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School Resumes tomorrow (Jan. 4, 2021!)

03 Jan

Dear Summit Heights Parents,

Happy New Year!  The staff and I hope that you and your family had a wonderful winter holiday break!  We hope that this email finds you all in good health and ready for the resumption of school tomorrow!

As previously communicated by the TDSB and our staff, school resumes tomorrow (January 4) virtually for all Kindergarten to Grade 7 students at Summit Heights, and continues online until Friday January 8th.

If your child(ren)’s teacher hasn’t already contacted you, you will hear from them no later than 9:45 am tomorrow morning with more information regarding online learning, scheduling, expectations of conduct, etc.  Please understand that there will be a bit of a transition period tomorrow morning as our staff organize things online with their students.  For the rest of the week classes will start promptly at 9:10am, and the day will end at 3:40pm as usual.

Attendance will be taken by our staff as usual at 9:10am and 12:55pm.  If your child(ren) will  be absent any day this coming week, please email Ms. Layefsky (our office clerical at and your child’s teacher with:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s Grade and Teacher Name
  • Length of absence (full day, half day, multiple days etc)
  • Reason for absence

Please do not call the school’s absence phone line, as it will not be monitored this week. In addition, please note that our school is closed to all students/parents between January 4 to January 8th.

As you can imagine, things are extremely fluid and can change pending on more direction from the TDSB and Ontario Government.  Please monitor the news and your email regularly for updates.

We thank you in advance for your understanding, support, flexibility and patience as we do our best to serve the needs of your children.

Here’s to a great start to 2021!

Mr. B. Mah,

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Mid-Break Update (re: Jan 4)

28 Dec

Dear Summit Heights Families,

We hope that you and your family are having a wonderful holiday so far, one where all of you continue to be healthy and find happiness!

The TDSB emailed parents on December 21st with an update regarding the Ontario Government’s announcement about the return to school.  Elementary schools, ours included, will be physically closed to students/parents until January 11th.

All Summit Heights students K to Grade 7, who were attending in-person, before the holidays will be learning virtually with our school staff starting Monday January 4th, 2021.  Summit Heights students who are currently enrolled in the TDSB Virtual School, will continue their virtual studies as usual on January 4th.

The TDSB has informed our teachers that they should electronically contact their students/parents on January 4th.   You can expect to receive an email or Google Class announcement or Brightspace posting that morning.  We ask for your patience in waiting for this communication from your children’s teacher(s).

The staff have also been informed that our regular timetable/daily schedule will be followed. For example, if your child has French at 12:55pm each day, then that schedule should continue when learning virtually.  Some staff have already been in touch with each other regarding the timetable, and any changes will be communicated with you.

This also means that virtual classes will begin at 9:10am, and end at 3:40pm.  Recess and lunch will also be scheduled as usual.

It’s important to note that our staff are waiting for more details/information and guidance from the TDSB regarding January 4th and beyond, when we have more information we will keep you updated and informed.

Thank you for your ongoing support, understanding and patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation.


Best regards,

Mr. B. Mah,

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Happy Holidays!!!

18 Dec

Dear Summit Heights Families,

On behalf of our entire school staff, we wish you a wonderful, joyful, happy, restful and healthy holiday!

We’re very proud of how our school community pulled together to make the last few months successful, particularly given all the changes and protocols based on the ongoing world-wide pandemic.  Despite the challenges presented with the many health and safety protocols (including mask wearing and health screening), cohorting, changes in scheduling in recesses – and the list goes on, our students did exceptionally well in their learning and functioning here at school.

Our students, staff and parent community must be given credit for their cooperation leading to the success of the past few months – well done everyone!

A reminder that we are scheduled to return to class on Monday, January 4th.  If we return to school in-person, please remember to send your child(ren) to school with indoor shoes to change into, and any necessary learning materials (BYOD, pencils, pens etc) as most of these items were sent home before the holidays.

Please keep a close eye on the news should an announcement be made by the Ontario Government and TDSB if we pivot to on-line learning.  We will send an email update as well, but the most updated/timely and official news will come from the Government and TDSB.  If this is the case, your children’s teacher(s) will also reach out about next steps – however please be patient as the staff would receive direction from the TDSB before the email you.

Either way, remember that we had a relatively smooth first-few months of school, despite all of the uncertainly at the beginning.  We will make things work, as best as we can, in January and beyond!

Best wishes and the happiest of holidays to you and your entire family!


Mr. Mah and the Summit Heights Staff!

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Summit Heights Spirit Week!

10 Dec

Dear Summit Heights Families,

Thanks to the organizational work of Ms. Berberi and Ms. Calvieri, next week is Spirit Week at Summit Heights!  Please see the schedule, and if possible, help or encourage your child to be dressed according to the ‘themed’ days next week!  Thank you!


Monday Dec. 14Twin Day (dress like a friend or someone from school!)

Tuesday Dec. 15 Wear One Colour Day (wear your favourite colour from head to toe!)

Wednesday Dec. 16Character Day (dress like someone from a book, movie, game etc!)

Thursday Dec. 17Wacky Hair/Hat Day! (wear a funky hat or hair style!)

Frday Dec. 18Pyjama Day (wear your coziest PJs to school!)

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Principal’s Update (December Events & Safety Reminders)

04 Dec

Dear Summit Heights Families,

The final two weeks of classes before the holidays will be exciting ones at Summit Heights!  Ms. Samson’s Grade 5/6 class have prepared a number of school-wide activities for our students in the coming weeks.  Some examples include online Trivia Contests, a Scratch Club, an E-Sports competition and many more!  Be on the look out for more information in the SAC Friday Files tomorrow!

Ms. Berberi and Ms. Calvieri are also planning on several spirit days for the entire school before the holidays!  More info to come!

In addition, Mr. Khaja has formed a Grade 7 Leadership team.  The group has been working at creating a website focusing on student wellness and well-being – and they are hoping that the site will be launched next week!  We’re excited to see their hard work online soon!

Please note the following safety reminders:

Drop-off/Pick-up along Delhi Ave:
DO NOT park in the intersection of Delhi and Northmount (nearest to our school yard gate).  Many students cross the street at that point, and parked/stopped cars in this intersection pose a serious danger of potentially striking pedestrians and obstructing lines of sight.

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

Your cooperation is needed to help ensure the safety of our students and community, thank you.

Unauthorized People on our School Roof
A few weeks ago a tragic accident happened at a TDSB secondary school with young people on a school roof.   We made mention of this on our morning announcements for our students, and how dangerous it can be to be on a roof.  We made it clear that there are no circumstances that our students should ever be on a school roof.

We’ve since had a report that there were young people (likely not from Summit Heights) on our roof after school hours this week.

If you spot anyone on our school roof (or adjoining storage containers or portables) please call the TDSB security hotline at 416-395-4620 and report this dangerous activity.

Please re-iterate with your children that they should never climb up and be on any school roof.

Thank you for your support.

Mr. B. Mah,

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Progress Reports / Kindergarten Communication of Learning

17 Nov
Dear Summit Heights Parents,

This email applies to those parents who have a child(ren) attending in-person (not the TDSB Virtual School).

I would like to share some important information regarding the distribution of the Kindergarten Communication of Learning:  Initial Observations and Grades 1-8 Progress Reports including Alternative Report Card.  For this reporting period, as is past practice, Kindergarten Communication of Learning:  Initial Observations and Progress Reports will be distributed in hard copy to students and their families on Wednesday November 18, 2020.

Toronto Public Health has been consulted on the sending of hard copies and they did not identify any concerns. As always however, staff and students are reminded of proper handwashing routines before and after distribution of materials.

A reminder that parent/guardian-teacher interviews are available during the Professional Activity day on Friday, November 20th (and possibly on other dates).  Your child’s teacher should have already communicated about the specific dates (besides November 20th), the available times, how to sign up and the format of the interviews (by telephone or virtual conference).

There will be no classes for students this Friday November 20th..

Should you have any questions, please speak with your child’s teacher.


Mr. B. Mah,

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