Our Penguin Patch Holiday Shop is starting soon! 

Dear Parents,

Our Penguin Patch Holiday Shop is almost here!  Our shop will run online from November 9th to November 16th. Next week your child will be able to participate in an educational, fun, and exciting experience.

Students will have over 100 gift choices ranging from $0.50 - $12 each. The gift items offered are Kid Tested Mom Approved®. Our Holiday Shop is a fun, unique way to empower your children with generosity, and our school benefits from every purchase!

Our schoolʼs shop link is Patsy Sommer Elementary School. Please plan a time to log in and let your child choose presents for all your loved ones! All gifts will be shipped with wrapping supplies straight to your home for a small flat fee. They'll arrive in a festive “Special Delivery” bubble envelope that your child will be delighted to receive!

When you open your gift from your child, ask them why they picked that gift for you. It will be a memory that will last a lifetime!

Happy Holidays!


Our bookfair will be virtual this year! Scan the QR code or click here to find out how to shop our virtual event from November 9th to November 22nd



We met our goal for the fall fundraiser, so all students and staff get Kona Ice!  Woohoo!


In-person students will receive their Kona Ice at school during the school day on Tuesday, November 10th.  

Virtual students are invited to come get their Kona Ice on Wednesday, Nov 11th, anytime from 3:30-6:00pm at Sommer Elementary.  

Sommer students are free but there will be the option to purchase a Kona Ice for any non Sommer siblings or adults.   

This is a "Grab your Kona" and go event. 

Masks and social distancing are required.  

We appreciate your compliance and understanding.  


WOW! We had 58 AWESOME entries and are so proud and grateful for all the hard work put in!

Congratulations to everyone!

Please see the slide show for all entries. 

A special thank you to our amazing judges: Carla Amacher, Area Superintendent for RRISD; Principal Nancy Varljen and Mr. Varljen; Coach Gumby; and the following PTA Executive Board Members: Sheetal Sheth-Patel, Loren McEllin, Montana Duncan, and Khushbu Kapasi!


*Winners, we will be contacting you this week to get your prizes out!

 The Final winners were as follows:

Best Overall Pumpkin: Liam O. (5th grade)

Best Spooky Pumpkin: Kiaan T. (2nd grade)

Best Silly Pumpkin: 


It's time to bring out those creative talents! This year's PTA Reflections theme is "I Matter Because ..." To participate simply create and submit entries (artwork) that relate to the theme. Art categories include Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. At least one person from participating students’ households must have PTA membership.

PTA Reflections will be virtual this year! All submissions will be digital. Please fill out our online form here to enter. 

Students are requested to keep their original artwork even though they have submitted a digital version. If they make it to the State judging level (exciting!), TX PTA would love to be able to see the original.

ALL categories and rules can be found on the Reflections section of our PTA website!

Please NOTE: We cannot access RRISD Student Google Drives. Files in Google Drive must be set to "Allow anyone with a link to view." 

Deadline for submitting entries - Sunday, November 8th, 2020

Any questions? Please email us at


We have some buzzing news to announce about the spelling bee. 

This year Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that allows our school to host its classroom & school spelling bee rounds and identify  the school spelling bee champion.  The school spelling bee champion will represent the Patsy Sommer in the Austin regional rounds of the national spelling bee program. 

Scripps Online Test format is slightly different  from last year and will include online spelling as well as vocabulary rounds.

This online spelling test is open  to all interested students in grades 2-5, whether in-person or virtual. Parents will need to register the students at the Scripps Website by the end of this week. 

Registration & other important information shared below.

Week of November 2nd 

1. Watch video tutorial for scripps registration process - Online Testing Platform - Tutorial for Parents

2.  Parents are requested to complete online student registration at Scripps website

Note : All registrations have to be complete by the end of this week. 

Week of November 9th 

1. Tests will be assigned next week to the registered students as per grade level.

2.  Online spelling bee will be conducted for the registered students using the scripps testing platform.

To Be Announced 

1. Grade levels winners for school online spelling bee

 Note : Students from grades 4-5 with highest scores move on to the school spelling bee round. Grade 2 will only have 1 spelling bee round.

We encourage all students to participate and to do their best during the spelling bee test.


JOIN US THIS FRIDAY, November 6th - MOVIE on the Blacktop Featuring Wonder Park!! 

The weather looks great, and we still have plenty of spots! 

Sign up NOW as space is limited!! 

Masks and social distancing will be required! 

Note: Spots on the blacktop will be marked and spaced out to accommodate for social distancing guidelines, and available on a first come first serve basis for those that have signed up. Additional information is provided in the SignUp!


Do you still need to get a Sommer Strong mask or shield? 

Good News!! You can still purchase masks and shields through the PTA Store

We had our Spiritwear pickup on October 29th, if you were unable to make it, please contact to arrange your shirt pick up! 



Thanks to your support of the Sommer PTA we were able to treat our Sommer Staff to Burgers and Fries from the PTerry’s food truck. They were all so happy to have a Friday treat, and we could see their smiles in their eyes, even with their masks in place.  

We appreciate our staff and all the hard work they do for our Sommer Stallions!!


You asked and WE delivered!! Teacher and Staff Favorites Lists are now posted on our PTA website! 



Do you love cooking?  Is there a favorite healthy recipe you love to make with your family? Send in your favorite HEALTHY recipe to share with the school!

Please fill out this Google Form.  Please include all measurements with the ingredients and step by step instructions. And don't forget to tell us what you love most about the recipe!


Are you a kid who loves moving your body? What ways have you been staying active? Do you skip? Are you a hopper? Maybe a puddle jumper? Tell us your favorite way to stay moving and active right now.  Please fill out this Google Form to submit your answer. 


Any questions? Please contact Erin at PTA Healthy Living at

Submissions will be highlighted in the PTA newsletter during the school year.  


Check out two kids at Sommer who love to cook and move! 

Thank you, Sai and Elizabeth for sharing with us!


Sai, Kindergarten

“Tangerine is my favorite fruit. So I would like to share a healthy fun treat for this Halloween.”

PUMPKIN TANGERINES (source: Brendid)


Tangerines (mandarin oranges or clementines)

Celery stalks and leaves

  Orange peeler

        Step 1

Peel tangerines using orange peeler, your fingernail or a small paring knife to scrape off as much white pith membranes as possible.

Step 2

Wash, dry and slice celery.

Step 3

Cut 1-2 inch narrow pieces from the tops of the celery and insert into the peeled tangerines.

Step 4

Cut leaves from the celery tops and arrange to look like pumpkin leaves.

Taste and Share!


Elizabeth, 4th Grade


I love to ride bikes around the block with my friends. Or sometimes we play on my friend’s swing and use our legs to pump to get higher. And I race against my friend Dave. He’s really fast so I try to beat him but he usually wins.



It’s all about Place value this month for Math Superstars! 

Please visit our PTA website for some fun Place value games you and your family can do together at home!

We have also added  “Color by Number” and Place value worksheets for some extra practice.


Don’t forget to send in pictures using the image share app!  You can order your yearbook NOW at Balfour and enter Patsy Sommer Elementary in the school search field. 




Support Patsy Sommer by joining PTA Now!

Does your child have a fun-filled memory from carnival?

Did your family enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of the many countries featured at multicultural night?

Do you have a child that loved the challenge of submitting a creative piece for reflections?

Our teachers are familiar with seeing pride on our kids faces when walking by a picture of themselves on the Wall of Champions!

These are just a few of the many creative programs that are PTA funded. Others include Spelling Bee, Math Superstars, and Movie nights!

Even though this year is going to look different for our children and teachers, Your Sommer PTA is committed to create for our future. 

We need your help to keep our membership thriving! No lines or waiting... You can sign up quickly, safely, and securely online at Sign yourself up... and your partner! It only takes 5 minutes to join.

There is no wrong or right way to be involved - anything you can give, whether it’s time or money, will support your child’s potential. Everyone can PTA.  #YouCanPTA! Thanks for your continued support.