Show your Support for Stafford Hope

stafford stop.pngDuring his 21 years as crossing guard at Runnymede PS, Stafford Hope touched the lives of thousands in our school community.  He was a beacon of safety and familiarity, and guarded our children day after day as they crossed to school at Runnymede & Colbeck.

Stafford knew the kids by name.  He worked in the worst of weather to make sure our children arrived to school safely, and he always greeted us with a smile and – of course – a blessing.  Stafford was our very own Crosswalk Hero, and a ‘Local Legend

Sadly, Stafford’s health is failing, and a group of Runnymede parents is taking up a collection to help his family through this difficult time.  We encourage you to consider donating to this worthy cause.

For more information, please read the e-mail below.

Thank you.

We have some news to share with the Runnymede Community today.

Stafford Hope, our much-loved former crossing guard is in the last days of his battle with cancer.  He retired in 2016 after 21 years of guiding Runnymede students to class safely, but sadly had less than a year of retirement before cancer took hold.

To recognize the important role Stafford played in the lives of a whole generation of Runnymede students we are taking up a special collection for his family; a final gift from a community of people that value the positivity he brought to our school. We welcome all contributions from current or former Runnymede families, and hope that the money raised will help his family afford to honour his final wishes.

We would also love any pictures you might have of Stafford, of your children with Stafford or of just your children that we could combine to put together a Runnymede memory board. The photos would mean so much to him and his family.

Should you choose to donate, there will be a box set up in the school office until next ​Friday, and it will be outside of the senior gym if you happen to be at the school for concerts this week.

If you are unable to come by the school, but would like to make a contribution of money or photos, please contact Dale Cadeau:


Trevor Brown Math Consultant – Additional Resources & Links


On November 23rd, Runnymede Parent Council was thrilled to host Trevor Brown, Math Consultant for an fun and interactive evening of Primary math!  Trevor’s enthusiasm for math was palpable as he provided parents with new ways of thinking about old problems.

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

“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!!!!)”

Attached, are some online resources recommended by Trevor, along with some math problems for your kids to try at home:

Primary Math Resources

Additional Problems

Runnymede will be hosting Trevor again in the new year for a workshop aimed at parents of students in Grades 4 – 6.

K-5 Fine Arts Enrichment

The Kindergarten – Grade 5 Arts Enrichment classes are in full swing!

Over the past three weeks 700 Runnymede students have created original art work in the style of renowned artists from Canada and beyond.

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Facilitated by Sara Fritzlar and Tania Swann of Art in Action, students are learning fine art techniques while incorporating grade-specific elements of design (line, shape, form, space, colour, texture and value).  Each student is creating original art, which varies in complexity and composition according to grade.

Here is a sneak peek in advance of the big reveal at Nuit Orange in January.

Funding for these art classes is provided by Parent Council, and made possible by your generous Direct Donations.
Thank you Runnymede families for supporting the arts at our school!


Peaceful Recess Project – Donations Wanted!

Starting in December, Runnymede will be participating in the ‘Peaceful Recess Project,’ designed to offer students a quiet, restful space to spend one recess period per week – so they can unplug and reset.

During their allotted recess time, students will be welcomed into the Peaceful Space by a caring adult. They’ll do a quiet, independent activity that relaxes them. There’s no talking, but there may be some soft music playing. Lights will be low and there will be very little stimulation. All these elements contribute to a feeling of calm, which students will hopefully carry with them for the rest of the day.

Like to support this project? Please consider donating:

  • Small clear twinkle lights, extension cords and power bars
  • Yoga mats
  • Playing cards
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Yoga or relaxation CDs
  • Small puzzles, quiet mind games/mazes
  • Plants
  • Mindfulness colouring pages/books
  • Markers

Please have your child bring donations to Mrs. Wawrow’s office. Dates and classroom locations to follow.

Hour of Code…The Countdown is On

This year’s Computer Science Education week is December 4-10, and millions of students in over 180 countries will be celebrating with Hour of Code activities.

The Hour of Code is a global movement that started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, with an aim to demystify “code.” Anybody can learn the basics – and anyone, anywhere can participate!  We have several Runnymede classes taking part.

Want to join in the fun? The STEM Learning Committee at Runnymede invites you to try some of the activities available on the Hour of Code website. YouTube also has some great videos, with everyone from Bill Gates to Chris Bosh to Karli Kloss teaching basic programming concepts and motivation in 2 minutes or less.

And if you’d like to join the STEM Committee or help with upcoming activities, please contact