Summit School Newsletter


August 27, 2021

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit Community,

It's hard to believe that September is almost here. I want to reach out and thank all who have offered kindness, a warm welcome, and words of support as I start my role as your Head of School. I truly appreciate you and look forward to working with you into the future. Great things will continue to happen at Summit as we look ahead.

As we get more familiar with the school day routines, I also want to remind all of our families about Summit's pick-up and drop-off safety guidelines. Please take a few minutes to review the information below so that we can make sure pick-up and drop-off remain safe for all.

Thank you for all you do to make Summit School amazing!


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

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We strongly recommend that all who enter our building wear a mask indoors and get the COVID vaccination if you are eligible.

Things to Remember...

If you are providing Summit School with your vaccination information, keep the following information in mind from the CDC ( Please send all vaccination cards to Sarah for recording at

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

In addition, when providing Summit School with negative COVID test results please provide the ASU saliva test or a nasal swab PCR.

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Picture Day is Friday, August 27

Picture day is Friday, August 27. The photographer will be taking 4 poses that will include 2 yearbook head shots and 2 full length. Parents will receive an order form with the proofs in about 2 weeks.

**Students do not need to bring any money or order form on Friday**

If your student is absent this Friday (8/27), our student photo retake day is set for November 5.

Spread the Word...

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Follow Chips and Salsa @chipsandsalsa_tortoise

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Preschool Fun

Each week the Mouseketeers preschool class has been working on our fine motor skills in different ways!

From the PS Weasels...

We are weasels smart and strong
Small and charming with bodies long.
Masters of chaos and very brave
When you see us give a wave.
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Save the Date!

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 5-6pm

4515 East Muirwood Drive

Phoenix, AZ

notMYkid will be on campus Thursday, September 2 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in the IDEA Lab. notMYkid experts will be discussing anxiety and stress as it relates to our children. The presentation aims to help parents understand the difference between stress and anxiety, learn the warning signs and ways to help your child maintain their mental health wellness. notMYkid has a vision that every kid will have the knowledge and confidence to reach their full potential through positive life choices. Steve and Debbie Moak founded the organization in 1999 after battling the substance use addiction of their teenage son. The Moaks’ first-hand experiences inspired them to develop notMYkid and bravely share their journey and help communities eliminate the stigma that fuels addiction, mental illness, and suffering in silence.

Curriculum Nights are Coming Soon!

Please join us at Summit School to learn about the curriculum your child will be covering this year! We have broken our presentations this year into three nights to allow for smaller numbers. In addition, we will not be gathering in the MPR for this event. Please see the dates and groupings below.

Please note that due to COVID safety protocols we will not be offering additional childcare during this event. Our regular extended day program will run as scheduled.

Tuesday, August 31 from 5:30-7:00 is middle school (6-8)

  • See the middle school schedule below.

Wednesday, September 1 from 5:30-6:15 is grades 3-5

  • Please report to your child's homeroom.

Thursday, September 2 from 5:30-6:15 is preschool to grade 2

  • Please report to your child's homeroom.
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Elections Postponed Until September 10 at 2:15.

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Heat Advisory Protocols at Summit School

General Guidelines

When excessive heat occurs, the following precautions will be taken for all outdoor physical activity, including but not limited to recess, physical education classes, and field trips.

Students will be hydrated before going outside and have access to drinking water while outside. In activities lasting longer than 30 minutes, periodic water breaks will be incorporated (approximately every ten minutes).

Heat Advisory Procedures

  1. Teachers will be notified if the school is under heat advisory (Heat Index 90-109 degrees). When a heat advisory is in effect, teachers will offer students the option of staying inside during the lunch/recess period. Teachers are asked to encourage students to drink additional water
  2. Recess duty supervisors will be especially vigilant for signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion, which may include heavy sweating, weakness, cold/pale/clammy skin, weakness, fast/weak pulse, nausea/vomiting, fainting. Students showing any of these symptoms should be escorted to the nurse’s office immediately.
  3. If the Heat Index (not temperature) reaches 110 degrees, teachers will be notified that students must remain indoors for the duration of the lunch/recess period.

Summit Apparel Store

Gear up with back to school apparel! Check out the Summit apparel store for customizable shirts, pants, and accessories with your favorite Summit logos!


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Referral Credits

Our families are Summit’s best advocates and we appreciate when you share your Summit story with family and friends. We ask for your help in continuing to spread the word about Summit School!

In addition to helping create a thriving community of learners, Summit School has temporarily increased the Referral Credit from $500 to $1,000 as a credit toward your tuition liability for each newly enrolled student of a new family. This temporary increased referral credit amount is for new students (not applicable for siblings of current students or for returning students) that enroll between April 12, 2021 and March 11, 2022. Each credit is applied to your FACTS tuition account after the new family makes two tuition payments for the new student(s). During these stated dates there are no limits to the number of referral credits you may earn by supporting our school! Please contact Summit Admissions or Business Office if you have any questions regarding the family referral program.

Note: Referral credits of $600 or more require the completing of a W-9 form claiming the income. Referral credits are not applicable for voting members of the Board of Trustees.

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