Gala on Friday! Are you ready?!
Raven Report: Oct. 16, 2019
Spanish Field Trip: Thursday, October 31st

On Thursday, October 31st Señor as Leighninger and Raven will be taking all students in K-12 to the Missouri State University campus to participate in their 4th annual Day of the Dead Festival. Students will gain a deeper understanding of this important Mexican holiday through hands-on projects and activities that are typical during this time of year. Various workshops will provide students with the opportunity to create sugar skulls, design their own papel picado, sample Pan de Muerto, visit an altar, and even view live music and dance performances by Mexican artists.

Students will be transported to the MSU campus in shifts throughout the day both by the shuttle and pre-approved parent drivers. Señora Leighninger and Señora Raven will remain on the MSU campus to help facilitate the drop off and pick up of each group. Classroom teachers will accompany their classes on the shuttle and will remain with them during the festival. Students will spend approximately one hour on campus.  As with other field trips, we ask that students wear their RED SUMMIT SHIRT.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Leighninger.
No Fun Zone Friday After 4:30 p.m.

As we prep for the Gala on Friday, October 18th, we will be closing Fun Zone early this Friday. Morning Fun Zone will remain the same, but Afternoon Fun Zone will only be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

If you have questions, please contact Whitney Wiese or Amy Maas.
To Do List
Summit Gala: Friday, October 18th
Questions? Contact Vince Currao.

Don't miss the party of the year: The Summit Gala! Make sure to purchase your Gala tickets today!
Lunch: Pre-Order Hot Lunch
Questions? Contact Whitney Wiese.

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

Sign Up to Volunteer!

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

This past week in first grade, the class began exploring the idea of composting. Composting is a natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material (such as leaves, grass, fruit and vegetable scraps) into a rich soil amendment known as compost. Not only does composting help us reduce the amount of trash that we throw away and the risks of further polluting the air, land, and water, but composting is also an easy way to fertilize the garden!

Many organic and natural materials can be composted. Grass cuttings, leaves, flowers, and vegetable scraps can all be composted, as can fruit scraps and peels, leftover table scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, and stale bread. Paper, cardboard, sawdust, animal manure, and seaweed can also be composted. First graders learned about the special "recipe" needed when making a compost bin. You must have more "brown" layers (leaves, sawdust, mulch) than "green" layers (fruits, veggies, 
flowers). The layers must also be alternated, starting with a b rown layer on the bottom.  Decomposers, such as worms, bacteria, and fungi play an important part in the composting recipe as well. This is how the organic materials get turned into that nutrient rich soil!

To bring composting to life, first grade made a delicious composting treat in the classroom! They followed the special recipe needed to make actual compost but traded out the organic materials for something a little bit tastier!

STEM in the Community

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m. in the Library Station Frisco Room, Grades 1-6

At the Library Station, this month's topic is Fall for Science! We'll perform science experiments to find out why and how leaves change color in the fall, talk about leaf identification, and make leaf rubbings.
Upcoming Events
Summit Gala: Music & Entertainment

Friday, October 18th, 2019
Gala starts at 6:00 p.m.
Sponsor Pre-Party at 5:30 p.m.
Darr Agricultural Center
Are you ready to party? This Friday is The Summit's biggest party of the year: The Gala! Besides silent and live auctions, there will also be a DJ pumping out the dancing beats, casino tables to keep the action rolling, and all your favorite Summit community members to party with all night long!
Questions? Please contact Summit Development Officer  Vince Currao .
Summit School Calendar 

October 2019
18 : Summit Gala
21: Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
31: SPO Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

November 2019
4: Picture Day - Class Group Photo & Retakes
8: LS - End of 1st Trimester
11-15: Fall Scholastic Book Fair
14: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
15: NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences
18: Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
19: Fall Concert at the Gillioz, 6:30 p.m.
20: Late Start at 9:30 a.m.
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. Michaliszyn
Mrs. Michaliszyn, her husband, and a couple of her kids in Chicago.
Get to know The Summit faculty with our Teacher Feature in the Raven Report!

What is your name? Linda Michaliszyn

What do you teach at The Summit? PreK

How long have you been working in education? This is my 4th year at The Summit (35th year in education).

Where did you go to college and what was your major: Northeastern Illinois University, Early Childhood Education

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

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite subject to teach?  Language Arts

What is your favorite Summit event and why?  Trimester Classroom Celebrations. I love to give students the opportunity to showcase what they've learned through presentations and activities. I also love having the parents visit our classroom and participate in the activities with their children. Classroom celebrations also provide an additional opportunity for parents to get to know each other.

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?  The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  This is an amazing museum that is filled with interactive exhibits for young children to enjoy while learning. 

If you could be friends with any superhero, who would it be and why?  Captain America. He's a combination of strength, common sense, respect for others, and standing up for what is right.

What is your favorite lunch?  Roma's Italian Beef in Chicago.

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?  The amazing teachers and the education they provide our students. 
Around Campus
Socktober: New Sock Drive
The Summit's Student Council is organizing a sock drive for Socktober! All socks will be donated to the Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) for distribution across our community.

Each class is encouraged to bring in NEW socks: athletic or stylish (not thin dress socks), ankle or tall socks, plain or patterned, for kids or adults. Any new sock is welcome. The class that collects the most socks between October 15th-25th will receive a prize of their choice: a Free Dress Day, a Pajama Day, or a treat provided by Student Council (prize must be approved by their classroom teacher).

Save Your Recycling for 1st Grade!
Summit first graders will soon be starting a project using recycled products. If you can, please save the following items, and bring them to the front desk by Monday, October 28th (clean items only, please):
  • Milk jugs/cartons
  • Soda bottles (any size, the bigger the better)
  • Cereal/cracker boxes
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
  • Other assorted plastic jugs or bottles (ketchup, salad dressing, etc.)
  • Bottle caps/soda tabs
  • McDonalds/gas station soda cups
  • Anything else that you would put into your recycle bin
The only item they can not use is  glass

Boy Scout Popcorn!

The Summit's 4th grade Cub Scouts are selling popcorn during the month of October. They will have a table outside the school each Wednesday during carline. 

Questions? Contact Brian Gelner.
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
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:

Earn Rebates Towards Summit Growth Fund

Check out the details out at ,  and if you have any questions, please contact Phil Isley, Summit dad and Scrip Coordinator.
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.

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! 

Purchase Mabel's Labels Sale 
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