Culture Day is this Friday 5/8!
Raven Report: May 6, 2020
Culture Day on Friday 5/8: Celebrate with The Summit

Culture Day may look a little different this year, but we will still be celebrating Spanish-speaking countries and cultures this Friday, May 8th. A Culture Day choice board will provide students with a variety of different activities to complete throughout the day. Share your Culture Day on social media! Tag us @summitprepschool or use hashtag #SummitCultureDay2020.

Additionally, there will be live Zoom experiences with Summit faculty, staff, and upper school students. There may be a few items you'll want to have on-hand for some of the experiences (i.e. cooking ingredients, comfy clothes, printed materials, bingo markers, etc.) so we wanted to share the schedule to give you some time to prepare. 
  • 9:00 a.m.: Lower school students can join Señora Raven for a traditional game of Lotería. Don't forget to print your game card and have bingo markers ready!
  • 10:00 a.m.: Upper school students can join Señora Raven for a traditional game of Lotería. Don't forget to print your game card and have bingo markers ready!
  • 11:00 a.m.: Join upper school students Sydney and Emily to learn an authentic dance.
  • 11:30 a.m.: All students can join Mrs. Teed for a fútbol (soccer) challenge.
  • 1:00 p.m.: Join Mrs. Bradley, and learn how to draw a sugar skull. Bring a blank piece of paper and a black marker. Any aged student welcome!
  • 1:30 p.m.: Join Señora Leighninger for a live demo on making authentic tortillas. You will need to have masa on hand if you would like to make them during the demo.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Get moving with Señorita Amy for a Spanish Jazzercise class. Don't forget a water bottle, and wear clothes you're comfortable moving around and dancing in
Sign-Up for Campus Pick-Up

Several families have inquired about building access to retrieve items prior to summer break. Springfield City Council released details on step one of the Road to Recovery orders in Springfield and Greene County on Thursday, April 30th. As part of the new orders, gatherings of 15 or fewer people are permitted at a time. 

The Summit will allow 13 individuals at a time to enter the building (with two employees) to retrieve any personal belongings Monday 5/11 through Wednesday 5/13 of next week. Please use the following Sign Up Genius link to schedule a time to access the building. 

In order to allow the maximum number of families access to the building per time slot, we ask that only one family member enter the building to collect necessary items. Please maintain adequate social distancing protocols (at least six feet) while in the building. We also advise the use of face masks. Please note, families are not required to retrieve items next week. The Summit building will be open throughout the summer months. Please contact administration to schedule a pick-up at a later time.

Over $8,000 Raised on #GivingTuesdayNow

What an exciting #GivingTuesdayNow we had yesterday! Thanks to you, we raised $8,170 for The Summit, in one day! That includes both our community contribution and the $3,000 match from The Summit's Board of Trustees!

Thank you so much for your strong show of support for The Summit and Independent Education. Our school's community never stops amazing us with its generosity and commitment. We appreciate everything all of you do to help our school stay strong - especially during these challenging days.

The Annual Campaign for the Raven Fund will continue through July 31st, so there is still time to make a donation. We'd appreciate any size donation before our July deadline.

Thank you again to everyone who made this #GivingTuesdayNow a success. Your support means more than we can say.
Senior Messages
Messages for Seniors from The Summit Community

"Thank you Class of 2020 for being awesome role models to the future Ravens that follow your flight!"  - Missy Gelner, Summit Parent and Board Member

"Always remember your passion for learning that you developed during your time at the Summit. Keep that passion and you can achieve anything."  - Mike Albert, Summit Employee

"It has been such a privilege to watch you flourish! Thank you for being wonderful role models and we wish you all the best!"  - Melissa Kimmons, Summit Parent and Faculty Member

"'The biggest regrets we have are the risks we don't take.' - Dare to take risks, Class of 2020!"  - Michelle Brown, Summit Parent and Faculty Member

"Buena suerte, seniors! ¡Espero que tu futuro sea brillante y lleno de muchas aventuras!"  - Sarah Leighninger, Summit Parent and Faculty Member

"A haiku for Seniors:

Your work has paid off,
Now it's time to spread your wings,
Don't forget to laugh" 

- Rob Powers, Summit Faculty Member
Celebrating the Class of 2020

We need your help to celebrate the Class of 2020! We would love to gather some words of encouragement from The Summit community to share with our seniors in the Raven Report in May.

If you would like to contribute an inspirational message or quote, please fill out the following form through the button below:

Counselor's Corner

Free Viewing of Angst Documentary for All Summit Families until midnight Thursday 5/7

*Check your email for a message from Becky Breckner with details to login and view this film. Viewing is open until midnight on Thursday, May 7th.*

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and research shows anxiety disorders are among the most common childhood and adolescent mental illnesses. To shed light on this, The Summit Prep is offering a complimentary screening of the IndieFlix Original documentary Angst to our community. This 56 minute film is appropriate for ages 10 and up and is "designed to raise awareness around anxiety... and includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps." Click here to watch the trailer for Angst. The goal of the documentary, and accompanying materials, "is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help."

We encourage families to take the time to watch this film with their student(s) and to start/continue the conversation about anxiety. If you have questions or would like additional resources, Counselor, Becky Breckner, is available to support our Summit families.

The Importance of Executive Function: Helping Them Show What They Know

with Steven Guy & William Benninger

Thursday Evening: May 7, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm central/8:00 - 9:00 pm eastern
Audience: Parents & Teachers

Parents and teachers are all struggling with ways to support learning and maintain productivity while learning from home. This live and interactive session will focus on understanding the executive/regulatory system, and more importantly, ways to enhance executive functioning to ensure kids learn at their potential while learning from home.

Dr. Steven C. Guy  is a pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. He works with children and adolescents with a wide variety of developmental and acquired conditions. He has held positions of clinical instructor at both The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland Medical Center.  His current research includes developing methods designed to assist in the assessment and treatment of executive function.   

Dr. William Benninger  is a former adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University.  In his private practice he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. He has diagnosed and treated thousands of children, adolescents, and adults with this disorder. Benninger was the first psychologist in the US certified to use Cogmed Working Memory Training, a widely used, evidence-based intervention which improves working memory and other executive function deficits.  His most recent research is on the benefits of Cogmed Working Memory Training in children and adolescents. 

** Participation in the conversation is free but pre-registration is required to join the Zoom Meeting. Please follow the appropriate link below to register.**

Registration Tips for Zoom Meetings
Individual pre-registration for each Zoom meeting is required. Please register using the pre-registration link (provided above) to receive a personalized link to join the meeting. Once registered, each participant will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with a specific link that can only be used by the registrant.

You may share the pre-registration link with others in your school community so they can register and receive their own personalized meeting link.

Recording of Zoom Town Hall
ISACS will record this Zoom meeting. The Zoom meeting has a capacity of 500 attendees. If we exceed 500 participants or you are unable to participate in the live meeting, please email and a recording of the Town Hall conversation will be shared with you when available. Please include " Executive Function/ May 7" Zoom Meeting in the email request.

Questions? Contact Karen Zeitlin at

We look forward to thoughtfully sharing and supporting each other.

Wishing everyone well,
Our Summit Community
Summit Mathletes Place Top 60 in the State

Summit sixth graders Grayson S., Cadence G., and Leah M. competed in the State competition through MathLeague this past weekend. The competition was held virtually and Summit students placed in the top 60 sixth graders in the entire state of Missour(Grayson at 43rd, Leah at 47th, and Cadence at 53th). The trio also placed 13th o verall as a team! Congratulations!

Middle Schoolers Passion Project Presentations

Last week Summit middle schoolers presented their culminating Passion Projects for Language Arts class. Students have learned the art of conducting preliminary research, concept mapping, writing varied and open-ended research questions, assessing source credibility, constructing and formatting a works cited page for multiple source types, reading for information, and research note taking for this project.

Students chose their own topic ranging from architecture to fando m, from graphic design to quantum mechanics, and each is presenting their findings in their own unique way! Such as sixth grader Cadence G., pictured here, who did a Zoom presentation utilizing a trifold poster board for her Neurology presentation on Wednesday.
To Do List
Spend Your Summer at The Summit

Camp Raven is the summer program at The Summit for incoming Beginner through 5th grade students. These camps provide a fun and stimulating way for your child to continue learning over the summer break. Each camp is themed to a different topic and encompasses several subject areas, from science and art to music and history. Campers will have fun while learning and making new friends!
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.
Support The Summit

AmazonSmile: Shop & Support The Summit

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.

Online Options for Growth Fund Credits with Scrip!

Shopping online? Be sure to check out for your shopping needs!

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