Summit School Newsletter


September 10, 2021

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit Community,

So many wonderful things are happening at Summit School. Not only are our students engaged in learning and discoveries in their classrooms, but we are also making changes and improvements.

When you walk into our main office, you will now see a brighter seating area and a new Summit School sign behind our front desk. There are additional plans for a large, student-made art piece and some additional works of student art for the seating area.

On campus, we will be adding some fresh paint to the preschool playground area as well as our parking lots. We will also be replacing our playground safety pads and room numbers around campus, and you may have already noticed the beautiful, green artificial turf on the preschool playground. In the works, are a large collaborative mural project and school gardens.

We have also added an interactive opportunity to our courtyard that invites our students to share answers to fun questions each week. We call it "Write on the Wall Wednesdays." Each Wednesday, we will ask a new question and give students the opportunity to add answers until the end of the school day on the following Tuesday. This week's question is "What are the names of your pets?"

To enhance the classroom experience, we have added SWIVL robots for assistance with virtual learning. Teachers will get trained in the set-up and use of the SWIVLs during our professional development day next week. You can see a SWIVL in action at

For the 2022-23 school year, we have made the commitment to be a one-to-one technology school. Students will all have access to a device as they would to a notebook or a pencil (iPads for K-2 and Chrome books for 3-8). More information regarding one-to-one will come out this winter and spring.

Even with all of these changes, we are still Summit School. We are a school of innovative teaching, expert educators, and thriving students.

Thank you for all you do to make Summit School amazing!


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

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It's a Parade!

Please join us on Wednesday, September 22 for a Morning Meeting Wagon Parade! Our preschool and middle school students are collaborating to decorate wagons in celebration of Summit School and fall. We will be parading around our Summit School campus with our K-5 students cheering us on.

Please find a spot on the sidewalk across the street from the school to view our parade. Watch for any parking cones or restrictions when you arrive for drop-off that morning. We will also be streaming our parade on Facebook live for those who cannot attend.

If you have a child's wagon that is in good ride-in condition, please consider letting Summit School borrow it for this event. Wagons can be dropped off at Summit School. Your wagon will then be returned to you after September 22.

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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.

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).

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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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Elections Postponed Until September 10 at 2:15.

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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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