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CUPE Labour Update

03 Oct

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that its members will take further job action on Monday, October 7, 2019, if a new collective agreement is not reached through negotiations with the province and the Council of Trustees Associations. The new job action will be a full withdrawal of services, which is otherwise known as a strike or a walk-out. Over 18,000 employees will not be at work for the duration of the strike, which is almost half of the Toronto District School Board’s employees. Most of these employees work in schools.

If this job action commences as scheduled, the Board will close all schools for all students on Monday, October 7, 2019 and for the duration of the job action. While we understand that this is a challenging time, parents will be required to make alternate arrangements for their children. This is not a decision that we made lightly and we have explored every possible contingency plan to keep schools open. Student supervision and safety are our top priorities and without the important services of these school-based employees, we cannot guarantee that our learning environments will remain safe and clean for all students.

Employees, who are members of CUPE, provide critical daily services, including (but not limited to):

  • building and school ground safety and security;
  • lunch room supervision;
  • educational support in full-day kindergarten classrooms;
  • supervision and support for students with special needs;
  • safe water checks;
  • washroom and water fountain cleaning;
  • heating system operations; and
  • safe arrival programs.

During this job action, all non-CUPE employees will continue to report to work in schools and administrative centres.

In addition to the closure of schools for students, the following programs and services will also be impacted should the strike action commence on Monday:

Third-Party Licensed Child Care Operators in TDSB Schools

During the full strike action when schools are closed to students, third-party child care operators located in TDSB schools will be permitted to remain open. However, operating hours have been adjusted to 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. It’s important to note that the decision to open or close will be made by individual child care operators. Please contact your child care operator directly to confirm and for more information.

Most of the services provided by licensed child care operators are not directly impacted by the CUPE strike. However, some TDSB CUPE employees have responsibilities related to the opening and closing of these child care facilities. With limited management staff to fill in these roles, we are doing our best to keep these child care operations open, but with limited operating hours.

TDSB Extended Day Programs

During the full strike action when schools are closed to students, TDSB-operated Extended Day Programs will also be closed to all families. This child care service is operated by CUPE employees. Parents/guardians will be refunded for any closure during the labour disruption. See the full list of TDSB-operated Extended Day Programs.


During the full strike action, all school permits are cancelled, including authorized recreation programs.

Continuing Education

During the full strike action, all continuing education classes are cancelled. This includes Adult ESLAdult High SchoolsCredit ProgramsCommunity Programs/Learn4Life, and International Languages Elementary/African Heritage.


The following meetings will be cancelled during the full strike action: school council meetings, advisory committee meetings and ward forums.

While the TDSB is not directly involved in the provincial negotiations, the Board remains hopeful that a new agreement will be reached before Monday, October 7, 2019. If an agreement is reached, schools will open as usual on Monday.

We are committed to providing an update to all parents/guardians over the weekend.

For ongoing updates and the latest information, please continue to check and follow @tdsb on Twitter.


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Welcome back to a new school year!

31 Aug


Dear Summit Heights Students, Parents and families,

On behalf of our entire school staff, we wish our community a warm, friendly and excited “welcome back to school“!  We are excited to see our students, both new to our school and returning, on the first day of school (Tuesday, September 3rd).

On the first day of school, staff will be in the school yard by 8:25am, greeting students, parents and families.   Students will enter at the 8:40am bellFor more specific details on the entry routine on the first day of school, please scroll down to the blog entry “Principal’s Update” dated July 4.

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. Cabacungan (teacher)
  • Mr. Yazdani (teacher)
  • Ms. Magyari (office assistant)
  • Mr. Heilig (evening caretaker)


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 3  – First Day of School
  • Sept 6 – Friday File goes home
  • Sept 10 – Head lice Screening
  • Sept 12 – New Parent Tea (6pm)
  • Sept 12 – First School Advisory Council (aka: Parent Council) meeting (7pm)
  • Sept 19 – Curriculum Night (details to follow)
  • Sept 26 – Welcome Back BBQ (5:30pm)
  • Sept 30 & Oct 1 – Rosh Hashanah (classes continue as usual)
  • Oct 9 – Yom Kippur (classes continue as usual)


We are looking forward to seeing all of you on September 3, 2019.


Mr. Mah,

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Principal’s June Update

04 Jul

Dear Summit Heights Families,

You are hopefully well underway in enjoying your summer by the time you’re reading this!  The Summit staff sincerely hopes that the summer break is/has been a wonderfully restful, enjoyable, memorable and safe break!  During our last staff meeting of the year, we reflected on the past school year.  While there are always bumps in the road, the 2018-2019 school was a success in many areas, and overall, it was a successful school year!  We want to congratulate our SK and Grade 6 graduates on their momentous transition to Grade 1 and middle school.  We send our congratulations to all of our students for finishing the school year.  A huge thank you to our dedicated and skilled staff for making this year such a success. Finally, a heartfelt than you to our parent community for their support, time, effort and involvement in our school – our success is very much related to the support of our parent community.

For those students/families not returning to our school, we wish the very best at your new school.  We hope you will look upon your time at Summit Heights with fondness and that you are able to use what you learned at our school as building blocks for the future.  Likewise, we’d like to wish the following staff the very best, as they will not be returning to Summit Heights in September: Ms. A. Wasserman (music), Ms. P. Campione (office clerical), Ms. M. Villella (Grade 5/6 Special Education, LTO), Mr. A. Diallo (Core French, LTO), Ms. E. (supply SNA), and Ms. Mihaela, Ms. Safiya, and Ms. Darya,  (Lunchroom supervisors).   Our best regards also to Superintendent Curtis for her retirement!

For all of our returning students, school begins on Tuesday, September 3.   Our staff will be outside in the school yard, beginning at 8:25am to welcome you back!  Parents, please see below for the first day procedures (and how students will meet their new teachers and classmates on the first day of school).

To all of the new students/families joining our school for the first time, please review the links on the right side of this web site.  There is a wealth of information that covers many routines and logistics that are important to the safe and orderly function of our school.

June was a busy month for our school.  We had several celebrations (SK graduation, Grade 6 Graduation, Volunteer Appreciation breakfast, Staff Appreciation lunch, school BBQ) and a good deal of school wide events as well (play day, talent show, character education assembly, Toronto Metro Zoo excursion) not to mention taking part in cheering for our Raptors as they won the NBA championship!

June was an important month for our ECO Team!  Not only were they awarded a Gold standard for our school’s ECO endeavours, after months of planning and preparation, the kindergarten-garden was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Again, congratulations to the ECO team and our entire school community who supported the very important message of reducing, re-using and recycling.  Special thanks to Home Depot (Dufferin/Steeles location) and TD Bank for their support in labour and funding for making the kinder-garden possible.

June was a great way to end our school year.  We celebrated a lot of hard work by our school community, and said thank-you’s and farewell to many.  Wishing everyone a wonderful summer break, and looking forward to seeing you on September 3.



First Day of School – Finding out Class Placements

JK & SK students
Parents will (or have already) received information to attend a welcome/orientation to Kindergarten that will take place during the last week of August (the week before school starts).  Students/parents will meet in the school library, and then meet their teacher/ECE, and have a chance to visit the classroom.  Depending on the classroom teacher, some students/parents (if they are returning back to the same classroom/teacher) may be asked to skip/not attend the orientation.  Please be on the look out for communication from our kindergarten staff.

On the first day of school (from 8:25 to 8:38am), kindergarten students (and their parents/caregivers) are asked to line-up in their class line outside of our front/main doors.  In the event of inclement weather, the line-up may take place inside in our hallway (though parents/caregivers will be asked to wait outside due to space limitations).  When the 8:40am bell rings, the students (only) will be asked to come inside and begin their day in their classroom.

Grades 1-3 students
Students in Grades 1-3 are asked to gather by the primary entry doors and be ready to enter the school at 8:40am.  Please note, staff will be outside supervising starting at 8:25am.  We will post a sign on the doors as a point of reference for the “primary doors”.  In the event of inclement weather, students will be come into the building and wait in the hall, supervised, until the 8:40am bell.
Our staff will be on hand to help guide students (only) into the building at 8:40am.  Grades 1-3 students will be accompanied to the gym, where they will sit in grades.  Starting with grade 1’s, students will be called to join their new class, and then accompanied by the classroom teacher to walk to their new classroom.

Grades 4-6 students (regular and special education “Gifted”)
Students in grades 4-6 are asked to gather at the junior doors and be ready to enter at 8:40am.  Please note, staff will be outside supervising starting at 8:25am.  We will post a sign on the doors as a point of reference for the “junior doors”.  In the event of inclement weather, students will be come into the building and wait in the hall, supervised, until the 8:40am bell.
Our staff will be on hand to help guide students (only) into the school at 8:40am, starting with grade 4 students, followed by the grade 5s and eventually the grade 6 students.  As they enter the building, the staff will guide students to their classroom.  Students in the gifted program will be guided to walk to the school library, where their classes will be formed (and then accompanied to their new classroom with their teacher).


Thank you for reading!  Have a wonderful summer, we’ll see you on September 3rd for another great year at Summit Heights!


Mr. B. Mah,

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Kindergarten Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! (Mon. June 24 @ 3:20pm)

23 Jun

We would like to invite teachers, parents, students and neighbours to come out for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Kinder”garden” on Monday, June 24 at 3:20 pm.

The bank manager from the Wilson and Bathurst T.D. branch who presented us with the funds to purchase our planters and the Home Depot crew  (from the Dufferin & Finch location) who volunteered their time to do all the physical labour will also be attending. We would also like to thank the teachers and students who painted the planters and planted the plants in our garden. We hope to see you on Monday!


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Grade 6 Graduation – Update on Start Time

20 Jun

Dear Summit Heights Parents,

Please note this updated start/entry time for this evening’s Grade 6 Graduation at Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre:

We ask that Graduates be dropped off at Montecassino at 4:45pmDoors will open for seating of guests at 5:00pm.  The ceremony will begin at 5:15pm.


Thank you.

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Principal’s Update

09 Jun

Dear Summit Heights Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already June!  In fact, at the time of this post, there are just three short weeks of classes left to go until summer.  While the thought of summer almost always makes our students happy and excited, there is still learning and a lot of events happening at Summit Heights before the final bell of 2018-2019 rings on June 27.

Looking back, we had a lot of events in May, here’s a quick snapshot of what happened last month.

Open Houses
During the first week of May we held our annual Spring Open House.  This was an opportunity for families to visit the school, classrooms and see what our students are learning.  We also had two Open Houses for students who potentially will be attending our Gifted Program next year.  These open houses shared information about the gifted program, an opportunity for questions/answers and a brief class visit.

Near the end of the month our Grade 3 and 6 students wrote the annual EQAO assessment.  As you likely know, this assessment takes a snap-shot of how our students are doing in Language (Reading and Writing) and Math.  Students answer a variety of questions (some responses are multiple choice, others are short- or long-answer).  Like all students/schools, we will receive the results early in the next school year.  Thanks to our Grade 3 and 6 students and teachers for their best efforts in this respect!

   We had three school teams compete last month.  The co-ed track and field team competed at the Conference championships!  Congratulations to the entire team, their coaches (Coach Eisen, Anton and several others) and parent-volunteers for their amazing efforts!
The Girls’ Softball team also played their tournament last month.  The girls were praised for their excellent attitudes and efforts.  Congratulations to the team and Coach Kellesis for a great season!
The Co-Ed Ultimate team won their tournament last month.  By winning, they advanced to the Conference semi-finals and were victorious at that stage.  They then moved on and won the Conference Championships!  As a result, the team plays in the TDESAA City Championships this week!  A huge congratulations to the girls and boys on the team, as well as Coach Mercer and Chen for their outstanding efforts and dedication!

Kindergarten Events
May 16th was the date of our annual Grandpal day.  Dozens of Grandpals/family members came to our school to listen/see our kindergarten students perform musical acts.  In addition, there was story-telling, reading, arts and crafts and snacks too!  Thanks to our kindergarten teachers and especially to our three parent-volunteer-leaders who organized the event this year!  Thank you to Alanna, Julia and Gillian!
Last week, on June 6th, our staff hosted a Graduation for our SK students.  Congratulations to the SK students who make the transition to Grade 1!  Way to go everyone!

All K to Gr 6 students attended a bus-safety assembly last month.  The assembly reviewed all of the important procedures and practices involved with riding on a school bus (whether on a daily basis or once in a while, such as in the event of a school trip).
We also had our month Character Recognition assembly last month.  Thanks to students in Ms. Kipka and Ms. Bower/Powell’s classes for organizing and leading the assembly.
Thanks to our SAC, all of our students participated in a mindfulness workshop on May 16th.  Students learned about living in the moment and taking a second to focus on themselves, while preparing oneself to tackle the stress that life brings our way.  Parents also had an opportunity to take part in an evening workshop.  Finally the staff too attending PD around mindfulness at the end of the month.


Upcoming Events in June:

June 6 – SK Graduation

June 10 – ECO Schools Audit

June 12 – Zoo Trip

June 12 – SAC meeting (7-9pm)

June 13 – Grad Trip

June 13 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

June 14 – Cafe Francais

June 18 – Play Day

June 18 – School BBQ

June 20 – Grade 6 Graduation

June 21 – Staff Appreciation Lunch

June 24 – Talent Show

June 26 – Reports Go Home

June 27 – Last day of Classes

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