Newsletter from the Summit Denali Parent Org for 02/16/2019
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In the 02/16/2019 edition:

No School February 18-22

There will be no school for both the high school and the middle school students from February 18-22 for the mid-winter break. Enjoy your time off!


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Upcoming Parent Ed Nights – Feb 27 and Mar 14

“Is this Normal?”

  • Date: Wednesday, February 27@ 6:00pm
  • Location: Weddell Campus
  • Description: We will use Chip Wood’s Yardsticks method to decode behavior for your middle school student. Join us for an interactive discussion about different ages and stages and what we can expect at home and at school. Presented by Anica Bilisoly, School Leader, Denali Middle School. This is a focus for middle school families, but all Denali parents are welcome.

“Conscious Parenting: Promoting Emotional Wellness in Teens”

  • Date: Thursday, March 14 @ 6:00pm
  • Location: High School Campus (195 Leota Ave)
  • Description: Through parenting, we have an opportunity to care for and heal our own attachment needs and are then better able to support the emotional wellbeing of our children. Mark Tanaka will guide participants through gentle mindfulness practices and lead an interactive talk to explore how self-awareness and mindfulness practices can bolster an environment in which parents learn alongside their children and help raise emotionally mature adults. Mr. Tanaka is well-studied in Eastern body/mind training methods and philosophy and integrates this with cutting edge psychology and coaching.
 

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Parent Org Meeting – Thurs, Feb 28, 2019 @ 7pm – Weddell

Our next parent org meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7pm. This meeting will be held at the Weddell campus as an in-person meeting.

Note that the April meeting (April 9) will be a video call meeting in an attempt to alternate to accommodate families for whom evening meetings at school are difficult.

There will be no meeting in March.


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Order Your 2018-2019 Middle School Yearbook Today

You can now order your Summit Denali Middle School Yearbook.

Here is the procedure to order yearbooks:

Please follow the instruction below to log in.

1. go to www.betteryearbook.com and click on PLACE ORDER menu at the top
2. select Sunnyvale and Summit Denali in the dropdown list
3. enter “grizzlies” as your password
4. follow the instructions on the page to place your order

Sorry for the late notice.


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The 11th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You! Please sign up to drive!

The 11th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You (to Drive)!

We’re making progress, but we still need more. Right now we have 9 drivers signed up. These trips can only happen with your driving support! Please sign up here. Thank You!

This year the 11th grade is going on college tours in Los Angeles.  We’re also visiting colleges along the route on the way up and the way back.  We’ll be spending the night in a hotel in the LA area. We will depart on Wednesday 4/3 in the morning and return on Friday 4/5 at the end of the regular school day or possibly later.

We plan on taking all (approx 100) kids with us. Staff, as always, will transport themselves. If we need to we can put a few kids in staff cars, but it would be great to limit that as much as possible.

For this trip, we need drivers throughout the day on all days, so it would be great if you can drive the whole trip.

Accommodations for parents:

Parents are requested to pay for their own accommodations, but if that is a hardship, please contact Mr. Bock for reimbursement.  Please arrange that in advance. If you plan to stay at the same hotel as the students, you will need to be volunteer screened (you need a background check and TB test).  If you stay at a different hotel nearby, then you do not need the background check and TB test.   Note that the hotel for the students is still being arranged, so please stay tuned.

Volunteer Driver Forms:

Summit Denali requires that ALL volunteer drivers fill out the driver forms every school year.   Updated copies of your Drivers License, Insurance, and Registration need to be provided to the school.  The volunteer driver forms can be found on the parent org website.  If you were already approved to drive for the camping trip, then please just send us any updated insurance, registration or drivers license info that might have expired since the camping trip.

Hotel Info:

A hotel has been chosen. Please contact Abigail for hotel reservation information.

Questions?  Please email Abigail van Roode: abigailvr@gmail.com


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The 10th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You! Please sign up to drive!

The 10th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You (to Drive)!

Right now we only have 5 drivers signed up. These trips can only happen with your driving support! Please sign up here. Thank You!

This year the 10th grade is going on college tours of UC Davis and of Sacramento State.  We’re also visiting colleges along the route on the way up and the way back. We’re spending the night in a hotel in Sacramento. We will depart on Wednesday 4/3 in the morning and return on Friday 4/5 at the end of the regular school day.
We plan on taking all (approx 100) kids with us. Staff, as always, will transport themselves. If we need to we can put a few kids in staff cars, but it would be great to limit that as much as possible.

For this trip, we need drivers throughout the day on all days, so it would be great if you can drive the whole trip.

Volunteer Driver Forms:
Summit Denali requires that ALL volunteer drivers fill out the driver forms every school year.   Updated copies of your Drivers License, Insurance, and Registration need to be provided to the school.  The volunteer driver forms can be found on the parent org website.  If you were already approved to drive for the camping trip, then please just send us any updated insurance, registration or drivers license info that might have expired since the camping trip.

Accommodations for parents:
Parents are requested to pay for their own accommodations, but if that is a hardship, please contact Mr. Bock for reimbursement. Please arrange that in advance. If you plan to stay at the same hotel as the students, you will need to be volunteer screened (you need a background check and TB test). If you stay at a different hotel nearby, then you do not need the background check and TB test.

Hotel Information:
A hotel in Sacramento has been chosen. If you would like hotel information, please contact Flora.

Questions?  Please email Flora Keilch: fkeilch@aol.com


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The 9th Grade Study Trip April 4th-5th Needs You! Please sign up to drive!

The 9th Grade Study Trip April 4th-5th Needs You (to Drive)!

We’re making progress but we still need more. Right now we only have 6 drivers signed up. These trips can only happen with your driving support! Please sign up here. Thank you!

More Info:

This year the 9th grade is going on college tours of CSU Monterey Bay and UCSC.  We’re spending the night at the boys and girls club on Santa Cruz. We will depart on Thursday 4/4 around 8:45am and return on Friday 4/5 at the end of the regular school day.

We plan on taking all (approx 100) kids with us. Staff, as always, will transport themselves. If we need to we can put a few kids in staff cars, but it would be great to limit that as much as possible.

Here is the tentative plan: On Thursday, we need drivers from ~8:30am (in Sunnyvale @ Denali) until ~9:00pm (in Santa Cruz) to drive students between Denali, CSU Monterey Bay, Point Lobos (hiking) and the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Cruz, and possibly the beach.

On Friday, drivers are needed by ~8:30am at the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Cruz, then around 2:30pm to drive back to Denali.

Parents are welcome to spend the night at the boys and girls club, but that is not required.  The teachers will provide the overnight supervision. Some parents drive home for the night and return by 8:30am to drive the 2nd day and some find alternative accommodations.

Accommodations for parents:

If you plan to stay with the students at the Boys and Girls Club, it is free for parents. You just need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.  Note that if you stay the night at the Boys and Girls club, you will need to be volunteer screened (you need a background check and TB test).

There are many nearby motels. Carousel Beach Inn in Santa Cruz which is directly across from the Boardwalk and only 5 minute drive away from where the kids are staying.  Rio Vista Inn is a nicer motel and other options include Ocean Pacific Lodge. They are all 5 minutes away from the Boys and Girls Club where the students and teachers are staying.

Volunteer Driver Forms:

Summit Denali requires that ALL volunteer drivers fill out the driver forms every school year.   Updated copies of your Drivers License, Insurance, and Registration need to be provided to the school.  The volunteer driver forms can be found on the parent org website.


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Pictures Needed for Middle School Yearbook

The Middle School Yearbook Club needs more photos of past events. Please if you have any photos of the Camping Trip, sports, clubs, daily life and school activities please take a few minutes to upload the pictures to our Google Drive (http://bit.ly/2MFG2s8)

Thank you for taking some time out of your busy day to help the kids make a fantastic yearbook for everyone!


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Middle School Speech Club Starting Soon!

Summit Speech will be returning for middle school students on Tuesdays, starting February 26!, held at the Weddell Campus in Room 7.
Our fantastic high school coaches will return from The Harker School, Evergreen High School, and Saratoga High School. Also, members from our own Summit Denali High School will participate as junior coaches.
The structure this year will be slightly more intense and serious. We have three competition opportunities and may need to meet twice a week near those dates. Students will be expected to meet speech delivery and memorization timelines but will have support from the coaches to help make this happen. In short, we want to be committed, passionate participants who want to improve their writing and public speaking skills, and apply their progress in a competitive setting.
Competition dates are as follows (if possible, please note the ones your student can participate in)

If you are interested, please send your student’s full name, email, phone number, grade level and parental contact details to Claire Umeda at claire.ifeye@gmail.com.


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Weddell Dropoff, Pickup, and Parking Reminders

Thank you all for doing your part in making our dropoff and pickup procedures run smoothly and keeping our kids safe. Please take a minute to read over the following reminders about dropoff and pickup procedures:

  • There is NO STOPPING allowed by the city on Weddell Drive. If our driveway is full, cars need to circle the block or find another place to park. Cars are not allowed to line up onto Weddell Drive.
  • Please do NOT drop students off anywhere on Weddell Drive. It is very unsafe for both our students and other families when cars stop and students exit on the street.
  • Students should be dropped off at the front of the school and enter through the front door. Please do not drop students off by the back gate.
  • You can also drop off and/or pick up your student from the Sunnyvale International Church, two buildings down from our campus.
  • The driveway does not open for pickup until 3:10. If you arrive before 3:10pm, please find another place to park. The Sunnyvale International Church is a great place to wait. Please do not park at Seven Seas Park.
  • Unless it is an emergency, students should not be picked up between 3:10 and 3:25pm. Please allow students to finish their day strong by staying in their last block academic class until the end of the day!

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AP Exams for High School Students – Signup Process

In May, students have the opportunity to take the AP exam for a given course. These rigorous exams are a culmination of the skills and knowledge that students have been working on throughout the year. All Denali 11th grade students are enrolled in AP courses that help prepare students for these exams. Additionally, some Denali students have prepared for other AP exams either through separate courses outside of Denali or within study groups of classmates. For students in all grades who have prepared for those other exams, we will offer AP exams at Denali. The AP exam schedule is established by the College Board.

In order to ensure that our graduates make the strongest possible college applicants, all 11th graders will take the AP English Language AP Exam. This exam assesses some of the most foundational academic skills in writing and reading. Students may take additional tests if the student, their mentor and their family determine that to be the right step. Next year, 12th graders will be expected to take at least one AP exam as well.

Process for Signing Up
All Denali high school students will receive a survey on February 13th, asking them which AP exams they plan on taking in May. Students have until February 27th to respond to the survey. Freshman and sophomores only need to respond to the survey if they decided to study for an AP exam independently or are enrolled in an AP course. Juniors only need to respond to the survey if they have decided to take an additional exam beyond AP English Language.

Next, mentors will go over their responses with students to confirm they’ve signed up for the appropriate test, and then, Denali will place the exam orders with College Board. Summit Denali is committed to paying for one AP exam for each 11th grader and one AP exam for each 12th grader. If students want to take additional exams their 11th or 12th-grade year or sign up for an exam as 9th or 10th graders, the student’s family will need to cover the exam fee of $96. If your student qualifies for Free or Reduced lunch service, then the AP exam fees will be waived.

When it gets closer to the actual test dates, we will share with students and families the logistics for test days. If you have any questions about the AP exam sign up process or the exams themselves, please reach out to Laura Zado, Dean of the High School, at lzado@summitps.org We appreciate your partnership in this exciting milestone for our students.


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Seeking Denali Parents to Answer Prospective Parent Questions

Denali is seeking parents who are willing to answer prospective parent questions. Please fill out this form so that we know that you are willing to help. There may not be an immediate need so you may not be contacted right away. Thank you for being willing to help!

https://goo.gl/forms/MwyiUPrMvfHebD4G2


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