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Extended School Closure / Continued Online Learning

12 Jan

Dear Summit Heights Families,

The following message has been shared by the TDSB:


Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians,

Today, the Government of Ontario announced new measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province. As part of today’s announcement, the government has said that all schools in Toronto will remain closed to students and staff until Wednesday, February 10. During the closure period, remote learning will continue, as will in-person supports for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning.

Our schools will continue to support all families to ensure that learning can continue as best as possible during the closure, although we recognize that everyone is trying their best to balance life, work, childcare, and remote learning, among other things right now. While we believe the continuation of learning is important, the mental health and well-being of our students is just as important. We would encourage parents/guardians to review these important resources that we have compiled that may help support your children during this challenging period.

We know the current situation is far from ideal for many of our families, but we will continue to support you as best we can during this time. Should you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your child’s school.

Thank you.



TDSB Update

08 Jan

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I want to provide you with an important update on the status of in-person learning at the Toronto District School Board. As you know, schools across Ontario have been closed this week to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Today, the Government of Ontario announced that elementary schools across Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed to students and staff until at least Monday, January 25, 2021. Secondary schools will remain closed until Monday, January 25 as was previously scheduled. During this extended closure, remote learning will continue.

We know that this extended shift to remote learning presents challenges for a number of families — of both students and staff — but I know our schools and our educators have been working to support all families to ensure that learning can continue as best as possible given the circumstances.

As we’ve shared before, while the TDSB has distributed more than 70,000 devices to students, we know that some students may still require a device for this extended remote learning period. In those cases, families are encouraged to contact their school to arrange for one. Please note that devices will be provided based on availability and may take time to distribute.

For parents/guardians of students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning and are receiving in-persons supports, these supports will continue during the extended closure.

As always, should you have any questions, please speak with your child’s school. In the meantime, we will continue to provide any necessary updates as we receive them.

Thank you.


Ms. Shapiro Update

27 Nov

Dear Summit Community,

As we reach the end of November, here is what we have been learning about!


During the month of October, we began our Health Unit of Healthy Eating: Canada Food Guide. Over the month we have read various books about healthy eating and we have been discussing how to use Canada’s Food Guide to assess the nutritional value of meals. We talked about eating a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables and how each one has special nutrients that help us to grow strong and give our body the “fuel” or energy it needs every day. The students then had the opportunity to “show me what you know” and create their own fruit and vegetable rainbows! We have also been learning how to identify food and beverage choices that enhance healthy growth and development and we have learned to differentiate between “everyday” foods and “sometimes” foods. We discussed the differences between processed and unprocessed foods and the students created their very own food guide based on the Canadian Food Guide. They also designed healthy snacks and meals to show their understanding of healthy eating.

Drama and Music
During the week of Halloween, the students revisited the Music Unit “Rhythm and Beat.” Some of the classes wrote their own rhythmic compositions and performed them in small groups. All the primary students had the opportunity to show me what they know by clapping “spooky” rhythms (bat = ta, pumpkin = titi and ghosts = shh). Moving into the new year, we will continue learning about the rhythms that they can create using their bodies as percussion instruments.
Beginning this week, the students will be learning about the Elements of Drama, with a focus on Role and Character. We will investigate who “characters” in drama are and how they can use their bodies, facial expressions, tone of voice etc. to become more believable as characters. We will also look at how to adopt the attitude and point of view of a fictional character. We will be studying Drama until the Winter Break.

Literacy Connections
Here are some the books we have been reading if you would like to follow up with your child:
The Vegetable and Fruit Alphabet from A to Z, Never Wil I Ever Eat a Tomato, Creepy Carrots, Gregory the Terrible Eater, *Amazing Grace, *The Happiest Tree.

*these books will be read in December when we begin our Drama Unit.

During our weekly Music classes, the students finished learning about The Beatles and they are currently listening to the musical repertoire of Stevie Wonder. We have watched documentaries, live footage and have been listening to a selected discography of each band/artist. The students have become “active listeners” and music critics, as well as critically reflecting on music that they have been listening to. Ask your child to tell you about the various songs and the different ways that they have responded to them. The next band they will be listening to is U2.

Have a wonderful December and a restful Winter Break with your families.

Warm Regards,
Robyn Shapiro

Robyn Shapiro, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT
Elementary Teacher
Summit Heights Public School

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SHPS Before & After Care (from the LEF)

17 Nov

Dear Families,

The Learning Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit organization, operates a licensed Before and After school program at Summit Heights.  In September 2020, we were un-able to re-open due to low enrolment whilst being unable to safely maintain cohorts in the program.

The focus for the Learning Enrichment Foundation has been, and continues to be the safety of children, their families and our staff members. All educators have gone through Toronto Public Health training and have gone through all Covid-19 related policies & procedures and are ready, willing and able to provide a safe, engaging and fun program.

We will continue to reevaluate the needs in the community and look forward to resuming our Before & After care at Summit Heights when we are able.

Please contact me at 647-567-5074 or if you have any questions or might be interested in the program.

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Winter Clothing Drive!

16 Nov

Help Keep a Student Warm!

SHPS is helping Grenoble Public School, an inner-city Toronto school with socio-economic needs, that has a school population of 1,000 students ranging from JK-6 – stay warm this winter by running a winter clothing drive in the neighbourhood. This community has been greatly affected by the pandemic and is looking for lightly used winter gear: Snow Pants, Jackets, Boots, Hats, Gloves, Warm Clothing!


Contactless Drop-off location from, 8 am – 8 pm.  Donation bin is located at the front door.


For the location address, please contact parent Lauren Rivietz for additional questions:


Thank you for your support!


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Have a Safe and Happy Summer – from the SHPS Staff!

24 Jun

The staff at Summit Heights would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer!  Check out our well-wishes to you on this youtube link:

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