Don't forget to preorder lunches for next week!
Raven Report: Sept. 4, 2019
Official School Picture Day: Monday 9/9
Monday, September 9th is The Summit's official school picture day. All students and employees need to take a photo, even if families are not purchasing a photo package. Students should dress in Summit uniforms (or High School Dress Code) as normal on this day. Order forms will be sent home in Friday Folders. If you need another copy, extras will be available at the front desk.

Retakes and class group photos are scheduled for Monday, November 4th.

Questions? Contact Amy Maas.
9:30 a.m.  Late Start  on W ednesday, 9/11
Each month The Summit will have a 9:30 a.m. late start Wednesday morning.   The first late start day this year is Wednesday, September 11t h.   

Fun Zone will maintain the normal starting time of 7:30 a.m. and will be extended to 9:15 a.m., at which time students will join their teachers to begin their daily class routines. The official start time for the school day is 9:30 a.m. You are encouraged to drop off your child(ren) between 9:15-9:30 a.m., just prior to the start of classes. However, families who need to use Fun Zone from 8:30-9:15 a.m. may do so at no cost.   

Questions? Contact Amy Maas.
To Do List
Lunch: September Hot Lunches
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

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.
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! 

Purchase Fall Mums

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 by Friday, September 13th. Plants will be ready for pick-up on Friday, September 27th.
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 from August 6th - 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. 

Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars! The Summit's 13th annual 5K and Fun Run will be held on September 28th, 2019 at The Missouri Institute of Natural Science, 2327 W. Farm Road 190.

This year we will be celebrating SCIENCE! Many professionals use science everyday. From Nurses, Anthropologists and Botanists to Cosmetologists, Veterinarians and Chefs. The possibilities are endless!

We encourage you to get creative and dress up as your favorite science related professional. We hope to see a few mad scientists out there!
Summit Gala: What to Wear

The gala is six weeks away, but it's never too early to start planning your wardrobe!

This year's Fabulous Vegas theme will showcase all the glitz and glam of the strip. Think sequins, feathers, black tie, and hats with the cool flare of Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack.

Themed dress is not required to attend the Gala, but it is a lot of fun!

Questions? Please contact Gala Chairs  Anne Mason, Arlene Stenger, or  Vince Currao.
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 on Friday, September 13th. This 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!

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.
Summit School Calendar 

September 2019
9: Official School Picture Day
11: Late Start at 9:30 a.m.
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: Mrs. Kimmons 
Everything was AWESOME with Mrs. Kimmons this summer when she enjoyed a trip to LEGOLAND! Don't you think they look alike?!?
Get to know The Summit faculty with our Teacher Feature in the Raven Report!

What is your name? Melissa Kimmons

What do you teach at The Summit? Beginners

How long have you been teaching at The Summit? 8 years!

Where did you go to college and what was your major: Southwest Missouri State University /Missouri State University (I got to be part of the big name change.)

What was your major in college? Elementary Education with certification in Early Childhood and Special Education

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject? I always loved spelling test! My favorite part was numbering my paper and getting to write super neat on a clean sheet of paper. It's the little things! :)

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite lesson to teach? There are a lot of things I love doing with my little friends. One of my favorite activities happens in the spring when we are exploring our families. We write letters to extended family members and take a field trip to the mailbox to mail them. Over the next few weeks we anxiously await responses that come in The Summit mail.

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Africa. I was able to visit a remote village 2 years ago and am blessed to have the chance to return again next March. I would love to take my Beginners to explore with the amazing children that I met. The village school looks very different from what my students see each day but it was easy to see that kids are kids no matter where they live. I know that my Beginners and the African children would become instant friends!

If you could be friends with any superhero, who would it be and why? In my book this person is a superhero...I would choose Mr. Rogers. His calm and patient outlook on life along with his passion and dedication to building relationships with young children is something I find fascinating.

If you had to pick, would you rather be a bird, a fish, or a lizard?  Totally a bird. I want to fly!

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit? The Summit has such an amazing community. I am blessed to not only teach here but also have my 2 boys at school with me. I have built lifelong relationships with both my peers and many Summit families. There is truly no place like our school.
Around Campus
Pets at Car Line
We love seeing your furring friends during Summit's car line. However, due to safety issues, allergy concerns, and other distractions we ask that your pets please stay in vehicles during car line. Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to strive to keep our community safe!
Need: Basic Medical Supplies
We're in need of some  basic over-the-counter  medical  supplies at The Summit. Please contact  Ms. Whitney Wiese for more details. Here's a list of what is needed:

Children's Tylenol 
Athletic tape 
Gauze bandage rolls
Self-adhesive bandage rolls (latex free)
Ways to Pay The Summit Growth Fund, 2019-2020
Enrollment is continuing to trend upwards and therefore the Growth Fund is very close to meeting it's first benchmark for the 2020-2021 school year. The 2019-2020 academic year currently has 144.6 FTEs. FTE stands for Full Time Equivalent, or the equivalent of a full pay student. FTEs are calculated based on tuition payments and financial aid received. Here are the Growth Fund goals:

154 FTEs and the Growth Fund decrease to $650
163 FTEs and the Growth Fund is eliminated (decreased to $0)

The 2019-2020 Summit Growth Fund has been set at $1,300 per student. This amount is set annually on September 1st and is based on enrollment. There are many ways other than cash to pay off the Growth Fund.

Referring new students to The Summit and using the Scrip Program are the most popular ways to earn credits for the Growth Fund. Referring new students also gets us closer to the enrollment milestone which will eliminate the Growth Fund. Contact Amy Maas, Summit Admissions Officer, to refer a new family. Contact Phil Isley, Summit Scrip Coordinator, for more information about Scrip.

For other ways to earn Growth Fund credits please contact Kristin Walker, Summit Finance & Operations Officer.
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 .

Handwriting Skills in Kindergarten

Students are working to coordinate the fine motor movements required for proper letter formation.  Proper pencil grip, posture, and fine motor control are necessary when forming letters. To learn the patterns found in handwriting, instruction is grouped by letters that have a similar path of movement.

Posture: Kindergarten students sit on the edge of their chairs, with feet flat on the ground and back straight. The dominant hand holds the pencil with three fingers. The non-dominant hand is placed on top of the table to hold the paper still. The paper can be tilted slightly to the left (for right-handed students) or slightly to the right (for left-handed students).

Pencil Grip: We are working toward using the "tripod" pencil grip every time. This is an efficient pencil grip and will help prevent your child's hand from becoming weary during extended writing or coloring periods.

"Frog Jump" Letters: This week and next, we will learn the "frog jump" letter pattern. All of these letters start at the top with a big line down... then your pencil lifts off the page (frog jumps) and lands back at the top. The rest of the letter is formed from there. Try it yourself and ask your kindergartener to show you the proper formation (with correct body posture!) of the letters: F, E, D, P, B, R.  We will continue working on this letter pattern next week.

Numbers 0-5: We have also worked on proper number formation, zero through five. We will continue learning number poems to help us remember the correct formation. Don't forget to encourage the correct body posture while practicing at home.

  • - Around and around you go, not too fast, not too slow. (Counter-clockwise, starting at the top)
  • 1 - One is fun, boop! (Start at the top)
  • 2 - Around and back down the railroad track, choo choo!  (Start at the top)
  • 3 - Around the tree, around the tree, that's the way to make a three.  (Start at the top)
  • 4 - Down and across and down some more, that's the way to make a four.  (Start at the top)
  • 5 - Jolly old five goes down and around, put a hat on top- looks like a crown!  (Start at the top corner, add the "hat" last)

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 on Your Growth Fund with Scrip
Credit cards can now be used in your Presto Pay to pay for cards (a fee will apply), see website for details.

Thursday, September 12th is ThankSCRIPing Day, which is a day when the retailers increase their bonuses. 

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