Summit School Newsletter


September 24, 2021

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit Community,

It was wonderful to see so many families at our wagon parade. There is so much to say about how amazing that event was. Thank you for your support and I hope you are able to join us for the many more Summit Community events coming this year.

Please watch for fall fundraiser information. Our annual fundraiser begins on October 1 with a goal of $90,000 and celebrates 5 Amazing Things Our Donors Make Possible. Without your support, Summit isn't possible.

To thank you for your support, Summit School will draw five winners from our donors to win a pair of *Disneyland passes. In addition, as a special thank you for our top donor, I have donated a bottle of Brunello Di Montalcino from the Tenute Silvio Nardi winery in Sienna, Italy. We encourage every family to do what they can to be amazing.

Thank you for all you do!


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

*Disneyland theme park reservations are limited and subject to availability, and park admission is not guaranteed. Winners will need to create a Disney account and link their winning tickets to their account in order to make a reservation. Disneyland Resort considers the guidance of government and local health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to enhanced cleaning measures and adjustments to promote physical distancing, face coverings (ages 2 and up), temperature screenings and park reservations will be required for all guests. For more information about requirements including how to book a reservation using the new them park reservation system, please visit The Summit School Fall Fundraiser Complimentary Disney Tickets have no cash value and cannot be upgraded. They cannot they be applied towards a Disneyland package to meet eligibility requirements and their value cannot be applied to any Summit School tuition and/or fees. Summit School is not responsible for the Disneyland tickets, their cancellation, the Disneyland Resort closure, or the modification of services including the Disney Family Volunteering Reward Program Tickets.

Our Fall Fundraiser Begins on October 1

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Our First Annual Summit School Welcomes Fall Wagon Parade

Summit Welcomes Fall Wagon Parade

Shout Out to the Summit School Cross Country Runners!

Summit competed in the Legacy North Chandler Coyote Classic last weekend.

Our middle school girls team placed 3rd overall and our Boys middle school team placed 4th.
Summit had 2 students medal for middle school:
-Avery Thomas (7th place)
-Mason Cavallo (6th place)

Our Summit elementary team competed in their first meet this weekend as well…
In there debut competition, 5 of our runners medaled (medals are awarded to top 10 in competition):
-Josie Van Kirk
-Carly Thomas
-Camille Van Kirk
-Trinn Lim
-Makynna Berland

Their next competition is this coming Saturday in Prescott.
Best of luck to our runners!

Parking Lot Painting

The Summit School parking lot will be striped painted on Thursday, September 30 starting at 4:30pm. No vehicles should be in any of the school parking lots or drives after 4:15pm. Please park on the street if needed.

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Health & Safety Task Force (HSTF)

Our Summit School HSTF has ten current members. The membership is a blend of professionals in medical, law enforcement, contracting, and education. As the duties of the HSTF extend beyond COVID protocols and other health-related concerns, we are currently seeking up to two new members with backgrounds and/or training in law enforcement and general contracting. If you are interested in becoming a member of the HSTF, please reach out to Dr. Nardi at or Barb Nicholas at

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COVID-related Absences

Please communicate all COVID-related absences to both and your child's homeroom teacher. The teacher will then reach out to you within 24 hours to set up a plan for your child's academic success during the absence.

Masking at Summit School

Face coverings should be 2-ply masks that cover the mouth and nose, and fit snugly. Any images or messages on masks must be school-appropriate. Masks with exhalation valves, neck gaiters, bandanas, or face shields are not approved, per the CDC and not approved for use at Summit. (Health and Safety Guidelines, p. 4).

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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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