Principal’s Update for November

29 Nov

Dear Summit Heights Parents,

November was a successful month for Summit Height students.  Some academic highlights include a book cover contest in the library, designing bridges in grade 5, creating space craft for grade 6s,  data management for grade 4s, studying the solar system in kindergarten and volleyball in some PE classes (to name a few).   Our students learned a lot this past month, and many of their projects and assignments are on display in our halls and bulletin boards.

Across the school, there were a number of clubs and events that happened last month.

Earlier in the month, our school community remembered and honoured past and current Canadian soldiers, culminating in our Remembrance Day assemblies, and moment of silence.  The month also closed with a character education assembly for the trait of Empathy, lead by Mr. Kellesis’ class.

In terms of school sports, the boys’ volleyball competed in November at their one-day tournament.  Coaches Anton and Valdoria reported that our team played well and represented our school with pride and respect.  Congrats to all for a great season!

We had tryouts for our Grade 4/5 ice hockey team last month.  In addition, our school had the intention of hosting a grade 6 team as well (to be twinned with another school that would have a goalie).  Unfortunately in the end, there wasn’t a league for our grade 4/5 team and we weren’t able to twin with another grade 6 school – so we won’t have either (a Grade 4/5 or a Grade 6) ice hockey team this year.

Progress reports went home in the middle of the month, followed by parent-teacher interviews.  We hope that the vast majority of our parents were able to meet with their child(ren)’s teachers!

Thanks to our SAC Chair, Andrew Miller, who organized two student-courses “Home Alone” and “Babysitting”, which primarily took place in November.  The student-courses were well received, with positive feedback from the participants.

In addition to all the above events, we had our photo-retake on November 14th and our SAC meeting this week on November 27th.  Please note, the next SAC meeting is on January 13th, 2020.


New Items:

Driving safely in/around our school
We recently had some reports of some drivers driving beyond the speed limit in/around our school, as well as driving beyond a reasonable limit in our school parking lot.  Please be mindful that safety always comes first.  We would rather your child, or you, be late for school, appointment or meeting instead of someone being hurt.  Please, for the sake of safety, drive safely, slowly and carefully at all times.

New HVAC system in our gym
A new HVAC system (primarily for ventilation, but also including supplemental heat and cooling) will be installed in our gym over the next few months.  The construction should not interfere with our school programing nor after school programs.  Please note, while the new system does have air-conditioning, there are specific thresholds of temperature/time of year etc., where the machine automatically turns on if it’s too hot.  The gym will serve as another “cooling station” for our school in the event of extreme heat.

Transition committee
The parent and staff transition committees have continued their work to plan and organize the transition to include the regular-stream Grade 7 program for September.  The committee gave an update at the last SAC meeting.  There are a number of items that we are working on, including budgeting for the new class(es), fundraising, logistics (like textbooks, lockers), facility issues (e.g., portable, lockers), planning to gather student input, etc. Please understand much of what we are working on is still in the planning phase.  We’ll update you again when we have more meaningful information.


Important December dates:

Dec 2 – Pizza Lunch

Dec 6PA Day (no classes)

Dec 9 – Pizza Lunch

Dec 9 – 13 – Book Fair

Dec 10 – FireFighter visit to Kindergarten classes (am)

Dec 12 – Winter Concert (evening)

Dec 16 – Pizza Lunch

Dec 20 – Beach Blast excursion (junior clases)

Dec 21 – Jan 5Winter Holidays

Jan 6Classes Resume


Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,


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