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Facing Challenges and Breaking Barriers: Perseverance, Hope and Optimism

16 May

Logan Anderson, Special Education and Health Teacher at Summit Heights PS, brought a very special guest to speak to the school’s grade one to six students at an Assembly during Children’s Mental Health Week: her brother Luke Anderson. Carrying a message that focused on the importance of facing challenges and breaking barriers, he shared his story. He was a healthy active young man who loved sports and moved out to British Columbia to pursue his love of mountain biking after he finished school.  He went on to tell the students about his mountain bike accident in 2002, how it changed his life, and how he lost the use of his legs.

“Luke shared with the students how difficult it was to go from being independent and on his own to needing to ask others for help,” said Summit Heights PS Principal Thelma Sambrook. “To illustrate this he engaged the students in a variety of life skill demonstrations and answered questions about his daily routines and how he lives his life now. This helped the students gain insight into his world.”

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Earth Week Alert – Please Spread the News!

14 Apr

Earth Week Alert – Please Spread the News!
Please join us Monday, April 16, with the Canadian Diabetes Association as they ‘Kick Off Earth Week’ with a Clothing Donation Drive at Summit Heights P.S. The Canadian Diabetes truck will be on site to pick up donations from 5:45 PM to 7:00PM. Members of the community are encouraged to drop off used clothing in plastic bags. The school Eco-Team, teacher leaders and Principal will be there to greet families in the community dropping off donations. CTV will also be onsite at that time recording live. Students and families that are unable to attend the evening event are welcome to drop off donations at the school in the morning. If everyone brings a donation we just might fill the truck!
Thanks for your support.
Thelma Sambrook, Principal

 
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Summit Heights students adopt African penguin Lucky at the Toronto Zoo

09 Mar
Kindergarten classmates takes penguin under their wing. The kindergarten students in Michele Bower’s class at Summit Heights Public School became proud parents this month of an African penguin, which they named Lucky. Photo/COURTESY

Kindergarten classmates take penguin under their wing

Summit Heights students adopt African penguin Lucky at the Toronto Zoo
Kindergarten classmates takes penguin under their wing. The kindergarten students in Michele Bower’s class at Summit Heights Public School became proud parents this month of an African penguin, which they named Lucky. Photo/COURTESY
The kindergarten students in Michele Bower’s class at Summit Heights Public School became proud parents this month of an African penguin, which they named Lucky.
“He’s lucky to have them and we’re lucky to have him,” said Bower, who saw the link on the Toronto Zoo website to adopt an animal.
Each of the students then brought in a toonie and raised $50 to receive an adoption certificate with a picture of Lucky.
Working alongside early childhood educator Linda Ford, Bower taught the class different words associated with the penguin, such as iceberg and waddle. The class also made cardboard penguins using empty toilet rolls.
“They really enjoyed learning about the penguin and they’re really glad to help,” said Bower, noting their school is certified as an eco-school. “It gives them more ownership of the world.”
Becoming adoptive parents seemed to help the four- and five-year-olds better understand why it was important to help penguins like Lucky.
“They were going to go extinct and we wanted to help,” said Lexi Kleinman.
Her classmate Lauren Podolsky also learned that penguins ate fish, they’re furry, and they’re oviparous – an animal that produces eggs that mature and hatch after being expelled from the body.
Bower said she wanted to take a field trip to the zoo in the spring and invite the parents along with their kids to see Lucky in person. Hopefully, the kids will also be able to ask questions to zoo staff.
Little Jonathan Green already has one question in mind.
“Can I hug Lucky if he was out of the cage?” Jonathan asked.
For more information on adopting an animal at the Toronto Zoo, visit www.torontozoo.com/SupportTheZoo/AdoptAnAnimal.asp
 
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Marvelous Movember creates special home-school connection

04 Dec
The Dads of Summit Heights raised more than $25,000 for prostate cancer awareness and research and created a very special home-school connection along the way.The Movember movement wrapped up this week on a high note with record amounts of money donated and increasing awareness created about an important issue for men’s health. At Summit Heights PS, the month was a resounding success last year and they did it again this year. In 2011, the school community raised more than $25,000 dollars to support prostate cancer research and created a moving home-school connection in the process. The catalyst was the ‘Dads of Summit Heights’ Movember Team.And what a team it was. The group of 24 parents and one teacher ended 51st in all of Canada in total money raised. The school honoured all 25 on the team at an Empathy Assembly on November 25. After entering to the song “It’s Raining Men,” the Dads were treated to a school cheer, a fantastic slide show of them, their facial changes, their children and inspiring words of praise from their children. Each Dad received a special Empathy certificate, a chocolate moustache and their very own CD of the power point.  The large crowd of moustachioed children and staff cheered and clapped throughout as the Dads beamedwith pride.

“The focus was on the team as role models and how they inspire us to do more to help others,” said Principal Thelma Sambrook. “The team’s commitment to making a difference for cancer research and this very special home-school connection brought all of the school community closer together.” 

 
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MP meets with Kids’ Lit Quiz Champs

14 Nov

Last July, a small but mighty team of Summit Heights PS students with a passion for books visited New Zealand to represent Canada at the 20th International Kids’ Lit Quiz™. Even though they were the youngest team at the competition, the fantastic foursome shocked the field by finishing second.

On November 9, the school honoured the team and kicked off its Kids’ Lit Book Club for the 2011-12 year in its bid to repeat as Canadian champs. York Centre MP Mark Adler was on hand to present each team member with a certificate from the House of Commons and a silver maple leaf pin to recognize their international literacy achievement. Before the presentation, Adler gave students an overview of Canadian government and how the House of Commons works together to make decisions on behalf of the Canadian people. The 2010 team also talked to their schoolmates about their experience, the competition, and the country, cities, and sights they encountered during their trip to New Zealand.

Kids’ Lit Quiz™ is a not-for-profit international organization. For the past 20 years, it has been finding fun ways to encourage youngsters aged 10-13 to read, read and read some more.

 
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Summit Paints the Town Red

13 Oct

Summit Paints the Town Red

Summit Heights’ PS students and staff have raised more than $5000.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation. In honour of this accomplishment, the school painted Summit red on October 7. Students were asked to wear as much red as possible to celebrate. In the morning, Ms. Levine and grade six student leaders led the entire school in a school-wide flash dance work-out!

 
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