Parent Council is an excellent way for parents to get involved in their children’s education. Every TDSB school has an elected school council, made up of an elected committee of parents, staff and student representatives, appointed community members, the principal, and a general membership which includes all parents of children attending the school. The council advises the principal and the Board on a variety of issues and activities relating to student achievement, curriculum goals and priorities, school budget priorities, school safety, renovation plans, after-school activities, and criteria for selection of new principals.
On behalf of Runnymede parents, Parent Council takes on an advocacy roles for issues affecting our children.
Mar 3, 2017
Councillor Doucette’s Road Safety Visit at Runnymede
On Friday March 3rd, 2017, Councillor Sarah Doucette along with her staff Andrea Fresolone, and Transportation Services, came to Runnymede PS to chat with parents and to listen to our specific concerns about improving road safety at Runnymede.
Several issues were discussed, including:
- Vehicles parking in no parking zones and in school bus zones
- Improved signage and awareness of where to park during dropoff and pickup
We were pleased to hear that the Councillor is already moving forward on several safety initiatives such as:
- ‘SCHOOL’ paintings on all roads surrounding Runnymede
- Bumpouts to be installed on Kennedy Ave. in 2018.
We requested another traffic study to be conducted for the intersection of Runnymede and Colbeck, in order to determine if traffic lights are needed.
The Councillor also spoke about promoting walking initiatives such as a ‘Walking School Bus’ where parents rotate on doing drop off/pick up duties for kids they know along the route to school. This could reduce the number of parents who are driving to school.
Do you have thoughts or suggestions about improving road safety around Runnymede? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 24, 2017
Second crossing guard approved for Runnymede & Glenwood
Parent Council is pleased to announce that our request for a second Crossing Guard has been approved for the Runnymede/Glenwood intersection.
This is a permanent position, so the guard will be present before and after school, and at lunch. It will take some time to fill this position so Police Officers will cover this duty in the meantime. Thank You to Toronto Police Services!
Feb 22, 2017
Parenting Talk for Parents of Grade 6-8 Students
On Tuesday April 18th, 2017, Parent Council is hosting ‘The Message Bridge’ for a talk on Social Media and how to guide parents in understanding the dynamics of various media platforms. Subject matter relevant for parents of Grades 6-8 students.
Please join us in the Senior Gym from 7-8pm.
Funding has been generously provided by a PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Grant.
More info here.
Feb 21, 2017
Hot Lunch Success!
Runnymede’s Hot Lunch Program launched on Tuesday Feb. 21st to rave reviews! Over 250 lunches were served to many happy students!
THANK YOU to Rose Reisman Kids Lunch staff, our School Administration, Joa Roth and most of all, to the parents for their support of this great initiative!
Remember, you can sign up anytime at: www.kidslunch.ca using the password RPS39.
Jan 30, 3017
Runnymede Library Temporary Closure
The Runnymede Branch of the Toronto Public Library will be closed for renovations, starting Monday January 30th. The renovations are expected to take 4 to 5 months.
The library requests that patrons re-route any Holds during the closure. You can do this through the ‘Your Account’ feature on their website or by contacting TPL Answerline at 416-393-7131.
During the closure, patrons are encouraged to make use of our other local branches including:
Annette (145 Annette St. – Annette @ Pacific Ave.)
Jane / Dundas (620 Jane St. – Jane @ Dundas St. W.)
Swansea Memorial (95 Lavinia Ave. – inside Swansea Town Hall)
Everyone is welcome at all council meetings. Meeting and minutes for past meetings back to 2005 are available on our minutes page.
- Where Does the Money Go?: Visit our Where Does the Money Go page for our fundraising goals and budgets, and to find out where the money actually goes.
- Ward 7 Updates: Up to four elected council members represent our interests at Ward 7 meetings, bringing back updates and actions for us to discuss.
- Get Involved: Whether or not you attend the main council meetings, there are lots of ways to volunteer your time, primarily through one of our vibrant committees. You are welcome — and encouraged! — to join at any time of year and contribute whatever you can.
- Council Executive and Parent Membership: As a Runnymede parent, you are automatically a member of the school council. Officer positions are elected each year at the September meeting, but to become a voting council member, you simply have to attend the Annual General Meeting in September and put your name down.
- Runnymede Public School Constitution
- TDSB Runnymede website
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