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February 2020


Character Trait: Perseverance
Grandfather Teaching:  Love

Important Safety Reminder
All visitors must report to and sign in at the office
when arriving at Humbercrest. Please do not walk the
halls without a visitors badge. Lunches and other
items are to be left in the office.
Principal's Message
Happy February!  I invite you to read our newsletter carefully this month so you are abreast of all the great initiatives happening at the school, along with the upcoming changes.  With respect to "changes", I would like to formally welcome our new vice-principal, Dan Smart to Humbercrest!  Mr. Smart joins us from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, where he taught for a number of years.  He visited Humbercrest for the first time last week and was amazed at the welcoming reception he received from students and staff alike.  He will officially start at Humbercrest on Thursday, February 6, 2020 and he is very much looking forward to getting to know all of our students, staff and community.  Welcome, Mr. Smart!  You landed in a fabulous place!  

This month we have many items planned, spanning from parent workshops/presentations, African Heritage/Chinese Heritage celebrations, to our annual talent show and beginning work with Phil Cote, an Indigenous artist.  We would like to thank all of the students, parents and staff who give of their time and commitment to make such initiatives happen for our school.  

From all of us at Humbercrest, have a wonderful February!  
Mrs. Emiliani 
Upcoming Events

February 5 and 19 - Pizza days 
February 6 -  Guest Speaker Paul Davis - Social Media at 7pm
February 14 - Parent/Teacher interviews 
February 17 - Family Day - No School 
February 19 - Parent Council at 6:30pm 
February 21 - Popcorn Day  
February 25 - Toronto Public Health Workshop on Stress and Worry at 6:00pm in library 
February 28 - Talent Show at 9:30am
CLICK HERE to view/print the complete February 2020 calendar for Humbercrest PS.

African Heritage Month 

February is African Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board. It is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Peoples of African Descent to Canada and the world. The chosen theme for 2019-2020 is "UBUNTU: I am because we are" which is derived from the Nguni Bantu term in Southern Africa. UBUNTU is a South African term used by the Zulu community that represents an ethic of African traditional life. The philosophy of UBUNTU realizes that everything is interconnected; "everything that I do has an effect on you and your well-being and everything that you do has an effect on me and my well-being."

A poster to reflect the theme, "UBUNTU: I am because we are" was created by students from Downsview Secondary School under the leadership of their teacher, Matthew Chapman. It was shared with all schools across the Toronto District School Board.  You will find ours on the front bulletin board, next to the office, along with MANY other displays! 


  • Partnering with Humbercrest community members to help plan initiatives 
  • Partnering with Runnymede's Steel Pan orchestra to perform and teach students the beautiful rhythms and music of Steel Pan 
  • Daily trivia on announcements
  • Daily music on announcements 
  • Students will be interviewing Humbercrest community members who will tell their stories, share their journeys and their understandings of AHM - a bio of each member will be featured outside our main office!  
  • Classrooms will be exploring themes, people, stories 
  • Performance by Prologue - Hip Hop Culture and Dance on February 13, 2020 

Chinese Heritage Month

"A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.”
~ Chinese proverb

The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month (CHM) during the month of February and the theme of TDSB’s Chinese Heritage Month is Year of the Rat: Intelligent, Wise, Charming, Social, & Ambitious.

Chinese-Canadians recognize Lunar New year on Saturday, January 25. Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and begins with the first moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar 15 days later.

During this month, we celebrate the energetic culture and traditions of the Chinese community with students, staff and community members of the Toronto District School Board and the City of Toronto.


As you are aware, report cards and official grades will not be issued this term. Teachers have and will continue to assess and evaluate students on an ongoing basis.  

Friday, February 14, from 9:00am to 3:20pm, is a day available for parent-teacher interviews. Evening interviews, originally planned for Thursday February 13, will not be taking place.  Teachers will be in contact to schedule an interview with parents of students whose academic progress would benefit from a conversation at this time.  

If you have not been contacted by your child's teacher and you would still like an opportunity to discuss progress, please feel free to contact the teacher/s to set up a time.   

Communication between home and school are paramount to the development of our students.  We are always happy to talk to parents/caregivers when they have questions and/or concerns. 

Kindergarten Registration Begins in February

Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. We look forward to welcoming you and your child at our school in September!
To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31, 2020. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31, 2020.
Please begin the process online, once the online portion is complete please contact Humbercrest at 416-394-2370 to make an in-school appointment to complete documentation.  You will need to bring in the following: child's birth certificate, proof of address, proof of residency (if born outside of Canada). 

Documentation Dates/Times:
  • March 3, 2020 
    • 8:00 to 8:30am
    • 9:30 to 11:30am 
    • 2:00 to 4:00pm 
  • March 5, 2020 
    • 8:00 to 8:30am
    • 9:30 to 11:30am 
    • 2:00 to 4:00pm
  • March 10, 2020 
    • 8:00 to 8:30am
    • 9:30 to 11:30am 
    • 2:00 to 4:00pm 
  • March 12, 2020 
    • 8:00 to 8:30am
    • 9:30 to 11:30am 
    • 2:00 to 4:00pm 

For more information about the Kindergarten program and registration requirements, please visit

Secondary Program Review

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible.The vision of the Secondary Program Review, which will address both under and over-utilized schools, includes fewer schools with strong programming and increased access to courses that support all pathways. In order to achieve that, the Board will consider potential consolidation and/or relocation of schools, re-purposing secondary school buildings to address other system needs, and different models of school organization (e.g. full-year programming).

Key Facts
•The secondary panel has declined from a high of 140,433 students in 1976 to approximately 72,600 students today
•As of October 2019, the average utilization rate at the 111 secondary schools in the system was 78 percent; 25 of them were operating below 50 percent of their capacity
•The average age of our secondary school buildings is 64
•Just over 50 percent of secondary students attend their home school by address (compared to 76 percent of elementary students)
•Secondary students are choosing programs and schools in higher income areas and fleeing from those in lower income areas
•Secondary schools are competing for a shrinking secondary school-aged population
•The existing structure of secondary schools across the Board is not in sync with the TDSB’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

In addition, the Optional Attendance draft policy has been posted on the TDSB public site. To provide feedback, please visit the Policy Consultation page.
Cotton Candy Fundraiser - $3 each
Our Grade 8 students are fundraising for their Grad Trip to Blue Mountain in the spring.They will be selling Cotton Candy at lunch from Monday, February 10th to Thursday, February 13th.  The Cotton Candy will be $3 per tub.
The Cotton Candy is Peanut Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free and Gluten Free. 
FREE - Register here with Heather Sinclair for The Stress and Worry 2-Part Workshop
What is Happening at Humbercrest?
We have a busy school with so much happening day in and day out.  There are a few ways that you can stay in touch with what is happening beyond the newsletter and calendar.
  • Follow us on Twitter @humbercrest. Posts are shared several times a week that highlight events and learning happening both in and out of the building.
  • Parent Communication and Announcements Board - these are both found in the main hallway across from the TV
Committee Call for Grade 7 Parents/Guardians
 It is the tradition of Humbercrest PS for the Grade 7 parents to organize and host the Grade 8 graduation.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 19th at 6pm in Room 10 at Humbercrest for an information sharing session.
Volunteers are needed at Runnymede to ensure that the event runs smoothly. The grade 7 parents are responsible for decorating at Runnymede(auditorium and cafeteria), setting up tables for drinks and food, buying of the food and drinks, arranging a photographer and cleaning up afterwards.
The work is done by the Grade 7 families this year so they can simply enjoy the celebration when their children graduate next year. In order to make Graduation a success, we need the involvement of each Grade 7 family.
The roads around Humbercrest are very busy, as drivers, we need to be extra cautious.  We are still seeing cars parked illegally, blocking sight lines and making our streets very dangerous.  Please park only in designated areas.
In addition to this it is imperative that ALL rules of the roads are folliowed - including speed limits and stop signs.  

The Idling Control By-law limits idling to no more than one (1) minute in a 60-minute period.

Vehicle emissions are a contributing factor in climate change. By reducing unnecessary idling to just one minute, we are helping to improve the quality of the air in Toronto. It’s one simple way that we can all help to keep our air clean.

The City also encourages residents to consider alternative methods of transportation such as walking, cycling and public transit to help improve air quality.

If you wish you may read the idling control by-law: Chapter 517 PDF of the Municipal Code and By-law 775-2010 PDF.

Making the Best of Winter Weather at Humbercrest
Principals are often asked how we decide whether it's too cold to allow our students out in the schoolyard for recess.

Fresh air and exercise are important for children. It keeps them physically fit, and helps them stay alert all through the school day. Parents can help by making sure their children come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Hats, mitts, boots and a warm jacket are important to keep students comfortable during lunch and recess.
But extreme cold can be dangerous, and parents want to know that their children will be safe. When the temperature is predicted to drop below -15C, the City of Toronto may declare a cold weather alert. Schools are very sensitive to the needs of our students and pay close attention to the weather, especially when the windchill is below -20 C.

Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C. When temperature falls below -28C the students will remain indoors.

The TDSB Severe Weather Protocol sets guidelines for when to allow students outside for recess, when to make outdoor breaks shorter, and when to keep students inside altogether.

Canadian winters can be wonderful but when the weather is cold, school staff keep one eye on the thermometer and the other on the needs of our students - a perfect balance of fun and safety.
Elementary Summer School
Elementary summer programs increase engagement and build self-confidence in our students. This summer, from July 3 - 26, we are opening schools across the city to help build reading, writing and math skills in our students. Visit for a complete list of participating schools. 
Located on Watson Ave

The Drop Zone makes it easy for parents to drop their kids off at school without having to get out of the car. This keeps the traffic around the school moving and keeps our students SAFE during the busiest time on our roads.
We are asking parents to follow the following school safety guidelines:
  1. Please DO NOT PARK in the Drop Zone on Watson Avenue between 8:30-9:00 am
  2. Please DO NOT stop and let your children off at the front of the school on St. Marks Road (this is a bus zone and way too dangerous a place to let kids jump out!)
  3. Please DO NOT block the driveways of our neighbors by parking in front of their driveway -- or parking across from them, making it difficult for them to reverse out. 
We are ALWAYS looking for parent volunteers.  Please sign up here for a time that best suits your schedule.
School Year Calendar

For more information about important dates and holidays for the upcoming school year, please visit
School Cash Online

A friendly reminder that Humbercrest now has School Cash Online.  Please sign up to make all of your school purchases so much simpler. 

Field trips, agendas, gym uniforms, popcorn days and other school related items will all available to pay for online. Visit for complete details.
Humbercrest is a Nut-Free/Allergy Aware School
With over 700 families in our community, the only way for us to succeed in providing a safe environment for all is with your help. Please vigilantly respect our nut-free environment and watch out for one another.
Copyright © 2017 Humbercrest Public School, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
14 St. Marks Rd
Toronto, ON
M6S 2H7

Principal: Simona Emiliani
Vice-Principal: Dan Smart 
Superintendent: Tracy Hayhurst
Trustee:Robin Pilkey

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