Principal’s Update

06 Oct

Please visit the TDSB’s web site for the most up-to-date and accurate information about the possible CUPE strike,


CUPE and the Province have reached a tentative agreement – schools will be open tomorrow (Mon. Oct 7, 2019).   


Dear Summit Heights Families,

We wanted to extend our thanks to our students, staff and parent community for making the start of our new school year successful and smooth.  We were pleased with how our students were able to transition from summer to school seamlessly.  Students were able to get back into the many school routines that help with safety, learning and the overall function of our school.

The first week of school was about routines, expectations, rules and procedures.  On the second day of school, students attended their first assembly of the year where overall  school routines were reviewed.

The first fire alarm drill was held during the second week of school.  Students and staff performed the drill very well, exiting the building by the closest exit, while doing so quietly and calmly.  Part of the drill includes taking attendance outside, a safe distance from our school.  Once all students are accounted for, a double bell rings and classes come back into the building.

During that second week of school, thanks to our School Advisory Council (aka: SAC or “Parent Council”), students were screened for pediculosis.  The staff from The Lice Crew will be back after the winter holidays and again after March Break.   Our school also held our first of two “lock down” drills.  In this case, it was a “hold and secure”.  This was a simulation where there is a potentially dangerous situation in the neighbourhood  – so no one was allowed to enter/leave the building/portables, but life indoors carried on as usual, until the drill was over.  We’re happy to say that our school performed the drill well.

SAC hosted their annual New Parent Tea on the evening of September 12, which was followed by the first SAC meeting of the year.  We were happy to meet a number of new parents who were able to attend the evening.

Our school’s annual curriculum night was held on Sept. 19th.  Parents were encouraged to come and meet their child(ren)’s teacher, and get a better feel of expectations, homework and other related classroom routines.  September 19th was also the day for the Me to We Conference or “WE Day”, which was held at the Scotia Bank Arena.  Mr. Chen and a number of our Social Justice League were able to attend this motivational rally for youth empowerment, global change and student voice.

Officer Shari (Police Constable Spivak from the Toronto Police Services) who is our community liaison officer, visited on September 25th.   Officer Shari met with our grades 4-6 students.  Her assembly focused on problem solving, conflict management and safety.

The end of the month was very busy for our school.  On September 26th, Ms. Irvine/Mr. Schonberger’s Grade 6 class hosted our first Character Education Assembly.  It was based on the theme of September, Respect.  Students from each class were presented with certificates honouring them for their exemplary demonstration of Respect throughout September.    During the evening, SAC hosted our annual Welcome Back BBQ/Carnival.  Hundreds of students, parents and community members were in attendance.  Kids played on inflatables, while adults looked on with smiles and laughter.  We had two food trucks, donuts, balloon art, a photobooth,  and even the Magen Boys DJ and dancers on site as well!  Thank you to the SAC social committee for their amazing work in organizing this fun-filled event!

September 27th was Orange Shirt Day, and due to the rain on the 26th, it was also our Terry Fox Run/Walk.   The vast majority of our school wore Orange to raise awareness of the Reconciliation Process.  Our school also ran and walked in honour of Terry Fox and to raise money for cancer research.  Thank to you to the Social Justice Committee (lead by Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Chen) for organizing our educational efforts in Orange shirt day, and Mr. Anton and Ms. Magnani for taking the lead on our Terry Fox run/walk.

In addition to all of the great events listed above, our school also had school teams and clubs form in September.  Those include:  boys and girls soccer, boys’ touch football, co-ed cross country, robotics club (First Lego League), Social Justice League, a meeting for potential school ice hockey, library helpers and office helpers.  We also have a rotation of grade 6 students who lead our morning announcements.

We’re looking forward to the continued success of our students in academics, athletics and arts in the upcoming months.

Key Dates in October:

Oct 7 – First Pizza Lunch

Oct 10 – Touch Football team tournament

Oct 11 – PA Day (no classes)

Oct 14 – Thanksgiving (no classes)

Oct 15 – Pizza Lunch

Oct 15 – Cross Country Conference Finals (@ Earl Bales)

Oct 16  – IEPs sent home

Oct 17 – Girls’ Soccer Tournament

Oct 18 – Boys’ Soccer Tournament

Oct 21 – Federal Election

Oct 21 – Pizza Lunch

Oct 23 – Officer Shari assembly (K-Gr 3)

Oct 23 – “Screen-agers” movie viewing for students and parents

Oct 23 – SAC meeting (7-9pm)

Oct 24 – Cross Country City Finals (@ Centennial Park)

Oct 28 – Pizza Lunch

Oct 29 – Character Education Assembly

Oct 30 – Pumpkin Patch (JK/SK)


Thanks for visiting!

Mr. B. Mah,

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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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Curriculum Night

16 Sep

Dear Summit Heights Families,

A reminder that our annual Curriculum Night is this Thursday, Sept 19. Teachers will be speaking about their classroom routines, expectations, homework, home-school communication and the curriculum.

We will be hosting two sessions, 6:00-6:25pm and 6:30-7:00pm. The second session is a repeat of the first (you do not need to attend both sessions). Please make your way to your child’s classroom for the curriculum night sessions.

Finally, curriculum night is geared towards information for parents. Its been past practice at Summit Heights for this to be a parent/adult-focused event (unlike all of our other events), so we just ask that you be mindful of this, thank you.

Best regards,

Mr. B. Mah,

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Cross Country Team practice Schedule

12 Sep

Cross Country Inter-School Meets:
Oct 4 @ Earl Bales (all grades)
Oct 15 @ Earl Bales (grades 3-8 only, for those who qualify)
Oct 24 @ Etobicoke Centennial Park (grades 4-6, City championships, qualified only)

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Update on School Forms

06 Sep

Dear Summit Heights Parents/Guardians,

This is a clarification regarding the “hard copy/electronic school forms” email that was sent out yesterday.

At Summit Heights, parents have been given the option of completing many of the school forms on a hard copy format OR an electronic version.  We sent an email out yesterday to clarify, as most parents have received both versions/options.

Parents may complete the forms in either format. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Best regards,

Mr. B. Mah,

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School Forms (hard copy vs. electronic)

05 Sep

Dear Summit Heights Parents/Guardians,

As you know, a number of school forms were sent home on the first day of school with your child(ren).  We understand many of you have since received an email from the TDSB containing similar forms to be completed in an electronic format.

While we support the need to reduce our carbon footprint and the TDSB’s efforts, we kindly ask that you complete the hard-copy forms that were sent home on the first day of school, and return all of these forms to your child’s teacher (by Mon. Sept. 9, 2019). This also means, for our school, you not need to complete the electronic version of these forms.

Thank you for your understanding,

Mr. B. Mah,

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