Construction Notice

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

This is to inform you that the work to replace our Electrical Vault, located in the Colbeck yard near Exit #2, will be starting tomorrow. This work involves digging trenches from the existing vault, just inside the school yard, to the sidewalk on Colbeck Avenue.

Due to this work, the staircase at Colbeck will be closed off beginning Tuesday, December 16.

The trenching and repaving should be completed by January 5, 2015.

Parents picking up and dropping off students are asked to enter the Adventure Yard at the North end of the Runnymede yard behind the portables.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours in Partnership,

Amelia Dennis

Principal, Runnymede P.S.

Family Games Night Thursday, December 4th

A new and fun event for Runnymede families! Come out, meet up with friends and play your favourite games!

  • To volunteer for Games Night, or if you have any questions, please contact Parent Council Co-Chair Dale Cadeau
  • To donate baked or savoury food to the Snack & Bake Sale (nut-free), please contact J’bai Deschamps

Family Games Night 2014

 

Update: Session Tonight

Helping Boys Learn with Dr. Edmond J. Dixon
DATE CORRECTION: *Monday, November 24th* at High Park Alternative School (265 Annette) @ 6:45 pm.

Are you tired of watching your son *game* his life away? Are you pulling out your hair trying to get him to do homework? Have you given up altogether? We have the solution for you!

Learn about the 6 Secrets and how to apply them.   Change your son’s learning and life!

RSVP to hpasexecparents@googlegroups.com

Education Town Hall on January 15th, 2015

MPP Cheri DiNovo will be hosting an Education Town Hall 

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00
Location: Parkdale Library Auditorium

Meeting Regarding Changes to Special Education

The TDSB is considering changes to the Special Education Programs that it delivers to all children with exceptionalities. Parents of children with exceptionalities can keep informed about this process by talking to their trustee.

The Ontario Association for Bright Children (ABC) has invited one of the TDSB Senior Superintendents for Special Education to a meeting on Nov. 27 at the Northern District Library near Yonge and Eglinton.

This is your chance to discuss the future of gifted education at the TDSB and to ask questions about the direction the TDSB plans to take for the next few years.

ABC Toronto Meeting on November 27
Northern District Library 40 Orchard View Blvd. Toronto
Room 224ABC
Time: 6:30 – 8:15 PM
No reservations are necessary, all welcome
 
Organized by Diana Avon, TDSB SEAC representative
and other ABC Toronto membersThe TDSB is considering changes to the Special Education Programs that it delivers to all children with exceptionalities. Parents of children with exceptionalities can keep informed about this process by talking to their trustee.

Turf Field Update from the Yard Committee

The Yard Committee sent this letter to the TDSB,  regarding the unacceptable state of our dirt field, and the status of the turf field.

Please feel free to contact the Yard Committee with comments and ideas.

 

Two Upcoming Sessions: Empowering Independence and Helping Boys Learn

Empowering Independence with Alyson Schäfer
Tuesday, November 18th at Annette Public School @ 7:00 pm.

Why is it so hard to get our children to be punctual, do their chores and manage their school work without our constant nagging and supervision? Which of your behaviours are hindering you from transferring responsibility to your children? Learn the correct strategies to employ and keep kids accountable.

RSVP to Karen Ingram

Helping Boys Learn with Dr. Edmond J. Dixon
DATE CORRECTION: *Tuesday, November 25th* at High Park Alternative School (265 Annette) @ 6:45 pm.

Are you tired of watching your son *game* his life away? Are you pulling out your hair trying to get him to do homework? Have you given up altogether? We have the solution for you!

Learn about the 6 Secrets and how to apply them.   Change your son’s learning and life!

RSVP to hpasexecparents@googlegroups.com

 

PIAC October ENews

Please see the attached newsletter from the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee.  Highlights include high school information nights, early french immersion, homework help for grades 7 – 10 and the upcoming 8th annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at Earl Haig Secondary School.

Runnymede Direct Fundraising Campaign Begins

Since 2010, Runnymede Public School Council has been taking a direct and simplified approach to fundraising, asking families to donate $50 per child each year rather than contribute to a variety of fundraisers throughout the year.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive and last year we raised over $35,000.

Our goal is to raise $35,000 again this year by October 24, 2014.

The easiest way to make your $50 per child annual donation is online.

A donation envelope is being sent home soon so you may also choose to make your $50 per child annual donation by writing a cheque and sending it back in the donation envelope.

Here are some of the ways your donation supports your child’s education at Runnymede:

  • Your child’s teacher receives at least $300 per year to enrich their classrooms by purchasing supplies, materials, equipment and/or in-class programs.
  • Your child receives enrichment programs such as Green Teacher, Arts Enrichment and Scientist in the School.
  • Your child has the opportunity to use some of the latest technology through the purchase of tablets such as iPads; and SMART Boards.
  • Your child has the opportunity to utilize the Hillside Garden, a well-maintained outdoor learning space.  Our gardens are the envy of the TDSB!
  • Your child will benefit from the purchase of recess equipment, sports equipment for Phys-Ed programs and the subsidization of sport teams.
  • Your child will receive continued enrichment from our excellent Drama, Band and Strings programs.

All funds raised will be used in the current academic year. Come out to the Parent Council meeting on October 29 at 7pm in the school library to participate in the discussion on the use of the funds raised.  We thank you in advance for your generous donation.

Sincerely,

Leslie Parmar-Robbins, Audrey Robinson & Karen Viswanathan
Co-Chairs, Spirit Committee

Halloween Costume Sale This Week

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Halloween spirit is in the air!  Hopefully you received a notice in your child’s backpack about Runnymede’s First *Gently Used* Costume Sale on Wednesday, October 8th from 3 – 4 pm.

We are still accepting clean costumes in all sizes and any fun accessories so take a peek in your dress-up bins this weekend.  Please bring your costumes to the school office on the morning of Tuesday, October 7th at the latest.

Thank you for contributing to this event and doing your part to make Runnyemede an environmentally conscious school.

STEM Meeting Thursday, October 2nd @ 8pm

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Committee is holding their first meeting of the year on Thursday, October 2nd @ 8 p.m. in the staff room.

This committee implements cool and progressive STEM programs for Runnymede including the mobile technology strategy that provides classes with access to iPads and tablets. STEM recently led efforts to secure grant money to fund technology improvements at Runnymede including coordinating the partnership with Best Buy and Geek Squad to donate and install a broadcast studio in our library.

Please come if you have interest in STEM.  No experience required.

 

Make a Difference For Your Kids

2014 Trustee Elections

Make an Informed Vote on October 27th

for Local School Board Trustee

Join us on October 7th for the All Candidates Debate for the Ward 7 School Trustee position.

Where and When – Runnymede Public School Gym from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and help make educated decisions about the October 27th School Board Trustee election. Hear candidates present their platforms, answer some predetermined questions from Ward 7 Council Representatives and answer questions from the community members in attendance. The moderator will be Dan Abrahams, a local lawyer and parent who is also an excellent moderator, to which anyone who attended the spring provincial debate on education can attest.  There are seven candidates running to replace Irene Atkinson, links to information on 6 of the 7 follows.

This article poses some great questions about how municipal politicians and parents OUGHT to pay more attention to public education … if you are keen to have some good questions to ask all municipal candidates, have a read!

Visit this Ministry of Education funded website for an overview of school boards, trustees and all the candidates that have sent in their info to be posted.

Here is a list of all trustee candidates and links to their respective websites:

Gordon Foster             Jeffrey Freeman            Jim Henderson

Noel Kent                    Robin Pilkey                   Marcela Saitua

Linda Torry

Additionally you may be interested to read this Villager article which highlights many issues facing Ward 7 Schools.

2014/15 Executive Council and Committee Contacts

We are pleased to share the contact information for the 2014/15 Executive Council, Committee Chairs and Co-chairs.

Runnymede is a big and busy school.  Our Executive Council and the Committees arrange enhanced programming, special events and activities for the Runnymede school community over the course of the school year.

Select here for the 2014/15 Executive Council and Committee Contact list.

 

 

Upcoming Vote for Ward 7 Trustee

Irene Atkinson, our Ward 7 Trustee for the past 40+ years, is retiring and there are seven candidates running to serve as our Trustee for the next four years.

With so many important issues facing the TDSB, casting informed votes in the Municipal Election on Monday October 27th is imperative.

Please visit our Ward 7 page for information on the Trustee role and what is expected of people who serve as Trustees.

And, finally, here are websites for each of the five trustee candidates:

Jeffrey Freeman

Robin Pilkey

Marcela Saitua

Linda Torry

Gordon Foster

Noel Kent

Jim Henderson

*Jeffrey Freeman, Robin Pilkey & Marcela Saitua were at the Colbeck crosswalk in June.  Gordon Foster was at the Colbeck crosswalk on September 11th. Linda Torry was at the Colbeck crosswalk on September 12th.

 

Breakfast Television Visits Runnymede

On Wednesday, September 10th, Runnymede had a *surprise* visit from Jennifer Valentyne and the Breakfast Television crew came for a visit with grade 6 students and to make a special announcement.

Through the efforts of our STEM Committee, Best Buy and Geek Squad have generously donated and installed a new broadcast studio in the former computer lab located in the library.

“I think it’s awesome and it’s a lot of new technology that is going to be beneficial for the school.” Lincoln, Grade 6

Watch the story here

See Jenn’s instagram photo here