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Principal’s Update

04 Nov

Dear Summit Heights Families,

We had a jammed packed month of October at our school!  We had a number of school events, many of our school teams completed their seasons, new clubs started up, classes went on excursions, and so much more!

At the beginning of the month the staff held our annual Curriculum Night.  Parents came to visit their child’s class to get to know about the curriculum, class routines and the teacher’s expectations.  The SAC organized lunch-hour programs began the second week of October with over a dozen activities to choose from!  Pizza lunch, also organized by SAC, started up with weekly Pizza lunches.  The annual Pumpkin Patch was a huge success as well this year!  On October 30th our kindergarten students were treated to a pumpkin patch on our front lawn, while also participating in a number of curriculum based activities.   A huge thanks to the parent committee/volunteers, lead by Alanna, Gillian and Julia, for organizing this great event!

Like in past years, our community Police Liaison Officer, Officer Shari, visited our school.  Officer Shari was able to host a number of assemblies, catering to the age levels of our students.  She covered topics ranging from who the Police are (for kindergarten students) to inclusion and anti-bullying (for our junior students).

Our school had it’s annual Photo Day on October 17 (and not to worry, the photo re-take day is scheduled for November 15th).

As you know, our school was a site for the municipal election held on October 22nd.  We’re pleased to report that the day went smoothly from our school’s side of things.

The ECO school club organized our first “Walk to School Day” on October 19th – thanks to everyone who were able to walk to school on this day (and every other day!).

In terms of school teams,  the boys soccer team and co-ed touch football teams finished their seasons in October with grit, effort and sportsmanship.  The co-ed cross-country team also finished the season with a strong showing, and a huge congrats to Bram who competed in the city championships for cross-country!  The girls’ soccer team capped off their season with an amazing showing at the Conference level, capturing the Championship banner for Division 2!  Congrats girls – way to go!!!!  Huge thanks to the many coaches of the aforementioned teams, including Mr. Eschle, Mr. Khaja, Mr. Hunter and many more!

The month wrapped up with students (and staff) dressed up in a variety of great costumes for Halloween!  It was great to see so many members of our school have some fun, express themselves and get into the spirit with their creative and fun costumes.

November will surely be another busy month with a lot of learning in our classes, plenty of activities and events!

As you know, our SAC updates our school Google calendar on a regular basis. You can find the link to the calendar on the right link page on this web site (you can also find instructions on how to add the calendar to your mobile device).

Here are some dates/events for November:

Nov 7 – Pizza Nova Workshop (portable one with Ms. Brock)

Nov 14 – Progress Reports go home

Nov 15 – Photo Re-take Day

Nov 15 – Evening Parent-teacher Progress Report Interviews

Nov 16 – PA Day & Morning Parent-teacher Progress Report Interviews

Nov 20 – SAC Meeting (7-9pm)

Nov 26-30 – Jungle Sport




Tov Li Lunch – date change (NOW Thurs. Nov 15th NOT Fri. Nov 2nd)

30 Oct

The first Tov Li lunch that was scheduled for Friday November 2nd will be moved to Thursday November 15. Given the field trip for the grade 4 and 5 classes on November 2nd, it was decided to change the date to Thursday November 15th  to accommodate all the students.

 A reminder message for the first Tov Li lunch will be sent prior to November 15th. We apologize for any inconvenience

 Marla and Wendy

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Marker Recycling Program (from our ECO team)

11 Oct

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Trustee Lulka newsletter

11 Oct

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Principal’s Update (Sept 30, 2018)

30 Sep

Dear Summit Heights Parents,

We had a successful first month of our new school year.  September was a month of reviewing routines, school norms and expectations.  Students also performing a number of diagnostic assessments in various subjects, and started learning and demonstrating their learning of the curriculum.

By now, our staff have communicated with their students’ parents a number of times.  This communication varies in format from Google Class, online blogs, regular email updates, hard-copy news letters, agenda notes, monthly calendars, to name a few.  Please review the communication from your child’s teacher(s) to stay on top of past and upcoming events.

Any school is more than what happens in the classroom.  Our school had a number of events that took place in September.

In terms of athletics, we had tryouts, team selections and practices for co-ed cross country, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer and touch football.

We’re really proud that we also have a number of extra-curricular clubs that have started up including the Robotics/Lego/Coding club with Mr. Chen, the Pathfinders club with Ms. Samson and ECO Schools with Mrs. Marchiori and Ms. Bates.  Grade 6s have also had a number of leadership opportunities including conducting the morning announcements on our PA system and lunch-time office helpers.

September 13th was the date of our annual New Parent Tea.  Parents ‘new’ to our school were invited to meet members of the School Advisory Council (SAC, aka: “Parent Council”), meet the school principal and other new parents.  This was a great opportunity to get information about our school and connect with others.

On September 20, members of our Social Justice League, with Mr. Chen, attended the WE Day extravaganza at Scotia Bank Arena.  The event brought tens of thousands of young student leaders to be inspired from world-renowned speakers and performers, all with the message of making a difference in our community, world, through changing lives!  The group of students, with Mrs. Mercer, Mrs. Samson and Mr. Chen organized our school’s Orange Shirt Day, which took place on Friday, September 28th.

On September 21 our grade 6 students attended a fun-filled, PHE related field trip to Downsview Park.  Hosted by Human Moves, which are based out of Downsview Park.  A huge thanks to parents Jill Kelner and Sandi Silver for organizing this physical and health education-based excursion!

On September 26th, we had our first Character Education assembly, for the character trait Respect.  With the guidance from Ms. Bernstein and Ms. Wasserman, grade 6 leaders planned and lead the assembly, and Mr. Valdoria’s grade 1/2 class performed a song about Respect.  Students from each class were recognized for their Respectful interactions with their peers and teachers.

On September 27, our annual Terry Fox Walk/Run was held.  This important annual event raises proceeds for the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.  While the total for the fundraising is still being tabulated, our students participated in the even with the understanding of who Terry was and what his Marathon of Hope’s goal is.  Thank you to Ms. Bernstein and Ms. Magnani for organizing this yearly event.  Thanks also to the many parent volunteers who helped with the walk/run.

September 27th was also the date of our annual Welcome Back BBQ.  Hundreds of students, parents, community members and staff came out to our BBQ, which also featured a photo-booth, lots of inflatable rides/activities, an outdoor dance with a DJ and dancers, face-painting and great food!  A huge thanks to parents Rachael Goodman and Michelle Freilich, as well as their team of parent volunteers, for this amazing event!

We also saw the completion of our roof re-construction project.  The workers finished packing up on Friday, September 28th.  While there is still some work to be done for the ‘flashing’ along the sides of some portions of the roof, our building should be leak-free from this point on!

A reminder to check out the Google Calendar (link along the right side of this web site) for dates of events that will be happening at our school.

For your convenience, here’s a list of some events that are happening in October:

Oct 1 – Girls’ Soccer exhibition game vs. John Wanless (3:15pm)

Oct 2 – Curriculum Night (6-7pm)

Oct 3 – Regional Cross Country meet

Oct 5 – PA Day (no classes)

Oct 8 – Thanksgiving (no classes)

Oct 9 – Lunch time programs begin

Oct 12 – Police Officer Spivak visit (JK-Gr 3)

Oct 15 – First Pizza Lunch

Oct 16 – Conference Cross Country meet

Oct 17 – Photo Day

Oct 19 – Touch Football team tournament

Oct 19 – Walk to School Day

Oct 22 – Municipal Election (using our gym)

Oct 23 – Police Officer Spivak visit (Gr 4-6)

Oct 30 – Pumpkin Patch (JK & SK)

Any school’s success is based on the people in it’s community.  School is what we make out of it.  With a positive approach and a willingness to work together towards common goals, we can all be successful.

Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,

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Orange Shirt Day, Curriculum Night

23 Sep

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