Newsletter – Dec. 6, 2017

6 Dec

Holiday Market on Friday
More than 25 vendors will be at the seventh annual “Holiday Market” craft and vendor event on Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-9 p.m. Many vendors are/were Summitt families, so this is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for the holidays and support local artists and businesses. There will be handmade crafts, jewelry, peanut brittle, bath bombs, cookies, pet gifts, and many more! We will also have a Silent Auction! All proceeds benefit the Summitt-Koblenz Exchange program. For more information please contact:

Chick-Fil-A Family Night next week
Summitt Family Night at Chick-fil-A is on Wednesday, December 13th, 5-9 pm, at the Parmer and Mopac location. Come out and have a meal with your friends and support the Summitt PTA. Make sure to tell your server that you’re with Summitt and a portion of the sales will go back to serving our school. Valid for dine in or drive through.

Original Works Product Deliveries
* For orders made by November 20th, your student’s products will arrive at Summitt on Friday December 8th and will be sent home with your child by Monday, December 11th.

* For orders made between November 21 and December 3, your student’s products will arrive at Summitt on Monday, December 18th and will be sent home by Tuesday, December 19th (the last day of school before Winter Break).

Math Pentathlon parent interest meeting
Math Pentathlon Parent Interest Meeting is Monday January 8 at 6:30pm, Summitt Library. The Summitt PTA is proud to announce the creation of an extracurricular Math Pentathlon Club at Summitt Elementary. The Math Pentathlon program teaches interactive problem solving games to students in grades K-5. Our Math Pentathlon club will be entirely parent-run and will operate as a co-op (every participating student must have a parent willing to actively volunteer). We will be holding an informational meeting for parents only (we will not have childcare or activities for kids) on January 8 at 6:30pm in the Summitt Library. Information about the program will be given out, volunteer responsibilities will be discussed, and a club meeting day/time will be determined. For more information about Math Pentathlon, visit

Jingle Bell Jog results

Congratulations to the Top Finishers of our 11th Annual Summitt Jingle Bell Jog on Friday. We had some fantastic times for this 1-mile course. Super proud of the 4th and 5th grade students who all finished the race!! Thanks to all 4th and 5th grade teachers who came out and supported their kids! Awesome job, Mrs. Romer and Ms. Phillips who ran along with the students! Thank you to Mrs. Harris, Mr. Jones, Ms. Frazier, Mrs. Cardosa and Mrs. Spence for helping out with both races! And a big thanks to the classes who came outside to cheer and to all of the parents who helped us mark hands and hold up the finish line 🙂 Y’all rock!

5th Grade Girls
1) Aivy Whitworth – 7:26
2) Emily Harvey – 7:55
3) Stella Christie – 8:26

5th Grade Boys
1) Cooper Mills – 6:54
2) Noah Clawson – 6:55
3) Luis Marquez – 7:10


4th Grade Girls
1) Harper Benko-8:30
2) Audrey Silva- 8:38
3) Anna Browning-8:39

4th Grade Boys
1) Jude Muniz-7:38
2) Caden Dean-7:41
3) Sammy Muerer- 8:08
Cameron Greene

Technology Update: Hour of Code
Parents, please consider joining your child for an exciting technology event in the Computer Lab at Summitt. We will be participating in our 5th Annual Hour of Code. This is a very fun event! No coding experience needed. We all learn together. We live in a world surrounded by technology. 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 our students are studying computer science. That’s why Summitt Elementary is joining in the largest learning event in history- The Hour of Code.

All Kinder – 5th grade students will attend this event during their regular Lab lesson time. Pre K will have devices to use in their classroom to participate. If you have questions, please email me at or stop by the Computer Lab. This event starts this week, Nov. 28th and will run through Dec. Hope to see you there! -Mrs. Neill

Tours at Summitt
For those who may be new to the area or considering school choices, Summitt will be offering school tours on the 1st Thursday and the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9 am and 1 pm.Please contact Shana Pokorny (512) 414-4484, in the office if you need more information.

Spring Fling Save the Date and Update
This year’s Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Red Oak Ballroom on Anderson Lane. Spring Fling is Summitt’s adult only silent auction fundraiser, so please put it on your calendar and start booking your babysitters for a fun parents’ night out with your Summitt friends. Planning for Spring Fling is gearing up and we need your help. We are looking for volunteers for the following committees:

+Donation Request Committee (Beginning in Jan) – solicit donations from businesses and restaurants using provided leads (much of this can be done online and via email and many of them are asking repeat donors to match their previous donations.)

+ Event Committee – help with decorations, set up, raffle tickets, coordinating with chair for other event related needs

Interested in getting involved? Want to know more? Email for more info.

Yearbook help
If you are interested in working on the yearbook, please email We need volunteers to file pictures, help layout pages, etc. This can all be done on your personal computer.

GT News
We are looking forward to our 3rd meeting this year to be held, Monday, December 11, in the library from 3:05-4:30 pm. We will break up into mixed age teams to be play Jeopardy as well as have a holiday book exchange. Please bring a new or gently used book (one you loved or would recommend) wrapped –’cause it’s fun to unwrap gifts! Light snacks will be served. Sign up so we can plan accordingly. Thank you!

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 available to help with check-ins from 8:30 to 9 am on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, please contact our librarian, Denise Richey (

  • If you or someone you know has time any day through December 19 to discuss with our technology classes the importance of learning to code and studying Computer Science, please contact our technology teacher, Barbara Neill ( You do not have to be a programmer. You may choose to do a 5-minute presentation to the class, or just talk about job ideas and the need to understand our changing technological world. You can come during your child’s lab time or another day/time that is convenient for you.


Third Grade Still Needs Pringles Cans!
The third grade still needs clean, dry Pringles cans (with lids). Please drop them off in a labeled container in the Great Hall. Thank you!

AISD and Community Events

Parent Education Series at Murchison on Thursday
The topic is Talking  With Our Kids About Diversity and Equity on Thursday, Dec. 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Murchison Cafeteria. Connect with other parents and learn how we can communicate, listen, and learn about diversity and equity. Learn how we can help our kids do better today and help them understand the messages they are receiving.  Dr. Richard Reddick and Ms. Khotan Shahbazi-Harmon will be sharing information to help parents make sense of today’s environment and facilitating a dialog building upon our close-knit community. Both participated in Mayor Adler’s  Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities led by Dr. Paul Cruz and Dr. Collette Pierce Burnette.

Coats for Kids on Saturday
The 2017 Coats for Kids Distribution Day is Saturday, December 9, from 8 am- 3 pm at Palmer Events Center.  For more information, please go to this link:

Anderson Belles Dance Clinic
The holiday season can be busy! REGISTER NOW for our Jingle Belles Mom’s Day Out Clinic on Saturday, December 9th. Register by Dec. 7 to get the best rate! Drop off your K-5th grade kids to spend a day of fun with the Trojan Belles. We will have tons of fun with holiday-themed activities for your little ones such as dancing, arts & crafts and more!​ More info here:

One-day STEAM program during winter break
NuMinds Enrichment is offering a 1-day STEAM program on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 9 am-3:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Church, 3838 Steck. We’ll engineer with edibles, crack Christmas physics, and create skits to unlock the season’s secrets. We’ll tessellate and illuminate the holidays with new insights and become Santa’s problem solvers in chief. Register at:; $55 – REGISTER BEFORE DEC 16TH!

Fulmore Middle School news
Fulmore Middle School invites all of your families to attend our school showcase, the Evening of Wonder on January 9th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join us in the Fulmore Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. for opening greetings then enjoy visiting classes, talking with families, and experiencing tours and performances on our campus from 5:50-7:30 p.m. The entire family is invited and we hope to see you!

We also want to remind all students applying to the Fulmore Magnet Program that Shadowing Applications are due December 15th at 4:30 pm. The shadow form is in our Magnet Application which is on our website. We ask that families apply to the magnet program in order to shadow. Families will receive notice regarding their shadow date the first week of January. Shadowing is a high interest opportunity, so spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please call Ms. Rodriguez, the Magnet Administrative Assistant at 512-841-4916 with any questions.

Save the Dates: upcoming family friendly races
Jingle Bell 5K benefiting MADD on Sunday, December 10th @ The Domain

Cap 10K discount
Join the Cap10K School Challenge and register with the Summitt Eagles! The race takes place on Sunday, April 8th in Downtown Austin! The link below has more information. There is a discount for school staff members! Just click on School Challenge, choose School Member, and make sure to choose Summitt Eagles as your team and register with your school email!

For parents and families, make sure you choose Summitt Eagles when asked if you are part of a team!Come out and run or walk and get active with your family! Hope to see you there!

MathLeague competition, the largest network of local and state math competitions at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the country, is teaming up with the Church of Christ in Hyde Park to conduct an elementary competition for third through sixth graders from 8 am to approximately 1 pm on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Church of Christ in Hyde Park, Austin, TX. Last year, over 20,000 students participated in these contests, and they had a great time doing math problems and meeting their peers from other schools. The contests also provide an excellent opportunity for coaches from the various schools to discuss strategies and teaching techniques. Over 250 schools in the Austin area have been invited. More information is at