Principal’s Update

06 Oct

Please visit the TDSB’s web site for the most up-to-date and accurate information about the possible CUPE strike,


CUPE and the Province have reached a tentative agreement – schools will be open tomorrow (Mon. Oct 7, 2019).   


Dear Summit Heights Families,

We wanted to extend our thanks to our students, staff and parent community for making the start of our new school year successful and smooth.  We were pleased with how our students were able to transition from summer to school seamlessly.  Students were able to get back into the many school routines that help with safety, learning and the overall function of our school.

The first week of school was about routines, expectations, rules and procedures.  On the second day of school, students attended their first assembly of the year where overall  school routines were reviewed.

The first fire alarm drill was held during the second week of school.  Students and staff performed the drill very well, exiting the building by the closest exit, while doing so quietly and calmly.  Part of the drill includes taking attendance outside, a safe distance from our school.  Once all students are accounted for, a double bell rings and classes come back into the building.

During that second week of school, thanks to our School Advisory Council (aka: SAC or “Parent Council”), students were screened for pediculosis.  The staff from The Lice Crew will be back after the winter holidays and again after March Break.   Our school also held our first of two “lock down” drills.  In this case, it was a “hold and secure”.  This was a simulation where there is a potentially dangerous situation in the neighbourhood  – so no one was allowed to enter/leave the building/portables, but life indoors carried on as usual, until the drill was over.  We’re happy to say that our school performed the drill well.

SAC hosted their annual New Parent Tea on the evening of September 12, which was followed by the first SAC meeting of the year.  We were happy to meet a number of new parents who were able to attend the evening.

Our school’s annual curriculum night was held on Sept. 19th.  Parents were encouraged to come and meet their child(ren)’s teacher, and get a better feel of expectations, homework and other related classroom routines.  September 19th was also the day for the Me to We Conference or “WE Day”, which was held at the Scotia Bank Arena.  Mr. Chen and a number of our Social Justice League were able to attend this motivational rally for youth empowerment, global change and student voice.

Officer Shari (Police Constable Spivak from the Toronto Police Services) who is our community liaison officer, visited on September 25th.   Officer Shari met with our grades 4-6 students.  Her assembly focused on problem solving, conflict management and safety.

The end of the month was very busy for our school.  On September 26th, Ms. Irvine/Mr. Schonberger’s Grade 6 class hosted our first Character Education Assembly.  It was based on the theme of September, Respect.  Students from each class were presented with certificates honouring them for their exemplary demonstration of Respect throughout September.    During the evening, SAC hosted our annual Welcome Back BBQ/Carnival.  Hundreds of students, parents and community members were in attendance.  Kids played on inflatables, while adults looked on with smiles and laughter.  We had two food trucks, donuts, balloon art, a photobooth,  and even the Magen Boys DJ and dancers on site as well!  Thank you to the SAC social committee for their amazing work in organizing this fun-filled event!

September 27th was Orange Shirt Day, and due to the rain on the 26th, it was also our Terry Fox Run/Walk.   The vast majority of our school wore Orange to raise awareness of the Reconciliation Process.  Our school also ran and walked in honour of Terry Fox and to raise money for cancer research.  Thank to you to the Social Justice Committee (lead by Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen) for organizing our educational efforts in Orange shirt day, and Mr. Anton and Ms. Magnani for taking the lead on our Terry Fox run/walk.

In addition to all of the great events listed above, our school also had school teams and clubs form in September.  Those include:  boys and girls soccer, boys’ touch football, co-ed cross country, robotics club (First Lego League), Social Justice League, a meeting for potential school ice hockey, library helpers and office helpers.  We also have a rotation of grade 6 students who lead our morning announcements.

We’re looking forward to the continued success of our students in academics, athletics and arts in the upcoming months.

Key Dates in October:

Oct 7 – First Pizza Lunch

Oct 10 – Touch Football team tournament

Oct 11 – PA Day (no classes)

Oct 14 – Thanksgiving (no classes)

Oct 15 – Pizza Lunch

Oct 15 – Cross Country Conference Finals (@ Earl Bales)

Oct 16  – IEPs sent home

Oct 17 – Girls’ Soccer Tournament

Oct 18 – Boys’ Soccer Tournament

Oct 21 – Federal Election

Oct 21 – Pizza Lunch

Oct 23 – Officer Shari assembly (K-Gr 3)

Oct 23 – “Screen-agers” movie viewing for students and parents

Oct 23 – SAC meeting (7-9pm)

Oct 24 – Cross Country City Finals (@ Centennial Park)

Oct 28 – Pizza Lunch

Oct 29 – Character Education Assembly

Oct 30 – Pumpkin Patch (JK/SK)


Thanks for visiting!

Mr. B. Mah,

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