Great Fall Eco-Learning Happening Here at Runnymede PS!

Despite the fact that there was no Fall Yard Day community event this year (due to construction and permit issues) the Yard Committee had a very busy fall in the schoolyard.

1) The Green Teacher program allowed classes to enjoy the long, beautiful fall with some outdoor exploration and learning.

image-1Grade 2 classes studied basic animal needs (water, air, shelter, food) in the Hillside Garden.

Grade 4 classes created ecologist notebooks and learned about living and non-living parts of an ecosystem and more.

Grade 6 classes explored the concept of biodiversity in their very own schoolyard and nature garden. They did a “biodiversity blitz” to identify and classify canopy tree species.

The Green Teacher will return for winter sessions in early 2017…

image-1-12) The school Green Team and Yard Committee volunteers planted special bulbs to commemorate Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017. These bulbs were provided to Runnymede via the Eco-School Program and we look forward to seeing them at the front of the school next spring.

fullsizerender-23) The Yard Committee organized a Saturday morning of construction work to build some much-needed retaining walls in the Hillside Garden. Thank you to the parent and student volunteers who helped out with this task. We look forward to maintaining the nature garden with the entire Runnymede community at Spring Yard Day 2017.

Want to get involved?
Contact us at runnymedeyard@gmail.com to volunteer with any of these initiatives!

Thank You Runnymede Community!

This year’s Direct Donation Campaign raised $36,436.

Thank you to the many generous Runnymede families that contributed!

If you forgot to make your donation (we know life gets busy) it is not too late.  Your support is not only appreciated, it is crucial for keeping our exceptional Runnymede extra-curriculars running.

Donate online now or donate by cheque by bringing your cheque to the main office, fill out a donation envelope and drop it in the box.

The Amazing Math Race wants YOU – Grade Leads needed!

Our largest parent-led STEM program at Runnymede is The Amazing Math Race – a half-day, hands-on math activity for students in grades 1 – 3.

The Amazing Math Race runs during the school day in the last half of June. Note that while a full range of activities are already prepared for each grade, new ideas are always welcome.

As a Grade Lead, you would be working with 1 or 2 other parents to:

  • ensure all materials are ready for your grade
  • help recruit 6 parents to lead individual challenges at the event
  • liaise with teachers, and
  • be onsite the day of the event to ensure things run smoothly.

Being a Grade Lead is a great opportunity to interact with students and help them engage in FUN math. You also have the chance to meet and work with a great group of parents and to connect with teachers across both French and English programs.

* Grade 2 Lead Needed *
If you are interested in being a Grade Lead for the 2016-2017 Amazing Math Race, please e-mail the STEM committee with:

Your Name:
Your Child(ren)’s Grade(s):
Your Child(ren)’s Teacher(s):
Your preferred grade to help with (if applicable):

If you are interested in helping with STEM initiatives but unable to help as a Grade Lead, no worries! Perhaps you can help on the day of the event as a parent volunteer.  Drop by our next meeting.  New committee members and ideas are always welcome.

 

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Costume Sale – Wednesday Oct 12th

Please donate your halloween costumes for our sale!

RUNNYMEDE’S 3rd annual (GENTLY USED) COSTUME SALE

– Donations Needed –

Get your Halloween off to a “Green “ start this year by clearing out your Tickle Trunks/Dress-up bins and donating your gently-used children’s costumes and/or accessories to Runnymede’s annual Costume Sale! Don’t buy new this year – help green our community and save some money by shopping at the sale.

Collection will be during the week of Sept 26-Oct 6 – drop off your costumes in the morning at the Office.

We are accepting CLEAN, gently-used, wearable costumes AND/OR accessories (wigs, shoes, shields, etc.) in all sizes.  Costumes will be priced from $5-$25.  First come, first serve basis.

Sale to be Wed Oct 12th and/or Thurs Oct 13th afterschool from 3:15-4pm (weather & supply permitting)

Proceeds from the sale will go to Parent Council and be used to enrich school programs.  All costumes left over after the sale will be donated to charity.

Thank you so much for participating in making this event a success!

Brought to you by the Spirit Committee – Runnymedespiritcommittee@gmail.com

Welcome 2016/17 Parent Council Executives

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, a new Parent Council was established and our Council Executives were voted in.

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Our Parent Council Committees and Executives work to organize and deliver the fundraising activities and enrichment programs that make Runnymede PS a special community. As always, your help and support are needed and appreciated. You can join a committee, volunteer to help with pizza lunches, spirit events, yard days, arts and STEM programs or work with our Communications Committee to bring fresh ideas and new ways of connecting with the RPS community. Everyone is welcome and no job is too small.

Ready to sign up to help? Visit our Council Committee webpage to email committees directly or contact our Council Chair, Dale Cadeau.

Executive Council is looking forward to working with Committees, parents, and school Administration for another fun and eventful school year.