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:
Book City
JC Salon (pedicures/manicures for teachers)
Fat bastard
Good Fork
Max’s market (gift certificate etc)
Mad Mexican
Chocolate Delight
Peg Rolls (on Jane St.)

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’.


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.

Password: Runnymede

Juma Inniss


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 (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
Runnymede Jr. & Sr. PS

The Scholastic Book Fair/Le festival du livre Runs March 3rd – 9th!


Your entire family is invited to support this important literary event by purchasing the latest and greatest in children’s books (English and French).  Your support is very important and will help us obtain new books and resources for our library and classrooms.  There will be hundreds of quality books with a wide assortment for all reading levels.

logo_fdlbookaneers2016The Book Fair will be open during the following times:

  • During class library times
  • After school until 3:45pm
  • Monday: open during last recess for Gr 1 & 2
  • Tuesday: open during last recess for Gr 3 & 4
  • Wednesday: open during last recess for Gr 5 & 6
  • Thursday: open during last recess for everyone

Volunteers are needed to help with the Book Fair!  If you can help during the day, at recess or after school please e-mail or drop by the library to sign up.

Runnymede Hot Lunch Info

rose-reismanParent Council is pleased to announce that starting on Tuesday February 21st, Rose Reisman Kids Lunch will be providing nutritious, warm, home-cooked meals to Runnymede students!

Meals will be cooked from scratch in their catering kitchen, individually packaged and labelled, then delivered to your child in their lunchroom or classroom.

You can order online from a selection of healthy meals, all served with a side of fruits or vegetables.

Healthy, nutritious hot meals for your kids, and a weekly break from packing lunch for you!


1. When will the hot lunch program start?
The first day of meal service will be Tuesday February 21st. Lunches will be offered once per week (Tuesdays) until school ends in June.  This is a trial run, and we’ll collect feedback in June to assess frequency and options for next year.

2. Who can participate?
It is available to all students, from JK – grade 8.

3. Does my child have to participate?
No, it is completely optional.

4. How much will it cost?
Meals range in cost from $4.75-$7.75 including a side fruit or vegetable. For big appetites, there are add-ons or larger sized meals.

5. How did you choose the vendor – Rose Reisman Kids Lunch?
A feasibility review was done with several companies, resulting in a shortlist of two vendors.  Both vendors did a brief presentation to Parent Council on Jan. 26th including food samples.  Council members were surveyed on various criteria: taste, quality, menu choices, company philosophy and waste management. In every category, Rose Reisman Kids Lunch(RRKL) was the overwhelming favourite.

6. I am concerned about nutrition. Will the food be healthy?
Healthy food was the #1 criteria cited by parents at the Council meeting.
Rose Reisman is a Registered Nutritional Consultant and the company’s food is prepared from scratch, never processed, with local/sustainable ingredients where possible.
RRKL has been approved by the TDSB as a hot lunch provider and will follow PPM150 guidelines for nutrition. Ingredient lists are available by e-mailing

7. Is the menu the same every week?
Yes, but there are many options to choose from including vegetarian and gluten-free meals.  The menu will be refreshed in April.

8. My child has food allergies, can these be accommodated?
All food is prepared in a nut-free and tree-nut-free facility.
Gluten-free and dairy-free choices are available, and other allergies and food restrictions can be accommodated.  RRKL will provide a Food Allergy/Modification form if requested and discuss your concerns at any time.

9. What will be done with the garbage/waste from these meals?
To comply with our Eco School philosophy and Boomerang lunches, each lunch will be distributed in a reusable lunch bag. RRKL collects and sterilizes the lunch bags for reuse, and takes all packaging & leftovers back to their kitchen for recycling.
The only garbage generated will be from utensils and container lids.

10. Do I have to send any food on Tuesdays?
Yes, you still need to send morning & afternoon snacks and a water bottle.
Drinks will not be offered on the menu, to avoid spills and messes in our busy lunchrooms.

11. What if my child is sick on Tuesday? Do I get a refund on my child’s meal?
If you email by 8 am on Tuesday, your account will be credited.

12. When/how do I sign up?
All ordering is done online at Before setting up your account, read the step-by-step instructions here to ensure a smooth signup!  Our password is RPS39.
Runnymede Hot Lunch Day will be Tuesdays. Orders must be in by midnight the Sunday before (or order all meals in advance if you’d prefer).

13.  How do I pay?
Visa or Mastercard is accepted.

14. My child isn’t interested right now, can he/she sign up later?
You can sign up at any time and no minimums are required, so you can even order this week, and skip the next.

15. What if I have questions?
Please send your questions directly to:  Any questions regarding ingredients, allergies, deadlines, etc. will be promptly handled by Rose Reisman’s staff, not the school office.  If you would like to provide feedback or send a suggestion to Parent Council about the program you can e-mail