Trustee: Shelley Laskin

Superintendent of Education:Andrew Howard

Principal:Carmelo Nanfara

Vice-Principal: Nadine Clarke

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October Days of Significance

Oct 2018


International Day of Older Persons

United Nations

Hispanic Heritage Month (City of Toronto)


Shemini Atzeret*


Islamic Heritage Month


Simchat Torah*


Somali Heritage Month.


World Teachers’ Day (Adopted by TDSB Motion April 2015)

United Nations

October 2018 Cont’d


Karva Chauth


Women’s History Month


Mahalaya (Durga Puja Festival)



Thanksgiving Day

Canadian Government

To Be Announced

Body Confidence Awareness Week



Birth of Baha’hu’llah*



International Walk to School Day

(Adopted by TDSB Motion April 2015)



World Mental Health Day

World Health Organization


Navratri (Autumn)



Week Without Violence (TDSB Date)



International Day of the Girl

United Nations


Maha Panchami (Durga Puja Festival)



Maha Sasthi (Durga Puja Festival)



Maha Saptami (Durga Puja Festival)



World Food Day

United Nations


International Day of the Eradication of Poverty

United Nations


Maha Ashtami (Durga Puja Festival)



Maha Nabami (Durga Puja Festival)



Bijaya Dashami (Durga Puja Festival)



Installation of Guru Granth Sahib Ji as Guru



Kathina Ceremony/Paváraná Day


Principal’s Message - Welcome

Welcome to a new school year! I am extremely excited to be the principal of such a dynamic and vibrant school community. As we begin the school year, please take time to read through the handbook was sent home earlier this month.

Whether you are a long-time Deer Park family or a new family to the school, we believe you will be impressed with the energy, dedication, and talent of our teaching and support staff. Over the course of the year, your child will experience an excellent academic foundation with an arts and extra-curricular complement. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the education of your child is a team effort. It is the parents/guardians, teachers, support staff and administration working together that creates positive experiences for our students.

Ms Clarke and I will be working with staff to regularly examine and share best practices. We look forward to the various sports, clubs and programs that will take place throughout the year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will endeavour to answer your inquiries.

We look forward to working together with you throughout this school year to provide each child the very best educational experience possible at Deer Park.

Electronics (Use of Phones) at School

Many of our students come to school with cell phones. Deer Park parents completed a survey and worked with staff to review the rules around the use of electronics and phones at school. This was also discussed at Safe and Caring School Committee meetings over the past couple of years. A decision was made that electronics, including cell phones, would not be used by students during the instructional day. During the first week of school, we talked to students about the proper use of phones, as well as the appropriate times to use them. Students have been reminded that phones can be used before school, during lunch (only if they are leaving school property), and at the end of the school day. They are not to be used in school or on school property during the instructional day (unless instructed by their teacher). Please take the time to review these rules with your children. Your support is appreciated.

Parking Lot on Heath

This is a reminder that the small lot on the north side of the school is reserved for Deer Park staff only (e.g., occasional teachers, daycare, support staff, etc.). There are only ten spots available in the lot. For this reason, it becomes extremely challenging for staff when parents park in the lot. A staff member will be on duty at the entrance of the parking lot from 8:42-8:52 to support with students that are dropped off (four teachers will also be on yard duty during this time).Unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed. Your support is appreciated.

School Council

The first deer Park School Council (DPSC) meeting was held yesterday. DPSC meetings are open to all parents/guardians of Deer Park students. The purpose of the meetings is to provide regular opportunities for its members to discuss how to make the school a better place for learning for its students. 

DPSC would like to welcome all parents, both new and returning to Deer Park, to attend/and or get involved in school activities. There are many opportunities this year to volunteer. Your support is greatly appreciated. Irene Lim, Elizabeth Maclachlan and Alice Taylor are the co-chairs of school council for the 2018-19 school year. Our next DPSC meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there!

All Call for Photos

Our yearbook for Graduates will be available for purchase in the spring and its creation is well under way!

We are asking that any Deer Park families, parents or friends attending events, sporting or otherwise, and who are taking pictures to kindly help us put together a book of memories our Graduates will cherish!

Please forward any pictures to

Thank you for your cooperation!

P.A.C.K.—Participation, Action, Cooperation and Kindness

P.A.C.K. is Deer Park’s student leadership team. Students have signed up to help with leadership roles around the school. Developing leadership skills such as responsibility, organization and cooperation, students will volunteer and help make Deer Park School events run smoothly. This group is a big part of the community spirit that makes Deer Park special! Numerous students will be volunteering from Me to We, Kindergarten Help, Office Help, Library Help, Babysitting, Playground Leader to Ambassador roles. Being part of the P.A.C.K. team is a yearlong commitment and we hope that the students continue to learn, grow and have fun as part of one of Deer Park’s greatest teams!

Team Leaders: Mrs. Carrino, Mrs. Conte, Ms. Crawford, Ms. Gualtieri


The Deer Park Players are a comedy skit/song and dance troupe that performs at our Student of the Month Assemblies. We rehearse every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. (please avoid scheduling appointments for this time). This year we have close to twenty Grade 8 students on the team! This talented group has shown themselves to be dynamic, energetic and full on talent—musicians, dancers, actors and more! We’re looking forward to making our debut performance on October 25th at our S.O.T.M. for Responsibility!

Looking forward to a great year!

Franca Gualtieri


Deer Park Jr & Sr P.S. –Staff: September 2018-19

Carmelo Nanfara

Vice-PrincipalNadine Clarke

Susan MacDonald                                                            Office Administrator     

Lisa Burk                                                                             Secretary (morning)      

Eun Sun Park                                                                      Secretary (afternoon)

Jennifer Douma (Teacher) and Ina Gorishti (ECE)                             Kdg        Rm 110

Connie Huson/Jennifer Hartford (Teachers) and Wendy Teasdale (ECE)Kdg  Rm 101

Kaili Tzekas (Teacher) and Narema Khan (ECE)                               Kdg        Rm 104

Keisha Poorsasn                                                                                   Kdg        Rm 108

Michelle Chee                                                                   Grade 1/2                  Rm 107

Rebecca Jones                                                                   Grade 1/2                  Rm 100

Angela Kouimtzis                                                             Grade 1/2                  Rm 106

Mark Arbus                                                                       Grade 2/3                  Rm 111

Jaime Koivuranta                                                              Grade 2/3                  Rm 109

Tony Lam                                                                          Grade 3/4                Rm 308

Paul Newman                                                                    Grade 4/5                  Rm 307

Andew Nagy                                                                      Grade 5/6                 Rm 309

Melissa Crawford                                                              Grade 5/6                  Rm 300

Diane Vaughan                     Grade 7 Double Core and Gr 7 Visual Art   Rm 203

Jamie Parkes                         Grade 7 Math                                                  Rm 301

Nick Manning                       Grade 7 Double Core/ Primary Phys Ed        Rm 304

Geoff Jamieson                     Grade 8 Double Core/ Phys Ed and Health    Rm 305

Ross Healy                            Grade 8 Double Core/ Phys Ed and Health    Rm 209

Shafily Dupre                       Grade 8 Math                                             Rm 303

Aly Budd                         Jr and Int French                             Rm 205

Franca Gualtieri              Jr and Intermediate French              Rm 302

Mike Banton                  Physical Education and Health        Gym

Bryanna Beale                MADDRms 200/208

Joe Hockin                      Intermediate Science                        Rm 204

Pam Mark                       0.5 Visual Art and 0.5 ESL             Rm 201

Mary Carrino                0.5 Lib (prep) & 0.(Media/Arts)      Library

Stephanie Yoreff            0.5 Junior HSP & 0.5 Resource (MART) Library workroom

Maria Seguinot               0.5 Senior HSP and 0.5 Resource (MART)      Rm 306

Colomba Conte              0.5 ISP and 0.5 ESL                                           Rm s201

Charmaine Boomer        ISP                                                              ISP Room

Margaret Jamieson/Ryan Neil                       Swim Instructors                                                         

Joanne McBride                                             Guidance                                                                    

Kate Papsin                                                    Social Worker                                             

Teisha MullingsChild and Youth Worker                                          

Educational Assistants

Rina Mero, Rebecca Lam, Phillip Cheong, Daniela Dospinoiu

Special Needs Assistants

Bessie Petropoulos, Jordan Campbell


Paul Gancena, Tina Bedard, Craig Blenkhorn, Jason Lee

Lunchroom Supervisors- Susan MacDonald, Sophie Cao, Kim Hanseul, TBD

Kinder Lunchroom Supervisors- Creena Bandy, Jon Henderson , Mira Divljan, TBD

Day Care Programs


The following Day Care programs are housed in Deer Park.

D.P.E.P. Deer Park Extended Primary…………………………………… Chris Probst

Ages 2.5 – 6 years…………………………….………………………….(416) 922-9569

H.F.C.C. Heath & Ferndale Child Care ……………………………………..Kim Elkas

Ages 12 months-12 years…………………………………………….……(416) 961-9678


Ward 11 TrusteeShelley

SuperintendentAndrew Howard

Important Dates for the 2018-19 School Year

Christmas Break: December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019 inclusive (last day of school December 21, 2018; school resumes January 7, 2019)

Easter Monday: April 22, 2019

Professional Activity Days:

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019


June 27, 2019

Terry Fox Run

On September 27th, Deer Park students took part in the Terry Fox Run to help raise money for cancer research. We are very proud to be associated with The Terry Fox Foundation and believe that our involvement will launch a successful, positive and meaningful school year.

Our goal is to continue Terry Fox’s dream to collect money for cancer research. Over the years, we have raised a significant amount of money. Ms Budd did a fantastic job organizing the Terry Fox Run for Deer Park. The enthusiastic involvement from all staff, parents and students is greatly appreciated.

Visitors to the School

Our first priority for all students is their safety.Board and Provincial guidelines clearly outline the process that all visitors must follow upon their arrival on school property, which begins with reporting to the Main Office to sign in and out.You will be issued a Visitor Badge, which must be worn visibly during your stay.

The School Day

All students are expected to be on the school grounds by 8:40 in anticipation of entering the school at 8:52.In the afternoon, students should be on the school grounds by 12:30 in anticipation of entering the school at 12:37.


8:57-9:47Period 1

9:49-10:39Period 2

10:39-10:49Recess (grades 1 to 8)

10:49-11:39Period 3


12:39-1:29Period 4

1:31-2:21Period 5

2:21-2:31Recess (grades 1 to 8)

2:31-3:21Period 6

Kindergarten:Morning:9:00-11:39Lunch:11:39-12:39Afternoon: 12:39-3:00



We expect our students to be on time for school each day.We also understand that certain circumstances

(e.g., appointments) may cause a student to be late.

A student is considered late if he/she is not in the classroom when the final bell rings at 8:57 am.Chronic lateness will be reported to parents/guardians.Any student who arrives after the other students have entered the building whether alone or accompanied by a parent or guardian – MUST report to the office for a late slip.

Litterless Lunches

Deer Park students are working hard to reduce waste. Please help us continue along the path of a more sustainable future by packing your child’s lunch and snack in reusable containers. We suggest you purchase a canteen for water or juice rather than purchase wasteful drink boxes, cans, and bottles. For food transport, reusable food containers are widely available as are specially designed lunch bags with individual food compartments. Reduce waste by refraining from purchasing individually wrapped treats.

There are NO garbage bins in the lunchroom so please refrain from sending garbage to school. It will be returned to you at the end of the day. We hope that you will assist us in reducing our school’s environmental footprint and embrace this opportunity to bring environmental education into your home.

Preventing Illness

Childhood illnesses, like colds, are spread easily when children are in close contact in the school setting. Many of these illnesses can be prevented through something as simple as washing hands with soap and water. Here are some reminders for your children:

  • Not to share food
  • Not to share drinks
  • To throw away used tissues
  • To wash their hands frequently using soap If you think your child is ill, call your doctor or health care provider and do not send your child to school. By visiting the doctor and taking precaution, one can prevent an illness from becoming more severe.

Anaphylaxis - Taking the Necessary Precautions

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. This medical condition can cause a severe reaction to specific foods or other materials, and can result in a total system breakdown within minutes of exposure, even to just trace amounts of certain allergens. Although exposure to foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, soy and sesame seeds are among the most common causes of anaphylaxis, insect stings, medicine, or latex can also cause a reaction. The TDSB is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all students, and works with Toronto Public Health and other partners to ensure the successful implementation of Sabrina's Law. Sabrina's Law requires every school board in Ontario to establish and maintain an anaphylactic policy that includes strategies to reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents in classrooms and common school areas.

At Deer Park, our policy promotes sensitivity, community, vigilance and compassion. We hope you will respect the varying health concerns of a growing number of anaphylactic students at our school, while still meeting your own children’s health and nutritional needs.


Does everything I send to school have to be labelled peanut-free and nut-free?

No. We are aware that there are a lot of food options that don’t declare themselves peanut- or nut-free, but still contain no peanuts and nuts in the ingredients. And we’re fine with that. We just ask that you check ingredients on whatever you’re sending to ensure peanuts and nuts are not listed, including anything you make or prepare at home.

Can we send snacks that may contain traces of peanuts or nuts?

We would prefer you not to, but we recognize that most foods made or prepared at home may contain traces of peanuts or nuts. We ask that you do your best not to send any pre-packaged products that warn about traces of peanuts and tree nuts, but are primarily focused on precluding the entrance of foods that definitely contain these life-threatening allergens.
What happens if I mistakenly send my child with food containing peanuts or nuts?

That food will be immediately taken to the office and a note will be sent home that day, informing you of the mishap.

Can the school provide a safe snack list?

We prefer not to, as food ingredients, manufacturing facilities and packaging plants can change without warning, rendering a previously safe snack unsafe. Reading ingredients is key to finding allergy-safe snacks; although increasingly, highly visible peanut-free and nut-free symbols are appearing on popular snack items, making it easier to quickly identify them in the grocery aisles. If you have any specific questions or concerns about finding allergy-safe snacks, we are more than happy to help and encourage you to contact us.
If a product says it’s peanut-free, does that mean it’s nut-free and visa versa?

No. Peanut-free means no peanuts or traces of them. Nut-free means no tree nuts (cashews, hazel nuts, walnuts, almonds, etc.) or traces of them. It is common that a peanut-free product is also nut-free, but that assumption should not be made unless neither peanuts nor nuts are listed in the ingredients. Again, reading ingredients is key.

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