Headmaster Blog for November 18, 2013: The Summit Auction Edition

The Summit Annual Auction—What Am I Bid?

There are several reasons why the importance of the Summit Annual Auction cannot be overstated. First, it’s a festival where our parents, their extended families and friends gather together to celebrate what God is doing at our school; the auction is a lot of fun. Second, tuition does not pay for all the education a student receives at Summit. Therefore the auction is a critical and necessary opportunity for Summit to recoup that financial shortfall in our annual budget. For very practical reasons, the auction is the most important extracurricular event of the school year.

This year the board has decided to take a different tack with how the auction is produced. In the past Summit has relied on volunteers to orchestrate this event and—predictably—burnout ensued. It’s a huge job. This year we have decided to employ a vendor to produce and conduct the auction. They will:

  • Create and design our auction theme from inception to execution of the event itself.
  • Research and secure the location of our auction along with its activities, food and beverage needs.
  • Oversee and designate duties for auction item procurement with parent volunteers.
  • Secure and manage participation of all potential vendors within designated events.
  • Manage the auction on the day of the event.


The lion’s share of the work will be shouldered by our event vendor. On the Summit side we have three capable parents who will function as volunteer-team leaders: Karen Schmit will coordinate presentation at the event, Gary Nearn will coordinate business aspects of the auction, and Tammy McCabe will lead procurement of auction items. We need volunteers to join these teams. This is a great opportunity to make a low-impact contribution of time on the one hand (many hands make light work), while facilitating a tremendous blessing for the school on the other. So, what am I bid? If you would like to put your hat in the ring, then please contact me (headmaster@summitclassical.org).

Summit Bulletin Board

  • Mark your calendar: the Headmaster Coffee is coming up on November 22, 9:00- 10:00AM in the SVA sanctuary. All are welcome!
  • Claire Katzenberger is orchestrating the Summit Christmas Pageant (December 18, 6:30PM, at Church on the Ridge), and she has expressed a need for: 1. Four bales of hay; 2. Something that would approximate a manger. If you can help please contact her at claire@katzenberger-family.com.
  • A family with three lovely children living on Snoqualmie Ridge would like to participate in a Summit carpool. If you are interested please contact the Summit office to coordinate.
  • Thanksgiving Break is on the horizon; no school November 27-29.
  • Please pray for: 1. God’s hand of protection over our school; 2. God’s wisdom for those who are leading and teaching; 3. God’s provision for the needs of our school.
  • Summit is still in need of Recess and PE volunteers.
Headmaster Blog for November 18, 2013: The Summit Auction Edition