Curriculum Night 2019

Curriculum Night is on Thursday September 12th!

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, and are attached below.

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
5:30-6:00pm Kindergarten Session #1 In your child’s classroom
6:00-6:30pm Gr 1-8 Homeroom Presentations
/  Kindergarten Session #2
In your child’s classroom
6:40-7:10pm Gr 1-8 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

Here are the teaching assignments, to help you find your child’s classroom:

2019-20 Teaching Assignments and Classrooms

🍪 Calling all Bakers! 🧁

We need just 10-12 more volunteers to bake/prepare & bring in a NUT-FREE contribution for this Thursday’s Curriculum Night Bake Sale. 🥧
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Please sign up to bring an item at this link:

or email Julie T at

Remember that many parents are rushing to Curriculum Night straight from work & appreciate being able to grab a quick bite.

Some ideas other than cakes & cookies?

🍕Mini pizzas, samosas, 🥕veggie cups, 🍇fruit cups, 🧀cheese & cracker plates, 🥐croissants.

Get your kids involved! They would love to see their nut-free treats for sale on the Bake Table

Fall Yard Day is this Saturday!

Join Us for Fall Yard Day, 9 am – 12:00 pm

Runnymede families are welcome to come and join in this great RPS tradition!

What is Fall Yard Day?
It is a school-based “community clean-up” morning where we weed and tidy the nature gardens/outdoor classroom at the school. We’ll collect litter, trim invasive plants and weeds, sweep and tidy. And to make it fun there are activities planned for the kids too! Apple peeling, and a nature craft will be set up in the Adventure Yard (rear of school). We’ll also have nut-free baking snacks to share, and coffee for the grown ups!  Stop by for an hour to help out, or come for the whole morning!

What should I bring to Fall Yard Day?
You can bring a broom, gardening snips, nut-free baking to share, and reusable coffee cups and water bottles. We will have some gardening tools on-hand, as well as gardening gloves that you can borrow.

Yard Day 2019

Welcome Back 2019, From Principal Hochberg

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2019 / 2020 school year! Our staff is looking forward to sharing many enriching learning opportunities in the months ahead. The beginning of each school year is always an exciting time as students develop new friendships and reacquaint with old friends. It is also a time when our teachers review the rules and routines and assist their students in setting goals for the school year: all of which are important tools to set them up for success.

Our office staff (Ms. Waicus, Ms. Roberts, and Ms. McCrimmon), our Caretaking Staff, and our Teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure that the school is ready for the first day.

In order for each student to reach their full potential, it is important that we work in
partnership and emphasize open communication between home and school. Although we are one of the biggest schools in the TDSB, we value each individual student, and support each family to meet the needs of your children. Our teachers will communicate with you throughout the school year on an on-going basis. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you need information to support your child. Parents are encouraged to follow the TDSB parent concern protocol if any issues of concern arise.

While teachers at Runnymede do have high academic expectations, they also focus on social skills, learning skills, mental health and well-being. Our teachers also imbed multiple layers of character development in their programming. To do their part, it is very important that students make an effort to develop positive relationships with one another, and arrive to class on-time and ready to learn.

Staffing Update – We welcome the following staff who will be starting assignments at
Runnymede PS as of Tuesday, September 3, 2019:

Room 111 – Grade 1/2 F.I.- Mme A. Ceni
Room 239 – Grade 2 F.I. – Mr. Tsilfidis (O.T.)
Room 352 – 5A F.I. English – Mr. L. Rose (O.T.)
Room 126 B – ECE – Ms. J. Austin (O.T.)
Room B82 – ECE – Ms. Costanzo (O.T.)
Head Caretaker – Mr. Julio Silva

Over the summer, the School Board has had contractors working on updating the air conditioning unit in the Library, installing a new air conditioning unit in the Senior Gymnasium, and working on the South Parking Area (Adjacent to the front doors of the school) to ensure it is a safer walk-way for our community to get to and from the Kindergarten Adventure Yard. If this work is not completed by the start of school, Kindergarten children and their parents/guardians can enter the Adventure Playground using the Colbeck stairs or via the school’s North entrance between the senior wing and the portables.

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 Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 in the Library. Curriculum night is scheduled for Thursday September 12th, 2019. More details to follow.

Please register on-line for our cashless payment system. All payments for any purchases or activities must be made through the online system. Teachers will no longer be collecting any money. The link to register is:

Please see the below diagram for our first day routines.

Reminder: Runnymede PS has many students with life threatening allergies. Please be mindful when packing snacks and lunches for school. Any food that contains tree nuts or peanuts is prohibited in snacks or lunches. Please do not send any treats to your child’s classroom without the permission of the classroom teacher.

The first day of school is very busy, and we do our utmost to have all students in the building promptly to start the day. Our staff will be focused on ensuring that all students are accounted for and settled in their classrooms. Our teachers will not be able to engage in long discussions this first morning as their focus will be on your children. Thank you for your understanding.

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

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

Entry Map 2019

Illuminations – Thursday June 13th, 4:30 – 7:30pm

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Students have been busy creating and practicing, and are excited to host their families & friends for the first ever Runnymede Illuminations event!

Event Info
It is an open house style celebration of the arts similar to Nuit Orange.  Expect dazzling displays of musical, visual and dramatic arts.  If the weather cooperates, many of the performances, art displays and activities will be outside.

What to Expect

  • 4 fun arts-based activity stations for kids of all ages
  • Food trucks on site for those who would like to enjoy dinner or snacks at the event
  • Grade K – 5 artwork is on display throughout the school, and 6 – 8 visual artwork is displayed in the breezeway
  • Grades 6 to 8 music and drama performances throughout the school

Here is the list of Activity Stations and Food Trucks at the event:

Activity Stations will be running from 4:30p to 7:30p:

    1. Soaring Selfie – located just south of the Runnymede yard play structure
    2. Oodles of Doodles – located near Door 2; sponsored by Sidorova Inwood
    3. Let’s Dance – located on the basketball courts; run by Swansea School of Dance and sponsored by Babiak Team
    4. Obliteration – located just inside Door 5

These great Food Trucks will be located in the staff parking lot, serving food from 4:30p to 8:15p:

    1. Mustache Burger
    2. Naansense
    3. GYOT (get your own taters)
    4. GTA Softee Ice Cream Truck


    Please look for an email from the school this week for the official program and a detailed schedule of performances.  We hope to see you there!