Newsletter, Sept. 4, 2019

4 Sep
Join the PTA!
The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time to show your support for Summitt Elementary by joining the PTA. All are welcome! Remember that just by joining, you are giving funds to support programs that benefit our students. Your membership will last for the current school year. Go to Summitt’s Online store and purchase your membership today! or pick-up a form in the Great Hall. Mark Your Calendar for the first PTA General Meeting on Mon. Sept. 9th from 6-7pm in Summitt’s Library.  Meet your fellow Summitt parents, learn about our organization, and find out ways you can help your school. Complimentary child watch will be provided by members of 6th Grade Girl Scout Troop 40. 

Math Pentathlon
Please join us for a Math Pentathlon (MP) info session on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 5pm – 6pm in the Summitt library! Registration application is now open Division 1 (K-1st): Division 2 (2nd-3rd): Division 3 (4th-5th): No need to be a math wiz to participate! Math Pentathlon benefits a wide spectrum of students and is open to all Summitt families.  Let’s meet up and play some games! Email and check out for more info/to get involved.

Principal Coffee
Principal Friede will hold her first Principal Coffee on Friday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m.  If you plan on attending and would like to expedite your check in process at the front office, please click on THIS LINK, and the office will have your pre-printed Raptor badge ready for you when you arrive and show your ID (Drivers License). 

WATCH D.O.G.S. Pizza Night  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 on Wednesday September 11 from 6:30-7:30.  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 were included in this week’s newsletter. Questions? Email: Flyer HERE

Gifted/Talented Nominations
The GT Nomination window for 3rd through 5th grades opens on Monday, September 9th.   There will be a GT program information session for all grade levels on Monday, September 9th from 5-5:45 PM if you have questions about the process or program. 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. You can also email Greg Rohde ( with questions. Kindergarten through 2nd grade window opens in November so watch the newsletters for those dates. 
Parent Checklist: 
Parent Nomination Form:   

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. You only need to attend one of the meetings; they will cover the same content. Meetings will run 30-45 minutes. 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. 
Mon, Sept 9th, 7pm, Summitt Library following the PTA meeting
Tues, Sept 10th, 7:45 am, Summitt Teacher’s Break room (next to teacher workroom) *Sign in to get Raptor Badge*
Mon, Sept 16th, 6pm, Silver Grill
Wed, Sept 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

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. Nguyen
Second: Sawtelle
Third: Metzger and Tang
Fourth: Laman, Phillips and Willet
Fifth: DaMommio, Embrey and Le

Appreciation Team Planning Meeting Next Week
The Appreciation Team will meet next Wed, Sept 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 Vision and Hearing screenings
Vision and Hearing screenings will be held next week, Sept 10 – 12 for all students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and those new to AISD. Fall pictures
Fall pictures will be taken on Wed, Sept 18th.  These are the photos that will be placed in the yearbook.

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
he 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  

Save the Date: Eagle Fest!
Our annual fall carnival event, Eagle Fest, will be on Sat., 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.

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  

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.

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.

Stay informed with Summitt
Stay up to date with the latest events and information at Summitt. 
Newsletter – Sign up here to get the PTA’s the weekly email (on Wednesdays). This will have the latest information on news and events at Summitt
Facebook Page – Like and Follow our Page for updates, reminders, 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.
Volunteer Opportunities:

Photo Booth at Eagle Fest
The Eagle Fest Committee would love to have a Photo Booth for Eagle Fest this year. Do you know anyone who’d like to sponsor one or do you have a contact for one? If so, please email

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!

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. For more Info, click here

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:
Other Events/After School Programs:
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

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.   Our 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? 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.  

  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