Summit Heights students scoop top honours in lit quiz.

28 Feb

Do you know what type of powder is used by wizards to travel via fireplaces? Who popped down a large rabbit hole under a hedge in 1865? What mouse is featured in a story about a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread? Who had two nasty aunts called Spiker and Sponge? What’s the name Mary Norton gave to the little people that lived beneath the floorboards of houses?

Give up? Summit Heights PS students know the answers to these and many more kids lit questions. They recently showed off their literary prowess and came out on top against teams from twelve other public and private schools in the first-ever Canadian Kids Lit Quiz™, held at Maurice Cody PS on February 24.

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16 Feb

After weeks of reading and fundraising, our Read-a-thon is coming to a close.  Just a reminder, that the due date for all forms and money to be returned to school is next Friday February 25nd.  Congratulations to all our Summit students and their families on their excellent reading efforts and hard work!
Thelma Sambrook
Summit Heights Public School

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“A Special Valentine’s Story – Summit Heights PS Students Sends Gift of Love Overseas”.

15 Feb

Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan will receive an extra special surprise this Valentine’s Day.

Summit Heights students in Grade four and five classes made Valentine’s Day cards to send to Canadian troops who are far away from home and their loved ones. Captain Rachel Cane paid a special visit to the school after returning from her tour of duty in Afghanistan.

She spoke with the students about the soldiers overseas and her experience as a nursing captain in the military. Captain Cane will send the Valentine’s Day cards made by the students to soldiers as well as to local children admitted to hospitals to help lift their spirits.

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10 Feb

We have reached the half-way point of our Read-a-Thon! Keep up your reading and remember to return your completed pledge form envelope with money collected as well as your log sheets, on Tuesday, February 22nd (right after the Family Day long weekend).

Happy Reading!

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To Parents and Guardians of Senior Kindergarten and Grade Six Students:

02 Feb

Due School Closure Graduation Photos for Senior Kindergarten and Grade 6 will be rescheduled. You will receive a notice in advance letting you know the new date.

Thank you,

Thelma Sambrook
Summit Heights Public School

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Principal’s Message

28 Jan

January has been a very busy and positive month at Summit Heights. We have had a number of senior school board members come to visit our school. In an effort to get to know one of his new school communities, our newly elected Trustee Howard Kaplan came to visit our school on January 5th. He toured the school with Superintendent John Chasty and myself and met many of the Summit Heights teaching staff. He followed up the visit by attending our January School Advisory Council meeting and introducing himself to the School Advisory Council executive and members of the school community.

On January 12th, our Director of Education Dr. Chris Spence spent the morning with me visiting classrooms, talking with teachers, staff and students and learning about student work at Summit Heights. He was very in interested student’s writing, teacher instruction and collaboration and the efforts we are making as a school to support all learners. He took the opportunity to dialogue with teachers to learn more about how we as a school are using technology tools to enhance student learning opportunities. The visit was a very positive one and provided the staff with an opportunity to showcase the great work happening within the school. Following his visit Dr. Spence tweeted on his blog how impressed he was with how we are using technology tools to engage students in learning. A copy of the Director’s School Visit 2010-11 report that I prepared for Summit Heights is posted on the TDSB website under school visits.

On Wednesday, January 19, Officer Webb was in the school to talk with our Grade 4, 5 and 6 students about bullying and internet safety. Her visit with the primary students was cancelled. It will be rescheduled and she will return to the school in the coming weeks to talk to the Grade 1-3 students about personal safety and to the Kindergarten students about street safety.

On January 21, the Teacher Professional Activity Day, nineteen staff members including EAs, ECEs, SNAs, Lunchroom Supervisors, the Physical Education Teachers and myself took part in Emergency First Aid and CPR training. The program was delivered onsite by Active Canadian. Our Instructor was Jim Roberts, a retired Fire Chief that kept us on our toes and engaged throughout the day. Congratulations to the many staff members that completed their Level C Emergency First Aid and CPR Training!

TDSB has a new Mobile Computing Strategy (MCS). This strategy has been developed as a first step towards creating 21st century teaching and learning environments across the district to foster critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and collaboration.  Integrating technology into daily learning also ignites curiosity, imagination and increases student engagement.

Throughout December, laptop computers were deployed across many schools in TDSB to grade 6 teachers and their students. 325 schools and 476 teachers will participate in this system-wide initiative. Mr. Anton has been selected as the teacher at Summit Heights to participate in this initiative. He has been given a MacBook and an additional six MacBooks to work with students. We look forward to sharing updates on the MacBook initiative in the coming months.

Our additional ten NetBooks have finally arrived. This will now give us thirty-four Netbooks to support student learning in the junior grades. Thank you to Mr. Vender for working on imaging them for the school and preparing for student learning. Thank you as well to the School Advisory Council for cost sharing the purchase of this technology tool. The NetBooks have now moved from Mr. Vender’s class to Mr. Khaja’s class for project based learning. To support the care of the newly acquired NetBooks and MacBooks we have ordered two locking storage carts that will charge the devices overnight and keep them safe.

Looking ahead at the activities we have planned. We are hoping for a nice day and a big turn-out on our Walk to School morning on Thursday, February 10th. Hot chocolate will be served at 8:20 a.m. Don’t forget your re-useable cup! We are also very excited about meeting our new families registering children for Kindergarten on February 16th. Please note on your calendar that Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place Thursday, February 17th in the evening and Friday, February 18th in the morning!

Report Cards

The elementary Provincial Report Card will be going home with grade 1 to 6 students on February 15th. This report card will reflect the students’ work since the beginning of the school year. It will include letter grades in all subjects. There is more emphasis on Learning Skills and Work Habits in the new report card, as was evident in the Progress Report that went home in November.

Interviews will be offered to all parents and a letter will go home about this early in February.

Friday, February 18th is a Professional Development day for interviews with parents. There will be no classes for students.

Safe Arrival

If your child is going to be absent or late please call and let us know so we do not have to call you at home or at work to make sure your child is safe. The Safe Arrival number is 416- 395-2923.

February is Kindergarten Registration Month

Summit Heights will be holding Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, February 16th from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please call the school office at 416-395-2920 to make an appointment.

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four by December 31st of that year.  To attend Senior Kindergarten, children must turn five by December 31st of that year.

Please bring the following information with you:

  1. Age (a birth certificate or baptismal record or passport)  original only – we will copy for you
  2. Citizenship (a birth certificate, passport or Record of Landing)
  3. Address (two pieces of identification that show  your address, such as your telephone bill, drivers licence, bank statement, income tax form, rental or lease agreement.
  4. Immunization (the yellow card that shows a list of needles your child has received).

Note: If your child was not born in Canada, verification of date of arrival is required.  Families who are permanent residents and refuge claimants may register directly at the school.  All other families should visit the International Program and Admissions Office, Toronto District School Board (TDSB), 5050 Yonge Street, for a TDSB School Admission Letter. Children without immigration status are welcome in our schools and information about them or their families shall not be shared with immigration authorities, as per TDSB Policy P.061 SCH.

Making the Best of Winter Weather at our School

Principals are often asked how we decide whether it’s too cold to allow our students out in the schoolyard for recess.

Fresh air and exercise are important for children. It keeps them physically fit, and helps them stay alert all through the school day. Parents can help by making sure their children come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Hats, mitts, boots and a warm jacket are important to keep students comfortable during lunch and recess.

But extreme cold can be dangerous, and parents want to know that their children will be safe. Schools are very sensitive to the needs of our students and pay close attention to the weather, especially when the windchill is below -20 C.

Canadian winters can be wonderful but when the weather is cold, school staff keeps one eye on the thermometer and the other on the needs of our students – a perfect balance of fun and safety.

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