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Our fundraising survey last Spring clearly showed us that families have many questions, and there are many myths about fundraising. We are going to try to dispel the myths and address the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.
Is this really a one-time ask? I feel like I am sending money to school for all kinds of things!
There are many requests for money from the school, but some are fundraising-based and some are not, so we wanted to help clarify. While Direct Donation and Pizza Lunch are both fundraisers, here are examples of other categories of monetary requests from the school that are not related to Parent Council fundraising:
We thought it might be helpful to show how the money is raised and where it goes:
What about Equity across the TDSB – shouldn’t we be fundraising for a school in need?
Equity within the TDSB is something that has been discussed many times at Parent Council. In 2018, we created the Runnymede Fun Run as a new event to raise funds for another school and because of its success it continued in 2019 and is planned again for June 2020. The TDSB school that will receive this year’s funds has not yet been selected. If you are interested in being on the Fun Run team and helping to select the school for next year, please contact us: Runnymedespiritcommittee@gmail.com
We thought it might also be helpful to provide some information regarding the TDSB Location Opportunity Index (LOI) policy which is in place to address inequity across the Board. The LOI ranks each school based on measures of external challenges affecting student success. The school with the greatest level of external challenges is ranked number one and is described as highest on the index. Public education is designed to give all children an equal opportunity to succeed. The TDSB recognizes that students face varying degrees of challenge which can impact their opportunity to achieve high educational outcomes. Educational research has demonstrated that children from lower income families face more significant barriers in achieving high educational outcomes. Because of its commitment to achieving equitable academic opportunities, the TDSB wants to ensure that every student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. This means ensuring all students have access to available resources. The LOI helps to ensure that children who have access to fewer resources at home and in their neighbourhoods have increased access to available resources in their schools. The LOI will assist with steering additional resources to the schools serving students who face greater challenges. Runnymede ranks 455 out of 471 Elementary Schools in the TDSB.
We wanted to note that you can also write a cheque to any TDSB school of your choice any time you choose. Each school has its own website with contact information, so if you know of a school in need, please reach out to them to make your donation. We’re sure it will be appreciated!
I thought “public education” was paid for with my tax dollars. Why are you asking me for fundraising money when the Provincial government should be funding my child’s education?
While all schools in the TDSB are publicly funded by the Provincial government, the reality is that those funds simply do not cover all of the programs and expenses that are offered at Runnymede. Our school has an established history and tradition of a strong partnership between the Staff and Parent Council, and this includes fundraised dollars that are provided to the school each year. For example, each year, Parent Council provides approximately $15,000 to the Teacher Resource Fund, providing each teacher with an additional $300 in discretionary funds for their classroom. Parent Council has also contributed significant funds towards the play structures and outdoor spaces at the school, to replacing obsolete technology, and to new equipment for the Music and Drama programs. And while fundraised dollars can only be used for certain items, because Parent Council provides funding for technology, Arts, play and recess equipment, etc., the School can use its allocated budget for textbooks, teacher training, and many other resources it wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.
Thank you to the many Runnymede families who have already made their contribution.
Help support the school and this green initiative by donating clean, gently used costumes and accessories in all sizes. Donations can be dropped off in the office until Wednesday October 2nd.
The Sale will run from Wednesday Oct 2nd until Friday Oct 4th from 3:15- 4:00 near the front of the school.
Costume prices range from $5-$15 and accessories from $1-$2.
All proceeds go directly back to the school and any unsold items will be donated to charity.
If you can volunteer on any of the days, please contact Kelila Nussdorf-Fazio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last day to pre-order pizza is Sunday September 22nd.
Order Online here: www.sagoto.com/rpsc/kinder/
Limited amounts will be on sale the day of the event.
Our first Parent Council meeting of the year will follow,
at 6:30pm in the School Library (Exit #3)
Free Childcare Provided
Veteran Parents: Help us welcome the newest members of the Runnymede community! If you can lend a hand on the evening of the event, please e-mail Angela Grant-Buechner at: email@example.com
It is a chance for parents & guardians to meet their child(ren)s teacher and gain an understanding of the classroom program and structure for the school year.
Rotary teachers will be available throughout the evening in their classrooms. Classroom locations will be posted throughout the main floor of the school, and are attached below.
Babysitting will not be provided during this event. You may choose to attend with or without your children.
Here is a schedule of events:
|5:30-6:00pm||Kindergarten Session #1||In your child’s classroom|
|6:00-6:30pm||Gr 1-8 Homeroom Presentations
/ Kindergarten Session #2
|In your child’s classroom|
|6:40-7:10pm||Gr 1-8 Homeroom Presentations||In your child’s classroom|
|7:15 -7:30pm||Rotary Teachers Available||In their classrooms
Locations will be posted
|5:45-7:30||Parent Council Bake Sale||Outside the Main Office|
Here are the teaching assignments, to help you find your child’s classroom:
We need just 10-12 more volunteers to bake/prepare & bring in a NUT-FREE contribution for this Thursday’s Curriculum Night Bake Sale. 🥧
Please sign up to bring an item at this link:
or email Julie T at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember that many parents are rushing to Curriculum Night straight from work & appreciate being able to grab a quick bite.
Some ideas other than cakes & cookies?
🍕Mini pizzas, samosas, 🥕veggie cups, 🍇fruit cups, 🧀cheese & cracker plates, 🥐croissants.
Get your kids involved! They would love to see their nut-free treats for sale on the Bake Table
What is Fall Yard Day?
It is a school-based “community clean-up” morning where we weed and tidy the nature gardens/outdoor classroom at the school. We’ll collect litter, trim invasive plants and weeds, sweep and tidy. And to make it fun there are activities planned for the kids too! Apple peeling, and a nature craft will be set up in the Adventure Yard (rear of school). We’ll also have nut-free baking snacks to share, and coffee for the grown ups! Stop by for an hour to help out, or come for the whole morning!
What should I bring to Fall Yard Day?
You can bring a broom, gardening snips, nut-free baking to share, and reusable coffee cups and water bottles. We will have some gardening tools on-hand, as well as gardening gloves that you can borrow.