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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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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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