Yard Committee

About the Yard Committee 

Runnymede is lucky to have one of the greenest school yards in the TDSB! The Yard Committee maintains and enhances this amazing school yard – everything from the basketball hoops and play structures to the Hillside Garden, stone amphitheater, peace circle and outdoor art projects. We built and continue to enhance the Kinder-Garden sensory garden, and do important maintenance such as planting, weeding, watering and painting. We also work closely with teachers to share curriculum-based lesson plans that can be implemented in Runnymede’s amazing outdoor classroom.

Key initiatives:
– Fall and Spring Green Teacher Program
– Yard Days
– New recess equipment for classes
– Key collaborations with the Green Team

Do these initiatives interest you? Please consider joining the Yard Committee! Contact: runnymedeyard@gmail.com

Thank You! From the Yard Committee

While, the construction around the schoolyard had an impact on Yard Committee activities this year (no Yard Days), we were still able to run the Green Teacher Program, purchase new recess and outdoor learning equipment for the Kindergarten, Primary and Junior Divisons, and we planted some very special Canada 150 bulbs at the front of the school. We also partnered with the Green Team and were able to get an eco-friendly water bottle refill station installed on the first floor!

The Centennial Playground Phase 2 construction will be completed over the summer and ready for the students to enjoy in September! The work will include lots of enhancements to the paved area, including painted games and a ball-wall, as well as an installation to recognize Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze donors.

Next year our community Yard Day events will be much-needed so please watch for those event dates. Interested in joining the Yard Committee for next year? Contact: runnymedeyard@gmail.com

The Green Teacher Program

Green TeacherThe Spring Green Teacher program will run during the months of May and June.

Each year the Parent Council allocates funds to sponsor a visiting “Green Teacher” who provides curriculum-based environmental learning in the Hillside Garden behind our school. Last year, students and teachers enjoyed outdoor education about habitats, biodiversity and more!

All JK/SK, Grade 2, 4 & 6 classes are outside exploring and learning in the Nature Garden with our Green Teacher!

The Hillside Garden

The Yard Committee, is interested in students and staff getting the most out of the outdoor spaces that are part of our schoolyard. In particular, we rely on fellow parent volunteers to help maintain the Hillside Garden area of the yard.

Runnymede is very fortunate to have the Hillside Garden – a natural forest with trails that is actually part of our schoolyard! The Hillside Garden is the envy of schools across the TDSB but many Runnymede families aren’t aware of its history and origins…

old yard photo2
The Yard Committee was actually first established in 1990 when staff and parent volunteers came together to plant and create the forest that is now Runnymede’s Hillside Garden.

old yard photo1 (1)  The entire forest area used to be a steep, grassy slope that was closed-off to the schoolyard because it was too steep and difficult to maintain.
old yard photo3Over the next decade, native plants, shrubs and trees were planted in the Hillside Garden and it developed into the amazing outdoor learning space that is used and enjoyed today.

The main purpose of our Yard Day events is for the school community (students, parents and staff) to come together to maintain the Hillside Garden so that it remains a healthy and vibrant outdoor learning space for many years to come.

Our Spring & Fall Yard Days are one of the very best community events at Runnymede P.S.!

Join us!
You don’t have to have a “green thumb” to be a part of the Yard committee – just a willingness to help out around the school yard. You can also support this committee by donating old garden tools or Canadian Tire money at the school office or by attending the Fall and Spring Yard Days – fabulous family-friendly events that combine work and fun.

To join the committee or to volunteer your time, please contact Yard Committee Chair Sarah Frame.

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