Newsletter, Feb. 12, 2020

12 Feb
Valentine’s Parties – Thurs, Feb. 13
Always a fun time for our kids! Activities vary by grade level so please reach out to your child’s teacher for details. If you plan to join in, please make sure you stop by the office and get a raptor badge.

Our 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year is Ms. Cao
Ms. Anh Cao creates a nurturing learning environment where students feel a part of a community. She puts her heart and soul into her students, families and classroom every single day. She is very well respected by her peers and shines a positive light on her students and our faculty! We are lucky to have Ms. Cao and can not wait to celebrate her at this year’s Salute Awards in May!

Friendly Reminder – NO School on Fri, Feb. 14 or Mon, Feb. 17

  Fun Run Starts Next Week!
Our Apex Leadership Co. program and fun run fundraiser kicks off next week! We love the leadership portion of this program, and this year, Apex’s amazing leadership and character theme “GAME ON” will take students on an exciting journey as they learn what it takes to be a game changing leader!  Pledge kits will be coming home next week after the pep rally. Please note that our donation collections will all be done online through the Apex website to make the collection process easier and faster. Sponsors can also pay by cash/check, 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 Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at pick-up to  send the kids off for the weekend energized and full of school spirit. To participate please sign-up here.

Girls On the Run  Girls on the Run is returning to Summitt!  The program starts February 19th and will be on Mondays and Wednesday from 3:15-4:30.  For more information and to register, please go to  More info here.

Fabulous Fridays
Fabulous Fridays Classes go for 6 Fridays this spring from 3:00 to 4:30pm for the great price of $100 per kid. 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. Registration has been extended until THIS Fri, Feb. 14.

Principal Coffee
Mark your calendar: The Next Principal Coffee will be on Monday, February 24th at 8:00am. 


Thu, Feb. 13: Valentine’s Parties
Fri, Feb. 14: No School
Mon, Feb. 17: No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Sat, Feb. 22:  Koblenz Karneval
Mon, Feb. 24: Principal Coffee
Feb. 17- Feb. 28 – FUN RUN week
Fri, Mar. 6 – Multicultural Night

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Register Today for the 2020-2021 School Year
Returning & New Student Registration is now open. Please, please register as soon as possible to help prevent beginning of the year and mid-year staffing changes and allow Summitt to get the most resources possible! Visit the Austin ISD Parent Cloud ( to register your child for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Even if you are unsure of your next year options, you can still register and if something changes your child will simply be automatically dropped after they are “no shows” in August. This allows for our school to secure our teachers for the next year and it is always better to over plan than under! Thank you!
Lost and Found is Filling Up
Missing something? Please check the lost and found rack. With the recent swings in temperature, many jackets have been left on the playground. We also have quite a collection of water bottles. Please remember to put your children’s names on their items; it greatly improves your chances of getting it back! Pictures can be found here.

Tet Show
Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the Tet Show last week!  A special thanks to Tso Chinese Delivery for donating food for the Lunar New Year festival.  They have just opened their delivery and carry out only concept serving delicious Chinese American food to our neighborhood.  They have easy online ordering, free delivery and a no-tipping policy. Please help support our local partnering business at  Add potstickers to cart and use promocode: “tsodelicious” to get them for free on your first order!

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 Lehnerz
* Chuong Thai-Lazaro
* Nicole Cederstrom
* Alternate: Max Green

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!

Come to a Summitt Lion Dragon Dance Team Performance
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.

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.

PTA 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.

Campus Wide Cell Phone Reminder
It is important as we embark on the spring semester that we keep our students focused on their social, emotional and academic well being while in school. In order to do this, we have to ensure that cell phones are not a distraction or hindrance to your child’s learning and instructional day. We ask that students turn off their cell phones when they enter the building and keep them off until after dismissal. 

Calling all Dads: Join our WATCH D.O.G.S
There are still spots available to sign up to be a WATCH D.O.G. this February. We are always looking to expand our program and bring on new dads to become involved in our campus life! Interested? Please see our front office staff or fellow WATCH D.O.G.S. for more information! 

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 weekly from Summitt Elementary School. While some items will duplicate, a majority will not – so please read both.
From our Beautification T 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

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

Trojan Band Trojan Band Dance Guard Fundraiser – Mulch Sale
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:

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

Parents Night Out
The Lamar Middle School Spanish Club is hosting a Parents’ Night Out this Friday the February 14th.  More info Here

Paper Shredding to Benefit AHS Wrestling
Anderson Wrestling is hosting a secure paper shredding event on Sun., March 8th, 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 info 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.

Koblenz 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.

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. More info.

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
Tues, Feb 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.

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)