Newsletter, Jan. 29, 2020

29 Jan
Teacher Talent Show – This Fri, 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 January 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!

Crossing Guard appreciation this week
This week is Summitt’s crossing guard appreciation week (January 27 thru 31). Our crossing guards keep our students safe, no matter the weather, often putting their own safety on the line to ensure students and families get across the street safely. And they sometimes have to deal with impatient or speeding drivers! Summitt’s Appreciation Team is encouraging everyone to give their crossing guard a special note, hug or high five this week to show their appreciation.
Steve Reinhart at Amherst & Mosley (am)
Rose Mary Randall at Amherst & Mosley (pm)
Carita Guyton (“CG”) at Mosley & Brigadoon (am/pm)
Ray Gonzalez at Cassady & Brigadoon (am/pm)

If you’d like to contribute to the goody baskets and posters the appreciation team have created, please 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

Summitt PTA General Meeting
Where: Summitt Library
When: Monday, February 3, 6-7 pm
Please join us for the February PTA General Meeting. We will be discussing the upcoming Summitt Eagle Fun Run, Multicultural Night, and selecting a nominating committee for next year’s PTA board member elections! In addition, we’ll do a recap of the state of Texas school finance and what we should be looking at for next year’s legislative session.

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:

February 6 – Tet Day Show, 8:30 am
February 7 – Tet Night Show, 6-9 pm Watch future newsletters for info on how to get tickets to the February 7 show. Also, please mark your calendar to go cheer on our amazing team as they perform around the city sharing their hearts and talents for everyone to see. Performance schedules can be viewed here. Flyer

Fri, Jan. 31: Teacher Talent Show
Mon, Feb. 3: PTA Meeting
Fri, Feb. 7: Tet Show
Thu, Feb. 13: Valentine’s Day Class Activities
Fri, Feb. 14: No School
Mon, Feb. 17: No School
Sat, Feb. 22:  Koblenz Karneval
Feb. 17- Feb. 28 – FUN RUN week
Fri, Mar. 6 – Multicultural Night
March 16-20 – Spring Break (No School)

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Volleyball Playday at UT  A few weeks ago we received some unfortunate news about Volleyball Playday at Explore UT.  The 5th grade Volleyball Playday has been canceled this year due to construction around the stadium and Rec Center (It’s a mess, y’all).  We will still learn the rotation and play games in our volleyball unit with grades 4 and 5 and we also plan to have a staff volleyball afternoon! We will keep you updated.
Save the Date for Summitt’s 4th Annual Multicultural Night
On Friday, March 6, at 6:00 pm, Summitt will host our 4th Annual Multicultural Night to celebrate the diverse cultures of Summitt. This event is FREE for the entire family. If you are interested in sharing your family’s cultural traditions at Multicultural Night, please fill out our participation survey by February 7.

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 after-school enrichment program designed to simulate those times. Learn more about Fab Fridays, read the class descriptions, and sign up here.

Camp Summitt
Camp Summitt is back again this summer! Once again some of our favorite Summitt teachers will be sticking around the first two 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 this link – or contact Denise Richey at (512) 414-4249. Hope to see you there!

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 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 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!

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  

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

Parent / Community Principal Profile Meeting Date & Time:
Please join AISD on February 25, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Summitt Library to develop principal profile. Selecting the permanent principal for our school is an extremely important task. The process for determining the principal will include meeting with parents and school staff to identify characteristics deemed important for the permanent Summitt principal. The Principal interview committee will use the principal profile developed at this meeting to choose interview questions for the candidates. Your input at this meeting is invaluable!

New Principal Interview Committee:
Thank you to everyone who submitted a letter of interest regarding serving on the new Principal Interview Committee. The Campus Advisory Council (CAC) met on January 27th and determined that the following individuals will serve: 
·      CAC co-chair (parent) – Jennifer Ballow
·      CAC co-chair (teacher) – Thuy Nguyen
·      Non-CAC parent – Phuong Palafox
·      Non-CAC teacher or non-teaching staff – Denise Richey
·      Parent/guardian at-large (may or may not be a CAC member) – Eli Erickson
·      Teacher at-large (may or may not be a CAC member) – Heidi Meurer
(Alternates in case any of the above cannot serve: Teacher/Staff –  Erin Farris and Parent – Heather Roell). This committee, which will also include the Associate Superintendent and Executive Director, will recommend three finalists to the Superintendent for consideration.  The Superintendent will make the final recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  
Principal Selection Timeline:
The timeline for the selection process is as follows:
February 25, 2020 – Meeting with faculty (3:15pm-4:45pm) and parents (6:00pm-7:30pm) to develop principal profile; meeting held at school
March 9, 2020 – Principal Interview Committee meets to develop interview questions using the principal profile with Executive Director of Elementary Schools
March 26, 2020 – Committee interviews candidates to identify 3 finalists
April 2, 2020 – Superintendent interviews the 3 finalists
April 27, 2020 – Selected candidate presented to Board for approval

For Current 5th Grade Families:
Course Sheet Night:  Join us on the MMS Campus on February 4th from 5:30 – 8 pm.  This is your opportunity to visit with the different departments and see what course options are available at MMS.  This is not when you submit your course sheet – that happens through your elementary school. Shadowing: Students who are trying to choose between two school options can request a shadow at MMS.  Please contact Melissa Seaton –   PTA Newsletter: I would also like to invite your 5th-grade families to subscribe to our PTA Newsletter. That way, when we start sending out info about the new school year, they will not miss out on anything. We also love to have our incoming students attend Matador Fest in April and all the information about that event will be available in the PTA News.

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 Greco also sends an email out monthly 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 use more help. 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

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

Trojan Band and Dance Guard Fundraiser
Anderson High School Trojan Band and Dance Guard is having their annual Mulch Sale. Buy your mulch from band/dance guard and they will deliver it to your house for free! Each 2-cu.ft. bag is $5. There is a 10 bag minimum for free delivery to Anderson Vertical Team zip codes on March 7, 2020. We offer 2 types of mulch: Hardwood and Black Label Much.

Your support helps provide a top-notch music education program, a competitive marching show, and an excellent band & color guard experience for our students. Order your mulch here: Send questions here:  Flyer here

AISD’s 2019-2020 Family Survey is still open
If you haven’t already, please provide AISD feedback regarding Summitt. Click here for information, or go to this link to complete the survey.

Tuition Based Pre-Kindergarten Registration is Now Open
Children who are four years old on or before September 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.

Spanish Immersion at Summitt
Now enrolling for the spring 2020 semester for grades K-3. Spanish class starts again soon at Summitt! Right now there are a few students registered and excited for the class but we have not met yet met minimum. So that the class doesn’t have the be cancelled, could you help us spread the word? More information here.

Kobelnz Karneval
The Austin-Kobelnz Sister Cities program will be holding a fundraiser for the Austin-Koblenz Student Exchange programs on Saturday, February 22, from 6-10 pm at the Saengerrunde Hall (next to Scholz Garten). The evening will include plenty of German food and drink, dancing, live music by the Walburg Boys, a costume contest, and even a special appearance by our very own Watch Dogs! Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Milwood Library’s Upcoming Events
Check out Milwood Library’s Events for kids, teens and adults for February

Summer Camps at UT Austin
All camps are held at UT Austin and give students an opportunity to engage in inquiry-based STEM activities, explore campus, tour research labs, interact with industry professionals, and play sports at Gregory Gym.

Registration for the UTeach Outreach Summer Camps, held on the UT Austin main campus, is now open for current grade 3-10 students! These are a great opportunity to expose your student to campus and strengthen their STEM skills. See the descriptions and registration links below.
Chemistry Camp students who have graduated from 3rd or 4th grade by Summer 2020.
Research in Life Science Camp students who will have graduated from 5th or 6thgrade by Summer 2020
UT PREP 1 students who will have graduated from 6th or 7th grade by Summer 2020
Physics & Math Camp students who will have graduated from 7th or 8th grade by Summer 2020
Research & Statistics Camp students who will have graduated from 8th or 9th grade by Summer 2020
Engineering & Computer Science Camp students who will have graduated from 9th or 10th grade by Summer 2020
All camps fill up fast! Only complete applications will be reviewed, in the order of their completion. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email to

VELA for Children with Special Needs
VELA is a nonprofit that provides support for parents who have children with special needs. They are starting free courses for parents. One is a special education course for parents to build skills, get education and support with their children’s special ed needs and learn to successfully navigate the system working collaboratively with their school ARD committee.  There are a couple of spots left to fill for both daytime and evening special ed course (free childcare provided). For more Flyer
Texas PTA Legislative Action STRAIGHT TALK
Texas PTA will be starting STRAIGHT TALK session during the interim years of the Legislative Sessions. These years, instead of a rally they will be having panels on a topic, and Councils are encouraged to host viewing parties. This year’s topic – Vaping: A Matter of Life or Breath.

ACPTA Viewing Party- Panel About Vaping & Advocacy
Date: February 25, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Details TBA; watch future newsletter editions for more info. 

Make it Matter Meet-up: “Planning for Census 2020”
Date: Monday, February 3, 2020, 12-1:30 pm  
Location: Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St, Austin 78702  
This is a continuation of the Census 2020 info-session held at the December Meeting, but this time with a focus on planning for your PTA campus (e.g. ways to promote it, connect with other PTAs / schools and why the Census matters). Joining us will be John Lawler, Census Program Manager for Travis County, to provide updates and answer any questions you may have. Come prepared to learn about ways to activate around Census 2020 and connect with others to exchange ideas. 

Can’t make it in person? Join using Zoom from your computer:; Meeting ID: 937 156 075. Or join from your phone: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 436 2866; Meeting ID: 766 155 525

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 January 24 and spots are filling fast, so sign up today! Visit for more information.

ACGC Spring 2020 Groups and Workshops
More details here:
Friendship Group  –  Thursday, February 6, 2020; 5:30-7:00 pm
Austin Child Guidance Center, 810 W 45th Street, Austin, Texas 78751
Behavioral Parent Training, Managing Difficult & Non-Compliant Behaviors  – Monday, February 10, 2020; 6:15-7:45 pm ACGC, 810 W. 45th St., Austin, TX 78751

Building Bravery Group – Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 5:30-7:00 pm
ACGC, 810 W. 45th St., Austin, TX 78751
Dealing With Stress – Wednesday, February 26, 2020; 6:15-7:45 pm
Austin Child Guidance Center, 810 W 45th Street, Austin, Texas 78751
Friendship Group  – Thursday, February 27, 2020; 5:30-7:00 pm
Austin Child Guidance Center, 810 W 45th Street, Austin, Texas 78751

Feb. 11 – Parent Workshop: Test Anxiety  6PM- 7:30PM; Cost: $20
Parents will learn how to recognize if their child is experiencing normal nervousness before a test or…more details

Feb. 19 Talleres para Padres: Comunicación Efectiva Entre Padres e Hijos, 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM Costo: $20
Los padres aprenderán la importancia y el impacto de modelar habilidades y técnicas de comunicación saludables con sus hijos…mas detalles

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 Date: 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.