Late Start Next Wednesday 9/16!
Raven Report: September 9, 2020
7th and 8th grades practicing yoga with My Hot Yoga instructor 
Adrienne Parnell. 
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: 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!
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.
Upcoming Events
Summit School Calendar 

September 2020
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.
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: Ms. Ursino
Ms. Ursino with the 1st grade class on the First Day of School. 

What is your name?
Lanae Ursino

What do you teach at The Summit?
First Grade

How long have you been working in education?
I worked with preschool and as a substitute teacher for 3 years, and this is my second year in an elementary classroom. 

Where did you go to college?
Drury University. Go Panthers!

What was your major?
Elementary Education

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject?
I've always loved math, but I've also gotten to explore some other cool subjects over the years. Chemistry, environmental studies, fashion design, and pottery have been some of my favorites!

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite lesson to teach?
I love to teach reading! It's so much fun to watch my students grow into great readers throughout the year. I especially love those moments when a skill they've been working on finally clicks, and they get that "I finally got it!" look on their face! 

What made you want to become a teacher?
I had really great teachers when I was a child. They made me feel smart and capable and helped me develop my love for learning. I wanted to be able to have that effect on others. I've also always loved working with children and being in the classroom, so it just made sense to me!

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?
So many things! I love the freedom I have as a teacher to expose my students to all kinds of interesting learning opportunities. I also love our big backyard, and, most importantly, I love the sense of community between the staff, students, and parents that I've experienced at The Summit!

What makes a good day at school?
A day when my students make me laugh, which is pretty much every day! I love to see their big personalities come out in the classroom. 

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A deep sea diving trip. How cool would it be to learn about all those interesting deep sea animals up close?

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 1960s so I could watch the Civil Rights Movement happen. So much important history was made in that decade, and I think it would be very cool to see it in person.

What's something you think everyone should try at least once?
Jazzercise! It's dance fitness, and it's so much fun! Lots of people are missing out on a lot of fun because they think they can't dance. You totally can!

What is the next book on your "to be read" list?
Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things. It's quite the title, I know! It's a book written by the hosts of my favorite podcast: Stuff You Should Know. They've kept my interest for years with all kinds of neat topics, so I know this book is sure include lots of interesting facts. 
Around Campus

Exploring Learning Centers

2nd grade students look forward to exploring their daily learning centers! Each station provides a multitude of options to meet the ability level of each student. Check out the different stations below!

- Math Workshop gives students the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning. 

- Reading literature is an integral part of our students' learning. The Library is one of their favorite spots! 

- The sky is the limit for projects at the Writing station where students write letters, books, poems, and stories. 

- The Reading Skills station helps them review important skills such as compound words, contractions, synonyms and antonyms, just to name a few! 

- There are so many science topics to investigate at the Discovery station. 

- The STEM station allows for creativity and problem-solving. 

Learn more about the exciting things happening in the classrooms on 
1st grade students learn while dancing during Spanish class in the
2019-2020 school year. 

¡Ven Conmigo! ¡Mira The Summit Difference!

Señora Cassandra Raven says, "We have the unique opportunity not only to teach them another language but also to demonstrate the importance of diversity, ethics, and compassion for a group of people that share different customs and beliefs, and how that's perfectly okay. Learning Spanish at The Summit opens up doors to endless opportunities for our students, and that's something to be very passionate and excited about."

Read more about The Summit's Spanish program on our Trending in Education Blog!
Used Uniform Closet

Thank you to our parent volunteers who have helped organize our used uniform closet! We received many donations at the start of the school year, and the closet is ready for browsing!

Each piece is $5. Used uniform purchases can be charged to your family account. Have some old uniforms that don't fit? Donate them to the closet and swap each piece for a new one at no additional charge!

All parents are welcome to visit the used uniform closet. Just give us a call at 417-869-8077 to schedule a time to stop by! 
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