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Orange Shirt Day, Curriculum Night

23 Sep

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Principal’s Update (Sept 8, 2018)

08 Sep

Dear Summit Heights Families,

We had a good start to the new school year last week.  As with any school or organization, there were a few glitches that came up such as busing challenges, but overall we had a positive start where students returned to class happy, healthy and ready to learn.  Most of our first week was about reviewing routines, rules and expectations.  Many activities in class were also about “getting to know you” both for the teachers and staff to learn about their students and vice versa.

In the coming weeks, teachers will be administering a number of academic diagnostic lessons and activities, so that we can better understand where your child’s current knowledge.  Likewise, there is usually some review of the previous year’s material (such as math).  Parents, please continue to ask your child about their day at school, what was covered and what they are expected to know.  Likewise, encourage your child to be prepared for classes by having the necessary materials ready in their backpacks (each teacher would have reviewed what was needed for their class by now).

Parents, two packages of forms went home last week.  On the first day of school, forms from the school went home with your child (such as the Computer and Internet Use policy/consent, PHE form, local walking excursion form, lunch form etc.).   The first Friday File went home on Friday Sept 7.  This package contains many important forms from the various School Advisory Council (SAC or “Parent Council”) committees (e.g., pizza, universal donation form, class parent, e-mail list, etc).  Please return all of the forms, with your child to their classroom teacher, as soon as possible.

New to Summit Heights Parents are welcome to visit the school this Thursday (Sept. 13, 2018) from 6-7pm for the New Parent Tea.  This annual event, hosted by SAC, welcome new parents to our school and is a chance to meet the SAC executive members, other new parents and the school Principal.  We encourage all new parents to our school to come to this event, have a few light refreshments and meet some of our school community.

Immediately following the New Parent Tea is our first SAC meeting.  This meeting is open to any parent in our school community.  A number of items are discussed, all based on supporting our students.  While there are specific positions on the SAC council that have voting privileges to decide on a number of items, we welcome any and all input from parents.  This is the forum for parents’ voices to be heard, so please feel welcome to attend these meetings.  The agendas are posted at all of our major exterior doors usually a week before the meeting. should you wish to review the agendas.

As you have seen, our roof is being completely replaced.  The crew has been temporarily reassigned to another project, which helped us have a smooth start to the new school year.  They are scheduled to resume work starting the week of September 17, with approximately 14 working days left of work.

Finally, while it’s only been one week of school, a number of extra-curricular events have already begun!  Last week we had tryouts for the Jr. Girls’ and Jr. Boys’ soccer teams (thanks Coach Eschle and Coach Khaja).  Meetings were also held for the Social Justice League (thanks Mrs. Mercer, Mrs. Samson and Mr. Chen)!  Cross-country forms were handed out with preparation of training to start soon (thanks Coach Khaja and Coach Wasserman).  Some grade 6 students are organizing, with a staff member, to form a Yu-Gi-Oh club!  The first tryout for the school’s touch/flag football team is this coming Wednesday at lunch (for the position of Quarterback), Coach Hunter and Mah will be coaching.  We are also getting organized to have lunch-office helpers and student-morning-announcers (thanks to Ms. Greco for organizing this!).  As you can see, our school is chalk-full of events, with many more to come!

During last week’s morning announcements and opening assemblies, the key theme to start the year is a “positive attitude”!  If we can all approach school, and life, with it’s many challenges and ups and downs, with a positive attitude, we can persevere and be successful!

Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,

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Welcome to another start to a school year!

25 Aug

Dear Summit Heights Students, Parents and families,

The entire staff at our school wish our community a warm, friendly and excited “welcome back to school”!  While at this moment, there is still a week of summer left, the staff have been busy preparing for the start of the school year.  We are excited to see our students, both new to our school and returning, on the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4th).

Staff will be in the school yard by 8:25am, greeting students, parents and families on the first day of school.  Grade 1-6 classroom teachers will be holding signs so that students can find their teacher.  Kindergarten students who are starting on the first day of school (or on any other day) should line up with their parent/care-giver at the front entrance of the school (pylons with signs will be out to help direct the line up).

If your child is bused to our school, we will have staff on site to receive them when they arrive on the school bus.  The students will then be asked to walk around to the school yard.

The first day of school can be a very exciting, memorable and momentous occasion for all involved.  Please understand, that for the smooth functioning of our school, parents and caregivers are asked to say their goodbyes outside (i.e., please stay outside during/after the students have entered the school).  If the weather is not cooperative on the first day of school, school staff will provide guidance about our indoor morning entry during inclement weather.

Parents, if you are new to our school please review the links on the right side of this web site.  The links provide a great deal of general information, routines, procedures and rules about Summit Heights.

If you haven’t already done so, please follow us on Twitter (@SummitHeightsPS).  Our Twitter feed is updated more often than our web site.  If you don’t have twitter, you can still see our tweets which are “re-tweeted’ on the top right corner of this web site.

We are also pleased to announce the following staff who have joined our SHPS faculty this September:

  • Mr. Valdoria (Grade 1/2)
  • Mr. Hunter (Gr 4/5 am Core, Resource)
  • Mr. Chen (Gr 4/5 Gifted Core)
  • Ms. Wasserman (Music am)
  • Ms. Bakhtiar-Nia (ECE)


Our Google calendar is linked from this web site, please check it out regularly.  To help with what September will look like, here are some key dates:

  • Sept 4  – First Day of School
  • Sept 7 – Friday File goes home
  • Sept 10&11 – Rosh Hashanah (classes continue as usual)
  • Sept 13 – Lice Screening
  • Sept 13 – New Parent Tea (6pm)
  • Sept 13 – First School Advisory Council (aka: Parent Council) meeting (7pm)
  • Sept 19 – Yom Kippur (classes continue as usual)
  • Sept 27 – Welcome Back BBQ (5:30pm)


Enjoy the last few days of summer, we are looking forward to seeing all of you on September 4, 2018.

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Play-day, School lunch BBQ update

13 Jun

Good morning,

Play-day has been postponed to our rain-date (Wednesday, June 20, 2018) due to the weather and wet ground conditions.  The school BBQ lunch is still on, rain or shine.

Thank you all!

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Principal’s Update

11 Jun

Sports Update

Last week, three students represented our school at the North Conference Track and Field Championships!  We’re very proud of the entire team and the coaching staff (Coach Eisen and Anton) – well done everyone!  At this meet, Kosta competed in the Grade 4 boys shot put and performed very well!  Caitlin competed in the Girls’ long jump and finished in an amazing 6th place.  Ella also competed in the long jump and finished 3rd overall – earning herself a spot at the TDESAA City Finals! Way to go Ella, Caitlin and Kosta!

This past Monday our boys’ softball team competed in their conference quarter finals.  The placed a very strong squad from Allenby (a school more than double our size) and played very well and competitively.  Congratulations on a fantastic season to the team and to Coaches Craze, Eschle and Kellesis!

Senior Kindergarten Graduation

This past Monday, our senior kindergarten students had a graduating ceremony on our front lawn.  In perfect weather, the students shared their memories and aspirations in front of parents, family and staff.  Afterwards everyone came inside for some refreshments.  Congratulations to all of our soon to be Grade 1 students, and to their families.  A huge thanks to the parents for organizing the refreshments.  Equally important, thank you to our staff Ms. Andrews, Ms. Bower, Ms. Marchiori, Ms. Powell, Ms. Kalimbet and Ms. Ferreira for their hard work this entire year.


Mock Ontario Provincial Elections (grade 4-6)

Last week, thanks to Mr. Chen and a number of student volunteers, our grades 4-6 students were able to participate in a mock election where students voted in a simulated voting station (i.e., portable 3).  Our students learned a great deal about the voting process and also learned about the actual elections that happened later in the same week.


Mabel’s Fables Book Fair:

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SHPS Roof Construction – information and community meeting

01 Jun

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