Principal’s Update (December Events & Safety Reminders)

04 Dec

Dear Summit Heights Families,

The final two weeks of classes before the holidays will be exciting ones at Summit Heights!  Ms. Samson’s Grade 5/6 class have prepared a number of school-wide activities for our students in the coming weeks.  Some examples include online Trivia Contests, a Scratch Club, an E-Sports competition and many more!  Be on the look out for more information in the SAC Friday Files tomorrow!

Ms. Berberi and Ms. Calvieri are also planning on several spirit days for the entire school before the holidays!  More info to come!

In addition, Mr. Khaja has formed a Grade 7 Leadership team.  The group has been working at creating a website focusing on student wellness and well-being – and they are hoping that the site will be launched next week!  We’re excited to see their hard work online soon!

Please note the following safety reminders:

Drop-off/Pick-up along Delhi Ave:
DO NOT park in the intersection of Delhi and Northmount (nearest to our school yard gate).  Many students cross the street at that point, and parked/stopped cars in this intersection pose a serious danger of potentially striking pedestrians and obstructing lines of sight.

Likewise, DO NOT park/stop in the wrong direction on Delhi, please park with the flow of traffic.  As you know, pedestrians and drivers’ decisions often count on predictability and patterns of others on the road, and a car parked in the wrong direction can disrupt that predictability.

Your cooperation is needed to help ensure the safety of our students and community, thank you.

Unauthorized People on our School Roof
A few weeks ago a tragic accident happened at a TDSB secondary school with young people on a school roof.   We made mention of this on our morning announcements for our students, and how dangerous it can be to be on a roof.  We made it clear that there are no circumstances that our students should ever be on a school roof.

We’ve since had a report that there were young people (likely not from Summit Heights) on our roof after school hours this week.

If you spot anyone on our school roof (or adjoining storage containers or portables) please call the TDSB security hotline at 416-395-4620 and report this dangerous activity.

Please re-iterate with your children that they should never climb up and be on any school roof.

Thank you for your support.

Mr. B. Mah,

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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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Progress Reports / Kindergarten Communication of Learning

17 Nov
Dear Summit Heights Parents,

This email applies to those parents who have a child(ren) attending in-person (not the TDSB Virtual School).

I would like to share some important information regarding the distribution of the Kindergarten Communication of Learning:  Initial Observations and Grades 1-8 Progress Reports including Alternative Report Card.  For this reporting period, as is past practice, Kindergarten Communication of Learning:  Initial Observations and Progress Reports will be distributed in hard copy to students and their families on Wednesday November 18, 2020.

Toronto Public Health has been consulted on the sending of hard copies and they did not identify any concerns. As always however, staff and students are reminded of proper handwashing routines before and after distribution of materials.

A reminder that parent/guardian-teacher interviews are available during the Professional Activity day on Friday, November 20th (and possibly on other dates).  Your child’s teacher should have already communicated about the specific dates (besides November 20th), the available times, how to sign up and the format of the interviews (by telephone or virtual conference).

There will be no classes for students this Friday November 20th..

Should you have any questions, please speak with your child’s teacher.


Mr. B. Mah,

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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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Principal’s Update

11 Nov
Dear Summit Heights Parents,

We hope that you and your family were able to enjoy the outstanding fall weather this past week.  Many of our classes took advantage of the warm temperatures by teaching outdoors as much as possible.

Please note the following updates.

Remembrance Day & Poppy donations
Our school will host a virtual Remembrance Day ceremony tomorrow (November 11th) for our students.  Classes will join the ceremony through Google Meets at 10:50am.

All students will be given a Poppy to wear tomorrow.  These poppies are donated to our school by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 66.   In previous years, we’ve collected cash donations for the Legion.  Given the ongoing pandemic, this year we will be collecting donations through our Cash Online system (an electronic notice has already gone out).  We will be donating 100% of the donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 66 – please consider donating a dollar (or more), the online donation portal will be open until the end of this month.  Thank you in advance.

Report Cards and Parent-Teacher interviews
Please note, Progress Reports (for grades 1-7) and the Communication of Learning (kindergarten) will be going home with your child at the end of the day on November 18th.  Parent-teacher interviews will be held through a telephone call or a virtual meeting (Google Meet or Zoom).  Please be on the look-out for communication from your child’s teacher regarding these interviews, including dates and possible times and how to book a meeting.

Friday, November 20th is a PA Day.  Most staff will be available during the morning for interviews (again, via a phone call or a virtual meeting), in addition to other dates/times (please see the specific communication from your child’s teacher).

All parents are given an opportunity to “meet” with their child at this junction, though parents may elect to waive this meeting.

Student Cell/Smart Phones
Parents, please help us with reminding your child that if they have a cell/smart phone, that these devices must be put on silent and put away out of sight (in a pocket/in their backpack) when they are on the school property.

If your child uses their device for the Health Pass App, then they can take their device out at the 9:08am bell.  After being screened by a staff member, the device is to be put away again and not taken out until they are off school property.

There are times when staff will allow students to use their devices in class.  These opportunities will be supervised and related to learning/school work.

Students who do not follow these expectations may have to turn-in their device to our main office.  The device will then only be released to a parent.

We have reminded students on our announcements and in class but please assist us with reminding your child about these rules.

Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,

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