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PA MEET & GREET
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 6:00-8:00 PM
Dear Summit Families,
 
We are excited to provide you with information and news about the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, which is Summit’s 50th Anniversary. School begins for students on Thursday, September 6, and we anticipate another exciting, productive, and scholarly year.
 
There are several changes that affect both schools, specifically the employment of Aarco Security Corporation, providing trained and supervised security guards at each school building. The guards, retired New York City police officers, will be on duty from 8:00 a.m. until the last student leaves the building. Additionally, we have increased the security camera monitoring at each building and the administration has established a safety plan with specific staff responsibilities in the event of an emergency. While we strongly believe we are all safe at Summit, this added layer of protection for our students seems to be a necessity at this time.
 
In addition, we have made several physical changes including a renovated bathroom at the Lower School, new filtered water fountains with bottle fillers at both schools, and a state-of-the-art Innovation and Media Center replacing our computer lab at the Upper School. There is also new furniture in several rooms as we experiment with the correct configurations to incorporate the needs of our students who are 21st century learners. We plan to continue examining furniture and the effects prior to any major renovation. Funds to support this work comes from several sources, including Summit’s Campaign for Kids, the Lower School’s 2018 Swim-A-Thon, the Upper School’s 2018 Senior Class Gift Fund, as well as several parents who reached out to their networks on behalf of Summit. We thank everyone for their generosity.
 
In terms of new staff, at the Lower School two social workers, a reading teacher, and several assistant teachers will be joining us. At the Upper School, a new speech therapist and several assistant teachers will be coming to Summit. More information about staff will be included in our next issue of Summit eBlast.
 
Please enjoy the last few days of summer vacation as we prepare to embark on an educationally and emotionally stimulating new school year.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Richard Sitman
Executive Director

Dr. Tina Rosenbaum
Director of Educational Services

Allison Edwards
Upper School Principal

Karen Frigenti
Lower School Principal
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September 2018
September 3
Labor Day / School Closed
September 4-5
Staff Orientation / Conference / No Classes
New Students to Summit Visit / By Appointment
September 6
First Day of School / Welcome Back
September 10-11
Rosh Hashanah / School Closed
September 13
New Parents to Summit Meeting & Dinner 
Upper School, 6:30 PM
September 17
REAP / Mondays / First Session Begins
September 18
REAP / Tuesdays / First Session Begins
September 19
Yom Kippur / School Closed
September 20
PA Meeting and Small Talks
US Conference Room, 9:15 AM
September 20
REAP / Thursdays / First Session Begins
September 25
PA Meet & Greet / Lucy's Cantina Royale 
1 Pennsylvania Plaza, 6:00-8:00 PM
September 27
Lower School Back-to-School Night
Arrive at 6:30 PM; light refreshments served
Activities start promptly at 7:00 PM
Drop off item donations for Summit's Annual Benefit
Important Upcoming Dates
October 10
Upper School Back-to-School Night
Arrive at 6:30 PM; light refreshments served
Activities start promptly at 7:00 PM
Drop off item donations for Summit's Annual Benefit
November 8
Lower School Book Fair
November 8
Lower School Parent/Teacher Conferences /
By Appointment
Drop off item donations for Summit's Annual Benefit
November 19
Summit's Annual Benefit / The Pierre Hotel, 6:00 PM
November 28
Upper School Parent/Teacher Conferences /
By Appointment
Required School Forms
      
If you haven't already returned required school forms, please do so now. Please follow the instructions on each form and return them with your child to the school office.  
 
Our School Forms Packet includes the following:
  • School calendar
  • Permission release forms
  • Health and dental forms*
  • REAP after-school program forms
  • Parents' Association membership and volunteer forms 

  
If you have any questions about health, medication, or dental forms, 
please contact our school nurse: 
Lucy Ware, 718-264-2931, x217
School Supplies   

The following school supplies will be provided by Summit and distributed to each student on the first day of school:
1) Loose-leaf binder
2) Loose-leaf paper
3) Dividers
4) Pencil case
5) Pens and pencils
6) Homework folder
7) Schedule folder
8) Calculator (not graphing)
Parent Contact & Emergency Information 
  
Please remember to inform the school of any changes to your contact information, including your address, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Call the school office directly to make these changes. 
 
In the event of inclement weather or an emergency, we will use our K12 Alertsservice to communicate with you via voice message, text message, and email. Parents are responsible for the accuracy of the information in this system.
  
Returning families should log in to their K12 Alerts account and verify the accuracy of their contact data.
 
New families already received their K12 Alerts account information in the mail and should update their accounts if needed.
  
If you require assistance in accessing your K12 Alerts account, please contact:
John Trainor, 718-969-3944, x313 
 
School Directory 2018-19  
 
Every school year, Summit publishes its school directory at the end of September. This directory is for your convenience when contacting Summit classmates and parents. Information included: alphabetical student listing, alphabetical parent listing, key Summit contacts, staff listing, and Parents' Association contacts and committees. We ask that you respect the privacy of our Summit families and keep this information confidential. The Summit School's privacy policy prohibits the use of this directory for any purpose other than school activities and functions.
 
Summit's School Directory 2018-19 will be published in a pdf format and emailed to all parents in late September. We are doing this in response to the many requests made by parents who prefer to save a digital copy on their desktop for easy access. If a printed copy is needed, please send your request via email to: 

Sue Ann Chong
Student Transportation    
 
"Which bus route is my child on?" "Did his or her bus break down or what's the delay?" "How can I change my afternoon drop off?" These are just some of the questions you may find yourself asking on a given day. We all know the anxiety of being put on hold when you are pressed for time in the morning. To help alleviate this stress, the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) has a very resourceful page that we would like to share with our parents. Follow the link below to find answers to your questions as well as some helpful tips and links from OPT.
 
 
As always, please call the school office if it is an emergency or if you need 
assistance -- we are here to help.

Should you experience problems with your child's school bus, you can:  
  • Call the bus company to report the problem
  • Call the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) at 718-784-3313 
  • or call their HOTLINE: 718-392-8855
  • Report bus problems to Larry Litwack

Larry Litwack, Dean of Students
718-264-2931 x219  
  
Lunch at the Lower School  

During the first two weeks, all students at the Lower School will eat lunch in school in their classrooms -- please remember to send a healthy lunch every day with your child. Microwaves are available in every classroom.

For eligible students, out-for-lunch privileges begin September 26. Eligible students include those who are twelve or older, have earned the privilege, and participated in Summit's out-for-lunch program prior to June 2018. Eligibility will be confirmed with each student prior to that date. Additionally, a nonperishable back-up lunch MUST be provided by parents to be held in school before privileges can be active.
Providing the opportunity to have fun, while learning through new activities and socializing with your peers is the main goal of Summit's after-school program. 
  
The new fall session begins September 17.

Any questions, please contact:
Larry Litwack, Dean of Students
718-264-2931 x219  
  

 Join or renew online!
Sign up or renew your membership in Summit's Parents' Association for the 2018-19 school year. Why? Because with you, not only can more good things unfold for our children, we can also keep Summit the great school that we know and need. Use our flexible dues option -- there's a level for every family.


By check : Payable to The Summit PA.
Send check and completed membership form to: 
The Summit School PA 
187-30 Grand Central Parkway 
Jamaica Estates, NY 11432


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
STARTS AT 9:15 AM
FOLLOWED BY OUR FIRST PA MEETING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR HELD IN THE UPPER SCHOOL CONFERENCE ROOM
Join members of Summit's administration team to talk about school security and what new things are being done to further ensure that all of our students and staff are safe when at school.

Presenters: Richard Sitman, Allison Edwards, Karen Frigenti, and Larry Litwack.
 
What is Small Talks?
A Way to Learn More in 20 Minutes 
(A 10-Minute Presentation followed by a 10-Minute Q&A)
 
To attend via conference call:  
We suggest that attendees call in five minutes prior to the start of the meeting.
Dial-In Number: 712-451-0200
Access Code: 750144#
(Remember to include the pound (#) sign)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 
FROM 6:00-8:00 PM
PA MEET & GREET
Lucy's Cantina Royale
1 Pennsylvania Plaza
On 8th Avenue and 34th Street

Join us on the Rear Patio
CASH BAR
Hors d'oeuvres will be served! 
SAVE THE DATES
FOR UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
FROM 12:00-2:00 PM
LASERTAG AT EXTREME SPORTS
Details Coming Soon!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
A WEEKEND AT
WOODLOCH PINES RESORT
IN THE POCONO MOUNTAINS
NOVEMBER 2-4
Details Coming Soon!
SAVE THE DATE
LOWER SCHOOL BOOK FAIR
November 8
Watch for special edition PA eBlasts for more event/activity information and to register.
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