Summit School Newsletter


December 3, 2021

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit School Community,

I had the pleasure of meeting with some of our families who are "looking ahead" to middle school on Wednesday night. It was an opportunity for me to share a bit about myself, meet more of our families, and highlight the great things ahead for Summit Middle School.

I want to thank Mrs. Lecky, Mr. Allen, and Mrs. Benkel for joining me. We have an incredible staff who are engaged and committed to our students. We are doing great things.

We will continue to move forward with improved technology, increased STEAM opportunities, enhanced electives and offerings, and intervention and enrichment to ensure that all of our students make a year's worth of growth each year. At the same time, we will support our existing programs in music, band, art, athletics, robotics, Spanish, and academics.

Please check out the STEAM Team competition information in your email. This is one more opportunity for our students to explore, learn, and challenge themselves.

Continue to look ahead and we are thankful that you are a part of the Summit School Community. Upcoming meetings are listed below.

  • Tuesday, December 7 at 5pm- Looking ahead to preschool (interested and current preschool)
  • Wednesday, December 8 at 5pm - Looking ahead to upper elementary school (grades 1, 2, and 3)
  • Wednesday, December 15 at 5pm- Looking ahead to elementary school (preschool and kindergarten)


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

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For 4th and 5th grade families...

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Summit School Sabrecat Band

Saturday, Dec. 4th, 3:30pm

3111 West Chandler Boulevard

Chandler, AZ

Come support our Sabrecat Band. They will be performing at the Chandler Fashion Center.

Win a PS5!

Check out this amazing opportunity to finish off your holiday shopping and maybe win a PS5 at the same time! The raffle ends on December 15.

Middle School Culinary

Today the Culinary Arts class learned about food presentation by making melon, prosciutto and mozzarella skewers with a balsamic glaze. An easy delicious holiday appetizer.
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Summit School Has a Space for Mindfulness

Hour of Code

Every year we celebrate Computer Science Education week or the Hour of Code. Next week Dec 6-12 is CS in Education Week. Students in K-5 will have opportunities to program using, Scratch Jr, Kodable, Scratch, VEX VR, and many other programs that offer fun and easy ways for students to “code”. If parents have questions they can contact Mr. Douwstra

Mr. Douwstra’s Coding Links for students:

Summit School 4A students are using Makey Makey. Next up for the fourth grade? Coding games in Scratch that use the Makey Makey as the controller.

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Diaper Drive 2021

Summit Student Council Presents The Diaper Drive!
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Congratulations to Smila Ferlise Our December Volunteer of the Month.

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Thanksgiving Basket Success!

Thank you, Summit community! Thanks to your generosity and support, Student Council was able to donate 38 complete baskets and approximately $3000 in grocery gift cards to Homeward Bound on Friday.

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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 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.

Dorsey Guitar Studio Hosted by Summit School

Saturday, Dec. 11th, 3:30pm

3111 West Chandler Boulevard

Chandler, AZ

Come support our Summit School guitar players at the Chandler Fashion Center.
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Follow Chips and Salsa @chipsandsalsa_tortoise

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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