No School on Monday 9/7! Happy Labor Day!
Raven Report: September 2, 2020
Early Learners performing Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons for their parents on Zoom!
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. 

There will be no drop-in availability for Fun Zone. Students may not wait in the lobby unless they are registered for Fun Zone. 

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

The Summit Parent Organization (SPO) is taking pre-orders for new Summit face masks. Masks should arrive at The Summit later this week!

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!
SPO: Order Fall Mums 
Questions: Contact The Summit Parent Organization (SPO).

Use the link on the right to order your heart Fall Mums from Wheeler Gardens. All proceeds benefit SPO. 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.


If you choose to travel over the holiday weekend, please monitor the situation in the area you will be traveling by contacting the local health department. If the rate of infection is increasing or if you have concerns about exposure based on your travel experience, please notify administration to initiate a two week transition to hybrid learning.
Upcoming Events
Summit School Calendar 

September 2020
  7: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
16: Late Start at 9:30am
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.

Learn More About Joining Cub Scouts Pack 239

Cub Scout Pack 239 invites any K-5 Summit students to join.  

The Summit has affiliated with established Cub Scouts Pack 239 to offer boy scout options for our students. Dens are established for each grades K-5th. 

Time commitment is typically 2 meetings per month (larger K-5 pack meeting and smaller grade-level specific den meeting). Optional regional scouting activities and campouts are also planned. 

New scout registration is $120 for the entire school year. 

Although the group meets at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Pack 239 includes scouts from many different schools and faiths and currently has two 5th grade Summit students in the Arrow of Light rank. 

All faiths welcome - non-denominational organization.

For more information, please contact:

Cub Scout Pack Leader
Nick Meinhardt

5th Grade Den Leaders & Summit Parents
Brian and Melissa Gelner

The Summit also offers a wonderful Girl Scout program. For more information, please contact Shelley Beall, Troop Leader. 

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: Mr. Alexander
Mr. Alexander and 7th/8th grades discussing their personal narratives. 

What is your name?
Jordan Alexander

What do you teach at The Summit?
Upper School Language Arts 

How long have you been working in education?
This is my 7th year. 

Where did you go to college?
Undergraduate from California State University Long Beach. Graduate from Missouri State University. 

What was your major?
Bachelor of Arts in English Education and Master of Arts in Teaching.

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject?
I loved the performing arts: theatre, voice, and dance. 

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite lesson to teach?
I love to teach Shakespeare and mythology among other things. 

What made you want to become a teacher?
I've always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others and coaching people to be the best they can be. 

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?
The opportunities it gives me to engage with my students in new and innovative ways, and the freedom The Summit provides to meet my students where they are and help them grow. 

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to tour Europe and visit the residences of both the great authors and the various historical sites that they wrote about. 

If you had a time machine, what period of time would you travel to (or the future)?
I would love to attend an original Shakespeare performance at The Globe, tour the streets of Victorian London, or see the ancient worlds of Greece, Rome, or Egypt when they were new. 

What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
I'd like to think I'd fight crime, but I'd probably use it to annoy rude people.

What's something you think everyone should try at least once?
Travel alone.

What is the next book on your "to be read" list?
I just finished Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and picked up Frank Herbert's Dune as a re-read. For pleasure, I just finished The Alienist by Caleb Carr and plan to read the sequel The Angel of Darkness

Around Campus

Promotional Video Filming On Campus

The Summit is working with Double Jump Media, a local video production company, to update our promotional video. The crew will be on campus Wednesday, September 9th to capture The Summit Difference on film! Come dressed to impress! As always, all visitors will be masked, receive a temperature check before entering the building, and will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times. 

If you do not want your child featured on camera and have not already informed administration, please contact Amy Maas and Whitney Wiese
Culture Fridays

Becoming proficient in a second language is not solely about  memorizing vocabulary, learning new phrases, and conjugating verbs. It is also important to develop a better understanding of the culture of other countries and how their unique qualities compare and contrast to our own. Familiarizing ourselves with another nation's way of life helps to broaden our global lens. This is an important element to The Summit's Spanish program.

Every year, Fridays at The Summit are dedicated to exploring various Spanish-speaking countries around the world, Viernes Culturales

In Lower School, students spend each trimester learning about a different country's geography, flag, coat of arms, popular landmarks, animals, music, and more. 3rd through 5th graders dive a little deeper, by independently researching and creating presentations about their findings.

Upper School takes this one step further by doing their own research on a specific country of their choice and completing a cultural project that is presented in front of their peers. Some past projects include musical performances of an authentic song or dance, cooking demonstrations of an authentic dish, travel videos, board games, and travel brochures.
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.

Lands' End Sale 9/1 - 9/8

Lands' End is offering 20% off all school uniforms now through September 8th. Take advantage of the sale to stock up on your winter wardrobe! 

PIN: 5267

Support The Summit

Earn Rebates Towards Summit Growth Fund

Did you know that Summit families earned almost $400 in growth fund rebates last month through the purchase of Scrip cards? If you'd like to know how you can start earning please reach out to Phil Isley, Scrip Coordinator! For those families who have signed up in the past but forget about it when at the store, download the Raise Right app (Scrips' new app), sign in with your Scrip account and check it out!   

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