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The purpose of BEST is to enrich the educational experiences and opportunities for the Summit School 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

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

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.


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