Summit School Newsletter


December 2, 2022

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit Community,

Come to Shopping Night at Barnes & Noble benefiting Summit's Library!

Join us on Thursday, December 15 for some holiday cheer as we raise funds for our school. I will be there to read a festive story to the children. Lots of holiday activities and treats for the kids and a great opportunity to get your shopping done while supporting Summit. All funds raised will go directly to the library. In addition, Mrs. Casey has chosen some very special books that will be on display and available for purchase. PTO will deliver all purchased books to the school library.

Make sure to present the flyer at checkout so Summit gets credit for your purchases. (you can shop all day long and online) Also, if you plan on eating at the Chandler Mall or surrounding restaurants that evening don't forget to save your receipts for School Cents.

Thank you for all you do.


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

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From the Board of Trustees...

Dear Summit Families and Friends,

We are so thrilled to kick off our Fall, 2022 Fundraiser for Summit School! This year, as we embark on our 23rd Fall Fundraiser, we as the Board find ourselves overcome with gratitude for Summit families, staff, and the entire community we’ve built over the years.

How lucky we are to be part of building this legacy!

If you’re new to Summit this year, our Fall Fundraiser is a chance for us to acknowledge and financially support the incredible programming and unique learning experiences that make our school great.

  • Enrichment Wednesdays
  • Athletics
  • Preschool programming
  • Campus safety improvements
And so much more!

Each fall, we humbly ask for your financial support. Our goal is 100% family unit participation and to hit our target of $100,000 with our Fall Fundraiser. As at other private schools, tuition does not cover the complete cost of a Summit Education. Gifts to Summit’s Annual Fund bridge the gap between tuition income and the annual operating costs.

That’s why we need your help! We are hoping each and every Summit family will contribute to this year’s Fall Fundraiser. But wait! Before you make your donation, keep these things in mind:

  • Unlike tuition, donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
  • For every $100 you donate, your family will be entered into a drawing for $2000 and $1000 off tuition* (two tickets will be drawn!)
  • The grade level with the highest participation level will win a pizza and treat party (participation is considered any giving at $25 or above.)
  • School wide celebration when we hit our target of $100.000.

*Raffle winners will be sent a W9 form to complete and return to the Summit School business office prior to application of the tuition discount.

We can’t meet our goal without your help. The combined impact of every gift size goes directly toward making our great school even better. This means we hope you all will share, contribute, and CELEBRATE with us when we hit our goal!

Please go to our Giving Webpage and then press the “donate” button.

One last thing: please share this link with family and friends! The more support we can get, the better for our students, faculty and staff.

We are thankful and blessed to be part of Summit’s parent community and we are grateful for your support!

Many thanks,

Nicole Johnson

Chair, Summit Board of Trustees

Earn a Referral Credit for Tuition!

Yes, we are still offering a $1,000.00 referral tuition credit for each new student (non-sibling of current student) who is referred to Summit for the 2022-23 school year. The credit will be applied to your FACTS account after 2 months. We greatly appreciate your referrals!

Donate your AZ Tax Credit to Summit School!

We can all make a difference in the lives of our Summit community! When paying your state taxes, you have the opportunity to direct your state taxes to assist a Summit student with financial need. Donate your Arizona state tax credit to the Institute for Better Education, IBE on behalf of Summit School. All Summit School tax credits are used for student tuition assistance. Please visit to make your tax credit contribution online and then claim it on your 2022 tax return. Thank you for assisting our Summit students!

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Hour of Code

Next Week, Dec 5-11, is Computer Science in Education Week, also known as the Hour of Code. This is an annual week to promote computer science and programming in education.

Summit students in K-5 will again have opportunities to work with coding and programming, during their IDEA Lab classes, using, Scratch, and/or robotics coding.

Please contact Mr. Douwstra for more information.

Diversity & Inclusivity Meeting Notes from Nov. 15 Meeting

Old Business 2022/23 Calendar - reviewed and accepted

New Business

1. Secretary and minutes

  • The Committee will formalize our meetings with an agenda and minutes from now on. The intent of this is to ensure we can be impactful, productive and keep the wider Summit community abreast of D&I discussions, focuses and programming.
  • Dr Nardi will circulate the minutes shortly after each meeting

2. Funding thoughts-We discussed the need for D&I Funding going ahead and discussed potential sources of funding.

3. Native American Heritage Month events- Dr Nardi updated the Committee on the events and activities in support of the North American Heritage Month which include:

  • 11/16 HOPI R2- student presentation 4-8 and arts night
  • 11/30 Outdoor Survival Skills- enrichment Wednesday 5-8
  • 11/21 Jonessa Reid

4. World Kindness Day

  • On behalf of the Committee Rebecca coordinated the Kindness pavement chalk art around the school earlier this week
  • The Preschool are currently working on Kindness ‘Ads’ that will go up around the school later this week
  • At Arts Night we will host our first activation and fundraiser with the ‘Kindness Rocks’ station.

5. Education Day (1/24)

  • The Committee will be developing an initiative to honor education and its centrality to human well-being. Specifically we will be looking at the benefits of Summit Education.

6. Black History Month planning

7. Women’s History Month planning

Next meeting date December 15 at 2pm

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Camp Invention Returns in 2023!

It's time to start thinking about Summer Camp! Register here.
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NEW Gear at Our New Store


Head's up! Your NEW 24/7 SUMMIT SCHOOL Sideline Store is officially up and running. To celebrate, we're offering fans an epic, month-long promotion— 15% OFF sitewide when you use code SPIRIT15. Stop reading and start shopping to score the latest fan wear and accessories. Then get out there and cheer on your team.

Check us out on social to learn more. Go SUMMIT SCHOOL!
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Summit School Community Partnerships

Do you own or have a connection to a local business? Please share.

Dear Community Member,

Summit School is pleased to announce that we are starting a community partner program with businesses in our local community. We know that connections in the community are invaluable to the success of our school and our local businesses.

We would like to invite you to become a Summit Community Partner. This partnership requires no donations or financial support. Instead, we ask for mutual participation. Here is how it works.

  • You agree to be a Summit Community Partner by posting our Summit School Community Partner flyer, poster, or our Summit School brochures in your business.

  • We add your logo to our Summit Community Partners website page and our weekly school digital newsletter.

  • We will reach out to you when we have campus events that you may be interested in for the purpose of sponsorship, table displays, or other connections.

  • We offer you the opportunity to add items or information to our new family welcome bags.

To get started, please complete this form or reach out to Kyle Allen, Director of Admissions and Marketing at In addition, please send your business logo as a .png or .jpg file to the email address above.

Want to know more about Summit School? We would be happy to give you a tour of our campus. If you would like a tour or have any questions, please email Kyle Allen or call 480-403-9506. Thank you for your consideration.

In Partnership,

Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

School Cents is Back! This year funds will support our IDEA Lab.

Summit School is a part of the School Cents Program!

We are grateful to be one of the twenty schools selected to participate in the School Cents program at the Chandler Fashion Center again this school year. You can help our school win a prize up to $3,000. It’s Easy! Between July 1st and January 15th, shop, dine or watch a movie at Chandler Mall, then upload your receipts to or take your receipts to Chandler Fashion Center School Cent drop boxes outside Barnes and Noble. Summit School also has a blue School Cents Receipt drop-box in the staff lounge. Each month, we will send home a new School Cents Flyer with more details about School Cents, including new bonus point offers available each month.

This year, funds from your shopping will directly benefit the current needs of the IDEA Lab!

Please tell your friends and family – anyone can support Summit School in the School Cents Program at Chandler Fashion Center! Thank you for your support!

Submit Receipts

Each participating school earns $400 to $3,000!
Learn More
School Cents website
Chandler Fashion Center website
School Cents flyer

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