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School Update

Dear Summit Heights Families,
 
Please note the following updates:
 
Annual Terry Fox Walk/Run (Sept 23)
Over the past 25 years, Summit Heights has raised over $114 500 for the Terry Fox Foundation!  An amazing feat that we hope to continue to add to!
 
Our annual school Terry Fox Walk/Run is scheduled for Friday September 23rd (rain date of September 28th).
 
Most Grade 1-8 students we will be walking through the ravine to Earl Bales Park with their class and teachers. All classes will leave around 9:30 and meet up on the lawn at the Earl Bales Community Centre for freezies. Runners from the cross country team will run the distance with Ms. Eisen starting at 9:15am.  Kindergarten classes will walk their own route on our school property.
 
Grade 7 and 8 students will be visiting classes on Thursday, September 22nd to give a brief presentation about Terry Fox.
 
We will be sending home a pledge form envelope early next week with each child. The last day for money collection will be Monday, October 3rd.
 
People can also donate online by scanning the QR code on the envelope or visiting: https://schools.terryfox.ca/SummitHeightsPSNorthYork
 
Special thanks to Ms. Bernstein and Ms. Magnani for organizing this important event!
 
Photo Day (Oct 11)
School photos will be taken on Tuesday, October 11th.   Please see the embedded flyer for more information.

 
Curriculum Night (Wed. Oct. 12 @ 6:30pm & 7:00pm)
We’re pleased to host an in-person curriculum night on Wednesday October 12th.  This is an opportunity to visit your children’s classroom, meet the teacher, learn more about classroom expectations and general information about the curriculum.
 
Out teachers will host two sessions of the same content, so parents who have more than one child can attend two Curriculum Night sessions.  The first session will be from 6:30pm to 6:55pm, and the second being 7:00pm to 7:25pm.
 
Dropping off Items
We appreciate that there are many items that your child’s teacher requests to have at school.  Sometimes items are forgotten at home or left in a car at drop off.  In such cases, please give consideration before dropping off the item at school for your child.  For the most part, your child will be okay for a day without items such as a library book, water bottle (we have cups for fountains), hats etc. 
 
Not dropping off an item at school for your child is also a harmless way to teach a valuable life lesson, and hopefully in the future the item won’t be forgotten.
 
Thank you for your support on this matter.
 
TDSB Disconnecting from Work Policy
Supporting the health and well-being of both our students and staff is a priority for us as an organization. Ensuring that our staff have healthy and professional boundaries between work and home is an important part of that commitment and is an investment in positive mental health and the ability to serve and support students. 
As part of a strategy to support and encourage all Ontarians in achieving greater work-life balance, the province passed the Working for Workers Act in December 2021. In line with that, the TDSB has developed the Disconnecting from Work Policy which sets parameters for employees’ availability (e.g., responding to emails) and supports a positive shift in our organizational culture. 
 
Thus TDSB staff are not expected to engage in emails (writing, reading, sending and responding), phone calls or meetings outside of their regular Working Hours (although emergency situations are the exception).  Generally, this will mean 7:00pm to 7:00am, Monday to Thursday and after 6:00pm on Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday, Statutory holidays and (if applicable) any other Board-designated non-working days.
 
Maintaining open, responsive lines of communication with you is important and connecting with staff during regular work hours connected to the school day, Monday to Friday, is always best. This means that while you can always send emails after hours, staff will respond during their normal work hours and are not required to respond after hours.

There are, of course, certain times in the year that staff will reach out after-hours for parent-teacher meetings, or previously agreed to meetings. However, they are not expected to respond to emails or messages into the evening. It is also critical to note that student safety remains a priority and if there is an emergency after hours, staff will be available as needed.

This policy is one of a number of strategies we are employing to support our employees’ health and wellness. We appreciate your patience and support on this and we know it will make a positive difference in your school community.

School Advisory Council

The Summit School Advisory Council (SAC), also known as the Parent Council would like to welcome new and returning families to Summit Heights Public School (SHPS).   The SAC parents and guardians of SHPS students who volunteer their time to help enhance the students’ experience at Summit. 

Communications

Here are some tools to help keep you in the loop of what’s going on at Summit 

  • School Website – https://summitheightspublicschool.com/ – this site contains lots of great information
  • Mailing List – to get on the Mailing List for news and activities, visit the website and click on “Email Subscription” in the top banner
  • School Calendar – Also available from the website is a calendar that you can import into your personal calendar, showing important dates throughout the school year.  On the website, yo’ull see a link for “Add S.H.P.S. Calendar” in the top banner
  • The school regularly tweets about updates at the school and information that you may find useful.  Follow the official SHPS Twitter @SummitHeightsPS account by visiting https://twitter.com/SummitHeightsPS 

Getting Involved
Interested in learning more about the Summit Heights Parent Council, aka SAC or potentially getting involved?  Reach out to this year’s co-chair, Judith Borts (jborts@hotmail.com) for more information.  The first SAC meeting of this school year is next Thursday, Sept 22nd from  7pm-9pm on Zoom.   To register for the meeting please check your email.  At this meeting elections will be held for various roles, including Fundraising, Grade Reps, etc.   The link will also provide a listing and details of the roles.   Any parent/guardian of a Summit student can nominate themselves for a position, and any parent/guardian of a Summit student can vote in the elections. 

Digital Friday Files
Throughout the year, we will be sending out information to make you aware of events/activities that are being planned and help keep you all in the loop of what’s going on with Council.  These will be going out via emails, so watch your emails in the coming weeks for the Summit Heights Friday Files.

Thank you,
Your Summit Heights SAC

Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal