Amazing Math Race now coming to Grade 4!

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The STEM Committee is pleased to announce that the Grade 4 Amazing Math Race is back!

This is a half-day, off-site, fun math event where students run around and use their math and team-work skills.

Do you have a child in grade 4?  Please consider volunteering for this fun half-day of math activities with your child!

Date: Monday June 26th, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 3:15 pm

If you are able to volunteer, please e-mail us at runnymedeSTEMcommittee@gmail.com.  No math expertise required!


The Amazing Math Race is just one of many exciting STEM events coming to Runnymede in June.  For more info, click here.

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)

Kindergarten Spring Gallery Walk & Grade 3 Photo Exhibit and Silent Auction

Please join us in welcoming spring by celebrating a snapshot of Runnymede’s creative achievements!

My Invitation (2)The Kindergarten Spring Gallery Walk & Grade 3 Photo Exhibit and Silent Auction will take place April 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26.

Maison Fou Brasserie | 6:30-8:30pm

Unwind with a cocktail. Peruse the gallery. Bid on photography.  Be inspired by spring!

Free admission, cash bar.

You are welcome to bring your little artists – they will be excited to see their work showcased!

Each kindergarten class will have their art on display for 1 night only.  Please check the chart below for your child’s class.

The Grade 3 photographic art will be on display every night.

Tuesday April 18 Mrs. Visconti
Mme. Martin-Tomlinson
Wednesday April 19 Ms. Maddison
Ms. Ukwuoma
Monday April 24 Ms. Zaharia
Ms. Afonso
Tuesday April 25 Ms. Bunting
Wednesday April 26 Mme. Dart
Mme. Jardine

Brought to you by the Arts & Enrichment Committee, Runnymede Parent Council.

PARENTING TALK on topic ‘SOCIAL MEDIA’

logo250Tuesday April 18th, 2017  7-8pm Senior Gym
Note: new date/time!

Juma Inniss from The Message is coming to Runnymede PS!

Would you like to better understand the ever-evolving world of social media that your child(ren) are exposed to?

Parent Council is thrilled to invite the popular Boston-based speaker, Juma Inniss, from ‘The Message’ to Runnymede PS, to host a talk on Social Media and how to guide parents in understanding the dynamics of various media platforms.  Subject matter is most relevant for parents of Grades 6-8 students.

jumaJuma is a highly successful motivational speaker who has used his musical talent and marketing background to elevate and deliver his content in an engaging manner.  He currently conducts talks throughout the US and recently has worked with several schools in Toronto.

Expected Outcomes:   

  • Build understanding and trust between youth and adult authority figures in your home, school, or organization,
  • Align attitudes and actions with an organization policy or vision
  • Unite youth and adults to work together more effectively to achieve a common goal

Parents and students welcome; this is a unique opportunity for students and parents to experience Juma’s message together.

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

Read More about Juma and his program The Message Movement.

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

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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 ncadeau@bell.net or drop by the library to sign up.