Newsletter, Oct. 23, 2019

23 Oct
Red Ribbon Week continues!
We are helping our students to make a commitment NOT to use drugs or alcohol. Each student received a red bracelet to wear for the week that symbolizes their commitment to say no to drugs and alcohol. The remaining dress-up days are: Thursday 10/24 –  OUR FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT WITHOUT DRUGS (Students wear sunglasses and NEON colors on this day.) Friday 10/25 – WEAR RED DAY (Students wear anything red to show support for saying NO to drugs.)  **HALLOWEEN BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY—This will be on October 31, 2019 and not part of Red Ribbon Week as in some years past. The idea is still as follows: Students dress up as their favorite book character. NO masks, props, or accessories please for student safety reasons.  We encourage students to carry the book for the character they choose to represent. Eagle Fest – Thank you!
We hope everyone enjoyed this year’s Eagle Fest!  It was a fun and successful event, and a direct result of the hard work of many people.  The Eagle Fest Committee would like to thank the following people in no particular order: June, Darren, Rose, Summitt PTA board, Erickson’s, Fischer’s, Carlson’s, Watchdogs for grilling and hanging up signs, front office staff (Elizabeth, Shana, Lisa M), Principal Friede, Shannon S., Shannon R, Rose, Troop 40 girl scouts, middle school volunteers, high school volunteers, UT volunteers, custodians, all the teachers who worked the ticket booth, set up and clean up crew, Andy & Meg D., people who lent us their coolers and pop-up tents, and everyone who volunteered to work a booth.
Special thanks go to Sarah, Becca, and Monique who made it all possible.
The Eagle Fest Committee would like to once again thank all of our generous sponsors: Aaron Fasel from Fantastic Magic Camp  Apple’s Greatest Beginnings Daycare Chaparral Ice Chick-fil-A Costco 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 Mighty Fine Burgers Milwood & Walnut Crossing Neighborhood Association Rudy’s Target Teapioca Lounge Terra Toys Texan Market Tiff’s Treats Trader Joe’s  Transform with Coach Neal Walgreens Wal-Mart Did you take any good snaps?  Please share your Eagle Fest 2019 photos with the yearbook team at ! (Also, if you loaned a cooler or tent for the event, you can pick them up in the Great Hall.)  
  Bus Driver Appreciation This Week
We “wheelie” appreciate our bus drivers and monitors who get our students to and from school safely! Don’t forget to say “thank you” to your students’ bus drivers and monitors: Rebecca, Ursula, Alberto, Linda, Denise, Olga, Luis, and Debra.
  Community Skate Night this Friday – Oct. 25 from 6-11pm
Grab your friends and family for one of the best nights of the year – Skate Night!
$9 per skater, includes roller skate rentals (rollerblades are additional $4)
Kids Under 3 & non-skating adults are free. No outside food or drink.
***Please make sure to TELL PLAYLAND that you are with Summitt Elementary so Summitt PTA can get the $4 per person back to our school!

Playland Skatepark Address: 8822 McCann Dr, Austin, TX 78757
Link to the Facebook Event
Upcoming Library Events from Ms. Richey
Wed, Oct 23: Today, Molly Brooks is coming to Summitt to visit 3rd and 4th grades! Not sure who Molly Brooks is? Molly Brooks is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel Sanity and Tallulah. She’ll be at Summitt Elementary on Wednesday, October 23, to talk about her latest graphic novel, the second installment in the Sanity and Tallulah series. Purchase your copy using this order form. Parents are welcome to attend! Mon, Oct 28: Pumpkin Decorating Contest begins – please see this attachment for more details!   Pumpkins due Monday the 28th. Viewing and voting will be Tuesday and Wednesday.   Winners will be announced on Halloween! Book Swap: Read anything good lately? Or, maybe you’re looking for something to break your reading dry spell? Come by the library where we’ve installed a new book and magazine swap station. Located by the Eagles’ Nest, the Summitt Book Swap has books and magazines for kids and adults. Feel free to come and grab an item or two to read – for yourself or your little one, or add to the collection. Need a book? Take a book. Got a book?  Leave a book.   Box Tops due This Friday Box Tops are due this Fri Oct 25th to be included in our fall payout.  You can turn your Box Tops in at the office or send them with your child. Thank you to all families who have helped us raise money by collecting Box Tops for our school. Certain items are now only given to our school if you 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.    FULL CALENDAR   Oct. 21-25 – Red Ribbon Week Fri, Oct. 25 – Community Skate Night Mon, Oct. 28 – Pumpkin Decorating Contest Begins
Thurs, Oct. 31 – Book Character Dress Up Day
Mon, Nov. 4 – PTA Meeting 6-7pm
Fri, Nov. 8 – Principal Coffee 8am   Click here to view more events Add the Summitt calendar to your calendar
Thank you to our generous business sponsors who help to support our school!
PTA Fall Grant Program Announces Approved Grants
Summitt PTA is happy to announce that we were able to fund the following Teacher/staff/school/community needs during our Fall 2019 Grant Program: 1) New PE safety mats; 2) Additional furniture for the new counseling center; 3) Two needs-based food/clothing/supply programs; 4) Life Skills community-based instruction; 5) Rebuilding the oak tree benches; 6) a school-wide science curriculum; 7) additional supplies for non-classroom teachers; and 8) First Grade reading manipulatives. Thank you all who submitted grant requests and thank you to the PTA grant committee.  Fall Pictures Retake and Order
Friendly Reminder that you can still order School Pics if you want. If you need to contact Inter State Studio with questions about the pictures you received, visit Picture retakes will be Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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.

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!

PTA General Meeting
Mark Your Calendars for the PTA General Meeting – Mon. Nov. 4 from 6-7pm in the Summitt Library.

PTA Membership News
We are so close to our goal of 200 members! All are welcome. Join today! 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 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 Akinc Family The Allen Family The Davis Family The Mathis-Garcia Family The Mendenhall Family The Park Family The Ross-Fudge Family The Tarbet Family 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 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 Edmonson Family The Go-Trias Family The Tidwell Family The Wright 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.

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.

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.
Fundraiser for Ms. Currey’s classes
LAST DAY: One of our wonderful teachers, Ms. Currey, is raising money via a campaign for classroom laptops. She is $171 away from meeting her goal.  Wed Oct 23rd is the last day to donate. If we all gave a little… Thank you, Ms. Currey, for advocating for our kids!

Pictures for the Yearbook
If you attend any Summitt events, please take pictures and send them to 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 7:10am-3:30pm. Come when you can!
Trunk or Treat Halloween Fest Covenant United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat fest on Sat. Oct. 26 from 4-6pm.  All are welcome to join! There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, free food, and candy! Facebook Page and Flyer
  Milwood Baptist Church’s Fall Fest Fall Fest is October 31, Thursday evening from 6-8pm. There will be free food, games, and inflatables! And lots of candy, of course!   Any donations will be used to support Operation Acuña – a ministry in Mexico that supports impoverished villages by providing them with basic supplies, including school supplies.
Milwood Library’s Second Annual Halloween Party and Costume Bash
Thurs, Oct 31 from 6:30-8:30pm
All ages welcome. Dress up as your favorite comic book character or your favorite literary character.  Prizes and treats provided.
Milwood Branch 12500 Amherst Dr. 512-974-9880
It’s My Park Day – November 2
It’s My Park Day Fall 2019 will be Saturday, November 2 – please consider coming out to help with Balcones Park maintenance and beautification. It’s also a great way to get to know neighbors and explore the park and greenbelt! You can sign up here: Balcones Park Cleanup and Trail Work. Also, click here to join the Facebook Event to get a reminder.

Snacks will be provided. Gloves, supplies and tools provided by Austin Parks Foundation. Signing up also gets you a cool t-shirt! Please email if you would like to volunteer to lead a project. We can get more work done with a little advance coordination!
  Afterschool STEM using LEGO Program
There will be a LEGO STEM program. Spots are limited to a max of 16 students. Class begins 10/23/19. Link here.   Young Rembrandts Drawing Class Boost your student’s interest in drawing with a Young Rembrandts class. All new lessons are being served up this session and we’ll draw lots of inspiration from the holiday season as well. Learning and fun await so sign up today! Link to School Flyer. Link to Enroll.
  Parent education at Murchison Middle School Save these dates for the following speakers in Murchison’s Parent Education series: Thursday, October 24, 5:30-6:30 pm – Shandra Carter: what is sex trafficking and why all need to know about it Monday, November 11, 6-7 pm – Lauren Gaspar: helping your child navigate anxiety and stress Tuesday, December 3 – Sarah Kapostay: supporting our LGBTQ youth   Upcoming election – November 5 On November 5, Texas will have a constitutional amendment election. Here are some great resources to get you ready to make your voice heard at the ballot box: KUT Austin article: “Yes, There’s An Election In Texas In November. Here’s What’s On The Ballot.” List of proposed constitutional amendments   Travis County Sample Ballot What’s on MY ballot? If you are registered to vote, you can enter in your information here to see your sample ballot. Travis County early voting locations Night of the Robots On Fri. Dec. 6, from 5:30pm-9:00pm, Night of the Robots will occur in the Applied Technology Center at Anderson High School. If you are a first-timer, NotR is a night where parents can drop off their children at a mini robotics night camp where they learn about engineering and robotics. Parents can enjoy a night off from the kids, which is usually the long-overdue break that they need! The age group ranges from Kindergarten to 5th grade, and there are multiple stations in which the kids can explore possible new interests. Flyer. Sign up here.   Austin ISD’s Middle School Fair Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Families of current and future middle school students are invited to Austin ISD’s 2019 Middle School Fair. Students and their families can learn about the diverse and innovative programming offered in Austin ISD, enjoy student performances, and hear from current students, families and faculty from our 19 middle schools about the amazing programs and classes open to our middle school students. This year’s fair is 9 a.m.–noon Dec. 7 at Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. Johns Ave. For more information, please contact Carol Parton in the Middle School Office at 512-414-4481.