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

Pub Night Recap

Thank you to everyone who helped make Pub Night a fun event and a successful fundraiser. We raised over $12,000.00! This money will be used to enhance your children’s experience at Runnymede Public School. In the past, the funds have been spent on:

• arts enrichment
• science kits and iPads in the classrooms
• the Green Teacher program, and
• the Grade 4-8 drama, strings and band programs.

Here are a couple snapshots from the night:

Pub Night 2014

Pub Night 2014

*Location Update* Parkdale-High Park All Candidates Meeting on Education

The 2014 Ontario Provincial Election is on June 12. Provincial politics directly impacts your child’s education so please plan to attend this important meeting.

Parkdale-High Park All Candidates Meeting on Education


When?   Thursday, May 22 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where?   PLEASE NOTE THIS NEW LOCATION!  Lithuanian Hall – Lower Hall – 1573 Bloor St. W @ Dundas St. W. (near the Dundas West subway stop).

Who?  Tim Rudkins (Green); Nancy Leblanc (Liberal); Cheri DiNovo (NDP); and Jamie Ellerton (PC) will all be in attendance to answer questions and present their views on public eduction.

Why?  To learn about candidate’s views on public education, ask your own questions and show politicians that education is important to you!

Trustee Irene Atkinson (TDSB) and Trustee Poplawski (TCDSB) are hosting this important meeting.

Make your vote an informed vote.  Come to this meeting to find out how Provincial Candidates plan to ensure that your child receives a quality education in a safe, well-maintained, well-funded school.

Many amazing things take place at Runnymede P.S. but the school faces many challenges as well.  Our school operates at 120% capacity and has $3.8 million of outstanding repairs and maintenance.

So come out on May 22 to see what the Green, Liberal, NDP and Conservative candidates for Parkdale-High Park have to say about education.


Two Nights Only: Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical will be held on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 at 7pm in the Senior Gym of Runnymede P.S.

Entry will be through Door 6, starting from 5:30 pm.

There are still some tickets left! We will be selling remaining tickets at the door for $10/ticket.

If you ordered your tickets by Friday May 2, you should have received hard copy tickets home with your child. Please bring your tickets with you to the show. If you have any questions, email Audrey at audreyrobinson@net.com

We ask that you be mindful of other audience members and remain in your seat while videotaping any part of the performance. Please, no flash photography will be permitted, since this is distracting to performers.

Baby strollers will need to be left outside under the sheltered area by Door 6.

The show will be 85 minutes long with a 10 minute intermission.

Runnymede Robotics gets children excited about science and technology

Runnymede’s Robotics league is part of the world-wide robotics program partnered with FLL. 
First Canada logo
Each year our team is presented with a Challenge that takes many skills to complete. 
• The Robot itself requires kids who are good at mechanical building. 
• The Programming of the robot needs kids proficient with computer programming, logic and problem-solving. 
• The Project needs kids who can research, scrapbook and do oral presentations. 
• All participants must show the FLL Core Values (gracious professionalism, the importance of discovery over winning, and cooperation) at all times.
Interested in joining Runnymede’s Robotics league next year? 

We will be forming teams in September to get ready for the new Challenge release date. The kids meet often to prepare for the official FLL tournament hosted by the TDSB in early December. 

This spring/summer you could have fun and get ready for September. Here are some ideas:
Make your own story, game, or animation. Scratch is a site with free online programming similar to the one we use. There are tips, tutorials, and a “try it out” section with a step-by-step intro that is easy to follow.  Design your own program and post it!
Pull out those Lego Technic pieces from the basement and have fun building simple machines using gears, wheels, pulleys, beams, axles. For inspiration, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEk5v0jNp_4
Start a summer journal. Make a journal out of cardboard or scrap paper. You could photograph your hobbies, sketch, draw comics, glue in movie stubs, score sheets.

We have over 70 silent auction items…

Reward yourself for all your hard work at Yard Day with a night out @ 3030 for Pub Night on Friday, May 2nd @ 730.

Here’s are some highlights of what the silent auction has to offer:

One month trial membership at Boulevard Club
Family ski weekend at Beaver Valley Ski Club
$1000.00 worth of camps at Oxford Learning Centre
Children’s bike from Sweet Pete’s
3 month membership at System Fitness
Marlie’s tickets
Toronto FC tickets
1st Base Blue Jays tickets
$300 at evoke SalonPub night tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. We are asking parents to BYOB for a super-fun wine raffle. Please contact Shannon or Jen if you are looking for tickets in advance.

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.