Spring Yard Day – Saturday, April 26th. 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family to the Runnymede Yard to celebrate Spring and Earth Day! Help clean up the Hillside Garden and schoolyard.

  • Yard Work: Mulching trails, general cleanup, sweeping, prepping garden beds, etc. (bring buckets, wheelbarrows, brooms)
  • Kids’ Activities: Earth Day Bookswap, art activities, worm planting!
  • Don’t forget to bring NUT FREE baking to share at our snack table

The morning will end with a FREE and FUN concert with Finding Rhythm Drumming and Percussion. Bring the whole family to Spring Yard Day!

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Ward 7 Update: Our Children Deserve Better

Runnymede P.S. is in desperate need of capital renewal and our school is not alone in the TDSB:

  • 202 of the TDSB’s 588 schools are in critical condition, according to building industry standards
  • The TDSB has documented $3.2 Billion in capital renewal needs, which translates into leaky roofs, erratic heating systems, decrepit washrooms, draft windows…and the list goes on…

If you are frustrated by the condition of your child’s school, please read more about the TDSB Capital Budget Crisis  and join your Ward 7 Reps to brainstorm ideas for action on Monday, April 7th, 7:30-9:00 pm  in the Runnymede P.S. Library.  Please RSVP to Krista Wylie so that we can send you an agenda.

Our children deserve a clean, safe, healthy, comfortable environment that is conducive to learning.  Change is needed to ensure this happens.

Runnymede Tech Ts are Finally Here!

Runnymede technical althletic shirt

Perfect for athletes!

Orange Tech Ts with the Runnymede logo are on sale for $20 until April 11. 

Email your completed order form to Juli Belliveau

Select here to download the order form 

Payment is due upon delivery

SPRING THAW – Have we ever needed this more?

Save the date & sign-up to volunteer!

This year’s SPRING THAW: JK-3 Art Show & FUNdraiser will be on Thursday, April 3, 3:30 – 7:30 pm. If you have a child in JK-Grade 3, you won’t want to miss this fun-filled, family-friendly school event.

To make this year’s event a success, we need over 70 parent volunteers to help out on April 3rd.  If you would like to volunteer, please email Leslie Palmer and indicate the timeslot(s) you would like to sign-up for:

Timeslot 1: 3:00 – 4:45 pm

Timeslot 2: 4:30 – 6:15 pm

Timeslot 3: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Yours truly,
Runnymede Arts Committee & Spirit Committee

 

Get Inspired This Spring with QSP Magazines

This winter has been long but we all know that spring IS around the corner. In preparation for spring, the Spirit Committee would like to suggest some great magazines to give your garden a fresh start and ensure that it is beautiful all summer long.

Canadian Gardening and Ontario Home & Gardener Living are just two of the many options offered through QSP. If you are interested in making a purchase, use code 9213 at the QSP link here, or through our school web site under ‘Shopping Anyway?’ in Hot Topics.

This will ensure that a percentage of the total purchases will be awarded to Runnymede Public School and Sick Kids’ Hospital and you receive a discount from the news stand price!

Enjoy thinking about spring!
The Spirit Committee

Hello, my name is Maureen

I am the new webmaster. I want to thank Jess Shulman for passing the torch and for her awesome work over the past three years. I feel set up for success!

About me: I live in the Jane & Bloor part of town with my husband J.J. and our son Finn who is in Mrs. Markee’s Grade One class (shout out to Room 122!).

This website is *the* place to connect with School Council and to stay up-to-date on the fabulous and fun activities brought to you by our amazing committees.  It is also a place for you to contribute.  You can ask a question, start a conversation, share a story or email me anytime.

See you at Pub Night!
Maureen

threeamigos
J.J., Finn & Maureen Petrie

 

Book your babysitters: Pub Night 2014

Pub night will take place on May 2, 2014, at 3030 Dundas West in the Junction. This annual event for Runnymede parents, friends and supporters is one of our biggest fundraisers, not to mention the social event of the season. Book your babysitters!

Tickets go on sale in March, and we are now accepting items for the silent auction. Please contact Shannon or Jen for more information.

Important Wednesday morning update: School is open

Our school has been experiencing issues with our boilers. One boiler has been inoperable, leaving only one functioning. Fortunately, we had heat yesterday and continue to have heat this morning.

All classrooms have been checked and school is open and operating as usual today, January 22.

Staff are working to resolve the issues. Should our operating boiler also go down, and the interior temperature becomes an issue, our plan would be to have staff and students relocate to an alternate site, Western Technical Commercial School.

Please visit TDSB website or check back here, or call the school at 416-393-9055 for updates.

Important notice for parents: Possible heating system emergency

Our school has been experiencing issues with our boilers. One boiler has been inoperable, leaving only one functioning. Fortunately, we have had heat all day and evening on January 21 and are hopeful that continues. Staff are working to resolve the issues but that may take some time. Should our operating boiler also go down, our plan would be to have staff and students relocate to an alternate site, Western Technical Commercial School.

Please visit this page or call the school at 416-393-9055 regarding the status of the school for tomorrow.

Council meeting – January 21 at 7pm

NEW LOCATION: The next meeting of the school council will be on Tuesday, January 21, starting promptly at 7 p.m. in the CAFETERIA. Child care will be available.

Miss the last one? See the minutes of the November 28 meeting.

First Runnymede Students Shine in Core Values and Robot Design

FLL1sm The very first Runnymede FLL Robotics teams, Hurricanes (Gr.4-6) and Lions (Gr. 6-8), competed last weekend in the TDSB Regional FLL Tournament with 25 other teams. The tournament focuses on four activities: Robot Missions, Robot Design, Written Project, and Core Values. They had a great day! Here are the highlights:

1) Robot Missions – The Lions finished 6th (214 points) and the Hurricanes 10th (151 points) out of 25 teams.

FLL3sm2) Callbacks – Runnymede teams performed so well that they were called back to perform in front of a second set of judges. The Lions were called back for “Robot Design” and the Hurricanes for “Core Values” (demonstrating “Gracious Professionalism”).

3) Awards – There are a few awards that are given to teams apart from their final scores. The Hurricanes were awarded the “Inspiration” award given to a team that inspires Core Values, FLL’s most important code. All of the team members were participating in their first tournament which makes receiving this award in their first year simply amazing. Jerry Tiessen, the parent coach of our FLL Robotics Teams, was voted by team members and judges as the “Coach of the Year”.

FLL2smThe STEM committee would like to thank the students of Runnymede Collegiate Institute and Western Tech for their help with the FLL program. We would also like to thank the teachers Kathryn Daye, Shannon Nyers, Jon Johrendt, and Stan Hallman-Chong and vice-principal Sean Hume for their contributions. Their time was essential to the success of these teams. FLL4sm

 

Council Meeting – Thursday, November 28

The next meeting of the school council will be on Thursday, November 28, starting promptly at 7 p.m. in the school library. Child care will be available in room 122.

There will be two guest speakers at the meeting, discussing 1) artificial turf for the field and 2) programs at Western Tech. See attached for the full agenda.

Miss the last one? Please see the minutes of the October 30 meeting.

Skills for Living Presentation – January 14, 2014

We received this information from Irene Atkinson’s office:

All members of the community are invited to attend a free presentation by Dr. Audrey Huberman on Skills for Living at the Swansea Community Centre on January 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Dr.Huberman will share social, emotional and behavioural skills for parents, teachers, students and others to help them manage the complexities of family life and to support young people in improving their social-emotional functioning at school and at home. Mark your calendars!

New this year to Pizza Lunch: Green Bin Composting

Now at Pizza Lunches, each lunchroom has a green bin for food waste. Runnymede’s parent volunteers and Green Team members will be assisting with this program to ensure it runs smoothly.

Runnymede Front Door of Yore

front door muralThe Front Door Mural is up!

The mural looks amazing, and helps to restore the front of the school to what it would have looked like almost 100 years ago.

The mural is a beautiful piece of artwork by local artist Elizabeth Jackson Hall. A huge thank you and congratulations to Angela Buechner who coordinated this entire project, and also to her husband Peter who helped with the mural installation.

Leading up to the Centennial in 2016, a 2nd floor mural above the door designed to look like a stone etched lion (the school’s crest), will be added. Depending on funds, the Parent Council hopes to have the next phase of the mural complete by the end of the school year.