Principal’s Update (March)

19 Mar

Dear Summit Heights Parents,

The staff and I hope you and your family and friends had a fantastic March Break!  The first day back to class was a bit cold outside, but the sun was shining and our students got right back to learning!  Many classes were working on some element of sharing what they did over the break.  There were some students who were still away on vacation – we encourage those students to connect with their teachers upon their return to class and catch up missed work.

In the weeks leading up to March Break, we had a number of significant events occur at our school.

On Friday March 2nd, the junior classes had their annual Beach Blast excursion.  As you may recall, this event was postponed due to weather cancelling TDSB buses in late December.  As luck would have it, we had snow again on March 2nd, but thankfully it didn’t affect the transportation to or from the indoor beach volleyball venue.

Thursday March 8th was the date for the annual Vow of Silence, organized by the Social Justice League along with Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen.  On this day, students and staff (where possible) vowed to not use their voices at school to raise awareness and understanding that many children and young people around the world, particularly girls, do not have many basic human rights nor a “voice” in their environments.  Students raised donations for the WE charity, an organization that provides direct support to young people around the world.  For more information please visit

We were delighted to have a special guest author visit our school on the Friday before the break.   Classes who have Ms. Brock or Ms. Eisen for drama/dance attended a special assembly where Avi Slodovnick, author of the book “The Hockey Card” hosted a special reading of his book.  Mr. Slodovnick spent time vividly telling students about the reasons why he wrote his book, and inspiring students to write as well!

Author Avi Slodovnick reads “The Hockey Card” to SHPS students

During this first week back the grade 5/6 bench ball house league begins during the last recess.  Students are encouraged to listen to the morning announcements as well as check the schedule posted by the gym.  Thanks to Ms. Eisen for organizing this fun tournament!

A reminder that head-lice screening will take place this Thursday morning.  Thank you to SAC for organizing and funding this important event.

Finally, this coming Sunday is Earth Day.  The TDSB will observe our own earth hour on Friday from 2:00-3:00pm.  During this time all non-essential lights, technology and energy-using machines will be turned off at our school.  In fact, all schools and TDSB sites are being asked to do the same across the board – all in the name of raising awareness to climate change and also to make a tangible difference in our energy consumption.

Thanks for reading!

Mr. B. Mah



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