Spring Yard Day​: April 21st!​

Help tidy up the school’s Nature Garden ​and get it ready for ​spring outdoor learning! Bring the whole family out for Yard Day and Earth Day on April 21st from 9am – noon.

  • Help spread a ‘Mountain of Mulch’ onto the Nature Garden’s trails
  • Celebrate Earth Day with our Kids’ Book Swap​ (bring a book and take one home​)!​
  • “Plant” some live worms in the Nature Garden
  • Do a nature craft!

What is Yard Day?
It​’s​ a fun, family friendly event that brings the school community together to clean up our nature garden and the schoolyard. In addition to the yard work, we’ve got fun spring-themed​/Earth Day​ kids’ activities planned.

Who should come?
Runnymede ​f​amilies! Yard Day is for students, parents, teachers and staff​.​

What should I bring?
It would help to bring things like:

  • B​uckets
  • S​hovels
  • ​W​heelbarrow
  • N​ut-free baking
  • R​e-usable coffee cups and water bottles​ (to re-fill on-site if you get thirsty)​
  • ​L​ots of energy to help with the work!

​Hope to see you at Yard Day!

More questions?

Get in touch at runnymedeyard@gmail.com

Arts Enrichment Returns for Spring!

Parent Council’s Arts Committee is thrilled to bring Phase 2 of the FDK-Grade 5 Arts Enrichment to Runnymede for a spring session.

Students have been experimenting and creating original works with acrylics, chalk pastels, and watercolours.

They’ve also been using different techniques, like resisting and scraping in the styles of Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Maria Sibylla Miriam, Paul Klee, Wang Yani, and Tom Thomson!

School Safety Zone Updates

speed signHave you met our new neighbour?

Just in time for the holidays, a new speed awareness sign was installed on Runnymede Road near the Glenwood crosswalk.  As indicated in November’s letter from Councillor Doucette, these signs are part of a larger School Safety Zone strategy, designed to make the streets around Runnymede safer.

kennedy ave.jpgUnfortunately, there is discouraging news coming from City Hall about a second initiative, which is the proposal to install traffic calming bump-outs on upper Kennedy Ave.  The area in question is north-east of the school, near the parking lot pedestrian walkway.

At our most recent Parent Council meeting, a Runnymede parent shared the proposed design and dimensions for the new bump-outs and voiced serious concerns about the safety of the design.  While pleased with the speed control initiative, residents are worried that the design proposed by the city obstructs sight lines, creating dangerous pedestrian situations for Runnymede students.

Local residents are working alongside Councillor Doucette, school Administration and Parent Council to try to resolve these issues with Transportation Services prior to installation.

If you would like more information about this issue please e-mail Runnymedeps@gmail.com.

Nuit Orange Recap

Nuit Orange 2018 was an incredible success!

Energy, enthusiasm, and a celebration of the arts were on the program last week at Nuit Orange – a spectacle of artistic talent never before seen in the halls of our 100-year-old school. The event drew a crowd of hundreds and treated Runnymede families to a showcase of band, strings, drama, dance, and visual art.

Bravo to Runnymede’s dedicated teaching staff who brought this vision to our school and made Nuit Orange happen, especially Mr. Medley, Mr.Ouelette, Mr. Kim, Mr. Latter & Mme Hatzepetros. Their passion for the arts is contagious.

Thank you to Parent Council’s Arts & Enrichment Committee, who spearheaded the art installations for the JK – Grade 5 students, and to the Spirit Committee and its army of volunteers who were the ultimate hosts with their food & drink stations.

Check out a few pictures from Nuit Orange below, or search the hashtag #NuitOrange on Twitter.

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