Don't Forget to Order SPO Fall Mums!
Raven Report: September 16, 2020
Early Learners with their warm and cool color flower paintings from 
Art class with Mrs. Kowalczyk. 
To Do List
Lunch: Pre-Order Hot Lunches
Questions? Contact Casey Haskins, Lower School Hybrid Learning Coordinator & Receptionist.  

Lunch orders need to be placed the Thursday of the week before to receive the $4.50 pre-order price. 

Daily lunch orders, including additions or cancellations, must be received by the front desk no later than 9:00 a.m. 

All lunch menus and pre-order forms are available at

Fun Zone: Register for Morning and/or Afternoon 
Questions: Contact Casey Haskins, Lower School Hybrid Learning Coordinator & Receptionist. 

To maintain appropriate physical distancing in the Fun Zone space, all families must pre-register for Fun Zone. 

SPO: Order Your Summit Face Mask 
Questions: Contact Shelley Beall, SPO VP of Upper School.

Face masks have arrived! The Summit Parent Organization (SPO) is still taking orders for Summit face masks. Quantities are limited. Gets yours while supplies last!

The cost of each mask is $15. All proceeds benefit SPO community projects and events for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Payment will be processed through Summit family accounts.
Pre-Order Your 2020-2021 Yearbook
Questions: Contact Jordan Alexander, Upper School Language Arts Teacher. 

The school year has just begun, but we're already collecting memories! Our Upper School Photojournalism class will be designing our yearbook again for the 2020/2021 school year. 

Pre-order your copy today to save 10% between now and September 30th. 

Don't forget to mark your calendars... Official School Picture Day is Monday, September 28th!
Order Your Summit Logo Umbrella
Questions: Contact  Amy Maas, Admissions & Communications Officer. 

Use the link on the right to order your limited edition Summit logo umbrella! 

The cost of each umbrella is $30. Payment will be processed through Summit family accounts. 
Pollinator Garden: Sign Up to Volunteer 
Questions: Contact Dana Thomas, Summit Parent & Board Member. 

The pollinator garden is growing and thriving! We need volunteers to help us refine this beautiful outdoor space for the students. This volunteer opportunity offers a chance to meet other parents and enjoy the beautiful late summer weather in a physically distanced setting. Work opportunities include weeding and moving mulch. If you have a rake and wheelbarrow (or old tarp that can get a little damaged), please bring them when you volunteer. Also please bring gloves and drinking water. Kneepads optional. Close-toed shoes ideal as we'll be working in mulched areas.
SPO: Order Fall Mums 
Questions: Contact The Summit Parent Organization (SPO).

Use the link on the right to order your hearty fall mums from Wheeler Gardens. All proceeds benefit SPO community projects and events for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The last day to order is Friday, October 2nd.
Cub Scouts: Order Popcorn 
Questions: Contact Melissa Gelner, Den Leader

Support Pack 239 by ordering popcorn from Cub Scouts today! Free shipping on orders $30 and up. 

Reporting COVID-19 Exposure Procedure
Questions? Contact Front Desk for an administrator. 

If you or someone in your household is notified, or if you suspect, that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please email Summit Administration at An administrator will contact you during school hours to discuss necessary precautions to follow before returning to the classroom and/or transitioning to Hybrid Learning. Please stay home. 

Administration will maintain communication with your family and notify the appropriate personnel and families if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19. This information is considered confidential, and your privacy will be maintained in all such communications. 

Please contact your primary care physician or the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for more information on COVID-19 and for recommendations on testing and quarantine.
Upcoming Events
Summit School Calendar 

September 2020
21: Board of Trustees meeting
24: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
24: SPO meeting
25: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
28: Official School Picture Day

October 2020
  8: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
  9: NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
12: NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
19: Board of Trustees meeting
21: Late Start at 9:30am
23: Early Release at 1:00pm
29: SPO meeting

To view the 2020-2021 Summit School Calendar use this link, or check out the website.
Summit Parent Organization

SPO's Mum Fundraiser

Decorate for fall and help support The Summit! This year, SPO is partnering with a local greenhouse nursery for the annual fall mum fundraiser. Wheeler Gardens is family-owned and has been in business for over 30 years. 

To purchase mums: 
  1. Fill out the Google Form (linked below)
  2. Mum vouchers will be sent home in your child's backpack
  3. Take your voucher to either Wheeler Gardens location to redeem
Orders will be billed to your family account. Each mum voucher is $12.


How much are they?
Each mum voucher is $12 and is good for one 2-gallon jumbo size hardy mum.

Where do I get my mums?
Once you have received your printed vouchers, take them to either Wheeler Gardens locations during their regular business hours. Visit for more information. 

Where is Wheeler Gardens located?
They have two locations. One is located at 1925 S. Bedford Ave in Springfield; close to the east Sam's Club. The other is located at 454 State Highway EE in Ozark.

What colors do they have?
They have several shades of bronze, orange, white, purple, red, and yellow. All colors available at both locations.

How do I pay for the mums?
Once you place your order, your Summit family account will be billed for the total.

Can family members or friends buy too?
Yes! You can order vouchers for anyone. Just understand that your Summit account will be charged so you will need to collect their money on your own.

When are orders due?
You may order anytime, and as many times as you would like through October 2, 2020. 

Do the vouchers expire?
Yes, they expire on October 11, 2020. They can be redeemed anytime on or before that date. 

For questions, please contact SPO

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Kowalczyk
Mrs. Kowalczyk teaching Early Learners about warm colors in Art class. 

What is your name?
Rachel Kowalczyk

What do you teach at The Summit?
I am the long-term Art substitute. 

How long have you been working in education?
I taught five years before staying home with our babies for seven years, and I'm excited to be back at it. 

Where did you go to college?
I graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. 

What was your major?
I hold a Bachelor of Education degree in Art Education. 

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject?
My favorite subjects were English and Art. 

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite lesson to teach?
Oh my gosh! That's incredibly difficult to narrow down! My favorite lessons are those where the students are engaged and enjoying the process of what they're working towards. 

What made you want to become a teacher?
Throughout my entire life, teachers have had a huge impact on me and have helped shape me into the person I am today; I've always wanted to give back somehow. 

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?
I could tell immediately how amazing this school is due to the students and group of faculty. The Summit is truly one-of-a-kind! Students are kind, courteous to all, respectful, easy going, self starters, fun to be around, and the list goes on. The faculty has been so supportive, generous, gracious, and willing to help. Did I already say this list could go on and on?!

What makes a good day at school?
A good day is a day where every student is actively engaged in their learning, enjoying themselves, feeling "seen", and knowing they're valuable. 

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go anywhere people live differently than we do in hopes that students' minds would be broadened to the world which surrounds them. 

If you had a time machine, what period of time would you travel to (or the future)?
I think I would go back to the 1920s/1930s because it looks like fun, and I'd know what to expect. 

What's something you think everyone should try at least once?
Anything they're afraid or nervous about trying that won't hurt them. 

What is the next book on your "to be read" list?
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 
Around Campus

Fall Nature Collages

Students are making nature collages in Art class! Cooler weather is finally here, and students are enjoying exploring the Big Backyard for natural materials to make their fall nature collages. Here, Early Learners share their findings (sorry, squirrels!). 

Mrs. Kowalczyk has been teaching students about warm and cool colors and has enjoyed seeing the learning in action outside. She says, "They had so much fun collecting and would stop and exclaim, 'Look! Look! I found a leaf! It's cold green! Look! Look! I found a warm flower!'"

Monarch Butterflies in the Pollinator Garden

Exciting news! Monarch butterflies have found our new pollinator garden! In addition to the many other native butterflies and pollinators observed this summer, yesterday we discovered tiny, larval monarch butterfly caterpillars on the swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). 

The caterpillars provide students the opportunity to learn about the butterfly life cycle, coevolution, and migration (this is their last hatch of the summer before they migrate). It is also an opportunity to teach students about the habitat we're creating in the Big Backyard, how it's providing a beneficial food source for native insects, and how monarchs are just one of many specialist insect species that need to feed on a particular plant to survive. 

All plants in the pollinator garden were selected because they are a host plant for specific insect species. Unlike most gardens, we WANT insects to eat this one! 

Promotional Video Update

Double Jump Media was on campus, Wednesday, September 9th, filming a new promotional video for The Summit. Mr. Powers gave a passionate interview about how much he loves learning with his students every day and was delighted by all the interesting film equipment!

The crew was so impressed with our courteous and engaged students and commented on what a great time they had learning more about The Summit. Thank you, everyone, for showing our guests what The Summit Difference is all about! We're so proud of our students and our school!
Uniform Buyout Next Thursday 9/24

Don't forget next Thursday is our first Uniform Buyout Day! Students may pay $2.00 (collected at carline) to dress out of their Summit uniform. Uniform Buyout Days are completely optional! Students may still wear their Summit uniform that day. 

Proceeds from this Uniform Buyout Day will go toward the High School classroom (former annex space). 

Lands' End Sale 9/17 - 9/23

Save 40% on school uniforms & more through Lands' End beginning tomorrow, September 17th through September 23rd!

PIN: 3615

Now Accepting Applications!

The Summit is still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! We have virtual admissions options and screenings flexible for a variety of family schedules. If you know someone who would love to learn at The Summit, please contact Amy Maas, Summit Admissions Officer.

Don't forget Family Referral Bonuses! Current Summit families who refer a new student to The Summit could receive up to $500 in Growth Fund credit! Email Amy for more details.
Family Business Directory

The Summit will be updating the Family Business Directory for the 2020-2021 school year. The Summit uses the Family Business Directory to build relationships within The Summit community by offering families with businesses the opportunity to list their business information. This directory allows our families to support one another through referrals and patronage. 

Participation is completely optional and free of charge. Teachers also use the directory as a reference for potential guest speakers in their classrooms and/or field trip opportunities. If you are interested in being listed in the Family Business Directory, please use this link to submit your information.

Questions? Contact Vince Currao, Development Officer.

Support The Summit

ThankSCRIPing Day: Thursday 9/17

Mark your calendars: The first Thankscriping Day is coming up on Thursday, September 17th. Families can earn up to 20% with 85+ bonuses on eGift cards and money added to reloadable gift cards on this day. And for the first time ever, you can get a 1 day sneak peak at all the bonuses only in the mobile app, RaiseRight, on September 16th. 

As always, feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit parent 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.

Questions? Contact Kristin Walker, Finance & Operations Officer.
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!
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:
The Summit Preparatory School | 417.869.8077 | Fax: 417.986.3777