The next meeting of the school council will be on Thursday, November 28, starting promptly at 7 p.m. in the school library. Child care will be available in room 122.
There will be two guest speakers at the meeting, discussing 1) artificial turf for the field and 2) programs at Western Tech. See attached for the full agenda.
Miss the last one? Please see the minutes of the October 30 meeting.
We received this information from Irene Atkinson’s office:
All members of the community are invited to attend a free presentation by Dr. Audrey Huberman on Skills for Living at the Swansea Community Centre on January 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Dr.Huberman will share social, emotional and behavioural skills for parents, teachers, students and others to help them manage the complexities of family life and to support young people in improving their social-emotional functioning at school and at home. Mark your calendars!
Now at Pizza Lunches, each lunchroom has a green bin for food waste. Runnymede’s parent volunteers and Green Team members will be assisting with this program to ensure it runs smoothly.
The Front Door Mural is up!
The mural looks amazing, and helps to restore the front of the school to what it would have looked like almost 100 years ago.
The mural is a beautiful piece of artwork by local artist Elizabeth Jackson Hall. A huge thank you and congratulations to Angela Buechner who coordinated this entire project, and also to her husband Peter who helped with the mural installation.
Leading up to the Centennial in 2016, a 2nd floor mural above the door designed to look like a stone etched lion (the school’s crest), will be added. Depending on funds, the Parent Council hopes to have the next phase of the mural complete by the end of the school year.
This upcoming workshop is open to all area parents. Click the image to enlarge.
Please take note of these upcoming events.
- Halloween Activities: October 31 – Please see the attached flyer
- Photo Re-take Day: November 5
- Chapters Night: November 26, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
- Winter Concerts:
- AM Kindergarten: December 12, at 9:30 am
- PM Kindergarten: December 12, at 2:30 pm
- Primary (Gr. 1 – 3): December 18, at 9:30 am
- Junior (Gr. 4 – 6): December 12, at 7:00 pm
- Senior (Gr. 7 & 8): December 5, at 7:00 pm
Runnymede, through the Council’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Committee, has been very fortunate to receive a grant for over $3,100 from the TD Friends of the Environment for environmental education. Some of the items in the grant include a weather station, solar and electric cars, wind and hand powered energy kits, and a number of smaller items relating to science kits that promote environmental education.
We also received a grant of $1,200 from Bayer Canada for work on our science kits.
Thanks to TD Friends of the Environment and Bayer Canada for helping us improve our science programs!
We would also like to acknowledge the support from First League Lego ($250) and the TDSB ($330) which is indispensable to our our First Lego League robotics programs.
The Ontario government has introduced Regulation 274, which forces school principals to prioritize seniority over quality and suitability in the teacher hiring process. Parents, teachers and administrators alike want this regulation revoked. Please read these attachments for more information:
Please consider emailing the Premier and Minister of Education expressing your concerns. Here is a sample email:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Dear Premier and Minister of Education,
I am on the school council/a parent at Runnymede Public School. As you and I know, Regulation 274 will seriously damage the quality and suitability of teachers hired and thereby hurt our students. This Regulation also creates unreasonable administrative and managerial problems for all principals and school boards across the province.
The issue of favouritism is a red herring which can be eliminated by school boards having an oversight process and providing certain hiring information to the relevant union.
Please get rid of Regulation 274 as soon as possible!
(name & email)
cc to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
The following attachments will provide you with valuable information regarding grade 9 transition and information nights at various Secondary Schools.
Please make sure to attend the Information Night at Runnymede Public School this coming Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Senior Gym, at 7:00 pm
As well, a reminder to parents of students who will be attending the Etobicoke School Of the Arts (ESA) student open house on the afternoon of Tuesday Oct. 29th, permission forms are going home today and must be returned to homeroom teachers by Friday Oct. 25th.
Wednesday, October 9 is International Walk to School Day. As a Gold Status EcoSchool, Runnymede P.S. encourages all students to do their best to walk to school this Wednesday! Walking to school has a positive impact on the environment and our physical health, as well as on community safety.
News from Ward 7: The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) welcome you to the first Special Education Conference for parents and students in the TDSB! The theme for this conference is Special Education: Empowering Families through Knowledge and Networking.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Ave., Toronto, Ont.)
Check out the conference website for more information, including how to register.