Newsletter, Jan. 15, 2020

15 Jan

A reminder that Monday, January 20th is a Student and Staff MLK Holiday. School will resume on Tuesday, January 21st. We also have a 4-day weekend in February as there is no school for the Anderson Vertical Team on both Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 17.

Save the Date for Summitt's STEAM Night
Thursday, January 16, Summitt will be hosting its first annual STEAM night from 6:00-7:30pm.  During the event, families will engage in hands on activity stations which will introduce students to the STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Science Fair projects will be awarded and Mad Science will be here to demonstrate the magic of Science! We hope you can join us!

6:00-6:40: Families are invited to come explore a variety of hands on activity stations and visit a variety of booths with their favorite teachers!

6:30-6:40: Science Fair Finalists will be announced in the Cafeteria

6:45-7:30: Mad Science Presentation

Easter Seals Drive Fundraiser for Summitt PTA: January 13-17
Don't forget to bring your old clothes to the 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, January 18, from 10m-12 pm so you can drop off items then, too. More info may be found here ( .

Principal Coffee
Tues, January 21 at 8:00-8:45am.  Please join us as we welcome Beth Newton, Murchison MS Principal to Summitt. She and her team will be coming to share Campus Initiatives, Middle Years IB Program, Information on Academic Classes, Electives, Languages, and SEL Programs. Her and her team will also share 6th grade specific information regarding schedules, maps, Transition Camp information and much more! This will be an opportunity to learn about the transition to middle school and everything their campus has to offer.

No Name-Calling Week: January 21-24

It is never OK to name‐call or bully another student for any reason!  We are dressing up each day next week, to CELEBRATE KINDNESS AND DIVERSITY!

Tuesday, January 21: Bring a Buddy to School Day—students can bring a stuffed animal that will fit in their backpack to encourage friendship.

Wednesday, January 22: Diversity Day – Wear as many colors and patterns as you can to encourage blending differences together.

Thursday, January 23: Come as You are Day—Come in your pajamas and crazy hair to promote accepting yourself and others how you/they are.

Friday, January 24: Opposite /Backwards Day- Accept everyone’s be you!

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Parent Book Study
Our Next Parent Book Study will be this Friday, January 17th!

It is not too late to join our book club! Please mark your calendars for the following dates: January 17th, January 24th, January 31st, February 7th, and February 21st.  All meetings will take place from 7:45- 8:45 a.m. We will be reading The Whole - Brain Child! You are welcome to purchase your own copy, or you may borrow a copy from the campus. We hope you can join us!

Teacher Talent Show - January 31

Are you coming to the talent show? Are you ready to see the best talents Summitt has to offer? Teacher Talent Show is on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm in the

Summitt cafeteria. Tickets will be sold January 27 - 31 at 7:20 am and 3:05 pm in the Great Hall. The tickets will also be sold the night of the show. The first five

rows are $10 per seat. The rest of the tickets are $5 each. Concession items will be available for purchase at the show. Our Teacher Talent Show benefits the

Koblenz Exchange Program. See you at the show!

The Summitt Lion Dragon Dance Team - Tet Show!

Save the date!  The Lion Dragon Dance team will perform the Tet show twice for our Summitt families:

Feb. 6th- Tet Day Show  (8:30am)

Feb 7th- Tet Night Show (6-9pm)

Watch future newsletters for info on how to get tickets to the February 7th show.

Also, please mark your calendar to go cheer on our amazing team as they perform around the city sharing their hearts and talents with everyone to see! Performance schedules can be viewed here (

Summitt Eagle Fun Run - Feb. 17 thru Feb. 28

We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major Spring semester fundraiser! Apex Fun Run is a 2 week interactive leadership program combined with a fun run fundraiser that helps schools all over the country raise funds, while promoting leadership, good character and fitness.

·  With parents help, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Fun Run day to help our school.

·  Students will run for 30 minutes and will run an average of 26-36 laps around the Apex Raceway. The maximum amount of laps is 36 and each lap is 1/16th of a mile.

·  Through Apex’s online pledging system, sponsors can pledge per lap or any flat donation amount for students, and can pledge from anywhere in the world!

Summitt Eagle Fun Run: February 17-28
We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major Spring semester fundraiser! Apex Fun Run is a two-week interactive leadership program combined with a fun run fundraiser that helps schools all over the country raise funds, while promoting leadership, good character, and fitness.

With parents' and guardians' help, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Fun Run day to help our school. Students will run for 30 minutes and will run an average of 26-36 laps around the Apex Raceway. The maximum number of laps is 36 and each lap is 1/16th of a mile. Through Apex’s online pledging system, sponsors can pledge per lap or any flat donation amount for students, and can pledge from anywhere in the world! More information on how to submit pledges will follow soon.

Jan. 13-18: Easter Seals Clothing Drive - PTA Fundraiser
Thu, Jan. 16: STEAM Night
Mon, Jan. 20: NO SCHOOL/MLK Day
Tue, Jan. 21: Principal Coffee
Thu, Jan. 23: Community Night @ Brick Oven
Fri, Jan. 31: Teacher Talent Show
Mon, Feb. 3: PTA Meeting
Fri, Feb 7: Tet Show
Fri, Feb 14: No School
Mon, Feb 17: No School
Feb. 17-28: Summitt Fun Run

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

Congratulations to our amazing Counselors Ms. Cardosa and Ms. Richards for being one of a group of only 100 schools from across the state to win the CREST Award for Counseling Excellence for 2019-2020.

Schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment using the Texas Model to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal social domains. CREST is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results. CREST helps counselors to evaluate their counseling programs, promote their programs to the stakeholders in their districts, demonstrate the effectiveness of their guidance and counseling programs through empirical means, and to implement the Texas and National models for school counseling programs.

Camp Summitt

Camp Summitt is back again this summer!  Once again some of our favorite Summitt teachers will be sticking around the first 2 weeks in June to have some extra fun in the sun with our favorite Summitt Eagles.  We'll have some camps from last year returning, as well as some new ones. Learn all about the various camps we have to offer, times, dates, and fees at:

Or contact Denise Richey at (512) 414-4249.  Hope to see you there!

Yearbooks are still on sale

Pre-order your Summitt Yearbook for $25. The full-color, 68 page yearbook will be on sale until March 13th. Order online here ( and enter code: 43148P

Fabulous Fridays

Fabulous Fridays are back again starting this Spring!  Some of the best learning and bonding happens informally through play and pastimes such as cooking favorite family recipes with your kids, sharing beloved books, board games, or even cartoons from your childhood. Fabulous Fridays is an afterschool enrichment program designed to simulate those times.

Classes will begin soon!  Learn more and get signed up here:

Lunch Room Monitors Needed
Monday-Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Visit this link ( to apply. Flyer here. (

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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* Twitter - All tweets ( are re-posts from our Facebook page
* Add Summitt's Google Calendar ( to your Calendar

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 ( .

Teacher Workroom Help Needed
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. If you can help, please contact Karen Reyna at ( .

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

Davis Elementary PTA Meeting - January 16, 6-7:30 pm
Join State Representative Celia Israel for dinner and conversation at the Davis Elementary PTA meeting next Thursday from 6-7:30 pm in the cafeteria. She will discuss what our representatives are working on during the legislative break and what to expect from the next session. We'll also discuss how parents and students can get involved to impact issues they care about and effective ways of interacting with policymakers.

ARC of the Tantrum
Would you believe you can graph a tantrum? You can, and it ends up being an amazingly useful tool for parents. In this workshop, parents learn about each of the stages of a tantrum, including examples of what they look like and how to be sure you are able to recognize what your child looks  like in various stages. We’ll talk about the various tools that parents can use to effectively manage behavior at each stage. Using the right tool at the right moment makes all the difference! This workshop is for parents and teachers only. Please arrange for childcare ahead of time.

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 5:45pm -7 pm
Location: Capitol School of Austin ( , 2011 W. Koenig Ln., Austin, TX 78756
Cost: $10 for visiting educators and non-CSA Parents

Free Austin Public Library Cards

AISD is entering its 2nd year of the partnership with Austin Public Library to provide students with more books & access to digital resources through the student library card campaign. All AISD students, regardless of previous fines, home address, etc. are eligible to receive a student library card.

If you remember the APL student card paper application from last year, you'll be glad to learn that the process was different this year. Parents just had to opt in by checking a box in their school enrollment paperwork.  And....finally our cards have arrived and went home in Monday folders this week!

Please encourage your student to take advantage of the awesome books, resources, and activities offered at our public libraries! Our local branch, Milwood, offers programs like Crafternoon, Lego Lab, Animanga Club, bilingual storytimes, Saturday Cinema, plus homework help, & more- see calendar here ( here.  And, did you know that Austin's new Central Library was named one of 2018's World's Greatest Places by Time Magazine ( ?!

If you didn't opt-in but would like to now: Parents must fill out & sign the registration document that authorizes "Information sharing with the city of Austin Public Library". This document can be picked up from and returned to the Summitt Library.

AISD's 2019-2020 Family Survey is now open.
Click Here for info (   or go to this link ( to complete the survey.

Spanish School
Info on Flyer here (

Tuition Based Pre-Kindergarten Registration is Now Open (

Children who are four years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year and who do not qualify for the Early Childhood Special Education program (ECSE) or the state-mandated Pre-K program for qualifying students are eligible to enroll in the tuition-based Pre-K program. Please visit the district’s website for information regarding the registration process and eligibility requirements.

Girls’ Softball
Calling all girls ages 4 to 14! Northwest Softball is gearing up for our best season yet. Practices begin in late February, and games run March through May. We focus on teaching softball and having fun - all abilities are welcome! Registration closes Jan. 24 and spots are filling fast, so sign up today! Visit ( for more information.

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:
* 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)