Summit School Newsletter


August 13, 2021

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The CDC, Arizona Department of Health Services, and Summit School strongly recommend that individuals wear a mask while on campus.

From the Head of School...

Dear Summit Community,

The faculty, Mrs. Benkel, and I had a meeting yesterday afternoon to outline classroom engagement/work quarantine protocols and to discuss 2021-22 Morning Meetings.

As we move ahead and navigate this pandemic, we will continue to have virtual Morning Meetings rather than gathering the school in the MPR. Each group will present via Zoom. Parents of that group and other classes will be invited join and enjoy each Meeting. A schedule of upcoming meetings will be sent in the coming days.

For classroom engagement/work during a documented, individual, COVID-related quarantine the following breaks down procedures by grade level groups. You will notice that your primary contact will come from your child's teacher. Please let me know if I can also be of assistance.


If your child is quarantined due to an exposure, the classroom teacher will contact you within 24 hours to arrange for materials, provide lesson plans, and offer opportunities for your child to Zoom into large groups.


  • The homeroom teacher will make contact with the family within 24 hours.
  • Students will be engaged via Zoom
  • For materials/work, the frequency of materials pick-up and the amount of work assigned will be determined by the classroom teacher and discussed with the parents.
  • If a parent wants work from a specialist, the parent is asked to reach out to that specific specialist.


  • Communication will come from the homeroom teacher within 24 hours.
  • The teacher will communicate a Zoom class schedule with parents.
  • The teacher will communicate with parents a materials pick-up plan as needed throughout the quarantine.
  • Non-hard copy assignments will be published to Google Classroom, Schoology, and/or SeeSaw.
  • Any additional schedules, materials, Zoom information, or items from specialists will be sent through the homeroom teacher.
  • If parents are finding that their child may be interested in additional math or reading resources, primary correspondence should be with the homeroom teacher.


  • The homeroom teacher will make initial contact within 24 hours.
  • The student should check Schoology daily for assignments.
  • If the student has questions, they should message that teacher through Schoology.
  • If the student needs additional help, the student should set up time with that subject teacher via Zoom or phone.
  • No assessments will be given to an individual on quarantine.
  • Upon the student's return, the teachers will connect and work with that child to ensure they are on track.

In addition, we have added two touchless sanitizers to our sanitizing resources. One is located at the front desk and the other near our playground. I sincerely appreciate all you do for our Summit School Community. Thank you for your cooperation.


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

From the Assistant Head of School...

Years ago, I was walking through the campus and stopped to pick up a piece of trash on the ground. A person nearby commented “don’t worry about that, it’s not your job.” First and foremost, I will reassure you that the person who said that is not a part of our community anymore.

That comment has stuck with me for years, as it is the most “un-Summit-like” thing I had ever heard. In our community, it’s never a matter of my job, your job, someone’s job. It’s my school, your school –OUR school. Our strength is derived from a culture where we look beyond our own needs and see ourselves as the guardians of a community that has and continues to prioritize the best possible world for our children.

Our teachers support every child. Their classroom rosters may be under 18, but their rosters that connect to their children past, present, and future is in the hundreds. We keep our children and ourselves home with “an abundance of caution” and look for ways to make the school, our school, an environment where our children can be physically, intellectually, and emotionally safe.

The work we all do isn’t my job, your job, or anyone’s job—it’s our reason, our purpose, and our responsibility. This is what has always and will always make Summit a place where children flourish. Thank you for trusting and for listening. Know that you are trusted and listened to as well.

Andrea Benkel, M.Ed

Assistant Head of School

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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.

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

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

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

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.

COVID Testing Parent Survey

Thank you to the families who responded to the one question survey. Arizona Department of Health Services is providing free pooled screening testing in K-12 schools in Arizona.This program is not currently being implemented at Summit School, and has been suggested. We do not currently have plans to participate.

For Summit to implement this program, we would need parent consent for testing. Based on the results of the survey, we would have about 70% participation. For a testing program to be effective, we would need nearly 100% participation. We will not be implementing this pooled screening at this time. Thank you.

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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

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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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