Newsletter, Nov 13, 2019

13 Nov

Fall Book Fair is Nov. 18 thru Nov. 22

Save the DATE!  Our annual Fall Book Fair is next week!  Our theme this fall is Arctic Adventure, with fun activities planned all week, with Family Lunch on Wednesday, and Family Night on Thursday!

NEW this year is the eWallet -  Give students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. There is no charge to set up an eWallet. Parents simply create an account and authorize a spending limit on their credit card.  All unused balances are returned to the credit card automatically after the fair is closed on Dec. 2.

Key Features to eWallet -
* Secure way to give kids money to buy books
* Pre-authorized amount to control spending
* Funds immediately available for use
* Easy student lookup for quick transactions
* Go to Scholastic Homepage for Summitt Elementary to set up your eWallet!

Grandparents Day Luncheon
All grandparents are invited to have lunch with their little Eagles on Wednesday, November 20.  Please remind grandparents to arrive early in order to have time to get a Raptor badge from the Office. If you want to eat in the cafeteria here is the menu.

Teaching Assistants Appreciation Next Week

Summitt proudly recognizes our wonderful Teaching Assistants on November 18-22. Give a special thanks to Carmen DeHart, Thanh Doan, Sarwat Rahman, Sarah Spence, Tori Tambila, Brenda Wood, and Mizu Wa’oo for providing much-need support to our classrooms. Thank you for helping us to acknowledge these hardworking individuals.

Gifted/Talented Nominations for Kinder thru 2nd
The GT Nomination window for Kinder through 2nd grades opens on Monday, November 4th and ends on Friday, November 15th.  Nomination forms will be available in the office or can be downloaded at the following links. Please complete both forms if you would like to nominate your child. Please email Greg Rohde ( with completed forms and questions. You can also drop the completed forms off in the office.
Parent Checklist & Parent Nomination Form 
Other GT Information

** Morning Drop Off Car Line Etiquette Reminder

** As the mornings get colder and more families are driving to drop off their students, please read this reminder on drop off car line etiquette:
1. Cars dropping off from the Amherst direction should use the car line drop off that runs through the teacher parking lot
2. Cars dropping off from the Mosley/Brigadoon direction should use the car line drop off that runs through the bus lanes in front of the school
3. Students should be ready to hop out of their vehicle as soon as the driver comes to a complete stop within 4 car lengths of the front of the line. Coats and backpacks should already be in hand. If your student needs more time, don't use the car line. Instead, pull into a parking space in the visitor lot so that you can assist your student without holding up the line.
4. Please don't socialize with the teachers and staff opening the car doors as this holds up the line. A quick thank you will suffice.

Thank you for helping make our morning drop offs go smoothly for everyone!

New plants in the flower beds
Thanks to our Beautification Team and volunteers, we have lovely, new plants in the flowerbeds. Please try to avoid stepping in the flower beds while they take root and get bigger and stronger. Thanks!

Library Events from Ms. Richey
Book Swap: 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 so come on by and grab an item or two to read – for yourself or your little one, or add to the collection.

Mon, Nov. 18-22 - Book Fair
Wed, Nov. 20 - Grandparents' Lunch
Thurs, Nov. 21 - PJ Night at Book Fair
Mon, Nov. 25 - Fri, Nov. 29 - NO SCHOOL
Mon, Dec. 2: PTA General Meeting
Fri, Dec. 6: Koblenz Holiday Market
Thank you to our generous business sponsors who help to support our school!

Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Pre-order your 2019-2020 Summitt Yearbook at a discounted price of $20. After January 13, 2020, the price will increase to $25. The full-color, 68 page yearbook will be on sale until mid-March. Look for a flyer in your child's Monday folder, or order online at and enter code: 43148P

PE News from Coach Comsudi
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 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!  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!

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.

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.

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 uponline 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.

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. We specifically need help with the following projects:
* 2nd Grade Holiday Mittens: Please help ensure the 2nd graders have a wonderful holiday by volunteering to cut out large mittens with cuffs and put them together.  You can do this at the school or home. We need 140 mittens completed by 12/5.
* 3rd Grade  Holiday Stockings: Please help ensure the 3rd graders have a wonderful holiday by volunteering to cut out large stockings.  You can do this at the school or home. We need 260 single pieces completed by 12/5.

If you can help, there are directions on the wall in the teachers workroom or contact Karen Reyna at  Any help is greatly appreciated!

PS: If you are the kind person that left a note in the work room about completing 100+ cuffs, can you please contact Karen at  Thanks so much for all your help.

Beautification Team in Need of a few Hoses & Sprayers
Summitt is in need of a couple of hoses and sprayers if you have some you might want to donate, please call or text me at (512) 944-7580 - Mary Ann. Thank you!

Hygiene Drive
Please help us create 100 Healthy Holiday Care Packages for clients at the nearby Covenant Food Pantry by donating a personal care item to our first-ever hygiene drive.  To ensure that we collect a variety of items, we are suggesting a donation item for each grade. Please give one (or more) if you can. Deliver your donations to the labeled boxes in the Great Hall no later than Friday, November 22nd. Thank you!
All grades - any spare plastic store bags you have
* Pre K – hand soap or hand sanitizer
* Kindergarten - Shampoo
* 1st Grade - Toothpaste
* 2nd Grade - Body wash or bath soap
* 3rd Grade - Toothbrushes
* 4th Grade - Conditioner
* 5th Grade - Deodorant

Summitt Partnering with APD’s Operation Blue Santa

Summitt is in collaboration with APD, Operation Blue Santa to collect toys for families in need during the holiday season. Boxes will be put in the main hallway from Nov. 5 - Dec. 17 for collection. Thank you for your generosity!

Pictures for the Yearbook
If you attend any Summitt events, please take pictures and send them to (

Webinar: How Charter Schools Impact Public Education with Patti Everitt

Due to high interest in the Charter Schools topic at our last PTA meeting, the original presenter, Patti Everitt, will deliver the same presentation virtually. The webinar is being offered by Austin Council PTA and AISD Parent Engagement Support office as a learning opportunity for PTA and school communities in Austin ISD.

Patti Everitt is a consultant on state education policy with a focus on the impact of charter schools on public education.  Most recently, she coordinated the legislative agenda to increase the transparency and efficiency of charter schools in Texas that was supported by 16 statewide education groups.  Patti has worked with foundations, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to develop innovative education, employment, and health programs for youth.

When:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7 pm - 8 pm CT

How:  The webinar will be hosted on Zoom webconference. It's simple to join from your computer or phone.  Click here to sign up ( and receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the webinar delivered on Zoom no later than Nov 19.

Coats for Kids Distribution Day

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m​.  Coats for Kids​, now in its 33rd year, is an annual community event that collects and distributes new and gently worn winter coats to eligible youth in Central Texas.  Learn how to get a coat or give a coat here English Flyer ( & Spanish Flyer ( & More (

Chicness Nails Gives Back to Summitt
During the month of November, Chicness Nails at 4005 West Parmer Lane (next door to Its a Grind) will contribute 15% of all sales from Summitt families and staff to Summitt PTA. Please mention "Summitt Elementary" at the time of services. Chicness Nails is an all natural nail spa. They offer complimentary chocolate truffles, macaroons, organic tea (peppermint, lavender honey, chai, chamomile, mango ginger, and mango peach). Chicness Nails was recognized by yahoo news and as one of the non-toxic nail spas. Our lotions, scrubs and massage oils are source from real plants, essential oils and fruit extracts. For more information visit

Parent education at Murchison Middle School
Save these dates for the following speakers in Murchison’s Parent Education series:
* Tuesday, December 3 – Sarah Kapostay: supporting our LGBTQ youth

Events at Balcones Youth Sports
We are hosting the fall Sandlot Tournament this weekend (Nov. 15-17th) and we are looking for volunteers.  Please click on the SignupGenius link ( and snag your shift to help BYS make this tournament successful.  Thanks in advance for helping out.  As always, BYS is a volunteer-run organization and we couldn't do it without you! Questions or concerns? Email Carlye, (

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 ( .

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

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.

Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums
Parent/Caregiver Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Join Austin Child Guidance Center for our low cost parent workshop to get in-depth and effective training from ACGC's experts designed to help your family flourish. Limited space available.

Managing Meltdowns & Tantrums Workshop
When children have a hard time managing their emotions it can turn into meltdowns and tantrums. Meltdowns and tantrums can be effectively prevented, managed, and treated. In this workshop, parents will be able to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum, will learn tools to respond to and prevent meltdowns and tantrums, and will be given resources for when to seek additional help.
* Who: Parents and Guardians of children 2-12 years old.
* When: Thurs, Nov 14th, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
* Where: Austin Child Guidance Center - Conference Room, 810 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78751
* Cost: $20 per parent/caregiver
* Childcare: For children 2 years old and older, while space is available.

ACGC In Action: Behind the Scenes and What You Need to Know
Did you know that Austin Child Guidance Center has the only walk-in clinic for children in Central Texas? Or that in 2007 we still used typewriters? Join us for ACGC In Action where you'll learn fun facts, details about our services, and ways to make a difference in a child's life. Meet program leaders, see our work in action, and learn ways to get involved with Austin Child Guidance Center.

ACGC In Action Dates:
* November 18th from 9 - 9:30 am
* December 16th from 11:30 am - 12 pm
* January 13th from 11:30 am - 12 pm
* February 17th from 11:30 am - 12 pm

Alternate times are available by request as well.  Email ( or call (512) 451-2242 to sign up.

Austin Child Guidance Center's Trauma Trainings
ACGC offers interactive, engaging and educational 1.5 hour trauma trainings that are tailored to the needs of various audiences, including professionals and parents. Trainings include information from the most current brain-based research on trauma and incorporate materials from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Trainings Include:
* Trauma-Informed Care (direct care staff, supervisors, administrators)
* Creating Trauma-Informed Systems of Care within Organizations (leadership, board, administrators)