Newsletter, Sept. 18, 2019

18 Sep
Summitt’s Mid-Autumn Festival
Summitt’s Mid-Autumn Festival is this Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Summitt Elementary Cafeteria. Participate in the tradition! We will have raffles, games, arts & crafts, a lantern parade and lion-dragon dancing. Food is $5 per plate, and drinks will be available for purchase. Entry tickets are $3/person. Free lanterns and treats with each entry ticket for children! All are welcome.

Save the Date: Eagle Fest!
Our annual fall carnival event, Eagle Fest, will be on Saturday, October 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 anyone with a photo booth? We are looking for a photo booth sponsor for the event.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. Learn more about the opportunities by clicking here.

PTA Grant Deadline
Next Thursday, September 26, is the Fall 2019 deadline for submitting Summitt PTA grants applications. Teachers, staff, parents, and community members of Summitt Elementary are eligible to apply for grants under the program, and applicants may apply individually or collaboratively. Click here to view the application, scoring rubric, and additional information about the grants. The Summitt PTA thanks you for your participation in this program, and for all the careful and creative thought and hard work that your application represents. Our school community is enriched by your efforts and dedication!

No school on Monday
There is no school at Summitt this coming Monday, September 23, as Austin ISD’s District of Innovation Plan allows Summitt to have additional days of professional learning for our school’s staff. Learn more here.

Wed, Sep. 18 – Picture Day
Fri, Sep. 20 – Mid-Autumn Festival
Mon, Sep. 23 – District of Innovation Day – NO School
Thu, Sep. 26 – PTA Grant Deadline
Fri, Sep. 27 – Koblenz Movie Night
Fri, Oct. 11 – District of Innovation Day – NO School
Mon, Oct. 14 – Student Holiday – NO School
Sat, Oct. 19 – Eagle Fest
Sun, Oct. 20 – Campus Beautification Day

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Stay informed with Summitt
Stay up to date with the latest events and information at Summitt. 
– PTA newsletter – Sign up here to get the Summitt PTA’s weekly email on Wednesdays. This will have the latest information on upcoming events, Summitt news, and volunteer opportunities to support our school community.
– Facebook – Like and follow our Page for updates, reminders, and pictures of events
– Twitter – All tweets are re-posts from our Facebook page
– Remind App – Click here to get reminders and urgent notifications from Summitt staff
– Add Summitt’s Google Calendar to your Calendar
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.

Custodian Appreciation Week September 30 – October 4
From spotless floors to bathroom cleanliness, Summitt custodial staff work hard to keep our facilities clean and safe.  They are a crucial part of our Summitt family. The next time you see Veronica Garcia de Buentello, Jose Avila, and Cecilia Quintanilla on campus, let them know how much you appreciate them! The Summitt Appreciation Team will be putting together goody bags to show our custodial staff how grateful we are for their hard work. Please consider donating a gift or funds to go towards their goody bags and future goody bags. For more information on how to donate, see the Summitt Appreciation Weeks section below.

Summitt Appreciation Weeks
Want to say “thank you” to everyone who makes your child’s school week a good experience? The Summitt Appreciation Team will be creating “thank yous” for those whose national appreciation weeks are this fall: our custodians, food service workers, cafeteria monitors, bus drivers, and teaching assistants. To show your appreciation, go to the Summitt online store to donate $5 or more. We also accept cash/check donations and can send you more information to make this happen. Email questions to

Gifted and Talented
The GT nomination window for 3rd-5th grades closes this Friday, September 20. Nomination forms are available in the office or can be downloaded at links below. Please complete both forms if you would like to nominate your child. Please email Greg Rohde completed forms and questions. You can also drop the completed forms off in the office. The kindergarten through 2nd grade nomination window opens in November, so watch the newsletters for those dates. Further information is available here.
Parent 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.

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 Summitt Spirit T-Shirt was brought to you by the PTA? Grab an application from the bulletin board in the Great Hall or go to Summitt’s online store and purchase your membership today!

Summitt Spirit Day – every Friday!
And speaking of those shirts, thanks again to our PTA, every Summitt student received a free Summitt T-shirt this year. Show your Summitt spirit on Fridays by wearing your shirt!

Benefits of joining PTA
When you join PTA, our students benefit and so do you! Members get discounts on car rentals, tickets to 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.

PTA Bylaw Change
Summitt PTA is proposing 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 6 pm in the Summitt Library.

Eagle Family Sponsorships
Thank you to our Eagle Family Sponsors whose generous donations directly support our students at Summitt. This list continues to grow and we are grateful for each family’s generosity! Plus, 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 here. 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
The Dayton-Bryan Family
The DeJuana Family
The Helms Family
The Hutchins Family
The Bachus Family
The Hargraves/Hernandez Family
The Benko Family
The Levine Family
The Metzger Family
The Chartier Family
The Marchbanks Family
The Brooks Family
The Hubka Family
The Klundt Family
The Peavler Family
The Figg Family
The Jordan Family
The Krejci Family
The Beck Family
The Roell Oshman Family
The Guzman Family
The Drury/Pokorny Family
The Riojas-Hall Family
The Thai-Lazaro Family
The Cederstrom Family
The Beavers Family
The Bledsoe Family
The Palafox Family
The Parker Family
The Domzalski Family
The Hedges Family 

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

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!

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. Here’s the link to our 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.
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.

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 7:10 am-3:30 pm. Come when you can!
The Fitness School
We are excited to bring The Fitness School to Summitt Elementary! The Fitness School, AISD’s 2019-20 Partner of the Year, is bringing its 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 this year!

The program meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday based on the AISD District Calendar. Students enrolling from Summitt will meet at the office at 3:00 pm and will be escorted outside by a Fit School employee for active play until class officially starts, 4:00 pm. At 5:15 pm, 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.

Milwood Neighborhood Association’s Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale
Milwood Neighborhood Association’s neighborhood-wide garage sale will be Saturday, October 5. Mark your calendars to find some great stuff! Or sign-up your house to join the sale, clean your closets, and make some extra money. More information at