Newsletter, Dec. 11, 2019

11 Dec

Chick-Fil-A Night tonight!
Join us for dinner between 5-8pm at the Chick-fil-A on Parmer and Mopac, and they will donate a portion of the processed to the Summitt PTA! Please make sure they place your receipt in the basket so that we get the funds. Hope to see you there.

Meet-and-greet with Summitt's Interim Principal, Ariel Greco-Belz
Please join Summitt's CAC and PTA at an informal meet and greet with our new interim principal, Ariel Greco-Belz, on Tuesday, December 17 at 6 pm in the Summitt Cafeteria.

From the Computer Lab:
As temperatures start falling, I am reminded this is my favorite time of year! No, not just the holidays with all the food, fun and family… it’s time for our annual HOUR OF CODE!

In the weeks to come all classes, Kinder through 5th grade, will come to the Lab for a fun coding activity. If you would like to join us check with your student’s teacher for the week, day and time for their visit. You do not need experience with coding, the lessons are self-guided. Hope to see you there! If you have questions you can contact me at ( (Campus Technology Facilitator).

Wed, Dec. 11: Chick-fil-A Family Night
Tues, Dec. 17: New Principal Meet & Greet
Fri, Dec. 20 - Tues, Jan. 7: NO SCHOOL

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Thank you to our generous business sponsors who help to support our school!

Coat Drive
Our 5th grade Girl Scout Troop #1277 is holding a Coat Drive to support Covenant United Methodist FreeStore. As you trade warmer weather clothes for colder weather and find that your child’s coat no longer fits or your gently used coat is no longer the one you’ll wear this winter season, please consider donating it to the Troop 1277 coat drive. The troop is working on their bronze award, and this coat drive is one part of their project. Coats still in the lost and found after school on Thursday, December 19, will be donated to Covenant’s FreeStore. Questions? Contact Sarah Allen at ( .

Fabulous Fridays
Fabulous Fridays are back again starting this Spring! Learn more about Fab Fridays, read the class descriptions, and sign up here ( .

Jingle Bell Jog Results
Congratulations to all of our 4th and 5th graders for completing the Jingle Bell Jog last week. What a beautiful day for a race! Thanks to all the 4th and 5th grade teachers for coming out during their planning to support our runners and the Special Area team for helping along the route. Huge shoutout to Mrs. Romer for coming out to run with her class, and many thanks to 3rd grade Mrs. Muerer's class for cheering on the 5th grade – what great school spirit!

Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Pre-order your 2019-20 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

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.

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.
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Please note that our principal also sends an email out weekly from Summitt Elementary School. While some items will duplicate, a majority will not – so please read both.

Summitt Appreciation Weeks
Want to say “thank you” to everyone who makes your child’s school week a good experience?  The Summitt Appreciation Team created “thank yous” this fall semester for our custodians, food service workers, cafeteria monitors, bus drivers, and teaching assistants. Next semester, we will thank and celebrate national appreciation weeks for crossing guards, counselors, academic specialists, librarians, office administration, principal and vice principal, teachers, and nurses.

To show your appreciation, go to the Summitt online store ( to donate $5 or more. We also accept cash/check donations and can send you more information to make this happen. Email questions to ( .

Volunteers Needed for Summitt Library Inventory
Each year in an effort to keep our collection current and accurate, the librarian must scan each and every item in the library collection, including all books, videos, CDs, and professional materials. With about 20,000 items to scan and a two-week window in which to do it, the librarian is very appreciative of any extra hands. Volunteers must be able to go from a sitting position to a standing position comfortably and monitor a few basic operations on a computer. It is a great fit for anyone looking to donate their time in a quiet setting with minimal interaction with others.  Catch up on your favorite podcast or finish that audiobook you're halfway through! Please sign up here. (

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. If you can help, please contact Karen Reyna at ( .
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 Mary Ann at (512) 944-7580. Thank you!

Summitt Partnering with APD’s Operation Blue Santa
Summitt is collaborating with Austin Police Department's Operation Blue Santa to collect toys for families in need during the holiday season. Boxes will be put in the main hallway from November 5 - December 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 (

AISD Calendar Voting for 2020-21 – last chance to vote
Austin ISD is currently working on the calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The Calendar Task Force has worked very hard to prepare three calendar options. Please take a moment to review the summary of each calendar option below and cast your vote online here ( . The survey closes at midnight on December 13.

Kealing Magnet School Information
Do you have a student that you’re really hoping will apply to the Kealing Middle School magnet program?  Parents missed our Showcase but want more information? Maybe you learned about Kealing at the AISD Middle School Choice Fair this past weekend, but want to ask more questions in a more intimate setting?

The last chance to come and obtain more information about the Kealing magnet program and hear directly from magnet students will be this week! They are coming to North Austin at Padron ES Tuesday, South Austin at Rodriguez ES Wednesday, and staying at Kealing for our Central location Thursday. More information here ( . Students will talk about transportation, homework, making friends in a new school, and take questions from the audience.

Parent’s Night Out
You deserve a night off! And you can get just that with the Anderson High School Parent's Night Out brought to you by the Anderson Cheer & Mascot and Football team. More information and sign up below.

When: December 14, 2019 from 6:30 pm-10 pm
Cost: $45/child, grades pre-k through 6th (must be potty trained)
Where: Anderson High School Cafeteria
* To register for a night out with the cheer team, click here ( . Your child will make gifts for family, learn cheers, jumps, and stunts, make crafts, and more.
* To register for a night out with the football team, click here ( . It will feature gym and outdoor field games.

Make it Matter Meet-up
Chandra Villanueva, Program Director with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, will give a presentation on the funding of public schools in Texas. She will discuss the probable effects of the school funding legislation passed by the 2019 Texas Legislature, and the potential for improving funding of schools in Texas. Option to bring a packed lunch. The venue is kid-friendly if you want to bring your little ones.

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020, 12-1:30 pm
Location: Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St, Austin 78702

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:
* 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)

Register here ( .

Spanish Immersion Camp
Beginning in February, Sarah's Spanish School will offer Spanish immersion classes at Summitt for K-3rd grade students. More information here ( .