Newsletter, September 5, 2018

5 Sep

Back to School Night next week

Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, September 12th. Pre-k, Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade will meet at 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Third, 4th and 5th grade will be at 6:45- 7:45 p.m. This is a parent event. Back to School Night will have information from the teacher about class schedules, procedures, etc.

Summitt PTA General Meeting
Please join us for the first PTA General Meeting of the school year on Monday, Sept. 10, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Library. Meet your fellow Summitt parents, learn about our organization, and find out ways you can help your school. Complimentary child watch will be provided by members of 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop 40.

Community Night at Jason’s Deli tonight

Come out to Jason’s Deli (Arboretum location) on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 5-8 pm and enjoy dinner with other Summitt families. Just tell them you’re with Summitt and a portion of the sales benefit the PTA. Got soccer practice or older sibling school obligations? Order Online or Carryout and it will still help Summitt!

Picture Day
Picture Day for Summitt Elementary School is Tuesday, September 18. 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.

Informational Meetings for Homeroom Parents
For those who missed this morning’s homeroom parent info session, there is another one next Monday, September 10, at 7:30 pm (following PTA General Meeting), in the Summitt Library. Meetings will run 30-45 minutes. For those who cannot either one of these sessions, there will be additional meetings scheduled after Back to School Night. If you have any questions, please contact

WatchDOGS meeting

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!

Library news
Just a quick update on the Summitt Library. . . After a very busy summer with several large scale updates, the library is open to staff, students, and families once again! If you hadn’t heard the library received new paint, new trim, a new circulation desk and new carpet. It looks lovely!

Additionally, with the support of our generous PTA and a private donation from a Summitt family, the library was able to purchase 2 beautiful new bookshelves for our paperback collection, and a number of decorative elements to give the space some sparkle. Thank you to Sharon Reed and Evette Alvarado for donating your time and company helping me get the books shifted and the space ready for our 850 students. A big thanks to my mother and father-in-law, Gary and Susie Richey, for the all the soft touches–curtains, pillows, and puffy clouds. Also, thanks to two of our WatchDOGS, Mr. Walters and Mr. Jordan, for reviving our old aquarium from the algae ridden eyesore it once was, to the gorgeous oasis it now is! Please stop by and take a peek. It’s breathtaking!

Lastly, thank you to all the kind and caring families that babied our Summitt Guinea pigs, Mouse and Whiskers, over the long hot summer:

  • Watkins Family

  • Bereuter Family

  • Martin Family

  • Bryant Family

  • Reed Family

  • Crenshaw Family

  • and, of course, the Sutherland Family for your continued support.

The library is my home away from home, and I love being able to share it with all our Summitt Families. I hope you and your children enjoy it as much as I do.


  • Classes start visiting the library for check-out, Sept. 4

  • 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


Gifted and Talented news
Join us on Monday, Sept. 10 from 3:15- 4:30pm in the Summitt Library for a little Summertime Show-n-Tell and socializing. Bring in any cool stuff from your summer vacay to share with the group–photos, creations, writings, etc. I have a computer and projector if any of your showings are digital.

This afterschool group is open to any Gifted or Talent Explore designated students from Summitt in grades 1st through 5th. We usually share a snack and activity. Any parent volunteers are welcome! Sign up here.

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 7:45 to 8:15 am any morning, at 2:15 pm on Tuesdays or Fridays, or 10:30 am on Mondays or Tuesdays, please consider helping Mrs. Richey ( in the Summitt Library. She would love help sorting library cards, inventorying new books, and creating book bins.

  • 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.


Need mulch or potting soil donation
Do you have any extra potting soil or black mulch laying around? Our 4th grade gardens need some TLC for Fall planting. Contact Tina Lamon at

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.

Voter Registration
The last day to register to vote for the upcoming November elections is October 9th. There will a Volunteer Deputy Registrar available during Back to School Night, on Sept. 12, in the Great Hall. They can register you to vote or update your voter information. For more information or to volunteer, email

Counselor’s Chronicle
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 We look forward to trying to schedule as many careers as possible. Thanks in advance.

Join the PTA!
All are welcome to join Summitt’s PTA! Just by joining you are giving our students access to valuable resources for their success. Go to Summitt’s online store or pick up a form from the bulletin board in the Great Hall 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

Thank you to our 2018-19 Eagle Family Sponsors so far!

Cohen Family
Aldridge Family
Tang Family
Farnsworth Family
Fischer Family
Saldana Family
Tran Family
Oshman Family
Hargraves/Hernandez Family
Carlson Family
Dayton Family
Metzger Family
Branch Family
Kotwal Family
Weber Family
Berry Family
Truly Family
Palafox Family
Lynn Family
Dean Family
Davis Family
Reeve Family
DeJuana Family
Meyers Family
Winslow Family
Martin Family
Wright Family
Benavidez Family
Hedges Family
Ueber Family
Franke Family
Marchbanks Family
Levine Family
Figg Family
Roitberg Family
Synatschk Family
Luce Family
Benko Family
Leon Family
Hall Family
Bachus Family
Chartier Family
Domzalski Family
Klundt Family
Hutchins Family
Muerer Family
Giani Family
Allen Family

Block/Chifu Family

Stuart Family
Guitrau Family
Scholtz Family
Dole Strippoli Family

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AISD and Community Events


Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is back! The program is open to girls in 3rd through 5th grade. The fall season starts September 17. Practices will be held Mondays and Wednesdays after school at Summitt, starting around 3:10 and ending at 4:30. To register and for more information, visit Interested in becoming an assistant coach? Have general questions? Contact

Art Classes with Mr. Jones
Summitt Art teacher, Mr. Jones, will offer art classes after school. This is for grades 1-5 on Monday or Tuesday from 3-4 p.m., Monday session is on Drawings and Paintings; Tuesday will be on Sculptures. Sessions begin on Monday, Sept. 10 or Tuesday, Sept. 11 and lasts 6 weeks. For more information, contact

After School Chess Club
ChessKidz will offer Chess Club after school for grades 1-5, from 3-4 p.m. Sessions begin next week, on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Sign up at or contact for more information.

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.

Young Rembrandts
Young Rembrandts will offer art classes after school on Thursdays, from 3-4 pm. Information is here.

Todos Juntos Learning Center
Want to learn or improve your English? Need a place where your child can attend at the same time? Become a part of the Todos Juntos community where adults learn English, technology, stress management, workforce skills, parenting (and more), while children learn English and get ready for school. Call today: (512) 788-7255. Flyer is here.