Trustee: Shelley Laskin

Superintendent of Education:Andrew Howard

Principal: Carmelo Nanfara

Vice-Principal: Nadine Clarke

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November Days of Significance

Nov 2018


All Saints Day

Christianity Eastern Orthodox/Catholicism

Aboriginal/Indigenous Education Month




Hindu Heritage Month


Crowning of Emperor Haile Selassie I


6 or 7




Bandi Chhor Divas



New Year (Enlightenment of Gautam Swami)



Buddha’s Descent from Tushita Heaven



Birth of the Bá’b*



Remembrance Day

Canadian Government


Gyana Panchami



Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Ontario Government


World Diabetes Day

World Health Organization


Louis Riel Day (Toronto)

First Nations, Métis


Lokasha Jayanti



Maun Agiyaras (Ekadashi)



Universal Children’s Day

United Nations


International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Gwendolyn Ann Smith, US Trans Advocate





Presentation of the Virgin Mary

Christianity Russian Orthodox


Birthday of Guru Nanak Gurpurab



Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur


24 (TDSB 23rd)

National Holodomor Memorial Day

(Recognized on the 4th Saturday, each November - TDSB recognition is on the preceding Friday)

Ukrainian Canadian Association


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

United Nations


Day of the Covenant*


Message From Toronto Public Heath

The ways to mitigate, cope and overcome challenges and life stressors is by supporting the development of a resilient child. Most parenting strategies, geared towards supporting their child to develop into a resilient teen and eventually adult, can be captured under the following headings: Love, Limits and Live it !

The ways to mitigate, cope and overcome challenges and life stressors in life is by supporting the development of a resilient child. Most parenting strategies, geared towards supporting their child to develop into a resilient teen and eventually adult, can be captured under the following headings: Love, Limits and Live it!

Visit the Toronto Public Health website for further information;

Reminder- Electronics (Use of Phones) at School

Many of our students come to school with cell phones. In the past, 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. 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.

School Council

Our second Deer Park School Advisory Council (DPSC) meeting was held on October 24th at 6:00pm. DPSC meetings are open to all parents/guardians of Deer Park students. The purpose of DPSC 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 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. The next meeting is scheduled on Monday, November 26th at 6:00pm.

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!

Message from Ms Dupre and Ms Seguinot (Sr Girls’ Soccer)

Congratulations to the Senior Girls’ Soccer Team for winning the Conference Championship.  We had a season shut out with no goals scored on Deer Park in all 5 of their games.  We are so proud of our girls.  They were excellent teammates and an absolute pleasure to coach.  Thank you for a great season!  Ms. Seguinot and Mrs. Dupre.

School Schedule

As you may know, all TDSB schools are on a 5-day or 10-day cycle.Deer Park is on a 5-day cycle this year.At Deer Park currently Monday is day 3, Tuesday day 4, Wednesday day 5, Thursday day 1 and Friday day 2.We will continue that way until the November PA day.Starting November 19, Monday will be day 2, Tuesday day 3, Wednesday day 4, Thursday day 5 and Friday day 1.That pattern will continue until December 7th P.A. Day.

Halloween Parade

The Kindergarten and Primary students will be showing off their costumes as they parade through the school. Parents you are welcome to come see us as we pass through the foyer. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Beginning at 10:15 am

REMEMBER: This is a school wide event. Our Kindergarten to Grade 3 students will parade while Grades 4-8 students cheer on. Everyone is invited to wear a costume, however, please remember that we all have a responsibility to our younger students. Please ensure friendly costumes for this school wide dress up event (e.g., no weapons).

Halloween provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Halloween is a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs and impromptu history lessons. Halloween is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security.

If parents are concerned about trick or treating, here are some basic safety rules to follow:

Have your child carry a flashlight.
NEVER go into a stranger's house.
NEVER trick or treat with people you do not know.
Trick or treat only at homes you know.
Children should always stay in groups if no parent is present.
Younger children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an older person.
Accompany your child when trick or treating.
If you can not accompany your child then know the route your child will take.
Flame resistant (retardant) costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them.
Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know.
Remind children of road safety rules. Cross only at corners. Do not criss-cross the road. Go up one side of the road and down the other side. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing on-coming traffic if there is no sidewalk
If adults are driving their children, drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road.
Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe to be unsafe.
Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating. Wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable.

Remind children that not everyone celebrates Halloween, and to avoid any homes that have no lights on. Also remind children not to run through neighbours’ yards or gardens.
With older children be sure to know what other events (such as parties) they plan on attending.
Set time limits when children should return home.

Remembrance Day

Sunday, November 11th is Remembrance Day. Students and staff at Deer Park and across the city will mark the day with classroom activities and school assemblies on November 9th. Wars have touched Canadians of all ages, all races and all social classes. Many were wounded and killed in action. Those who returned were forever changed. Those who stayed in Canada also served - in factories, in voluntary service organizations, wherever they were needed. During Remembrance Day, our teachers make connections between global events and students' lives by promoting peace within our school community. On this solemn occasion, our staff, students, parents, and the wider community all join together in a call for peace.

John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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, November 16, 2018

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019


June 27, 2019

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. This year, we raised more than $2000. 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.


8:57-9:47 Period 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


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

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.

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