Newsletter, Nov. 7, 2018

7 Nov

Book Fair next week
Enchanted Forest Fall Book Fair is coming next week, 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!!  

Summitt Spirit Wear Sale
Summitt PTA is hosting a fall spirit wear sale – hoodies and a long sleeve t-shirt can be ordered between now and November 16th. Orders will be printed and shipped to the school before winter break. On offer are a gray zipper hoodie, a royal blue zipper hoodie, a royal blue pull-over hoodie, and a royal blue long sleeve t-shirt. All feature the same Summitt logo (the pullover hoodie and long sleeve t-shirt’s logo in the center and the zipper hoodies with the logo in the top left corner). Youth and Adult sizes are available. PTA will not be ordering any extras so if you are interested, you will need to order by November 16th. Order form flyers are going home to students in Monday folders. Checks should be made out to “Summitt PTA”. You can also order online at

Grandparents Day luncheon next week
Grandparents Luncheon will be Wednesday, November 14th.This is a fun opportunity for grandparents (or other adult figures) to come have lunch with their students. Grandparents can either purchase lunch at the school ($3.75 cash only) or bring lunch for them and their grandchild. Please plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes before the scheduled lunch time to get signed in. It’s helpful for the volunteers if the grandparents know the grade and name of the child’s teacher when they arrive. 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.

Pajama Day next week
Students can wear their pajamas to school on Thursday, Nov. 15. Then that night, come by the Library for Book Fair Family Night, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Teaching Assistants Appreciation Next Week
Summitt proudly recognizes its school’s Teaching Assistants on November 12-16. Give a special thanks to Thanh Doan, Sarwat Rahman, Sarah Spence, Tori Tambila, Brenda Wood, and Mizu Wa’oo for providing much-need support to our classrooms. Thank you for helping us to acknowledge these hardworking individuals.

Teacher Workroom Needs Help
With the holidays ahead, volunteers are needed to cut out mittens and cuffs for all second-grade classes and stockings for every third grader. If you have any time to help, even 15 to 30 minutes, please drop by the workroom. Instructions are posted on the wall for first-time helpers. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Reyna at

Can Contest due next week
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

Fall picture retakes next week
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.

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 available  Wednesday, November 14, please consider helping with Grandparents Luncheon: Please contact Laura Thomson ( with questions.
  • If you have anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, please stop by the teacher workroom to cut out paper mittens and stockings for second- and third-grade December activities. Please contact Karen Reyna ( with questions.
  • If you are free 10:30 am to 1 pm any day during the week, please consider helping out in the cafeteria. Please contact Shana Pokorny ( with questions.

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.

AISD and Community Events

Fulmore Magnet Program info
The Fulmore Magnet Program invites 5th and 6th graders and families to our last Prospective Parents Night at Fulmore on Tuesday, November 13th from 6-7 p.m. in the Fulmore Cafeteria. Come learn about our Magnet and Dual Language programs and the magnet application process.

Students interested in applying for Fulmore Magnet can also shadow a Fulmore student in January for an entire school day. Students must apply to the magnet program before filling out a shadow application (page 13 of the application). AISD is encouraging all families to apply for school choice programs through the parent portal, however, the shadow application will need to be sent to the Fulmore Magnet Office. Shadow applications are due Friday, December 14th.

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.