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!