Newsletter, Oct. 30, 2019

30 Oct
Tomorrow: Halloween Dress Up Day
Students can dress up as their favorite book character tomorrow. But keep in mind: no masks, props, or accessories please for student safety reasons. We encourage students to carry the book for the character they choose to represent.

Summitt PTA General Meeting 
Where: Summitt Library
When: Monday, November 4, 6-7 pm
Please join us for the November PTA General Meeting. June Thai-Lazaro will present on Vietnamese culture. Come and learn about the rich history, culture, and tradition of Vietnam, a great intro to understand more about what our dual language programs students are all about! Complimentary child watch will be provided by members of 6th Grade Girl Scout Troop 40. 

Library Events from Ms. Richey
The Pumpkin Decorating Contest winner will be announced at Thursday’s assembly. Come see the awesome creations and find out who won. 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. 

Thurs, Oct. 31 – Book Character Dress Up Day
Mon, Nov. 4 – PTA Meeting, 6-7 pm
Fri, Nov. 8 – Principal Coffee, 8 am

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PE News from Coach Comsudi
“We are celebrating the end of our first 9-weeks with some spooky fun Halloween games in PE this week!  Our upper grades are completing their Fitnessgram testing as we roll into November. We will be focused on basketball skills and drills and our health topic for the month of November is all about the dangers of smoking. I am positive your children will be coming home to tell you all about our discussions…so just a heads up! They will be learning about the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke. 

A big thank you to our PTA who will be helping us purchase brand new gymnastics mats this school year through their grant program! I would also love to thank everyone who supported our Y-ties fundraiser. We raised over $2000 and will get to keep half of the profits! We can’t wait to order some new equipment and plan for our upcoming events.

We hope that your kiddos have been enjoying Physical Education at Summitt!”

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!

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 eventsTwitter – All tweets are re-posts from our Facebook pageAdd Summitt’s Google Calendar to your CalendarPlease 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!
Milwood Baptist Church’s Fall Fest
Milwood Baptist Church’s 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
Thursday, 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. Call 512-974-9880 for more information.

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 itMonday, November 11, 6-7 pm – Lauren Gaspar: helping your child navigate anxiety and stressTuesday, December 3 – Sarah Kapostay: supporting our LGBTQ youthUpcoming 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 BallotWhat’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 locationsIt’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.S nacks will be provided. Gloves, supplies and tools provided by Austin Parks Foundation. Signing up also gets you a cool t-shirt! Projects planned this year include:Trash pickupMulch (limited this year since other groups recently mulched the park – we will just finish spreading a leftover pile from Spring)Erosion repair along creekside trail and NCWT low water crossingInvasive species removal (Johnson Grass, Ragweed, Chinaberry, Ligustrum)Landscaping the rain garden area by the pool buildingPlease email if you would like to volunteer to lead a project. We can get more work done with a little advance coordination!  

Anderson Tennis Family Play Day
Are you a tennis player or always wanted to give it a try? The Anderson Trojan Tennis Team, in collaboration with Capital Area Tennis Association, is hosting a free day of tennis activities for all ages including mini tennis for the 8 & under crowd. Come meet the team and learn some of the basics or show off your skills hitting with some of our top players. No racquet? No problem! There will be some available to borrow.

When:  Sunday, November 10th 2:00-4:00
Where:  Anderson High School Tennis Courts

Please register here.

Anderson High School Project Graduation Mattress Fundraiser
Are you in the market for a new mattress, pillows or bedding? Look no further, Anderson High School will be holding its annual Mattress Fundraiser, on Saturday, November 16th at Westover Hills Church (across from Anderson). All proceeds benefit Project Graduation 2020, a substance-free, all-night celebration for our graduates. Our graduates will have an amazing evening with their friends, and parents will have peace of mind knowing your kids are celebrating their achievement in a safe environment. Get your bedding needs and support our graduating seniors! Come and take a look and not only can you save some money, faculty members, staff and their families have special pricing as well! Questions? Contact Choni Hajibashi at

Kealing Middle School Showcase
If your student is interested in attending (or just learning more about) Kealing Middle School, they will have a showcase event on November 7th.  This event gives families an opportunity to roam about the school, ask questions, meet teachers and current students, and get a feel for the program, all to help your student make a decision about  applying. Applications can be found here. More information here.

Night of the Robots
On the night of December 6, starting at 5:30 pm, 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. Sign up here.

Austin ISD’s Middle School Fair
Families of current and future middle school students are invited to Austin ISD’s 2019 Middle School Fair on Saturday, December 7 from 9 am-12 pm. 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 will be 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.