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Virtual Library video (from Mrs. Greco)

28 Mar

Parents,

Mrs. Greco would like to share this online video (on YouTube) for the TDSB virtual library.  Please have a look, and consider having your child(ren) visit the virtual library!

Thank you!

 

Principal’s Update (March 26, 2020)

26 Mar

Dear Summit Heights families,

On behalf of the entire staff at SHPS, we sincerely hope that you, your family and all of your loved ones are healthy and coping well during these unprecedented times.  I’ve been in touch, several times, with our school staff, and I’m happy to relay that we, and our families, are all doing well, despite the situation that faces all of us.

Teachers have already reached out to their parents (and students) electronically before March Break, and during this week.  If you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher, please check your email.  Our staff have updated students and parents through various means (Google classroom, emails, Zoom video chat), so please be sure you are informed.

Likewise, the TDSB has sent a number of system wide newsletters.  You can find all of the correspondence on the board’s website at www.tdsb.on.ca (scroll down, all of the newsletters are listed in the middle of the page).  In addition to accessing the various news reports around school closures, this is the web site that you should refer to for the most official board news about how long schools will remain closed and when they will resume.

On that note, as you likely know, Premier Ford announced this week that schools will not re-open on April 6th, 2020.  When we have more information, we will share that with you.

As previously communicated, and many of our teachers have shared these following links, the Ministry of Education and the TDSB have shared online links to help keep students engaged and learning during the closure period.  These links do not replace what students have been learning at school, but are intended to help mitigate the loss of learning during the school shut down period.

Ministry learning link:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home
TDSB learning link: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/Supporting-You/Health-Active-Living/Coronavirus/Learning-Resources

As mentioned, our staff have electronically reached out to you.  Part of the communication has included activities for learning at home.   The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive and welcoming.  I thank our staff for their communicating, care and consideration for our students.  The well-being of our students is a top priority for our staff.  Parents, please refer to the resources at this TDSB link to helps support the mental health of your child: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/Supporting-You/Mental-Health-Well-being/Resources-During-Covid-19

The TDSB is using this week and next to gather information, assess needs and formulate plans about the continuation of learning.  When the plan is formalized, we will communicate again with you.

Parents, if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have a question or concern about your child’s class, work, learning, please contact your child’s teacher.   There are also a good TDSB resource page, that answers a lot of questions and concerns.  The TDSB School Connects web site is at: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Media/News/News-releases

Again, the health and well-being of our entire school community (students, staff, parents, families) is our top priority.  We implore you to follow the directions of our municipal, provincial and federal governments (who follow the direction of our top health professionals).  Staying home as much as possible, and social distancing when you must go out, is extremely important.

Please visit the board’s web site for the most up-to-date news about school closures.  We will be in touch as we continue to move forward during these unprecedented times.

 

Wishing you good health,

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal

 

 

Announcement from Director John Malloy

26 Mar

March 25, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 continue all around us, I hope you and your families are doing well under what continues to be very challenging circumstances. I know the stress of social distancing, lack of routine and trying to balance everything as best you can is continuing to mount for many of us. During this unprecedented time, you likely have a number of questions about your child(ren)’s education and while I am not able to answer all of them at this point, I want to provide an update in hopes of addressing as many as possible.

First, as you may know, Premier Doug Ford has announced that schools will not be returning on April 6, 2020 as initially scheduled. We have not yet received any additional information on this, however we will update parents/guardians as soon as we do. In the meantime, we ask that you continue using the Learn at Home resources provided by the Ministry of Education and the Student Learning Resources provided by the TDSB.

The Ministry of Education has asked school boards to use the next two weeks to develop plans to establish the delivery of curriculum for an extended closure. Working with the Ministry, we are developing a plan that would connect teachers to their students and/or their parents/guardians on a system-wide basis and would restore teacher-led learning to the greatest extent possible. In developing this plan, we are considering a number of different factors:

 Exploring ways to provide students with access to devices and the internet.
 Accommodations needed by different types of learners, students with special needs, and English-language learners.
 Programming for Adult and Continuing Education students.
 Our support for student mental health and well-being including providing online resources and outreach to students and families.

As you can imagine, developing a plan for 247,000 students while schools are closed and on an extremely tight timeline, is challenging to say the least. At the same time, our goal is to create teaching and learning conditions that will, as best as possible given the circumstances, lead to the successful completion of the school year for all students and to support students in advancing to the next school year and to graduate. We will share this important plan with parents/guardians as soon as possible.

Finally, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has announced the closure of a number of city amenities including all city-owned playgrounds, sports fields, and basketball and tennis courts to limit public congregation and reduce the spread of COVID-19. All Toronto schools have been called on to do the same. For that reason, the TDSB will be closing all playgrounds and other amenities, including our sports fields and basketball and tennis courts, until further notice. As always, I would encourage you to continue to monitor developments from public health and government officials. For the latest advice on how you and your family can stay safe and healthy, Toronto Public Health has a number of important resources that are continually being updated.

While there are challenges that lie ahead, I remain confident that we can find a way forward together. In the meantime, I want to thank you for your continued patience and understanding. I will be in touch again soon with additional information.

Sincerely,
Director John Malloy

 

School Closure Update (from TDSB)

13 Mar

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Further to the brief update sent yesterday afternoon, I want to provide a more detailed update on the provincial government’s unprecedented decision to close all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the Toronto District School Board, from March 14 to April 5, 2020 amid the growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Through this Ministerial Order from the Minister of Education, the Ontario government is ordering school boards to close schools to minimize contact between people, especially children, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason, all childcare centres located inside TDSB schools will also be closed and all TDSB Extended Day Programs will be cancelled from March 14 through to April 5, 2020. We recognize that these closures and cancellations will be challenging for many families, especially those with limited childcare options and/or work flexibility. However, this approach is to ensure the health and wellbeing of all families and is consistent with the Ministerial Order to close schools and the decisions of many other school boards.

As all TDSB schools and sites will be closed, the following programs and services will also be closed/cancelled from March 14 to April 5, 2020:

• All Continuing Education and Night School Courses
• All permits
• All Authorized Recreation Programs
• All EarlyON Child and Family Centres
• All TDSB eLearning courses
• All field trips, athletic events, and arts performances
• All school-based meetings and other public meetings and consultations

We know that families will, understandably, have a number of additional questions. For more information, including a complete list of impacted programs and services, please visit the TDSB website, which we will be keeping updated with the latest information. Please note that the Ministry of Education has indicated that it will be providing resources that will be available online to support student learning during the closure. Once these are provided, we will post a link on our website.

As you can appreciate, the situation is changing on a daily basis, however we remain committed to updating parents/guardians when additional information becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

John Malloy
Director of Education

 
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Principal’s end of February Update

09 Mar

Dear Summit Heights Families,

Hopefully by the time that you’re reading this, the weather has continued to be spring-like.  With warmer temperatures and more day light (thanks to the change in Day Light Savings), we hope that your child(ren) and yourselves have a renewed sense of positivity and energy!  Hopefully that translates to more engagement in class for your child, and thus better academic, social and emotional success!  And if that’s not the case, with March Break just around the corner, hopefully THAT good news brings a smile to your child’s face!

February had a number of school events.  On the 19th, we held our in-person portions of registration for new to Kindergarten (for children starting in September 2020).  We’re pleased to say that the number of new registrants is on par to what we had last year.

The month was broken up by the PA day and Family Day long weekend.  The PA day on Feb 14th was set aside for teachers to meet with parents to discuss progress.

We welcomed back Ms. Samson, who was on maternity leave, after the Family Day long weekend, and we bid farewell to Mr. Cabacungan, who was Ms. Samson’s long term occasional teacher.

On February 26, Edge Image was on site to take Senior Kindergarten and Grade 6 Gifted Graduation photos.  Some students in our regular Grade 6 program also took grad photos, at the request of their parents.

We have reminded students via the morning announcements and in class by teachers, of some general flu prevention points.  As you know, we follow the lead/direction by Toronto Public Health, and they have reminded all students in the TDSB the following as good preventative measures to help the stop of the flu:

  • Wash your hands properly (for at least 15 seconds) and thoroughly, especially before eating
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue and throw that tissue away properly after, otherwise cough/sneeze into your sleeve or the inside of your elbow (and then wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible)
  • Stay home if you are ill

The TDSB has sent a number of emails to parents about the COVID12 flu.  If you have not received these emails directly from the board, please send an email to Mr. Mah at bill.mah@tdsb.on.ca, and indicate who your child is, we will add your email to the TDSB contact list.

A general reminder that our bell times will change in September.  As previously communicated on February 26, starting in September our school day will start at 9:10 am, and the day will end at 3:40 pm.  Please see the previous post (or email) on this topic, for more details.

We want to extend our congratulations to Mr. Eschle and his Grade 6 class from last year, as they were awarded third place prize for the Canada-wide Young Writer’s Contest!  One of his students in that class, Amanda, was recognized as on e of the top writers in the entire completion!  Congratulations to the class (who are now Grade 7 students in other schools) and to Mr. Eschle!

Finally, a huge congrats to our entire school community as the official results have come back from the Terry Fox Foundation!  Our school raised a total of $5240 this school year for the foundation and the fight to cure cancer!  Special thanks to Ms. Magnani and Mr. Anton for organizing this annual event!

Upcoming events in March

Mar 2 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 2 – SAC (parent council) meeting, 7-9pm

Feb 28 – Mar 5 – Dental Screening

Mar 5 – Lost and Found items on display

Mar 6 – Kids Kitchen Lunch

Mar 9 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 13 – Kids Kitchen Lunch

Mar 16 – 20March Break (no classes)

Mar 23 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 25 – Head Lice check

Mar 27 – Kids Kitchen Lunch

Mar 30 – Pizza Lunch

 

Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal

 

 

 

 

 
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