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Principal’s Update

23 May

Dear Summit Heights Families,


On behalf of our entire staff, we hope that you and your loved ones are continuing to be healthy and are coping well during these unprecedented times.  We sincerely miss your children and you!   Hopefully you have been receiving the emails from the TDSB, updates about safety measures in place in and around our school, the school closures, distance learning etc.   If you haven’t been receiving these emails, please email me (!

As announced by the Ontario Government, and the TDSB, our field is open for use now.  It may take another week day or so for our basketball hoops to be installed, but that too will be open for use.  Please note, playscapes remain closed, please be mindful of that if you’re visiting our school grounds.  On this same note, please remember that dogs are not permitted on our property.

The TDSB is currently working on a protocol to organize and grant access to schools for the retrieval of personal items belonging to students.  Please continue to be patient.  Once the plan has been developed and shared with school staff, we will organize and work to ensure that those who want to retrieve their items will have the opportunity to do so, before the summer.

Likewise, the board is working on a plan for the Term 2 Report Cards.  While our staff are working on these, a plan is being developed for the logistics of getting these into your hands.  As we know more, we will share more information.

Construction work has resumed at our school recently.  Crews have been on site, working to complete the new HVAC system in our gym.  There has also been work to bring our electrical system up to present day code.

Finally, you likely recall the upbeat and fun Xmovement initiative that SAC brought to our school this past year.  Xmovement has shared an online resource for you and your family to engage in!  These resources will help you and your family: 

– Learn new skills to deal with emotions and relationships

– Keep fit with activities like dance, mindfulness, sports, martial arts

– Stay busy and entertained with weekly family challenges and games

It’s easy to get started: 

  1. Go to this website:
  2. Click: “Start Your Free Trial”
  3. Select: “Family and Friends Membership”
  4. Enter your details (no CC required)
  5. When at Check-out – use this coupon code to activate the discount: SummitHeightsTDSBgift


Thank you for reading.  Wishing you continued good health,

B. Mah,


Parent Input for Class Placements

24 Apr

April 24, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The teaching staff and Principal will be holding placement and promotion meetings for students in late May.  The principles that govern and structure the process involve a consideration of several factors including, but not limited to; gender, special education needs, students’ abilities and strengths, students’ needs and learning behavior, and our students’ interaction patterns that enable them to work and learn together productively.

As with past practice, we also welcome input from parents. This optional input should be focused on the unique qualities of your child that we are not aware of.  Please see further below for the approved school model for September 2020.

Please note, we will not accept requests for specific teachers.  Input that makes mention of  specific teachers will not be considered during the placement process.

Parent input that follows the above guidelines will be given due consideration, but final decisions about class placement will be based on all of the factors listed above, and therefore might not entirely align with the submitted input.

If you wish to provide input regarding your child, please email the Principal using the following format:

Subject: Input for CHILD’s FULL NAME, Grade, Current Teacher’s Name

  • To promote equity in this process, please limit your input to 350 words or less.
  • Please send your input no later than Friday, May 15th, 2020


Students in Grades 1-7 will be informed of their class placement on the first day of school.  JK/SK students will be informed during their open house in late August (any who miss the open house will be informed on the first day of school).  We will communicate further details closer to the end of this school year of this process.

Thank you for your partnership.

Mr. B. Mah

Summit Heights PS
Approved School Model for Sept. 2020



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Blue font denotes Gifted classes


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Virtual Library video (from Mrs. Greco)

28 Mar


Mrs. Greco would like to share this online video (on YouTube) for the TDSB virtual library.  Please have a look, and consider having your child(ren) visit the virtual library!

Thank you!

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Principal’s Update (March 26, 2020)

26 Mar

Dear Summit Heights families,

On behalf of the entire staff at SHPS, we sincerely hope that you, your family and all of your loved ones are healthy and coping well during these unprecedented times.  I’ve been in touch, several times, with our school staff, and I’m happy to relay that we, and our families, are all doing well, despite the situation that faces all of us.

Teachers have already reached out to their parents (and students) electronically before March Break, and during this week.  If you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher, please check your email.  Our staff have updated students and parents through various means (Google classroom, emails, Zoom video chat), so please be sure you are informed.

Likewise, the TDSB has sent a number of system wide newsletters.  You can find all of the correspondence on the board’s website at (scroll down, all of the newsletters are listed in the middle of the page).  In addition to accessing the various news reports around school closures, this is the web site that you should refer to for the most official board news about how long schools will remain closed and when they will resume.

On that note, as you likely know, Premier Ford announced this week that schools will not re-open on April 6th, 2020.  When we have more information, we will share that with you.

As previously communicated, and many of our teachers have shared these following links, the Ministry of Education and the TDSB have shared online links to help keep students engaged and learning during the closure period.  These links do not replace what students have been learning at school, but are intended to help mitigate the loss of learning during the school shut down period.

Ministry learning link:
TDSB learning link:

As mentioned, our staff have electronically reached out to you.  Part of the communication has included activities for learning at home.   The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive and welcoming.  I thank our staff for their communicating, care and consideration for our students.  The well-being of our students is a top priority for our staff.  Parents, please refer to the resources at this TDSB link to helps support the mental health of your child:

The TDSB is using this week and next to gather information, assess needs and formulate plans about the continuation of learning.  When the plan is formalized, we will communicate again with you.

Parents, if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have a question or concern about your child’s class, work, learning, please contact your child’s teacher.   There are also a good TDSB resource page, that answers a lot of questions and concerns.  The TDSB School Connects web site is at:

Again, the health and well-being of our entire school community (students, staff, parents, families) is our top priority.  We implore you to follow the directions of our municipal, provincial and federal governments (who follow the direction of our top health professionals).  Staying home as much as possible, and social distancing when you must go out, is extremely important.

Please visit the board’s web site for the most up-to-date news about school closures.  We will be in touch as we continue to move forward during these unprecedented times.


Wishing you good health,

Mr. B. Mah,


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Principal’s end of February Update

09 Mar

Dear Summit Heights Families,

Hopefully by the time that you’re reading this, the weather has continued to be spring-like.  With warmer temperatures and more day light (thanks to the change in Day Light Savings), we hope that your child(ren) and yourselves have a renewed sense of positivity and energy!  Hopefully that translates to more engagement in class for your child, and thus better academic, social and emotional success!  And if that’s not the case, with March Break just around the corner, hopefully THAT good news brings a smile to your child’s face!

February had a number of school events.  On the 19th, we held our in-person portions of registration for new to Kindergarten (for children starting in September 2020).  We’re pleased to say that the number of new registrants is on par to what we had last year.

The month was broken up by the PA day and Family Day long weekend.  The PA day on Feb 14th was set aside for teachers to meet with parents to discuss progress.

We welcomed back Ms. Samson, who was on maternity leave, after the Family Day long weekend, and we bid farewell to Mr. Cabacungan, who was Ms. Samson’s long term occasional teacher.

On February 26, Edge Image was on site to take Senior Kindergarten and Grade 6 Gifted Graduation photos.  Some students in our regular Grade 6 program also took grad photos, at the request of their parents.

We have reminded students via the morning announcements and in class by teachers, of some general flu prevention points.  As you know, we follow the lead/direction by Toronto Public Health, and they have reminded all students in the TDSB the following as good preventative measures to help the stop of the flu:

  • Wash your hands properly (for at least 15 seconds) and thoroughly, especially before eating
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue and throw that tissue away properly after, otherwise cough/sneeze into your sleeve or the inside of your elbow (and then wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible)
  • Stay home if you are ill

The TDSB has sent a number of emails to parents about the COVID12 flu.  If you have not received these emails directly from the board, please send an email to Mr. Mah at, and indicate who your child is, we will add your email to the TDSB contact list.

A general reminder that our bell times will change in September.  As previously communicated on February 26, starting in September our school day will start at 9:10 am, and the day will end at 3:40 pm.  Please see the previous post (or email) on this topic, for more details.

We want to extend our congratulations to Mr. Eschle and his Grade 6 class from last year, as they were awarded third place prize for the Canada-wide Young Writer’s Contest!  One of his students in that class, Amanda, was recognized as on e of the top writers in the entire completion!  Congratulations to the class (who are now Grade 7 students in other schools) and to Mr. Eschle!

Finally, a huge congrats to our entire school community as the official results have come back from the Terry Fox Foundation!  Our school raised a total of $5240 this school year for the foundation and the fight to cure cancer!  Special thanks to Ms. Magnani and Mr. Anton for organizing this annual event!

Upcoming events in March

Mar 2 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 2 – SAC (parent council) meeting, 7-9pm

Feb 28 – Mar 5 – Dental Screening

Mar 5 – Lost and Found items on display

Mar 6 – Kids Kitchen Lunch

Mar 9 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 13 – Kids Kitchen Lunch

Mar 16 – 20March Break (no classes)

Mar 23 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 25 – Head Lice check

Mar 27 – Kids Kitchen Lunch

Mar 30 – Pizza Lunch


Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,





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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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