Principal’s January Update

03 Feb

Dear Summit Heights Families,

January was an important month for our students and working towards our annual school goals.  Through the leadership and work of our Social Justice League, lead and coordinated by Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen, we had weekly events and activities to better support our school’s well-being and mindfulness.   The weekly events began with stopping what we were doing to participate in a moment of calmness, relaxation and living in the moment.  Our school stopped and followed instructions over the PA to center ourselves through controlled breathing exercises and mental imagery.

Ms. Eisen lead Yoga workshops in our gym, providing an opportunity for every class in our school to participate.  Thanks to SAC, and parent Julie Hinton’s work and leadership, the Australian-inspired group, “Xmovement” came to our school to lead workshops in our gym where students participated in a variety of movements and activities in addition to talking about their experiences, views and focusing on having a positive outlook about themselves and life.  Our school held a parent-student night with Xmovement on January 29th!  We had a fantastic number of parents and their students attend the event – thank you!

To cap things off, the Social Justice League organized emotional literacy lessons to be taught in class.  They also shared student-work presentations in a Google Slide file for everyone to watch in their classes, to coincide with the Bell Let’s Talk annual initiative.

We had two excursions early in January.  The grade 6’s from Mr. Eschle’s and Ms. Irvine’s/Mr. Schonberger’s class went to the TDSB Sheldon Outdoor Education Centre.  The classes were able to participate in a number of learning opportunities in the great outdoors, while gaining a greater appreciation of nature during winter.   Ms. Brock/Mr. Anton’s Grade 6 class went on an excursion to Earl Haig Secondary School for a student drama-workshop with their high-school “drama-buddies”!

January was a busy month for many SAC committees and events.  The winter lunch programs, such as FIMO, LEGO engineering and Video Game design, began last month.  The middle-school committee continued with their popular “Surprise of the Month”.   Each week we continue to have Pizza Lunch (Monday’s) and Kids’ Kitchen (Fridays).  Our Parent Council also held their monthly meeting on January 23rd (and as previously mentioned, an evening with Xmovement).  Finally, SAC organized a head-lice screening day for all of our students after the winter holidays.  A huge thank you to those involved in SAC for making all of these great opportunities possible!

Earlier in January, our school held tryouts for two school teams, the girls’ volleyball team and the boys’ basketball teams.  The teams were selected and practices were held.

As the month progressed, a number of emails were sent from the TDSB to parents, particularly about the ETFO work action, coronavirus and the term 1 report cards/interviews/IEPs.  If you haven’t received these emails directly from the TDSB, it likely means we don’t have your email address in our system (this is separate from the mailing list that SAC organizes from our web site).  If this is the case (that you aren’t receiving emails from the TDSB), please send Mr. Mah an email ( about this, and indicate who your child(ren) is.

As always, please check the TDSB’s web site ( for the most up-to-date and official news about classes being cancelled due to any work stoppage/strike action.  We will do our best and Tweet news and update our website, but the most accurate and updated official information is always posted on the TDSB web site.

A reminder, for everyone’s safety: 

DO NOT Park in the intersection on Delhi nearest to our school yard gate.  Many students cross the street in that intersection and parked cars in the intersection pose a serious danger including potentially striking pedestrians and obstructing lines of sight.

Likewise, DO NOT park in the wrong direction on Delhi, please park along with the flow of traffic.  As you know, pedestrians and drivers’ decisions often count on predictability and patterns of other drivers on the road, and a car parked (or stopped) in the wrong direction can disrupt that predictability.

Please be considerate of others, and comply with these asks and road rules.


February Dates

Feb 5     Lunar New Year parade (by Ms. Marchiori and Ms. Kalimbet’s JK/SK class)

Feb 14   PA Day (Interviews, no classes)

Feb 17   Family Day (no classes)

Feb 18   Pizza Lunch

Feb 19   Kindergarten registration

Feb 21    Kids’ Kitchen lunch

Feb 24   Pizza Lunch

Feb 26   Gr 6 Grad and SK Grad photos (note: for Grade 6, the photos are for all Grade 6 students in the gifted program; those in the regular program will only take Grad photos at their parents’ request).

Feb 28 Kids’ Kitchen lunch


Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,


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