All School Picnic on Friday! Hope to see you there!
Raven Report: Sept. 11, 2019
Lunchtime Picnic on Friday, September 13th

We're celebrating our 15th school year with a Founders Day lunchtime picnic! The entire Summit community (parents, grandparents, etc.) is invited to join us during lunch and recess time this Friday, September 13th. It is a rain or shine event, so make plans to celebrate with us! 

This is also a normal pizza Friday, and hot lunch is still available on this day!  If you would like to eat pizza lunch with your student(s) please contact Whitney Wiese  before 9:00 a.m. Friday to be added to the Friday lunch order.

Picnic times are as follows:
Beginners & PreK ~ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade ~ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2nd - 5th Grade ~ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Upper School ~ 12:00-1:00 p.m.

SPO has arranged for an ice cream truck to visit during this time. Everyone is invited to bring cash if they would like a treat from the ice cream truck (frozen treats will range from $1-5). 

Questions? Please contact Whitney Wiese or Amy Maas.

ThankScriping Day is Thursday 9/12

Mark your calendar because ThankScriping Day is coming Thursday, September 12th. You can earn up to 21% on eGift cards and reloads just in time for fall shopping.

Set up online payments to receive your eGift cards and reloads faster. You can also pay by check if you place your order during the 1-day promotion. You'll receive your eGift cards and reloads when Phil Isley (Summit Scrip Coordinator) releases the order, and after you drop off your check. If you don't have the option to pay online, see Phil Isley about enabling online payments!  

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

Fall Mum Order Due This Friday

SPO's Fall Mum Fundraiser kicks off this week! Check your students' Friday Folder for an order form or download the link at the right. 

Order forms and payments (checks made out to "The Summit") are due this Friday, September 13th. Plants will be ready for pick-up on Friday, September 27th.
Register for Run for The Summit

Register online, or

Registration and payment must be received by 11:59 p.m. on 9/17/19 to receive a race t-shirt.
Order School Pictures Online
Questions? Contact Amy Maas.

Families should have received a printed picture order form, but if you did not, or if it was misplaced, please use the link at the right to order your school pictures online. Click here to review instructions for ordering online. Online ordering is only available for a short time! Avoid the late fee, and order today.
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! 

Hulafrog Back to School Giveaway
From Hulafrog's website:

Hulafrog is your go-to-guide for life with kids in this area. We are excited to, once again, donate a $1,000 Staples Gift Card to one lucky school! One parent from the winning school will also win a $250 Staples gift card! Voting for Hulafrog's subscriber giveaway runs now through September 19th. 

Sign Up Genius: $5,000 Tech Giveaway
From Sign Up Genius website

Spark back to school learning with our $5,000 Genius Tech Giveaway! Nominate your favorite school every day until September 16th. Plus, share your sign up link for an extra chance to win. 

STEM Connection

LEGO Robotics material arrived in the mail Wednesday! Middle School students  unboxed the LEGO Robotics Mindstorm Kits, began building their LEGO structures, and familiarized  themselves with the computer programs. Students enjoyed constructing and exploring. This year, The Summit looks forward to hosting two LEGO Robotics teams.

Upcoming Events
Register: Make sure you register before Tuesday, 9/17 to ensure you receive a Run Shirt! The Summit Run shirts are considered Summit Spirit Wear and may be worn on Friday Spirit Wear Days!

Volunteer: The Run Committee is in need of at least 8 more volunteers to assist with directing traffic on the run course and other opportunities during the event. If you are interested in volunteering on Saturday, 9/28 please email Rachel Rothwell.

Be Prepared to Have Fun: There's so much more to do at the Run for The Summit than just running! The whole family is sure to enjoy this event! There is a pancake breakfast (complimentary with Run registration or $5 for non-registrants). And The Summit's very own Mr. Powers will be on site conducting several interactive experiments and projects for kids of all ages!
Summit Gala: Sponsorship Opportunities

This year you can help The Gala in one (or more) of three ways:


Sponsorship - There are two levels of sponsorships, click here to become a Gala Sponsor.

ROYAL FLUSH SPONSOR - $2,500 includes 8 event tickets with open bar, 8 tickets to the VIP pre-party, a reserved table, a full screen ad, name on the event webpage, special mention in the event program, and logo on the auction website

FULL HOUSE SPONSOR - $1,000 includes 4 event tickets with open bar, 4 tickets to the VIP pre-party, special mention in the event program, and reserved seating


Donate an item - Use this form to donate an item to the Gala auction. Some ideas are: gift certificates to salons or shops, jewelry or purses, guided trips, music lessons, tickets to amusement parks or sporting events, gift baskets, etc. All auction donors will receive recognition in our auction previews as well as logo and item placement on our mobile-friendly auction site. We are requesting items be received before Friday, October 4, 2019.

Program and Event Advertisement - In addition to sponsor benefits and individual tickets, can be purchased separately. Click here to see a rate card for program and event advertising.

Questions? Please contact Summit Development Officer  Vince Currao.
Uniform Buyout Days for 2019-2020

Every month students have the opportunity to "buyout" of their uniforms for a day. The cost to buy out of uniform is $2, cash. Money is collected in the lobby the morning of the buyout day. Buyout days are typically themed, and the money raised goes towards a student group or project on campus. These are optional buyout days, and students are not required to participate. Any student may choose to wear their regular Summit uniform on these days at no additional cost.

Buyout Dates for 2019-2020
Thursday, 9/19
Wednesday, 10/9
Thursday, 11/14
Thursday, 12/19
Wednesday, 1/15
Thursday, 2/13
*March 9-13 - Summit Spirit Week *no cost to participate, more info released closer to the week
Monday, 4/27
Friday, 5/8

Thursday, September 19th is the school's first uniform buyout day of 2019-2020. This buyout day is in honor of Mexico's Independence Day (actually on 9/16) and will benefit the 2021 Summit Study Abroad Trip. The theme of the day is red, white, and green (the colors of the mexican flag).

Questions? Please contact Amy Maas.
Summit School Calendar 

September 2019
13: Backyard Picnic at lunch time, parents/guardians/grandparents invited
16: Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
19: $2 Uniform Buy-Out Day, benefiting 2021 Spanish Study Abroad Trip
20: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
26: SPO Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
28: Run for The Summit

October 2019
4: Donuts with Grown Ups, 8-8:45 a.m.
9: $2 Uniform Buy-Out Day, benefiting Summit Gala Project
10-11: NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
14: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
18: Summit Gala
21: Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
31: SPO Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Teacher Feature: Ms. Thompson 
Here's a picture of Ms. Thompson doing what she loves: hiking with her dog Peaces!
Get to know The Summit faculty with our Teacher Feature in the Raven Report!

What is your name? Karin Thompson

What do you teach at The Summit? 4th Grade

How long have you been teaching at The Summit? This is my first year [at The Summit]. This is my ninth year of teaching elementary. Prior to that, I taught preschool for six years.

Where did you go to college and what was your major: California State University (BA in Liberal Studies) and Seattle Pacific University (Master of Arts in Teaching)

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

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite lesson to teach? Math and Reading! Both provide such fun lessons and activities, and I appreciate the opportunity to be able to instill a love of these subjects in my students.

What is one of your favorite books or authors? My favorite author (of grown-up books) is Kristin Hannah, and I love pretty much all of her books. I also enjoy listening to books by Lisa Scottoline on Audible. I am always reading new and award-winning middle-grade and young adult books.

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Since we study Oceanography, I think it would be pretty rad if we could expand our study of the coral reefs by going scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, or even just an ocean cruise to study ocean life. 

In an idyllic world, what is your favorite lunch?  After my dog and I hike along a picturesque trail in a forest of the Pacific Northwest, we would stop and eat a sack lunch at the base of a gorgeous waterfall, watching the falls cascade several feet over the rocks into a clear blue-green pool of water. In an idyllic world, we would be the only ones on the trail and have the entire scene to ourselves.  

If you had to pick, would you rather be a bird, a fish, or a lizard?  Totally a bird! I love the birds-eye view of people and places. Plus I would get to see all the geographic wonders of the world whenever I want.

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?  Gosh, there is so much I love so far! The kids, the families, the teachers, the unique classroom environment! I am sure I'll find many more favorites. 
Around Campus
Tardy Students: Sign in at the Front Desk
Reminder, students arriving after 8:45 a.m. need to be walked into the building and signed into the front desk. Thank you!

Summit Student Council 2019-2020
The newly elected Summit Student Council members are:
Evan M., President
Alexis W., Vice President
Faith G., High School Representative
Cooper J., High School Representative
Greta A., 8th Grade Representative
Jonas T., 7th Grade Representative
Will B., 6th Grade Representative
Service Drive for SPS Clothing Bank
During the week of September 9th-13th, students in grades three through five will be leading a service-learning project for the SPS Clothing Bank. Students and families can drop off clothing donations in The Summit lobby anytime during the week.

The Springfield Council (all Springfield Public Schools PTA units combined) of PTA's operates the Clothing Bank. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked solely through donations. They serve any Springfield Public School student, who qualifies for free or reduced lunch from pre-K through High School.

They can use clothing in sizes 3T through adult for pre-school age children, in the Early Childhood Education schools, through high school students. They deeply appreciate donations of GENTLY USED or LIKE NEW items: shirts, shorts, pants, jackets, winter coats, dresses, pajamas, shoes or accessories, backpacks, and handbags. Items must be without stains, holes, tears or excessive wear. They always need BRAND NEW, in the package, socks and underwear, especially packages of 5 or more. They cannot accept bedding, furniture or household items (due to a lack of space).
Limited Time!
PROMO: LESUFRIEND    PIN: 1234    Valid: September 19 - 25, 2019  
Cold weather will be here before you know it. Now is the right time to make sure your students have the extra layers they need for fall and winter. That's why from  September 19-25 , school families can save 40% on all Lands' End School uniform apparel, including fleece, outerwear and much more. 

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:
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, ie: 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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