Tuesday’s are BEST November 17, 2015


The purpose of BEST is to enrich the educational experiences and opportunities for the Summit School of Ahwatukee community through a close partnership among families, administrators and teachers.

In this Issue…

  • Activities Calendar
  • Request for Pictures of the Javanese Gamelan
  • Family Fun Night Update
  • Gift of Time Staff Appreciation ~ Volunteers Needed
  • Stay Connected

BEST Activities Calendar

NOV
20 Fri ~ Photo Retakes
24 Tue ~ Turkey Trot
25 – 27 ~ Thanksgiving Break, No School

DEC
4 Fri ~ Spirit Day, Pizza Lunch — 11:40 am – 12:55 pm
5 Sat ~ Family Fun Night at Perfect Pear Bistro, Parents Only — All Day
8 Tue ~ Winter Concert — 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
7 – 9 ~ Gift of Time Staff Appreciation Event
18 Sat ~ End of 2nd Quarter

Request for Pictures of the Javanese Gamelan

I hope you all enjoyed the exotic Javanese gamelan ensemble “Children of the Mud Volcano,” directed by ASU Ethnomusicology Professor Dr. Ted Solís. Dr. Solís was one of my main professors when I was at ASU, and it was great seeing him. He is hoping that some of you took videos or photos of his group and has asked me to help collect them. If so, please email Chris Dorsey.

Thank you!
Chris Dorsey

Family Fun Night Update

Thanks to everyone for joining us at last month’s Family Fun Night!

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Gift of Time Staff Appreciation ~ Volunteers Needed

It’s that time of year again! The annual Gift of Time Staff Appreciation event will be held Monday, December 7 – Wednesday, December 9, 2015. We are looking for volunteers to donate their gift wrapping talents and time and volunteers to donate some much needed holiday supplies. Please see the Sign-Up Genius for more information.

Many thanks,
Heather Wolownik & Jill Graham

Stay Connected

For questions or comments related to this newsletter, please email Neil Buckley.

To put your name on a committee, please email our Volunteer Coordinator or
speak with the Chairperson directly.

GO SABRECATS!

Tuesday’s are BEST October 13, 2015


The purpose of BEST is to enrich the educational experiences and opportunities for the Summit School of Ahwatukee community through a close partnership among families, administrators and teachers.

In this Issue…

  • Activities Calendar
  • BEST Board Meeting this Friday at 8:30am
  • October Volunteer of the Month
  • Fall Book Fair Report
  • Staff Appreciation Report
  • Lunch Aide Needed at Summit!
  • 7th & 8th Grade Families – H.S. Presentations
  • Stay Connected

BEST Activities Calendar

OCT
16 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am
21 Wed ~ Family Fun Night at Fired Pie in Ahwatukee
27 Tue ~ High School Information Day at Summit, 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm and 2:05 pm – 2:50 pm
30 Fri ~ Middle School Dance in MPR, 7pm – 9pm

NOV
7 Sat ~ Global Awareness Day (Community Event at Summit)
13 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am
20 Fri ~ Photo Retakes

BEST Board Meeting this Friday at 8:30am

Hey Everybody! The BEST Board is having a meeting this Friday, October 16th from 8:30 – 9:30 am in the Conference Room. You are welcome to join us!

October Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to John Gwinn!

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Fall Book Fair Report

Boof Fair_imageI would like to extend a huge thank you to the community for their participation and support of the Fall Book Fair! We successfully raised $2875 for the Knowledge Center! As you may know, our Knowledge Center is supported solely by BEST, namely revenues generated from our three book fairs each year. This is an amazing feat for a school, and we are proud of the commitment that our Summit Community has to supporting the KC, and also to Lori Christianson for her organization and fiscal responsibility in running our Knowledge Center.

Also, a big shout out to all of the Book Fair volunteers who helped with decorations, the book fair set-up, running the registers, handing out donuts and closing up the fair. Without all of them, the Book Fair would not be possible. Your work is priceless!

The following are our Fall Book Fair numbers:

Total Sales 2015 Fall: $11,498
Avg/Day: $2,300
Books Sold (Assumption*): 1271
Avg/Student*: 4
KC Funding: $2,875

With Gratitude,
Jennifer Hetrick
Book Fair Chairperson

Staff Appreciation Report

Do you ever wonder what the Staff Appreciation Committee does throughout the year? Here’s a sneak peek into September!

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In September, the Staff Appreciation Committee focused on character traits. Each week Staff Appreciation hosted a raffle for the staff based on various character traits. In addition, the Staff Appreciation Committee hosted Grab n’ Go Curriculum Night Dinners and the first Chips and Dips Bar, which ended up being a huge success and staff favorite!

Coming up Next… The Staff Appreciation Committee will host the Annual Fall Soup Luncheon on Monday, October 26 for the staff. Traditionally, soups, breads, salads and desserts have been homemade by the community for the staff. Please see the Sign-Up Genius and choose an item you would like to share: Sign Up Genius We need your help!

The Staff Appreciation Committee provides the drinks, paper goods and décor. The Staff Lounge bulletin board for October has already been transformed, too.

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Do you want to show your appreciation for the Summit Staff? Email Jill or Heather, Staff Appreciation Chairs, for more information!

Lunch Aide Needed at Summit!

We need another lunch aide daily from 11-1. If you or someone you know would like to help us out, and make a little money along the way, please contact Carrie Slade. Here are the details:

The position works with another Lunch Aide and teachers during the shift.

Position: Lunch Aide, part-time during school year
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Approximately 10 hours/week
Dates: Days when school is in session
Pay Rate: $10.00 per hour

Job Duties:

  • Prepare kitchen items for lunch (ie: fill forks, spoons, napkins, placemats)
  • Set up benches
  • Make sure there is enough milk in milk cooler for students (take crate to milk cooler if necessary)
  • Monitor students for 3 separate lunch schedules (grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades K-2)
    • Help students open lunch items
    • Make sure students are sitting down or excuse students to get items or use restroom
    • Make sure students are using proper lunch etiquette with voices and behavior
  • Clean/wipe tables before the start of each new lunch period and at the end of last lunch period
  • Tear down tables and put them away
  • Bag and empty trash (no more than 10 lbs)
  • Keep kitchen area clean and wiped down
  • Report low inventory of kitchen items to facility manager o Will act as back up to custodians if they are not working/on campus which includes sweeping and mopping floor
  • Turn on/off PA system
  • On occasion, will help deliver food/lunches to preschool students
  • On occasion, will help with pizza on spirit days (4x/year)

Requirements: Carrie will assist them in gathering these requirements:

  • Current Food Handlers Card
  • Fingerprint Clearance/Background Check
  • Current CPR certification
  • Current First Aid certification

Please contact Carrie Slade if you are interested in applying. Thank you!

Private High School Presentations, October 27th

Public high schools will present at Summit later this year.

All Summit Parents are invited – It is never too early to learn about high school choices.
All 7th and 8th grade students will attend.

Private High schools presenting on October 27th include:

  • Brophy College Preparatory: all boys, Catholic
  • Phoenix Country Day School: coed, private
  • Seton Catholic Preparatory: coed, Catholic
  • Valley Christian High School: coed, Christian
  • Xavier College Preparatory: all girls Catholic

Presentation times:

  • Presentation One: 1:15 – 2:00 PM
  • Presentation Two: 2:05 to 2:50 PM

Parents: If for any reason you do not want your child to attend these presentations, you may pick them up early that day. Please let teachers know of your plans in advance. We will not have an alternative class for 7th and 8th grade students to attend.

Please contact Kathy Konrad with any questions.

Stay Connected

For questions or comments related to this newsletter, please email Neil Buckley.

To put your name on a committee, please email our Volunteer Coordinator or
speak with the Chairperson directly.

GO SABRECATS!

Tuesday’s are BEST September 22, 2015


The purpose of BEST is to enrich the educational experiences and opportunities for the Summit School of Ahwatukee community through a close partnership among families, administrators and teachers.

In this Issue…

  • Activities Calendar
  • Book Fair This Week!
  • Sabrecat Volleyball
  • And the Winners Are…Sabrecat Spirit Trophy Winners
  • Masquerade Casino Night
  • 7th & 8th Grade Families – H.S. Presentations
  • Stay Connected

BEST Activities Calendar

SEPT
21-25 ~ Fall Book Fair and Picnics at school
24 Thurs ~ 4th Grade Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:02 pm│1st Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
25 Fri ~ MS Picnic, 11:55 am – 12:27 pm│1st Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pmPhoto Retakes
26 Sat ~Masquerade Casino Night at Summit, 6pm – 9pm

OCT
16 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am
21 Wed ~ Family Fun Night at Fired Pie in Ahwatukee
27 Tue ~ High School Information Day at Summit, 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm and 2:05 pm – 2:50 pm
30 Fri ~ Middle School Dance in MPR, 7pm – 9pm

NOV
7 Sat ~ Global Awareness Day (Community Event at Summit)
13 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am
20 Fri ~ Photo Retakes

Book Fair This Week!

Don’t miss Summit’s 2015 Fall Book Fair!

This year’s theme is “Monsters” and you won’t believe the transformation when you enter the Knowledge Center!

Stop by the KC anytime this week during morning drop off, lunch hour or after school and peruse our vast selection of “Books with devouring!” Don’t forget Donuts @ DropOff on Tuesday morning and Pick Your Picnic throughout the week!

All proceeds support the KC!!Boof Fair_image

Book Fair Hours:

  • Morning 7:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Lunch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • After School 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Book Fair will close at 1:00 pm on Friday!

Gratefully your Book Fair Chairs,
Jennifer, Heather & Stephanie

Sabrecat Volleyball

Hey Sabrecats,

Join us this Friday and Saturday to cheer on our 7th/8th grade girls volleyball team! We’ll be taking on the Horizon Honors volleyball team in a double header on Friday starting at 4pm, and on Saturday don’t miss out on an awesome opportunity to catch the girls playing in the Fall Volleyball Invitational tournament put on by PCPS.

And the Winners Are… Sabrecat Spirit Trophy Winners

Well done, Sabre Cats! There was lots of school spirit on campus last Friday for our first Ice Cream Friday Sabrecat Spirit Day! The kids looked great in their Summit t-shirts, and the winners of the Sabrecat Spirit Trophies are…

Elementary School Sabrecat Spirit Award: 2A Mrs. Anderson

Middle School Sabrecat Spirit Award: 7th Grade with Mrs. France

Masquerade Casino Night

Summit School’s Casino Night is coming up on Sept. 26th, 6pm – 9pm.
RSVP to Jessica Suzuki.

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Private High School Presentations, October 27th

Public high schools will present at Summit later this year.

All Summit Parents are invited – It is never too early to learn about high school choices.
All 7th and 8th grade students will attend.

Private High schools presenting on October 27th include:

  • Brophy College Preparatory: all boys, Catholic
  • Phoenix Country Day School: coed, private
  • Seton Catholic Preparatory: coed, Catholic
  • Valley Christian High School: coed, Christian
  • Xavier College Preparatory: all girls Catholic

Presentation times:

  • Presentation One: 1:15 – 2:00 PM
  • Presentation Two: 2:05 to 2:50 PM

Parents: If for any reason you do not want your child to attend these presentations, you may pick them up early that day. Please let teachers know of your plans in advance. We will not have an alternative class for 7th and 8th grade students to attend.

Please contact Kathy Konrad with any questions.

Stay Connected

For questions or comments related to this newsletter, please email Neil Buckley.

To put your name on a committee, please email our Volunteer Coordinator or
speak with the Chairperson directly.

GO SABRECATS!

Tuesday’s are BEST September 15, 2015


The purpose of BEST is to enrich the educational experiences and opportunities for the Summit School of Ahwatukee community through a close partnership among families, administrators and teachers.

In this Issue…

  • Activities Calendar
  • September Volunteer of the Month
  • Family Fun Night at Fuddruckers
  • Masquerade Casino Night
  • 7th & 8th Grade Families – H.S. Presentations
  • Stay Connected

BEST Activities Calendar

SEPT
16 Wed ~ Fuddruckers Family Fun Night
17 Thurs ~ NO SCHOOL; Parent Conferences
18 Fri ~ First Ice Cream Friday School Spirit Day – wear spirit shirt!
21-25 ~ Fall Book Fair and Picnics at school
21  Mon ~ PS Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm│3rd Grade Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:02 pm │K Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
22 Tues ~ Donuts @ Drop-off, 7:45 am – 8:15 am│5th Grade Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:02 pm │2nd Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
24 Thurs ~ 4th Grade Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:02 pm│1st Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
25 Fri ~ MS Picnic, 11:55 am – 12:27 pm│1st Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pmPhoto Retakes
26 Sat ~Masquerade Casino Night at Summit, 6pm – 9pm

OCT
16 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am
21 Wed ~ Family Fun Night at Fired Pie in Ahwatukee
27 Tue ~ High School Information Day at Summit, 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm and 2:05 pm – 2:50 pm
30 Fri ~ Middle School Dance in MPR, 7pm – 9pm

NOV
7 Sat ~ Global Awareness Day (Community Event at Summit)
13 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am

September Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month, Jennifer Hetrick!

Each month the teachers nominate volunteers for making a difference in their classroom and/or around the school. Thank you to Jennifer for her dedication and hard work as BEST Book Fair Chair the past two years. The Book Fairs are very important to the Knowledge Center, as well as the Summit community. We appreciate the planning and time Jennifer gives to make these events a great success! As part of celebrating Jennifer this month, she gets sole use of the Volunteer of the Month parking spot, located alongside the MPR, for the entire month of September. You are a rock star, Jennifer!

Family Fun Night at Fuddruckers

Our next FFN event will be September 16th from 4:00pm-9:00pm at Fuddruckers in Tempe. Come have fun with your fellow Summit Community while supporting BEST.

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Masquerade Casino Night

Summit School’s Casino Night is coming up on Sept. 26th, 6pm – 9pm.
RSVP to Jessica Suzuki.

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Private High School Presentations, October 27th

Public high schools will present at Summit later this year.

All Summit Parents are invited – It is never too early to learn about high school choices.
All 7th and 8th grade students will attend.

Private High schools presenting on October 27th include:

  • Brophy College Preparatory: all boys, Catholic
  • Phoenix Country Day School: coed, private
  • Seton Catholic Preparatory: coed, Catholic
  • Valley Christian High School: coed, Christian
  • Xavier College Preparatory: all girls Catholic

Presentation times:

  • Presentation One: 1:15 – 2:00 PM
  • Presentation Two: 2:05 to 2:50 PM

Parents: If for any reason you do not want your child to attend these presentations, you may pick them up early that day. Please let teachers know of your plans in advance. We will not have an alternative class for 7th and 8th grade students to attend.

Please contact Kathy Konrad with any questions.

Stay Connected

For questions or comments related to this newsletter, please email Neil Buckley.

To put your name on a committee, please email our Volunteer Coordinator or
speak with the Chairperson directly.

GO SABRECATS!

Tuesday’s are BEST September 1, 2015


The purpose of BEST is to enrich the educational experiences and opportunities for the Summit School of Ahwatukee community through a close partnership among families, administrators and teachers.

In this Issue…

  • Reminder – BEST Fall Forum this Thursday night at 6pm
  • Activities Calendar
  • Unlocking the Mystery Behind Spirit Days
  • Global Awareness Day – Call for Volunteers
  • Book Fair
  • Masquerade Casino Night
  • Stay Connected

Reminder – BEST Fall Forum this Thursday night at 6pm

The BEST Fall Forum is this Thursday night, September 3rd from 6-7:30pm in the
Knowledge Center. This is for all members of BEST, that is Summit parents and
staff. Please make other arrangements for your children. We will cover BEST
business, hear from our Head of School, and from Summit’s Board of Trustees
Chairperson. Meet new people and ask questions. I look forward to seeing you there!
– Kristi

BEST Activities Calendar

SEPT
3 Thurs ~ BEST Fall Forum (All Parents) – KC, 6pm – 7:30pm
7 Mon ~ NO SCHOOL; Labor Day
16 Wed ~ Fuddruckers Family Fun Night
17 Thurs ~ NO SCHOOL; Parent Conferences
18 Fri ~ First Ice Cream Friday School Spirit Day – wear spirit shirt!
21-25 ~ Fall Book Fair and Picnics at school
21  Mon ~ PS Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm│3rd Grade Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:02 pm │K Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
22 Tues ~ Donuts @ Drop-off, 7:45 am – 8:15 am│5th Grade Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:02 pm │2nd Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
24 Thurs ~ 4th Grade Picnic, 11:30 am – 12:02 pm│1st Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
25 Fri ~ MS Picnic, 11:55 am – 12:27 pm│1st Grade Picnic, 12:20 pm – 12:50 pmPhoto Retakes
26 Sat ~Masquerade Casino Night at Summit, 6pm – 9pm

OCT
16 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am
21 Wed ~ Family Fun Night at Fired Pie in Ahwatukee
30 Fri ~ Middle School Dance in MPR, 7pm – 9pm

NOV
7 Sat ~ Global Awareness Day (Community Event at Summit)
13 Fri ~ BEST Executive Board Meeting – all are welcome, 8:30am – 9:30am

Unlocking the Mystery Behind Spirit Days

Are you confused about the difference between a Spirit Day (September 11th) and an Ice Cream Friday when you are supposed to wear your spirit shirt for a spirit contest? (September 18th) I can understand why! Spirit Days with pizza are run by the Student Council and have a theme attached to them, such as sports, or wacky day. Students and staff dress according to the theme. Student Council was just elected (congratulations to our new school leaders!), and they will be meeting this week to decide on all the themes for spirit days this year. Stay tuned…On these days, pizza is served from Preschool – 8th grade. Parents need to send money in with their child earlier in the week to pay for this pizza. Look for information and a flyer about the pizza to come home during that week.

Ice Cream Friday spirit contests are new this year. Student Council and BEST are teaming up for this new idea and launching the first one on September 18th. On these days, EVERYONE should wear their new blue Sabrecat spirit shirt to show their spirit. Everyone Preschool – 8th grade can bring $1 in that day to purchase ice cream from student council. There will also be a school spirit contest among elementary grades and middle school grades that day. The goal is to demonstrate as much Sabrecat spirit as possible that day. Specific ideas on how to do that will be shared before that event. The class in elementary school and in middle school that shows the most spirit that day will win the Sabrecat Spirit Trophy to take back to their classroom and proudly display until the next Ice Cream Friday spirit contest (those happen quarterly). Once it’s time to relinquish the trophy, the class will leave a legacy in or on the trophy as a memento of their class. Over time, the trophy will acquire décor and memorabilia from different classes, and be a proud representation of Summit Sabrecat Spirit! Please note that there is no trophy for preschool, as it’s not a good fit for them at their age. However, they will be shown how to display Sabrecat spirit and they will participate in all other parts of the day.

If you still need to purchase a Sabrecat Spirit Shirt for your child, please contact Melissa France, Student Council Advisor, and she will get you one. They are $10 each. If you would like for your child to have a spirit shirt, but financially it’s an obstacle, please contact Melissa France and she will arrange for BEST to sponsor a shirt. We want everyone to be able to participate! Let’s go Sabrecats!

Global Awareness Day – Call for Volunteers

Do you have a cultural experience or talent you would like to share with the Summit Community? Maybe it’s a special dance or a favorite food. Are you part of a group that performs cultural art? We want you! Plans for the BEST fall community event, Global Awareness Day, scheduled for Saturday, November 7th, are underway! This will be a day of global cultural celebration on the Summit campus for all Summit families! We will welcome a variety of entertainment, art, activities and food to enjoy. We will have a combination of professionals and Summit families who contribute to this wonderful day! If you would like to contribute to this event, please contact Kristi Kreiner. Thank you!

Book Fair

This year’s book fair is coming up on the week of September 21st to September 25th. We are looking for decorating volunteers to help make the space look great. The decorating meetings are:

  • September 9th, 1pm – 3pm
  • September 10th, 9am – 11am

If interested, please contact Jennifer Hetrick.

Masquerade Casino Night

Summit School’s Casino Night is coming up on Sept. 26th, 6pm – 9pm.
RSVP to Jessica Suzuki.

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Stay Connected

For questions or comments related to this newsletter, please email Neil Buckley.

To put your name on a committee, please email our Volunteer Coordinator or
speak with the Chairperson directly.

GO SABRECATS!

Tuesdays are BEST August 18, 2015


The purpose of BEST is to enrich the educational experiences and opportunities for the Summit School of Ahwatukee community through a close partnership among families, administrators and teachers.

In This Issue…

  • BEST Activities Calendar
  • Skateland Family Fun Night
  • Book Fair
  • Masquerade Casino Night

BEST Activities Calendar

AUG
21 Fri ~ Skateland Family Fun Night 4pm – 6:30pm

SEPT
3 Thurs ~ BEST Fall Forum (All Parents) – KC 6pm – 7:30pm
7 Mon ~ NO SCHOOL; Labor Day
16 Wed ~ Fuddruckers Family Fun Night
17 Thurs ~ NO SCHOOL; Parent Conferences
18 Fri ~ First Ice Cream Friday School Spirit Day – wear spirit shirt!
21-25 ~ Fall Book Fair and Picnics at school
26 Fri ~ Masquerade Casino Night at Summit 6pm – 9pm

Skateland Family Fun Night

Skateland_outfront Did you get your Skateland ticket for the Family Fun Night this Friday 4pm – 6:30pm? If not, you can still pre-purchase tickets or buy them at the door. Hope to see you all there!

 

Book Fair

This year’s book fair is coming up on the week of September 21st to September 25th. We are looking for decorating volunteers to help make the space look great. The decorating meetings are:

September 9th, 1pm – 3pm
September 10th, 9am – 11am

Masquerade Casino Night

Summit School’s Casino Night is coming up on Sept. 26th, 6pm – 9pm.FALL_2015 final