Archive for March, 2013

Summit Says – February 2013 – Principal’s Message

01 Mar


It is difficult to believe that February is already over.  Our Summit students have had many valuable and educationally worthwhile learning experiences both in and outside the classroom so far this year.

As Term 1 came to a close, it was gratifying to see parents and teachers working together during the parent/teacher interviews.  We value your efforts in continuing the important and positive partnership between school and home.  As Term 2 is beginning, this is an opportunity for all students to reflect on their achievements, to set goals for improvement, and to begin working towards those goals.

It has been a cold winter and at our school we are often asked how we decide whether it’s too cold to allow our students out in the schoolyard for recess.

Fresh air and exercise are important for children in all seasons. It keeps them physically fit, and helps them stay alert all through the school day. Parents can help by making sure your children come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Hats, mitts, boots, snowpants, a warm jacket and extra socks are important to keep students comfortable during lunch and recess.

But extreme cold can be dangerous, and we know you want to be assured that your children will be safe. Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -28C and -20C.

Canadian winters can be wonderful, but when the weather is cold, we keep one eye on the thermometer and the other on the needs of our students – a perfect balance of fun and safety.

The March Break is almost upon us.  This is a great opportunity to explore all the many attractions that Toronto has to offer and to experience a different type of learning with your children.  We hope that during the upcoming break you will also have a chance to rest and to visit with friends and family.  March Break runs from March 11th to March 15th.  Students will return to school on March 18th, refreshed and ready for Spring.

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Totem Pole Art

01 Mar

Mr. Eschle`s grade six gifted class worked on totem pole art in the month of November. We first started this project by gathering information on the tribes of the North West Coast and learning about the totem poles. We learned about the legends of the totem poles, and soon wrote our own in a group of 5 or 6 people.

Next, we researched the symbols and colours that are used in the making of totem poles and how different animals are represented. Then we started to choose animals and roughly sketch them with pencils in our notebooks. After practicing sketching, we drew out our totems on butcher’s paper and painted them with the appropriate colours. Finally, we put them up in columns on the walls in our classroom. We really enjoyed this activity!

By: Georgia and Olivia in Mr. Eschle’s Class.

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Grade 4 Poetry

01 Mar

Mrs. Irvine’s Grade 4 students have been studying different forms of poetry. We have learned about various poetic devices, such as: rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, repetition and onomatopoeia. We have experienced different types of poems including: Acrostics, Free-verse and Haiku. Here are some samples of our poetry for you to enjoy!


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Kindergarten Students become Adoptive Parents

01 Mar


Mrs. Bower and Ms. Ford’s kindergarten students have once again become adoptive parents!  In their ongoing study of Animals of the World, the students decided to continue their part in helping animals from becoming extinct.  Last year, the class adopted “Lucky”, the African penguin from the Toronto Zoo.  This year, the class decided to continue their adoption of Lucky, as well as four other animals that are in danger of becoming extinct.  Their parents and teachers donated money to the cause, and our class has now become “parents” to a Sumatran Tiger, a Lowland Gorilla, a Polar Bear, a Grevy’s Zebra and our penguin, Lucky!  The students feel that it is important to continue to help protect animals and to allow them to live peacefully on earth.

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01 Mar

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