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.


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

Halloween Costume Sale This Week


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


Sign Up for Pizza Lunch

We are pleased to offer this popular program to all grades 1-8 students!

Mark these Pizza Lunch dates in your calendar:

Sept 26, Oct 24,  Nov 28,  Jan 30,  Feb 27,  Mar 27,  Apr 24, May 29

New This Year: Online Ordering!

Runnymede is now taking secure online orders for Pizza Lunch.

Click here to order –  www.sagoto.com/rpsc/pizza

Order deadline for our first Pizza Lunch is Sept 19.

Each Pizza Lunch includes pizza, a juice box, fresh veggies and apple slices. Babysitting (& free pizza!) is provided for younger children.

Please forward any questions or concerns to Audrey Robinson at audreyrobinson@bell.net

Parent Council Meeting Thursday, September 18th

Welcome Back!   We hope that you and your children have had a good first week of school.   It certainly doesn’t feel like fall just yet . . .

Our first Parent Council meeting of the new year will be held in the School Library on September 18th at 7pm.   Please see the attached draft agenda  and updated draft of the Runnymede Public School Constitution. Please remember that this meeting is actually two meetings in one – the last council meeting of the 2013/2014 school year and the first meeting of the 2014/2015 school year.  Babysitting will be available.   Room to be confirmed.

There are two open positions for Executive Council this year:  Co-Chair & Treasurer.   Please let us know if you are interested in one of these positions.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!

Jennifer Atkinson & Erin Carroll

Welcome (Back!) to Runnymede!

Runnymede Council welcomes you (back!) to Runnymede. Our website www.runnymedecouncil.org is a great place for up-to-date information, so bookmark this site and visit it regularly.

Please click on the following links for valuable information:

Key Council Dates for Fall 2014
Add these key dates to your calendar.

Runnymede Parent Handbook
Find the information a parent needs, including safe arrival, lunch hour and dress code policy.

How Do I Get Involved
Read how you can get involved at the school and in your child’s education at Runnymede.

The Arts at Runnymede
Learn about the many arts programs available at the school.

Important information for the Fall:

Fundraising at Runnymede

Our SIMPLIFIED fundraising strategy was a success last year: we raised $71,440! So, this year we will do it again. Donation envelopes will be distributed in October for parents to return with a recommended per-child donation of $50. We thank you and look forward to your support of our simplified fundraising!

Additionally, the school receives a percentage of sales from QSP Magazines. If you need magazines, please visit the school website under Hot Topics to make your purchase and support the school at the same time!

Pizza Lunch Program

Every year, dedicated volunteers organize a monthly pizza lunch for any students who wish to participate in this excellent break from lunch box blues.  A link will be available next week for enrolment in this fundraising event.

Lost & Found Process

Lost & Found is located on the main floor outside of Room 126.  Please talk with your children about keeping track of their belongings but also please be aware that items can go missing through no fault of your child!  It will be easier to find lost items – especially lunch bags – if you label items with your child’s name and classroom number. Want to help with the Lost & Found?  Please contact us at runnymedeps@gmail.com and we’ll direct you to the Lost & Found team.

Construction Update and School Entry Door Map

The first day of school is just days away!

Please see the Construction Update Letter from principal Ameila Dennis.  You will also want to review the School Entry Door Map so you will know where to be on the first day back.

Select here if you would like to be added to our parent email distribution list.


Spirit Committee Year in Review

Thanks to your generosity, $71,440 was raised by the Spirit Committee. Funds raised have been allocated by School Council to benefit our children in the following ways: Parents continued to support a simplified fundraising plan that relied heavily on annual direct donations of $50/child:

Select here to download the one-page pdf.

We look forward to your continued support of fundraising at Runnymede Public School! If you would like to get involved with the Spirit Committee, please contact Leslie Robbins-Parmar.

Runnymede Students Audition at Massey Hall

Runnymede Junior and Senior Public School had over 30 students audition for and get invited to participate in the 128th Spring Festival Concert at Massey Hall this year. This concert series has been running since before the First World War, and has a long and proud tradition of excellent music making! 
Our students participated in four ensembles this year: The All-City Strings, All-City Band, All-City Orchestra and Runnymede Brass Ensembles
Runnymede has long participated in and been a supporter of this prestigious event at Massey Hall. It is always an honour and privilege to perform on the stage that has played host to everyone from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to Charlie Parker, Bob Dylan and world heavyweight champion, Jack Dempsey as referee.
Your fundraising dollars help to buy brass and string instruments that support the music program at Runnymede.MasseyHall

Centennial Mural Project

The Grade 5 Centennial Mural Project is well under way and the decades of the 60′s and 70′s are really starting to take shape.

Thank you to the teachers, parents and students for all your hard work to make this project happen. It’s been a lot of fun.

We also want to thank Rona in the Stockyards for donating the plywood, and West Toronto Paint and Wallpaper for donating the paint.

Centennial Mural Project 2014