Raven Report: March 3, 2021
Students had a (snow)ball during the arctic blast in February!

Check out the SPO blog for more pictures of all the winter fun!
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
5: NO SCHOOL - Student Led Conferences
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
23: Spring Picture Day
29: SPO meeting, 9am
Support The Summit on Give Ozarks Day!
Give Ozarks Day, the regionwide 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!

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the big day!
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 next webinar, "Parenting in a Pandemic" with Michael Thompson is tonight, March 3rd, 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 second webinar, “Speaking to Your Children About Race” with Joy Harris-Smith, 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 2/24/21 “Speaking to Your Children About Race” with Joy Harris-Smith.
  • Password: This recording is available via Zoom which requires you to enter the following password to view the recorded webinar: speak$2021 (all lowercase).

The recording will be available until May 31, 2021.
Summit Parent Organization
Kindergarten Wins Coin Drive!
Congratulations, Kindergarten for winning the SPO Coin Drive this year! Dr. Heet awarded the class our new traveling trophy, and SPO delivered delicious donuts for students to celebrate their victory!

The Kindergarten class raised $245.75, and overall students raised $949.74! Wow! Thank you to 2nd Grade, 4th Grade, and 7th Grade for helping count all the coins collected. This was a wonderful learning opportunity as many math skills were practiced, and student had fun doing it!

The money raised will go toward more outdoor equipment for students to enjoy in the Big Backyard.
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
Angie Workman with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Alexis, at the state Cross Country meet in Fall 2020.
Welcome Coach Leighninger!
As we look ahead to the next academic year and our growth initiatives as part of our strategic plan, we are eager to announce changes to our athletic program. As members of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), The Summit hosts individual or team sports as student interest and participation allows. 

We are excited to share that Sarah Leighninger will succeed Angie Workman as The Summit’s Athletic Director.

Sarah Leighninger is excited to step into this leadership role as a long-time educator and supporter of The Summit for the past 16 years. Sarah will continue to lead The Summit’s Spanish department in coordination with Señora Raven. Former volleyball coach, track coach, and physical education instructor, Sarah has 8 years of experience in athletics coaching and leadership. Sarah recently attended the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) Athletic Director Conference where she participated in various sessions on building and promoting athletic programs. Additionally, she had the opportunity to connect and collaborate with athletic directors from other independent schools similar in size to The Summit. 

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees, we thank Angie Workman for her many years of dedicated service and support of The Summit. Parent to two Summit graduates (Class of 2017 and Class of 2021), Angie is a former Board Chair, founder of The Summit Parent Organization (SPO), and has served as The Summit’s volunteer Athletic Director since 2012. Coinciding with daughter Alexis’s graduation from The Summit, we look forward to celebrating Angie’s many contributions at graduation this year! 

We have already begun the transition from our cooperative sponsorship with New Covenant Academy (NCA) to hosting more of our own athletic teams. As we plan for the 2021-2022 academic year and beyond, we are seeking our families’ and students’ feedback. Please fill out the following survey with your student(s)’ athletics interest for 2021-2022 by Friday, March 12th. 

Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming Entrenadora (Coach) Leighninger to The Summit athletics program!
Student Art Installations on Campus
Students are showing off their creativity at The Summit! Check out these beautiful collages of mixed media masterpieces and be sure to subscribe to our art blog for more classroom happenings with Ms. Jackson!

Read more about Ms. Jackson here:
Ashley Jackson graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She did her student teaching at Bolivar high school and intermediate school. While attending SBU, she served as the Vice President of the SBU Art Society.

In her free time, Ms. Jackson enjoys doing graphic art and creating pottery. Her hometown is Camdenton, Missouri, near the Lake of the Ozarks.
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"!
Get Ready! Spirit Week Kicks Off on Monday!
We've got spirit, yes we do! Every year, we celebrate our Summit Pride in the week leading up to Spring Break with a special theme each day. This year, we are celebrating all the wonderful things about 2020 (hear us out!). 

Monday, March 8th: Blue and Gold Day
Kicking off our school spirit with a classic: Blue and Gold Day! Wear your Summit Pride on your sleeve in our school colors, Summit spirit wear, Summit athletics gear - show the world why you’re proud to be a Raven! We’re in this together, and these colors never go out of style! 

Tuesday, March 9th: Zoom Day
You knew we had to do it. Zoom Day! If 2020 could be summed up in a word, it’s Zoom. We’re taking back the best part of Zooming by dressing in your professional best on top and dressing for comfort (as long as it’s school appropriate) on bottom. Go crazy! The world will never know! Except on Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 10th: Wacky Wednesday
But we didn’t always dress to impress… Sometimes things got a little… wacky. Wacky outfit, wacky hair, don’t care! We hope you didn’t get around to organizing all your closets! Embrace quarantine fashion and let your creativity shine on this day! 

Thursday, March 11th: Throwback Thursday
Did you remember that 2020 was the start of a new decade? Of course not! Who had time to celebrate? Well, we are now! Thursday will be a throwback day to dress in the style of your favorite decade. Fedora, flapper dress, poodle skirt, bell-bottoms, grunge plaid (hey, it was a style), you name it! Take us back to pre-pandemic times with your savvy sartorial sense. 

Friday, March 12th: Furry Friends Friday
If there was one great thing about 2020, it was how much time we got to spend with our pets. Today, celebrate your furry friend by dressing up as your favorite animal, wearing shirts or caps or denim vests emblazoned with your favorite dog or cat breed, or if you happen to have your actual pet’s face on a shirt, now is your time! Bring a picture of your pet for a mini “pet parade” to share with your friends! Also, don’t forget about Dogs of Carline… who will bring the first cat?!

We can’t wait to see all the unique interpretations of these themes during Spirit Week! Get creative. Do some research. And most importantly, have fun. It’s what being a Raven is all about!
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!

Summit families earned $262.45 in rebates for the month of February, not bad for a short month with terrible weather in the middle!

And again if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity here at school, let me know, maybe the Scrip Coordinator position is right for you!

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