Newsletter from the Summit Denali Parent Org for 12/22/2018
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In the 12/22/2018 edition:

No School December 22 – January 8

Winter Break starts December 22nd, with students returning on January 8, 2019.

Have a nice break!

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Thank you for all the desserts!

The dessert potlucks were a big hit! Thank you for sending all of the yummy desserts with your kids!

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High School Study Trips: April 3-5, Drivers needed!

An exciting tradition at Summit is the annual spring study trips! Students are joined by their mentors, as each trip has a component of community bonding as well as a focus on college and future planning. These trips are a huge piece of helping students connect their daily academic experience with their future. Trip details and permissions slips will come out after Winter Break! We’re getting a head-start on driver sign-ups here below. Most of these trips involve overnight stays in a hotel. We’ll be offering more details as the plans solidify. In the meantime, please sign up to drive! These trips can only happen with your driving support! Thank you!

Note that the middle school trips are happening on May 17th (single day).  We do need drivers for those trips, but the signups will be coming out in the new year.

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WE NEED YOU! Help recruit next year’s Grizzlies!

We want to ensure that the Summit Denali experience is available to as many students as possible. Consistently, the best recruitment tool is word of mouth from our fabulous families — often times leading to pockets of Summit Denali students pop up in neighborhoods across Santa Clara County, which makes for easy community and easy carpools!

Can you help recruit next year’s Grizzlies? Many families are beginning to consider school options for next year and we want to be sure they know about Summit Denali! Here are ways that you can help:

  • Spread the word about our upcoming Open House events on Saturday, January 12 at noon and Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30pm. They’ll both be at the Middle School campus, but are for prospective 6-12th grade families!
  • If you post on the neighborhood app NextDoor, spread the word about Summit Denali! Here are two sample posts/messages you can use!
  • Do you have an elementary school community, religious community or neighborhood organization where you can spread the word or post flyers? Here is a Denali flyer that you can print — or pick some up at the front desk of either campus!
  • Post something positive about Denali on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google reviews, or any other social media site!
  • Reach out to Stephanie (, Kevin (, or Anica ( for other ways to help out!

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High School Office Hours Supports

It is our mission to prepare all of our students to attend a 4-year college or university and be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We want our students to build self-awareness of their academic needs and the skills to take advantage of available resources. At Denali, Office Hours is one of those resources — each high school faculty member has after-school office hours for support on either Tuesday and Wednesday, immediately after school until 5pm. Just as college professors do, Denali teachers offer this time because we all learn in different ways and have different goals. Office Hours is the place where we can receive:

  • Help when we’re feeling stuck on projects and CAs
  • Extra support when we want to extend your learning or raise the bar, and
  • It’s a place where you know you can get work done.

We also want to be clear with when we expect students to be present in office hours. Starting after High School Expeditions in January, we expect all high school students with 2 or more Incompletes to attend office hours each Tuesday and Wednesday.

We hope this transparency and clarity will help students and families both to plan their time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and know when we expect students to be accessing supports. Building a strong culture to support office hours attendance will help students build the right habits for college and beyond! We will share more information with students about our expectations over the next few weeks. Have questions? Please contact your student’s mentor!

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Weddell Dropoff and Pickup 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.
  • 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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REMINDER: School Calendar Updates

  • Our last day of school for all grades 6-11 will be on Friday, June 7. That Friday, June 7th, will be a half day for students, from 8:15-11:45am for Middle School and 8:30am-12pm for High School. 8th grade promotion will still be on Thursday, June 6 from 4-7pm.
  • The Middle School Faculty Professional Development Day on Monday, March 18 will be a half day of school for students in grades 6-8. School will be from 8:15-11:45am that day. It will continue to be a full school day for High School students.

Click here for an updated version of the school calendar. We have also updated the school calendar on our website.

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Denali Middle School Community Service Day – Friday, March 8

We are excited to announce our first annual community service day for our middle school students. Friday, March 8, 2019 will be a half day of school where our students will engage in a community service project. A team of our faculty members are in the early stages of brainstorming and planning for this day. If you are interested in helping out with this, please reach out to Anica at

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Winter Sports Update – Coaches needed!

Winter sports have started! Read more about upcoming seasons here!
  • Middle School Girls Basketball is coming up after winter break – stay tuned!
  • Soccer for middle school boys and girls are coming in late spring.
  • Middle School Girls Basketball coach needed. The season is in late February
  • Middle School Soccer Boys & Girls coaches needed: The season is in April/May.

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Recent Items:
100% Goal Reached for ANGST Film Screening for all Denali Students
Middle School Boys Basketball Team Wins Championship
Celebration of Learning, Middle School, 12/21
All Student Assembly, High School, 12/21
Dessert Potluck, 12/21, All Grades
Reminder: No School 12/22/2018-1/7/2019
Help recruit next year’s Grizzlies!
Denali Gives
IMPORTANT: Your Attendance Needed at Monday’s Planning Commission Meeting – Monday 12/10 at 7 pm
MAP Testing – Math: (grades 6-10) – Mon. 12/10
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