Eagle Fest on Saturday!
Our annual fall fundraiser is this Saturday from 3-6 p.m.! Thank you to everyone who has brought in donations and signed up to work a booth. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the wonderful carnival atmosphere, play games, and raise money for our Summitt kids! We cannot do this without your support!

Tickets are 2/$1 and sold in $5 bundles. Just $10 buys one play of each token-earning game and $10 can buy a hot dog dinner for four. Tickets can be purchased before and after school this week in the Great Hall via cash/check/credit. Tickets will also be sold the day of Eagle Fest – cash/check/credit accepted the day of as well.

Classroom Booth Volunteer Sign Up
Please don’t forget to sign up here to help staff the booths at Eagle Fest. Sign up in any open slot, regardless of teacher. We need your help!

Coolers Needed!
We need to borrow your coolers for Eagle Fest. Please bring your labeled coolers to the Great Hall this week (or Saturday morning by 9am). We will use them to keep our refreshing water and sodas cold.

Kona Ice on Friday and Saturday
Kona Ice will be here on Friday, Oct. 21 after school. They will also be at Eagle Fest the next day, so you get double the Kona fun!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest next week
Get your creative juices flowing because the library’s 4th annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest will be next week. Bring in your decorated pumpkins to the library between Monday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 26 to be entered in the contest. Winners will be judged on creativity and originality. They will be announced on Monday, Oct. 31 during morning assembly.

Job opening – lunch monitor
Summitt Elementary is in the process of hiring an additional lunch room monitor. If you are interested, please apply online here. This person would assist the other lunch room monitors in the lunchroom to allow teachers a duty-free lunch period. The lunchroom monitor is expected to enforce rules and polices of the cafeteria to provide a safe and supportive environment. The salary starts at $7.25 per hour Monday -Friday from approximately 10 AM to 1 PM. Come join the Summitt Team!

Save the Date: Book fair
Bookaneer Book Fair – Our fall book fair is right around the corner, Nov. 14-18! We will have two great events going on during the book fair – check out our book fair dates and goals. To learn more, just click on the Bookaneer Book Fair link. We look forward to seeing you there!!

Principal’s Coffee next week
Principal’s coffee with Murchison principal, Ms. Van Ryn, will be on October 28th at 7:30 AM in the Library.

Counselors’ Chronicle
Mrs. Cardosa is wrapping up her third round of lessons with 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. 1st grade read Enemy Pie and made a recipe for friendship pie. They also read Personal Space Camp and did activities to remind them about respecting personal space. 3rd-5th grades did teamwork challenges in which they had to work to move spaghetti noodles into a bucket without using their hands. We have also talked about personal safety (stranger danger, how to report, informing parents where we are going, safe people to talk to, etc.). We encourage you to follow up by having safety conversations at home. I can tell from the comments made during guidance lessons that many families have great safety plans in place.

Next week, we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week! We will be helping our students to make a commitment NOT to use drugs or alcohol. Each student will receive a red bracelet to wear for the week that symbolizes their commitment to say no to drugs and alcohol. To help make this week fun, we will be celebrating our commitments with the following dress-up days.

Monday 10/24                   Out-Smart Drugs- Students wear their favorite college /university shirt

Tuesday 10/25                   Sock It to Drugs- Students wear crazy socks

Wednesday 10/26           Red Ribbon Wear Red Day- Students wear anything red

Thursday 10/27                 Put a Lid on Drugs- Students wear a hat

Friday 10/28                       My Story Will Not Involve DRUGS DAY- Students dress up as their favorite book character (super hero shirts are good if you don’t want to dress in a costume). NO Masks, props or accessories please for student safety reasons.

GT News
We are so thrilled at the response to the After School GT Program!  We hope this continues to be a fun and meaningful time for your kids. We are making a few adjustments this month that we want to make you aware of.

1. We will have 25 slots for the GT students only.

2. Siblings will only be allowed to participate IF their parent is a volunteer. (Please note in your volunteer sign up notes if you will have other kids with you).

3. We are TESTING interest for a PM club that will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on the same day.  We will only host this second option if we have 2 parent volunteers and at least 10 students sign up.  If enough people sign up then we will GO FOR IT!


Middle school visits for 5th grade
Murchison Middle School will make a presentation to the fifth graders at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25. The directors of the Fulmore and Kealing magnet programs and the principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders will also be visiting Summitt. They will be here from 9-10 am to make presentations about their campuses for 5th graders. Parents are invited to join us in the 5th grade commons area to hear these presentations if they desire to do so.

Need donations for Eagle Fest’s haunted house
We need items to make our Haunted House Spooky! If you have items to donate or loan we would really appreciate it. We are looking for skeletons, glow in the dark paint, glow in the dark items, spooky pictures, and anything to help make our Haunted House scary! We would be happy to pick up items from you. Contact Nicole Erickson at [email protected].

Join the PTA
Did you know that you have to renew your PTA membership every year? We’ve made it easy to renew by going to the Summitt online store OR Stop by the PTA bulletin board in the Great Hall and grab a PTA membership form. Thank you to all those who have renewed their membership or have become members of the PTA. You are helping our students and school just by becoming a member!  Questions? Contact Editt Law at [email protected]

Transportation employee Appreciation Week
Please remember our bus drivers and all of the work they do for us by saying thank you to them in commemoration of Transportation Employee Appreciation Week, October 17-21!

Mother/Son bowling
Hey Summitt moms, mark your calendars for Sunday, November 13th from 3-5 pm. We’ll be bowling with our favorite little guys at Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Rd. This is a great chance to spend time with your son and get to know other Summitt families so we hope you will join us! It’s $10 per person and includes shoe rental and 2 hours of bowling. Tickets will go on sale November 1st. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Thank you to Business Partners in Education
Thank you to the following Diamond Eagle Sponsors: Blue Dragon Plumbing and Laurie Flood, Realtor and our Bronze Eagle Sponsor: Bulls Eye Recruiting.

Do you own your own business or know someone who does? We invite all local businesses to invest in our community by becoming a Summitt Elementary 2016-2017 Partner in Education business sponsor. All 100% of money raised through our business sponsors by the Summitt PTA goes directly to programs that benefit our students and all donations are tax deductible.

Summitt Elementary’s 2016-2017 Partners in Education will receive recognition throughout the school year. Visit http://summitteagles.org/sponsors/business-sponsors/ for a complete list of sponsor benefits. Purchase your sponsorship online today at https://summitteagles.org/store/



AISD and Community Events


An opening reception for the current exhibits at the Asian American Resource Center (8401 Cameron Road) will be held on Friday, October 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. – free, open to the public. Special guest speaker Nancy Bui, President of the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. Refreshments provided courtesy of 4 Elements by Em Gourmet, a new, local Vietnamese restaurant opened by Diana Nguyen. The current exhibit will be on display until December 30, 2016.

Video from Anderson PTSA
Anderson High School PTA has created videos for parent to access information. The videos are ALWAYS available for viewing under the PTSA tab at www.andersononline.org (including those made last year).  http://www.andersononline.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=219568&type=d&pREC_ID=893727

Here is the newest video:
Drugs.  Alcohol.  Prescriptions. Teenagers. Is the temptation a dangerous cocktail or just a matter of “kids will be kids”? In our first installment of the 2016/17 Parent Education Mini-Video series we talk frankly about the “Science of High Risk Behavior.” In other words — protecting our kids’ developing brains and why staying engaged as parents is so important during these transformative years. We talk with Behavioral Health counselor Crystal Collier PhD, LPC-S and a young adult addict in recovery. Click on the link to watch the video mini: https://youtu.be/rxSBret2R-Q

Fall Fest at Milwood Baptist
Milwood Baptist Church will have their annual Fall Fest on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. There will be food, games and inflatables. More information is here.

NWAYBA Basketball Season – Register today!
Basketball season is almost upon us! Northwest Austin Youth Basketball Association (NWAYBA) is open to boys and girls of all skill levels from 1st grade through high school. Many divisions are filling up but there are spots available for FIRST AND SECOND GRADERS! Skills will be taught and game experience is fun! ALL-GIRLS teams are available for grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-7. Girls receive special headbands for play. Player evaluations will be on 10/15 and 10/16 at the Murchison Middle School gym. Check the NWAYBA website for more information.

Anderson Robotic Parents Night Out
DON’T MISS THE FUN! Night of the Robots with the Anderson HS Robotics Team, will host a Parent’s Night Out on Friday, October 21, 5:30-9 pm, at the new Applied Technology Building, Anderson HS. Enjoy a Parents Night Out while your kids (K-5th grade) enjoy an evening of fun and all things robot: see VEX and humanoid robots in action, build with Legos and Little Bits modules, pizza and apples, robot crafts and watch the movie A Bug’s Life. It’s $33/child. Register at:  https://nightoftherobotsoct2016.splashthat.com/.  Questions, contact Renee Otken at [email protected].