Curriculum Night Details

Curriculum Night is on Thursday September 14th!

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 Technology Presentation:
Come hear more about our joint Admin – Teacher – Parent Council tech vision for the school
In the library
6:00-6:30 Homeroom Presentations In your child’s classroom
6:40-7:10 Homeroom Presentations In your child’s classroom
6:00 -7:30 Rotary Teachers Available In their classrooms
Locations will be posted
5:45-7:30 Parent Council Bake Sale & Tshirt Sale Outside the Main Office

Welcome Back! From Principal Hochberg

Dear Runnymede Community,

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff at Runnymede PS we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child(ren) to the start of the 2017/2018 school year.

We are looking forward to an exciting year with a lot of learning. Teachers, Office Staff, and School Custodians have been working hard to prepare the school for the start of the school year.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have concerns, speak to your child about school on a daily basis, and develop routines that will help lead your child to success. These routines include: arriving at school on time, appropriate bed times, healthy diets, and support with daily reading and homework assignments.

Runnymede Parent Council welcomes everyone back to school! You will see us on Day One at the Welcome table in the Front Yard, ready to assist Administration in getting your kids to class! We have an exciting year planned so please keep our website handy: www.runnymedecouncil.org – it is the best place to find information throughout the school year. Our first Council meeting is on Thursday September 28th (6:30pm in the School Library).  Everyone welcome!

First Day Procedures
Due to construction, the first day procedures will be as follows:

  • FDK teachers will meet their students in the Adventure Yard.
  • Grades 1 -5 will meet their teachers on the Runnymede Turf. Teachers will be on duty to meet their students at 8:35am. Teachers will be holding yellow signs for identification. French Classes will line up on the East Side of the field and English Classes on the West Side of the Field.
  • Grades 6 & 7 and 8 students will go directly to the Senior Gym through door # 5.

Please refer to the attached map and staff roster for your reference.

Staffing Update
The following staff changes have been made to start the 2017 / 2018 school year.
FDK – Room B82: Ms. Rashkeveych will replace Ms. Banting as an occasional teacher.
Grade 3/4 – Portable 2: Mr. Smith will replace Mrs. Hodgson.
Grade 6/7 – Room 369: Ms. Zaharia will replace Mr. Shook.
We will be following TDSB procedures to hire for Long Term Occasional teachers. This process takes time and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Administration Update
Congratulations to Ms. Intarakosit on her promotion to Principal at Westwood Middle School. Ms. Intarakosit’s replacement has not been appointed. We welcome back Ms. Dennis (Former Principal) as a temporary replacement until a permanent replacement is appointed. When a Vice-Principal has been appointed we will inform the community. Mrs. Wawrow will continue in her role as the VP for FDK to Grade 5.

Forms
Please ensure that you complete and return all of the forms that your child(ren) will bring home the first week of school. Please return the forms by Friday September 15, 2017.

Important Dates
September 14 – Curriculum Night (6 PM Start)
September 28 – Parent Council Meeting (6:30 PM Start)

Construction Update
As you are aware there has been on-going construction throughout the summer months.

The Centennial Playground, funded by Parent Council, has been completed. You will notice new paving, new picnic tables, and painted lines that represent many games, including four square and hopscotch. We hope that our students enjoy playing on the new equipment and use the playground as an outdoor classroom for learning and positive social interaction.

North Wing: The construction of the North Wing has been completed and we look forward to welcoming students in the new classes this school year. The north wing will house our music, drama, and senior science classes.

Playground Safety and Start of Day
Parents are encouraged to drop off their child(ren) on the school grounds prior to the start of the day. We have staff on supervision duty starting at 8:35am. In an effort to reduce congestion, we ask that strollers do not block walkways, pets are not brought on school grounds, and parents allow students to independently line up with their classes.

Volunteer Police Checks
We encourage parents / guardians to volunteer in our classrooms and school. If you plan on being a regular volunteer, please ensure you have an updated police background check. If you need more information or an application stop by the main office, speak to Anne-Marie Roberts.

Parking Lot
Please do not park in the staff parking lot during school hours. We also request you do not use the parking lot as a walkway to the school grounds.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please be aware that there is a possibility of classroom reorganization due to student enrollment in the first month of the school year. If there is a need to reorganize classrooms, all students and parents who will be impacted by reorganization will be notified in a timely manner.

Attached you find a Welcome Back to School letter from Trustee Pilkey.
Looking forward to a great school year!
Rob Hochberg, Principal
Susan Wawrow, V.P. K-5
TBD, V.P. 6 – 8

Year-end Gifts for Teachers…think local, shop local!

If a parent from your child’s class is collecting for a group gift, please consider supporting our local businesses.  Or…if you plan to purchase your own gift, please also consider buying local.  Community businesses are what make Bloor West Village so charming!  We are fortunate to have great shops to walk to.  These businesses are first to step up and help out Runnymede when we ask for donations/contributions for various events. We can reciprocate wherever possible and help keep these businesses thriving!  If you go in to make a purchase for a teacher, please let them know you are from Runnymede PS!

Here’s the list of vendors:
Binz
Bloom
Book City
JC Salon (pedicures/manicures for teachers)
Fat bastard
Good Fork
Max’s market (gift certificate etc)
Marlboroughs
Mad Mexican
Chocolate Delight
Peg Rolls (on Jane St.)
Shakeys

This is just a small list; if you think of another vendor/business, please let me know!

On another note, we have all recently had the pleasure of attending school concerts, so let’s not forget…our music teachers, Drama teachers, Gym teachers and others who work hard to ensure the students receive a great curriculum.  It might be nice to recognize them also; often these rotary teachers can get overlooked.  We also have a hard-working team in the front office, Library, Caretakers etc.  A few words of thanks go a long way to show appreciation.

Thank you for your consideration.

Dale Cadeau
Parent Council

Social Media Talk Recap

On Tues April 18th, Runnymede PS hosted Jumma Inniss, of The Message Movement, for an informative talk on Social Media & our Youth.  The Grade 6 students sat in on a talk with Juma from 2-3, then parents were invited back the same evening to hear a similar message which was more geared to parents.  This presentation was funded by a PRO Grant from the Ministry of Education.

IMG_4629At the afternoon presentation with the Grade 6 students, Juma cautioned students to think before posting because nothing ever disappears from Social Media even if the user deletes it.  Many students were under the impression that images do disappear once deleted.  He used a great analogy about driving, and how we have rules for the road to keep us safe, yet we don’t quite have the same levels of safety for keeping kids safe while on the internet.  He emphasized ‘We can be one bad decision away from veering off a safe path’.

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During the evening talk, Juma touched on many negative & positive aspects of social media and offered some interesting Canadian stats.  He also explained how screen time can interrupt sleep patterns.  A key message from the talk was ‘CURE’ which is a behavioural tool we as parents can use in our approach with our kids to help engage them and better understand how they are navigating social media:

– Curiosity
– Understanding
– Respect
– Empathy

If we approach conversations with our kids leveraging these elements, this creates fertile ground for feedback from kids.

A great discussion arose between parents about the importance of engaging in conversation about devices and how we can collectively reinforce a consistent message to kids about when/how much device time is acceptable.  ‘Let’s put the brakes on it collectively!’ one parent commented.   Principal Hochberg explained the school’s policy in regards to devices, and a Runnymede mum who is also a high school teacher explained what issues they encounter with devices during school hours.  It was interesting to note that most students had Snapchat and/or Instagram accounts and hardly any had Facebook whereas when parents were asked, it was the reverse; many had Facebook and far less had Instagram/Snapchat.

Here is a thank you message from Juma:

Thank you again for inviting me to share with your community! I really enjoyed working with your students. I am so glad to have shared with your parents and happy I could help catalyze and provide a spark to further the conversation amongst yourselves collectively, and collaboratively.

Further to our discussion, please find a private link to our website below where parents can find additional resources on the social media topics they were curious about in addition to a copy of the presentation for standalone readability. Please feel free to share the contents of this article with the student who was curious about US citizens unable to block mobile communications from President Trump.

Link: www.themessagemovement.com/runnymede
Password: Runnymede

Juma Inniss

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From your Council Chair:

If you have any ideas for topics we can cover at next year’s parenting talk, please send your suggestions to ncadeau@bell.net. (Dependent on future PRO grant funding)

Construction Update From Principal Hochberg

Phase Three of window installation began over March Break.

The beginning of the new window installation project is mainly a preparation stage. In order to ensure safety around the project, wood hoarding has been built in the all the classrooms that face Colbeck St. (South Side of School Building).

We are working with the project manager and the construction company to ensure that there is proper air flow in the classrooms and the students are in a comfortable learning environment. However, with the weather being unpredictable at this time of year and the temperatures fluctuating, it is requested that students dress in layers. Further information will be provided over the following days.

Thank you for your understanding,

Rob Hochberg
Principal
Runnymede Jr. & Sr. PS