall for $5. Tickets at the door will be $6. You may also purchase tickets by filling out the purchase tab at the bottom of the movie flyer and return it to your child’s teacher along with your check or cash payment. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Koblenz Exchange Program.

Catfish Parlour next week
Join other Summitt Families at Catfish Parlour (11910 Research Blvd) on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 5-9 p.m. Catfish Parlour has been a generous supporter of Summitt for many years. A portion of the sales that night will benefit Summitt PTA. http://catfishparlour.com/north-austin.html

Flu shots
The 2017-2018 Seasonal Flu Vaccine Consent Forms went home on Monday, October 2.  The flu vaccine will be given on Tuesday, October 17 from 8-11AM. Parent consent forms DO NOT need to be returned if parents wish to opt out of immunizations. All immunizations will be in the form of a shot and will be provided at no cost to students.  Please talk to your student and let them know that they will be receiving a flu shot on that day.

We could use a few parent volunteers to help with getting students to the correct location. If you have some time on Tuesday, October 17 from 8-11 AM please e-mail shana.pokorny@austinisd.org or call 512-414-4258.

Fifth grade news

  • Murchison Middle School & Magnet Presentations: Oct. 30th from 8:30 – 9 a.m. for MMS & 9-10 am for magnet schools

  • 5th Grade Showcase at Murchison: Jan. 16th, 9-11 a.m. (kids will go by bus from Summitt to MMS)

  • Choice Sheet Night at Murchison:  Feb. 6th, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (at MMS)

*MMS is also hosting an IB Parent Night for incoming 6th grade parents who want to know more about the IB program on October 18th from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Tickets on sale now!
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! Tickets can be purchased online (https://summitteagles.org/store/) 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 http://summitteagles.org/events/fall-fest/

Classroom Booth Volunteer Sign Up
Eagle Fest runs on volunteer power! Please sign up here (www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090949A9AD2AA2FE3-eagle2) 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

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 www.cakechildcare.com/ufcsservice

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! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4ba5ac23aaff2-october

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. http://aisdaas.blogspot.com/

  • 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.

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’ve got two hours this Friday (10/6) morning, sign up to help sort students’ artwork to be shipped to Original Works for scanning: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aafac2aa6fb6-summitt1. Contact lisawolf@gmail.com for more info.

  • —>If you’ve got 90 minutes, 60 minutes—even 30 minutes—this Friday (10/6) morning, contactappreciationdays@summitteagles.org to learn how you can help create posters and “thank you” treats for our school’s food servers and lunchroom monitors for Food Service Workers Appreciation Week/National School Lunch Week next week (October 9-12).


Custodian Appreciation Week
Austin ISD proudly recognizes Custodian Appreciation Week, October 2-6. From spotless floors to bathroom cleanliness, Summitt custodial staff work hard to keep our facilities clean and safe. Day in and day out, they arrive early and stay late to make sure that Summitt is a great place to learn, teach and work. They are a crucial part of our family. The next time you see Veronica Garcia de Buentello, Maite Escobar, Cecilia Quintanilla and Maria Torres on campus, let them know how much you appreciate their hard work!!!

Food Service Workers Appreciation Week next 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!!

Classes Still Need Homeroom Parents
Please consider being a homeroom parent for one of the following classes. The coordinator provides you with a packet of tips and recommendations, as well as example emails and flyers that you can use. Please contact homeroomcoord@summitteagles.org if you would like to help.

  • Pre-K: Wilson

  • Kinder: Dusek

  • First: Tran

  • Third: Frank

  • Fifth: Le


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.

Birthday Book Club sign-up going on NOW!

You are invited to join the Summitt Elementary Birthday Book Club!

What: Celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book in your child’s name to the Summitt Elementary Library.

  • Students are recognized over the PA system on the Monday of their birthday or half birthday week.

  • A special bookplate is put inside the front cover of the book.

  • Your child will be the first person to check it out!

Why: Your donation is very special to your child and is very appreciated.

  • Students feel that they have ownership in their school library.

  • Your donation is a source of supplemental funding for our library program.

  • Your donation will be used to continue the development of our library collection so that it is current and reflective of our students’ interests.

Where: Please make your selection from the Librarian’s selection of new literature or recent non-fiction found in the library.

  • Prevents unnecessary duplication of titles.

  • Provides a book that has library binding and will last longer.

  • Assures that the book is a choice that the library really wants and need.

Cost: Only $10.  Please make checks payable to Summitt Elementary.

How: Come by the library now until November 10 or fill out the form electronically and I can choose a book for your child. Our enrollment period for this years’ birthday book club will be from now through November 10th. This is for all birthdays during the school year and during the summer. Summer birthday books will be presented on the child’s half birthday (ie- June 4th = Dec. 4) so students still have time to check out the book and enjoy it.

  • Come to the library from now until Friday, November 10.

  • Make your choice from the Librarian’s selection of birthday books.

  • Fill out the Birthday Book Club donation form at https://goo.gl/forms/Xj44EkvFKYHtvClc2

  • Give the book and the payment to Mrs. Richey

AISD and Community Events

Elementary Night Volleyball game
Come out to Elementary Night at Murchison Middle School’s volleyball game! Murchison Matadors volleyball team will play on Thursday, Oct. 5 at the middle school. The first game begins at 6 p.m. and the second game should start around 7 p.m. so come and go as you please. It’s only $3 admission for adults and all elementary students are FREE! For more info, contact lori.hutson@austinisd.org

Questions about AISD water testing? 
The FAQs and letter regarding the water testing is now online. It includes a link to the PDF of results for each facility. Summitt’s results are on page 112. https://www.austinisd.org/announcements/more-information-water-testing-results-facility-faqs.

Parents Night Out on Friday
Anderson HS Robotics is offering a Parents Night Out – NIGHT of the ROBOTS, Friday, October 6th, 5:30-9 pm, at Anderson HS. Enjoy a Parents Night Out, while your kids (K-5th) enjoy an evening of fun and all things robots. For more information go to: https://nightoftherobotsoctober2017.splashthat.com/

Before and After-school care
Children’s Courtyard offers before and after- school care for students. More information about the program is here: https://www.childrenscourtyard.com/educational-programs/before-and-after-school-care/

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.