Newsletter, Jan. 8, 2020

8 Jan

Save the Date for Summitt's STEAM Night
Teachers and staff have been hard at work preparing for Summitt's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Night on Thursday, January 16 from 6-7:30 pm. 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
All Summitt students submitting a project for the Summitt Science Fair should bring their projects to school on January 14. Judging will be held for grades 3-5 on January 15. All projects will be presented at the STEAM night event on January 16. For questions about the Science Fair, please contact the Summitt Front Office.

Easter Seals Drive Fundraiser for Summitt PTA: January 13-17
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, January 18, from 10 am-12 pm 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. More information on the drive may be found here ( .

Yearbook Discount Ends Soon!
Pre-order your Summitt Yearbook for $20. After January 13, the price will increase to $25. The full-color, 68 page yearbook will be on sale until mid-March. Order online here ( and enter code: 43148P

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
Tue, Jan. 14: Science Fair Projects Due
Thu, Jan. 16: STEAM Night
Tue, Jan. 21: Community Night @ Brick Oven
Mon, Feb. 3: PTA Meeting
Feb. 17-28: Summitt Fun Run

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

Principal Interview Committee
We are embarking on a very exciting time for Summitt as we have an opportunity to choose a new principal. In January, AISD will hold a couple of listening meetings at Summitt where the community will be invited to share thoughts on what you'd like to see in a new principal. The Summitt Campus Advisory Committee (CAC) would love for you to be a part of this process and help us determine the person that will make many of the important decisions at our school. The dates and times of these meetings will be shared in Summitt's weekly email newsletter and on Facebook, so please be on the lookout!

In addition, the CAC has been tasked with building a principal candidate interview committee made up of two parents and two teacher/staff members along with the two CAC Co-Chairs. This committee, which will also include the Associate Superintendent and Executive Director of Elementary Schools, will interview all candidates and recommend three finalists to the Superintendent for consideration. The Superintendent will then make the final recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

If you are interested in serving on this interview committee, please send a letter of intent to Jennifer Ballow at (  by January 25, 2020. In your letter, please explain why you think you would be a good candidate for the committee. Your entry will then be discussed and final members will be determined via consensus by the Campus Advisory Council members at the January CAC meeting. If you are selected to serve on the committee, you will then be notified via email shortly after the meeting.

Please be advised that this position will likely require availability on a week day afternoon between the hours of 3:30 and 4:30 pm in February or March 2020 at Summitt Elementary as well as availability to be at the AISD Central Office on a week day in February or March 2020 between the hours of 7:45 am and 5:00 pm. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide more specific dates, times, or locations at this time as this information is usually given two weeks before the committee has its first meeting. If you are unable to make the final dates provided by Superintendant's office, we will have to forfeit your submission and choose another candidate. Again, we apologize in advance for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience and understanding!

Library News from our Librarian, Denise Richey
Welcome back to the library for another exciting semester filled with great, new books and more reading! I hope you all were able to enjoy some reading time over the break whether at home curled up together as a family, on your device as you jetset on some amazing holiday vacay, outside under the crisp, gorgeous blue skies of this Texas winter, or any other way that you find most cozy.

Library will resume in earnest next week, but all students are encouraged to start locating any and all books from last semester. Let's get those turned in now! How exciting it will be to check out a new book for the new year. If your student isn't sure about their last check-out you can expect overdue notices to go out next Monday, January 13, with the titles listed. All help located these overdues is greatly appreciated, but please don't hesitate to call or email me with any questions or concerns about misplaced books: ( , (512) 414-4249

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. Learn more about Fab Fridays, read the class descriptions, and sign up here ( .

Birthday Book Club
Birthday Book Club announcements will resume next Wednesday, January 15, at morning assembly with all birthdays and half-birthdays from January 1-18 and July 1-18. Announcements begin promptly at 7:30 am.

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 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 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 ( .

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.

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

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

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)