Newsletter, Sept. 12, 2018

12 Sep

Back to School Night tonight

Teachers have prepared engaging presentations, and they are anxious to share their expectations and goals for our Summitt students at Back to School Night tonight. While we love our students dearly, we would like this evening to remain an “adult only” presentation. This will help ensure focus and minimal distractions for all who attend. Please do not leave children on the playground during the evening, as this area will not be supervised. Teachers will begin scheduling individual parent conferences beginning in October.

5:30- 6:30 p.m. – Pre K, Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grade classrooms

6:45- 7:45 p.m. – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Classrooms

Doors will open at 5:20 p.m. for the first round of presentations. Parents should proceed directly to classrooms for their respective presentations.  An announcement will be made when the time has come to transition, and another announcement will be made to signal the end of our evening.

There will a Volunteer Deputy Registrar available during Back to School Night, in the Great Hall. You can register to vote or update your voter information. The last day to register to vote for the upcoming November elections is October 9.

Coffee with the Principal
Coffee with the Principal will take place on Monday, Sept 17th at 7:45 am in the library. Food and coffee will be provided. Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts for your generous donation!

Picture Day next week
Picture Day for Summitt Elementary School is Tuesday, September 18. These are the pictures that will be in the yearbook. Online ordering is easy! Parents can order online at using your school’s unique order code. The unique order code for Summitt Elementary School is 29024BF.

WatchDOGS meeting next week
Attention all Fathers & Father Figures of Summitt students! Want to be your child’s Hallway Hero for the day? Sign up for the WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). Spend a day at Summitt – patrol the hallways, help out in the classrooms, visit the playground, and more!

Want to know more? Join us at the Annual Dads & Kids Pizza Night on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m in the cafeteria. Enjoy FREE pizza & lemonade with your child, learn more about the WatchDOGS, & sign up for your day! All Summitt students & their fathers/father-figures are invited. Check next week’s Monday Folder for an invitation & return the RSVP section by Friday, Sept. 14. Have questions? Email See you there!

Counselor’s Chronicle
Thank you for the tremendous response to Career Talk. We just need a few more spots and we will have enough guests for the year! Summitt is looking for volunteers who would be willing to do a 5-10 minute presentation about their career during morning assembly time. We would like to have career talk Tuesdays once or twice a month to expose all of our eagles to some of the many possibilities that exist. If you would be willing to come to morning assembly one Tuesday morning for 5 minutes or so and present, please email Courtney Cardosa at

Math Pentathlon
Math Pentathlon at Summitt is a volunteer-run after school program that practices math skills and logical reasoning. We use fun games to strengthen basic math skills, develop good sportsmanship, and foster creative thinking. For more information check out We support our volunteers- you do not need to be a math wiz to help! Membership is open to all grades (K-5). For more information contact

Library News
Birthday Book Club Sign-Up Begins TONIGHT at Back-to-School Night!
Hopefully, all students received my welcome letter, and information about the Birthday Book Club with yesterday’s Monday folders. Sign Ups will begin tonight and run through Friday, October 12. I have a window of time to do sign-ups, so please sign up now even if your child’s birthday isn’t until the spring. The Google form can be found at :

If you don’t have time to stop by tonight, please feel free to fill out the form at home. I can choose a book for your child, or have your student come by during the school day to do it. Just write in “You choose” in the blank marked title. Thanks for your support!

Author Visit
Next week on Wednesday, September 19, the first and second graders will welcome author/illustrator Chris Eliopoulos to the Summitt Library. Mr. Eliopoulos will be here talking about his experience as an author/illustrator, and share his latest illustrated work, I am Neil Armstrong. This is the 15th picture book in the New York Times best-selling series of biographies about heroes, and just in time for our Soaring Skyward celebration. Parents are welcome to attend, and encouraged to purchase a book to have autographed after the presentation for their student.


  • Birthday Book Club Sign-Up Opens at Back-to-School Night, Sept. 12

  • 1st BookPeople sponsored author visit, Wed., Sept. 19 for 1st and 2nd grades

  • Star Dome in the library, Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Friday, Sept. 28

  • Storyteller, Bernadette Nason visits 2nd and 3rd grades, Thur., Sept. 27


GT Nominations
The Fall GT nomination window has opened! Beginning, Monday, Sept. 10 and running until Friday, Sept. 28, parents and teachers can nominate 3rd-5th graders to be screened for the Gifted and Talented program. (All other grades will be in the Spring.) Forms in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic can be found online at: Please note that parents must complete both the Parent GT Nomination Form (grades K-5 only) and the Gifted Characteristics Checklist for Parents. Denise Richey will be at next week’s Principal Coffee to talk about testing for GT. Also, for any questions and to understand the program, please come to a general GT information meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 -7:30pm in the library.

Koblenz informational meeting
Would you like to know more about our teacher & student exchange program with Schenkendorf Elementary in Koblenz, Germany? Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at 5:30 pm in the Summitt library. This year our friends from Koblenz will be visiting us sometime in April. We will travel to Germany the following year in June 2020. See what the program is all about and how you can get involved.

Informational Meetings for Homeroom Parents
The last two informational meetings will be:

  • Wednesday, September 19, 7:45 am, Summitt Library

  • Wednesday, September 19, 7 pm, Silver Grill on Parmer Lane

Meetings will run 30-45 minutes. If you have any questions, please contact


Looking for Homeroom Parents
Please check with your child’s teacher to see if he or she is still looking for a homeroom parent at tonight’s Back to School Night. You do not have to do all the work yourself! As homeroom parent, you would assist with class parties and other special events; however, you do not have to be at these events in person. You would work with your child’s teacher to coordinate parties and other classroom events. You would also be the liaison between the PTA and class families so that Summitt has enough volunteers and donations for its fundraisers. A coordinator provides you with a packet of tips and recommendations, as well as example emails and flyers that you can use. Have questions? Email

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.

  • Tuesday, September 18, is fall picture day! If you have any time 8 am to noon, please consider helping escort students to and from their classes that day. Contact Shana in the front office ( with questions.

  • If you are free 10:30 am to 11:30 am any day during the week, please consider helping out in the cafeteria. Pre-K and Kinder classes are still getting used to their lunchtime routines and need a little extra help. Contact Shana in the front office ( with questions.


Save the Date: Eagle Fest!
Our annual fall carnival event, Eagle Fest, will be on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3-6 pm. There will be fun games, yummy foods, and the ever-popular 5th grade Haunted House! Tickets will go on sale Oct. 1.

PTA membership drive
Welcome to all our new members! We currently have 240 members. Let’s try and make it to 250! All are welcome. Did you know that your child’s computer lab time is brought to you by PTA? Grab an application from the bulletin board in the Great Hall OR go to Summitt’s Online store and purchase your membership today!

Become an Eagle Family Sponsor
Thank you to our Eagle Family Sponsors so far whose generous donations directly support our students at Summitt. This list continues to grow and we are grateful for each family’s generosity! And 100% of your tax-deductible $100 donation goes directly to programs hosted by the Summitt PTA for Summitt students. Eagle Families will receive sponsorship recognition at both Eagle Fest & Spring Fling, in addition to receiving an exclusive Eagle Family Sponsor Thank You Gift! You may purchase a sponsorship at For more information about Eagle Family Sponsors, please contact Sarah Allen at


AISD and Community Events


Girls on the Run starts soon
Registration is still open for the Fall season of Girls on the Run! This is a 10-week program beginning Monday, September 17, and culminating in the Girls on the Run 5K on December 8. The program is open to girls in grades 3-5. Program cost is $75, and includes program t-shirts, water bottle, snacks at practices, and the 5K registration. Practices this fall will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from around 3:10 to 4:30 pm at Summitt. Registration is limited so don’t wait to register your girl. Questions? Interested in volunteering? Contact

Organizing sessions
Calling all moms!! Are you spinning your wheels and getting nothing done? Do you have a to-do list that just gets longer even though you’re TRYING!?! (PS – It’s NOT your fault!!) Let’s seize that time that’s slipping through your fingers at a new weekly “MomBoss time” led by former Summitt mom and current professional home organizer, Ryan Lanier. You deserve to get more done when the kids are in school, so bring a big tote, laundry basket, bag, or whatever you have that will cart your papers, mail, forms, school papers, coupons, lists, ETC, and start laying your hands on PROGRESS for you! First mtg is Sept 18th — **DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS EVERY WEEK!!**

What is this? Save Our Sanity Paper Parties (AKA SOS!)
When/Where? Tuesdays 9:15-11:15am @ Silver Grill Café (4005 W Parmer Ln)
How much is it?  $25 per class or $100 for 5-class pass

Come every Tues or just whenever you can, & you’ll start to feel like “I GOT THIS!”  Hurry and RSVP via text to 512-799-7994 or email (further details provided upon RSVP)

Yoga at Summitt
The Little Yoga House will offer after school yoga for K-5th grades on Wednesdays, from 3-3:40 pm. Registration and information is here.