Newsletter, Oct. 31, 2018

31 Oct

Halloween candy donations 
Wondering what to do with all that left-over Halloween candy? Donate it to the Summitt Service Team! They will be bagging up all wrapped candy and sending it overseas to military service members. Candy can be dropped in the large house-shaped container in the Great Hall on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2. Thank you for your donations!

PTA meeting on Monday
PTA invites all Summitt families, friends, and neighbors to attend our November 5th General meeting from 6:30-7:30pm in the library. We will hear updates on the 2016 Mobility Bond/Safe Routes to School and from this year’s No Place For Hate student committee. In addition, Frannie Sanchez with Partners for Education Agriculture & Sustainability (PEAS, to come and talk about their school programs.

We also wiill be voting on the attached PTA Standing Rules:

Thank you for supporting Summitt at Eagle Fest 2018!
Thank you all for making Eagle Fest 2018 a huge success. Thank you to our committee volunteers, our booth volunteers, all the families and friends who showed up to play games and show their support for our great school. Thank you to our 5th Graders for the super scary Haunted House!

  • A huge thank you to our Business Donors and Sponsors and our Eagle Family Sponsors for underwriting the event, allowing all money made to go directly to our students at Summitt Elementary!  
  • Thank you to everyone who donated their coolers for Eagle Fest! We still have two that have not been picked up yet by their owners. Please pick them up as soon as possible.
  • Please share your Eagle Fest 2018 photos with the yearbook team at  

Purchase on Amazon Smile
Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to PTA Texas Congress 856 Summitt Elementary when you shop at

Can Contest
It’s time for the Fall Can Contest. Which class will win an ice cream party by bringing in the most aluminum cans? Individual students also win prizes! Drop your bagged cans off by the trailer next to the basketball court. Get an entry form from the Great Hall community table. The last day to submit will be November 16. Questions? Contact

Book Fair
Fall Book Fair is coming in two weeks, Nov. 12-16, and we have lots of opportunity for you to support and participate. As you may know, proceeds from the book fair go to special teaching assistance and after school programs such as Math Pentathlon. Keep your eye out for our All for Books donation program by collecting loose change and dollar bills to buy books for kids needing assistance.

Please use this link to volunteer throughout the week – we are always looking for that creative soul that loves to decorate on set up day!!  

Fall picture retakes
Fall picture retakes are Friday, November 16.  

Recycle those Pringles cans you won at Eagle Fest!
The third grade needs clean, dry Pringles cans (with lids). Please drop them off in a labeled container in the Great Hall.

Grandparents Day luncheonGrandparents Luncheon will be Wednesday, November 14th. This is a fun opportunity for grandparents (or other adult figures) to come have lunch with their students. Please plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes before the scheduled lunch time to get signed in. Sign up to volunteer for Grandparents Luncheon if you are able. We are also looking for items to be donated to be used as props in a photo booth.

Coffee with the Principal in December
There will not be a Coffee with the Principal in November. The next event will be in the evening – Monday, Dec 3 at 6:30pm. Thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts for generously donating yummy treats for October’s Coffee with the Principal.

Safe Routes to School Survey
Please take 5 minutes to complete the below survey and add your suggestions on the accompanying maps.This is especially important if your child walks or bikes to school. It will give our school a chance to improve some connections to school through the Mobility Bond that has set aside $27.5 mil for Safe Routes to School. BUT we need input in order to have data to best be heard! Thank you! The Survey:

Make a Plan to Vote!
Summitt is not a polling location this year so please make a plan to vote at another location. There are several races on the November 6th ballot this year which will impact Summitt. Please go to to find out what’s on your ballot and how candidates stand on the issues. If you’re registered to vote in Austin, you can vote at any polling location. The full list of polling locations can be found on the Travis County Clerk website.

Early voting runs from October 22 – November 3. The closest early polling locations from Summitt are:

Disability Rights Texas – 2222 W Braker Ln
Randalls on Research & Braker – 10900 D Research Blvd
Austin Hartfield Performing Arts Center at McNeil High School – RRISD 5800 McNeil Dr

Election Day is November 6. The closest polling locations from Summitt are:

Milwood Library Branch – 12500 Amherst Drive
United Christian Church – 3500 W Parmer Ln

Library events

  • 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

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 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. (

AISD and Community Events

Austin Center for Grief and Loss events

The Austin Center for Grief & Loss has events in November at 2413 Greenlawn Pkwy, Austin, TX 78757. The scheduled programs are

Crafting and Community with Jane – Ongoing

Diá De Los Muertos Family Movie Night

Coping with the Holidays and Using them to Heal

Texas Tuition Promise Fund event
Help the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® celebrate its 10th birthday and get children excited about college at the Meet Your Future: Kids Career Fair sponsored by NorthStar. Introduce a little scholar to an engineer, a chemist, a veterinarian and a real astronaut while enjoying live demonstrations, hands-on activities and intellectually stimulating games. It’s FREE, open to the public and fun for the whole family! Join us November 10th from 10am to 1pm at the Browning Hangar at Mueller Lake Park. Learn how a child could receive a giveaway of tuition units funded by NorthStar worth $1,000 by visiting the Texas Tuition Promise Fund booth at the event! More info on the Facebook page.

Art class with Mr. Jones
ArtAfter with Mr. Jones will start next week. The Monday session from Nov. 5-Dec. 17 focuses on 2-D drawings and paintings. The Tuesday session on Nov. 6-Dec. 18 focuses on 3-D sculptures. Class time is 3-4 pm and each session is $90. This is open to students in grades 3-5. Contact Gordon Jones for more information.

Young Rembrandts art classes
Students will have a blast drawing their favorite emojis in a fun collage as well as exploring color with our wristwatch color wheel lesson. Our art history lesson focuses on Andrew Wyeth, and seasonal art will be featured with a cartoon style dog with antlers and a candy cane graphic. Give your child the gift of learning and artistry in the Young Rembrandts classroom. Sign up today!