Direct Donation FAQ

Our fundraising survey last Spring clearly showed us that families have many questions, and there are many myths about fundraising. We are going to try to dispel the myths and address the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. 

q Is this really a one-time ask? I feel like I am sending money to school for all kinds of things!

aThere are many requests for money from the school, but some are fundraising-based and some are not, so we wanted to help clarify. While Direct Donation and Pizza Lunch are both fundraisers, here are examples of other categories of monetary requests from the school that are not related to Parent Council fundraising:

  • Field Trips – Field trips are organized by and at the discretion of the teacher on a class-by-class basis.  They are not related to Parent Council or fundraising. It is worth noting that Parent Council does allocate funds to a Field Trip Bursary each year, for families who are not able to afford some field trips.
  • School Cash Online – The new School Cash Online system is for expenses related directly to the school (agendas, locks, etc) and is not linked to Parent Council or fundraising in any way.
  • Other Events that Cost Money – Things like the Hot Lunch Program, food sales at Movie Night, Curriculum Night & Nuit Orange, and Pub Night ticket sales are additional asks for money (but they are totally optional). These proceeds only contribute a small amount to the overall dollars raised at Runnymede and are opt-in.
  • School and Class Fundraising Projects – Throughout the course of the year the school as a whole, or individual classes may undertake fundraising initiatives to benefit charitable organizations (e.g., Terry Fox Run, Water First, etc). These are teacher and student-led and are not related to Parent Council fundraising. 

We thought it might be helpful to show how the money is raised and where it goes:

how is money raised

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q What about Equity across the TDSB – shouldn’t we be fundraising for a school in need?

a Equity within the TDSB is something that has been discussed many times at Parent Council. In 2018, we created the Runnymede Fun Run as a new event to raise funds for another school and because of its success it continued in 2019 and is planned again for June 2020.  The TDSB school that will receive this year’s funds has not yet been selected. If you are interested in being on the Fun Run team and helping to select the school for next year, please contact us: Runnymedespiritcommittee@gmail.com

We thought it might also be helpful to provide some information regarding the TDSB Location Opportunity Index (LOI) policy which is in place to address inequity across the Board.  The LOI ranks each school based on measures of external challenges affecting student success. The school with the greatest level of external challenges is ranked number one and is described as highest on the index. Public education is designed to give all children an equal opportunity to succeed. The TDSB recognizes that students face varying degrees of challenge which can impact their opportunity to achieve high educational outcomes. Educational research has demonstrated that children from lower income families face more significant barriers in achieving high educational outcomes. Because of its commitment to achieving equitable academic opportunities, the TDSB wants to ensure that every student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. This means ensuring all students have access to available resources. The LOI helps to ensure that children who have access to fewer resources at home and in their neighbourhoods have increased access to available resources in their schools. The LOI will assist with steering additional resources to the schools serving students who face greater challenges. Runnymede ranks 455 out of 471 Elementary Schools in the TDSB.

We wanted to note that you can also write a cheque to any TDSB school of your choice any time you choose.  Each school has its own website with contact information, so if you know of a school in need, please reach out to them to make your donation.  We’re sure it will be appreciated!

q I thought “public education” was paid for with my tax dollars. Why are you asking me for fundraising money when the Provincial government should be funding my child’s education?

a While all schools in the TDSB are publicly funded by the Provincial government, the reality is that those funds simply do not cover all of the programs and expenses that are offered at Runnymede. Our school has an established history and tradition of a strong partnership between the Staff and Parent Council, and this includes fundraised dollars that are provided to the school each year. For example, each year, Parent Council provides approximately $15,000 to the Teacher Resource Fund, providing each teacher with an additional $300 in discretionary funds for their classroom. Parent Council has also contributed significant funds towards the play structures and outdoor spaces at the school, to replacing obsolete technology, and to new equipment for the Music and Drama programs.  And while fundraised dollars can only be used for certain items, because Parent Council provides funding for technology, Arts, play and recess equipment, etc., the School can use its allocated budget for textbooks, teacher training, and many other resources it wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.



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 Thank you to the many Runnymede families who have already made their contribution.

Runnymede’s 6th Annual Costume Sale!

Please donate your halloween costumes for our sale!Help support the school and this green initiative by donating clean, gently used costumes and accessories in all sizes.  Donations can be dropped off in the office until Wednesday October 2nd.

The Sale will run from Wednesday Oct 2nd until Friday Oct 4th from 3:15- 4:00 near the front of the school.

Costume prices range from $5-$15 and accessories from $1-$2.

All proceeds go directly back to the school and any unsold items will be donated to charity.

If you can volunteer on any of the days, please contact Kelila Nussdorf-Fazio at k_nussdorf@hotmail.com

Direct Donation Campaign Survey

Runnymede Community:

Feedback

This past September participation in our Annual Direct Donation Campaign hit an all-time low.  The participation rate was just over 50%, and has been declining for the last 5 years.  Other local schools sit at much higher participation rates – around 80% – and Runnymede Parent Council is trying to understand why.

Since the beginning of the Direct Donation Program, we have typically raised $75,000 – $90,000 per year, which accounts for approximately 30% of the school’s annual budget.  These are vital funds that go directly into the incredible programming that enriches our children’s education at Runnymede.

We would really appreciate it if you could fill out this survey to help us adjust our Direct Donation Campaign so it works better for our parent community.  Our goal is NOT to increase the per family donation amount, but to increase the participation rate going forward.


Win! Fill out the survey before Wednesday May 8th at midnight for your chance to WIN 2 front row concert seats at one concert this spring.

Winner will be notified by e-mail on Thursday morning, which means kindergarten concerts are included!

 


Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this important survey!
Survey

Concert Seats Link Now Live!

There are up to 6 pairs of seats available for each spring concert, priced at $100 per pair.  Click below to purchase your tickets. First come first served.

Reserve the Best Seats in the House for your Child’s Next Concert!

concertSupport Runnymede’s Arts Program and get a front row seat at your child’s next performance.  It’s a win-win.

Here is the Spring concert schedule (all concerts take place in the Senior Gym):

April 25th – 7pm: Drama Showcase; Grades 4 & 5
May 9th  – 9:30am: Kindergarten Concert; all Kinder classes
May 16th – 7pm: Senior Concert; Grades 7 & 8
May 23rd – 4pm: Primary/Junior Concert; Grades 3 & 4
May 23rd – 6pm: Band/Strings Concert; Grades 5 & 6

Nuit Orange 2019 – General Info & Program

Attached is a digital copy of the program for our upcoming community event “Nuit Orange”.

This digital program is being sent ahead of the event to help you plan your evening. Inside, you will find a blocked-out timetable and schematic maps of the building’s various floors. The timetable has been colour coded to match the floor maps. Food stations are demarcated by an orange box with a white fork & knife, the specific food items and their locations are included in the timetable.

Room specific performances are listed in order in on the timetable. Guerrilla theatre spaces are located at the orange masks and will have random performances and times.

There will be a lot of moving performers during time blocks, however your child will know where they need to be and when. Please be respectful of the timelines and the announcements: this will allow the evening to run smoothly.

IMPORTANT!

We ask that once you have entered a room for a performance, you remain in that room for the duration of that time slot or until the end of all scheduled performances for that room. That way all student work is appreciated and respected.

NOTE: There is no food permitted in the Library. We ask that you see this rule as a way of respecting our newly renovated space.

Kindly ensure that your child is wearing their appropriate costume items and / or black bottoms and an orange top if they are performing (music shirt if they are volunteering).

Sincerely,

Ian Medley, Strings Teacher
-and-
John Kim, Band Director
Runnymede Public School

Nuit Orange 2019 – PROGRAM

If you are joining us for Nuit Orange please tag us on social media using the hashtag #NuitOrange2019