Newsletter, April 22, 2020

22 Apr
School will not reopen for the remainder of the school year, but we will continue to send out information here and on our Facebook page.  You can also read more information about Summitt happenings in Principal Greco’s newsletter here.

Counselors’ Corner
Mindful Monday Exercise for the week of 04/22

Shoulder Roll Breathing:
Choose a comfortable sitting position. As you take a slow deep breath in through your nose raise your shoulders up towards your ears. Breathe slowly out through your mouth, lowering your shoulders as you exhale. Repeat slowly, rolling your shoulders up and down in time with your breath.

Resource Guide:
AISD has provided a list of COVID-19 resources detailing available supports for families, including information on food and housing assistance, as well as mental health.  Please reach out to the Summitt Counselors if additional supports are needed during this time. Austin ISD COVID-19 Related Resources for Caregivers

Anderson HS PALS, a group of mentors to our Summitt students, have created a YouTube channel for elementary students.  These awesome high schoolers have produced videos of themselves drawing cartoons, building LEGOS, reading books, and making special snacks.  New content is added weekly. Click Here to start viewing.

A Message From Mrs. Neill
Parents, ​I have heard from teachers that you have emailed me to ask for help with a technology issue, but you have not received a response. I am checking with AISD Tech department to see if outside mail is being blocked. Please know, I am monitoring my email 7 days a week and will respond asap. For now, please email your teacher and ask them to forward your email to me. I want to be sure our students have the tools they need to continue their learning and I know that the AISD Help Desk is swamped.  Thanks!  Barbara Neill, Visit the updated Computer Lab site Here

  Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week
Help Summitt celebrate Elizabeth Flores, Lisa Matuke, and Shana Pokorny this week, April 20-24. These three do so much for our school community! We can’t thank them in person, but students and families can send Ms. Flores, Ms. Matuke, and Ms. Pokorny a thank you email or post on the Summitt Wall of Gratitude a special note or picture for our wonderful office administration team!

Library News from Mrs. Richey
Please read this week’s Library Ledger here

Register Now to Attend Summitt PTA’s Virtual May General Meeting  Please register now to join us for the May PTA General Meeting, being held virtually on the Zoom platform. We will conduct elections for the 2020-2021 Officers and vote on the 2020-2021 Budget. 
Where: Online via Zoom (register now at and we will email the zoom link 30 minutes prior to the meeting)
When: Monday, May 4 6-7pm  
We will be following TXPTA guidelines on conducting a virtual meeting, and therefore will be requiring all attendees to register ahead of time at

Summitt Families in Need
Summitt Families:  If you find yourself struggling to afford groceries during this time, please contact Amanda Greene at The Summitt community has HEB gift cards and food boxes available to help.   
Kính thưa gia đình phụ huynh học sinh Summitt-Thế giới của chúng ta đã thay đổi rất nhanh trong thời gian vừa qua. Chúng ta giờ phải làm việc ở nhà và còn phải cố gắng dạy dỗ con cái học hành cũng như chuyện trò với các em. Tình trạng hiện giờ rất là khó khăn cho nhiều gia đình, họ không thể mua thức ăn cho gia đình . Hội phụ huynh học sinh và trường Summitt không thể gây quỹ để giúp, nhưng phụ huynh có thể đóng góp để giúp cho cộng đồng . Nếu quý vị muốn đóng góp đê mua thẻ mua thức ăn HEB để giúp các gia đình gặp khó khăn này, OR nếu phụ huynh cần giúp đỡ cung cấp thức ăn, xin liên lac cô Amanda Greene tại Có thể viết tiếng Việt. Sẽ có thông dịch.

Supporting our Summitt Businesses and Restaurants
Do you own or operate a restaurant in Austin that could use a little love during this time of social distancing? If so, email and we’ll see if we can work out a way to promote your business to our community.

The Summitt Good News…paper, Special Quarantine Edition April 2020
The Summitt newspaper team has released a special quarantine edition of Summitt’s very own student newspaper. This is a great way to learn more about the programming our school provides in the various grade levels from our very own students and to share some good news with our families. Click Here to Read.
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 ( 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!

Click for the Step by Step Flyer


Register Now to Attend Summitt PTA’s Virtual May General Meeting Please register now to join us for the May PTA General Meeting, being held virtually on the Zoom platform. We will conduct elections for the 2020-2021 Officers and vote on the 2020-2021 Budget. 

Where: Online via Zoom (register now here and we will email the zoom link 30 minutes prior to the meeting)
When: Monday, May 4 6-7pm
We will be following TXPTA guidelines on conducting a virtual meeting, and therefore will be requiring all attendees to register ahead of time at

Sat, Apr 25 – Spring Fling will be postponed
Mon, May 4 – PTA General Meeting, Elections


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1st Day School Supplies
We will once again offer pre-packaged school supplies with the exact brands and quantities from our teachers’ list.  This year’s offerings include Vera Bradley, JanSport, and Under Armour backpacks, lunch boxes and water bottles! So this year, you can skip back-to-school shopping at retailers and shop online with confidence knowing you are getting the exact supplies your teacher requested. You can view the Summitt Store, and place your order, HERE.  The deadline to order school supplies is July 1, 2020.
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
Remind App – Click here to get reminders and urgent notifications from Summitt staff
Add Summitt’s Google Calendar to your Calendar
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.


ACPTA (Austin Council of PTAs) Zoom Meeting with Special Education Families
Two meetings are being offered, one English and one spanish, specifically focused on SpED issues.
1. ACPTA Zoom SpED in English Wednesday Apr 22 at 1-2 pm
Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 971 4048 4227
2. ACPTA Zoom SpED in Spanish at 1-2 pm on Thursday April 23, 2020
Fecha, hora: 19 abr 2020 07:00 PM Hora central (EE. UU. y Canadá)
Únase desde una PC, Mac, Linux, iOS o Android:
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Coding for Kids
NEW CODING SUBJECTS & Temporary deep discount.
Coding with Kids is offering all new camps, classes and workshops starting next week that are for students ages 5-18 to provide live online educational options through the end of the school year.  We are launching a number of new programs starting April 20. We have new courses for all ages, including intro to Java, C#, advanced Minecraft Modding, computer skills for 5-7y/o and more.
Learn more and request the discount link here  

Summer Camp at IKids University – Enrolling Now 
Kids ages 4 – 8 years enjoy weekly themes including Ocean Adventure (June 15), Dinotunes Discovery (June 22), Safari Expedition (July 6), and Kid-Style Cooking (July 13).
Each morning from 9:00 – 12:00 PM kids participate in academic enrichment, fine arts, STEM activities, and recreation. iKids Camp is conveniently located at 5206 Balcones Dr. Austin, Texas 78731, 512-265-7733  * 

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

Feeling Overwhelmed?
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19, help is available! Speak with a mental health professional 24/7. #833-986-1919 link:

2020 Census
Have you filled out the 2020 Census yet?  You can do it online in less than 10 minutes! By filling out the 2020 Census, you can know that you’re doing your part to ensure that billions of federal dollars flow to where resources are most needed to help our communities. It also ensures that our communities receive sufficient representation.

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:

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.