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Principal’s April 30 Update

30 Apr

Dear Summit Heights Families,

April was a jam-packed month of learning, events and great memories!  While we’re all excited for warmer weather in May (let’s hope), let’s review last month.

Dance Workshops
Thanks to the funding of SAC, dance instructor Michelle Silagy once again returned to our school to provide enriching dance instruction for all of our classes.  Beginning in March and ending last month, Ms. Silagy was able to see each class four times!   Students participated in various creative movement and dance classes, while being supported in a caring and ‘low-risk’ environment.  Thanks again to SAC for providing this excellent opportunity, and Ms. Greco for organizing!

Drumming workshops
Again, thanks to SAC and our parent community, Rodrigo Chavez of Cassava Drumming graced our school with drumming workshops, culminating in a high energy, fun assembly!  The final assemblies (one for primary and one for juniors) was performed by the entire band, which featured a vocalist.  Students (and staff) listening, clapped and even danced to the music!  There was even a conga line in the junior assembly!  This was one of the most memorable assemblies at our school – thanks to SAC, Rodrigo, Ms. Greco (for organizing) and our staff and students for participating!

Pink Day
On April 10th schools across the TDSB participated in Pink Day.  Thanks to the Social Justice League, Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen, many of our classes learned about and worked on anti-bullying/gender inequity activities.  We had an excellent school-wide participation on Pink Day, and most importantly, we raised awareness and pushed back against bullying and gender-based violence.

Earth Week
April was the poster month for Earth Day/Week/Month!  Thanks to the ECO team, lead by Ms. Marchiori and Ms. Bates, our school learned a lot about saving our earth by re-using, reducing and recycling!  A number of events (walk to school day, themed spirit days, cleaning up our outdoor environment and an environment-focused character education assembly) were organized for our school.  Well done everyone!

Pep Rally
Our school was asked by the TDSB to host a pep rally for the Raptors and Leafs, and on April 17th we pulled it off!  Thanks to the amazing work of our staff, lead by Mr. Khaja, students and staff, along with parents (who loaned us jerseys, shirts, posters AND baked goods for the visiting media) did an amazing job!  A number of media crews including City TV, CP24, CTV, CBC TV and Radio, Snap’d and 680 News on site came to our school to record and broadcast how our school were fully behind our Toronto sports teams!  Way to go Summit!

Jr. Math competition
Over 100 Grade 4-6 students participated in an annual nation-wide Math competition.  While the results aren’t in yet, we’re very proud of our students for their participation and putting academics at the forefront of school.  Thanks to Mr. Eschle for organizing this event yet again!

School Play
Summit on Broadway, an original play, hit the stage for a one-night performance on April 16th.  The critics had nothing but raved reviews for the witty, well-acted production.  The props and costumes were nothing short of top-notch as well.  The crowd was treated to an amazing performance about a family traveling from Toronto to New York on a road trip and all of the funny adventures in between.  Huge thanks to the many students on and behind stage!  Equally, we’d like to extend our gratitude to the many staff that supported the play and the four lead teachers Ms. Brock, Ms. Greco, Ms. Shapiro and Ms. Villella!

Track & field day
On April 25th, Summit Heights held it’s annual spring track and field day.  Students participated in many events including races and jumps.  Students will soon be invited to represent our school at the inter-school track meet on May 6th at Esther Shiner stadium.  Thanks to Mr. Anton, Ms. Eisen and Mr. Eschle for their coaching expertise.

Book Fair
Our spring Scholastic Book Fair is here!  Ms. Greco and a number of helpful students were able to set up the book fair early this week.  Students have had the chance to visit the fair and purchase books, posters, do-dads and the like – all in support of literacy and fundraising for our school library.  Please note, the book fair will be open during our Spring Open House in the evening for parents and families to visit!

Other Reminders/Information

Spring Open House
Don’t forget our Spring Open House is this Thursday (May 2).  Families are welcome to drop by our school, from 6-7pm to visit their child(ren)’s classes.  Visitors will be able to get a first hand experience of what our students are learning and working on.  The Grade 6 (soon to be) Grads will be hosting a bake sale.  Finally, as mentioned, our Scholastic Book Fair will also be open!  We hope to see you then!

 

September Placements
Please note, students/parents will find out about their class placements for September 2019 on the first day of school in September (not in June).  Kindergarten students will be informed (along with their parents) at the Kindergarten Orientation/Open House (which takes place the week before school starts, details to follow).  Students in grades 1-6 will be informed on the first day of school.  While the specific details of the first day of school and how students will be informed have been worked out, we will be sharing these details closer to the end of this school year.
Students were informed today (April 30) during our character education assemblies.  Parents were informed at the SAC meeting earlier this month.

Parent Input Form
Parent input forms (for student-class placements for the next school year) will be coming out shortly.  The form will have all the information about when and how the optional form should be returned.  There will also be specific guidance about what parents should include in their input.  Please be on the lookout for these forms in the Friday File.

Panoramic Photo
Our annual school panoramic photo is scheduled for 9am on Thursday May 9.  Please do your best to have your child wear a red top for the photos.  If you wish to order a printed copy of the photo, please pick up an order form from our main office and return it on May 9th.

Just two months to go everyone!  Thanks for reading!

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal.

 
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