Trustee: Shelley Laskin

Superintendent of Education: Andrew Howard

Principal:Carmelo Nanfara

Vice-Principal: Nadine Clarke

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April 2020

Genocide Awareness Month

Latin American History Month (see also October Hispanic Heritage Month)


Kha b-Nisan Spring Festival

Assyrian Diaspora


Sri Rama Navami



Laudation of the Mother of God

Christianity - Russian Orthodox

Heritage Month)


Memorial to Christ’s Death

Jehovah’s Witness

Genocide Awareness Month


Rwanda (Tutsi) Genocide Memorial Day

Canadian Government

Latin Heritage Month)


World Health Day

World Health Organization


International Day of Pink (2nd Wed. in April)

Nova Scotia, High School (Unnamed)





Good Friday

Canadian Government Holiday and Christianity - Western


Easter Sunday

Canadian Government Holiday and Christianity - Western


Easter Monday

Canadian Government Holiday and Christianity - Western





Puthandu (Tamil New Year)



Solar New Year (Mesha Sankranta)



International Day of Silence

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)


Easter (Pascha)

Christianity - Russian Orthodox


Groundation Day

Rastafarian Holy Day


Earth Day (International Mother Earth Day)

United Nations


Day of Remembrance – Toronto Van Attack[1]

Toronto District School Board


Armenian Genocide Memorial Day

Canadian Government

24 Apr – 23 May




Holy Friday

Christianity - Eastern Orthodox


Easter (Pascha)

Christianity - Eastern Orthodox


Yom HaShoah* (Holocaust Remembrance Day)



Feast of St. Mark

Christianity – East Orthodox and Western


Akshaya Tritya



National Day of Mourning

Canadian Government


Vaisakhi Puja: (Buddha’s Birthday)


Weekly Activities- Remote Learning

The first couple of weeks of remote learning have been a success. Thank you for all your support during this challenging time. Please note that the framework and schedule of activities shared within each classroom are recommendations made by the individual teacher/Early Childhood Educator.

Parents/guardians, please connect with your child's classroom teacher if there are any obstacles and challenges preventing your child from completing the weekly activities. We are here to help in any way that we can.

Teacher/Staff Availability: Teachers and staff will be available throughout the week during remote learning to provide guidance and answer questions regarding posted tasks for completion. They will be responding in a timely manner.

Teacher/Staff Feedback: Teacher and staff feedback to assignments and activities will be directed by each individual teacher. Teacher/ECE feedback will continue to guide and consolidate skills and concepts learned.

Special Education Meetings:

With schools currently being closed, Special Education meetings such as SSTs and IPRCs are currently on pause. Once we receive further direction from board regarding these meetings, we will inform those families impacted by this. We thank you in advance for your ongoing patience with this.

Virtual Earth Week (April 20-27)

As noted in Trustee Laskin's Update: Please note Eco Schools have gathered a set of mindful activities to celebrate Virtual Earth Week (April 20-27).The practice of mindfulness in challenging times allows us to find some calm amidst the chaos, and give gratitude for all the elements of the natural world that support our daily lives. 

- Thanks to Compassion Games Earth Week for inspiring these actions.

*Earth Day April 22

- As noted in Trustee Laskin's Update: A group of highly qualified TDSB outdoor educators have put together various lessons for students, families and teachers.

TDSB EcoSchools suggests that on the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay we fill the digital landscape – click on the campaign to join And for environmental activities you can do at home, please follow 

Planning for 2020 – 2021

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 2020 –2021 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:

  • 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 8, 2020.

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.

Please email the following information to by Friday, May 8th.

Child’s Name ______________Current Teacher______________Current Grade ______

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


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:

  • “Closed” schools may not accept any Optional Attendance requests.
  • Siblings of students who were accepted under optional attendance do not have direct access to closed schools.
  • 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.

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!

Follow the TDSB on Social Media!

Join the conversations happening on TDSB's social media communities. You'll find the most up-to-date information about us on Twitter and Facebook, and plenty of useful and fun information too. We also have some new additions with our Instagram and Pinterest accounts. We want to hear from you and share your pictures and stories. See you there!