Raven Report: April 14, 2021
We had a great time at the 10th Annual Seuss Science Day last Saturday! It was so exciting to see some familiar faces while we enjoyed some Seuss-y, science-y fun making oobleck and elephant toothpaste with Mr. Powers!
To Do List
Questions? Contact the Front Desk.
Pre-Order Hot Lunch
Lunch orders need to be placed by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday the week before to receive the $4.50 pre-order price.

All lunch menus and pre-order forms are available at thesummitprep.org/lunch.
Register for Fun Zone
Morning Fun Zone drop off begins at 7:30 a.m.

Afternoon Fun Zone pick up ends at 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Order 2020-2021 Yearbook
Yearbooks will be available in May 2021.
Reporting COVID-19 Exposure Procedure
If you or someone in your household is notified, or if you suspect, that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please email administration at frontdesk@thesummitprep.org. An administrator will contact you during school hours to discuss necessary precautions to follow before returning to the classroom and/or transitioning to Hybrid Learning.

Please stay home.

Administration will maintain communication with your family and notify the appropriate personnel and families if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19. This information is considered confidential, and your privacy will be maintained in all such communications.

Please contact your primary care provider or the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for more information on COVID-19 and for recommendations on testing and quarantine.

Questions? Contact Front Desk for an administrator.
$2 Uniform Buyout Day Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 15th, is a $2 Uniform Buyout Day.

This buyout will be Peru-themed to support The Summit's 2022 Travel Abroad trip. Dress in red & white like the Peru flag, celebrate the hard-working llama, or even dress like a tourist ready for travel! Express your creativity, and have fun!

To learn more about our planned itinerary, CLICK HERE. For more information about how your student can join us (for current 4th-12th grade students), please contact Ms. Amy or Señora Leighninger.

Remember to bring regular close-toed, close-heeled shoes for walking around the building and for P.E. class.
All-School Service Learning Day NEXT Thursday, April 22nd in the Big Backyard!
The Summit will be participating in our third all-school service day, “Ravens Reach Out Day,” on Thursday, April 22nd (Earth Day). This year, we will be working in our Big Backyard!

Classes will be working outside in staggered groups, doing a variety of light beautification tasks (planting, pulling weeds, etc) in the native plant & pollinator gardens.

Our parent community is invited to participate in this all-school service day with students! Parents may attend during their child’s classroom volunteer time and picnic time (parents with students in multiple grades may attend all their classroom service times).

Infused Catering will be providing a bag lunch option for the picnic. Parents and students are invited to pre-order lunch using the link below by tomorrow, Thursday, April 15th at 4:00 p.m.

Check your email for more information!

If you would like to donate tools for the service day or to help SPO check in volunteers, please us this Sign Up Genius to volunteer!
Upcoming Events
April 2021
15: $2 Uniform Buyout Day, Peru-Themed
16: NO SCHOOL - Home Stretch Holiday (Office Closed)
19: Board of Trustees meeting, 5:30pm
21: Late Start at 9:30am
22: All-School Service Day in Big Backyard
23: Spring Picture Day
24: Spring Family Photo Fundraiser, 8:30am-7pm
29: SPO meeting, 9am

May 2021
4: Grandfriends’ Day (virtual) & EARLY RELEASE at 11:30am
 5: Late Start at 9:30am
11: Graduation (Details TBA)
12: Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser, 4-8pm
13: SPO meeting, 9am
17: Board of Trustees meeting, 5:30pm
18: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
19: Field Day/Last Day of School & EARLY RELEASE at 11:30am
Around Campus
A Special Message from the Head of School:
Meet Our Lower School STEM Coordinator!
Dear Summit Community,

As we enter into the home stretch of the school year, I would like to share some exciting news coming to The Summit this fall. 

We are pleased to announce that former Summit educator Mrs. Rhonda Lersch will be returning to serve in a new position as our Lower School STEM Coordinator. Mrs. Lersch retired from The Summit last spring after a stellar career of over forty years in education. An experienced gifted educator, Mrs. Lersch prepares students not only for the intellectual challenge of middle school but also fosters their independence and maturity as they transition to the next phase in their educational journey. Her expert guidance in curriculum and program development exemplifies this student-centered approach.

Mrs. Lersch’s skilled project-based learning execution and passion for education has enriched not only her students but The Summit community as a whole as an active advocate for the school’s STEM initiatives. She has been instrumental in coordinating with students to plan the native landscaping garden project on campus and a valuable member of the school’s STEM Task Force. In her time at The Summit, Rhonda consistently facilitated extended learning opportunities. She has led students to victory in competitions including Destination Imagination, LEGO Robotics, Math League, and LAD Fair.

Mr. Powers will continue to lead our STEM education and programming in Upper School. We are thrilled to have these two highly experienced and progressive educators at the forefront of this important and exciting advancement in our STEM initiatives. 

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Lersch back to The Summit! 


Dr. Katie Heet
From Mrs. Lersch’s former students:

“Mrs. Lersch was an amazing, super fun teacher! We did so many really cool projects with her in 5th grade. My favorite project we did was when we designed our food trucks and then made the food!”
- Sydney W., current Summit 7th grader

“Mrs. Lersch was a really great teacher! I loved when we did our food trucks, and I also liked creating to-scale buildings. I chose to make an underwater hotel. She would stay late with us so we could work on Destination Imagination, and she'd give up her Saturdays to go to the competitions. Thank you for teaching us.”
- Emily C., current Summit 7th grader

“Mrs. Lersch is an amazing teacher. She is very kind and caring to everyone she encounters. When she is teaching, she never gets frustrated with us and always has a smile on her face. She is very patient when helping students and always gives positive feedback when she is talking. Mrs. Lersch has brought a smile to my face so many times and has made 5th grade year the best year I have ever had.” - Gracelyn R., current Summit 6th grader
Summit Athletes Take Flight on the Field!
Summer is just around the corner, and Summit Ravens are bringing the heat to the soccer field and the track!

The Summit/NCA Girls Middle School Soccer team won big last Thursday when Summit 6th graders Molly L. and Nicole J. boosted the team to a 4-0 victory over Pleasant View!

Last Thursday was also the opening day of Middle School Track & Field season. Congratulations to Summit athletes Jonas T. (8th), Grayson S. (7th), and Will B. (7th) for their stellar performance representing The Summit at the Spokane meet!

  • Grayson placed 1st in the 400m
  • Grayson placed 1st in the 800m
  • Will placed 6th in the 800m
  • Will placed 4th in the 1600m
  • Jonas placed 7th in the 200m
  • Jonas placed 7th in the Triple Jump

The boys kept going strong on Monday at the Springfield Middle School Invitational! CLICK HERE for the list of full results!
Alan is currently attending Missouri State University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. He received his commercial pilot license in the summer of 2020 and is also pursuing his flight instructor certification.
Soaring into the 2020-2021 School Year!
The Summit is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year! We have virtual admissions options and screenings flexible for a variety of family schedules. If you know someone who would love to learn at The Summit, please contact Amy Maas, Admissions & Communications Officer.

Don't forget Family Referral Bonuses! Current Summit families who refer a new student to The Summit could receive up to $500 in Growth Fund credit! Email Ms. Amy for more details.
Camp Raven Corner
Register for Camp Raven!
Spend your summer at The Summit with Camp Raven! These weekly camps provide a fun, safe, and stimulating way to continue learning over the summer break. Each camp, led by talented and enthusiastic instructors, focuses on a central theme from explorations in STEM and art to music and movement. Campers will have fun while learning and making new friends! 

Check out some of these exciting camp offerings, and register today!
Jr. Camp Raven: Our Trip to the Zoo
Morning Camp: June 21-25 (Early Learners/PreK-Kindergarten)
Camp Instructor: Mrs. Halina West, Fun Zone Coordinator

We will find ways to "travel" to the zoo! Our theme will be divided into categories: kinds of animals, types of homes, needs of the animals, caretakers, and where the animals originated. These categories will incorporate math, music, language, art, fine and gross motor skills, and geography.
Camp Raven: Superheroes
Morning Camp: June 21-25 (1st-5th Grade)
Camp Instructor: Señora Raven, Summit Teacher

Calling all superheroes! Campers will create their very own superhero and discover their unique superpowers through challenges, adventures, and good deeds. We will also recognize everyday heroes and how we can do our part to be superheroes every day!
Camp Raven: Kids in the Kitchen
Afternoon Camp: June 21-25 (1st-5th Grade)
Camp Instructor: Mrs. Yarnell, Summit Teacher

This class gives young chefs an opportunity to explore a wide variety of culinary delights. Along with learning to cook new and tasty recipes, campers will expand their knowledge of food preparation and presentation, nutrition and cooking safety. Campers will leave the class with a recipe book to use at home.
Sr. Camp Raven: Art in the 3rd Dimension
Morning Camp: June 21-25 (6th-12th Grade)
Camp Instructor: Ms. Renfroe, Summit Teacher

Let’s reach beyond pen and paper to make art in the third dimension! By working with three-dimensional models and sculptures, campers will explore how to use the space around them to create. We will dive into the process of installation and creation! 
Summit Parent Organization
Family Photo Fundraiser on Saturday 4/24
Have lots of pictures of your kids but not many of you with them? Looking for a Mother's Day gift that she/you will be able to keep forever? Or just want to get dressed up for a photo shoot? This is for you!

The Summit Parent Organization (SPO) is having a Spring Family Photo Fundraiser on Saturday, April 24th in The Summit's Big Backyard.

Here are the details:
  • Cost: $75
  • 20-minute photo session
  • 5-10 edited digital images
  • Floral archway as a backdrop (sneak peek to come soon!)
  • Receive digital files by Mother's Day
  • Multiple poses (i.e. only kids, whole family, grandparents, pets, etc.)

SPO fundraisers help support teacher appreciation, classroom celebrations, and Summit community events!
Spring Flowers Fundraiser
Decorate for spring and help support The Summit! SPO is partnering with a local greenhouse nursery to offer 10" hanging baskets for our spring flower fundraiser. Wheeler Gardens is family-owned and has been in business for over 30 years. 

To purchase hanging baskets: 
  • Fill out the Google Form (linked below).
  • Each hanging basket voucher is $22.
  • Orders will be billed to your family account.
  • Flower vouchers will be sent home in your child's backpack (if you are virtual, your vouchers will be mailed to you).
  • Take your voucher to either Wheeler Gardens location to redeem.


How much are they?
Each voucher is $22 and is good for one 10-inch hanging basket.

Where do I get my hanging basket?
Once you have received your printed vouchers, take them to either Wheeler Gardens locations during their regular business hours. Visit www.wheelergardens.com for more information. 

Where is Wheeler Gardens located?
They have two locations. One is located at 1925 S. Bedford Ave in Springfield; close to the east Sam's Club. The other is located at 454 State Highway EE in Ozark.

What flowers do they have?
There will be a variety of baskets to choose from including impatients, petunias, begonias, vinca, geranium, callies, and more!

How do I pay for the hanging baskets?
Once you place your order, your Summit family account will be billed for the total.

Can family members or friends buy too?
Yes! You can order vouchers for anyone. Just understand that your Summit account will be charged so you will need to collect their money on your own.

Do the vouchers expire?
Yes, they are valid April 24th through May 31st.
Parent Education
ISACS Virtual Parent Education Series:
Watch All Webinars Now!
We hope you have enjoyed the ISACS parent education series!

For full instructions on how to access each webinar, please click here.

We would love to hear from you! If you view the webinar series, please email us your feedback at info@thesummitprep.org or let us know what suggestions you have for other topics in parent education you would like to see in the future.

"I benefited so much from the recent ISACS webinar! Learning about executive function skills in children was incredibly eye-opening. I am definitely better equipped to parent and support my kids now. Thank you for making these webinars available to parents. I'm already looking forward to the next one!" - Dana Thomas, Summit Parent
Support The Summit
Shop with Scrip

FYI for all you Starbucks lovers, they will be decreasing their rebate from 7% to 4.5% on April 17th, so load up while you can. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Also, we are still looking for someone who would like to take over the Scrip program. Give me a shout if you would like more info about how the program works.

As always, feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit Parent and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
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