Newsletter, Feb. 19, 2020

19 Feb
Fun Run News
We kicked off our Fun Run fundraiser yesterday morning at a pep rally with the Apex team! Curious to learn more about the Fun Run? Check out this 2-minute video: learn about the Apex program, how it works, and also find out what your student will be learning during the program.

The Fun Run will take place on Friday, February 28.  Be on the lookout for your student(s) pledge kit that includes their unique Access Code to log pledges online at, and for emails coming from your teachers, too. Our donation collections will all be done online through the Apex website to make the collection process easier and faster. Of course, sponsors can still pay by cash/check if they choose, we just ask that these donations be turned into the school any time before the Fun Run event so that students receive credit.

New this year: we are having a high five line on Friday, February 21, at pick-up to send the kids off for the weekend energized and full of school spirit. To participate, please sign-up here.

Fabulous Fridays
It is with much excitement and anticipation that we begin Fabulous Fridays after school classes again this Friday, Feb. 21!  Teachers will send participating students to the library upon dismissal on Friday afternoon. Mrs. Richey will be in the library to meet students. From 3-3:30 pm, students will have some down time to enjoy a provided snack, a bathroom break, and some social time with friends. At 3:30 pm, our Fab Friday teachers will pick students up from the library and head to their classrooms.  This session we will have:Gymnastics w/ Ms. Cardosa and Ms. FarrisCulinary Kids w/ Ms. Farnsworth and Ms. DoyleCool Comic Book Shop w/ Mr. Jones and Mr. FullerHarry Potter Club w/ Ms. DaMommio and Ms. PhillipsPlantology/Sew Fun w/ Ms. Richey and Ms. RahmanAt 4:30 pm, students will either be escorted to Extend-A-Care or brought to the main doors of the school building for dismissal. We look forward to seeing all of our Fab Friday kiddos! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Richey at (512)414-4249 or by email at

Girls on the Run 
Last chance to register! Girls on the Run is returning to Summitt. The program starts today, February 19, and will be on Mondays and Wednesday from 3:15-4:30.  For more information and to register, please click here. Also see this flyer for additional information.


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

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Thank you to our generous business sponsors who help to support our school!
Thank you from the Library
A huge thank you to the WatchDOG dads, specifically Jim Walters, Kyle Bacchus, Billy Metzger, Justin Jordan, and Christopher Bishop, for trekking across Austin traffic to bring the library 34 new library chairs!  You guys are awesome!

The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship
The Summitt Elementary Alumni Scholarship is now accepting applicants from high school seniors through May 1, 2020. Learn more here.

Summitt PTA Nominating Committee for 2020-2021 Board
The following PTA members have volunteered to serve on the nomination committee to identify a slate of candidates for next year’s PTA Board. Thank you!Maranda LehnerzChuong Thai-LazaroNicole CederstromAlternate: Max GreenPTA Spring Grant Program Is Now Open
Teachers, staff, parents, and community members of Summitt Elementary are eligible to apply for grants under the PTA’s Spring Grant program, and applicants may apply individually or collaboratively. Click here to view the application, scoring rubric, and additional information about the grants. The Summitt PTA thanks you for your participation in this program, and for all the careful and creative thought and hard work that your application represents. Our school community is enriched by your efforts and dedication! Deadline is March 12, 2020.

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!

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.

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 monthly from Summitt Elementary School. While some items will duplicate, a majority will not – so please read both.
From our Beautification Team
We have been awarded another $3000 grant to increase our pollinator garden! The work will start on March 28th at 9 am. Please join us to help!

The Beautification team would like to encourage parents to talk to their kids about garden etiquette.  When students see our garden and like the flowers or the marbles/stones in the butterfly waterers, please think about what would happen if everyone took one? There would be none! The waterers for the pollinators need the marbles and rocks to keep the bees and butterflies from drowning.  Now they have all been taken. Please don’t take things out of the garden. Please don’t walk into the garden. It takes some time for the plants to become established, and if the area around them is walked on too much the soil can become too tight and compacted for them to grow well. 

We are still in need of donations of hoses or sprayers. Please call or text Mary Ann at (512) 944-7580 to donate.

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

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, Dance Guard, and Football are 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. Add mulch spreading by the football team for $5/bag and your flower beds will be ready for spring! 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. Click here for more information.

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:

Paper Shredding to Benefit AHS Wrestling
Anderson Wrestling is hosting a secure paper shredding event on Sunday, March 8, from 2-4 pm in the south parking lot of Anderson High school. There is no limit on how much you can bring. Before your very eyes all papers will be securely destroyed on site by Balcones Shred. Wrestling team members will be on hand to help carry boxes from your vehicle to the shredding truck. Donations are encouraged! More details 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.

What is Equity at AISD?
Dr. Hawley, AISD’s Chief Equity Officer has created this presentation about the state of equity in AISD and shared it with AISD staff, teachers, and the community. 

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. 

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.

Swim Lessons at the YMCA
Click here to view the Spring 2020 YMCA class offerings so that kids (and adults) can sign up and be swim safe and ready for the summer

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.