Newsletter, Oct. 17, 2018

17 Oct

Eagle Fest on Saturday

Come out and support our school at Eagle Fest, Saturday, Oct. 20, 3-6 pm. All the important information is here.

  • Sign up to volunteer here. Sign up to help in any class that has open spots
  • We need to borrow your coolers and pop-up tents. Please leave them in the Great Hall or contact summitteaglefest@gmail.com
  • We still need more donations of Pringles cans, 2-liter sodas and 16 oz water bottles


Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday

Please join us for Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:45 am in the library. Coffee and donuts will be provided thanks to the generous donation by Dunkin’ Donuts.


Campus Beautification meeting
The Campus Beautification Committee is having a meeting on Tuesday, Oct 23rd at 6 pm in the Summitt library. This committee has been formed to help make Summitt a more engaging space for our students and the community. The committee will have two subcommittees, one for outdoor projects and the other for indoor projects. The outdoor committee plans to create another flower bed with native plants to attract pollinators and work on creating some more play opportunities on the playground. In the long term, we hope to paint the portables and do some other painting projects outside. The indoor committee plans to create a new mural for the cafeteria, add inspirational phrases to the bathroom stall doors and various other places around the campus. If you are interested in getting involved please attend the meeting or email Lacey Lake at vp1@summitteagles.org so you can be added to the committee mailing list.


Upcoming wellness dates
Tuesday-Thursday, October 16-18 – Vision and Hearing Screening (Pre-K, Kindergarten and 5th Grade). Please consider volunteering to help retrieve classes for this. Contact Shana Pokorny in the front office (shana.pokorny@austinisd.org) with questions.

Thursday, October 25 – Student Flu Shots. You can fill out the paperwork that came home to sign up for flu shots. There have been more than 10 cases of the flu at Summitt this year. They will also need volunteers to help that day.


Library News

It’s that time of year – time for our Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Each year the Summitt Library hosts a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. This contest is free and open to any and all Summitt students and families.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted, adorned, or modified in any decorative way as long as they are student-created. Parents are encouraged to help, but as a partner creator, not as the lead. I know you can make a great pumpkin! I wanna see what your student can do!

Pumpkins can be real or not. The main rule is the entry date. Pumpkins MUST be submitted to the library no later than Wednesday, October 24, by 3 pm. No late pumpkins will be accepted.  Upon submission your pumpkin will be given a number, and put on display in the library. No student names can show on the actual pumpkins. 

Teachers and students will start viewing and voting on Thursday, Oct. 25 through Tuesday, Oct. 30. Votes will be based on 4 categories:

  1. Spookiest Squash
  2. Pop Icon or Pop Culture Pumpkin
  3. Most Unique or Creative Creation
  4. Storybook Squash

You will be able to name your pumpkin and enter it in one category. Prizes will be awarded at morning assembly on, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. You will be able to take your pumpkins home on Halloween afternoon. Thanks for participating. We look forward to your entries.

Other exciting events coming up in the library:

  • Mother Goose will be visiting Pre-k through 1st grades, Wednesday, Oct. 24
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest will run the week of Oct. 22- 26
  • Storybook Character Dress-Up, Wednesday, Oct. 31
  • Acclaimed, local talent, Chris Barton to visit Summitt 3rd-5th graders, Tuesday, Nov. 6
  • Story Pirates; Lemoncello Library Series to perform for 4th and 5th grades, Tuesday, Nov. 13
  • PTA Book Fair, Nov. 12-16

Bus Driver Appreciation this week
Bus Driver Appreciation Week is October 15-19. Don’t forget to say “thank you” to your student’s bus driver next week.


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 time tomorrow, Thursday, October 18, beginning at 8 am, please consider volunteering to help retrieve classes for fall vision and hearing testing. Contact Shana Pokorny in the front office (shana.pokorny@austinisd.org) with questions.
  • If you have any time from 8 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 25, please consider escorting students from their classrooms for flu shots. (shana.pokorny@austinisd.org)
  • If you are free 10:30 am to 1 pm any day during the week, please consider helping out in the cafeteria. We can use extra help with all grades. (shana.pokorny@austinisd.org)



PE News
We hope your kiddos are having fun in Physical Education at Summitt! My name is Michelle Comsudi and I am the full-time PE teacher at Summitt. I am a proud Texas Longhorn and this will be my 12th year as a Summitt Eagle. Coach Woodward is a Texas State Bobcat and this is his 5th year teaching PE at Summitt. We will be teaching 2 skill units and 2 health units each 9-week period. We just wrapped up our first 9-weeks that included cooperative games, nutrition, cardiovascular functions, and throwing and catching skills! We will begin Fitnessgram testing this week for students in grades 3-5. Our 2nd 9-weeks skill units include rhythms/jump rope/basketball and our health topics will include discussions on the dangers of tobacco as well as the skeletal system.  


Collect Box Tops
Please help Summitt continue to earn money by collecting your Box Tops! For every collection sheet turned in, your student will earn a small prize. Extra collection sheets and a bin can be found on the Community Table in the Great Hall. Thank you to everyone who trimmed and turned in Box Tops last year!!  


Fifth Grade news
Believe it or not, it is already time to start talking about transitioning to middle school next year.  We will be trying to update our newsletter as dates become available or change. Dates are subject to change so it is always wise to check the middle school website about events that will be held on their campus.  We have the following dates already scheduled:

October 19- 8-10 am Murchison and magnet school (Keeling, Fulmore, Ann Richards) presentations. Parents are welcome to attend.  Each school will do a short presentation to 5th grade about their school. This event will be held at Summitt in the 5th grade commons.

January 11- 5th grade showcase at Murchison. Fifth grade students will travel by bus to MMS. They will rotate through introductory presentations about the campus and it’s programs. Students will be gone from about 9-12 am. Parents are welcome to attend but will need to provide their own transportation.


January 24- Course selection presentation at Summitt. Murchison counselors will come to Summitt to present choice sheets to 5th graders and to talk about course descriptions. Fifth graders should bring their choice sheets home for parents to view on this day.

February 5-  Choice sheet night at Murchison. This is an opportunity for parents and students to go and see the school and ask questions about elective choices. Foreign languages, Band, Theater Arts, Art, Choir, Technology classes, etc. will have tables set up with staff to answer questions to help you make decisions.

February 8-  Choice sheets will be due to Mrs. Cardosa at Summitt. If you do not submit a choice sheet, Mrs. Cardosa will have to meet with the student to make choice sheet selections so that the student will have classes at the beginning of the year.


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.