Information for Runnymede Parents

January 22nd’s Parent Council meeting included a question and answer session with our TDSB Trustee Robin Pilkey and MPP Bhutila Karpoche.

Runnymede parents had a chance to “Ask Anything” and this produced some great discussion on everything from government cut backs, to TDSB budget cuts to job action.

Click here to read a summary of the discussion and find some suggestions for ways parents can express concerns regarding education cuts to the Provincial Government.

Click here for more information about the TDSB 2019-2020 budget.

Click here to reference the Ontario Government’s revised education strategy.


What is at Stake?

The following information has been provided to Runnymede parents by ETT (Elementary Teachers Toronto).  Please see below for information regarding the current Teacher Labour Action and negotiations.


Interested in showing support for teachers, and letting the government know your views on public education cuts?

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Thursday, Feb 6th
Runnymede & other Ward 7 teachers will be at Christine Hogarth’s constituency office for Etobicoke-Lakeshore
195 Norseman Street, Unit 21
Parents and students are welcome to join and show support!

Friday, Feb 7th
Runnymede teachers will be picketing in front of the school from 11am to noon, then  Runnymede, Western Tech and Swansea teachers will meet on Bloor St. west of Runnymede Rd. to show strength in numbers.
Parents and students can join teachers on Bloor st., in a show of support for public education

PARENTING WORKSHOP: Math Strategies for Primary aged students

Feb 16, 2020 Update: MATH WORKSHOP POSTPONED
DUE TO ONGOING LABOUR ACTION

Due to ongoing labour action, Runnymede PS Parent Council and Administration have decided to postpone Trevor Brown’s Math Workshop, originally scheduled for February 20th, 2020. We hope to reschedule once an agreement has been reached.

Questions? Please email runnymedeps@gmail.com

 

Parent Council is thrilled to welcome back Trevor Brown – Math Professor, author, and former Math Consultant for the TDSB – to Runnymede PS for another informative and fun-filled evening of math!

What to expect:

Trevor Brown is once again bringing his passion for Mathematics to this hands on presentation at Runnymede. Trevor has collaborated with many outstanding mathematics educators in the writing of two mathematics textbook series which are used throughout Canada.

He is a sought-after workshop leader, instructional coach and developer of concrete materials – all for the purpose of improving learning for students in schools.  Trevor will focus on math strategies for primary students at this year’s workshop.

All are welcome to attend.  RSVP by Monday February 3rd using the form below, so that Trevor can bring math manipulatives for everyone planning to attend.

RSVP’s now closed

Questions? Please email runnymedeps@gmail.com

Testimonials:

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

“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!!!!)”

Runnymede Gear: Just in Time for the Holidays!

Order Your Runnymede Holiday Gear Now!

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To help you with your holiday shopping we’ve brought back the Runnymede store for one week only!

  • Same apparel if you want to restock or replace items
  • Great gift items for kids and stockings, like a Runnymede lion stuffie, a backpack, pencils etc.
  • Great gift items for grandparents, parents and teachers, like touques, hoodies & pens.
  • To have things ready for Christmas orders need to be in by December 1st!

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If you do *not* want to have your order delivered to your child’s classroom (if it contains a gift) you can  indicate that on the ordering page and we will arrange for separate pick-up with you directly.

If you have any questions feel free to contact parent volunteer coordinator at  emily+rpsclothing@teamlarose.com

Marlies Tickets on Sale Now!

Centre Ice Action with Calder Cup Champions, the Toronto Marlies!!

Marlies LogoJoin us on Sunday, December 1st for an exciting afternoon with families and friends from the Runnymede PS community.

We’ll be cheering on the Toronto Marlies from the centre section of Coca-Cola Coliseum, as they face off against the Utica Comets in an action-packed game!

When it’s over, we’ll take to the ice for a post-game family skate.

Get your tickets now and mark your calendars. This is a fantastic community event.  We can’t wait to see everyone there!

Sunday December 1st
Game: 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Post Game Skate: 7:00pm
Tickets: $30/person (a $38 value)
Ticket purchase deadline: Friday, November 22nd


WinBuy early for a chance to win!

The first 50 tickets sold will be entered into a Early Bird Draw to win a zamboni ride during intermission!  (One entry per family)


If you have any questions please contact Dale Cadeau at ncadeau@bell.net

Direct Donation FAQ

Our fundraising survey last Spring clearly showed us that families have many questions, and there are many myths about fundraising. We are going to try to dispel the myths and address the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. 

q Is this really a one-time ask? I feel like I am sending money to school for all kinds of things!

aThere are many requests for money from the school, but some are fundraising-based and some are not, so we wanted to help clarify. While Direct Donation and Pizza Lunch are both fundraisers, here are examples of other categories of monetary requests from the school that are not related to Parent Council fundraising:

  • Field Trips – Field trips are organized by and at the discretion of the teacher on a class-by-class basis.  They are not related to Parent Council or fundraising. It is worth noting that Parent Council does allocate funds to a Field Trip Bursary each year, for families who are not able to afford some field trips.
  • School Cash Online – The new School Cash Online system is for expenses related directly to the school (agendas, locks, etc) and is not linked to Parent Council or fundraising in any way.
  • Other Events that Cost Money – Things like the Hot Lunch Program, food sales at Movie Night, Curriculum Night & Nuit Orange, and Pub Night ticket sales are additional asks for money (but they are totally optional). These proceeds only contribute a small amount to the overall dollars raised at Runnymede and are opt-in.
  • School and Class Fundraising Projects – Throughout the course of the year the school as a whole, or individual classes may undertake fundraising initiatives to benefit charitable organizations (e.g., Terry Fox Run, Water First, etc). These are teacher and student-led and are not related to Parent Council fundraising. 

We thought it might be helpful to show how the money is raised and where it goes:

how is money raised

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q What about Equity across the TDSB – shouldn’t we be fundraising for a school in need?

a Equity within the TDSB is something that has been discussed many times at Parent Council. In 2018, we created the Runnymede Fun Run as a new event to raise funds for another school and because of its success it continued in 2019 and is planned again for June 2020.  The TDSB school that will receive this year’s funds has not yet been selected. If you are interested in being on the Fun Run team and helping to select the school for next year, please contact us: Runnymedespiritcommittee@gmail.com

We thought it might also be helpful to provide some information regarding the TDSB Location Opportunity Index (LOI) policy which is in place to address inequity across the Board.  The LOI ranks each school based on measures of external challenges affecting student success. The school with the greatest level of external challenges is ranked number one and is described as highest on the index. Public education is designed to give all children an equal opportunity to succeed. The TDSB recognizes that students face varying degrees of challenge which can impact their opportunity to achieve high educational outcomes. Educational research has demonstrated that children from lower income families face more significant barriers in achieving high educational outcomes. Because of its commitment to achieving equitable academic opportunities, the TDSB wants to ensure that every student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. This means ensuring all students have access to available resources. The LOI helps to ensure that children who have access to fewer resources at home and in their neighbourhoods have increased access to available resources in their schools. The LOI will assist with steering additional resources to the schools serving students who face greater challenges. Runnymede ranks 455 out of 471 Elementary Schools in the TDSB.

We wanted to note that you can also write a cheque to any TDSB school of your choice any time you choose.  Each school has its own website with contact information, so if you know of a school in need, please reach out to them to make your donation.  We’re sure it will be appreciated!

q I thought “public education” was paid for with my tax dollars. Why are you asking me for fundraising money when the Provincial government should be funding my child’s education?

a While all schools in the TDSB are publicly funded by the Provincial government, the reality is that those funds simply do not cover all of the programs and expenses that are offered at Runnymede. Our school has an established history and tradition of a strong partnership between the Staff and Parent Council, and this includes fundraised dollars that are provided to the school each year. For example, each year, Parent Council provides approximately $15,000 to the Teacher Resource Fund, providing each teacher with an additional $300 in discretionary funds for their classroom. Parent Council has also contributed significant funds towards the play structures and outdoor spaces at the school, to replacing obsolete technology, and to new equipment for the Music and Drama programs.  And while fundraised dollars can only be used for certain items, because Parent Council provides funding for technology, Arts, play and recess equipment, etc., the School can use its allocated budget for textbooks, teacher training, and many other resources it wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.



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 Thank you to the many Runnymede families who have already made their contribution.