Newsletter, Nov 6, 2019

6 Nov
Principal Coffee on Fri. Dec. 8 in morning
Hope you can join Principal Friede for a Coffee Chat on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:45am or 8am in the cafeteria. Raptor system is still down, so please stop into the office to get your visitor badge.

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

Fall Book Fair is Nov. 18 thru Nov. 22

Save the DATE!  Our annual Fall Book Fair is two weeks away.  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!

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.

Fri, Nov. 8 – Principal Coffee, 8am
Wed. Nov. 13 – Picture Retakes
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

Click here to view more events
Add the Summitt calendar to your calendar
October was Down Syndrome Awareness Month
On Thurs., Oct. 10, we had a short presentation about Down Syndrome during assembly. We planned to show the first six minutes of this video, but encountered technical difficulties. We encourage you to watch the video with your family. 

In case your child has questions or you’d like more information on Down syndrome, we’ve provided resources below.  Thank you! Click here for info on Common Questions and Myth & Truths About Down Syndrome.

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 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!

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.

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!

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

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! 

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

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!

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!
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: Monday, November 11, 6-7 pm – Lauren Gaspar: helping your child navigate anxiety and stress Tuesday, December 3 – Sarah Kapostay: supporting our LGBTQ youth
Events at Balcones Youth Sports

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.

Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums
Parent/Caregiver Workshop on 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. Click HERE for a downloadable flyer and register here.

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: October 28th from 12 – 12:30 pm 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. Register here. Trainings Include: Trauma-Informed Care (direct care staff, supervisors, administrators) Creating Trauma-Informed Systems of Care within Organizations (leadership, board, administrators)