Community Connection - October News Letter

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Community Connection

Dear Summit Academy Families,

The first quarter of our 2011-2012 academic year is over and report cards are here to give an indication of how each student is doing academically.  We enthusiastically enter the 2nd nine weeks of instruction with renewed vigor toward meeting each student’s educational needs.  I encourage you to make some time with your student and discuss his or her  progress in school up to this point in the year.  Ask your child one simple question,”Is this your best effort?”  Common sense leads us to the realization that effort makes the biggest difference in school (and in all endeavors in life).  Further, school success is a team effort between parents, teachers, and students.  However, teachers and parents can’t do the work nor put forth the effort for the students. It’s up to each student to continuously (daily) put forth their best effort to succeed and each parent and teacher to keep leading and monitoring each student toward daily success.  Let’s all continue to encourage each other to always put forth our personal best.  It makes all the difference.

On another note, I encourage each of you to make sure that Summit Academy has your e-mail address.  One of this year’s SIAC Committee goals is to improve school to home communication.  You can visit our website at and follow the prompts.

Thanks and here’s to a great 2nd quarter of learning,

With sincere appreciation for all you do for our students,


Mark J. Andrews


IB Characteristic - October 2011

Communicators understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others

How can parents help to develop students who are communicators at home?

Encourage your child to stay in touch with relatives and friends who live in other countries by writing letters, using the phone or sending email.

  • When working on math homework, encourage your child to explain his/her answer to you orally or by drawing a picture.
  • Ask your child through-provoking questions and encourage them to discuss them with you. For example
    • What  would you do if you were scared of someone at school.
    • Is there anything you can not buy with money?
    • Should you get an allowance? Why or why not?
  • Work with your child to improve his/her listening skills. Being a good listener is an important part of communicating with others.

Early Release 

School will be released early on Wednesday, November 16th for teacher professional development in-services.  Grades K-6 will release at 12:30 p.m.  Grades 7-8 will release at 1:50 p.m.

 Student Check Out 

Mesa Public School Governing Board Policy states that a student may not be released to anyone other than parents/guardians, without specific permission from a parent or guardian. Individuals listed on the student’s emergency screen are only authorized to pick up a student if a parent can not be reached when the students is sick or injured. Please call the office or send a note if someone other than a parent/guardian will be picking up a student before dismissal. 

 Yearbook Pictures

Mrs. Madrid, our yearbook advisor, is still looking for pictures of school events that can be included in the 2011-2012 yearbook. If you take a fabulous picture that you think would be a good addition to this year’s book, please call her at 472-3326  or email it to

What's Happening 

Monday-Friday 10/24-28  Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday 10/25  Secondary Choral Festival at Mesa Arts Center

Thursday 10/27    Concert: Concert Band, Summit Academy 6th Grade Band and Sirrine Elementary 6th Grade Band 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

Wednesday 11/2     K-6 Picture Retakes

 Friday 11/4    Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser for 4th-8th Grade Band

 Thursday 11/10  2nd Grade to Arizona Science Center



 Friday, November 11th

 PTO News

The Honor Our Heroes Celebration was a great success.  The kids really enjoyed interacting with the police officers and firefighters.  We offer a special thanks to the parents, civil service and military personnel that made a special effort to attend as well.  Also thanks to all those that attended the Sonic Fundraiser!  The first Box Top submission deadline looms, so please send in those Box Tops that you've been collecting!  If you need to contact the PTO for any reason, please feel free to e-mail us at

Here's what's happening in October:

  •  October 25th - PTO Meeting at 4:30 in the K-6 Media Center

  • October 31st - Box Top submission deadline

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