Trustee: Shelley Laskin

Superintendent of Education: Andrew Howard

Principal:Carmelo Nanfara

Vice-Principal: Nadine Clarke

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Toronto Math Olympics

On Saturday, April 13th, four Deer Park Students participated in the Toronto Math Olympics.  They have been prepping all year and performed beautifully at the competition.  Judah Brill and Carole Yang (Grade 7) and Sanskriti Akhoury and Zachary Bedard (Grade 8) represented Deer Park at this math competition.  Carole Yang took home the gold medal, as top grade 7 female in Toronto and Sanskriti Akhoury took home the bronze medal (third place) out of all grade 8 females. Congratulations to the Deer Park Math Olympics Team!  We are all very proud of your efforts.

Mrs. Dupre


Our actors, dancers, singers, instrumentalists, crew and coaches have been working hard to get ready for our Seasons of Love performances! 


Dress Rehearsal Performance for the Primary Division: Monday, April 29 at 1 pm


Performance for Junior/Senior Division: Tuesday, April 30 at 1 pm.

Performance for the Community: Tuesday, April 30 at 7 pm


*Doors will open at 6 pm for our evening show!

Come early, save your seat, bid on items at our SILENT AUCTION,



The ‘Seasons of Love’ Team: 

Ms. Beale, Ms. Dupre, Mr. Healy, Ms. Chee, Mr. Nagy

Drop Off/Pick Up on Ferndale Ave and Heath St.

Deer Park has received calls from residents in the area informing the school that vehicles have been blocking driveways and in several cases, parking on private property. This is a reminder to be mindful of private property. It is important that everyone adheres to the signage posted.

Councillor Matlow is working with residents and the City to change the parking bylaws on Heath St. Fifteen minute parking will be allowed on Heath St. in the near future (during drop off and pick up times). This will help alleviate some of the parking challenges in the area.


E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that simulate the feeling of tobacco smoking. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called vaping. It has come to our attention that older students in the Deer Park area have used e-cigarettes. These students may be in elementary or high school. Parents, please remind your children of the health risks associated with e-cigarettes and smoking. We will take the necessary steps to address the behaviour should it come to our attention. We will continue to monitor the situation. Your support is appreciated.

Deer Park ‘Annual Ask’ Fundraiser

Deer Park School Council (DPSC) is asking families for a one time donation. Our Goal is to raise $25 000. Donations can be made by visiting the DPSC website using the link below. Many families can also donate to the Annual Ask through various employee giving programs that are run by organizations, often in conjunction with the United Way. Numerous companies allow employees to select a charity of their choice (e.g., Deer Park Jr and Sr PS via TDSB).

School Council (DPSC) website

Over the past two years, parent/guardian donations helped purchase the following items:

  • New computers for the school library
  • Visiting Artist Programs for all classes (Kindergarten to Gr.8)
  • Three carts of 80 Chromebooks (laptops) to be used as mobile computer lab
  • Physical Education and Sports Equipment
  • Promethean Boards (Interactive Whiteboard)
  • Chairs and tables for school-wide events
  • Laminator for the school
  • Fans for classrooms
  • New outdoor basketball nets
  • Computer programs and supplementary classroom resources

Kindergarten Registration

The office has started accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. 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.

To Register a Child
Parents/Guardians must bring proof of the child's:
- age (a birth certificate or baptismal record or passport)
- address that identifies the parent’s name (e.g., two pieces of identification that show an address within Deer Park’s boundary, such as a tax bill, utility bill, etc.)
- immunization (the card that shows a list of needles your child has received)

If your child was not born in Canada, verification of date of arrival is required. Families who are permanent residents and refugee 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.
Please visit for further information.

School Council

A School Advisory Council (DPSC) meeting was held on Monday, March 25

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 and your support is appreciated. Our next DPSC meeting is scheduled on Monday, April 29

Upcoming EQAO Assessment

Deer Park students will be taking part in the provincial assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics during the week of May 27 The Ontario Curriculum.

Planning for 2019 – 2020

Planning for the coming school year is always a very long process.We have to work with various central departments at the TDSB to get everything in place.Below you will find an information sheet to send back to the school with regard to student placement next year should you wish to provide feedback. We will be working on it over the next couple of months.

Student Placement

As the end of the school year approaches, we are planning for the 2019 –2020 school year.Deer Park staff will be holding meetings for placement and promotion of students in the coming weeks.Several of the principles that govern and structure the process of building our classes include a consideration of the following:

  • Gender,
  • Students’ abilities, strengths and achievement levels,
  • Students’ needs and learning behaviours,
  • Students’ interaction patterns that enable them to work and learn together productively

We consider all factors that will help us create balanced classes that work to the benefit of all students, and the school as a whole.

We also welcome input from parents as to the unique needs of your child.If you wish to provide input regarding your child, please do so on the form below and return it to the office by Friday, May 10, 2019.

It is important to note that we are not asking for, nor can we accept, requests for placement with a specific teacher. In addition, the ultimate responsibility for placement and promotion lies with the principal.

If you know your child will not be attending Deer Park next year, please inform the office, as this information is helpful with our planning. Your ongoing support is appreciated.

Please return this form to the Deer Park office (or email Mr. Nanfara) by Friday, May 10

Child’s Name ______________Current Teacher______________Current Grade ______

Information parent/guardian feels would be helpful to the placement team.




Parent/Guardian SignatureDate

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 (plan for cooler days as well as warmer)Lates/AbsencesIf 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.

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.All Call for PhotosOur 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 you for your cooperation!Follow the TDSB on Social Media!

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    Pinterest Dates for the 2018-19 School Year Victoria Day:May 20, 2019 Professional Activity Days:Friday, June 7, 2019 Friday, June 28, 2019 Last day of school for students:June 27, 2019