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Summit Heights annual Spring Open House (May 2, 6-7pm)!

24 Apr

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Principal’s Update

31 Mar

Dear Summit Heights families,

We’re in the final three months of school!  Depending on when you are reading this, the last day of March may be a distant memory, but if you remember…  we had snow!  Maybe that’s Mother Nature’s April Fools prank on all of us!  On that note, April 1st falls on a Monday this year, so the staff will be keeping our keen eyes out for any students and their April Fools pranks!

We are planning on purging our lost in found, if you are able to, please have your child look through our lost/found items.  Parents, if you’d like to take a look, please do so after school.  We will donate the unclaimed items by the Easter/Passover long weekend.

Parents, please remember to send your child to school with a lunch.  We have had a few instances where students are at school without a lunch.  Related to this, please know we ask students to eat their entire lunch, even if they say they ‘don’t like it’.  We encourage students to talk to their parents if they don’t like their lunch.

Here’s a summary of last month’s events at our school:

Rodrigo, from Casava Drumming, finished up the drumming/music workshops at the beginning of March.  All of our students were able participate in interactive music workshops over a two week period.  Students used drums and other percussion instruments, while singing and working as an entire group to perform music.  A huge thanks again to SAC for funding this wonderful enrichment program for our entire school!

Students returned back to school after March break in good spirits.  As a whole, the transition back to class after a week off of school was smooth.  As we have in the past, SAC organized a head/hair screening for the entire school right after the break.

A number of classes went on field trips during March.  We had classes go to Forest Valley, Yorkdale mall (as a French language trip) and the Science Centre.  We also had Scientists in the School visit Summit Heights last month.

In a joint effort between the school and SAC, we received our shipment of our new lunch bins.  These new bins are large enough for an entire class’ lunch bags, while being on casters that make it very easy for a student to push the bin to/from the class and gym.  Of note, the bins were purchased for the classes that eat their lunch in the gym only.

On March 14 we were delighted to host Austin Matthews (@AM34), from the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Austin spent time talking about how to persevere, and how hard work pays off.  He also spent time reading his new children’s book, Bradley’s First Hockey Stick, to some of our students.   A huge thanks for the donated autographed stick, which is hidden somewhere in our school. The first student to find the stick gets to keep it!

The last week of March was very busy at our school.  We participated in the annual Vow of Silence, organized by our Social Justice League (along with Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen).  Students took a vow of silence for the day, as a culminating activity where we learned about the lack of child-voice in the world and the many injustices for young people.  The vow also raised money for the WE Charity, which helps young people around the world.

Mr. Eschle’s grade 6 students, along with Ms. Brock’s guidance, ran a very meaningful and entertaining assembly on Honesty.  Their presentation took the form of a game-show.  The junior assembly was bilingual too!  Congratulations to the class on an amazing job presenting and to all of our Character Education Award winners!


The last school day of March ended with our school participating in the annual TDSB Earth Hour.  On March 29th, between 2-3pm, our school turned off all non-essential lights.  We also turned off our computers, SMART board and other electronics.  Not to worry however, there was still a great deal of learning in our classes!

Here’s a list of upcoming events in April:

Apr 8 – Casava Assemblies

Apr 10 – Pink Day

Apr 11 – Sibling Photo Day

Apr 12SAC Lunch hour programs begin

Apr 16 – School Play

Apr 17SAC Meeting

Apr 19 – Good Friday, Passover (no classes)

Apr 22 – Easter Monday (no classes)

Apr 26 – Walk to School Day

* Did you really believe the Austin Matthews item?… APRIL FOOLS! 🙂
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Principal’s Update

03 Mar

Hello Summit Heights Families,

February proved to be a month that is more typical of Canadian winters!  We had snow, high winds, ice on the ground and cold temperatures, and for the first time in many years, a snow day!!!  Your child may have mentioned that for a number of weeks in February, we had a hybrid recess – students in grades 1-6 were given the option to go outside (but remain on our pavement area) or stay indoors in the gym (or library if the gym wasn’t available).  Those who stayed indoors brought their own quiet activities (reading, homework, board games), while supervised by staff.  We’re pleased to say this hybrid recess helped reduce the number of ice-related recess incidents.

Academically, the school staff were engaged in a Professional Learning Community last month.  The PD centered around providing students more choice when working on a product (i.e., assignment) at school.  This goes hand in hand with also fostering more student voice, whereby students begin to have some more influence in the material they are learning about.  Certainly, this doesn’t mean the curriculum isn’t covered, but there are many ways students can demonstrate their learning, besides for example, a test.

We are hosting three teacher-candidates from OISE/UofT.  Ms. Viazmina (with Mr. Anton’s class), Ms. Kyrollos (with Ms. Bates’ class) and Ms. Allen (Mr. Khaja’s class) have been welcomed additions to our school last month.  They finish up their teaching block at Summit Heights this coming week.

February was also the month when the first Term Report Cards were sent home.  The final report card will be sent home during the last week of school in June.

Our grade 6’s and SK students took their Graduation photos last month.

During the last week of the month, SAC hosted their annual online auction. We hope you were able to look over the many auction items and hopefully bid on them as well!  During this same week, Rodrigo of Casava Drumming again returned to our school to begin two weeks of upbeat music workshops!

February also saw a number of school teams finish up their seasons.  The Girls’ Volleyball team, co-ed floor hockey team and ice hockey teams all competed and finished up their seasons.  Congrats to all of our student-athletes and a huge thank you to the coaches involved (Schmitz, Eisen, Valdoria, Hunter, Kellesis and Mah)!


DO NOT park/stop in the accessible parking spots (commonly referred to as Handicap parking) unless you have a valid accessible parking pass.  A number of parents have been using these spots to stop and drop-off, do NOT do this.  We have had someone who legally uses the spot not have access because others have illegally stopped/parked in these spots.

Once again, 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 pose a serious danger (potentially collisions and obstructing lines of sight).  Likewise, DO NOT park in the wrong direction on Delhi, please park along with the flow of traffic.


Upcoming Events in March

Mar 4 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 4 – SAC meeting (7-9pm)

Mar 8 – Casava Drumming workshops conclude

Mar 11-15 – March Break

Mar 18 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 21 – Head-Hair screening

Mar 25 – Pizza Lunch

Mar 27  – Vow of Silence

Mar 29 – Earth Hour (2-3pm)

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Online Safety Letter to Parents from the TDSB

01 Mar

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All TDSB Schools CLOSED today (Tues. Feb 12, 2019)

12 Feb

Due to significant combination of snow, ice pellets & freezing rain expected throughout the day, all TDSB schools & administrative sites are closed today. This includes Child Care Centres located inside TDSB schools.

All school permits & Continuing Education classes are cancelled & TDESAA/TDSSAA events will be rescheduled.

Best regards,
Mr. B. Mah

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Parents as Partners Conference

08 Feb

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