Thank you Runnymede!

Our School Community is as important as ever, and we hope everyone is healthy and safe during this extraordinary time.

As this school year comes to an end, School Council would like to extend a BIG thank you to:

Grade 8 students for 10 years of hard work at Runnymede. Congratulations; we wish we could send you off in person and are wishing you the best as you move on to High School!

Principal Hochberg along with Vice Principals Ms. Kahn-Fitzpatrick and Mr. Gelinas for their continued partnership and leadership during the remote learning time period; we will miss Ms. Kahn-Fitzpatrick next year and wish her all the best as the new Principal at Perth Avenue Public School.

All of the incredible, dedicated Runnymede Teachers and Staff for inspiring our students this year and for their dedication and creativity during this remote learning experience;

The amazing Runnymede caretakers for their continued efforts to make a 100-year old school work for 1,000+ students, even through a pandemic;

All School Council Members and Committees for spending countless hours working to raise money and deliver the enrichment programs our kids love;

All of the Parent Volunteers who donated their time in the classrooms, at pizza lunch, and all of the school events we were able to hold earlier this year;

To everyone who donated to School Council this year; your direct donation contributions totaled $53,000 this year!  There was also an overwhelming response to the School Council food drive in May with hundreds of pounds of food donations and $1500 raised for the daily bread food bank!

A special thank you and warm farewell to School Council member, Sarah Frame, who has been chairing the Green (Yard) Committee for 10 years and for spearheading the Runnymede Yard renovation project; Sarah’s efforts have made an enormous difference toward Runnymede’s outdoor spaces which enhance student’s experiences every day.  We will miss you!

Council’s Executive Committee included the following people this year:
Co-Chairs: Erin Meana and Andrea Santos
Treasurer: Helen Berhane
Secretary: Jessica Smith
Communications Chair: Carlos Santos
Spirit Committee Chairs: Alex Whately and Kira Goodman
STEM Chairs: Tasha Balla-Boudreau, David Begleiter and Anne-Marie Nowina
Green Chairs: Sarah Frame, Helen Williams, and Ryan Lockhart
Arts Chairs: Ivana Barbieri, Sabrina Musa, and Bianca Colle
Ward 7 Representative: Kathleen Hyatt

We encourage anyone who would like to be actively involved in council next year to consider joining the Executive Council.  It is a great way to learn more about Runnymede, work closely with teachers and administrators, be involved in important decisions that affect all students and work with some amazing, dedicated parents!  If you are interested, please contact:

IMPORTANT: Impact of MAR 14 to APR 5 School Closure

Due to the Ontario Government’s announcement to close all public elementary and secondary schools for two weeks post March Break (March 14th through April 5th), the following events at Runnymede PS have been impacted.

March Pizza Lunch: March 27th Pizza Lunch will be re-scheduled for a Friday in June (exact date TBD).

Hot Lunch Program: If you have already placed orders for Hot Lunch for March 24th, 26th, 31st and April 2nd, please contact Rose Reisman Kids Lunch directly in order to cancel those lunches and receive a refund.  

March Parent Council Meeting: Parent Council Meeting scheduled for March 26th has been postponed and re-scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th at 6:30pm in the School Library; more details and agenda to follow closer to the new date.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact Runnymede PS Parent Council at, should you have any questions, or concerns.


Information for Runnymede Parents

January 22nd’s Parent Council meeting included a question and answer session with our TDSB Trustee Robin Pilkey and MPP Bhutila Karpoche.

Runnymede parents had a chance to “Ask Anything” and this produced some great discussion on everything from government cut backs, to TDSB budget cuts to job action.

Click here to read a summary of the discussion and find some suggestions for ways parents can express concerns regarding education cuts to the Provincial Government.

Click here for more information about the TDSB 2019-2020 budget.

Click here to reference the Ontario Government’s revised education strategy.

What is at Stake?

The following information has been provided to Runnymede parents by ETT (Elementary Teachers Toronto).  Please see below for information regarding the current Teacher Labour Action and negotiations.

Interested in showing support for teachers, and letting the government know your views on public education cuts?

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Thursday, Feb 6th
Runnymede & other Ward 7 teachers will be at Christine Hogarth’s constituency office for Etobicoke-Lakeshore
195 Norseman Street, Unit 21
Parents and students are welcome to join and show support!

Friday, Feb 7th
Runnymede teachers will be picketing in front of the school from 11am to noon, then  Runnymede, Western Tech and Swansea teachers will meet on Bloor St. west of Runnymede Rd. to show strength in numbers.
Parents and students can join teachers on Bloor st., in a show of support for public education

PARENTING WORKSHOP: Math Strategies for Primary aged students


Due to ongoing labour action, Runnymede PS Parent Council and Administration have decided to postpone Trevor Brown’s Math Workshop, originally scheduled for February 20th, 2020. We hope to reschedule once an agreement has been reached.

Questions? Please email


Parent Council is thrilled to welcome back Trevor Brown – Math Professor, author, and former Math Consultant for the TDSB – to Runnymede PS for another informative and fun-filled evening of math!

What to expect:

Trevor Brown is once again bringing his passion for Mathematics to this hands on presentation at Runnymede. Trevor has collaborated with many outstanding mathematics educators in the writing of two mathematics textbook series which are used throughout Canada.

He is a sought-after workshop leader, instructional coach and developer of concrete materials – all for the purpose of improving learning for students in schools.  Trevor will focus on math strategies for primary students at this year’s workshop.

All are welcome to attend.  RSVP by Monday February 3rd using the form below, so that Trevor can bring math manipulatives for everyone planning to attend.

RSVP’s now closed

Questions? Please email


Trevor’s last workshop at Runnymede PS had a record turn out, and response from Runnymede parents was overwhelmingly positive.  Here is what some had to say about Trevor’s workshop:

“Mr. Brown was a great speaker and I feel a lot more confident in supporting my grade 1 in math. Thank you!!!”

“I think this was IMMENSELY valuable for bringing the gap between TODAY’S math homework versus what we were historically taught with a completely different mindset  (and UNDERSTANDING WHY!!!!)”

Runnymede Gear: Just in Time for the Holidays!

Order Your Runnymede Holiday Gear Now!

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To help you with your holiday shopping we’ve brought back the Runnymede store for one week only!

  • Same apparel if you want to restock or replace items
  • Great gift items for kids and stockings, like a Runnymede lion stuffie, a backpack, pencils etc.
  • Great gift items for grandparents, parents and teachers, like touques, hoodies & pens.
  • To have things ready for Christmas orders need to be in by December 1st!


If you do *not* want to have your order delivered to your child’s classroom (if it contains a gift) you can  indicate that on the ordering page and we will arrange for separate pick-up with you directly.

If you have any questions feel free to contact parent volunteer coordinator at