Information for Runnymede Parents
January 22nd’s Parent Council meeting included a question and answer session with our TDSB Trustee Robin Pilkey and MPP Bhutila Karpoche.
Runnymede parents had a chance to “Ask Anything” and this produced some great discussion on everything from government cut backs, to TDSB budget cuts to job action.
Click here to read a summary of the discussion and find some suggestions for ways parents can express concerns regarding education cuts to the Provincial Government.
Click here for more information about the TDSB 2019-2020 budget.
Click here to reference the Ontario Government’s revised education strategy.
What is at Stake?
The following information has been provided to Runnymede parents by ETT (Elementary Teachers Toronto). Please see below for information regarding the current Teacher Labour Action and negotiations.
Interested in showing support for teachers, and letting the government know your views on public education cuts?
Thursday, Feb 6th
Runnymede & other Ward 7 teachers will be at Christine Hogarth’s constituency office for Etobicoke-Lakeshore
195 Norseman Street, Unit 21
Parents and students are welcome to join and show support!
Friday, Feb 7th
Runnymede teachers will be picketing in front of the school from 11am to noon, then Runnymede, Western Tech and Swansea teachers will meet on Bloor St. west of Runnymede Rd. to show strength in numbers.
Parents and students can join teachers on Bloor st., in a show of support for public education
Help 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!
Have 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.
Unfortunately, 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 Runnymedeps@gmail.com.
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.