Happy Summer! From Parent Council

Dear Runnymede families,

As our school year comes to an end and we gear up for summer plans, your Parent Council wishes to thank you for helping make this such a memorable year!  Our Centennial was celebrated beautifully with many great events!  We had a record fundraising year, raising over $235,000 towards a new playground.  This was our first year with Parent Reps, and after seeing the benefits of having a connection into each classroom we intend to continue this role next year!

Parent Council has enjoyed our working relationship with Principal Amelia Dennis, who will be retiring  in June 2016.  During her decade long career at Runnymede, (initially as a VP, then later as Principal), she has worked tirelessly to keep Runnymede at the forefront of academic excellence.  Her efforts in pursuing improvements for our school with the Board have resulted in many capital renovations.  Her passion for Runnymede is undeniable, and she will be missed.  We wish her well in this new chapter of her life.

We also wish to say farewell to our beloved Crossing Guard, Stafford, who is retiring from his duties, after serving this community faithfully for 21 years.  Stafford is a beacon of safety and familiarity, who guards our children day after day as they cross at Runnymede & Colbeck.  His kind words and blessings will be missed, we wish him well, and he certainly deserves to take it easy now!  If you have not yet donated to the group gift for Stafford, donations will be accepted in the main office until 9am tomorrow morning.

Parent Council does a lot: Fall & Spring Yard Days, the Green Teacher program, Movie Night, Pub Night, T-shirt Sales, QSP Magazine sales, Costume Sale, Fun Fair, Fun Run, Pizza Lunch, Art Auction, Amazing Math Race, streamlining Communications, Ward 7 news, Staff Appreciation Lunch, Lost & Found and much more.  Wherever you look, there is always something going on with Council!

All of these events are intended to fundraise for educational enrichment, and/or for community-building.  Please consider joining Council next year; we need your help to keep Runnymede the incredible school it has been for the past 100 years!

Have a safe and wonderful summer.
Dale Cadeau
Jackie Marrie
Co-Chairs, Parent Council
Runnymede Public School

End of Year Strawberry Social

On the last day of school, Wednesday, June 29th
3 – 3:45 pm

Join your friends in the school yard for an end of year farewell.
Bring your loonies and toonies to buy a treat!
Ontario Strawberries & Ice Cream  $2.00
Jumbo Freezies  $1.00
While supplies last
This is a nut-free event!

There is still time to contribute to Stafford’s farewell!

As you know, our Crossing Guard Stafford is retiring after 21 years.  Did you know that he was voted Canada’s favourite Crossing Guard a few years ago?!  He is a sweet gentle soul who loves to sing gospel.

We have been collecting for a farewell gift for Stafford.  There has been so much outpouring from parents and children so we have extended the collection until 9am on the last day of school!  There is a blue box in the front office for parents and students to drop contributions and sign the group card.  No amount is too small.  FYI, the box will be emptied daily.

You can also arrange an e-transfer by emailing ncadeau@bell.net.

Our gift will be a cheque since many parents have suggested that is the best gift for him.  We will also present him with a memory book full of well wishes from every class in the school.

Wouldn’t it be great to collect enough for a free trip to Jamaica to see family & friends?!?  Imagine how thrilled he would be!

You can also have your photo taken with Stafford then email it to ncadeau@bell.net and it will be included in the memory book.

Thank you!

Memories of Runnymede Video

Runnymede has a long history of providing exceptional experiences and life-long friendships.  This video features alumni and former teachers recounting treasured memories of their time at Runnymede Jr & Sr Public School.

North, South, East, West, Runnymede is the best!

This video was shot, edited and directed by Runnymede parent, Sharon Zupancic. Thank you Sharon!

Here’s what you need to know about the Fun Fair on Saturday!

Schedule of Events:

Senior Gym
11:30 – 12:00 – Opening Ceremony and Student Performances
Senior Band & Strings (Grade 7/8) ~ Glee Club ~ Primary Dance Troupe ~ Primary Choir
12:30 – Grade 5/6 Band and Strings Concert

Library & Adventure Yard
12:00 – 3:00 – Alumni Event

12:00 – 5:00 – Outdoor Fun Fair activities open: dunk tank, bouncy castles, carnival games, scavenger hunt, photo booth, face painting, food trucks, visits from RCMP and Toronto Fire and much more!
3:00 – Centennial Birthday Cake (Front Yard)


Pre-orders have ended and will be delivered to classrooms on Wednesday May 25th & Thursday May 26th.

Didn’t pre-order a wristband? Don’t worry, they will be on sale at the Fun Fair for $20/child.

The games and activities at the Fun Fair will be ticketed, but a wristband will give you unlimited access to the fun!

Here’s what’s included with a Fun Fair unlimited wristband:

  • Bouncy castles and inflatable games!
  • Dunk tank!Wristbands
  • Many fun carnival games!
  • Face painting!
  • Lollipop tree! (limited turns)
  • Minute-to-Win-It challenge! (limited turns)
  • Scavenger Hunt!