September staffing changes

18 Jun

Updated June 27, 2017

Dear Summit Heights families,

As we draw closer to the end of the school year, changes in staff occur as well.  There are number of staff changes for our school that will take place at the end of this year and into September.

A number of acronyms are used in the lists below:

LRS = Lunch Room Supervisor
SNA = Special Needs Assistant
EA= Education Assistant
ECE= Early Childhood Educator
LTO = Long Term Occasional

The following staff will not be returning to our school in September.  We thank them for their service, dedication and care during their time at our school, and wish them the very best!  Fond farewell to:

  • Mr. Heng (currently our head caretaker), will be retiring after 30 years of service to the TDSB!
  • Mrs. Irvine (currently pm Core French teacher), will be going on a leave of absence.
  • Mlle. Sherry (currently pm Core French teacher), will be full time at Lester B Pearson PS
  • Ms. McIntosh (currently ECE), will be on maternity leave
  • Mr. Iliopoulos (currently LTO, Grade 5 teacher), LTO ending June 30
  • Ms. Kusnir (currently LTO, Gr 5G teacher), LTO ending June 30
  • Ms. Sussman (currently support Teacher), will be full time at Hollywood PS
  • Ms. Guirestante (currently pm SNA), will be at Downsview PS
  • Ms. Goldman (currently LTO am EA & LRS), LTO ending June 29
  • Ms. Safiya Qalinle (currently LTO LRS), LTO ending June 29
  • Ms. Daniela Ionescu (currently LTO LRS), LTO ending June 29
  • Ms. Layefsky (currently LTO office assistant), LTO ending July 7


We also welcome the following staff who will be joining our school staff starting June 30th.  We are excited to announce, and warmly welcome the following:

  • Ms. Eisen (teacher, currently on leave)
  • Ms. Schmitz (teacher, currently at SHPS in the morning, who will be with us full-time)
  • Mr. T. Kellesis (teacher, currently at Dunlace PS)
  • Ms. T. Gazey (teacher, currently at Hollywood PS)
  • Ms. B. Vender (SNA, currently at Fayewood ABC School)
  • Ms. T. Christie (EA, currently on leave)
  • Ms. Cathy Peck (LRS, currently at Rockcliffe MS)
  • Ms. Mihela Roman (LRS, currently on leave)

Throughout the following weeks and during the summer, there may still be staff changes.  This post will be updated to communicate such changes.

Please note, the tentative teaching assignments will be shared on June 27th when you receive your child’s second term report card.

Best regards,
Mr. Mah.

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Principal’s Update

11 Jun

Dear Summit Heights Families,

We have had a number of very eventful days in the past few weeks.  A few examples include:

  • Our Grade 3 and 6 students wrote the annual EQAO
  • A very successful Grandpal day (huge thanks to parents Tammy Vinokur and Kayli Balaban and their team for this year’s event!)
  • Track and Field, where a number of students advanced to the Conference Finals and some even to the city finals (taking place this week!)


  • Sports with Jay – a ‘free’ lunch program for students on Mondays!
  • Our girls’ soccer team made it all the way to their conference finals! Congrats to everyone on the team! Thanks to coaches Eschle, Craze and Khaja!
  • The boy’s soccer team WON the North Conference Championships for Division 2!  A huge congrats to our boys as well as coaches Eschle, Craze and Khaja!

soccer boys

  • An emotionally and touching assembly by Mr. Robert Woo, who while confined to a wheelchair, is able to walk with using an exo-skeleton!
  • The co-ed Ultimate team WON the North Conference Championships for Division 2!  Congrats to the girls and boys on the team as well as coaches Mercer, Iliopoulos and Chen!


  • Recognition assemblies run by Ms. Kipka’s class – recognizing our Character Education trait for May!
  • An amazing staff-appreciation lunch organized and put on by our Parent Council – thank you so much!


There is so much more still to come including:

  • Sr. Kindergarten graduation (Monday morning)
  • Walk/Safely Ride assemblies (Monday afternoon)
  • French Café (this Wednesday afternoon)
  • Volunteer appreciation breakfast (this Friday at 8:00:am)
  • Grade 6 visit to Dublin Heights PS (June 19th)
  • Play Day (June 20th)
  • Grade 6 Graduation (June 22nd)


Please note the following message from the TDSB regarding all Home School Programs in elementary schools:

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Good luck to Zach L., who will be representing Canada at the 7-year old boys’ Kids Golf World Championships being held in Pinehurst, NC, USA this summer!  There are over 50 countries sending a representative to this prestigious event, and our very own Zach, a Summit Heights student, will be at the event representing our country!  We are all behind Zach, and know he will give it his best – and this year, he has last year’s event to draw upon for experience (Zach represented Canada last year in the 6 year old event!).  Way to go Zach, and best of luck!


Handing out treats at our school? Please read on…

A reminder that parents who wish to share treats with students at our school (other than with their own child) must have a staff member supervise/administer this.  As you know, we do our best to be an allergy free environment, and our staff know best which students in their class have allergies.

A common event is the celebration of a birthday, where a treat is shared a child’s class.  Please ensure that you a) check/communicate with your child’s classroom teacher about this, b) sign in at the main office when visiting to drop off treats, and finally c) allow your child’s teacher to hand out/oversee the distribution of the treats.

Handing out treats, for example, on our school yard (and not supervised by a staff member) is prohibited.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Council Meeting Agenda

07 Jun

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SHPS Talent Show!

04 Jun

Dear Summit Heights Community, 

We are pleased to announce that SHPS will be hosting a year-end Talent Show!  The auditions for the Summit Heights Talent Show will be taking place on Tuesday June 13th during lunch recess. 

Students must come prepared with their costumes, songs, instruments etc. There will be a keyboard set up for any students who need one. 

The Talent Show will be on Wednesday, June 28th in the morning. The students will be performing for Summit Heights students and teachers/administrators only. 

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Shapiro at 

Thank you,
The Talent Show Team


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Ward 5 Forum – Tuesday, June 6, 2017

04 Jun

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Before and After Care Update

02 Jun

Dear Summit Heights families,

The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) has recently notified the school that they will be moving forward with hosting Before and After Care at Summit Heights starting in September 2017.

LEF will be contacting parents who have pre-registered for before/after care at SHPS to fully register.  They will be contacting parents next week.

If you are interested in this Before and After Care, but have not pre-registered, please contact the LEF at 416-760-2550.

Thank you kindly!

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