Don't Forget to Donate Socks for Socktober! 
Raven Report: Oct. 23, 2019

Board Honors SPO Executive Officers, Summit Leadership Team, and Student Council at Meeting
The Summit's Board of Trustees, led by Board President, Susan Miranti, is dedicated to creating a culture of recognition within The Summit. Each month, a different group or individual is recognized for their outstanding service, achievement, or contribution to The Summit community. At their October meeting, the Board honored SPO Executive Officers, the Summit's Leadership Team, and the Student Council President and Vice President for their continued excellent leadership on campus and in the community. 
To Do List
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 week, 5th Graders tried their hand at engineering an earthquake-proof structure all the way from concept to execution!

Students were given a list of materials, including wooden skewers, toothpicks, straws, marshmallows, rubber bands, and other crafting supplies as well as a "budget" of $100 to construct their 12" structure. 

Once built, the structures had to withstand a ten second shake test. Students had a blast putting the structural integrity through its paces!

Three structures survived the quake test while others returned to the drafting table for revision and repairs before round two! 

Well done, 5th Grade!

Upcoming Events
Thank You for Making The Summit Gala a Success! 

Thank you to everyone who helped with and attended our Gala last Friday! It really was an amazing night.

As you may know, the Gala is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and this year we hit all of our goals thanks to the incredible generosity of our Summit community!

Thank you again!  Vince Currao, Development Officer

Remember: If you purchased auction items and have not yet picked them up at the school, please drop by and see Mr. Vince or contact him to make arrangements.

Auction Items: A Few Items Still Available!
There's still time to take home some amazing, discounted auction items with:  Buy it Now or Best Offer!  Reply to this email with your BUY IT NOW or BEST OFFER on the item(s) below. "Bidding" ends at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26th. You will be notified if you are the winner!  (Note: This is just Amy & Kristin running this "bidding" so we'll do our best to stay up-to-date with responses. Call if you have any questions.)

    • Reserved Seating at Fall Concert, a priceless value! Buy it now at $250.
    • Reserved Seating at Spring Concert SOLD!
    • Diamond Ring, valued at $4,994. Buy it now at $2,000.
    • Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening from Quail Creek Dental, valued at $649. Buy it now at $200.
    • Bauer Orthodontics Gift Certificate for Braces, valued at $6,880. Buy it now at $3,000.
    • Artisan Necklace and Earrings, valued at $150. Buy it now for $40.
    • Framed Bulldog Picture, valued at $300. Buy it now for $50.
    • Professional Airbrush Spray Tan SOLD!
Special Appeal 2019: Backyard Upgrade
Thank you to everyone that helped us reach our goal to complete phase 1 of the backyard improvements at the Gala:
  1. Additional playground equipment & swings
  2. Wifi into the backyard (for extended outdoor classroom spaces)
  3. Fix the track
We've heard that some of you were unable to give at the Gala, but wanted to help out with this worthy cause. Fear not, there are more improvements on our backyard wish list! 

Please use this link if you'd like to contribute.  Pledges will be accepted through October 25th. Thank you to the following individuals who have already pledged to support and provide these outdoor opportunities for our students:

Brad & Shelley Beall 
Chris & Ellen Chindlund 
Brian & Missy Gelner 
Joey & Katie Heet  
Steve & Misty Lowe 
Jeff & Emily Messenger
Joe & Susan Miranti 
Cory & Veronica Richardson
Craig & Emma Smith 
Stu & Arlene Stenger
Angela Teters 
Mike & Angie Workman
Spanish Field Trip Next Week!

Don't forget next week is the Dia de los Muertos field trip! As with other field trips, we ask that students wear their RED SUMMIT SHIRT or their their new Dia de los Muertos shirt (arriving next week).

Please check your email for more information. 

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Leighninger.
Fallscape at Drury University 

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Drury University, Grades PreK-7th 

In coordination with Drury Pre-College Programs and The Drury School of Education, Fallscape seeks to offer gifted and/or high ability students a rich and rewarding learning experience. Modeling best practices in curriculum and instruction, the Pre-College staff works as a community to maximize potential in each student and foster a passion for lifelong learning.
Fallscape will be Saturday, October 26th, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Lay Hall on the Drury Campus. The Saturday program will serve students in grades Pre-K through 7th. Lunch is included in the cost of the class.
There are still a couple openings available for this year's Fallscape! To register, visit this link and click on Fallscape. 

Please call or email Mary Pothoff, Director of the Center for Gifted Education, with questions:  (417) 873-7386  or
Summit School Calendar 

October 2019
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. Yarnell
Mrs. Yarnell with her daughter at the beach. 

Get to know The Summit faculty with our Teacher Feature in the Raven Report!

What is your name? 
Crystal Yarnell

What do you teach at The Summit? 
3rd Grade

How long have you been teaching at The Summit?
I am currently in my 10th year. 

How long have you been working in education? 
15 years in elementary education and several years of teaching preschool.  

Where did you go to college and what was your major: 
Drury University, Elementary Education with certifications in early childhood and elementary

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject? 
Biology - I enjoyed learning about animal and human anatomy. 

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite subject to teach? 
Math - I love to help children see the value/purpose in what they are learning. 

What is your favorite Summit event and why? 
Anyone who knows me probably already knows I love field trips. I enjoy it when my students can see and apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world.

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
That is a tough question for me.  I would take them along the same path that Lewis and Clark traveled during their expedition to see and have the experiences that they had on their journey.

In an idyllic world, what is your favorite lunch?
My favorite meal would be sitting at a restaurant overlooking the ocean at sunset enjoying an endless amount of seafood with my family.

If you had to pick, would you rather be a bird, a fish, or a lizard? 
I love the water. I would definitely want to be a fish. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family at Table Rock Lake on the water so being a fish would be perfect for me.

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit? 
My favorite thing about teaching at The Summit is the community. The faculty, parents, and students all work together to make this the best school in Springfield.
Around Campus
Socktober: New Sock Drive
Thank you so much for everyone who has donated so far to Socktober! We have collected over 800 pairs of socks for the Community Partnership of the Ozarks! WAY TO GO, SUMMIT! We can't wait to see what the final number will be! Student Council is accepting donations through Friday, October 25th. It's still not too late to donate to this worthy cause that supports our local 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).

Brand New Summit Zip Hoodies, Youth Size Large

Do you have a student needing a new Summit logo hoodie, brand new from Land's End? Does he or she wear a youth size large? We have two options available for you!

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. There is also an order form available at the front desk. 

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

The holidays are quickly approaching, and SCRIP gift cards are the perfect way to pay for those holiday items and earn money for your growth fund. 
Next SCRIP order for physical cards will be placed on Monday, October 28th.
The last order before Thanksgiving break will be Monday, November 18th.
Visit for your shopping needs.

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