Newsletter, Oct. 9, 2019

9 Oct
Save the Date: Eagle Fest coming soon!
Eagle Fest is Saturday, October 19 from 3-6 pm – and we need your help! Here are a number of ways you can help pitch in to make this annual event a success: Each grade level is asked to donate items. Check this list to see what your child’s grade has been assigned. Eagle Fest is run by volunteer power. Sign up for volunteer shifts here. We need to borrow large coolers and pop-up tents (labeled with your name) for the event. Reach out to Sarah at if you can help. We need help picking up the recycling frames from Austin Resource Recovery the Friday before the event and then taking the bags and frames back to the recycling center on the following Monday. Can you help? Contact Sarah at
Food Service Workers and Lunchroom Monitors Appreciation Next Week
We’re not trying to be “cheesy” when we say that Summitt’s cafeteria staff is a “slice above the rest”! Veronica Macedo, Anela Terant Rodriguez, Jennifer Schuermann, and Albina Wilson are “nacho average” food service workers. And we’d all “go bananas” if it weren’t for our lunchroom monitors. Maggie Strong and Bryan Gauthier are truly “Life Savers!” Please thank them for their hard work and dedication.

Fall Pictures
Picture packages are coming home this week, so be sure to check your child’s backpack! If you haven’t ordered, it’s not too late. We’re sending home slips printed with your child’s picture and order code, so you can still order online. If you need to contact Inter State Studio with questions about the pictures you received, visit Picture retakes will be Wednesday, November 13.

Red Ribbon Week October 21-25
During Red Ribbon Week, we will be helping our students to make a commitment not to use drugs or alcohol. Each student will receive a red bracelet to wear for the week that symbolizes their commitment to say no to drugs and alcohol. To help make this week fun, we will be celebrating our commitments with the following dress-up days. Monday: SOCK IT TO DRUGS – Students wear crazy socks. Tuesday: TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS – Students wear a college or team shirt of any kind (NFL, NBA, soccer, little league, etc.) Wednesday:  WEAR ORANGE AND PUT A CAP ON DRUGS – Students wear anything orange to support National Unity Day. This supports our anti-bullying and No Place for Hate initiatives. Students can also wear a hat or cap on this day. Thursday: OUR FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT W/OUT DRUGS – Students wear sunglasses and NEON colors on this day. Friday: WEAR RED DAY – Students wear anything red to show support for saying NO to drugs.
Halloween Book Character Dress-up Day: October 31 
This annual event will not be part of Red Ribbon Week as in some years past. To celebrate Halloween, have your student dress up as their favorite book character. Please do NOT bring masks, props, or accessories for student safety reasons.

Upcoming Library Events from Ms. Richey
“October is absolutely one of my favorite months of the year! I love the prospect of cooler temps, and the festive feel in the air. There will be a number of fun and exciting things going on in the library this month, so mark your calendars now.

Tuesday, October 22: Mother Goose LIVE for Pre-k-1st grades

Wednesday, October 23: Molly Brooks is coming to Summitt! Molly Brooks, author of Sanity and Tallulah will visit 3rd and 4th grades, sponsored by BookPeople. 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, Oct. 23, to talk about her latest novel, the second installment in the Sanity and Tallulah series. 

Any interested 3rd or 4th graders are invited to join Mrs. Richey for a Book Bites Lunch Bunch to learn more about Molly Brooks.  We’ll read and discuss the first chapter together while you enjoy your lunch away from the hustle and bustle of the cafeteria. I’ll even have copies of her first novel for sale.  She can autograph them when she visits. Look for the sign-up outside the library doors, and get a jump on the next great book everyone’s gonna be talking about!

Monday, October 28: Pumpkin Decorating Contest begins: please see this image for more details. Pumpkins due Monday, October 28. 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.”

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
Oct 21-25 – Red Ribbon Week
Fri, Oct. 25 – Community Skate Night

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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!
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 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!

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.

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
Mighty Fine Burgers
Milwood & Walnut Crossing Neighborhood Association
Teapioca Lounge
Terra Toys
Texan Market
Tiff’s Treats
Trader Joe’s 
Transform with Coach Neal

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 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.

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
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.
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

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

Trunk or Treat Halloween Fest
Convenant United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat fest on Saturday, October 26, from 4-6 pm. All are welcome to join! There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, free food, and candy! More information here.

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.

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

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.