Parenting Talk – Tackling Anxiety & Stress

Tackling Anxiety and Stress Through Arts and Mindfulness

Parent Council is thrilled to welcome Jennifer Kay from Arts Express to Runnymede PS!

Please join fellow Runnymede parents as we learn more about equipping our children – and ourselves – with strategies for reducing anxiety and stress through mindfulness and the arts.

Wednesday March 20th, 2019, 6:00-7:00pm
Parent Council meeting to follow at 7:00pm


Runnymede PS flyer

Funding has been generously provided by a PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Grant.

Curriculum Night 2018

Curriculum Night is on Thursday September 13th!

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.

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
5:45-6:00pm Arts & Music Presentation
Come hear more about Runnymede’s plan for the future of our arts programs
Drama Room (Senior Wing) – Room 116 (By Exit #6)
6:00-6:30pm Homeroom Presentations In your child’s classroom
6:40-7:10pm 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

Welcome Back & First Day – From Principal Hochberg

August 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018 / 2019 Runnymede PS school year! We look forward to continuing to offer the traditional programs that make Runnymede a special place to learn within the TDSB. We expect there will also be many new and enriching experiences for our students.

I would like to begin by offering special acknowledgment to our office staff (Ms. Waicus, Ms. Roberts, and Ms. McCrimmon) and our Caretaking Staff who have ensured that the school is ready for the first day of the school year.

We are excited to welcome many new teachers to Runnymede PS this year. That said, our “new” teachers are not new to teaching. They bring over 75 years of combined teaching experience with them. They will share their expertise, interests, knowledge and love of teaching with our students and their colleagues.

Over the summer, we began the Library refurbishment. The Library will be ready for student use within the first couple weeks of school. Our Library will be a welcoming environment with fresh paint, replaced flooring, new furniture and shelving. The refurbished Library will allow students to access books and technology and be a hub of the school. Thank you to Mme. Blanchard for working hard to ensure the Library is ready to welcome students from all grades and classes.

We also had new window coverings installed in the Sr. Gymnasium last June. The new window coverings will be an added benefit for our gym classes, assemblies, performances, and concerts.

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 Thursday September 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Library.

Furthermore, parents are encouraged to follow the TDSB parent concern protocol if any issues of concern arise. It is always best to have open communication with your Child(ren)’s teacher to ensure success.

Reminder: please register on-line for our cashless payment system. Teacher’s will no longer be collecting any money. All payments for any purchases or activities must be made through the online system.

The link to register is: select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps. Once registered, you will receive an email notification when items become available online.

Staffing Update – We welcome the following staff who will be starting LTO assignments as of Tuesday September 4, 2018:

Michelle Benge – FDK – Room 126 (replacing Ms. Maddison)
Stephanie Maceroni – Grade 2/3 – Room 233 (replacing Ms. Afonso)
Arjola Ceni – Grade 3-4 F.I. – Portable 2 (replacing Ms. Gordon)
Mike Lymer – Grade 6 HR & Sr. Art – Room 246 (replacing Mr. Wright)

Special Dates:

  • September 13, 2018 – Curriculum Night – 6:00 PM – More Information to follow
  • Thursday September 27 – Welcome to Kindergarten 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Adventure Playground
  • Thursday September 27 – School Council Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

Please see the attached document for our first day routines:

Runnymede First Day Map
Entry and Exit diagram -2018-2019 Final

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

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

School Safety Zone Updates

speed signHave you met our new neighbour?

Just in time for the holidays, a new speed awareness sign was installed on Runnymede Road near the Glenwood crosswalk.  As indicated in November’s letter from Councillor Doucette, these signs are part of a larger School Safety Zone strategy, designed to make the streets around Runnymede safer.

kennedy ave.jpgUnfortunately, there is discouraging news coming from City Hall about a second initiative, which is the proposal to install traffic calming bump-outs on upper Kennedy Ave.  The area in question is north-east of the school, near the parking lot pedestrian walkway.

At our most recent Parent Council meeting, a Runnymede parent shared the proposed design and dimensions for the new bump-outs and voiced serious concerns about the safety of the design.  While pleased with the speed control initiative, residents are worried that the design proposed by the city obstructs sight lines, creating dangerous pedestrian situations for Runnymede students.

Local residents are working alongside Councillor Doucette, school Administration and Parent Council to try to resolve these issues with Transportation Services prior to installation.

If you would like more information about this issue please e-mail