Newsletter, April 1, 2020

1 Apr
SUMMITT NEWS
The Summitt Communications team will continue to send the Newsletter while school is out due to the COVID-19 school closure. Yesterday, Texas Governor Abbott announced that all schools in the state will remain closed through Monday, May 4. Austin ISD will follow the executive order and campuses will remain closed at least until that date. Please follow the latest AISD updates here.  

Mindful Monday Exercise for the week of 04/01: 
Did you see our Mindful Monday exercise on Facebook this week? Visit us on facebook This week’s Mindful Monday is a video teaching us about Fingertip Breathing. Try it here! The Summitt Counseling Corner has resources for social-emotional needs you or your student might have at this time.     Summitt Counseling Corner Resources can be accessed here

Library Ledger from Mrs. Richey
Hello, again, my little Eagles! I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. I am good, but missing you everyday.  Click HERE to read this week’s Library Ledger and to view our ONLINE Book Fair!  
Included in this Ledger are links about book fair, more recommended reads, my online resource of the week, and a calendar of events you can participate in soon, if you’d like, with me via Zoom. Make sure you read to the bottom of this week’s highlights to get all the info.
 
A Message from Mrs. Neill, our Campus Tech Facilitator
I hope you are doing well. Our teachers have reached out to help families get connected to AISD online resources, and I know there has been some confusion.

iStation has just sent us this information, please use it for help and instructions for installing iStation at home.  The app will need to be installed on your device- PC, Mac, iOS or Android. The tile in the student AISD Portal is only a link to the program.  https://www.istation.com/Home/SchoolClosures

If you need help with a student login, you can contact your teacher for that information. If you cannot find information or answers to your questions please feel free to email me, barbara.neill@austinisd.org . There have been some issues that have needed to be fixed on our end.

Stay safe, take care, we miss you!
Barbara Neill 

The Summitt Good News…Paper Quarantine Edition Student Survey
The editors and reporters of Summitt’s student newspaper are working on a quarantine edition of the newspaper and have some questions for your students. Your student does not have to answer all of the questions. They can pick and choose the ones they are comfortable answering. Here is the Survey.
The turnaround is pretty quick so please fill out the survey by this Friday, April 3!

Summitt Families in Need
Our world has changed in just a few short weeks. For many of us, this means working from home while trying to keep our children educated and entertained. But for some families, the situation is much worse, and they find themselves struggling to afford groceries. PTA and Summitt are unable to fundraise for this, but if we as parents make donations of gift cards, the counselors can make distributions to families in need. If you would like to help provide HEB cards to some of our families who have lost access to food, please contact Amanda Greene at amandakgreene@yahoo.com.

Summitt 2020-2021 PTA Board Nomination
The Summitt PTA Nomination Committee nominates the following individuals for the 2020-2021 PTA Executive Board:
President: Sarah Romo de Vivar
Vice President 1 (Fundraising) – Becca Beck      
Vice President 2 (Programs) – Monique Senseman    
Treasurer: Eli Erickson Secretary: Sarah Allen

A vote will be taken to approve these nominations at our next PTA general meeting in May.  All members are invited to attend and vote. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at that time if there is any other interested party.

PLEASE Register Your Child 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 (https://my.austinisd.org) 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!

We currently have only 351 of the 861 students registered for next year.

Click for the Step by Step Flyer

UPCOMING EVENTS
We’ve had to cancel or postpone a few of our upcoming events. Please check here for updates regarding each event as some may become virtual.

April 6 – 15 – Spring Book Fair will be online!  Click HERE
Thu, Apr 2 – CATCH Night will be postponed
Sat, Apr 25 – Spring Fling will be postponed

FULL CALENDAR

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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.

COMMUNITY NEWS
Austin ISD Information about COVID-19
You can check Austin ISD’s announcements page for the latest communications regarding COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus). Wondering how to discuss COVID-19 with your child(ren)? Here are a couple of kid-appropriate resources: NPR and BrainPop

Austin ISD to Provide Meals During School Cancellations
Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. AISD is working in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture. More information and locations can be found here: https://www.austinisd.org/coronavirus/meals

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.

Spring Grant program
The Spring Grant program will be postponed until a later date when the applications can be accessed and reviewed in person.