Community Connections - December News Letter

Summit Academy December Newsletter

Summit Academy - 472-3500

Dear Summit Academy Families,

Ahhhhh. Living in Arizona we just have to relish our weather this time of year. The air is crisp, mornings are nippy and the few leaves our trees have are beginning to float to the ground. This can mean only one thing — it’s the holiday season. May I be one of the first to say “Happy Holidays.”

During this time of year (which many describe as hectic) I believe it’s important to set aside thoughts about everything that might be negative and put all our energies into focusing, instead, on all that is good, beautiful and a blessing in our lives, including a quality education—a blessing millions of children around the globe will never receive.

So once again, happy, wonderful this time of year to each of you and, most importantly, enjoy each moment of this precious time with your children (they grow up fast).

With sincere appreciation for all you do for our students,

Mark J. Andrews



Tuesday, December 20th

Kdg-6th—12:00 pm     7th-8th—1:50 pm


Wed. December 21st—Tues. January 3rd

Parents Right to Know

Title I School-wide Assistance Program 

Under NCLB Public Law 107, Section 1111.1, districts must notify parents of students attending Title I School-wide Assistance Programs that parents may request information on the professional qualifications of the student’s teacher.  The information must state if:

 · the teacher meets State Qualifications/licensure requirements,

· the teacher is teaching under an Emergency Teaching Certificate,

· the teacher has a baccalaureate degree

· the child receives services from a paraprofessional

· the qualifications of the paraprofessional.


PTO News

The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 4:30 p.m. in the K-6 Media Center.


Barros Pizza will be the site of our next family fundraiser on December 7th. Watch for flyers coming home with more details.


ECA Donations

ECA (Extra Curricular Activity)  Tax Donation forms are available in the front office.  The dollar for dollar tax credit of up to $400 for taxpayers filing jointly will make more extra-curricular activities available to students.  Donations must be received by  December 31, 2011

in order to be eligible for the tax credit this calendar year.  Please select Summit Academy as your designated donation school.

What’s Happening  

12/7  3:00-8:00 pm Barro’s Family Fun Night 

12/9  4:00-6:00 pm  Holiday Dance  


12/6  6:30 pm 4th-6th Grade Orchestra   

12/7  7:30 pm  Concert Band with Dobson and Rhodes @ Dobson High 

12/8  6:30 pm  4th-6th Grade Band  

12/13  7:00 pm  Intermediate Band and Cadet Orchestra 

12/14  7:00 pm  Cadet Band and Jazz Workshop

IB Characteristic ~ December 2011 

Inquirers develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

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

· Encourage areas of your child’s interest by visiting the library to borrow books that explore these topics

· Develop an understanding of the Internet. Work with your son or daughter when the Internet is being used and try to instill the understanding that some sites are not reputable.

· Model being an inquirer. Admit when you don’t know the answer to a problem or a question and seek out answers in front of your child.


Beginning in January, the NJHS will be collecting new and gently used sneakers in our "Walk in my Shoes" drive .  These shoes will be donated to the Healing the Children program in El Salvador.  Shoes are needed because when the children are fitted with braces to help them walk, their own shoes often don’t fit any more.  We wish to provide many shoes in small children’s to adult sizes so there is a pair for everyone!  Please keep us in mind as you see holiday deals on shoes or as you receive new shoes for the holidays.  Your shoes could help someone walk independently for the first time! 


Original Story


« Back to Summit News