First Day of School, Parent Meeting Summary

We had a great first day at Summit and we hope your children did too. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our parent meeting after morning assembly. We wanted to quickly capture the items we discussed so that all parents could benefit from this information.

  • Dismissal process NEW CHANGE SINCE OUR MEETING –We do need to change this process since we discussed it during the meeting. You will now pick up your child at their classroom. Students will be sitting quietly at their desk for silent reading time with a book (NOT a comic book or magazine or an electronic device such as a smart phone or IPad; eReaders like Kindle or Nook will be considered on a case-by-case basis as long as there are no games on the device). Please make sure your child always has a book in his or her backpack. When you arrive to pick up your child you will need to sign him or her out before the child is released. If you have not arrived by 3:45 your child will then be able to wait for you in the school office.
  • Uniform Policy – We have updated our website with the full uniform policy. Please download our 2013/2014 uniform policy from our website: http://www.summitclassical.org/parents/uniform-policy/ . This year if a student is wearing clothing not in line with our policy he or she will be sent to the office. The office will then call the parent to bring the appropriate clothing to school. We ask that you take a quick moment each morning and look your child over to save you a trip back to school.
  • Lunch/Snack – We have a strict no trading food policy at Summit due to student allergies.
  • Tuition payment management system – You all should have received an email from Summit earlier in the week informing you on this new system. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Orton or our Treasurer, Chad Corniel, know. Chad will be setting the system up this week and it will go into effect when tuition is due in October.
  • Closed Campus Policy – It is our priority to ensure your child is safe while in our care. Therefore Summit now has a closed campus policy. Any visitor, family member or volunteer must check in at the office between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm for any reason other than picking up and dropping off. You will be given a badge to wear and we will keep your keys (to ensure we receive the badge back).
  • Tardy or Picking up early – Due to the closed campus if your child is late (past 8:30 am) you must bring your child to the office, please do not have them come directly into assembly or their classroom. Also, if you are picking them up early, you will need to check in at the office before going to their classroom.
  • School calendar – Please refer to the school calendar on our website: http://www.summitclassical.org/about-summit/calendar/
  • Volunteers – We do not require parents to volunteer (after all that wouldn’t be volunteering)—BUT–WE NEED YOU to volunteer! In Dr. Orton’s newsletter last week he included a volunteer questionnaire. We would love to know where you may be interested in helping. Also in that email, he attached two documents that are important to turn in to the office. One was a DataQuest background check form and the other was our Summit Volunteer Acknowledgment. Please turn these into the office as soon as you can.
  • Recess volunteers – One of our biggest needs is recess volunteers. This allows our wonderful teachers to have a well deserved break during the day. Please contact the school office if this is an area where you can serve.
  • School Pictures – On September 18th Lynn Snow Photography will be taking school photos. You all should have received her order form. Please fill that out if you wish to purchase school photos and make the check out to Lynn Snow Photography.
  • Back to School BBQ – Reminder that our school BBQ is scheduled for this Friday at 6:30. You all should have received a flyer at Meet the Teacher Day. This is a great time to come and get to know other parents at the school.
  • Conflict resolution – Part of what makes Summit unique is our culture. We strive to handle all conflicts with others in line with Jesus’ commands in Matthew 18; to go directly to that person. Rarely is healthy communication a triangle. If something is bothering you about a teacher, staff member or anyone else, please go to that person directly to resolve the issue.
  • Honor Code – In our parent handbook (which has now been updated and on our website: http://www.summitclassical.org/parents/) you can view our Honor Code on page 28. This will be the topic of discussion with the students at this week’s Chapel. Students will then have an opportunity to initial next to their name this pledge which will be posted right outside Dr. Orton’s office as a reminder to all.
  • Summit PE shirt/cinch bag – All students are given 1 PE shirt and if you would like to purchase another they are $10. Also, all children will need their own Summit cinch bag to carry their PE clothes in to school. Those are $15 each and they will last for years. Please make your checks out to Summit and include “bag” or “PE shirt” in the memo of your check.
  • Student Health Requirements – Please review these requirements in our parent handbook on page 36. If you have any questions please contact our school nurse, Karly Lieb (nurse@summitclassical.org).
  • Box tops/labels – Summit collects Box Tops and Labels for Education. You will be receiving more information from our coordinator, Karen Schmitt regarding this program.
  • Scrip – This is a program that gives you rebates on your everyday spending that you can use towards your tuition. Two of our families already have enrollment fees for two children paid for and our on their way to having their June tuition paid for. Please don’t miss this great opportunity to save money on tuition. If you have any questions please contact Triona Anderson.
  • Transfer students – If your child is a transfer student it is very important that his or her records from a previous school are sent to us.
  • Substitute teachers – If you are a certified teacher or know someone who is, Dr. Orton would love a chance to speak to you/them. We view substitute teachers not as a babysitter but as one who is continuing to teach our children. We need good substitute teachers and this is a paid position at Summit (not volunteer).

 

First Day of School, Parent Meeting Summary