Newsletter, Sept. 11, 2019

11 Sep
WATCH D.O.G.S. Pizza Night  – TONIGHT!
Calling all Dads and father-figures! The WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Program is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps students be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in a student’s life. The goal is to invite you to spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and have fun! 

The annual “Dads and Kids” pizza night will be tonight, Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Meet in the cafeteria at 6:30 for FREE pizza, and then at 7, watch a presentation about our WATCH D.O.G.S.  Aaron Fasel of Fantastic Magic Camp will put on a magic show for the kids while the new D.O.G.S. learn about the program.  RSVP forms are HERE. Questions? Email:

Appreciation Team Planning Meeting Next Week
The Appreciation Team will meet Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 pm at Silver Grill to plan out this school year’s appreciation weeks. We would love for you to join us. Whether you’re someone who loves any excuse to look at Pinterest, a person who has an eye for decorating, or someone who can make processes more efficient, we would love to meet you! Email questions to

Informational Meetings For Homeroom Parents
If you signed up to be a homeroom parent for your child’s classroom (or are considering it), please come to one of the informational meetings listed below. There are 2 more meetings to attend, if you have not already.   We are recommending all homeroom parents new and old to attend a meeting. We have redone the packet and have new updated information that will be helpful even if this is your fifth time being a homeroom parent. Monday, September 16th, 6pm, Silver GrillWednesday, September 18th, 7:45 am, Summitt Teacher’s Break room (next to teacher workroom) *Sign in to get Raptor Badge*If you have any questions, please contact

Fall pictures
Picture Day is coming up on Wednesday, September 18!

You can order online here. If you choose not to pay online, money envelopes to order went home in your child’s Monday folder, September 9.  These pictures are prepay, so they must be paid for on-line, or you can turn in the envelope with payment on picture day.

Community Night at Chipotle – Next Tues. Sept. 17
Join all your Summitt buddies for dinner next Tues. Sept. 17 from 5pm – 9pm at Chipotle on Parmer/McNeil!  DON’T FORGET to tell Chipotle you are with Summitt so we can earn 33% of you sale! Join the Facebook Event HERE to share and like!

Save the Date: Eagle Fest!
Our annual fall carnival event, Eagle Fest, will be on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3-6 pm. There will be fun games, yummy foods, and the ever-popular 5th grade Haunted House! Tickets will go on sale September 30.

Do you know of a Photo Booth Business that would like to help?  We are looking for a Photo Booth that will join us for Eagle Fest, Pro-Bono.

Interested in helping with Eagle Fest?  There are many volunteer opportunities that can either be done the day of the event or in the weeks leading up to it. For More Info, click HERE

Wed, Sep. 11 – WatchDOG Pizza Night
Tue, Sep. 17 – Community Night @ Chipotle
Wed, Sep. 18 – Picture Day
Fri, Sep. 20 – Mid-Autumn Festival
Mon, Sep. 23 – District of Innovation Day – NO School
Fri, Sep. 27 – Koblenz Movie Night
Fri, Oct. 11 – District of Innovation Day – NO School
Mon, Oct. 14 – Columbus Day – NO School
Sat, Oct. 19 – Eagle Fest
Sun, Oct. 20 – Beautification Day at Summitt

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Vision and Hearing screenings
Vision and Hearing screenings will be held next week, September 10 – 12 for all students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and those new to AISD.

Counselors’ Corner
This past week, the counselors were busy taking students to Operation School Bell and hosting the New Eagles Lunch for all new 1st-5th grade students at Summitt.  Mrs. Cardosa and Mrs. Richards will be starting classroom lessons the weeks of September 9 and September 16.  Summitt Counselors are looking for more parents who would like to come on Tuesdays to talk briefly about their careers and education.  Please contact Courtney Cardosa at if you would be willing to speak.

PE News
We will kick-off Marathon Kids this week during PE classes. Every 1st-5th grade student will learn about the benefits of running, the MK program and the rewards system.  Each student will also run their opening mile towards their goal of finishing FOUR marathons this school year. Running will occur during WOW (Workout for Wellness) time every day.

Every other school year we hold a PE fundraiser called Y-ties.  Y-ties are super cool, curly, colorful shoelaces that you don’t have to tie.  The fundraiser will take place from September 16th-27th. Keep an eye out for the brochure in the Monday folder next week! Funds raised will help to buy equipment for classes, UT Volleyball Playday registration, Field Day station supplies, CATCH Night activities and rentals, Fuel up to Play 60 team activities and any other PE related activities for the next 2 years.  Thanks in advance for your support!

Math Pentathlon registration 
Time is running out!  Math Pentathlon Registration closes at noon on September 13th. Division 1 (K-1st)Division 2 (2nd-3rd)Division 3 (4th-5th)Math Pentathlon benefits a wide spectrum of students and is open to all Summitt families.  Email and check out for more info/to get involved.  Please note registration does not guarantee admission. We ask that everyone who signs up their child also plan to volunteer to make the program work. Let’s meet up and play some games!

Gifted and Talented Nominations
The GT Nomination window for 3rd through 5th grades opens on Monday, September 9th. Nomination forms are available in the office beginning next week or can be downloaded at the following links. Please complete both forms if you would like to nominate your child then email them and any questions to Greg Rohde ( Kindergarten through 2nd grade window opens in November so watch the newsletters for those dates.  Further info is available at Checklist Parent Nomination Form

Sign Your Child Up for the Birthday Book Club
Another great way to make your child’s birthday special or even your favorite teacher! Click Here for info.

Birthday Marquee
Does your student want to see their name in lights during their birthday week? Sign up online at for the Birthday Marquee for only $10 per student.

PTA Membership News
Welcome to all our new members! We currently have 180 members – let’s try and make it to 200! All are welcome. Did you know that your child’s computer lab time is brought to you by PTA? Grab an application from the bulletin board in the Great Hall OR go to Summitt’s Online store and purchase your membership today!

Eagle Family Sponsorships
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 Lisa Fischer at
 The Farnsworth Family
The Roitberg Family
The Synatschk Family
The Lovin Family
The Carlson Family
The Fischer Family
The Meyers Family
The Winslow Family
The Kotwal Family
The Cohen Family
The Branch Family
The Scholtz Family
The Aldridge Family
The Hennesey Family
The Truly Family
The Block-Chifu Family

Support Summitt with Amazon Smiles
Help raise funds for Summitt buy simply using instead of (it is the exact same). Choose PTA Texas Congress 856 Summitt Elementary as your non-profit of choice and every purchase you make using moving forward will send a portion of the sale to our PTA. Amazon Smiles page:

Box Tops is going digital
Thank you to all families who have helped us raise money by collecting Box Tops for our school. Soon, you’ll be able to download the Box Tops app and scan your receipt to earn money for Summitt Elementary. You can watch the video here. Physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production, but will be accepted until expired. Please continue to clip, save, and submit Box Tops by October 25.

Summitt T-Shirts
This year, every student will receive a free Summitt T-Shirt! Parents & Guardians, please make sure you tell your student’s teacher the correct size for your student. Adult size t-shirts (and extra youth t-shirts) can be purchased online at Shirts purchased online will be sent home with your child.

Open PALs Applications
Mrs. Cardosa and Mrs. Richards will be opening the 5th grade PALs application window again.  This is a great opportunity for our 5th graders to develop leadership and service skills right here at Summitt Elementary.  If your 5th grade child is interested in applying to be a 5th grade PAL this year, applications will be due to Mrs. Cardosa or Mrs. Richards by this Friday, September 13th.  Applications are available in the counseling office.

PTA Bylaw Change
Summitt PTA is prosing a bylaw change allowing for TWO faculty representatives to sit on the PTA Board. This proposed bylaw change verbiage can be read here.The PTA will vote on this bylaw change at the October 7th General Meeting at 6pm in the Summitt Library.

School Changes
Dr. Cruz, AISD Superintendent, recently sent an update via email regarding School Changes. The School Changes Process offers our best thinking for how we can perform better as a district. Our goal is to have a positive effect on the outcomes for our students. Trustees will vote on these changes in November.  The draft School Changes scenarios have been carefully analyzed and developed; however, they are not final. Each one is a starting point for conversation. AISD wants to know what you think about the draft School Changes scenarios and what you believe is missing.  AISD wants you to show up at our meetings and participate in our online discussions.  I will include any dates for these discussions or meetings in my newsletters.  Here is the link to access the updated proposals:

Stay informed with Summitt
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Please note that Principal Friede also sends an email out weekly from Summitt Elementary School. While some items will duplicate, a majority will not – so please read both.
Volunteering in the Library
The library could use a few volunteers to help with circulation of materials, shelving, and helping to maintain an overall clean, tidy, and welcoming feel in the library.  Some volunteer work includes, checking in materials, shelving books, straightening shelves, updating displays, discarding books from the collection, and processing new materials.  Volunteers are needed any day of the week, mornings, and afternoons.  Even if you have only 20 minutes to spare, once a week, the library would appreciate your help.  Come learn about the various volunteering options available in the library and how to do them, Tuesday, September 16th, at 8 am in the library.  For more info email Denise Richey at

Classes Still Need Homeroom Parents
Please consider being a homeroom parent for one of the following classes. The coordinators provide 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. 

Please note: we are still in the process of collecting information from teachers so if you see your teacher’s name and you have signed up to help, please email us and we will add your information. Thanks!Pre-K: C. NguyenSecond: SawtelleThird: TangFourth: Laman, Phillips and WilletFifth: DaMommio and Le

Teacher Workroom Help Needed
If you have 10-15 minutes to spare, the Teacher Workroom could use some help next week. Teachers need help with copying, die cutting, and laminating. Hours are 7:10am-3:30pm. Come when you can!
The Fitness School
We are excited to bring The Fitness School to Summitt Elementary!  The Fitness School, AISD’s 2019-2020 Partner of the Year, is bringing it’s After-School Enrichment Program to Summitt! The program converts time after school into productive, health-promoting activity. Based on the building blocks of fitness, we introduce all children regardless of age, competency level or current fitness level to a meaningful regime of fitness-building skills that will last a lifetime. Delivered on campus and after school with the assistance of interns from The University of Texas College of Education, Advanced Sciences, Kinesiology and Athletics Departments, The Fitness School provides our area kids a means to dissipate their restless energy and keep them active. This is our 4th year servicing Murchison Middle School and 3rd year at Hill Elementary and we couldn’t be any more excited to FINALLY be at Summitt for the upcoming year!

The program meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday based on the AISD District Calendar. Students enrolling from Summitt will meet at Front Office at 3:00 p.m. and will be escorted outside by a Fit School employee for active play until class officially starts, 4:00 p.m. At 5:15 p.m., Murchison/Hill students will be driven back to Murchison for pickup while our Summitt kids will be picked up on campus. Questions? Email or call 512-900-5758

Yoga at Summitt
The Little Yoga House will offer of after school yoga for K-5th grades on Mondays. Registration and information is here. You can also call to register 512-358-6190.

Want to Become a Cub Scout?
For more information, visit us at

Interested in joining Girl Scouts?
New scouts are being enrolled now. For questions or more information, please email

Girls on the Run Program – In Need of Coaches:
For the program to continue at Summitt, it needs a head coach (and some assistant coaches)!  You do not have to be runner to be a coach!  The fall season is set to start the week of September 16.  The time commitment for head coaches is about four hours per week with two practices a week for ten weeks, culminating in a 5K on December 7.  For more info on becoming a head coach or assistant coach, go to  or email

Art Enrichment/ART After at Summitt
Tuesday Afternoons from Sept 10- Oct 22. Click Here for more details.

Young Rembrandts Drawing for Kids
Thursday Afternoons from Sept 12- Oct 31. Click Here for more details 

After School Chess Club
Tuesday Afternoons. Click Here for more details