Summit School’s Parents’ Association Newsletter
May 2010 OFFICERS 2009-2010 President Jennifer Grosswald President-Elect Kim Bailey Spivey Secretary Janet Jones Treasurer Shaida Horner Assistant Treasurer Mickey Kangur Nominating Karen Pranikoff CHAIRS: Book Fair Joyce Carson (C) Susie Tickle (AC) Costume Room Sherry Herzberg (C) Ea$y Money Dawn Dickenson Gardening Anna Reilly (C) Elizabeth Henderson (AC) Graduation Joy Troxel (C) Bonnie Murphy (AC) Hospitality Beth Welsh Library Victoria Bailey, Lower Robin Woodard, Upper Matterhorn Jennifer Redd-Lovette, Editor Martin Tucker, Photographer Jill Painter, Designer
From the Presidents Dear Parents,
Dear Summit Parents,
Thank you so much for allowing me to serve as Parents’ Association President this year. I am always amazed by you, the parents, who always step up when help is needed anywhere, anytime! I am grateful to my talented and wonderful PA board – Kim Bailey Spivey, Janet Jones, Shaida Horner, Mickey Kangur and Karen Pranikoff. I appreciate the guidance and constant expertise provided by Summit’s own Sarah Dalrymple. To all my committee chairs – you made my job easy (please keep up the great work). Parents, please continue to give your time, resources and incredible talents to this place and you will be rewarded in countless ways. Peruse the PA and Auction volunteer forms located in this issue of the Matterhorn. Take a minute to complete them and return them to school in one of the Close of School collection boxes around campus. Every minute you can give is truly appreciated. I look forward to working with all of you in 2010-2011.
I would like to get a jump start on volunteer opportunities for next school year (2010-2011). Please consider a volunteer position - it does wonders for connecting with your child and the School. Your help makes Summit the nurturing place we love to call our own and supports the service tenet of the Summit vision.
- Jennifer Grosswald, President
There are leadership opportunities for those of you who like to jump in and get a team going; there are openings for smaller, helping out projects with classrooms and one time events - including the Auction! Please complete forms and drop them in the Close of School collection boxes around school. Feel free to call or drop me a note if it’s easier, especially if there is an area you would like to lead or assist - all help is appreciated and welcomed! Thanks for all you do to support Summit! Kim Bailey Spivey President-Elect Parents’ Association
Coming Soon: May Frolics Join us on Saturday, May 8th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in front of the Athletic Center. Over 60 volunteers have been hard at work planning a fantastic day for students and parents alike. We have added a few new AWESOME games. How about 2 lifesized “hamster balls”? Or perhaps you would like to send one of the Mr. Mihalkos straight to the bottom of the Dunking Booth? Or visit our new Karaoke Truck that boasts 2 flat screen TVs and a very cool canopy. Or try a rowdy game of Boogie Wars. A couple of other new areas include: a special space for our youngest participants with a duck pond and a bean bag toss, pony rides, and a reconfigured art area. Of course, Skeeball, Roller Bowler, Gem Mining, Velcro Wall, Mash Tent, the Giant Slide, etc. will be back! Don’t forget “Chalk it Up,” benefiting
Arts for Life, location: sidewalk, Summit School, see web site for more info! Wristbands will be sold through the Thursday folders again this year, in carpool lines and at the event itself. We decided to increase the price of wristbands to $15 each. This will cover all activities throughout the day EXCEPT for food and drink. In other words, parents will no longer need to dole out cash for face painting, spin art, and dunking booth games. Everything is included but your lunch! We hope this will make it easier and more enjoyable for everyone! So get your wristbands and we’ll see you on the field! Questions? Contact one of the May Frolics Chairs: Carolyn Fuller: 722-2790, Elliott Turner: 760-2058, Shannon Hanson: 777-1235, Mary Lynn Sullivan: 721-3044
SUMMIT AUCTION VOLUNTEER FORM 2010 - 2011 Name:________________________PHONE:(H)_____________(W/C)_____________E-Mail______________ GIFT SOLICITATION
____ Gift Gatherer
I would like to donate
____ A Vacation Home or Trip
____ Sports Events / Equipment
____ Business & Services
____ Food & Restaurants
____ I would like to host a Party or Dinner for adults or children
____ I would like to provide a site (home, farm, etc.) for a party for adults or children
I have a GREAT idea for an auction item . . . ______________________________________ I have a good contact at ______________________________ I would like to make a donations of $_______ to underwrite an auction item CORPORATE SOLICITATION ____ Committee Member ____ My Company would like to be a corporate donor I have a good contact at ______________________________________ DECORATIONS ____ Committee Member
____ I can help the Decorations committee the week of the event
CLASS PROJECTS – I would like to help with the following grade(s). (Remember the children are the artists, volunteers simply assist!) Lower Primary – ____ Jr. Kindergarten
Lower School – ____ 1st Grade
____ 2nd Grade
____ 3rd Grade
____ 4th Grade
Upper School – ____ 6th Grade
____ 7th Grade
____ 8th Grade
____ 9th Grade
____ 5th Grade
RAFFLE ____ Committee Member
____ Raffle Sales
____ I would like to underwrite a raffle item
AUCTION SET-UP ____ Set-Up/ Item Display BAR SERVICE ____ I have a good contact to purchase or donate wine PUBLICITY ____ Catalog: I will help write and/or edit catalog descriptions
____ Invitations: I would like to help assemble invitations
____ Photography: I will help take photos of auction items TREASURERS ____ Cashiers – I am willing to work as a cashier Auction night GRANDPARENT VALENTINE ____ Committee Member Please share any comments or suggestions: ___________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER FORM 2010-2011 Name:________________________PHONE:(H)_____________(W/C)_____________E-Mail______________ ___ BOOK FAIR - Help with local in-store book sale fund-raiser(s) – fall 2010. ___ EA$Y MONEY - Help publicize school loyalty programs to Summit families (to date program includes General Mills Box Tops,
Target Guest Card, Harris Teeter).
___ MAY FROLICS (May 7th) ___Work booth, activity or game
___ PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION - Interested in chairing a Parents’ Association Committee in the future. ___ GIRLS ON THE RUN (for girls in grades 3, 4 and 5 but anyone can help!)– A national learning program: mission statement is “to
educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living,” goals of the program are centered on good health,
friendship, positive self-image and self-esteem; twelve week curriculum held on Tues & Thurs from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the fall.
___Be a “coach” (training provided) ___Assist and provide a healthy snack for a meeting.
___Be a “running buddy;” at the culmination of the program, each girl runs a 5K race with an adult.
___ SCHOOL PICTURES - Assist students on picture day (September 8th) ___ SCHOOL STORE ___Help with back-to-school sale in August
___Work one or two shifts per month (check preference):
___M __T __W__Th___F from 7:45-8:20 a.m.
___ SUMMIT AT NIGHT ___Help develop programs & classes for adults and adults/students as a Financial Aid Fundraiser
___Showcase your own talent or hobby – teach a class: Possible Topic______________________
___Help with publicity/marketing OR serve as a host for a class – help set up and welcome
___ WRAPPING PAPER ___Assist with processing orders in Sept. & Oct.
___Assist with distribution in early &/or mid-October
___ ANNUAL FUND VOLUNTEER – Assist campaign chairs with fall solicitation (training provided). ___ HOSPITALITY - provide refreshments for Parents’ Association meetings and special events. ___ COSTUME ROOM/DRAMA PRODUCTION
___Help with cast party
___Help with makeup
___Help organize and straighten costume room
___Find costumes for children
___Help find props
___Help with costume sewing and repair
___Help with bulletin board outside theater
___Help build sets
___ GARDENING VOLUNTEERS - Fall and spring are peak times for addressing garden needs. ___Help with summer gardening needs
___Help maintain a Summit garden area
___Assist with seasonal activities (pruning, weeding, spreading mulch, etc.)
___ PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION/OFFICE SUPPORT - Assist P.A. Executive Committee and Summit staff with office needs – Thursday
folders, Development Office mailings, staff admin office(s)/answer phones during lunch.
___ MATTERHORN - Parents’ Association quarterly newsletter. Writing, computer skills, knowledge of digital photography and
layout needed. (Perfect for a writer/computer buff.)
___ UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT COMMITTEE
___ Concessions – coordinate volunteers for home basketball games
___ Concessions – purchasing (coordinate inventory needs and delivery to school)
___ GRANDPARENTS have been invaluable members of the team of volunteers. If grandparents or retired friends live locally and
would like to be involved, please encourage them to call.
Questions: Sarah Dalrymple, Assistant Director of School Support, at 336-724-5811 or email@example.com Kim Bailey Spivey, 2010-2011 Parents’ Association President, at 336-924-8333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
School News May Frolics Carolyn Fuller, Elliott Turner (C) Shannon Hanson, Mary Lynn Sullivan (AC) New Families Karen Pranikoff PA Office Support Patti Parker Parents’ Forum Rebecca McKee School Pictures Stephanie Maynard Anna Singer School Store Donna Brown (C) Betsy Wisenbaker (AC) Summit at Night Beth Probst, Patti Parker Summit Green Jill Miller Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Grosswald Wrapping Paper Debbie Malmo (C) Mary Martha Douglas (AC)
Summit Auction taking shape for 2011 Summit’s very talented Auction chairs report that planning is underway and they are having a great time finding specific committee chairs, brainstorning theme ideas, and working together on an event that is a tremendous support for the School and an amazingly fun evening. Mark your calendar for March 19, 2011! Following is Part 2 of the Summit Auction 2011 auction chair interview with Dianne Neal-Blixt, Robi Brath and Nancy Osborn. Please contact one of the three chairs to get involved!
I’ve made some great friends through all the planning and meeting throughout the years.
What is your favorite part of the auction planning process?
DNB: Last year we bought a gift certificate for a new tennis racket for one of the boys. He was excited and spent a long time trying to decide on the perfect racket - rather unusual for this particular young man. Anyway, he took so long I eventually used the gift certificate myself and got a great new tennis racket! I didn’t feel too guilty after years of buying class projects, summer camps and Teepee parties!
DNB: My favorite parts of the planning process were being around the School and working with other parents. There is such a positive atmosphere at Summit and I hope that by seeing me volunteer, it sets a good example for my two sons. One of the highlights of working on the 2009 auction was getting to know other parents. Summit parents are committed, smart and fun to be around. Everyone brings an incredible amount of experience and unique skills to the planning process. I’ve always thought one of the definitions of successful teamwork is “would you want to work with the team again and would they want to work with you”. Well, I guess I’ve answered at least the first part of that question by being one of the chairs for the 2011 auction! RB: Meeting and getting to know other parents that I might not get to know without the auction. Sometimes we only get to know the parents of kids in our own kids’ grades.
NO: The planning process brings a real connection to the School as well as the group of people you are working with to bring the ideas to reality. I have formed many lasting relationships, learned new skills, and had fun along the way. What is the funniest/strangest/best auction item you’ve bought?
RB: My favorite from last year would be either the handmade leather bound journal from Greg Pfaff or the handcarved wooden bowl from Dane Perry (made from a tree that was taken down on campus). I treasure both items because of their connections to Summit and the skill and love put into them. NO: Garage Doors! Please complete and return the auction volunteer form located in this issue of the Matterhorn or available online. Forms should be returned to one of the close of school collection boxes.
School Store Over ten years ago, the Summit School Store opened doors as little more than a convenience stop for students, parents and staff to pick up basic school supplies on campus. The intervening decade has seen the store housed in various nooks and crannies in the TL/C- now finally in its permanent, custom designed location next door to the brand new Parents’ Association office on the first floor- all the while burgeoning into more than just a place for pens, pencils and notebooks but also as THE source for Summit logo apparel and accessory items. And, of course, all of the hot novelty items that the children SO love to cash their allowances in on. It may seem trivial to most adult eyes, but when a first grader comes in with a baggie full of change and a heart set on a “Jelly Bear” keychain… The satisfaction the child gets from such a seemingly simple transaction (not to mention the math skills involved!) is priceless. With the growth and expansion of the store’s offerings has come the opportunity not only to keep everyday inventories up (we are entirely self- funded), but also to plan ahead for the year’s largest endeavor (the Back To School Sale held each August and for which planning and purchasing begins as early as January) as well as to offer a sizeable donation to the Parents’ Association each fall. Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to your continued patronage! On the horizon: May Frolics… We will be there with our new, BPA free Summit School water bottles at the ready. Support your school- support your planet! School Supply Packets… Look for the order form on the web site. Get a jump on your back to school “to do” list now while taking advantage of the lower pre-order pricing!
Mark Your Calendars: Lunch and Learn on Educating Your Child to Avoid Alcohol Use in the Teen Years led by Devon Davis and Virginia Perry. The program will be held Wednesday, May 5 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Screening Room. Book talk on Dr. Tony Wagner’s The Global Achievement Gap, Wednesday, May 5 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the new dining hall. The session will be led by Head of School Michael Ebeling and will focus on key elements from the book, including his “seven survival skills for careers, college and citizenship in the 21st century.” Mark your calendars for May Frolics on Saturday, May 8 from 11 am - 2 pm. All are welcome and feel free to bring friends. Wristbands are $15 each and will cover all costs, excluding food purchases. The last Parents’ Association Meeting of the year is Monday, May 17 at 11:15 am in the Screening Room (light lunch served at 11 am). Please see the Summit website for additional information.