Summit School Newsletter


October 15, 2021

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit Community,

I am so happy to have the opportunity to serve as your Head of School at Summit. I am amazed by the staff, students, community , and resources we have and are able to share. Five of the amazing things that our donors make possible include our academics and educators, our preschool, our technology and innovation, our ability to nurture the heart and body, and our campus.

Academics and Educators

Did you know that Summit educators are highly-trained, long-tenured, veteran teachers? Many of our teachers and administrators have advanced degrees. Together, we provide education and enrichment opportunities to our students that focus on their individual needs, their future goals, and best educational practices. We look forward to continued growth in areas of intervention, enrichment, and world languages.


The preschool program at Summit School has low student-teacher ratios of 8 or 9 to one to provide quality supervision and engagement for all of our youngest students. Each of our preschool teachers also has a minimum of a bachelor's degree in child development/education, and we support project work with high quality resources and subject matter experts who visit our classrooms in person or via Zoom. Students have time each day in our outdoor spaces with room to run, pedal, imagine, and explore. We look forward to increased opportunities, new spaces, and new faces in the future.

Technology and Innovation

Our rigorous curriculum develops academic core mastery and 21st century skills like creative problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership. Students have opportunities to incorporate STEAM through our curriculum, Robotics, Tinker Lab, Maker Space, IDEA Lab, art offerings, and imbedded technology within the classroom. We look forward to becoming a one-to-one technology school in 2022.

Nurturing Heart and Body

We focus on the whole-child. Through social-emotional learning, CARE, and CAA athletics our students have many opportunities to grow both mentally and physically. We have an on-site School Psychologist and two "happiness coordinators" named Chips and Salsa. We look forward to adding a school garden to expand the creative learning opportunities for our students.


Our Ahwatukee campus is ideally located to serve our Summit School students and their families. Parents like you choose Summit for a variety of reasons but often it’s because they found we offer a truly unique, safe community for their child to become a remarkable, innovative student. We look forward to continued campus improvements that include a large collaborative mural on campus.

For all of these reasons, I encourage you to be amazing. Our per student cost to educate is roughly $18,400. With tuition at about $15,000, we need supporters like you to make Summit School possible. Donate to Summit School today to continue our growth and support all of our programs. Please spread the word and share the AMAZING.

To thank you for your support, Summit School will draw five winners from our donors to win a pair of *Disneyland passes. Information regarding the passes will be shared in the Summit School Newsletter. 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. Our fall fundraiser ends on October 29, 2021. Please donate today. Thank you.

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.

Summit Student Council Presents Sports Day!
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Inviting 4th and 5th Grade Parents...

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Chips and Salsa Gender Reveal

Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 8:30am

4515 East Muirwood Drive

Phoenix, AZ

Hello Summit Community,

Please join us at Summit School on Wednesday, October 27 at 8:30am for a very special gender reveal. Our very special happiness coordinators, Chips and Salsa, have met with a reptile specialist and we are ready to share the news. Please consider joining in the fun.

Follow Chips and Salsa @chipsandsalsa_tortoise

Cross Country Shout Out!

Over break, the cross country team was training hard and competed in 2 events… Congratulations to the Summit cross country team for two excellent performances!

On October 2, in The Lake Pleasant Invitational:
Boys team captured 1st place and Girls earned 3rd place amongst a very large field of runners.

On October 9, at The CAA Gladiator Gallop:
Boys team took 3rd place; the girls didn’t have enough runners for a team score Mason Cavallo came in 9th and Avery Thomas 2nd place; both earning medals

Outstanding performances from the entire team with notable mentions for all scorers:
On girls team: Avery Thomas, Lila Foley, Dominique Anderson, Amaya Arredondo and Charlotte Faltis On Boys team: Mason Cavallo, Tyler Thomas, Christopher Warbington, Colby Cavallo, Ryan Van Kirk, Bradley Lane, Steele Stevenson and Carson Haapala

Our Summit Elementary team also had two incredible races!
Camile Van Kirk, Josie Van Kirk and Carly Thomas all received medals!
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Preschool Open House Coming Soon

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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.

A Mask and a Spare

Please be sure that your child has a mask and a spare at school each day. Masks frequently get lost, wet, or damaged. A back-up is a good idea.

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).

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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