Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the break!
Raven Report: Nov. 20, 2019
Winter Weather Procedures at The Summit Prep

With winter approaching, we would like to provide you with information regarding potential school closings and/or late starts due to inclement weather. A decision to close school or delay the start of the school day will be made as early as possible, no later than 6:30 a.m. Please note that in accordance with current school policy, consideration may be given to starting the school day at 10:00 a.m. when feasible.

School closing or a delayed start will be communicated through TV, radio, social media, email, and text message. Teachers will provide information regarding at home activities through their respective class blogs. In the event of back-to-back or extended cancellations, teachers will update information each morning by 8:45 a.m.

In the event of inclement weather that is NOT deemed serious enough to cancel school but creates a situation where it may not be possible for you to safely make it to school, perhaps due to the location of your home, use your good judgment. Absences or late arrivals due to difficult road conditions will be considered excused. DRIVE SAFELY!

Rest assured, we will exercise good judgment when considering a school closing or delayed start to the school day, always keeping in mind, first and foremost, the well-being of our Summit community members.

Open Houses at The Summit: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

The Summit is hosting open houses for curious parents who want to learn more about Springfield's Premiere Independent School. Open houses will be on Tuesdays (12/3, 12/10, and 12/17) at 10:00 a.m. 

Invite your friends who are interested in finding the best educational opportunities for their children! Check our the Facebook event for more information.

Questions? Contact Amy Maas, Admissions & Communications Officer.

Another Amazing Summit Concert at The Gillioz
Summit students wowed the audience with another outstanding concert on Tuesday night. From percussion to records, handbells to bass guitars, Summit musicians, led by Mr. Keech, put on a fabulous show! Be sure you have The Summit's Spring Concert, April 28th, on your calendar (that's also Grandparents' Day)!

To see more concert footage, check out The Summit's Music Blog or visit our Facebook Page.
To Do List
Lunch: Pre-Order Hot Lunch
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 www.thesummitprep.org/lunch.

Order Cheesecake & Coffee from Barnes & Noble
Questions? Contact Ellen Chindlund, SPO Treasurer.

As part of The Summit's Barnes & Noble Bookfair, we are selling Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes & Starbucks ground and whole bean coffee at discounted prices!

Order forms are due on Wednesday, December 11th.
Use the form on the right to pre-order your favorites, ready in time for the holidays! Cheesecakes and coffee will be ready for pick-up the week of December 16th (the last week of school before Winter Break).
RSVP to the Spanish Study Abroad Meeting
Questions? Contact Señora Leighninger.

The Summit is headed to Peru in June of 2021. Do you want to know about about the next study abroad trip? Join the informational meeting on Thursday, November 21st at 5:00 p.m. Use the link on the right to RSVP.
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

Fifth and sixth graders are gearing up for the LEGO Robotics competition this weekend! Together with Mr. Powers and Mrs. Lersch, they have been busy building their robots and programming them to complete a variety of tasks. Students will showcase their robots' skills on Saturday at Nixa for the first robotics competition of the year. Check Summit's social media this weekend to be the first to find out the results!

Upcoming Events
Barnes & Noble In-Store Bookfair on Saturday 12/7

Mark your calendars and plan to stop by Barnes & Noble on Saturday, December 7th for The Summit's in-store bookfair! We'll have events all day long (a complete schedule will be shared prior to the bookfair), special drinks in the cafe, and a chance to support The Summit classrooms with wish list items! A portion of all bookfair sales will go to The Summit!

We also have pre-order forms for Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes and Starbucks ground and whole bean coffee! Download the order form here. Orders are due December 11th and will be ready for pick up the week of December 16th. 

Cheesecake Factory cheesecake flavors include:
  • Hershey's cheesecake
  • Pumpkin cheesecake
  • Oreo cheesecake
  • Original plain cheesecake
  • White chocolate cheesecake
  • Blueberries and cream cheesecake (Not listed on order form. Write it in!)
More information coming soon! Save the date!

Questions? Contact Ellen Chindlund, SPO Treasurer. 

Study Abroad 2021: Peru - Informational Meeting 11/21

**New Informational Meeting on Thursday, November 21st at 5:00 p.m., adjusted due to weather**

Guess what?! We're going to Peru!

As you may know, we have started offering international experiential learning opportunities for our students. The first trip just returned from Spain this past summer, and now it is time to announce the next adventure. In the summer of 2021, we are heading to Peru!

Our goals are to learn more about the local culture, history, geography and language, as well as develop our students into global scholars. Please RSVP for our informational meeting.

Here's what we'll cover during the meeting:
● Where and when we're going
● What we'll see and do
● Travel logistics
● How your child can earn academic credit
● Flexible payment options that keep the tour affordable

At the meeting, Señora Leighninger and Amy Maas will share details about how to sign up (space is limited!) and answer any questions you might have. We can't wait to see you there!

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Leighninger or Amy Maas.

Save the Date: The First Annual STEM Summit 

The Summit will be hosting our first annual STEM Summit on campus March 27th-28th, 2020. Friday evening will be an adults-only dinner and program followed by an all-day Saturday event, which  will feature exhibitors and workshops in various STEM-related activities for all ages and a keynote address by Dr. Patricia Reiff, founding Director of the Rice Space Institute at Rice University and former executive assistant to astronaut Sally Ride! 

This is sure to be an amazing event, so save the date now and look for registration information coming in the New Year!
Summit School Calendar 

November 2019
21: SPO Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
25-29: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 2019
7: Barnes & Noble In-Store Bookfair
11: Late Start at 9:30 a.m.
12: SPO Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
16: Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
19: US - End of 1st Semester
19: Class Winter Parties at 10:30 a.m. & EARLY RELEASE at 11:30 a.m. (no after school Fun Zone)
19: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
20-31: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Teacher Feature: Mrs. Lersch 
Mrs. Lersch pictured above with her dogs Bailey and Luna.
Get to know The Summit faculty with our Teacher Feature in the Raven Report!

What is your name?
Rhonda Lersch 

What do you teach at The Summit?
Fifth grade

How long have you been teaching at The Summit?
This is my fifth year. 

How long have you been working in education?
This is my 41st year. 

Where did you go to college and what was your major?
University of Central Missouri and University of Missouri, Curriculum & Instruction, Music Education, and Gifted Education

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject?

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite subject to teach?
Since I teach using projects, all of the subjects get mushed together, but I guess the simple answer would be science. 

What is your favorite Summit event and why?
Concerts. Unlike most elementary concerts where students mouth words to a canned soundtrack, Mr. Keech takes the students that he has and teaches them to read music, understand theory, and perform on a variety of instruments, even accompanying each other. 

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Iceland, because everyone who's been there says that it's an amazing place.

In an idyllic world, what is your favorite lunch?
Anything served at the outdoor cafe next to the Georgia O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

If you could be friends with any superhero, who would it be and why?
Does Groot count?

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?
The people. 

Around Campus

Summit Senior Signs to Swim at Midland University

On Wednesday, November 13th, Summit senior Faith Guyer signed her letter of intent to swim at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska in front of her family, her classmates, her teachers, and her future coach. The Summit celebrated Faith and Upper School students enjoyed a brief discussion with Midland University Admissions representatives after the event.
Summit Cross Country Runner Finishes Top 10 at State

Congratulations to Summit junior, Alexis Workman, who finished 9th out of 172 at the State Cross Country meet. Four Summit/NCA students competed at the state level this year.

Alexis will next compete in the spring as part of The Summit/NCA Track and Field team.
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.
Pulsera Sale 

The Upper School Spanish students are sponsoring The Pulsera Project at The Summit. 

The Pulsera Project is a non-profit organization that empowers young Nicaraguan artisans through the sale of their colorful hand-woven bracelets ( pulseras in Spanish) in U.S. schools. Proceeds from the pulsera sale are reinvested in numerous programs in Nicaragua.

The sale will begin Monday, December 2nd and will run through Friday, December 13th. Pulseras will be sold in the front lobby before and after school and will be available for purchase during lunch in the 2nd floor Spanish room.
Each pulsera is a unique work of art and will sell for only $5!

When you wear a pulsera, you not only share the voice of a young Nicaraguan, but you raise your own voice, too, speaking out for opportunity, unity, and a more equal and colorful world.

To learn more about this project, go to  www.pulseraproject.org or contact  Señora Leighninger.

Development Committee Honored at Board Meeting

Continuing our culture of recognition, The Summit's Development Committee was honored at the November Board of Trustees meeting. The committee consists of: Judy Thompson (Board member), Angie Workman (parent), Arlene Stenger (parent), Anne Mason (parent), Kristin Walker (Finance Officer), and Vince Currao (Development Officer). This group meets throughout the year and works on several fundraising and development projects to further advance The Summit. These projects include the very successful 2019 Summit Gala and the soon to launch 2019-2020 Annual Campaign.
Scholastic Book  Fair Recap

Thank you to everyone who came to the Scholastic Book Fair! Thanks to your support, the book fair raised $4,700, and Summit teachers received 150 new books for their classrooms!  

And an extra big thank you to our amazing group of parent volunteers who gave their time and effort to organize, set up/tear down, and staff the book fair for extra hours after our surprise snow day. We could not have been so successful without your hard work and commitment! 

Mark your calendars for the next Scholastic Bookfair at The Summit, April 27th through March 1st.
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

There is a lot happening this holiday season, check it out!

Low denomination ($5-$10) Scrip cards available until December 23rd, great for stocking stuffers!
Another ThankScriping Day is coming up on November 21st, earn the biggest rebates of the season on dozens of eGift cards and reloads for this one day only.

Holiday bonuses: November 30th-December 13th, two weeks of bonuses on top brands.

Two Days of Gifting: December 5th-6th, stock up on PHYSICAL gift cards to use as gifts during these two days of bonuses on PHYSICAL cards only.

Check out  www.shopwithscrip.com for more information on all these earning opportunities!

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

Lands' End: $10,000 Scholarship to Each Winning Student and Up To $5,000 for Your School

The Lands' End School Starboard Scholarship acknowledges and rewards students who display exceptional leadership skills. Why "Starboard"? You probably know it means the right side of a ship, but the term is actually derived from "steer board," because early sailing vessels were steered by a paddle on the right side of the stern. The Lands' End Starboard Scholarship recognizes the next generation of young leaders as they steer us into the future.

Students attending Lands' End Preferred Schools (ie: The Summit Prep) in grades 6 through 12 during the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to apply for one of seven scholarships worth $10,000 for school or college tuition. APPLICATIONS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2019. TO LEARN MORE VISIT LANDSEND.COM/STARBOARD.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. 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 smile.amazon.com (not amazon.com) 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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