Newsletter from the Summit Denali Parent Org for 5/31/2018
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In the 05/31/2018 edition:

9th&10th Grade Capture the Flag @ Lakewood Park – Fri 6/1, 4-7pm

The Student Council has planned a Capture the Flag Community Group Event for Friday June 1st! The event will be happening right after school from 4:00-7:00pm. We have reserved Lakewood Park for this.

The park is one mile away from school, which is easily walkable (about 25 minutes from school). The address is: Lakewood Park, 834 Lakechime Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Please feel free to set up carpools, or there should be a group of students walking over together after school!
The purpose of this event is to promote community group bonding and to have fun! Concessions will be sold and most items will be $1 or $2, so consider sending some money with your student.
We hope that you encourage your children to attend so they can support their Community Groups

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8th Grade Study Trip – Fri, 6/1

8th Grade Study Trip

Hello 8th Grade Denali Parents,

The 8th-grade mentors have planned an all-new study trip for our students this year, which will take place on Friday, June 1. Please note that this is an extended day trip, and we won’t be back until approximately 9pm.

The students will visit San Francisco State University, explore the San Francisco Zoo, then have a pizza party at Ocean Beach! The trip will be capped off with a bonfire on the beach, then the students will return to Denali.

To make this trip possible, we need parents who can volunteer to drive AND chaperone all day on June 1—here is the schedule:

Date and Time Destination
8:00-8:30 am Meet at Denali, load into cars
8:30-10:00 am Drive to SFSU in carpools
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Tour of SFSU with car groups
12:00-12:30 pm Travel to SF Zoo in carpools
12:30-1:00 pm Lunch at SF Zoo
1:00-4:00 pm SF Zoo Exploration with car groups
4:00-4:45 pm Walk to Ocean Beach
4:45-6:00 pm Pizza party on Ocean Beach
6:00-8:00 pm Bonfire on the Beach
8:00-9:00 pm Depart beach and drive back to Denali
  1. Lunch – Students should bring their own lunch from home, although Ms. Sue will be able to provide school lunches for students who can’t bring their own. Students can also bring money to buy lunch at the zoo if necessary. If students want to bring water, snacks, or a backpack to store their lunch they definitely can.
  2. Potluck – We are planning on having a Pizza party on the beach for dinner, and Suzanne Corkins ( is organizing an additional potluck to add some festiveness to the meal. To sign up for the potluck, please add your dish to this sign-up sheet. Non-perishable items can be brought to school anytime this week, but anything that needs to be kept cool should be brought on Friday morning.
  3. Here is the link to the permission slip if anyone still needs one!
  4. Remember to wear warm clothing! The forecast for San Francisco is 65 Hi / 54 Low with lots of wind at the beach. Make sure to wear lots of layers.

Looking forward to spending a fun day in San Francisco with everyone!

Suzanne (

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Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – Sun, 6/3, 9-11 am


From Mr. Bock and Ms. Bilisoly…

We are incredibly grateful for every member of our Denali community who has volunteered for our school and for our students this year. You have taken time out of your busy work weeks to drive our students on study trips and have given up your Saturday mornings to help make our school more beautiful. You have spent the night with us in the woods, helped us to find gyms and fields for our sports teams, and run student afterschool clubs and activities. No matter how big or small, we are thankful for all of your help this year!

As a small token of our thanks, we want to volunteer for YOU! We are adding a new event to the Denali calendar and are inviting all of our volunteers to an Appreciation Breakfast on Sunday, June 3 from 9-11am. Please join us for pancakes and coffee to say THANK YOU! Some of the many examples of volunteer work at Denali include:

  • Camping trips (drivers, cooks, medical support, overnight help, planners & organizers, etc.)
  • Study trips (drivers, chaperones, planners & organizers, etc.)
  • Denali Parent Organization
  • Mentor Group Liaisons
  • Afterschool clubs & activities
  • Facilities work days
  • School dance chaperones
  • SBAC snacks and materials
  • Spring Carnival (planners & organizers, mentor group booths, etc.)
  • Teacher appreciation week
  • Parent Education series
  • Fundraising
  • Sports (coaches, drivers, team parents, etc.)
  • Denali Theatre volunteers
  • And so much more!

We hope to see you there! Kids are welcome. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. RSVP Link


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Speech and Debate Showcase – Mon, 6/4, 4:30-6:30pm

Our Speech and Debate team went to their very first speech tournament at Peter Burnett Spring Invitationals on May 19. They had such a great experience with their very first speech tournament. There were so many smiling faces throughout the day and our students learned so much!

Competitors included: – Aaruni Gupta – Claire Silva – Daisy Ding – Eva Weisenfeld – Judith Covarruvias – Madeline Lin – Nathan Pruitt – Shivani Bhattacharjya – Suparn Posina – Tevin Ding.

Shivani and Madeline performed a delightful Duo Interpretation called “Cinderella Bigfoot” which landed them in the semi-finals!! Eva won first place in the autobiographical category! We are so proud of every single student that worked hard and were so brave to compete. The speeches were closed, so parents, coaches and other students were not allowed to watch.

We have scheduled a Summit Denali Speech and Debate Showcase on Monday, June 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Weddell campus. This will give all club members a chance to perform their pieces in front of family and the Summit Denali community and to honor our outstanding mentors from TeachSpeech that have stepped forward to help our team grow and learn.

All Denali Students and Families are welcome to come!


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End of Year Celebration – Thurs, 6/7 8:30-11 am

Celebrate Denali will take place from 8:30-11: 45 am. The programming will include selected freshman speeches, an opportunity for our students to show off their work from the year, and time for mentor groups to reflect on the year, share academic work and celebrate each other. Parents are invited to join for all parts! We hope that you are able to help us Celebrate Denali!

End of Year Celebration

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Last Day of School – Thurs, 6/7 (Half Day)

All students will be dismissed at lunchtime on June 7th (please pick up all students between 11:45 and 12:30pm) so that our 8th graders and faculty can prepare for the 8th-grade promotion celebration at Baylands Park at 4pm).

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8th Grade Promotion – Thurs, 6/7 4-7 PM


8th Grade Promotion Information

Where: Baylands Park – 999 E Caribbean Dr, Sunnyvale, CA
When: Thursday, June 7 from 4:00-7:00 PM
8th Grade Promotion is an opportunity for us to come together as a Denali community to celebrate the hard work of our rising 9th graders. On this special day, we will formally honor the 8th-grade class in a community ceremony.

Important Information

Half-day Dismissal on Thursday, June 7th

– All Denali students will have a half day on June 7th to allow for 8th graders and families to prepare for promotion. Students should be picked up between 11:45 and 12:30.

Student check-in time:

– 8th graders need to report to graduation by 3:30pm to check in with their mentors and prepare.


Parking at Baylands Park costs $6. Please bring exact change for parking or buy your parking pass before the ceremony from Ms. Osequera at the front desk of Denali

What to bring:

Your student, proud family and friends, and a dessert to share! There is no limit to how many people may attend from each family. – We’ll provide seating and an event photographer to capture the moment when your child walks across the stage, shakes hands and is awarded their diploma.

Student attire:

Boys: White shirt (preferably collared) and long, dark pants. Clothing should not have any large graphics on the front or back.
– Girls: Same guidelines as boys or they can wear a nice dress/skirt similar to what they would wear to a formal school dance. Keep in mind that Baylands Park is a very windy area and you will want to choose your clothing accordingly.

Potluck details:

Please join us for an informal dessert/drink potluck directly after the ceremony. We’re asking 6th and 7th-grade families to bring a dessert to share. 8th-grade families are invited to as well. Drinks and paper utensils will be provided. Sign up to bring a potluck item here:

Baylands Park Info

Baylands Park is considered a nature preserve and has very strict rules for what is allowed in the park. Please take note of the following restrictions. We will be strictly enforcing them. The following are NOT allowed in the park at any time: Pets, Kites, Balloons, Styrofoam
Have questions?

– Email Denise Hall, our 8th Grade Promotion Parent Lead ( or contact your student’s mentor.

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Volunteers/Potluck Items needed for 8th Grade Promotion on June 7th

We are looking for several volunteers to help with the 8th Grade promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 7th, which is the last day of school and will be held at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.
We are especially requesting help from 6th and 7th-grade families to help out during the ceremony so that 8th-grade families can relax and enjoy it. Of course, we also encourage younger grades to attend the ceremony or drop by for the reception to congratulate their upperclassmen. 8th-grade families are also encouraged to help with setup and/or cleanup.
The ceremony is Thurs, June 7 from 4-5pm with a dessert/drink potluck directly afterward. The event is expected to end at 7 pm. We need help setting up during lunchtime that day and also during the event. Student helpers are also welcome. Please take a moment to sign up for these important volunteer jobs on the day of the promotion!

Sign up to volunteer here:

Sign up to bring a potluck item here:


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Photos of YOUR Eighth-Grader Needed


Please send one baby photo and one current photo to ASAP.

These images will be used to make a poster for eighth-grade promotion.

It’s so much fun for students and guests to see how much our kids have grown!

Thank you,

Shauna McGuiness

(Mom to Ian, 8th grd and Emmett, 10th grd)




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Doggie Protective Services Donation Drive through June 1st

10th Grader Tanner Bartyczak is doing a pet donation drive for pet supplies for a local pet adoption agency, Doggie Protective Services and is asking for donations of items listed in the flyer below. Donations can be dropped off at Weddell in the collection bins near the front desk until June 1st. Any support you can provide is appreciated by Tanner and our local doggies!

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Events/Opportunities – Volunteer, Swim, Math, STEM

San Jose Cypress Community and Senior Center Volunteer Opportunity

Teen Volunteer Opportunities at the San Jose Cypress Community and Senior Center. The Cypress Community and Senior Center would like to invite high school students to participate in volunteering opportunities at our center during summer. We are looking to bridge the gap between our younger generation and our older generation by creating a learning environment centered around the interactions of volunteers and the seniors during fun activities like pool, table tennis, and Wii games. If you or any of the parents have any questions feel free to call their front office Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4:00pm at 408-244-1353.

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Open Swim at Fremont High School Weekends May to June 10

Open weekend swimming pool for as low as $3.40 for 2 hours Every year Fremont High school has this open swimming pool session.This year it is from May to June 10th

CASPA Education Day 2018 – June 9

This event is designed for K to 12th grade students and their parents. One ticket per person regardless of age. First 500 tickets are free, so we sincerely invite you to register ASAP. Regstration Link:


  • 12:30-12:50 pm Registration & networking
  • 12:50-1:00 pm CASPA introduction by Brandon Wang, CASPA President
  • 1:00-1:30pm “Developing a Growth Mindset in Children” by Dr. Ashley Leyba, Head of School, BASIS Independent Fremont
  • 1:30-2:00 pm “How to Cultivate Math Skills for Future?” by Kelly Ren, Co-Founder & Director of Areteem Institute
  • 2:00-2:45 pm “How to Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone & Turning the Tide” by Dr. Shin Wei, Founder of Ivymax
  • 2:45-3:00 pm break time
  • 3:00-3:30pm “Inspire Playful Learning with Educational Robotics”, Tony Wang, Founder of Brighter Learning Lab
  • 3:30-4:00 pm “Education in the Era of A.I.” by Dr. Eliza Du, CEO of Integem
  • 4:00-5:00pm High School Students Panel session, moderated by Jessica Peng, graduating senior from Lynbrook High School
  • 5:00-5:30 pm Optional Ice Cream Social & Have fun with Rubik Cubes (bring your own cubes) or chatting with students speakers

Buzz Bowl math and science game event for 5th-8th graders

Buzz Bowl is a fun buzzer-based math and science game event for 5th-8th graders. It makes parents’ lives easier by motivating kids to self-study a subject. Preparing for it is very easy too! Kids just need to study one science subject, have fun playing the game and possibly win awards!

Whether your kid is a beginner or a whiz, it offers fun and challenge to everyone! It’s a great way to learn advanced science concepts early. See the attached flyer for more details.

You can register as an individual OR as a team of 3 (minimum) to 4 (maximum) students.

Last Buzz Bowl in Washington State was a huge success and got oversubscribed. So hurry, the seats are limited!!!

SEMI High Tech University for ages 15-18, July 10 – 12, 2018

This summer, KLA-Tencor is sponsoring the SEMI High Tech University (HTU) program at SEMICON West. SEMI HTU is 3-day career exposure program for high school students. Through this program, students take part in hands-on activities that relate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to real-world career applications. For more information, view their website: Here is a link to a video that was put together when the program was offered at KLA-Tencor last November:

  • Agenda:
    • A sample agenda can be found here.
  • Eligibility:
    • Kids need to be in high school between ages 15-18.
  • Cost:
    • There is NO COST to attend SEMI HTU. Below is link for registration and some additional information:
  • Dates:
    • July 9 3:00 – 4:00pm WebEx meeting for Students and Parents to attend
    • July 10 – 12 8:15 – 3:40pm Each day at the Moscone Center in San Francisco
  • Registration:
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided by SEMI HTU during the day. Kids will need to cover their own evening meals.

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No Linda Vista-Weddell Carpool Last Week of School

There are no after-school clubs at Weddell the last week of school (starting June 4), so there will no longer be the school organized carpools from Linda Vista to Weddell. If your student still needs to get to Weddell, please make other arrangements.

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Recent Items:
High School Expeditions Celebration of Learning – Thurs, 5/24, 5-7 pm
Memorial Day (No School) – Mon, 5/28
9th&10th Grade Capture the Flag @ Lakewood Park – Fri 6/1, 4-7pm
8th Grade Study Trip – Fri, 6/1
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – Sun, 6/3, 9-11 am
End of Year Celebration – Thurs, 6/7 8:30-11 am
8th Grade Promotion – Thurs, 6/7 4-7 PM
Last Day of School – Thurs, 6/7 (Half Day)
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