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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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Secondary Program Review and Optional Attendance

21 Jan

Secondary Program Review and Optional Attendance

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible. As part of the Secondary Program Review, the TDSB is reviewing the Optional Attendance policy (P013), which allows students to apply to schools other than their designated school by home address.

A public consultation process for both the Secondary Review and P013 started in November 2019. Please visit the TDSB website for more information and opportunities to provide feedback:

If you have any questions and/or comments, please email

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Labour Update, Pizza Lunch

16 Jan

Labour Update (as communicated by the TDSB on Jan 15)

January 15, 2020

Dear Elementary Parents/Guardians,

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced today that, should there be no progress in negotiations, its members will conduct a one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) at a number of school boards, including the Toronto District School Board, on Monday, January 20, 2020. They will return to work on Tuesday, January 21.

Should the walkout take place, the TDSB would have no other option but to close all elementary schools (JK to 8) to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. As a result, parents/guardians should begin making alternate arrangements for their children.

Childcare centres located in elementary schools will be permitted to stay open. Please contact the childcare provider directly for more information.

ETFO is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for elementary teachers.

Should there be any significant updates, we will communicate directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit the TDSB website and follow @tdsb on Twitter.


Pizza Lunch – Rescheduled IF there are no classes on Monday, Jan 20

Please note, Monday’s pizza lunch will be re-scheduled to Tuesday, Jan 21st IF there are no classes on Monday, January 20th due to the possible one-day walk-out by the ETFO.

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