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Principal’s Update

09 Jun

Dear Summit Heights Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already June!  In fact, at the time of this post, there are just three short weeks of classes left to go until summer.  While the thought of summer almost always makes our students happy and excited, there is still learning and a lot of events happening at Summit Heights before the final bell of 2018-2019 rings on June 27.

Looking back, we had a lot of events in May, here’s a quick snapshot of what happened last month.

Open Houses
During the first week of May we held our annual Spring Open House.  This was an opportunity for families to visit the school, classrooms and see what our students are learning.  We also had two Open Houses for students who potentially will be attending our Gifted Program next year.  These open houses shared information about the gifted program, an opportunity for questions/answers and a brief class visit.

EQAO
Near the end of the month our Grade 3 and 6 students wrote the annual EQAO assessment.  As you likely know, this assessment takes a snap-shot of how our students are doing in Language (Reading and Writing) and Math.  Students answer a variety of questions (some responses are multiple choice, others are short- or long-answer).  Like all students/schools, we will receive the results early in the next school year.  Thanks to our Grade 3 and 6 students and teachers for their best efforts in this respect!

Athletics
   We had three school teams compete last month.  The co-ed track and field team competed at the Conference championships!  Congratulations to the entire team, their coaches (Coach Eisen, Anton and several others) and parent-volunteers for their amazing efforts!
The Girls’ Softball team also played their tournament last month.  The girls were praised for their excellent attitudes and efforts.  Congratulations to the team and Coach Kellesis for a great season!
The Co-Ed Ultimate team won their tournament last month.  By winning, they advanced to the Conference semi-finals and were victorious at that stage.  They then moved on and won the Conference Championships!  As a result, the team plays in the TDESAA City Championships this week!  A huge congratulations to the girls and boys on the team, as well as Coach Mercer and Chen for their outstanding efforts and dedication!

Kindergarten Events
May 16th was the date of our annual Grandpal day.  Dozens of Grandpals/family members came to our school to listen/see our kindergarten students perform musical acts.  In addition, there was story-telling, reading, arts and crafts and snacks too!  Thanks to our kindergarten teachers and especially to our three parent-volunteer-leaders who organized the event this year!  Thank you to Alanna, Julia and Gillian!
Last week, on June 6th, our staff hosted a Graduation for our SK students.  Congratulations to the SK students who make the transition to Grade 1!  Way to go everyone!

Assemblies
All K to Gr 6 students attended a bus-safety assembly last month.  The assembly reviewed all of the important procedures and practices involved with riding on a school bus (whether on a daily basis or once in a while, such as in the event of a school trip).
We also had our month Character Recognition assembly last month.  Thanks to students in Ms. Kipka and Ms. Bower/Powell’s classes for organizing and leading the assembly.
Thanks to our SAC, all of our students participated in a mindfulness workshop on May 16th.  Students learned about living in the moment and taking a second to focus on themselves, while preparing oneself to tackle the stress that life brings our way.  Parents also had an opportunity to take part in an evening workshop.  Finally the staff too attending PD around mindfulness at the end of the month.

 

Upcoming Events in June:

June 6 – SK Graduation

June 10 – ECO Schools Audit

June 12 – Zoo Trip

June 12 – SAC meeting (7-9pm)

June 13 – Grad Trip

June 13 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

June 14 – Cafe Francais

June 18 – Play Day

June 18 – School BBQ

June 20 – Grade 6 Graduation

June 21 – Staff Appreciation Lunch

June 24 – Talent Show

June 26 – Reports Go Home

June 27 – Last day of Classes

 

Parent Input, requests for meetings, communicating to next year’s teacher.

09 May

Dear Summit Heights Parents,

Please remember that the optional parent input forms (for September class placements) are due to the main office by Friday, May 17th.  The forms were sent home in the May 3rd Friday File.

This optional form is our mechanism for parents to have the opportunity to inform your child’s classroom teacher and Principal of any information related to class placement that we are not already aware of.  As you know, your classroom teacher knows your child very well, particularly in the context of the classroom and school setting.

A number of  parents have reached out to request a meeting with our teachers or the Principal to discuss placements.  While we always enjoy face-time with our parents, our staff are focused on the many important tasks in our classroom, main office and school.  Please use the input form as your way to communicate your input.  We want to be efficient with our time at our school, teaching, learning and caring for your children.

As you know, your child will find out their classroom and teacher on the first day of school.  Your child’s current teacher will have an opportunity to meet with next year’s teacher to discuss students needs.  However, if you have specific information (particularly medical or special education needs) that you would like next year’s teacher to know, please send an email to the Principal (bill.mah@tdsb.on.ca).  The Principal will forward this information to next year’s teacher.  If you elect to send this email, please do so no later than Friday, June 14.   Please note, you will not receive any response from next year’s teacher, this is a one-way communication piece.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

B. Mah
Principal

 

 
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Principal’s April 30 Update

30 Apr

Dear Summit Heights Families,

April was a jam-packed month of learning, events and great memories!  While we’re all excited for warmer weather in May (let’s hope), let’s review last month.

Dance Workshops
Thanks to the funding of SAC, dance instructor Michelle Silagy once again returned to our school to provide enriching dance instruction for all of our classes.  Beginning in March and ending last month, Ms. Silagy was able to see each class four times!   Students participated in various creative movement and dance classes, while being supported in a caring and ‘low-risk’ environment.  Thanks again to SAC for providing this excellent opportunity, and Ms. Greco for organizing!

Drumming workshops
Again, thanks to SAC and our parent community, Rodrigo Chavez of Cassava Drumming graced our school with drumming workshops, culminating in a high energy, fun assembly!  The final assemblies (one for primary and one for juniors) was performed by the entire band, which featured a vocalist.  Students (and staff) listening, clapped and even danced to the music!  There was even a conga line in the junior assembly!  This was one of the most memorable assemblies at our school – thanks to SAC, Rodrigo, Ms. Greco (for organizing) and our staff and students for participating!

Pink Day
On April 10th schools across the TDSB participated in Pink Day.  Thanks to the Social Justice League, Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen, many of our classes learned about and worked on anti-bullying/gender inequity activities.  We had an excellent school-wide participation on Pink Day, and most importantly, we raised awareness and pushed back against bullying and gender-based violence.

Earth Week
April was the poster month for Earth Day/Week/Month!  Thanks to the ECO team, lead by Ms. Marchiori and Ms. Bates, our school learned a lot about saving our earth by re-using, reducing and recycling!  A number of events (walk to school day, themed spirit days, cleaning up our outdoor environment and an environment-focused character education assembly) were organized for our school.  Well done everyone!

Pep Rally
Our school was asked by the TDSB to host a pep rally for the Raptors and Leafs, and on April 17th we pulled it off!  Thanks to the amazing work of our staff, lead by Mr. Khaja, students and staff, along with parents (who loaned us jerseys, shirts, posters AND baked goods for the visiting media) did an amazing job!  A number of media crews including City TV, CP24, CTV, CBC TV and Radio, Snap’d and 680 News on site came to our school to record and broadcast how our school were fully behind our Toronto sports teams!  Way to go Summit!

Jr. Math competition
Over 100 Grade 4-6 students participated in an annual nation-wide Math competition.  While the results aren’t in yet, we’re very proud of our students for their participation and putting academics at the forefront of school.  Thanks to Mr. Eschle for organizing this event yet again!

School Play
Summit on Broadway, an original play, hit the stage for a one-night performance on April 16th.  The critics had nothing but raved reviews for the witty, well-acted production.  The props and costumes were nothing short of top-notch as well.  The crowd was treated to an amazing performance about a family traveling from Toronto to New York on a road trip and all of the funny adventures in between.  Huge thanks to the many students on and behind stage!  Equally, we’d like to extend our gratitude to the many staff that supported the play and the four lead teachers Ms. Brock, Ms. Greco, Ms. Shapiro and Ms. Villella!

Track & field day
On April 25th, Summit Heights held it’s annual spring track and field day.  Students participated in many events including races and jumps.  Students will soon be invited to represent our school at the inter-school track meet on May 6th at Esther Shiner stadium.  Thanks to Mr. Anton, Ms. Eisen and Mr. Eschle for their coaching expertise.

Book Fair
Our spring Scholastic Book Fair is here!  Ms. Greco and a number of helpful students were able to set up the book fair early this week.  Students have had the chance to visit the fair and purchase books, posters, do-dads and the like – all in support of literacy and fundraising for our school library.  Please note, the book fair will be open during our Spring Open House in the evening for parents and families to visit!

Other Reminders/Information

Spring Open House
Don’t forget our Spring Open House is this Thursday (May 2).  Families are welcome to drop by our school, from 6-7pm to visit their child(ren)’s classes.  Visitors will be able to get a first hand experience of what our students are learning and working on.  The Grade 6 (soon to be) Grads will be hosting a bake sale.  Finally, as mentioned, our Scholastic Book Fair will also be open!  We hope to see you then!

 

September Placements
Please note, students/parents will find out about their class placements for September 2019 on the first day of school in September (not in June).  Kindergarten students will be informed (along with their parents) at the Kindergarten Orientation/Open House (which takes place the week before school starts, details to follow).  Students in grades 1-6 will be informed on the first day of school.  While the specific details of the first day of school and how students will be informed have been worked out, we will be sharing these details closer to the end of this school year.
Students were informed today (April 30) during our character education assemblies.  Parents were informed at the SAC meeting earlier this month.

Parent Input Form
Parent input forms (for student-class placements for the next school year) will be coming out shortly.  The form will have all the information about when and how the optional form should be returned.  There will also be specific guidance about what parents should include in their input.  Please be on the lookout for these forms in the Friday File.

Panoramic Photo
Our annual school panoramic photo is scheduled for 9am on Thursday May 9.  Please do your best to have your child wear a red top for the photos.  If you wish to order a printed copy of the photo, please pick up an order form from our main office and return it on May 9th.

Just two months to go everyone!  Thanks for reading!

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal.

 
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Summit Heights annual Spring Open House (May 2, 6-7pm)!

24 Apr

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Principal’s Update

31 Mar

Dear Summit Heights families,

We’re in the final three months of school!  Depending on when you are reading this, the last day of March may be a distant memory, but if you remember…  we had snow!  Maybe that’s Mother Nature’s April Fools prank on all of us!  On that note, April 1st falls on a Monday this year, so the staff will be keeping our keen eyes out for any students and their April Fools pranks!

We are planning on purging our lost in found, if you are able to, please have your child look through our lost/found items.  Parents, if you’d like to take a look, please do so after school.  We will donate the unclaimed items by the Easter/Passover long weekend.

Parents, please remember to send your child to school with a lunch.  We have had a few instances where students are at school without a lunch.  Related to this, please know we ask students to eat their entire lunch, even if they say they ‘don’t like it’.  We encourage students to talk to their parents if they don’t like their lunch.

Here’s a summary of last month’s events at our school:

Rodrigo, from Casava Drumming, finished up the drumming/music workshops at the beginning of March.  All of our students were able participate in interactive music workshops over a two week period.  Students used drums and other percussion instruments, while singing and working as an entire group to perform music.  A huge thanks again to SAC for funding this wonderful enrichment program for our entire school!

Students returned back to school after March break in good spirits.  As a whole, the transition back to class after a week off of school was smooth.  As we have in the past, SAC organized a head/hair screening for the entire school right after the break.

A number of classes went on field trips during March.  We had classes go to Forest Valley, Yorkdale mall (as a French language trip) and the Science Centre.  We also had Scientists in the School visit Summit Heights last month.

In a joint effort between the school and SAC, we received our shipment of our new lunch bins.  These new bins are large enough for an entire class’ lunch bags, while being on casters that make it very easy for a student to push the bin to/from the class and gym.  Of note, the bins were purchased for the classes that eat their lunch in the gym only.

On March 14 we were delighted to host Austin Matthews (@AM34), from the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Austin spent time talking about how to persevere, and how hard work pays off.  He also spent time reading his new children’s book, Bradley’s First Hockey Stick, to some of our students.   A huge thanks for the donated autographed stick, which is hidden somewhere in our school. The first student to find the stick gets to keep it!

The last week of March was very busy at our school.  We participated in the annual Vow of Silence, organized by our Social Justice League (along with Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen).  Students took a vow of silence for the day, as a culminating activity where we learned about the lack of child-voice in the world and the many injustices for young people.  The vow also raised money for the WE Charity, which helps young people around the world.

Mr. Eschle’s grade 6 students, along with Ms. Brock’s guidance, ran a very meaningful and entertaining assembly on Honesty.  Their presentation took the form of a game-show.  The junior assembly was bilingual too!  Congratulations to the class on an amazing job presenting and to all of our Character Education Award winners!

 

The last school day of March ended with our school participating in the annual TDSB Earth Hour.  On March 29th, between 2-3pm, our school turned off all non-essential lights.  We also turned off our computers, SMART board and other electronics.  Not to worry however, there was still a great deal of learning in our classes!

Here’s a list of upcoming events in April:

Apr 8 – Casava Assemblies

Apr 10 – Pink Day

Apr 11 – Sibling Photo Day

Apr 12SAC Lunch hour programs begin

Apr 16 – School Play

Apr 17SAC Meeting

Apr 19 – Good Friday, Passover (no classes)

Apr 22 – Easter Monday (no classes)

Apr 26 – Walk to School Day

* Did you really believe the Austin Matthews item?… APRIL FOOLS! 🙂
 
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Principal’s Update

03 Mar

Hello Summit Heights Families,

February proved to be a month that is more typical of Canadian winters!  We had snow, high winds, ice on the ground and cold temperatures, and for the first time in many years, a snow day!!!  Your child may have mentioned that for a number of weeks in February, we had a hybrid recess – students in grades 1-6 were given the option to go outside (but remain on our pavement area) or stay indoors in the gym (or library if the gym wasn’t available).  Those who stayed indoors brought their own quiet activities (reading, homework, board games), while supervised by staff.  We’re pleased to say this hybrid recess helped reduce the number of ice-related recess incidents.

Academically, the school staff were engaged in a Professional Learning Community last month.  The PD centered around providing students more choice when working on a product (i.e., assignment) at school.  This goes hand in hand with also fostering more student voice, whereby students begin to have some more influence in the material they are learning about.  Certainly, this doesn’t mean the curriculum isn’t covered, but there are many ways students can demonstrate their learning, besides for example, a test.

We are hosting three teacher-candidates from OISE/UofT.  Ms. Viazmina (with Mr. Anton’s class), Ms. Kyrollos (with Ms. Bates’ class) and Ms. Allen (Mr. Khaja’s class) have been welcomed additions to our school last month.  They finish up their teaching block at Summit Heights this coming week.

February was also the month when the first Term Report Cards were sent home.  The final report card will be sent home during the last week of school in June.

Our grade 6’s and SK students took their Graduation photos last month.

During the last week of the month, SAC hosted their annual online auction. We hope you were able to look over the many auction items and hopefully bid on them as well!  During this same week, Rodrigo of Casava Drumming again returned to our school to begin two weeks of upbeat music workshops!

February also saw a number of school teams finish up their seasons.  The Girls’ Volleyball team, co-ed floor hockey team and ice hockey teams all competed and finished up their seasons.  Congrats to all of our student-athletes and a huge thank you to the coaches involved (Schmitz, Eisen, Valdoria, Hunter, Kellesis and Mah)!

Reminders

DO NOT park/stop in the accessible parking spots (commonly referred to as Handicap parking) unless you have a valid accessible parking pass.  A number of parents have been using these spots to stop and drop-off, do NOT do this.  We have had someone who legally uses the spot not have access because others have illegally stopped/parked in these spots.

Once again, 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 pose a serious danger (potentially collisions and obstructing lines of sight).  Likewise, DO NOT park in the wrong direction on Delhi, please park along with the flow of traffic.

 

Upcoming Events in March

Mar 4 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 4 – SAC meeting (7-9pm)

Mar 8 – Casava Drumming workshops conclude

Mar 11-15 – March Break

Mar 18 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 21 – Head-Hair screening

Mar 25 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 27  – Vow of Silence

Mar 29 – Earth Hour (2-3pm)

 
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