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Raven Report: August 7, 2020

Welcome Back: The Summit's Re-Entry Plan Update

Dear Summit Community,

As faculty returned to campus this week, I tried to take a quick moment to pause and reflect on the many challenges we've all faced in recent months. When I consider the uncertainty we are all facing and the obstacles we have yet to face, I'm grounded in the following:  

Gratitude - Thank you all for your dedication and commitment. At every turn, our faculty, staff, board, and families have stepped forward, volunteering their time and effort, forgoing time off, and putting in added hours to ensure we remain on mission to continue advancing progressive education in the Ozarks and keep our Summit community connected in this difficult time.

Teamwork - The move to Distance Learning, preparing for re-entry, and the addition of hybrid offerings were each massive undertakings. I'm humbled by everyone's efforts and our ability to come together as a team to tackle difficulties, to support one another, and to move forward together toward our common goal: to spark the joy of learning in our students.

Leadership - We are small but mighty! Our faculty is comprised of academic leaders with professionalism and expertise that resonates throughout our school community. I have complete trust in our team's abilities to hold us to the highest of standards and to execute learning in any format to the best of our ability.  

Resilience - While we forge ahead, we should have a strong sense of accomplishment. We might not know what lies ahead, but we know where we've come from and what we can do together! 

I'm fortunate to be part of such a strong, dedicated community. To all of you, I offer my sincerest thanks. We will lead, persevere, and overcome!

Please review the updated version of our re-entry plan, linked below. We are committed to a safe return to campus, with five days of seated instruction in addition to hybrid learning options, on Monday, August 17th.

On behalf of The Summit team, welcome back!

With sincere appreciation,

Dr. Katie Heet, Head of School
To Do List
Family Form 20/21: Complete Before 8/17
Questions? Contact Whitney Wiese, Communications & Enrollment Officer. 

This year, we are asking ALL Summit families to fill out a new Family Form with their family's most up-to-date contact information and medical/emergency contact information for their child(ren).

Please complete the following form BEFORE the first day of school on Monday, August 17th. 

Thank you for helping us maintain accurate records of this important information.
Lunch: Pre Order Hot Lunches
Questions? Contact Casey Haskins, Lower School Hybrid Learning Coordinator & Receptionist.  

Lunch orders need to be placed the Thursday of the week before to receive the $4 pre-order price. 

All lunch menus and pre-order forms are available at

Fun Zone: Register for Morning and/or Afternoon 
Questions: Contact Casey Haskins, Lower School Hybrid Learning Coordinator & Receptionist. 

To maintain appropriate physical distancing measures in the Fun Zone space, The Summit will be requiring all families to pre-register for Fun Zone during the 2020-2021 academic year. Fun Zone will be limited to 11 registrants (plus one Fun Zone Coordinator) for both morning and afternoon sessions.

There will be no drop-in availability for Fun Zone. Students may not wait in the lobby unless they are registered for Fun Zone. Please register ahead of time.

SPO: Pre-Order Your Summit Face Mask 
Questions: Contact Shelley Beall, SPO VP of Upper School.

The Summit Parent Organization (SPO) is taking pre-orders for new Summit face masks. Quantities are limited and should arrive the first week of school.

The cost of each mask is $15. All proceeds benefit SPO community projects and events for the 2020-2021 school year. Payment will be processed through Summit family accounts.
Spirit Wear: Order Deadline 8/14 at Noon
Questions: Contact Whitney Wiese, Communications & Enrollment Officer.

We are excited to announce the opening of our 2020-2021 Summit Spirit Wear store! This year's Spirit Wear design was inspired by Summit freshman Maren B. Please use the link to the right to order your Summit Spirit Wear BEFORE FRIDAY, AUGUST 14th at noon. 

Orders will be available for pick-up the week of September 1st at The Summit.
Upcoming Events
Summit School Calendar 

August 2020
7: 6th Grade Parent-Teacher Conferences
10-11: Lower School Parent-Teacher Conferences
11-12: Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences
12: Meet Your Teacher
17: First Day of School
17: Board of Trustees meeting
27: SPO meeting

September 2020
7: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
16: Late Start at 9:30am
21: Board of Trustees meeting
24: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
24: SPO meeting
25: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
28: Official School Picture Day

To view the 2020-2021 Summit School Calendar use this link, or check out the website.
Around Campus

Trending in Education: A Safe Return to Campus

At The Summit, things are looking different. But the feelings of community, belonging, acceptance, and security remain the same. 

The Summit is committed to bringing students safely back to school five days a week with increased health screenings and cleaning protocols, expanded learning spaces, and the same dedicated faculty ready to serve and support the needs of students with our whole-child approach.

Read more about our campus updates for re-entry and check out the link to our new virtual tour on our Trending in Education Blog
Outdoor Learning Pavilion

The Summit has installed a new outdoor learning pavilion, made possible by the generous contributions from our families and donors at the 2019 Gala. 

We are all so excited for this beautiful new addition to our Big Backyard! Teachers are looking forward to utilizing this space to extend learning beyond the classroom walls in the fresh air and sunshine! 

A big shout out and thank you to Brian Harrel with Harrel Construction & Contracting for the framework and Jeremy Barnett with Peak Restoration for the roofing! 
New Faces, New Titles

We have some exciting new staffing updates to share at The Summit!
  • We are pleased to welcome aboard two new teachers this year:Ms. Lanae Ursino (1st Grade) and Mrs. Kendra James (5th Grade).
  • Ms. Anya Jones & Ms. Halina West will be joining the team as Morning and Afternoon Fun Zone Coordinators. 
  • Ms. Casey Haskins, our former Beginners Classroom Assistant, will be stepping into a new role as Lower School Hybrid Learning Coordinator & Receptionist. 
  • Ms. Whitney Wiese, our former Administrative Assistant & Receptionist, will be joining Ms. Amy Maas in the Admissions & Communications office as our new Communications & Enrollment Officer. 
To our new faces, welcome to The Summit team! Ms. Casey & Ms. Whitney, we're so glad you're here!
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Questions? Contact Kristin Walker, Finance & Operations Officer.
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:
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! 
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