Newsletter, Sept. 25, 2019

25 Sep
Human Sexuality Curriculum Information: today is last day for feedback
Austin ISD would like your feedback on the newly written Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons for grades sixth through eighth. Lessons and a feedback survey are posted on the Parent Cloud from September 18-25. Middle school lessons will be revised based on feedback. Elementary lessons have already been revised from feedback provided last May.

Families must have an enrolled student in AISD and must have a Parent Cloud account to be able to review lessons and provide feedback. Please visit the AISD website at How to Create a Parent Cloud Account for more information. Once in the Parent Cloud, look for the MS HSR Lesson Review Tile. Please contact the Parent Support line at 512-414-9187 if you need assistance creating an account.

Summitt Movie Night
Join the fun at Summitt Movie Night this Friday, September 27. We will be showing “Secret Life of Pets 2” and “Aladdin” in the cafeteria and the Great Hall. A ticket will get you a snack pack with popcorn, a sweet, and a drink. Bring a blanket or a chair if you’d like. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movies start around 7:00 pm.

Today through Friday tickets will be on sale before school in the car line (for exact change or check) and after school outside in front of the school for $5. Tickets at the door will be $6. You may also purchase tickets by filling out the purchase tab at the bottom of the movie flyer and returning it to your child’s teacher along with your check or cash payment. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Koblenz Exchange Program.

PTA Grant Deadline
This 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!

International Walk to School Day 
International Walk to School Day will take place at Summitt the morning of Wednesday, October 2. The City of Austin recently added sidewalks on Adelphi Lane close to the Waters Park apartments and has made Summitt Elementary the focus school of International Walk to School Day!  

We would like to meet up with students at the Austin Public Library Milwood Branch between 7:00-7:15 am. The group will walk to Summitt Elementary at 7:15 am where students would be dropped off at the front of the school by 7:30 am so they could go in and get ready for assembly.  Safe Kids, TXDOT, and Safe Routes will have items to give students. Safe Routes will also raffle off some gift baskets to walking students who enter the drawing.

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.

Thu, Sep. 26 – PTA Grant Deadline
Fri, Sep. 27 – Koblenz Movie Night
Mon, Sep. 30 – Campus Advisory Council Meeting
Fri, Oct. 4 – Principal Coffee
Mon, Oct. 7 – PTA General Meeting
Tue, Oct. 8 – Fireside Chat with Principal
Fri, Oct. 11 – District of Innovation Day – NO School
Mon, Oct. 14 – Student Holiday/Conferences – NO School
Sat, Oct. 19 – Eagle Fest
Sun, Oct. 20 – Campus Beautification Day
Fri, Oct. 25 – Community Skate Night

Click here to view more events
Add the Summitt calendar to your calendar
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

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

After School Chess Club
According to Benjamin Franklin, “The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement … several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it.” Sure, you have to be smart to play chess, but playing in a fun setting will make you even smarter. And don’t forget, every Chess Master was once a beginner. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm in the Summitt Library, where we learn, practice, and play chess until 4 pm. To sign up, please visit

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!
Speaking of those shirts, thanks again to our PTA because 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 7 General Meeting at 6 pm in the Summitt Library.

Eagle Fest Sponsors
Eagle Fest is supported by generous donations from many local businesses. The Eagle Fest Committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donations and/or support: Apple’s Greatest Beginnings Daycare
Chaparral Ice
Fancy Fluff
Half Price Books
H-E-B Parmer-McNeil
H-E-B Parmer-MoPac
It’s a Grind Coffeehouse
Go! Games & Toys
Kona Ice
Milwood & Walnut Crossing Neighborhood Association
Teapioca Lounge
Terra Toys
Texan Market
Tiff’s Treats
Trader Joe’s
Transform with Coach Neal

Girls on the Run looking for Participants
We found a coach and now need girls to participate. All 3rd thru 5th grade girls are eligible, and the program is held Monday and Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:30 pm. Click here for a flyer with more info about the program! Program cost includes: 20 lessons conducted by two certified GOTR Coaches (30 hours of instruction), 2 official GOTR t-shirts, participation in the season-ending 5k, a water bottle, a snack at each practice & a 5k finisher’s medallion. You can register either here or here.

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 Domzalski Family
The Hedges Family
The Nguyen Family
The Guitrau Family
The Meurer Family
The Reeve Family
The Magrill Family
The Karayanev Family
The Dayton-Bryan Family
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 
The Edmonson 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
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 is taking place from Septembe 16-27. 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 two years. Thanks in advance for your support!

Support Summitt with Amazon Smiles
Help raise funds for Summitt by 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.

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 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.
Campus Advisory Council (CAC)
The CAC currently needs two more parent representatives to serve on our Campus Advisory Council. This is another great way to remain connected to Summitt and our campus progress. If you are interested in serving on CAC, please email Principal Friede directly!

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!

Campus Beautification Day
Campus Beautification Day will be Sunday, October 20, starting at 9 am. Please consider joining your Summitt Community for a few hours of campus beautification. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, water, garden tools, and gloves.
Back the Future: ACPTA’s Fun & Free Event
On Saturday, September 28, from 10 am to 1 pm, join the Austin Council of PTAs at Back the Future: a free and fun event that brings together students, families, and PTA leaders from 112 PTAs in 130 Austin ISD schools. Join us at the AISD Performing Arts Center for a day of free family fun, valuable information, community connections and a celebration of Austin ISD’s schools and students. Click here for more info. 

Period Party at United Christian Church of Austin 
On Saturday, September 28, from 10 am-12 pm, the United Christian Church of Austin is hosting a Period Party to prepare care packs of feminine hygiene products for homeless women and other women in need in our community. Click here for more info. 

Parent Info Night at Lively Middle School
Lively Middle School invites the parents of all 5th and 6th grade elementary students to attend a Parent Information Night. We are offering two sessions: Tuesday, October 8, from 6-7 pm in the Lively Cafeteria Tuesday, November 12, from 6-7 pm in the Lively Cafeteria Meet members of the Lively community and learn about the Magnet and Dual Language programs and application processes. Please share the attached flyer with your families and feel free to contact the Magnet Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Rodriguez at 512-841-4916 with any questions. Click here for more info.

¡Saludos! Lively Middle School invita a los padres de todos los alumnos de 5º y 6º grado a asistir a una Noche de información para padres. Ofrecemos dos sesiones: Martes 8 de octubre, de 6:00 a 7:00 p.m. en la animada cafetería Martes 12 de noviembre de 6:00 a 7:00 p.m. en la animada cafetería Conozca a los miembros de la comunidad Lively y aprenda sobre los programas y procesos de aplicación Magnet y lenguaje dual. Comparta el folleto adjunto con sus familias y no dude en comunicarse con la Asistente Administrativa de Magnet, Jennifer Rodriguez al 512-841-4916 con cualquier pregunta. ¡Gracias! Flyer here.

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