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Principal’s Update

19 Nov

Dear Summit Heights Families,

The staff and I continue to be amazed at the amazing efforts, wonderful success and fantastic talents that your children display on a daily basis.  Students are communicating their learning in a wide variety of ways in our classes.  We see student work displayed on walls and in our classes.  Students are often performing or presenting, and are working in small groups on assignments or learning at a table with their teacher on a daily basis.  We hope that you continue to have daily conversations with your child about what they are learning in class, and what they hope to learn on that given subject.

Dental Screening
Toronto Public Health will be at our school this week to begin the annual dental screening.  Parents can have their child opt out of this screening if they have communicated to their child’s teacher, in writing.  Classes will be called to the screening throughout the week.

Pizza Lunch
As usual, Pizza Lunch continues on Monday.  A huge thank you to the Pizza Committee chairs (Cara and Elizabeth) and their team of parent volunteers, for making this event possibly on a weekly basis!

SAC Meeting
The next School Advisory Committee meeting (aka “Parent Council”) is this Tuesday, November 21.  All parents and guardians are warmly welcomed to attend this meeting, which begins at 7:00pm in our school library.

Be Alert when on our School Yard
Parents, caregivers, please be mindful and alert when on our school yard/field for ‘flying sports equipment’ like balls and other toys.  We have reminded our students to be careful when playing sports and to yell out “heads” or “heads up” if their ball/equipment is headed towards an unsuspecting person, though your awareness would help as well.  Thank you.

Annual Fall Food Drive
Thank you so much for your amazing support of donations (both monetary and food items) for our annual Fall Food Drive!  While we wait for the final results, the staff are certain this is one of the best years in recent memory for this event – thank you so much for your generosity SHPS community!  A huge thanks to the Social Justice League, and Mrs. Mercer, Mr. Kellesis and Mr. Chen for their work in organizing this important, and successful event!

Tour for Humanity
Last week, the Tour For Humanity tour bus visited our school on Monday and Tuesday.  The bus came with staff and a high-tech presentation that our grades 4-6 classes were able to visit for an hour lesson.  Our students learned about some important elements of World History, primarily the Holocaust.  Thank you to our SAC for providing this opportunity!

Major A. Lunn visit
A sincere thank you to Major A. Lunn from the Canadian Armed Forces, who visited Summit Heights on November 10th, 2017 as part of our Remembrance Day education and ceremonies.  Major Lunn provided authentic and meaningful information of the importance of Remembering and information about the CAF.  Lest We Forget.

Thank you for visiting,

B. Mah, 


Trustee Lulka’s Ward Forum

14 Nov


Annual Fall Food Drive update

14 Nov

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Hallowe’en Safety

29 Oct

Hallowe’en Safety Tips

Hallowe’en provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Hallowe’en is often a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs and impromptu history lessons. Hallowe’en is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security.


• Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe to be unsafe or unknown.
• Have your child carry a flashlight.
• NEVER go into a stranger’s house.
• NEVER trick or treat with people you do not know.
• Trick or treat only at homes you know.
• Children should always stay in groups if no parent is present.
• Younger children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an older person.
• Accompany your child when trick or treating.
• If you can not accompany your child then know the route your child will take.
• Flame resistant (retardant) costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them.
• Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know.
• Remind children of road safety rules. Cross only at corners. Do not criss-cross the road. Go up one side of the road and down the other side. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing on-coming traffic if there is no sidewalk
• If adults are driving their children, drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road.
• Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating. Wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable.
• Remind children that not everyone celebrates Hallowe’en, and to avoid any homes that have no lights on. Also remind children not to run through neighbours yards or gardens.
• With older children, be sure to know what other events (such as parties) they plan on attending.
• Set time limits when children should return home.
We wish you a SAFE and enjoyable Hallowe’en this Tuesday!

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William G. Davis JR PS – 50th Anniversary Open House

24 Oct

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Principal’s Update

20 Oct

Dear Summit Heights Families,

As we near the end of the second month of school, we come upon a very exciting time at most schools, Halloween!  Many of our classrooms will be celebrating this event.  If you choose to have your child in a costume, please remember our school rule that masks and weapon-like props are prohibited.  If your child’s teacher has communicated about sending treats for a class celebration, please remember as well to send nut-free food (and consideration for any other allergies that your child’s classroom contains).

Birthday Celebrations:
Please be mindful that if there is a celebration of child’s birthday in a classroom, we do not allow their sibling(s) to join another class for that celebration (unless of course they happen to be in the same classroom).   Thank you for your understanding.

Terry Fox Run:
We are delighted to report that our charity fundraising goal for the annual Terry Fox Run was met (and exceeded) this year!  Our goal was to raise $5000, and we raised $5763.17 for the Terry Fox Foundation!  We are very proud of the efforts of our students, staff and parent community for their commitment to finding a cure for Cancer, education about Terry Fox and promoting a healthy and active life-style.  Special thanks to the Terry Fox Committee (Ms. Magnani, Ms. Bernstein, Mr. Kellesis and Mr. Chen) as well as SAC and the many parent-volunteers who made this annual event possible!

Pick-Up (notify your child’s teacher):
If there is a temporary change in who is picking up your child, please notify your child’s teacher, in writing on the morning the day of) of this change.  This also applies if your child normally takes the school bus – please notify your child’s teacher (in writing) if your child is not taking the school bus home. If there is a long term change, please also notify the main office.

Morning Drop Off :
Parents, please be mindful that there is no parking in the drop-off zone in our school parking lot.  This area is for stopping to safely let your child(ren) out of your vehicle, after which we ask that you immediately, and safely, drive your vehicle away.

Please also note that there is a no parking zone along Delhi.  This area is in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to our school yard.

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring a safe and efficient drop-off period in the morning.

SHPS Soccer Teams
Congratulations to the Girls’ Soccer Team who won their one-day tournament and advanced to the TDESAA North Conference Quarter-Finals!  The team played their quarter-finals game on October 20th – we hope to hear about their game soon!

Congratulations tot he Boys’ Soccer Team for finishing second in their one-day tournament!  The team did a great job all season, well done!

Huge thanks to Coach Craze, Coach Eschle and Coach Khaja for their work, time and efforts in guiding and coaching the teams this year.

SHPS Cross Country Team:
Our Cross Country team had a fantastic season this year!  We had an enormous turn out of athletes at every grade level.  The team practiced daily in the mornings and at lunch – we are so proud of their dedication!   A large number of our student-athletes advanced past the first meet to compete at the Conference level on Oct 16th, 2017.  Special thanks to Coach Eisen, Coach Khaja, Coach Kellesis and Coach Chen for their awesome work with our team!

Tov Li Lunches
Thanks to the SAC Graduation Committee, we have several catered-lunches this year! The schedule has been updated, please make note of the follow Tov Li dates:

October 20
November 10
December 8
January 12
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 15

Trustee Lulka October Newsletter
Please view Trustee Lulka’s October newsletter online at the following link:


Best regards,

B. Mah,

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