NO SCHOOL This Friday 9/25 - Teacher Work Day!
Raven Report: September 23, 2020
Message from Head of School

Greetings Summit Community,

I want to thank everyone for their diligence, cooperation, and open communication as we navigate this new school year together. I continue to be amazed and impressed by the resilience of our students, faculty, parents, and greater community. We have made it to our sixth week of seated instruction. This is an incredible accomplishment, and it could not be possible without the vigilance of our parent community. 

As we enter cold and flu season, please continue to inform administration of any absences due to illness, and, as always, if your child or anyone in your household is not feeling well, please stay home. We are happy to connect any families with our Hybrid Learning Coordinator, so we can all continue learning safely, wherever we are.

Thank you for your continued support of The Summit. I am so grateful for our tight-knit community, and your dedication to health, wellness, and safety on our campus, so we can all continue learning together!

With much appreciation,

Dr. Katie Heet 
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. 

School Picture Day on Monday 9/28
Questions: Contact Whitney Wiese, Communications & Enrollment Officer.

Official School Pictures Day is Monday, September 28th. Use the link at the right order your picture online, or use this link to download a pdf.
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. 
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
24: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
24: SPO meeting
25: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
28: Official School Picture Day

October 2020
  8: Free Dress Day, Out of Uniform 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
30: Fall Online Auction Night

To view the 2020-2021 Summit School Calendar use this link, or check out the website.
Save the Date: Fall Online Auction

The Summit Online Auction on Friday 10/30

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 30th, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. for The Summit's Online Auction!

Normally, at this time of year, The Summit Development Office is in full swing planning for our fall fundraising event, The Gala. This year, we're trying something different.

Starting on Friday, October 23rd, The Summit Fall Online Auction will open and run until the evening of October 30th. That night, we will host a livestream event as bidding times end for auction items. 

The auction will contain many of the fun items we have had in past Gala auctions, as well as some clever new twists. Details will be shared in the next few weeks as we ramp up to our launch date on Friday, October 23rd!

We are so grateful to have this opportunity to get together as a community, raise some important funds for the school, and try something new with all of you.

For questions, or to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Vince Currao, Development Officer.

Summit Parent Organization

SPO Meeting Thursday 9/24

All Summit parents/guardians are invited to the next Summit Parent Organization (SPO) meeting on Thursday, September 24th at 9:00 a.m. in The Summit's Big Backyard (virtual option available). 

If you plan on attending, please contact SPO Exec at to RSVP and/or to receive the Zoom link. All attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chair and enter through the east gate (by the church) where you will receive a temperature check.

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. James
Mrs. James with the 5th grade class on the First Day of School. 

What is your name?
Kendra James

What do you teach at The Summit?
5th Grade

How long have you been working in education?
I have been working in education for 4 years. 

Where did you go to college?
University of Central Arkansas.

What was your major?
Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education and Master's in the Advanced Studies of Teacher Leadership.

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject?
I always really loved science, social studies, and art. 

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite lesson to teach?
As a teacher, my favorite lesson to teach is on cells (science) and the American Revolution (social studies). Both lessons include really engaging activities that my students always enjoy. When they're having a lot of fun, it's really fun to watch! 

Mrs. James with her husband, son, & rescue dog.
What made you want to become a teacher?
I wanted to become a teacher for as long as I can remember. I have lots of siblings, so I've always been the "helper" type. I think teaching gives me an opportunity to serve others in a way that is so fulfilling to me. I love it!

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?
My favorite aspect of The Summit is easily the community that surrounds me. All of the faculty, staff, families, and especially the students have been so welcoming and helpful. I'm so happy and grateful to be among such incredible people!

What makes a good day at school?
A good day at school would be my students feeling safe, comfortable, cared for, and lots of laughter (my favorite part because they're SO funny)!

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If I could take my class anywhere in the world, I would take them to an amusement park. Any opportunity to bond, have fun, and create memories would be valuable and meaningful to me. Plus, I absolutely love roller coasters, so I imagine that would be a blast!

If you had a time machine, what period of time would you travel to (or the future)?
If I could travel in time, I would go back to my childhood and take lots of pictures and videos. I think it would be fun to have those special memories. 

What's something you think everyone should try at least once?
Skydiving! I haven't done it yet, but it's definitely on my bucket list. 

What is the next book on your "to be read" list?
The next book on my list is the 5th grade book club book, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, and lots of baby books that my one-year-old received for his birthday earlier this month. 
Around Campus
All-School Photo from the 2018-2019 school year. 

School Picture Day on Monday 9/28

School Picture Day is NEXT Monday, September 28th! Weather permitting, we will be taking pictures outside this year so students may safely remove their mask while taking their photo. 

This year, we will take an all-school group photo in the backyard (physically distanced) with the help of our friend Craig and his drone from Top Flight Videos!

Check out this awesome drone video Craig created for The Summit!

Download the picture order form from Pearce Photo below!

Uniform Buyout Day Thursday 9/24

Don't forget tomorrow 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). 
Needed: Clorox Wipes

Summit Community, we need your help! While we continue to purchase Clorox wipes as available, we could use help from our community to maintain our stock levels given quantity limitations in stores. We would greatly appreciate any donations of Clorox wipes you may have, or if you are able to pick some up while out shopping. 

Thank you for your continued support!
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

Earn Rebates Towards Summit Growth Fund
Check out Scrip's new app, RaiseRight, in your app store. Just sign in with your Scrip account and all your e-card purchases will be right there in your wallet! "I've used it multiple times this summer, and it is so much easier to earn money for your student's Growth Fund," said Phil Isley, Summit parent and Scrip Coordinator.

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