We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Summit School! We’re thrilled to have you join this thriving community of students, families, educators, and staff. Everyone at Summit is dedicated to your child’s success in what will be some of their most formative academic and developmental years.
As you make your transition to Summit School, we want you to feel welcomed, informed, and encouraged right from the start. The information below will help you successfully navigate through the first few weeks and months. Enjoy your educational journey at Summit!
To e-mail faculty or staff, use their first name, a period, and their last name @SummitSchoolAZ.org, as in Ashley.Hare@SummitSchoolAZ.org.
New Family Guide
Updated for 2019-2020
School and Office Hours
Summit School’s Office Hours: 7:45 AM – 3:45 PM
School Hours: 8:15 AM – 3:15 PM
- Morning drop-off is between 8:00 – 8:15 AM.
- Afternoon pick-up is between 3:15 – 3:30 PM.
All classroom supplies are provided by Summit. However, each student will still need to provide a few basic personal items: backpack, lunch box (if not ordering Dishes2U), and water bottle. Please remember to label your child’s belongings.
Additional Items: (will be updated for 2019-20 in July)
- Preschool: One or two complete changes of clothing including underwear and socks. For rest time comfort: blanket and stuffed animal friend
- Kindergarten: Plastic shoebox with change of clothes including underwear and socks, oversized tee-shirt for messy projects
- Grades 1 – 5: No additional items needed
- Grades 6 – 8: Bring your own device: iPad, Tablet, Laptop, and a protective case
All students should bring healthy lunches to school. Only preschool lunches will be refrigerated, and lunches in preschool may be microwaved. Middle School students are allowed to heat their lunches in the microwave in the MPR kitchen. Milk is available at no charge to all students during lunch. Parents also have the option of pre-ordering a lunch for their child through Dishes2U. Summit School has partnered with Dishes2U to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to-use online ordering system that allows parents to view the lunch menu, order, prepay and mange their child’s lunches on the web.
Preschool: Summit provides both a morning and an afternoon snack for preschoolers.
Grades K – 8: Students should pack a healthy and easy to eat morning snack each day.
Afternoon Extended Day: Students participating in our after-school Extended Day program will be provided an after-school snack.
Each family will be issued up to two key fobs. Please complete the key fob form, one for each parent, and turn into Ms. Sarah Jackson at Summit School’s front desk. Each family can be issued up to two key fobs and thereafter will be a $10 fee. A Summit administrator will review where and when these key fobs can be used.
Morning Drop-Off Procedures
Preschool: As required by the Arizona Department of Health Services, preschool students must be walked into their classroom by an authorized adult who will then sign the student in and help them settle into their morning class routine. All students are asked to wash their hands prior to entering the classroom. Preschool families will enter through Summit School’s front entrance and then head to their classroom.
Grades K – 8:
Option 1: Park and walk your child to their class which is a great way to stay connected to parents, teachers, and your child’s classmates!
Option 2: Drive Through
- The drive through area in front of the school (Muirwood Drive): This is one-way, west to east, with entry by the marquee sign.
- The drive through/drop off area near the east side gate (46th Street): This is one way-way, with entry on 46th Street east-to-west.
- (No unaccompanied students should be dropped off in the Preschool parking lot.)
Grades K – 8: Students that arrive after 8:15 a.m. must report to the Main Office first for a tardy pass.
Preschool: Preschoolers arriving after 8:15 a.m must report to the Main Office, with their authorized adult. The adult will sign-in as a guest on campus and then escort the student to their preschool class.
Afternoon Dismissal Procedures
Preschool: As required by the Arizona Department of Health Services, an authorized adult must pick up and sign-out the preschooler from their preschool class.
Grades K – 4:
- Option 1: Park and walk on campus to pick up your child from the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). Parents should enter and leave through the south/interior MPR door.
- Option 2: Drive Through: The drive through pickup area for K-4th grade is in front of the school along Muirwood Drive.
Grades 5 & 6: The drive through pic up area is at the east side gate along 46th Street.
Grades 7 & 8: The drive through pickup area is at the south/back gate along Woodland Drive.
Siblings within K-8th Grade: If you would like to pick up your children in one location, the oldest siblings go to the youngest sibling’s pick up location.
Extended Day: Before School
Hours: 7:00-8:00 AM
All Grades: Drop-off is located in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). Parents must park, walk in their child(ren) using the north MPR doors, and then sign them into Extended Day.
Extended Day Coordinator: Dawn.Ighodaro@SummitSchoolAZ.org
Extended Day Cell Phone: 623-202-5762
Extended Day: After-School
Hours: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
Preschool: Parents pick up and sign-out their preschooler in one of the preschool classrooms or the preschool playground.
Grades K – 8: Parents will go to the IDEA Lab to sign their child out of Extended Day. If they are not there, they will put a sign on the IDEA Lab door letting you know where afternoon Extended Day pickup is located at.
Extended Day Coordinator: Dawn.Ighodaro@SummitSchoolAZ.org
Extended Day Cell Phone: 623-202-5762
The Parent-Student Handbook will provide you with more detailed information regarding policies and procedures on topics such as dress code, absences, birthday treats, field trip chaperone guidelines, behavior guidelines, and much more. The current school year’s handbook is provided below, and the handbook is updated annually and is published in early August. Each school year, your family will need to review the handbook, sign the acknowledgement form, and then turn that form into your child’s teacher or Summit School’s front office.
Wednesdays at Summit
On Wednesdays, staff and students are encouraged to wear their Summit gear to show their school spirit. All new students will be provided with a Summit t-shirt on or prior to their first day of school. Additional Summit apparel can be purchased through our online store. For 2019-20, the online store will be open for two weeks on the following dates:
- August 5
- October 14
- January 8
- April 6
The store is currently open! The online store will be open January 8 – January 29. Simply follow this LINK to access the store.
In addition to the communication you’ll receive from your child’s teachers, you’ll also be receiving a Summit Parent Newsletter, via email, every other Friday filled with important information.
Also, another great way to stay connected with the daily happenings at Summit is to follow our Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter accounts.
FACTS Family Portal (ParentsWeb)
FACTS Family Portal (formerly ParentsWeb): This is your online parent portal to view the family directory, make a change on who is authorized to pick up your child, view your K-8th grade student’s report card, and much more! When you enrolled your child at Summit, you created your username and password for FACTS Family Portal, and that is the login credentials you’ll want to save and keep using.
If you were not the parent who completed the online enrollment packet, then please follow the directions below to create an account for yourself.
- Go to FACTS Family Portal to create a new user account then login.
- Select Create New ParentsWeb Account.
- Enter SMT-AZ into the District Code field.
- Enter your email address as provided in your application to the school.
- Click the Create Account button.
- You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.
- Please click on the link.
- A Change/Create Password screen will open.
- You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.
- Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
- Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
- Please save this information as this username and password will be used throughout the year to access FACTS Family Portal.
Glossary of Summit Lingo
Lifelong Guidelines: Our schools rules are known as Lifelong Guidelines since they are skills that are needed throughout life. Our Lifelong Guidelines are: Be an Active Listener, Do Your Personal Best, Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful.
CARE is our Character and Respect Education program. You might hear your child say they received a CARE ticket. Students in Kindergarten – 8th grades earn CARE tickets by demonstrating one of the Lifelong Guidelines. One copy of the CARE ticket will go home so that your child can celebrate their success with you. The carbon copy will go into the whole school CARE drawing, which happens every Wednesday at Morning Meeting.
THINK6: THINK6 is the conflict resolution program taught and reinforced within our Middle School.
MPR: The MPR is our Multipurpose Room. It is the large building on the northeast side of the campus. Elementary students eat lunch in the MPR, occasionally have P.E. in the MPR, and the whole school goes to the MPR for Morning Meetings.
Morning Meeting: Morning Meeting is a time when the school gathers in the MPR and one class will showcase something they are currently learning about or share information about something they have created. Morning Meetings will begin at 8:20 on Wednesdays and parents and family members are welcomed and encouraged to attend and watch the presentations, especially when your child is presenting!
Culminating Events: A culminating event is a showcase and celebration at the end of a big unit of study. The students present their learning and projects to their parents at this event. Parents, family members, and family friends are highly encouraged to attend. Grades K – 8 will have at least one culminating event each school year.
SeeSaw: All Kindergarten – 8th grade students have a digital portfolio using a platform called SeeSaw. Your child and their teachers can post to his/her portfolio throughout the school year, and you will be able to see/watch/read it immediately from your device. You can even leave an encouraging comment for your child to read. After the new school year begins, you will be given directions on how to “follow” or access your child’s digital portfolio.
Specials: In Preschool and Elementary, the classes, outside of homeroom, where students are taught by a specialist are known as specials classes. Depending on the grade level the specials classes include music, Spanish, art, technology, physical education, science, and library.
IDEA Lab: The name of the room that allows our technology and library programs to be synthesized and for students to fully integrate their learning experience across multiple topics and specialties. It is located across from the Main Office.
Book Fair: The Book Fair is held two-three times a year and all profits from the sale of Scholastic books go toward building our school library.
Picnic with Pals: Picnic with Pals occurs twice a year. On this fun day, you are invited and encouraged to come to school and have lunch with your child. You will need to bring a lunch (either from home or from a restaurant) for your family. Your entire family and even friends are invited to attend.
Family Fun Night: Occasionally, there will be Family Fun Nights. These events take place at local businesses (e.g., a restaurant). Summit PTO’s receives a portion of the proceeds to help fund future PTO events, but the best part is that you get to eat or play with your friends from school and you may even see a teacher or two!
Student Council Ice Cream Fridays: Student Council will have ice cream available for purchase on certain days (once a quarter). Students will need to bring a $1 if they wish to buy ice cream.
Student Council Spirit Days/Pizza Lunches: Student Council will organize several special days, called Spirit Days, that center around a theme such as Wacky Day. A pizza lunch will be available on Spirit Days for $5 (for K-8 students) and $3 (for preschoolers). A flyer will go home prior and, if you are interested in purchasing a pizza lunch for your child, you will need to pay in cash by the deadline given.
Summit PTO is our Summit Parent Organization. We believe in enhancing school life for the children, teachers, parents and school. You are encouraged to volunteer at any of the amazing events that the PTO hosts such as Back to School Coffee, Trunk ’or’ Treat or any of the Family Fun Nights. It’s a great way to meet other parents and feel more connected to the Summit community. Please email Summit PTO’s Volunteer Coordinator to get involved, VolunteerCoordinator@SummitSchoolAZ.org, or visit our webpage for more information.
PBL: Project-Based Learning or The Project Approach (Preschool/Kindergarten) are teaching methods in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.
Board of Trustees: The Summit School Board of Trustees is a group of parents and community members whose responsibility to oversee the faithful execution of the school’s mission and strategic goals. The Board of Trustees acts as stewards of the school’s resources and financial sustainability, and compliance with all legal requirements of an independent private school. They hire the Head of School, and empower him to lead all day-to-day operations of the school, including academics, curriculum, programs, student discipline and school staff. Serving on the Board represents a significant commitment to the school and upholding the highest ethical standards of integrity, and a willingness to engage in high-level planning to ensure school excellence.