Trustee: Shelley Laskin

Superintendent of Education: Andrew Howard

Principal: Carmelo Nanfara

Vice-Principal: Nadine Clarke

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Feb 2020




African Heritage Month



Buddhism - Shinto

Chinese Heritage Month

See Also Asian Heritage (May)


Bob Marley Day

Jamaican Canadian Association

Black Queering Month


International Day of Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation

World Health Organization


Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

15 (NOTE: Some observe this day on Feb 8th)

Buddha’s Death – (Nirvana Day)

Buddhism – Various Sects


Meeting of Our Lord

Christianity - Russian Orthodox


Family Day

Ontario Government


World Day of Social Justice

United Nations


International Mother Language Day

United Nations


Maha Shivaratri



Losar New Year

Buddhism - Tibetan, Nepal, Bhutan


Ash Wednesday (1st Day of Lent)


Feb 26-29



February is Kindergarten Registration Month

Kindergarten Registration Month is just around the corner. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit their local public school for more information and to register their child for Kindergarten classes that begin in September 2020.

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 withinDeer 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.

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. This is in line with a recent decision made by the provincial government. 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. 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 November 27th at 6:00pm. DPSC meetings are open to all parents/guardians of Deer Park 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 Thursday, January 30th 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!

Cancellation of Busses During Severe Weather

Severe weather conditions may require the TDSB to cancel transportation or, in extreme conditions, close schools. The decision to close schools is made by the director of education. In the event transportation is cancelled or schools are closed, the local media will be informed before the beginning of the school day. Tune in to your radio and television news stations for the latest information or visit

Secondary School Parent Information Meetings

Deer Park recently held an information session to help parents and Grade 8 students make an informed decision when choosing a high school. Discover a wealth of information about our secondary schools, including programs, special characteristics, and diploma requirements. Visit our web site at to find the dates and locations for all information evenings.

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.

PA Days & Holidays


Board-wide PA Day

February 14, 2020

Family Day

February 17, 2020

March Break

March 16 – 20, 2020

Good Friday

April 10, 2020     

Easter Monday

April 13, 2020

Victoria Day

May 18, 2020

Elementary School PA Day

June 5, 2020

Board-wide PA Day

June 26, 2020

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



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.

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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