Newsletter, Sept. 19,2018

19 Sep

WatchDOGS meeting tonight
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. Have questions? Email See you there!

No School on Monday
Monday, September 24th will be our first professional development day, and it will also be a student holiday.  We look forward to bringing our learning from that day into the classroom!

Last Homeroom Parent Meeting Tonight
Tonight, Wednesday, September 19, at 7 pm at Silver Grill (on Parmer Lane), is the last scheduled homeroom parent informational session. We will go over the responsibilities of the position and the schedule of events at Summitt this year. We’ll also talk about recommendations on how best to communicate with your class families as well as organizational tips to make your school year easier. Please contact with any questions.

Dual language news
Mid-Autumn Festival

The Vietnamese Dual Language program will host the Mid Autumn (Tet Trung Thu) Festival on Sept. 28th at 6:30 pm – 8:30pm. Admission is $3 and dinner is $5/plate. Drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase. Cash only. There will be activities for kids and kids talent show, lion/dragon dance performance and a lantern parade at the end. If you want to learn about the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival, click here.

More Lion Dance performance
If you did not get enough of our amazing students in the Lion and Dragon Dance Team, they will be performing at the Asian American Cultural Center off Duval/Jollyville at 2:15 pm. Come out and cheer for our Summitt team!

Martial Arts class
Also we are taking new students, 3rd grade and up for our Martial Arts class. Please register with Thay Pham. Parents meeting will be on Oct. 11 and trial practice on Oct. 18. Please check our monitor in the hallway for all info related to the VNDL Program, After School Program, Extra Curriculum activities as well as performances for the community.

Soaring Skyward next week
Our Summitt Eagles always look forward to Soaring Skyward, our day to celebrate Flight, on Friday, Sept. 28. This is an all-day event, starting at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria/gym and ending at 2:30 p.m. on the blacktop for our bubble dance. We will have guest speakers and exciting demonstrations together. We will also have lots of hands-on activities for the kids to get an immersive experience of space. Parents are encouraged to join your student and/or volunteer during this day of learning. But please remember to bring an ID and sign in and out at the office!

Library News
Sign-up for Birthday Book Club has begun, and less than a week in we have raised almost $1000 for our library. You can continue to sign-up for Birthday Book Club now 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 :

No time to stop by the library? 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!


  • 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. Grades K-2 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. 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.

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 if you would like to help.

  • Beavers (3rd)

  • Metzger (3rd)

  • Miller (3rd)


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 anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour, please stop by the teacher workroom to see who needs help. Contact Karen Reyna ( 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.


Math Pentathlon Informational Meeting
Want to learn more about Math Pentathlon at Summitt? Join us Monday, October 1, from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Summitt library as we discuss details of this fun new club! 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 or to register contact

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.

Benefits of joining PTA
When you join PTA, our students benefit and so do you! Members get discounts at Schlitterbahn, Six Flags, and more. 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.

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


Mark your calendars for Summitt’s annual fall carnival fundraiser, Eagle Fest! Join your school on Saturday, October 20, from 3-6pm on the Summitt grounds for exciting games, fabulous prizes, a spooky haunted house, delicious food, and lots of school spirit!

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 will be 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


AISD and Community Events

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!

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).

Astro Kids after school program
Astro Kids Gym has an after school program from 2:30-5:30 p.m. (extended hours available). Transportation is available. For more information, click here.

Yoga at Summitt
The Little Yoga House will offer after school yoga for K-5th grades on Tuesdays, beginning on Sept. 25, from 3-3:40 pm. Registration and information is here.