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Principal’s June Update

04 Jul

Dear Summit Heights Families,

You are hopefully well underway in enjoying your summer by the time you’re reading this!  The Summit staff sincerely hopes that the summer break is/has been a wonderfully restful, enjoyable, memorable and safe break!  During our last staff meeting of the year, we reflected on the past school year.  While there are always bumps in the road, the 2018-2019 school was a success in many areas, and overall, it was a successful school year!  We want to congratulate our SK and Grade 6 graduates on their momentous transition to Grade 1 and middle school.  We send our congratulations to all of our students for finishing the school year.  A huge thank you to our dedicated and skilled staff for making this year such a success. Finally, a heartfelt than you to our parent community for their support, time, effort and involvement in our school – our success is very much related to the support of our parent community.

For those students/families not returning to our school, we wish the very best at your new school.  We hope you will look upon your time at Summit Heights with fondness and that you are able to use what you learned at our school as building blocks for the future.  Likewise, we’d like to wish the following staff the very best, as they will not be returning to Summit Heights in September: Ms. A. Wasserman (music), Ms. P. Campione (office clerical), Ms. M. Villella (Grade 5/6 Special Education, LTO), Mr. A. Diallo (Core French, LTO), Ms. E. (supply SNA), and Ms. Mihaela, Ms. Safiya, and Ms. Darya,  (Lunchroom supervisors).   Our best regards also to Superintendent Curtis for her retirement!

For all of our returning students, school begins on Tuesday, September 3.   Our staff will be outside in the school yard, beginning at 8:25am to welcome you back!  Parents, please see below for the first day procedures (and how students will meet their new teachers and classmates on the first day of school).

To all of the new students/families joining our school for the first time, please review the links on the right side of this web site.  There is a wealth of information that covers many routines and logistics that are important to the safe and orderly function of our school.

June was a busy month for our school.  We had several celebrations (SK graduation, Grade 6 Graduation, Volunteer Appreciation breakfast, Staff Appreciation lunch, school BBQ) and a good deal of school wide events as well (play day, talent show, character education assembly, Toronto Metro Zoo excursion) not to mention taking part in cheering for our Raptors as they won the NBA championship!

June was an important month for our ECO Team!  Not only were they awarded a Gold standard for our school’s ECO endeavours, after months of planning and preparation, the kindergarten-garden was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Again, congratulations to the ECO team and our entire school community who supported the very important message of reducing, re-using and recycling.  Special thanks to Home Depot (Dufferin/Steeles location) and TD Bank for their support in labour and funding for making the kinder-garden possible.

June was a great way to end our school year.  We celebrated a lot of hard work by our school community, and said thank-you’s and farewell to many.  Wishing everyone a wonderful summer break, and looking forward to seeing you on September 3.

 

 

First Day of School – Finding out Class Placements

JK & SK students
Parents will (or have already) received information to attend a welcome/orientation to Kindergarten that will take place during the last week of August (the week before school starts).  Students/parents will meet in the school library, and then meet their teacher/ECE, and have a chance to visit the classroom.  Depending on the classroom teacher, some students/parents (if they are returning back to the same classroom/teacher) may be asked to skip/not attend the orientation.  Please be on the look out for communication from our kindergarten staff.

On the first day of school (from 8:25 to 8:38am), kindergarten students (and their parents/caregivers) are asked to line-up in their class line outside of our front/main doors.  In the event of inclement weather, the line-up may take place inside in our hallway (though parents/caregivers will be asked to wait outside due to space limitations).  When the 8:40am bell rings, the students (only) will be asked to come inside and begin their day in their classroom.

Grades 1-3 students
Students in Grades 1-3 are asked to gather by the primary entry doors and be ready to enter the school at 8:40am.  Please note, staff will be outside supervising starting at 8:25am.  We will post a sign on the doors as a point of reference for the “primary doors”.  In the event of inclement weather, students will be come into the building and wait in the hall, supervised, until the 8:40am bell.
Our staff will be on hand to help guide students (only) into the building at 8:40am.  Grades 1-3 students will be accompanied to the gym, where they will sit in grades.  Starting with grade 1’s, students will be called to join their new class, and then accompanied by the classroom teacher to walk to their new classroom.

Grades 4-6 students (regular and special education “Gifted”)
Students in grades 4-6 are asked to gather at the junior doors and be ready to enter at 8:40am.  Please note, staff will be outside supervising starting at 8:25am.  We will post a sign on the doors as a point of reference for the “junior doors”.  In the event of inclement weather, students will be come into the building and wait in the hall, supervised, until the 8:40am bell.
Our staff will be on hand to help guide students (only) into the school at 8:40am, starting with grade 4 students, followed by the grade 5s and eventually the grade 6 students.  As they enter the building, the staff will guide students to their classroom.  Students in the gifted program will be guided to walk to the school library, where their classes will be formed (and then accompanied to their new classroom with their teacher).

 

Thank you for reading!  Have a wonderful summer, we’ll see you on September 3rd for another great year at Summit Heights!

Sincerely,

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal.