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

The Green Teacher Program

snowflakeThe Winter Green Teacher program will run during the months of January and February.

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

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


These photos are of Ms. Bazos’ Grade 2 class with the Green Teacher.

Spring Yard Day

Spring Yard Day (and Earth Day) are just around the corner!

Join us in the school year on Saturday April 21st from 9am – noon.

Yard Day emailWhat is Yard Day?
It is a fun, family friendly event where the school community comes together to clean up our nature garden and the schoolyard. In addition to the yard work, there are fun fall-themed kids activities, a nut-free baking table, coffee and water. You can come for the whole morning, or just pop-in for an hour.

Who Should Come to Yard Day?
Runnymede Families! Yard Day is for students, siblings parents and teachers.

What Should I bring to Fall Yard Day?
You can just show up if you like. Or you can bring nut-free baking to share, travel coffee mugs and water bottles (to refill on-site if you get thirsty), garden gloves, hand snips and brooms. If you bring your own gardening tools we suggest you label them.


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 PS!

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 Chairs Helen Williams & Sarah Frame

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