Celebrate Fall and Back-to-School with Fall Yard Day!

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What is Yard Day?

Yard Day happens twice a year at Runnymede P.S. (Spring/Fall).

It is a family-friendly, community clean-up event where we maintain and tidy the Hillside Nature Garden at the school to get it ready for lots of wonderful outdoor learning. Everyone is welcome, including Runnymede students, parents, grandparents and siblings!

At Fall Yard Day our primary tasks are litter patrol, weeding and removal of invasive species. The event runs from 9:00am – noon, on Saturday, September 22nd. You can stop by for an hour, or help out for the whole morning!

What can kids do at Yard Day?

There are lots of fun activities for kids.  At Fall Yard Day, kids enjoy helping out with litter patrol, and trimming plants.  There will also be a Fall nature craft, apple peeling, and a nature scavenger hunt.

What can I bring to Yard Day?

  • Garden snips
  • Garden gloves
  • Brooms
  • Reusable water bottle/coffee cup
  • Nut-free baking to share on our snack/coffee table

How can I help with Yard Day?

If you would like to help plan Yard Day, please contact the Yard Committee parent volunteers at: runnymedeyard@gmail.com

Curriculum Night 2018

Curriculum Night is on Thursday September 13th!

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.

Babysitting will not be provided during this event.  You may choose to attend with or without your children.

Here is a schedule of events:

Time Event Location
5:45-6:00pm Arts & Music Presentation
Come hear more about Runnymede’s plan for the future of our arts programs
Drama Room (Senior Wing) – Room 116 (By Exit #6)
6:00-6:30pm Homeroom Presentations In your child’s classroom
6:40-7:10pm 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

Parent Council Vacancies for 2018/19

At Runnymede Public School we are very fortunate to have an active and thriving Parent Council.  Council is involved in many fun activities throughout the school year, whether they’re for fundraising or community-building.

help-wanted-2We cannot run a great Council without great parents.  At this time, we have a number of Council positions becoming vacant as the current members are reaching the end of their terms.

Below is a list of the available positions. We encourage you to consider a role, and please feel free to speak to the outgoing member, to get a better sense of what is involved.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL POSITIONS:

Co-Chair, Parent Council
The Chair or Co-Chair(s) will be responsible for conducting all Council & Executive Council meetings; will report annually to the school community via the website, email and annual report; will be an ad hoc member of all Council committees; and will perform all other duties required of the office. The goal is to provide a respectful forum to discuss and address Council-relevant topics, to ensure meetings are conducted in a timely manner and to liaise with school administration.  We are seeking one Co-Chair to work alongside Anh Truong.
(Time commitment: 6-8 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to incumbents: Greg Kerr or Anh Truong

Secretary
Keep minutes of Council meetings, have charge of all correspondence of the Executive and the Council and be responsible for notices of all Council meetings.  Prepare and distribute agenda (& other materials as needed), take notes, prepare and circulate meeting minutes.
(Time commitment: 5 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to incumbent: Archana Mathew

Communications Committee Co-Chair
Communications works behind the scenes, keeping Runnymede parents up-to-date on what’s happening at school.  We run the website, e-mail program and produce the monthly newsletters.  We are seeking two (or more!) Co-Chairs who would be willing to lead the communications team this year.
(Time commitment: 6 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to incumbents: Ingrid Larsen or Danielle DeLaurier

GENERAL POSITIONS:

Kinder Pizza Lunch Coordinator
Pizza Lunch is Runnymede’s favourite monthly event! Help organize class lists, pizza orders, volunteers and the logistics of serving pizza to Kinder classrooms once per month.  Generous compensation (in the form of pizza) provided.
(Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to incumbent: Danielle Kaftarian

Lost & Found Volunteer
Join a small team of parent volunteers who collect and sort lost items around school property.  At designated times (once per month) arrange for items to be donated to local charity.
(Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to coordinator: Anh Truong

Parent Reps
We are seeking Parent Reps for every K-5 class.  Parent Reps help keep parents and Council well-connected and help boost participation at Council events.  Reps are also Council Members.
(Time commitment: 1 hour per month)
If you would like to be a Parent Rep for your child’s class please send an email to:  Anh Truong

Committee Members
All of our Parent Council committees welcome new members with great ideas and a willingness to help.  Meet fellow Runnymede parents and find an occasional role that matches the number of volunteer hours you have to give.  Read more about volunteering at the school here.

This is a school-wide callout for Parents to join any one of these roles.  You do not require experience; simply a desire to get involved and in return, you get to be part of a great team at your child’s school!

Thank you,

Chair Greg Kerr
Co-Chair Anh Truong

Welcome Back & First Day – From Principal Hochberg

August 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018 / 2019 Runnymede PS school year! We look forward to continuing to offer the traditional programs that make Runnymede a special place to learn within the TDSB. We expect there will also be many new and enriching experiences for our students.

I would like to begin by offering special acknowledgment to our office staff (Ms. Waicus, Ms. Roberts, and Ms. McCrimmon) and our Caretaking Staff who have ensured that the school is ready for the first day of the school year.

We are excited to welcome many new teachers to Runnymede PS this year. That said, our “new” teachers are not new to teaching. They bring over 75 years of combined teaching experience with them. They will share their expertise, interests, knowledge and love of teaching with our students and their colleagues.

Over the summer, we began the Library refurbishment. The Library will be ready for student use within the first couple weeks of school. Our Library will be a welcoming environment with fresh paint, replaced flooring, new furniture and shelving. The refurbished Library will allow students to access books and technology and be a hub of the school. Thank you to Mme. Blanchard for working hard to ensure the Library is ready to welcome students from all grades and classes.

We also had new window coverings installed in the Sr. Gymnasium last June. The new window coverings will be an added benefit for our gym classes, assemblies, performances, and concerts.

We encourage parents to get involved in the activities that take place at Runnymede. The best way to be involved is through school council. Our first school council meeting will take place on Thursday September 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Library.
https://RunnymedeCouncil.org

Furthermore, parents are encouraged to follow the TDSB parent concern protocol if any issues of concern arise. It is always best to have open communication with your Child(ren)’s teacher to ensure success.

Reminder: please register on-line for our cashless payment system. Teacher’s will no longer be collecting any money. All payments for any purchases or activities must be made through the online system.

The link to register is:   https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps. Once registered, you will receive an email notification when items become available online.

Staffing Update – We welcome the following staff who will be starting LTO assignments as of Tuesday September 4, 2018:

Michelle Benge – FDK – Room 126 (replacing Ms. Maddison)
Stephanie Maceroni – Grade 2/3 – Room 233 (replacing Ms. Afonso)
Arjola Ceni – Grade 3-4 F.I. – Portable 2 (replacing Ms. Gordon)
Mike Lymer – Grade 6 HR & Sr. Art – Room 246 (replacing Mr. Wright)

Special Dates:

  • September 13, 2018 – Curriculum Night – 6:00 PM – More Information to follow
  • Thursday September 27 – Welcome to Kindergarten 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Adventure Playground
  • Thursday September 27 – School Council Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

Please see the attached document for our first day routines:

Runnymede First Day Map
Entry and Exit diagram -2018-2019 Final

On behalf of the Runnymede PS Staff, Best wishes for a successful school year,

Rob Hochberg           Luc Gelinas               Waheeda Khan-Fitzpatrick
Principal                    Vice Principal           Vice Principal