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Summit School’s Parents’ Association Newsletter

March 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

Dear Parents, I know I am looking forward to spring after this cold, wet winter! To welcome warmer weather, the Garden Guardians have been spotted all over campus, enhancing our lovely outdoor spaces. May Frolics planning is underway – please mark your calendars for May 8th from 11am - 2 pm. This is always a fun event for our Summit families and friends in the community. Be on the lookout for information soon on incredible summer camp offerings at Summit. There is something for everyone! A huge thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered in a classroom or on a committee this year! Your efforts are greatly appreciated. - Jennifer Grosswald, President

Pioneer Day

Throw a

Summit Celebration for Financial Aid

As a complement to Summit at Night, please consider hosting a Summit Celebration. The premise is simple. Host a party or event of your own design, at your convenience and ask your guests to make a tax-deductible donation to Summit’s Financial Aid fund. Throw a Mexican Fiesta, a dessert and wine party, or a March Madness basketball get together. No matter what you are celebrating, students will benefit from your help in providing access to an invaluable Summit education. If you would like to sign up or need further information, please contact LaTonya Richardson at 336-722-7557.

School News Summit Auction 2011 -- Part 1 The 2011 auction planning is underway! We have a dynamic, experienced team of parents who are already hard at work –Dianne Neal-Blixt (mom of Christopher in 9th and Dylan in 6th), Robi Brath (mom of Katy in 9th and Will in 6th) and Nancy Osborn (mom of Ross in 8th, Clark in 7th, and Caroline in 5th). How have you been involved in past auctions or similar projects? DNB: I worked on set-up for the 2009 Summit Auction. It was the first time I had volunteered to work on the Summit auction. After retiring from Reynolds American, I was thrilled to have more time to devote to Summit volunteerism. RB: I have been part of the Solicitations team and last year I was one of 3 Solicitations Chairs. The Solicitations team contacts local retailers that support Summit and collects all the fun items that are available for bidding at the auction.  NO: I have been Decorations Chair, Set up Chair, and on the Solicitations Committee. I have also been involved with auctions, fund raising or decorating for Winterlark, Piedmont Opera, Twin City Garden Club, Club of Twenty Gardens, On Pointe Society, Carolina Ballet Guild, and Child Study. What drew you to the 2011 auction? DNB: It was easy to say “yes” because I had a great time working on the 2009 auction and it raised over $150,000 for Summit. RB: I love being part of something that celebrates Summit. The auction brings the whole Summit community together for fun and helps provide our kids with the best education and experiences.

NO: The 2009 auction was such a great experience for me. For me it’s a way of giving back. We have three children at Summit and each one has formed lasting relationships, gained a strong confidence in themselves, and benefitted from a challenging curriculum that will prepare them well for life after they leave Summit School. What is your favorite part of past Summit auctions? DNB: Having a great time at the auction! After the work is done and the last minute details are put to rest, it’s time to have fun! RB: Doing something that is really meaningful with my volunteer time, helping out the school that my family and I love so much, going to a great party, and hopefully going home with a “treasure” from the auction! NO: Seeing the class projects; seeing how the theme and decorations come to life each auction year; and spending time with friends the night of the gala. How can Summit parents get involved? DNB: Let us know how we can make the auction even better. We’re going to do some surveys so that we can capture feedback from Summit parents and incorporate their thoughts and ideas into the 2011 auction. Roughly 25% of Summit families attended the 2009 auction. That was probably a great turn-out given where the economy was at the time. As we look ahead, we think there are ways to increase involvement and further Summit’s ability to deliver on its Six Promises. RB: Lots of ways! The auction simply does not happen without countless volunteer hours. Everyone can find a way to participate. There are opportunities for helping with food, decorations, solicitations, set up, publicity, the catalogue, student art projects, and much more. There is something for everyone’s interests and time budget.  NO: Sign up to help on your volunteer sheets in the end of year packet. Let us know if your company would like to be a corporate sponsor. Do you have a special talent or skill you can offer? Offer up a great auction item or service. The Chairs are open to any and all ideas you may have. This auction belongs to the Summit community and they are counting on everyone’s support and participation to make it a success. Start thinking “outside the box” for this auction and look forward to a fun night with friends and raising funds for Summit. To get involved, please contact: Diann e Neal-Blixt ( Robi Brath ( Nancy Osborn (

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Things I Love About Summit

Faculty and staff members truly know our children and families. I love to see 9th graders visiting their favorite 3rd grade teachers or teachers in upper school who know my child before he/she ever reaches their classrooms. You can enter a stranger and leave as a friend. When I walk through the doors, I am part of a wonderful, caring community. I feel it, visitors feel it, and most importantly our children feel it. Our fabulous new buildings enhance what is already being taught on our campus. Everything was designed so intentionally and it is wonderful to see the possibilities brought to life. There are dedicated parent/grandparent volunteers everywhere! I love that parents want to get involved and that Summit provides so many opportunities for collaboration. I have the privilege and honor of being an alumna of Summit and the good fortune to give my children the same experience. Healthy lifestyle choices are taught through the curriculum. Having Physical Education or team sports every day, participating in ongoing environmental efforts, and offering fresh, healthy dining options are just a few ways Summit is educating our children about health. Students are always coming up with ideas to help the community. They are the most resourceful, responsible, caring group of young people and they are recognized as such. Summit always focuses on giving our children the tools they need to navigate, relate and succeed in an ever-changing future.

differences are embraced 9 Children’s and celebrated. children are taught to care about their 10 Our education, become global citizens, and most importantly, how to be good people. This happens everyday‌ at every age‌ all over campus. - Jennifer Grosswald

More 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)

Parents’ Association/Parents’ Forum Reminders* Parents’ Association meeting is Monday, May 17 at 11:15 am in the Screening Room (light lunch served at 11 am). Check the Summit website and The Matterhorn to stay updated on what’s going on with the Parents’ Association including upcoming events and opportunities. Remember Ea$y Money. Collect your Box Tops for Education, use your Target credit card, and make sure your Harris Teeter VIC card is linked to Summit School #1075 (you must re-link each September). Parents’ Association committees are always looking for volunteers. Contact Jennifer Grosswald at to get involved. Minutes from all Parents’ Association meetings are posted on the website. Remember for gifts and wrap all year long.

Mark your calendars for May Frolics on Saturday, May 8 from 11 am - 2 pm. The cost of wristbands is $15, covering all costs excluding food purchases. The Inspiring Learning Series has offered incredible opportunities for learning about the social/emotional aspects and needs of children. The remaining events this year are: April 20, 11:30 - 12:30 (note time change) – Helping Your Child Manage Stress, a Lunch and Learn with Virginia Perry and Devon Davis, Screening Room (Bring Your Own Lunch) April 8, 7 - 9 pm – The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need – and What We Can Do About It, a book talk facilitated by Dr. Michael Ebeling, Dining Hall *Dates and times are subject to change. Updates will be noted on website.

Matterhorn, Spring 2010  

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