June 2018


Intergenerational Day

Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships (TIGP)

Italian Heritage Month

Jun 1-July 1

LGBTTQQI2S Pride Month (Toronto)

Toronto Pride

National Aboriginal Month


World Environment Day (WED)

United Nations

Portuguese Speaking Heritage Month


Jumu’ah-tul Wida*



(City of Toronto)


Laylat al-Qadr*



World Day Against Child Labour

United Nations


Eid al Fitr*



Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji



World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought

United Nations


World Sickle Cell Awareness Day



World Refugee Day

United Nations


National Aboriginal Day (Canada)

First Nations, Métis, Inuit


Litha/Summer Solstice



World Humanist Day

International Humanist and Ethical Union



St. Jean Baptiste Day

Quebec and Francophone Culture


International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

United Nations


International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

United Nations

School Council

A School Advisory Council (DPSC) meeting was held on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30pm. DPSC meetings are open to all parents/guardians of Deer Park students. The purpose of school council is to provide a regular opportunity 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 to volunteer. Your support is appreciated!

Deer Park- Closed Optional Attendance

Each year, TDSB Facility Services creates the list of closed and limited optional attendance schools.The list is posted on the TDSB website Deer Park’s enrolment will continue to grow over the next several years. For this reason, it has been designated a closed optional attendance school for the upcoming year. Important points to know include:

  1. “Closed” schools may not accept any Optional Attendance requests.
  2. Siblings of students who were accepted under optional attendance do not have direct access to closed schools.
  1. If students move outside of the school’s catchment area, they will be asked to attend their home school at the end of the school year.

Please contact Mr.Nanfara if you have any questions regarding Deer Park’s closed optional attendance status.

EcoSchool Update

Remember to walk to school whenever possible, and if driving is unavoidable, please keep from idling when dropping your children off. Please turn off your cars if you are parking beside the school for more than a minute or two. Not only do our children have to inhale the exhaust, but we all have to suffer the consequences as our air becomes more polluted. Many small acts make one big difference!

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 cans 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.

Bikes and Scooters

Students are not to be riding bikes, scooters, etc. once the first bell rings at 8:40am. This is the time teachers are on duty and when many students arrive at school. Students are also reminded not to ride their bikes and scooters between 3:20pm and 3:40pm when students are being dismissed. Together, we can work to keep everyone safe. Your support is appreciated.

Physical Education

This is a quick note to let you know that some of our HPE classes will be held outside until the end of the school year.With the great weather upon us, we will be taking advantage of our outdoor space.

Since the students will often be outside, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Students can bring a water bottle outside with them
  • Students can bring hats
  • Students should wear sunscreen
  • Students should dress according to the weather Pedestrian Safety - Safety Tips for Parents

    Children under nine should be accompanied by adults or older children when crossing the street. At this age, their judgment and perceptual skills are still immature, yet they often eagerly try to cross streets on their own in order to demonstrate some independence. Teach your children the rules of the road - start when they're young. Think of it as gradually training your children about safety until all the connections are in place. By the time your child reaches age nine and can act independently, the road safety rules will be second nature.

- Teach children how to cross the street safely. Teach them to stop (before stepping onto the road), look left, right and left again, and listen for traffic before stepping out into the street. Teach children to wait until the street is clear and to keep looking until they have crossed the street. They should also look the driver in the eye before crossing.
- Teach children to recognize pedestrian crossing signals but not rely on them. Before crossing, children should also be sure the traffic has stopped. Remind them to continue across if the light changes to "Don't Walk" while they are in the crosswalk.

- Teach children to be extra alert when crossing at a corner with no traffic lights.

- Teach your children to stop at driveways, alleys and areas without curbs and to never run out onto the street.

- Teach children about the dangers of crossing the street between parked cars or when not at a corner. Children should cross only at corners and pedestrian crosswalks, not diagonally or between parked cars.

- Teach children to respect the role of the crossing guard and to understand his/her signals.

- Teach children that wherever possible they should walk on the sidewalk. In areas without sidewalks, teach children to walk as far away from the road as possible, facing approaching traffic (when there is no choice but to walk on the road).

- Teach children that playing games at railway crossings or around trains can be deadly. Teach children that the only way to cross railway tracks is to use designated railway crossings.

Follow the same rules that you want your child to follow. You may want to cut across the street in the middle of the block, but you want your child to learn to cross at the intersection. Be a good role model.
Reprinted with the permission of Safe Kids Canada. Visit for more safety tips on keeping children safe.


If you know your child is going to be late or absent, please send an email to to inform the school.

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.

Also, please remember the following:

  • Report any absences to the office (not only the teacher)-
  • When dropping off items in the office, use the drop-off table and please ensure that the student’s name is it

Reminder- Electronics (Use of Phones) at School

Many of our students come to school with cell phones. Last year, the 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. A decision was made that electronics, including cell phones, would not be used by students during the instructional day. We have 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. As stated in our previous newsletter, they are not to be used in school or on school property during the instructional day. Students have done a great job of following this new policy. We will continue to remind students as needed. Your support is appreciated.

Important Dates for the 2017-18 School Year

Professional Activity Days:

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Last day of school for students:

June 28, 2018

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

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.Follow the TDSB on Social Media!

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