Summit School Newsletter
INNOVATIVE TEACHING. EXPERT EDUCATORS. THRIVING STUDENTS.
January 26, 2024
From the Head of School...
Dear Summit Community,
It is that time of year again, the "Best of Ahwatukee 2023" voting has begun and we are asking for your help. Please take a moment to go to the link below and vote for us. You can simply scroll to #52, #54, #84, #86, and #88 to choose Summit School, and our awesome teachers, or you can work through each category and pick your favorites. It only takes a couple of minutes and you can vote daily with each email address you have. Every vote counts. Thank you so much for your ongoing support!
Dr. Stephanie Nardi
I overheard this BOOMING voice talking about robots, 3D printers, NASA…
Shout out to Summit School and the greatest serendipity story! Last year when I hosted the AZ School Choice Week Kick Off, I was struggling to walk up the stairs due to some serious health issues. As I climbed step by step…. I overheard this BOOMING voice talking about robots, 3D printers, NASA…. And as soon as I got to the top of the stairs I said: “Where IS this place, my son needs to go there!” Kyle and his charisma for kids carried across the entire place. We toured the next week and enrolled right away. In just months, W has gained a 1-2 yrs in math and reading. He’s loving school again. He gets to invent, make, create, lead, discuss, and problem solve and learn from peers. How crazy that the gal who helps people find schools FOUND her kiddo’s school at her own school fair. Will forever be one of my favorite memories of over a decade of School Choice Week. This year I counted my blessings in being there to emcee and host, with a repaired heart, and I ran all the way up the stairs. Cheers to Kyle for all he does for Summit and for the kids! And to School Choice Week!!!
Dr. Nardi and Sra. Collins Recognized on Faces of Ahwatukee
Allison Lee Returns to Summit
Simply put, I came back to Summit because I really missed the students, plus I missed the friendships I had made with my fellow faculty and of course, the Summit parents.
After enjoying a little time off and traveling to Yellowstone National Park and the Great Northwest, it was ultimately an easy decision to return to Summit. I did have to wait until the right opportunity presented itself. I read that Summit was looking for a teaching assistant in kindergarten and I knew I would love this position and I would be so thrilled to be working with students that age in such a rewarding, uplifting and, of course, tiring role :)
Immediately after returning to the campus, I felt like I belonged and was met with such a warm welcome back from all the staff. I reacquainted with some of my old colleagues and met a few of the newbies as well. Everyone was so kind and it truly reminded me what a special community Summit has built. .
I am currently an aide in Kindergarten with Lori Phillips and I absolutely love it. I am also teaching Speech and Debate in middle school in Quarter 4 and I’m really looking forward to it!
Thank you for welcoming me back and GO SABRECATS!
Thank you to Ahwatukee Foothills News for spreading the word!
Camp Summit Registration is now open!
The Dean's Corner
Congratulations to these Sabrecats for being sent to Mrs. France with POSITIVE office referrals!
Ms. Bernice stated, "Brandon Wright is consistently striving to do his best at all times in the lunchroom. Yesterday, he took the initiative to assist with making sure that others cleaned up their areas “leading by example” and providing support for those that needed help. He stepped up when others didn’t — on his own initiative. Brandon’s positive attitude shows his leadership abilities to always do his personal best and respecting the lunchroom teachers."
Mrs. Glover stated, "Luca set an example for other students by cleaning up classroom materials, even though it was not his assigned job. Because of his efforts, our class was able to get to lunch quickly, and our room was well organized. Thank you, Luca, for the extra help taking care of our class!”
Mrs. Glover stated, "During clean up Friday, Max went above and beyond to help his teacher get things picked up so we could get to lunch quickly. Without being asked, he cleaned up and put away several sets of supplies, even though it was not his assigned job to do so. I appreciated Max's help taking care of our community.
Mrs. Baglio stated, "Matthew helped a student who fell in class. The classroom laughed and Matthew went over and physically helped the student off the floor."
Ms. Vosseller stated, ”Arya goes above and beyond in regards to math. On one task, she gave very detailed explanations of each 3D shape and examples of everyday items that come in that shape. Awesome job, Arya!"
Ms. Vosseller stated, ”Macy noticed that a recylcing bin had been knocked over. She took the initiative to right it and pick up the papers that had spilled out. I appreciate that she saw a problem and took care of it. Way to go, Macy!"
Mrs. Harris said, ”Jack is a rock star and spontaneously became a guest speaker in class today to share information with the class and help educate his classmates on a topic important to our current unit of study. I am so proud of him.”
Ms. Jude stated, "Eli worked quietly, respectfully and with no complaining in reading groups today! Way to go, Eli!"
Mrs. Phillips said, “Piper was a fantastic buddy to our visitor last week. Piper was kind, helpful, caring and stuck with the visitor all day!”
Mrs. Phillips stated, "As I reviewed a Seesaw post, I discovered that Theo had helped a classmate with her assignment while I worked with other students."
Mrs. Phillips stated, "Kabir heard a classmate ask for help cleaning up. Without hesitation, Kabir approached him and said, "I'll help you!"
Morning Meetings- Please Join Us
Wednesday, January 31
Presented by kindergarten
Wednesday, February 14
Presented by grade 1
Wednesday, February 28
Presented by grade 3
General Safety Guidelines for Drop-off and Pick-up
Guardians are responsible for transporting their children to and from school.
Guardians and visitors must park in designated lined parking spaces only.
Do not park in such a way to hinder the flow of traffic or jeopardize the safety of children.
Parking is not allowed along the red curbs.
Do not park in the designated spaces purchased by guardians at the annual Summit School Auction.
State law prohibits neglect and endangerment of children. Never leave children unattended in a vehicle at any time, and always use car seats and seat belts.
Students cannot be dropped off in the parking lots.
Pedestrians are not permitted to cut through the carline.
Please do not try to meet with teachers while they are supervising carline.
There is no use of wireless phones (or other digital devices) while in the carline.
At dismissal, please do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before your child’s dismissal, time as this blocks our fire lane and inhibits emergency vehicles from entering our facility.
Summit School is not responsible for damage to vehicles or theft. Please secure all valuables and use caution while moving through the parking lot and carline areas.
Key fobs will allow access to campus on scheduled school days at the following times/locations:
Front Office doors during office hours (7:45 AM – 3:45 PM)
Front blue gate during drop off (8:00 AM – 8:15 AM), pick up (3:15 PM – 3:30 PM) and afternoon extended day (3:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
Front Office doors will be unlocked for drop off until 8:30 AM. After 8:30 AM, K-8 students must be walked into the office by an adult that will need to sign the student in to school using the School Check In system located in the front office.
When leaving campus, you must exit through the Front Office during the school day (8:15 AM – 3:15 PM) and not through the outdoor gates.