Concerned about the safety of the Runnymede Crosswalk?

MobileHelp us petition city hall for improved cross walk safety! Here are two simple things you can do today to help us take action:

1. Fill out this quick community survey (less than 2 minutes)

2. E-mail councillor Gord Perks. The more constituents that care about an issue, the better our chances of action! Simply copy, paste and personalize the templated letter attached.




Don’t wait! Fill out the survey and send your email today!

Ward 7- March Update!

Here is what’s happening around our Ward and the TDSB this month:

Budget Ward Forum this Thursday March 21st at 7pm!!! Location Fern Avenue P.S. Everyone is encouraged to attend (See flyer below).

The 2019/20 budget survey is now available online. The survey was designed to capture feedback from parents/caregivers, students, staff and community members and will help develop this year’s Operating Budget. The survey can be found here:

TDSB Board meetings are web-casted live, the next meeting will be held Tuesday March 20th at 7pm here for anyone interested:

Parents as Partners Conference will be taking place on Saturday March 30th at Beanfield Centre. Loads of great presentations, speakers and topics. Lunch, and childcare are provided. This is a really great resource and fun day!! You can register here:

TDSB Connects, is a monthly electronic newsletter for parents/guardians with information about news and events from across the Toronto District School Board. If you are a parent/guardian who doesn’t currently receive TDSB Connects, please contact Runnymede ensure your email address is up-to-date in your child’s student contact record. This newsletter is packed with information you don’t want to miss!

That’s it for now, if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to email me at or catch me at the Parent council meeting Wednesday March 20th.

Ward 7 Rep for Runnymede P.S.

Ward Forum

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

Ask Me Anything: Q&A Session with TDSB’s John Malloy

Everyone is welcome at this joint Ward 7 & Ward 9 forum.  The format will be “Ask me Anything”, with TDSB’s Director of Education taking questions from the audience about whatever issues you would like to raise.

Childcare and refreshments will be provided.

If you can’t attend but have a question, please contact our Ward 7 Rep Kathleen Hyatt, who can help you get your questions answered.

2018 01 23 Flyer Ward Forum with Director Feb 5 2018

Stafford Hope – A Memorial for Runnymede’s Much-Loved Crossing Guard

A memorial will be held on Saturday January 13, 2018 for Stafford Hope, Runnymede’s beloved former crossing guard, who passed away on December 14, 2017.stafford stop.png

Hope retired in 2016 after 21 years of guiding Runnymede students, parents, and teachers across the busy Bloor West intersection near the school. Sadly, he had less than a year of retirement before cancer took hold.

Watch the tribute video.

The Stafford Hope Memorial Fund

In December, our school community and neighbouring schools raised $4400 for Stafford’s wife Velma to use towards his memorial. Thank you to everyone who contributed (especially the young boy who brought $24 in change from his piggy bank)! And thank you to the lovely ladies in the office who safeguarded the donations. Velma is deeply grateful for everyone’s generosity.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Stafford Hope Memorial Fund, please visit the GoFundMe page.

Share your Condolences

A table has been set up inside the school with photo boards and a condolence book for students, teachers, parents and community members to sign.

Memorial Details

The memorial will be held at the Bethel Apostolic Churches of Jesus Christ at 1831 Weston Road, 3rd floor, followed by a procession to Beechwood Cemetery.

Saturday January 13th
Visitation: 9-10am
Memorial: 10am-noon, led by members of the Runnymede community
Cemetery procession: 12:30pm