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Raven Report: April 15, 2020
No School on Friday 4/24 - Teacher Professional Development and Work Day

The Summit has rescheduled the March 23rd Wellness Professional Development Session and Teacher Work Day to next Friday, April 24th. There will be no distance learning classes or lessons that day. Instead, Summit faculty and staff will participate in a Wellness and Self-Care session for professionals working with children, presented by Burrell Behavioral Health's School Based Services staff.
Yearbook Deadline Extended: Orders due Friday, April 24th

With the extension of our distance learning plan, the yearbook committee has decided to extend the ordering deadline for the 2019-2020 yearbook through Friday, April 24th. This new timeline will still ensure that yearbooks arrive at The Summit prior to the last week of school, May 11th. Questions? Please contact Amy Maas or Emma Smith.
Distance Learning FAQs

The Summit has assembled a fact sheet of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Distance Learning. Click here to view the entire Distance Learning FAQ sheet, or visit the website for more details.
What is Google Classroom and how do parents interact with this application?
Google Classroom, a web-based learning environment, is frequently used by Summit students in upper elementary and beyond. Summit faculty in grades three through high school will be using Google Classroom during distance learning.  When logged into Google Classroom, students are able to collaborate with peers and teachers, view class announcements, access posted class/course content, and submit work. Only authorized students, teachers, and staff members have access to Google Classroom. Google users outside The Summit network are not granted permission to any Classroom.  Although Google Classroom is intended for student and teacher interaction, parents/guardians may access in the following ways:
  • Parents/guardians may connect with their student to login and view Google Classroom from the student's vantage point by clicking this link and having the student login with their username and password.
  • All student activity in Classroom is documented under student login and accessible to classroom teachers.
  • Parents/guardians will receive and may accept an email invitation from faculty to receive email summaries. Receipt and acceptance of one invitation will allow parents/guardians access to all student classes.  Invitations expire within 120 days.  
  • Upon accepting the invitation, parents/guardians may select email frequency (daily/weekly).
  • Parents/guardians can unsubscribe to remove themselves from Google Classroom at any time.
  • Email summaries will include missing work (work that's late at the time the email was sent), upcoming work (work due today and tomorrow for daily emails or work due in the coming week for weekly emails), and class activity (announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers).  Parents seeking additional information or clarification should email teachers directly.
  • While students are encouraged to communicate with their teachers via Classroom or email, parents should use their personal email when communicating with teachers.
Additional information can be accessed at Classroom email summaries for guardians - Classroom Help and Guardian email summaries FAQ - Classroom Help.

Senior Spotlight: Hannah Nayar
Q&A with Hannah

What grade were you in when you joined The Summit?
I was a sophomore when I joined The Summit.

What are you looking forward to most after graduating?
I'm really looking forward to starting a completely new chapter in my life through attending university, meeting new people, seeing new places, and eventually discovering what it is I wanna do in the future!

Where will you be attending college/university? 
St. Louis University 

What major or course of study do you plan to pursue? 
I'm thinking of studying either medicine or psychology. I might even consider minoring in something that involves film or cinematography.

Why did you choose that? 
I've chosen either medicine or psychology because they've always intrigued me, especially psychology. A lot of my family has worked in the medical field as well, so I'd say that has somewhat influenced me too. Cinematography has been one of my favorites hobbies and passions since I was little and I'd love to make something of it if given the chance.

What has been your favorite subject in high school and why?
I loved my psychology class. I found it extremely interesting and was introduced to a lot of great documentaries through it as well. I think taking that class just made me more inclined to wanting to study it once I'm out of high school and I'm really glad I took it.
(Hannah took her psychology class through George Washington University Online High School with The Summit's SOAR program.)
What is your favorite color of uniform polo and why? 
Blue! It's my favorite color.

What is your favorite Summit memory or defining moment? 
My favorite Summit memory is my first film fest during sophomore year. I remember it being a little hectic at times but it was a great bonding experience. In the end, I know that my team and I had a lot of fun making it as well as watching what everyone else put together.

How have you grown in the past four years? 
In the past four years I've learned to put more effort into the work I do and become more independent. I'd say this not only applies to school but life outside of it in general.

What advice do you have for younger Summit students?
Keep working hard because I assure you it will pay off in the end. School can be challenging, but it's important to remember that you can get through those times with enough drive and focus. Patience is key!
Teacher Memories from  Mr. Madar

I like to think everyone learns better through humor, and Hannah is a good example. I first met Hannah through ACT tutoring. She was starting her junior year. She had been nudged by her mother into tutoring after I had worked with her older brother. I liked her immediately, especially her laugh. It takes a bit to get her to snicker out loud, so I took it as a personal mission to get her laughing while doing better and better on the (seemingly endless) ACT tests we went through. We spent many, many hours at Panera in a booth sharpening English reading and writing, dissecting science passages, diagramming sentences, and working every possible math problem the ACT could throw at her.

As Hannah learned to relax, focus, breathe, and "feel" the ACT answers, I learned about The Summit from her. I had read about this cool progressive school and had even considered it for my own daughters. I asked her lots of questions about the classes, the teachers, the culture, and the philosophy there. I could tell she was proud of her school and glad she was going there. I was definitely intrigued -- Hannah was my ambassador for The Summit. When a teaching position became available at The Summit, I made sure to mention her in my interview there. It was so fun to have her in my Statistics and Probability class once I started. I had a familiar face in the room and a new opportunity to continue my mission to get her laughing and smiling. 

Thank you, Ambassador Hannah Nayar!
Teacher Memories from  Mr. Powers

My favorite memory of Hannah is her work on one of our first projects when she started at our school. It was a video she had put together. It was so well done and so beautifully edited that once it finished the class sat in silence for a long time. The only question anyone asked was if she had done that herself. Of course she had, and she has done many great projects since then. I know that Hannah will continue wowing people no matter where she goes. It was wonderful seeing such a creative and intelligent person grace our hallways and I look forward to seeing what her next adventure looks like. 
Annual Campaign for the Raven Fund
Through your incredible generosity, we have almost hit our financial goal for 2020! Thank you to our supporters!

Our level of family participation really means a lot. In fact, accreditation and philanthropic agencies use this percentage to help gauge the health of a school community. Your contribution to The Raven Fund, no matter how large or small, will really make a big difference.

Please consider a donation today of $50, $25 or even $10 to help keep our numbers looking good!

Please click the link below or contact Vince Currao  to support The Summit.

Goal: $30,000
Total Raised:  $24,659

Family participation goal: 100%
Current Status:  15%
Federal CARES Act

The federal CARES Act has adjusted the tax filing regulations for 2020. As you know, The Summit is a 501C(3) nonprofit organization, and your contributions are tax-deductible. Below is some information from The National Council of Nonprofits:

The CARES Act creates a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year. Section 2204. The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the law raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Vince Currao, or consult your financial advisor.
A "Special" Challenge
Pick a nice day this week to practice your Spanish outside with some movement! Try playing  el semáforo. Choose one person to be the caller and use these commands: 
verde (run!)
amarillo (walk!)
rojo (stop!)
Sound familiar? This is the classic Red Light Green Light game, only in Spanish. Send Señora pictures or videos of your family playing!

Follow along on the Señoras' Spanish blog!

Photo courtesy of
Fun Family Art Challenge:
Step 1: Wait for a sunny spring day.
Step 2:  Find some objects around your house. 
Step 3: Set them up outside so their shadows show up on your drawing paper.
Step 4: Draw the outlines by tracing their shadows.
Step 5: Have FUN creating silhouette pictures from shadows.
*If you have time, email Mrs. Murphy a photo

Follow along on Mrs. Murphy's Art blog!
Our Summit Community
Campus Update: Sinks and Garbage Disposals, oh my!

Campus is still closed, but while we're maintaining social distancing procedures and reduced group gatherings, we are still able to get a few projects done around campus.

This week, Mr. Mike oversaw the installation of a new sink and garbage disposal in the Early Learners lunch room (the room behind the staircase in the lobby). Thank you to our community of donors, including the Fields family and Stone Electric, for this improvement on our campus!
To Do List
Spend Your Summer at The Summit

Camp Raven is the summer program at The Summit for incoming Beginner through 5th grade students. These camps provide a fun and stimulating way for your child to continue learning over the summer break. Each camp is themed to a different topic and encompasses several subject areas, from science and art to music and history. Campers will have fun while learning and making new friends!
Donate to The Raven Fund
Questions? Contact Vince Currao, Development Officer.

As you know, the 2020 Annual Campaign for the Raven Fund is off and running! If you have questions, feel free to contact Vince Currao at The Summit, or consult with your financial advisor.
STEM Connection
Wonders of Wildlife: Free App for Mission Monday

Wonders of Wildlife is collaborating with Agents of Discovery and several leading conservation organizations to launch a campaign called Mission Conservation. This will provide parents and educators with access to Image Recognition (IR) Missions that young learners can play and share with their community. 

New Missions will launch every Monday (events we are calling "Mission Monday"). Our educational mobile gaming platform uses augmented reality to engage youth through active learning. Let us help you turn your home and backyard into a fun and safe educational environment.

Anybody and everybody is encouraged to participate in Mission Mondays - It's totally FREE on the Agents of Discovery app available on the  App Store and  Google Play.

1. Download the FREE Agents of Discovery app available on the App Store and Google Play to your iOS or Android mobile device and Log In.

2. By creating an account, you will earn digital rewards each week.

3. Once logged in click Missions.

4. Open the Mission Monday mission for that week. (you may need to use the search bar, Mission Monday)

5. Each week you will find an EMERGING LEARNER (k-4th grade) and an ADVANCED LEARNER (5th-high school), pick the mission that best fits your needs, or feel free to complete both.

6. On another device, pull up the website to find the image triggers. To get the kids up and active, you can print the image triggers and place them around the house or backyard, save them and reuse for each weekly challenge.

7. Tap on the Challenge icons and scan the image triggers (located below the schedule) to unlock the Challenges ... have fun!!

8. Once you have played your weekly mission, don't forget to collect your digital rewards.
Support The Summit

AmazonSmile: Shop & Support The Summit

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, The Summit Prep. You must go through (not to log into your Amazon account for the benefits to work.

Questions? Contact  Kristin Walker, Finance & Operations Officer.

Online Options for Growth Fund Credits with Scrip!

Shopping online? Be sure to check out for your shopping needs!

As always feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit Dad and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
Mabel's Labels
Mabel's Labels are great, adhesive labels for everything: uniform shirts, water bottles, lunch boxes, pencil cases, laptops, etc. They stick and won't come off in the wash! 

Questions? Contact   Ellen Chindlund, SPO Treasurer.
New: Box Tops App! No more clipping!    
Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. Click here to learn more about the app.

Don't forget to keep collecting all your Box Tops, labels, and Tyson product codes! We have a clear bucket in the lobby to collect these labels all year long. Please be sure to ask your family and friends to collect theirs as well. The Summit gets credit for every label turned in! 

Click on the links below for more information on each program:
Summit Family Business Directory: Available to View Family Businesses

Use the link at the right, or visit

If you are interested in being listed in the Business Directory, please use this link to submit your information .

Questions? Contact Vince Currao, Development Officer. 
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