Summit School Newsletter


September 3, 2021

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit Community,

We are on a roll! The year is beginning with some great learning, activities, and opportunities. Students are flowing around campus with excitement and energy. Great art is everywhere! Not only have I seen students going about their daily adventures, but I have happily had the chance to read to kindergarten, teach fourth grade science, substitute in third grade, and supervise fourth and fifth grade lunch every day.

This is an amazing learning community. Let's continue to share our joy.

Join us for a great opportunity to support our Summit School runners. On Saturday, September 11 our cross country athletes in both elementary and middle school will have their first meet at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. The first race is at 9:30am. More details can be found on the Summit School Athletics calendar.

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


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

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From the Board of Trustees...

Dear Summit Community,

It is great to see us all back on campus and it certainly has been a busy first month of school.

We welcomed our new Head of School along with several new staff members this year and they join an amazing team of talented and dedicated faculty and staff. We also want to welcome our new and returning families to Summit. We share our Summit PTO’s excitement for this year’s events and look forward to seeing you at the upcoming PTO fall forum. I encourage everyone to join in and learn about Summit’s PTO and ways to get involved with our community. This is also a great opportunity to learn about the partnership between the PTO, our administration, and the Board of Trustees.

Due to the growing information connected to the Delta variant, along with an increase in “breakthrough” cases in our community, our policy changed as we continuously look to best protect the health and wellness of our students, staff, and families. We ask that you support the masking policy and the mitigation strategies that are in place to keep our community safe.

We respect and appreciate that our families have different beliefs and viewpoints on masking. This is a time to not focus on our differences, but instead on what unites us as a community - keeping our children in a safe and in-person learning environment. To emphasize Dr. Nardi’s words from earlier this week: You can define a community by the shared attributes of the people in it and/or by the strength of the connections among them. At Summit School, we are a community who are all invested in providing a safe and enriching educational experience for our students.

We hope you were able to attend this week’s curriculum nights to learn more about your child’s days at Summit and the many experiences and opportunities that are planned for the school year.

We are looking forward to a great year at Summit and hope you are too.


Nicole Johnson

Chair, Board of Trustees

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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).

Please, Lend Us Your Wagons!

If you have a child's wagon that is in good ride-in condition, please consider letting Summit School borrow it for a collaborative preschool and middle school event. Wagons can be dropped off at Summit School beginning September 7. Your wagon will then be returned to you after September 22.

Please help. We are planning a fun event, but need some wagons to make it happen.

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In case you missed it, use the QR code below to view specialist curriculum night information.

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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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