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Heritage Happenings! May 2022!

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians (In-Person and Virtual Learning Families),

Eid Mubarak to all our Heritage Park students celebrating Eid during this first week of May!

This month, Ms. Alviarez and the Heritage Park Podcasters are proud to introduce a new student initiative called Heritage Park Table Talk. This initiative is the first of its kind at Heritage Park and already has two installments! See the Student Council section of this newsletter for more details.

After much consultation with the school community and gathering your feedback this year, our Uniform Committee has come to a final decision on a proposed uniform change for the 2022-23 school year. This month, you will be receiving a letter outlining the details of the proposed uniform and protocols for our school-wide voting process that will happen from Monday May 23 - Monday May 30, 2022. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks as we will need 80% participation to complete this process. Updates to our policy will be posted here on our school website: Heritage Park Public School – Uniform Standards.

During the month of May, our staff will be meeting to begin forming classes for the 2022/23 school year. This is important work, as our goal is to create classes that ensure student success for all. Many factors are considered when creating classes; they include ensuring that class sizes follow Ministry and Board guidelines; while maintaining a balance of gender, social skills and academic abilities. It is important that we acknowledge the special and unique needs of children in the process and I would invite parents to let me know of any special needs or considerations that need to be taken into account when placing your child in a classroom for next year. If you would like to notify me of any specific needs of your child that should be considered when placing him/her in a class, please do so in writing via letter or email ( outlining your special circumstances by Tuesday, May 17, 2022. This process does not include requests for specific teachers or classes. All planning is subject to realignment and staff adjustments, which can happen during mid- to late-September.

Stay safe, stay well,

Eckleton Richards Jr.



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Table of Contents:

  • Heritage Park Recognizes Excellence
  • Student Council Update
    • Heritage Park Table Talk Student Podcast
  • School Community Council Update
  • Forest of Reading
  • Sun Safety
  • 2022-23 School Year Calendar Released!
  • Moving?
  • Malvern Family Resource Centre Youth Spring Programs
  • Trustee Sriskandarajah Update
  • Google Calendar
  • TDSB Days of Significance
  • Eid al Fitr (Islam)
  • Asian Heritage Month at the TDSB
  • Jewish History Month Month at the TDSB
  • Friendly Reminders!
    • COVID19 Protocols
    • Elementary Summer School Registration Now Open!
    • Lunchroom Supervisors Needed!
    • Traffic Safety Reminders

Heritage Park Recognizes Excellence!

Although we are not having in-person large gatherings this year, we would like to take the time to recognize our Students of the Month in our monthly newsletter.

Here are this month’s students being recognized for the Knight’s Award (for Displaying four qualities of Skill, Service, Courage and Loyalty); and the Character Award (for showing strong character):

Kindergarten & Primary Knight’s Award Winners

  • Aleena
  • Aarnav
  • Jayden
  • Emmanuel
  • Noah
  • Sanjay

Junior Knight’s Award Winners

  • Ahren
  • Isabelle

Intermediate Knight’s Award Winners

  • Diana
  • Sieyhanna
  • Alina
  • Lucas
  • Dinujan
  • Sweetna

Character Trait Award (Co-Operation)

  • Alina
  • Roxanne
  • Mia
  • Adrian
  • Parth
  • Aleena
  • Kailey
  • Deven
  • Michael
  • Omar
  • Sheyoran
  • Ayan
  • Diana
  • Seeron
  • Anthony
  • Saishan

Congratulations, everyone!

Thank you to Ms. Suleman for organizing this recognition of student excellence and character. 

Stay tuned for next month’s winners!

Student Council


Heritage Park Table Talk Student Podcast


Hello Heritage Park!

With the aid of Madame Alviarez, the Grade 8 girls from Ms.Morris’s and Mr.Pathmanathan’s class have started the Table Talk Podcast. These students are: Rathessha, Naomi, Nimrit, Anasha, Sweetna, Samia, Snigdha and Ashvikaa. Each episode, we recruit guests (students and teachers) from both classrooms to take part in these discussions. Our first episode has been released where we have addressed the issue of peer pressure and how it is experienced differently by girls and boys. Please show your support by listening to our episode down below or on Spotify!

Here are the two links to the first and second episodes:

The First Episode:

The Second Episode:


School Council


Please join us at our next scheduled meeting on Monday, May 30 at 4 P.M.  Please contact us via email at: If you wish to attend and we will send you a virtual meeting web link.


School Council Chair - Naseem Malik

Forest Of Reading!

The students in Grade 1 to 4 had the wonderful opportunity to meet weekly and listen to and read the books in the 2022 Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Collections.

The books this year are thought-provoking and eye-opening to some world events and important social issues. The students learned the importance of education, equity and showing empathy to others. They learned so much and had many opportunities to answer and respond to questions about a variety of topics.

Special thanks to all of the participants and the Grade 8 helpers who helped make this year's Forest of Reading happen.


Sun Safety

Getting students outside and active is good for their health but too much sun can have serious side-effects, including: burns, eye damage, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. We encourage all students to practise “sun safety.” What exactly does sun safe behaviour look like? Cover up: Even on days with a moderate UV index students should wear a hat and sunglasses, especially if they'll be outside for over 30 minutes. Stay cool: Students should stay in shady areas, particularly at midday when the sun is strongest. Use sunscreen: Choose sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher that include protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen can be sent to the attention of your classroom teacher (sprayform is preferred).

2022-23 School Year Calendar

The 2022-2023 elementary and secondary school year calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Information can be found on Please note the key dates in the document below. The first day of classes for students will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022. September 6 has been designated as a Professional Development day.



Dear Parents and Guardians:

Re: Students Moving

Each year at this time the school is busy working on class organization for the following school year. In order to assist us in our planning and organization for September 2022, we would appreciate it if families that are moving over the summer would complete and submit the form below.

Once a student moves out of Heritage Park P.S. area he/she must register in his/her new school area. Please indicate below if you will be moving out of the Heritage Park P.S. area during the summer. This information will greatly assist us in organizing classes for the 2022/2023 school year.

Transfer forms will be sent via courier for students who are moving outside the Toronto District School Board area. If your child will be attending another TDSB school, the information will be transferred electronically.


Thank you,

Ms. Edwards and Mr. Richards

Malvern Family Resource Centre Youth Spring Programs


Trustee Sriskandarajah April Newsletter

TDSB Days of Significance


Eid Mubarak!


Eid is a Muslim holiday that celebrates the completion of a month of fasting by spending time with family, friends, and community members. Giving appreciation to God is essential, which is why Muslims conduct a special congregational Eid prayer on the morning of the special day. Furthermore, Muslims commemorate “Allah” for supplying strength and stamina during the month-long fasting practices during Ramadan. On the day of Eid, muslims gather together and do special prayers, eat delicious food, exchange money, wear new clothing, and receive gifts! This year, Eid will take place on the evening of May 1st, 2022 and end on the evening of May 2nd, 2022.

The completion of Ramadan and the start of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, are marked by Eid al-Fitr. It begins the day after the crescent moon is seen, which normally happens one night following the new moon. The date of Eid changes every year depending on the phases of the moon. Furthermore, the phrase "Eid Mubarak" means "Blessed Feast"; because Muslims have been fasting for such a long time, they express their gratitude at being able to eat again.

Eid Mubarak!


Asian Heritage Month at the TDSB


Heritage Month is recognized formally throughout Canada through an official declaration that was signed in May 2002. Subsequently, the Province of Ontario passed the Heritage Act (2005), and the Toronto (TDSB) passed a motion to recognize Heritage Month in April 2007. We are proud to celebrate the numerous achievements of Asian-Canadians and their significant role on the global stage. This year our theme is Many Voices United as One.  The TDSB is the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada. Nearly one-quarter of our students were born outside of Canada and collectively we speak more than 120 languages. According to the 2017 TDSB Student & Parent Census 40% of TDSB students self-identified as .

During the month of May we are honoured to share with you several opportunities and resources to learn about the traditions, customs, and significant individuals that the Asian heritage brings:

1. A PowerPoint presentation on Asian Heritage Month reflecting our theme, Many Voices United as One, was created and will be posted to the TDSB public website and internal website Heritage/History Month website under the Asian “tab”.

2. The winning posters from the Poster Contest will be posted shortly to the TDSB public website

3. All TDSB students, staff and community are invited to attend the TDSB Asian Heritage Month Virtual Celebration.

Join us to learn about the vibrant and significant contributions that Asian-Canadians have made to our great country that our staff, students, and community members call home. Canada has been enriched by the vibrant traditions that we continue to recognize in our brilliant city by celebrating our heritage proudly through festivals and customs. Join us for an extraordinary time to learn about the Asian Heritage.

Date: Monday, May 9th, 2022

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Zoom Link:

Jewish Heritage Month 2022

In April 2012, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed legislation naming May as Jewish Heritage Month to “remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, incommunities across Ontario.” (Jewish Heritage Month Act, 2012)At the Toronto District School Board, schools participate in activities, research, and discussions about Jewish culture, identity, history and heritage.Schools also use this month as an opportunity tobuild understanding and awareness of notableOntarians of Jewish heritage and identify how theyhave contributed to our city, province and country.

Friendly Reminders


Thank you for continuing to screen your child each and every day before sending him/her to school.

Just a friendly reminder that, although many of the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and adjusted (e.g., cohort requirements, social distancing, etc.), we continue to be vigilant about the monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms and protocols.

If your child is home sick, please use the updated March 14, 2022 Screening for Children and Students Form to determine the number of days he/she will need to be absent. When calling the school to report an absence, please indicate the nature of the illness (i.e., symptoms) where appropriate.

Feel free to call the school if you have any questions or are in need of guidance following the Public Health guidelines.



Elementary Summer School 2022 – Registration Now Open!

The focus of the 2022 Elementary Literacy and Numeracy Summer School Program is to continue student engagement through the month of July. Programs, embedded in Literacy and Numeracy, are developed by the local summer school principal to reflect the local school focus.

Thirty-four (34) programs are offered in-person to students in K to Grade 8, from July 4 – 29, 2022. This year, one (1) online (remote) program will also be available.

Registration Information

  • Program Dates: July 4-29, 2022
  • Registration is online.
  • Program delivery method is in-person this year. One remote (online) program is available.
  • Most classes run for three (3) hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Please note, there are limited spaces available for both in-person and remote (online) programs.
  • The remote (online) program is NOT associated with a particular school. Students who are registered will be grouped by grade and assigned an online teacher.

Visit the elementary summer school website for a full list of participating schools and registration information.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration continues. Children born in 2018 may register to attend Junior Kindergarten in September, 2022

Please visit here for more information:

Traffic Safety Reminders

The safety of our students is always our number one priority. Thank you to our families that are respecting our school traffic/parking rules by not entering our bus loop that is reserved for school buses; and using the north side of Old Finch to drop off/pick up their children.

Please help us to be courteous neighbours and community members during the morning and afternoon busy periods: 8:25-8:45 A.M. and 3:10-3:35 P.M. Here are some tips to help alleviate some of our traffic issues:

  • Please remember that there is supervision starting at 8:30 in our school yard; so it is safe to drop off your children in the morning at 8:30 to avoid the 8:40-8:45 entry time rush.
  • Try walking to school whenever possible.
  • Please do not block our neighbour's driveways

If you witness unsafe driving practices happening in front of the school, please notify the police via phone call or by using this link:

If you have a licence plate and/or description of the driver, the police can lay charges for moving violations, if the complainant is willing to go to court and can identify the driver. If the complainant is not willing to go to court, the police will send a letter to the registered owner about traffic safety.

Below are some by-laws that you may not be aware of:


  • Fail to stop for a school bus $ 490.00 - 6 Points
  • Fail to obey school crossing stop sign (crossing guard) $180.00 – 3 points
  • Fail to stop at crossover (crosswalk) / Fail to yield to a pedestrian $180.00 - 3 points
  • Disobey sign (Bus Loop – Parking Lot)$110.00 – 2 points
  • Improper turns/turn not in safety $110.00 – 2 points
  • Drive – hand-held communication device $490.00 – 3 points


  • Park within 9 metres of intersection roadway (intersection) $50.00
  • Stand or stop vehicle in signed highway during prohibited time $60.00
  • Stop within 15 metres of Pedestrian crossover (crosswalk) $60.00
  • Stop in School bus loading zone $60.00
  • Park in a fire route (Our Bus Loop) $250.00
  • Park vehicle in accessible parking space without proper display of valid permit $450.00