Deer PARK Newsletter

FRIDAY, February 22, 2019

Trustee: Shelley Laskin

Superintendent of Education: Andrew Howard

Principal: Carmelo Nanfara

Vice-Principal: Nadine Clarke

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Summer School at Deer Park!

We will be hosting a Summer School Program once again at Deer Park. Last year we had a very successful program. Additional information will be sent out soon.

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.

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’s important that everyone adheres to the signage posted.

Councillor Matlow is working with the City to change the parking bylaws on Heath St.. Fifteen minute parking will soon allowed on Heath St. 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). Let’s achieve our goal as a community and raise up every child at Deer Park to be their very best!

This ANNUAL ASK donation to Deer Park PS can make the difference in the future for your child as we prepare them for the amazing world beyond these walls. 

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

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 Deer Park School Advisory Council (DPSC) meeting was held on January 14 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 our 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. The next meeting is scheduled on Monday, March 25 at 6:00pm.

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This year, TDSB will be holding their Earth Hour activities on March 29th. We will be using as little electricity as possible during the hour – in the office, in the halls, in the classrooms, in the library, in the gym. Where possible, schools will also be reducing their electricity usage over the weekend.

th 8:30pm-9:30pm). Remember to turn off all lights at home and take part in energy saving activities (suggestions from families who have participated in the past include: board games by candle light, evening neighbourhood walk, storytelling, etc.).

More information is available on the EcoSchools website:

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.


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

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.

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!

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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    Pinterest Dates for the 2018-19 School Year Mid-Winter Break:March 11 to 15, 2019 (inclusive)Good Friday:April 19, 2019Easter Monday: April 22, 2019Victoria Day:May 20, 2019 Professional Activity Days:Friday, June 7, 2019 Friday, June 28, 2019 Last day of school for students:June 27, 2019