Newsletter, Jan. 22, 2020

22 Jan
No Name-Calling Week, January 21-24
We continue to celebrate No Name-Calling Week, reminding students that it is never okay to name‐call or bully another student for any reason. We are dressing up each day to celebrate kindness and diversity.

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 differences…you be you!

Click here for Vietnamese translation

Summitt Family Night at Brick Oven
Join us Thursday, January 23, from 4-9 pm at the Brick Oven Arboretum location. Mention you’re with Summitt, and we will receive a portion of the sales for the night! 

Parent Book Study
It is still not too late to join our book club! Please mark your calendars for the following dates: January 24, January 31, February 7, and February 21. All meetings will take place from 7:45-8:45 am. 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 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!

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 pmWatch 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.
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
Sat, Feb. 22:  Koblenz Karneval
Feb. 17- Feb. 28 – FUN RUN week
Fri, Mar. 6 – Multicultural Night

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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.

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  

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.

Lunch Room Monitors Needed
Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. 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.Facebook – Like and follow our Page for updates, reminders, and pictures of eventsTwitter – All tweets are re-posts from our Facebook pageAdd Summitt’s Google Calendar to your CalendarPlease note that Principal Greco 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
Murchison Student Visit
Murchison Middle School will host all of the 5th grade students on the morning of January 24. The MMS PTA will be hosting tours the following week for parents. For more information, click 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.

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.

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

Spanish Immersion at Summitt
Now enrolling for the spring 2020 semester for grades K-3. More information here.

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.

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 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 pmAlternate 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.