Newsletter, Dec 18, 2019

18 Dec
Holiday Break
We hope all of our Summitt families have a wonderful and relaxing Holiday break!  A reminder that the last day of school is Thursday December 20th, and students will return on Wednesday January 8.  This will be the last edition of the Summitt Newsletter until the New Year. Please be safe and remind your kids to read!  See you in 2020!  

Save the Date for Summitt’s STEAM Night
Thurs, January 16, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Teachers and Staff have been hard at work preparing for Summitt’s upcoming STEAM Night. During the event, families will engage in various activity stations which will introduce students to concepts in STEAM disciplines. Through the STEAM night, Summitt hopes to inspire students to get excited about STEAM disciplines and careers.   

Science Fair Due Date Reminder
Tues, January 14, 2020
All Summitt Students submitting a project for the Summitt Science Fair should bring their projects to school on January 14th. Judging will be held for grades 3-5 on January 15th. All projects will be presented at the STEAM night event on January 16th. For questions about the science fair please contact the Summitt Front Office.

Easter Seals Drive Fundraiser for Summitt PTA: Jan. 13 through 17
Please mark your calendars and gather your old clothes. There is a fundraiser donation drive for Easter Seals. Donations can be dropped off until Friday in The Great Hall during school hours. A truck will be at Summit on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 am-noon so you can drop off items then, too. Easter Seals will pay Summitt PTA 20 cents per pound for soft items like clothes, shoes, clothing accessories, sheets, small rugs and similar items. They also pay 5 cents per pound for small household items such as dishes, pots, pans, small kitchen appliances or any other small items used in a home. Here’s more information on the drive:

Thu, Dec. 19: Classroom Holiday Parties
Fri, Dec. 20 – Tues, Jan. 7: NO SCHOOL
Jan 13-18: Easter Seals Clothing Drive – PTA Fundraiser
Tue, Jan. 14: Science Fair Projects Due
Thu, Jan. 16: STEAM Night
Tue, Jan. 21: Community Night @ Brick Oven
Mon, Feb. 3: PTA Meeting

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Last Call for Lost and Found
If your child has misplaced a coat, sweatshirt, water bottle or other item, please claim it from lost and found immediately! All unclaimed items will be donated to Covenant’s Free Store on Thursday of this week (12/19/2019), the last day of school for this calendar year. The lost and found rack is located in the hallway to the right of the main entrance doors.  There are a LOT of items in the Lost and Found, some even with names, so be sure to check it today or tomorrow. Picture of Lost and Found

The Summitt Good News…paper, Winter 2019
The 5th Grade Newspaper editors have been hard at work on the Winter 2019 issue of Summitt’s student newspaper. This is a great way to learn more about the programming our school provides in the various grade levels from our very own students. The paper copies will be sent home with all students on Wednesday. Here is a link for the Wednesday email newsletter. 

Coat Drive – Last Days
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 also 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.

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

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
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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.
Helping Summitt Families
There are a few Summitt families who could use a little help making their Holiday season just a bit brighter.  We have created a wish list of items; you can purchase directly from Amazon and it will ship straight to the school.  Families will then come pick the items up next week. Thank you for helping make sure all our fellow Eagles have a wonderful Holiday season. 

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

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

Summitt’s Operation Blue Santa was a Success
A great big thank you goes out to the Summitt community. With your generous donations, we were able to collect 3 big boxes full of toys for Operation Blue Santa. We have never failed to support anyone in need. Have a safe and joyful holiday!

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