Summit School Newsletter


April 1, 2022

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit School Community,

Summit's Casino Royale Gala & Auction are quickly approaching. Please join our community for a fun-filled evening of community, casino games, and auction items. Summit School depends on the generosity of our donors to maintain and grow our school programs and staff. The RSVP was emailed this week to all families.

If you have connections to acquire auction items, don't forget our Wishful Wednesdays request.

Thank you for all you do.


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

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Congrats to our Volunteer of the Month!

Summit’s Volunteer of the Month for the month of March 2022 is Whitney Faltis!

You were nominated by Leslie Gearhart for your efforts in supporting our school.

From Leslie Gearhart

I nominate Whitney Faltis because she is amazing!! She truly goes above and beyond! I couldn’t do it all without her!

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Summit Apparel Store- New Items Added!

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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Good Luck, Cybercat Robotics!

The Cybercat Robotics team has 2 teams traveling to a robotics tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa next week April 4th-6th . The CREATE US Open is an invitational tournament for teams that have won a teamwork or excellence award earlier in the season. The elementary team of 4th graders, Camille, Doris, and Lucy, as well as the middle school team of 7th graders Wade and Sydney will be making the journey. This is our second time being invited to this tournament, but first time actually able to attend. We want to wish them safe travels and good luck.

Online Viewing of the tournament is available at:

AVOID fees! Please return all library books by May 13!

The week of May 2 will be final check-outs from the IDEA Lab. All books need to be returned by May 13. Any books that are not returned by May 13, the Business Office will invoice the book replacement fee to your family FACTS account.

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IBE Webinars

Because there were well over 200 registrants at the last set of webinars on March 22nd, IBE has decided to do one more set before tax day.

They will be offering all three of these Webinars on Tuesday, April 5th with only one Registration Link to make it easy for all.

  • April 5th @ 5:30 pm: Zoom Planning for Private School Education Webinar (For all families considering private school education but not yet attending)
  • April 5th@ 6:00 pm: Zoom Tax Credit 101 Webinar (For all families)
  • April 5th @ 7:30 pm: Zoom Soliciting Donations Webinar (For all families wanting the most possible success from Recommended Fund Scholarships)
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Additional Staff Updates

I want to share some of the news as we continue to prepare for 22-23. Updates are...

  • Alisha Watson is joining Summit School as grade 1 teacher. She is a former Summit parent and resident of Ahwatukee and an experienced first grade teacher.
  • Lisa Stearns Hayes will be moving back to preschool to teach our new toddler class.
  • Kyle Allen will be moving out of the classroom to be our Marketing and Admissions Director.
  • Kelsey Dupuis will be our new fourth grade teacher.
  • Tylor Wimbish is our new Summit Athletics & Activities Director. He starts on Monday!
  • Amanda Saganitso will be our new middle school language arts teacher. She will be teaching grade 6 literature and language arts and grade 7 language arts.
  • Sarah Frashour and Veronica Vargas will be our kindergarten and preschool teaching assistants.
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Please Welcome, Tylor Wimbish

Tylor is a native of Ahwatukee where he attended Mountain Pointe High School. He received a basketball scholarship to the University of Missouri- St. Louis and then had the opportunity to play professional basketball in Europe for the past 6 years. He’s had the opportunity to coach basketball at the college and high school level, as well as running basketball youth camps here in the valley and in Europe. Tylor is really excited to join the Sabercat family!

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Please Welcome, Amanda Saganitso

Mrs. Amanda Saganitso has over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator, school leader, gifted teacher, and Reading Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Amanda has been awarded the NAU Graduate Student of the Year, received several arts and science grants to improve her student's educational experiences, partnered with N.A.S.A. and Project ASTRO at the University of Arizona, and greatly enjoyed being a Drama and Improv Teacher.
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Please Welcome, Kelsey Dupuis

I am originally from Chicago, but I have spent the last 8 years in Michigan getting my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education and a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. I previously taught high school English for 4 years and coached collegiate ice hockey. This past year I taught 4-6 English and Writing Enrichment at a BASIS school in Phoenix.

Tax Credits

Summit Parents,

The Institute for Better Education, IBE has released their 2022-23 Application. In order for IBE to send processed tax credits to Summit during the 2022-23 school year, please complete and return directly to IBE at or you may complete the application online at prior to June 1st. IBE cannot send processed tax credits to Summit for July’s tuition until the application is submitted.

In addition, please see the attached flyer for the upcoming IBE Tax Credit webinars. Below is the link to IBE’s registration for their webinars on February 10th.

IBE 2.10.2022 Tax Credit Webinars The link is for all three webinars, although anyone can join in at any time once registered if they do not need all three.

They will present the following webinars at the times below:

  • Planning for Private School (5:30 pm): This webinar is for families who are not already in private school but would like to solicit Recommended Funds prior to attending. Great for potential families!
  • Tax Credit 101 (6:30 pm): This is the life of a tax credit, from donation through scholarship. Great for everyone!
  • Soliciting Funds (7:30 pm): This takes a deeper dive into how to solicit for Recommended Fund Scholarships. Great for anyone who wants to focus on Recommended Funds!

STEAM Night: Join us March 31 from 5:30-7:30

STEAM Night: Activities, Experts, Displays, and Food!

Plan to attend our 2022 Summit School STEAM Night on Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 to 7:30, but come hungry. Not only will you and your family have the chance to participate in STEAM activities, but the Pizza Arno food truck will be onsite for your dinner needs.

Student exhibits in the MPR include art, STEAM TEAM competition entries, and the middle school Future Cities project. We are welcoming professionals including an architect, an orthodontist, a pilot, an off-road champion, and representatives from Boeing to share their expertise. For all of our readers, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open.

This is also a great time to reunite with our Summit Community! Bring a new family who is interested in Summit to be entered into a raffle drawing for a free week of Camp Invention at Summit School June 27-July 1.

Find All-New Adventures at Camp Invention in 2022

Camp Summit Returns in 2022!

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The Scholastic Book Fair is almost here!

Experience the magic from March 28 - April 1 at the Tinker Lab (Room 501, across from the Ramada).

Open Mon., Tue., Wed. and Fri. from 2:45-5:30 pm; and from 5:00-7:30 pm for Thursday’s STEAM Night!

View the full schedule:

Only credit cards and digital payment methods will be accepted. All purchases will benefit our IDEA Lab! Scan the QR and sign up to volunteer as a cashier or shopping assistant! Various dates/times available

Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee

The D&I Committee asked our 3-8 grade teachers to have their classes discuss and develop a definition for the word diversity. Great discussions resulted in the following definitions.

  • Diversity means that we are all the same on the inside even if we look different on the outside or have different beliefs.
  • Diversity is the realization that we are not all the same and that this is what makes life interesting. It is important to we don’t want to live in a world where we are all the same so we should all treat others the way we want to be treated.
  • Diversity is the differences between living things” such differences might include ethnicity, culture, language, religion, gender, nationality, custom, and / or social / financial class.
  • When unique people come together in a group.
  • Differences of backgrounds: ethnicity, family, ancestors, religion, gender, age, etc.
  • The differences found in any group of things.
  • Diversity is the difference in a group of things, like people. This difference can be in culture, religion, gender, age, etc. Diversity makes your surroundings unique in a good way.
  • Diversity is the difference between people, religion, plants and animals. Diversity is based on religion, race and gender.
  • Diversity is a wide range of differences that separates you from being the same as everyone else. Diversity makes you special in a unique way.
  • Diversity is accepting, respecting, and including all cultures, ethnicities, religions, genders, social classes, and differences. Through this practice, one develops strength, knowledge, and appreciation which in turn, provides a better and more peaceful world."

As the first goal of the D&I Committee is to draft a working definition of diversity that can be used to drive inclusive-focused policies, practices, and educational opportunities, the next steps include adding our staff voices and family voices to the discussion. Our staff will be asked to share their own definition of diversity. We are also asking our community members to share theirs.

Please contribute to the discussion by adding your definition through this link. If you want to be a part of these conversations, please join us on April 5 at 2pm in the Summit School Conference Room.

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