Grandparents Day on Tuesday 5/7! Fill out the pick-up form!
Raven Report: May 1, 2019
The Summit Prep welcomes Community and Education Advocates on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. As professionals who work closely with families of school-age children, we invite you to visit Springfield's only fully accredited Independent School and learn about this education resource in our community. Join us any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a quick tour of our new campus on Walnut Lawn Street.

Quick Facts About The Summit:
  • Students in preschool (age 3) through high school
  • Daily Spanish classes for all students
  • Project based, inquiry style learning: great for gifted learners
  • Experiential education: Field Trips, Presentations, Community Engagement, Service Learning
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • One in three students receive financial aid
Do you know a child that would be a great Summit learner?
  • Successfully meets challenges
  • Solves problems creatively
  • Displays intellectual curiosity
  • Collaborates effectively
  • Fosters growth mindset
  • Exhibits strong communication skills
  • Pursues lifelong learning
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Thursday, May 2nd: Uniform Buy Out Day

The Spanish Study Abroad Group is hosting this $2 Uniform Buy Out Day. Students may dress out of Summit uniform if they pay $2 cash. All money raised will benefit the Study Abroad Trip.

This Buy Out Day, May 2nd, is in honor of Madrid Day. This day is a fiesta for the people of Madrid who celebrate the fact that they defeated Napoleon's invasion in the 1800s.
End of School Activities
Several events are happening the last few weeks of school. Here is a breakdown of those events. Please contact Amy Maas if you have any questions.

Spring Scholastic Book Fair: Monday May 6th-Friday, May 10th
Monday -- 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday -- 8-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday -- 8:30-10 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Thursday  -- 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Friday  -- 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Grandparents Day: Tuesday, May 7th
- Students arrive at normal start time (8:45 a.m.). Grandparents Day programming will be from 9:15-11:00 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m. release - All students must be picked up at 11:30 a.m. There is no after school fun zone.
- Spring Concert begins 6:30 p.m. at the Gillioz Theatre. Look for an email from Mr. Keech with class specific details.

9:30 a.m. Late Start - Wednesday, May 8th
This is the last late start of 2018-2019! Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Morning Fun Zone is still available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Students may use Fun Zone starting at 8:30 a.m. at no additional cost. Drop off is 9:15-9:30 a.m.

Mrs. Anderson's Retirement Party: Thursday, May 9th
- Celebration with students from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Summit Backyard
- Adults are invited to a come and go cocktail hour at Highland Springs from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Cash bar and light snacks will be provided. Click here to RSVP on the evite.

All School Culture Day: Friday, May 10th
Organized by upper school students, the lower school students will simulate travel around different regions of Spain while taking part in various cultural experiences like authentic food samples (tapas), dance lessons, Picasso and Salvador Dali themed art activities, etc. Students are encouraged to wear their Spanish Spirit Week shirts, however, any Summit spirit wear is acceptable (as per normal Friday attire).

Last Day of Classes: Wednesday, May 15th
This is our last full day of school for the 2018-2019 school year! Look for more information from your classroom teacher. We will also host our yearbook signing party outside starting at 3:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to join us in the backyard for the festivities.

Field Day & Mr. G's Farewell CelebrationThursday, May 16th
The Summit's annual all school Field Day begins at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 11:30 a.m. We'll be in The Summit backyard (we'll communicate rain day plans if needed). Parents are encouraged to attend this fun-filled day and cheer on our Summit teams as they compete in the Raven Games! This year, all activities will have a "Mr. G" twist as we celebrate Mr. G and wish him well on his next adventure in Kansas City! The ice cream truck will be on campus after field day. Please bring/send cash if you'd like to enjoy a cold treat. Each class will communicate post-field day lunch activities via their class rep.
Annual Campaign for the Raven Fund
Thanks to all the families who have made their 2019 Annual Campaign contribution. We are so grateful to have the support of nearly half of our Summit families. 

As you know, the participation numbers are super important, and we hope you can help us reach our goal. If each of the remaining families can contribute at least $10 (per family), we can hit our fundraising and participation goals!

You can make your pledge by clicking on the link below or by dropping off a check at the school. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you again. We all appreciate everything you do!!

- Vince Currao, Development Officer
To Do List
Camp Raven 2019
Questions? Contact Amy Maas.

Spend your summer at The Summit with Camp Raven. Camps are only $115 per weekly session and include a Camp Raven t-shirt. Camp space is limited, so sign up today!
Grandparents Day: Pick Up Permission
Questions? Contact Amy Maas.

The Summit Preparatory School's Grandparents Day is Tuesday, May 7th. Please fill out this brief form to let us know if your child has permission to leave campus with their grandparent/grandfriend after school events on this day.

Note: Tuesday 5/7 is an early release day. There is no Fun Zone on this day.
Pre-Order Hot Lunch: Rest of the Year
Questions? Contact Kristin Walker .

Remember, you need to order lunches by the end of the day the THURSDAY before to receive the $4 pre-order price. 

All lunch menus and pre-order forms for the rest of the school year are now available on The Summit website at
Camp Raven: Summer at The Summit
June 3-7 Mornings, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Junior Camp: Space & Astronomy Camp
Beginners - Kindergartners  2019-2020

Houston, we need more astronauts! Come join us as we journey to the sun, the moon and the stars! We will take off in our rocket ships and learn about the great beyond.
Raven Partners in Learning
Thank you to our 2018-2019 Raven Partners in Learning. For more information  contact  Vince Currao, Summit Development Officer .
Upcoming Events
Grandparents Day: Tuesday, May 7th
The Summit's Grandparents Day Celebration is coming up on Tuesday, May 7th. Look for an email coming later this week with  information that you can also forward to your grandparents and grandfriends. Here's a brief run down of activities for the day:
  • All grandparents and grandfriends are invited to attend.
  • Festivities begin at 9:15 a.m. on our campus at 202 E. Walnut Lawn. (Note: Students should still arrive by 8:45 a.m. to prep for the morning.)
  • Grandparents Day will conclude between 11-11:30 a.m. If you would like your grandparent/grandfriend to pick-up your student(s) for dismissal, you must fill out this form.
  • There is no afternoon Fun Zone on Tuesday 4/7 - all students must be picked up by 11:30 a.m.
  • The Spring Concert is Tuesday 4/7 at the Gillioz Theatre. The show begins at 6:30 p.m., but be sure to arrive early to secure your seats and parking spot. Mr. Keech will send out more information closer to the event.
Questions? Contact Amy Maas.
Summit School Calendar 

May 2019
2: $2 Uniform Buy Out Day, in honor of Madrid Day supporting the Spanish Study Abroad
6-10: Spring Scholastic Book Fair
7: Grandparents Day, 9:15-11 a.m.
7: EARLY RELEASE @ 11:30 a.m.
7: Spring Concert @ the Gillioz, 6:30 p.m.
8: Late Start @ 9:30 a.m.
10: Culture Day, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
13 : Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
15 : Yearbook Signing Party
16: Field Day/Last Day of School (End of LS: 3rd Trimester & US: 2nd Semester)
16: EARLY RELEASE at 11:30 a.m.

June 2019
3-7: First week of Camp Raven, Summer Camp at The Summit
In the Classroom
1st Grade: Indoor Rainforest

Summit first graders have been learning about the rainforest. Rainforests are dense forests rich with unique plants and animals. They are typically found in hot, tropical areas with heavy rainfall. There are rainforests all around the world with their own species of animals and amazing plants.

The tropical rainforest is broken into layers from the top to the bottom. There are four layers and each one has different kinds of animals and plants. The names of the layers are: Emergent layer, Canopy, Understory, and Forest Floor.

First grade students had a blast turning their classroom into a rainforest by adding a huge tree with tons of different animals! Students were in charge of creating all of the parts. After constructing the tree, they labeled the different layers and added the animals to their appropriate layers.

5th Grade Field Trip to Nathanael Greene Park

Fifth graders had a great time at Nathanael Greene Park Monday, as they studied plants of different habitats, deciding how they would be classified botanically.

The 5th grade classroom has been a beehive of activity as the students prepare their science fair boards for judging. They had several strong experiments with practical applications. 

The fifth graders are also constructing scale model structures for their (marshmallow) Peeps following the principles of architecture that they have studied in math. They have houses, a library, day care center, underwater residence, greenhouse, Mars habitat, and several other structures.

In addition to structures, they have had some other fun with Peeps.  They have submerged them in various liquids to see what will happen and invented tools to propel them as far down the track as possible.  There is nothing more fun to watch than flying Peeps.
Things to Know
Time to Celebrate: Mrs. Anderson & Mr. Gronniger

Mrs. Julie Anderson
Please join us for a Backyard Bash Celebrating Mrs. Anderson's 41 years of teaching. Summit students and their families are invited to join us in the backyard on Thursday, May 9th from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  We'll celebrate with music, a special treat, and well wishes for Mrs. Anderson.  The party continues for the adults from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Highland Springs.  Please click on the evite for additional details.

Mr. Rob Gronniger
Please join us at Summit's Field Day 2019 as we celebrate Mr. Gronniger's five years at The Summit. Summit families are encouraged to attend Field Day on Thursday, May 16th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Summit's backyard. We'll be doing a variety of "Mr. G" activities and honoring our Head of School Emeritus with some of his "favorite" things.

Questions? Contact  Amy Maas.
Summit Girl Scouts Blanket Making Party
Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
The Summit Girl Scouts need your help to turn fleece fabric into no-sew security blankets that will be given to the Child Advocacy Center of Springfield!  Guests may come and go anytime between 2-4p.  These blankets will go a long way in helping children cope with significant stress in their lives.  

All family and friends are welcome to pitch-in.  We will also be collecting new or gently used toys and books to supplement our blanket donations. There will be snacks, games, and most of all, a great sense of "doing good."
We look forward to seeing many people from the Summit community and beyond contributing a LITTLE bit of their time to help the Summit Girl Scouts make a BIG impact on others.

Questions? Click here to view the Save the Date or contact  Shelley Beall.
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 .

Support The Summit

Earn Rebates on Your Growth Fund with Scrip
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Next Monday, May 6th will be the final opportunity to order physical cards for this school year. You can still purchase electronic gift cards through the app all summer long. 

If you need physical cards, we have some on hand in the binder at school which can be purchased during normal office hours.

If you have any questions please feel free to get a hold of  Phil Isley, Summit Scrip Coordinator.
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Box Tops, Labels for Education, & Tyson Project A+   
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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