Newsletter, Dec. 4, 2019

4 Dec

Koblenz Holiday Shopping Market - this Friday!
Summitt is hosting its seventh annual “Holiday Market” craft and vendor event. The Market will be in the Summitt Great Hall on Fri. Dec. 6 from 6-9pm.  Shop for Holiday goods while supporting local businesses. We will also have a Silent Auction! All proceeds benefit the Summitt-Koblenz Exchange program.

Jingle Bell Jog

Our 13th annual Jingle Bell Jog will take place on Fri, Dec 6 for 4th & 5th grades!

Students will run during their Special Area times:

4th grade - 1:15-2:00 pm

5th grade - 2:05 -2:50 pm

All students will receive a jingle bell to wear on their shoelaces and Jingle Bell awards will be handed out immediately after the race!

Friday will also be "Marathon Kids T-shirt day!" We encourage all of our K-5 students to wear their new 26.2 mile shirts to school!

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 Tues, Dec 17 at 6 pm in the Summitt Cafeteria.

Principal Fireside Chat

The next Principal Fireside Chat will be hosted in the Library on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:00 to 7:00.  We will be hosting the Center for Child Protection who will be discussing internet safety for students. We hope you will join us!

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 – 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).

Fri, Dec. 6: Koblenz Holiday Market
Tue, Dec. 10: Principal Fireside Chat 6-7pm
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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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. The donation drive will begin Monday, Dec 2 in the Great Hall. Thank you! Questions? Contact Sarah Allen at

Coats still in the lost and found after school on Thursday, December 19, will be donated to Covenant’s FreeStore.

AISD Calendar Voting for 2020-21
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 at ( .

The survey closes at midnight Dec. 13.

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

Winter Spirit Days
Summitt will be having its 5th annual winter spirit weeks from Dec 9 - Dec 19.  Here is a list of the events for winter spirit weeks:

Mon, Dec 9: Holiday Headwear- Wear a favorite headpiece or hat.

Tues, Dec 10:  Mad About Plaid- Wear anything plaid that you have.

Wed, Dec 11: Ugly holiday sweater- If you have one, wear it.

Thurs, Dec 12: Holiday Bling- Wear fun, festive, pieces (necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, neckties, etc.) all at one time!!!

Fri, Dec 13:  Frozen Friday- Wear blue, white, silver, or snowflakes.

Mon, Dec 16: Holiday Vacation- Wear a Hawaiian/vacation style shirt & leis.

Tues, Dec 17: Baby, It's Cold Outside- Wear a scarf, winter hat, gloves, etc

Wed, Dec 18: It's a Wild Holiday- Wear animal print or camo.

Thurs, Dec 19: All Aboard the Polar Express- Wear your PJ's and come ready to ride out of the 2019 school year!

Volunteers needed for Summitt LIBRARY INVENTORY 2019

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 2 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! Sign up Here (http://

Teacher Workroom News

Many thanks go out to those parents that helped with the 2nd grade mittens!  They are complete. I so appreciate your help. As we complete the 3rd grade stockings, I’d like to send a shout out for those Watchdog dads that did a super job working on the stockings.

If you have 10-15 minutes to spare, the Teacher Workroom could always use more help! Teachers need help with copying, die cutting, and laminating. Hours are 7:10am-3:30pm.

Karen Reyna, Workroom Manager -

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!

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 (

Coats for Kids Distribution Day
Distribution day is Saturday, December 7, 8 am-3 pm. 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 via this English flyer (  and Spanish flyer ( .

Parent’s Night Out with Anderson Cheer/Mascot and Football Teams
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 info and sign up below.

When: Sat. Dec. 14 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.

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
On Saturday, December 7, from 9 am-12 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 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.

Have you been following Austin's Rewrite of our Land Development Code? You should.
This rewrite will rezone all single family homes as well as make 2% of the city Transition Zones and more. This next week several important meetings determining how the Land Development Code rewrite moves forward will occur.

Saturday 12/7, 10:00 am, City Hall - Public Hearing on the LDC. If you wish to express your thoughts directly to City Council, this is the time to do it. You can arrive at City Hall and sign up to speak.

Monday 12/9, 10:00 am, City Hall - Special called meeting for City Council to vote on the "First Reading" of the LDC. Law requires 3 readings and subsequent votes.

Learn More 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:
* 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)