Don't forget to order your NEW Summit Spirit Wear!
Raven Report: Jan. 9, 2020
Join us at the annual 
State of The Summit Presentation
Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
at The Summit Prep (202 E. Walnut Lawn Street)

The Summit Board of Trustees and Head of  School invite you to participate in our annual " State of The Summit" presentation.

Please join us Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00 pm at The Summit Prep (202 E. Walnut Lawn) for this "Don't Miss" event!

Summit Alumni are Back on Campus Friday 1/10

We are excited to celebrate our Summit Alumni on Friday, January 10th. Summit High School Graduates will be on campus to tour the new building and answer questions from current students on Friday afternoon. All Summit Alumni will then gather and mingle at Springfield Brewing Company on Friday night.  Be sure to check Summit's social media on Friday to follow along with our Alumni as they return to The Summit. 

If you know a Summit alumnus, be sure to tell them about this event or have them contact the office for more information.
To Do List
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.
Winter 2020 Summit Spirit Wear
Questions? Contact Whitney Wiese, Administrative Assistant.

Order your Winter 2020 Summit Spirit Wear, designed by Summit 6th grader Hudson H. Items include shirts, sweatshirts, sherpas, hats, and coolers! Orders are due Monday, January 20th.

Lunch: January Hot Lunches
Questions? Contact Whitney Wiese, Administrative Assistant.

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

Lower School Dance, Beginners - 5th Grade
Thursday, February 13th
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Discovery Center |  438 E St Louis St.
**Note: There is no school on Friday 2/14.
Questions? Contact  Amy Maas

NEW this year, ALL lower school students (Beginners through 5th grade) are invited to attend The Summit's Lower School Dance! Each student (boys and girls) is invited to attend with an adult (ie: father/daughter(s), mother/son(s), etc). This is a "formal" occasion, and attendees are encouraged to "dress up" for the dance (whether in their Sunday best or a fun party outfit). A DJ, photo booth, light snacks, and party favors provided.
Upper School Mixer, Middle & High School
Thursday, February 13th
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Discovery Center |  438 E St Louis St.
**Note: There is no school on Friday 2/14.
Questions? Contact Amy Maas
The Upper School Mixer will follow the Lower School Dance. It is for students in 6th-12th grade.  Students are encouraged to invite their non-Summit friends to this event. They will need to have a guest form filled out and turned in to Dr. Heet by Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Click here to download  the dance guest form.
Sign Up to Volunteer!
Questions? Contact Jamie Altrup, SPO VP of Communications.

The Summit is an amazing community, and we have an abundance of opportunities for you to become involved. We have numerous events throughout the year, and in order to make these events happen, we need your help! 
STEM Connection

First graders have been working hard on place value. By definition, place value is the value of a digit depending on its position in the number, such as ones, tens, hundreds, or thousands.

"What does that mean?" you ask! When looking at a number, such as 526, first graders are able to break this number down based on what the digit in each place means. First graders would look at the number 526 and know that this number is made up of 5 groups of 100, 2 groups of 10, and 6 groups of 1. They have been exploring and learning about numbers up to the thousands place.

Having an understanding and background knowledge in place value is very important. They will revisit and use their place value knowledge when they learn about multi-digit addition (258 + 23) and subtraction (539 - 93). They also use this information to help them with reading numbers.

Through the use of manipulatives such as base-ten blocks, unifix cubes, place value mats, and hundreds charts, students are engaging in a variety of activities requiring them to build and break down numbers. First graders will be reading, writing, and comparing numbers into the thousands through the use of worksheets and games. They will also be working with numbers using standard notation and expanded notation. Several links found on the class blog such as IXL and ABCya provide online activities to support place value understanding.

Upcoming Events
High School Informational Meeting for Parents

On Thursday, January 16th The Summit will be hosting an informational meeting for parents of prospective high school students. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will cover current course offerings, high school expectations, college prep, and more.
Children's Education Alliance of Missouri Training for Parents

The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) is parent advocacy non-profit that works on K-12 education legislation. The MORE (MO Reimagining Education) network is a group of non-profits, schools, and individual advocates specifically working on tax-credit scholarships for parents to be able to send their children to private schools or even home school or meet any other educational needs.

The groups are expanding their network and training advocates to be engaged in the movement. CEAM is hosting their advocacy training at The Summit Prep this year.

There are two sessions for this training: Monday 1/13 and Monday 1/20, each from 6-8 p.m. The first training will cover how to tell your story, 30-second elevator pitches and general public speaking tips. The second training is all about how to prepare for, and what to expect when going to the state capitol. CEAM will provide dinner.

Summit School Calendar 

January 2020
10 : Summit Alumni Reunion
13: Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
15: $2 Uniform Buy Out Day: Hat Day
16: SPO Meeting, 9 a.m.
16: High School Information Meeting for 8th Grade Parents, 5:30 p.m.
20: NO SCHOOL -  Martin Luther King Jr Day
23: State of The Summit Meeting, 6 p.m.
24: Summit Beginners & PreK Screenings for 2020-2021

February 2020
12: Late Start @ 9:30 a.m.
13: Lower School Dance, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
13: Upper School Mixer, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
13: $2 Uniform Buy Out Day
14: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day/Conferences
14: Summit Kindergarten Screenings 2020-2021
17: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
18: Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
20: SPO Meeting, 9 a.m.
28: LS: End of 2nd Trimester
Around Campus
Needed: Playing Cards for Destination Imagination Use

Summit students participating in Destination Imagination need your help! If you have any un-needed playing cards laying around, please send them to 5th grade!

The team will have to build a load-bearing bridge out of playing cards and duct tape live during their competition. We anticipate needing MANY cards for practice purposes! Older cards work better for construction than new cards, but the team will gladly accept any playing cards.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Lersch, 5th Grade Teacher.
New Summit Spirit Wear Now Available to Order!

A new year and new Summit Spirit Wear! This collection features a design created by Summit 6th grader Hudson M. Items for sale include shirts, sweatshirts, sherpas, hats, and coolers! Orders are due Monday, January 20th.

Questions? Contact Whitney Wiese, Administrative Assistant.
Seeking SPO Assistant Treasurer 

Looking for a way to get involved with the Summit Parent Organization? SPO is currently seeking an individual interested in serving as the Assistant Treasurer for the second half of this school year. This would serve as a training period before then moving into the Vice President of Finance position for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.

Please contact SPO Treasurer Ellen Chindlund for more information.
Needed: Microwaves for Classroom Use

We are in need of at least three new or in-good-condition microwaves for classroom/lunch use. If you have a spare you'd like to donate to The Summit, or know someone else who might, please contact Mr. Mike for more information.
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. 
Support The Summit

Earn Rebates Towards Summit Growth Fund

Check out for your shopping needs!

As always feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit Dad and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
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.
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:
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. 
Purchase Mabel's Labels Sale 
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