Raven Report: March 10, 2021
It's Spirit Week at The Summit! Students have embraced their school pride with Blue & Gold Day, Zoom Day, & Wacky Wednesday.

But we're not finished yet! Follow us on Facebook for more pictures of Throwback Thursday & Furry Friends Friday!
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.
Complete Athletics Survey
We are excited to announce that Sarah Leighninger will be our new Athletic Director next year!

Read more about Coach Leighninger in Around Campus below, and be sure to fill out our Athletics Survey by Friday, March 12th.
Order Girl Scout Cookies
Meet the Cookies and contact Shelley Beall, Girl Scout Troop Leader, to order yours today.

The last day to order is Sunday, March 28th.

Cookies are $5 per box.
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.

For more information, please visit our website.
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.
Spring Break 3/15-3/22
Summit offices will be closed the week of Spring Break and will re-open on Monday, March 22nd. Please contact frontdesk@thesummitprep.org, and an administrator will return your message when faculty and staff return to campus on Monday, March 22nd.

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing break and look forward to seeing everyone in class on Tuesday, March 23rd!

If you choose to travel over the extended break, please monitor the situation in the area you will be traveling by contacting the local health department. If the rate of infection is increasing, or if you have concerns about exposure based on your travel experience, please notify administration to initiate a transition to hybrid learning.

Our ability to continue learning safely together on campus relies on the strength of our community. Summit families and employees must each do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by modeling responsibility, compassion, and civic-mindedness for the benefit of all. We thank our community for its continued support and cooperation in these efforts.

Upcoming Events
March 2021
8-12: Summit Spirit Week
15-19: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
22: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
24: Give Ozarks Day
25: SPO meeting, 9am
29: Board of Trustees meeting, 5:30pm

April 2021
2: Early Release, 1:00pm (No Afternoon Fun Zone)
15: $2 Uniform Buyout Day, Peru Themed
16: NO SCHOOL - Home Stretch Holiday
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
29: SPO meeting, 9am
Support The Summit on Give Ozarks Day!
Give Ozarks Day, the region wide day of giving presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will take place on March 24, 2021. This online crowdfunding event will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to support the CFO’s nonprofit agency partners, including The Summit!

With the theme “Rally for Recovery,” this Give Ozarks will offer nonprofits the opportunity to raise operating funds to help sustain their work after a year of fundraising cancellations, financial challenges and program disruptions, often coupled with an increased need for services during the pandemic.

“Operating funds are often the hardest type of money to raise because donors are often attracted to marquee projects that advance a nonprofit’s mission,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “But as this very challenging moment in history continues, we want to encourage donors to help nonprofits keep their doors open to provide the valuable services that help sustain all of us, ranging from basic needs to areas like art and nature that have helped so many of us cope over these months.”

Visit The Summit's fundraising page at CauseMomentum.org on March 24th to learn more about our successes this past year made possible with the support of our community. The Summit will continue rising higher to meet the challenges of today, tomorrow, and the future to provide a premiere independent education to students of the Ozarks!

Exciting things to look forward to on March 24th:
  • Power Hour! Every donation to The Summit between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. enters us in a drawing for a $5,000 BONUS!
  • We have a match! With the generous support of our donor community, we have secured a match for Give Ozarks Day, doubling your donation to support our school!
  • Participation counts! Every donation on Give Ozarks Day will count toward our Annual Campaign family participation numbers. Our goal every year is to have 100% participation from our school community. Your pledge in any amount helps us reach that goal!

ISACS Virtual Parent Education Series
Join other independent school parents for 4 evening sessions to help you support your children in these challenging circumstances. Hear from leading experts about your child’s social/emotional, executive function and other learning needs while also learning how to speak with your children about race. 

For more information or to register for the live webinar sessions, please CLICK HERE.

The final webinar, "Managing Anxiety, Stress and Parenting Under COVID-19" with Lisa Damour is tonight, March 10th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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

**A recorded version (password protected) of each Parent Series webinar will be available to view until May 31, 2021. You do NOT need to pre-register to view the recorded webinar. A link of the recording will be shared with families when available.
The recording for the third webinar, “Parenting in a Pandemic” with Michael Thompson, is now available.

Follow these easy steps to access the recording of this webinar:

  • Visit www.isacs.org/webinars and select “Recorded Webinars” in the left hand column.
  • Scroll towards the bottom of the page and click on “Password Protected Recorded Webinars.”
  • Select “Parent Series Webinars” to reveal the current Parent Series webinars available for viewing.
  • Select 3/3/21 - “Parenting in a Pandemic” with Michael Thompson
  • Password: This recording is available via Zoom which requires you to enter the following password to view the recorded webinar: parenting$2021 (all lowercase).
  • The recorded version includes closed captioning.

The recording will be available until May 31, 2021.
Summit Parent Organization
SPO Meeting on Thursday, March 25th
All Summit parents/guardians are invited to the next Summit Parent Organization (SPO) meeting on Thursday, March 25th at 9:00 a.m. in The Summit's Big Backyard (virtual option available).

Calling all Friends of the Garden! Save the date for a workday on Thursday, March 25th from 10am-noon, after the SPO meeting. The plan is to move mulch, even out the garden edges, and get a head start on spring weeds. If you have them, please bring rakes, shovels, and weeding tools. You might also consider bringing clippers, gloves, kneepads, and drinking water. Please check in at the front desk for a temperature check before meeting in the pollinator garden. 

If you plan on attending, please contact SPO Exec at spo@thesummitprep.org to RSVP and/or to receive the Zoom link.
Nominations Open for 21-22 SPO Exec Officers
It's never too early to learn more about volunteer opportunities with SPO. For the 2021-2022 school year, SPO will be to electing officers to the following positions: President and VP of Communications. If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) for one of these roles, please fill out the Nomination Form.

SPO is also looking for someone to shadow as the Scrip Coordinator for 2021-2022 with the intent to take the position starting with the 2022-2023 school year. 

To submit a nomination please CLICK HERE

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 12, 2021. Voting will be held at the March 2021 SPO Meeting.

Questions should be directed to the current SPO President, Brittney Kaegel, at spo@thesummitprep.org.
Around Campus
Grand Opening: Kindergarten's Snuggle City!
For Kindergarten's 2nd Trimester Celebration, they were able to share their learning with loved ones via a special Zoom presentation! Students have been studying urban communities this trimester. Working together, they constructed their own city in the Minecraft world, voting on the name: Snuggle City! Each student architect built an important amenity for their city and explained why their building was important for the community. From a vet clinic to a bank to a police station and a rec center... Snuggle City has it all!

CLICK HERE to view a recorded version of students presenting their buildings for their families. The recorded presentation does not include the speaker view with student’s faces, but you can still hear them clearly and see the grandeur of Snuggle City! 

Here are some of the questions students were asked to answer when designing their city:

  • What is an urban community?
  • Why is your building important to the urban community?
  • What community helpers work in your building?
  • What was your favorite part of this project?
  • Is there anything special you want to tell me about your building?
  • What else did you help create in Snuggle City?
4th Grade Exploring New Technology
4th graders were awarded a special grant to help purchase new technology equipment for their classroom. Every student received a new stylus pen to use either on their touchscreen or their touch pad, a microphone, and a recording booth to allow them to share their learning with each other and their families through videos and podcasts. These booths and microphones help students not only get their learning recorded without background noise, but also allows students to be able to record right at their desks!

So far students have use their new technology to record essays, solve math problems, and read a silly story into Flipgrid. Students could definitely tell a difference in the quality of sound when reading their stories and cannot wait to try more opportunities to use this new technology! Here's what they have to say:

"They are amazing because the foam is comfortable and not everyone hears you. That's the main thing. The stylus helps a lot when I'm drawing because it's hard to draw with your finger. I am happy those people got them for us." - Savannah C.

"I like the mystery of how it blocks out the outside sound waves." - Jasper K.

"I like how we have the microphones and the booths so we can block out the sound, but we also have the microphone to make our voice louder." - Zara B.

"I like that when you speak into it, it always works! Sometimes it doesn't work when I am using FlipGrid, and I have to redo a video, but with these microphones, they always work!" - Aiden S.
Follow Us on Facebook!
Do you follow The Summit's Facebook page? If not, you're missing out! "Like" our page to receive notifications of special Facebook LIVE sessions on The Summit campus!

This year, we've gone LIVE from the classrooms to hear from students about what they've learned and learn about their favorite projects, listened in as 3rd Grade ordered lunch from Cielito Lindo all en español, and watched 5th Grade strut their stuff in a Spanish fashion show!

Click here to follow along! Don't forget to hit "Like"!
Now Accepting Applications for Next Year!
The Summit is now 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 Amy for more details.
Family Business Directory
The Summit's Family Business Directory is a resource to build relationships within The Summit community by offering families with businesses the opportunity to list their business information. This directory allows our families to support one another through referrals and patronage. 

For additional questions or to be listed in the Family Business Directory, please contact Vince Currao, Development Officer.
Support The Summit
Shop with Scrip

CLICK HERE to check out what is happening this week at Scrip!

To learn more about volunteering for the Scrip Coordinator position, just let me know.

Enjoy Spring Break!

As always, feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit Parent and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
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We received $152.51 this quarter thanks to your support!

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!