Runnymede Road Safety Audit Update


doucetteLast March, Councillor Sarah Doucette along with her staff Andrea Fresolone, and Transportation Services, came to Runnymede PS to chat with parents and to listen to our specific concerns about improving road safety around our school.

Several issues were discussed, including:

  • Vehicles parking in no parking zones and in school bus zones
  • Improved signage and awareness of where to park during dropoff and pickup
  • Traffic calming zones around the school perimeters
  • Additional school zone signage
  • Traffic studies at major school intersections, to determine if traffic lights are needed.

Attached is the most recent update from Councillor Doucette regarding these initiatives.

safety-update-20171.pngWe want to hear your feedback!  Do you have thoughts or suggestions about improving road safety around Runnymede?  Email

School Yard Issues: Strollers, Pets and Parking!

Parking & Drop Off

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Drop-off should be in the designated parking area on Runnymede Rd. only.

For the safety of our children, please do not park, idle or drop off in off-limits locations such as:

  • The staff parking lot
  • The designated school bus zone on Runnymede Rd.
  • The designated city bus zone on Runnymede Rd.


Please keep strollers parked well away from student line-up areas and entrance ways. Morning, afternoon and lunch dismissal are very busy times at Runnymede and students need to find their way quickly and safely.

Dogs (and other pets) on School Property

Dogs and other pets are permitted on school property only for special programs or with prior approval by the Principal. Please do not bring dogs to the schoolyard during pick-up, drop-off or school hours.

School Yard Reminders:

  • After school, please ensure your child(ren) are supervised by an adult and stay off the turf field so that various school teams and clubs can safely practice.

  • Before and after school, please ensure your child(ren) are playing safely on school property. For example children should not be climbing trees or throwing crab apples.

Curriculum Night Details

Curriculum Night is on Thursday September 14th!

It is a chance for parents & guardians to meet their child(ren)s teacher and gain an understanding of the classroom program and structure for the school year.

Rotary teachers will be available throughout the evening in their classrooms.  Classroom locations will be posted throughout the main floor of the school.

Babysitting will not be provided during this event.  You may choose to attend with or without your children.

Here is a schedule of events:

Time Event Location
5:45-6:00pm Technology Presentation:
Come hear more about our joint Admin – Teacher – Parent Council tech vision for the school
In the library
6:00-6:30 Homeroom Presentations In your child’s classroom
6:40-7:10 Homeroom Presentations In your child’s classroom
6:00 -7:30 Rotary Teachers Available In their classrooms
Locations will be posted
5:45-7:30 Parent Council Bake Sale & Tshirt Sale Outside the Main Office

Back To School Checklist:

Make sure you check off these important tasks for September

check-mark-2-512Subscribe to Parent Council e-mails
Sign up online using our MailChimp form.
Add us to your ‘safe senders’ list so you don’t miss out!

check-mark-2-512Order Pizza Lunch
Order online at starting Friday September 8th
More info here

check-mark-2-512Order Hot Lunches
Order online at starting Sunday September 10th
The Runnymede password is RPS39.
More info here

check-mark-2-512Complete and return all forms to your child’s teacher
Please submit all forms by Friday September 15th
More info here

check-mark-2-512Donate to the Annual Direct Donation Campaign
Donate online at now!
More info here

Welcome Back! From Principal Hochberg

Dear Runnymede Community,

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff at Runnymede PS we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child(ren) to the start of the 2017/2018 school year.

We are looking forward to an exciting year with a lot of learning. Teachers, Office Staff, and School Custodians have been working hard to prepare the school for the start of the school year.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have concerns, speak to your child about school on a daily basis, and develop routines that will help lead your child to success. These routines include: arriving at school on time, appropriate bed times, healthy diets, and support with daily reading and homework assignments.

Runnymede Parent Council welcomes everyone back to school! You will see us on Day One at the Welcome table in the Front Yard, ready to assist Administration in getting your kids to class! We have an exciting year planned so please keep our website handy: – it is the best place to find information throughout the school year. Our first Council meeting is on Thursday September 28th (6:30pm in the School Library).  Everyone welcome!

First Day Procedures
Due to construction, the first day procedures will be as follows:

  • FDK teachers will meet their students in the Adventure Yard.
  • Grades 1 -5 will meet their teachers on the Runnymede Turf. Teachers will be on duty to meet their students at 8:35am. Teachers will be holding yellow signs for identification. French Classes will line up on the East Side of the field and English Classes on the West Side of the Field.
  • Grades 6 & 7 and 8 students will go directly to the Senior Gym through door # 5.

Please refer to the attached map and staff roster for your reference.

Staffing Update
The following staff changes have been made to start the 2017 / 2018 school year.
FDK – Room B82: Ms. Rashkeveych will replace Ms. Banting as an occasional teacher.
Grade 3/4 – Portable 2: Mr. Smith will replace Mrs. Hodgson.
Grade 6/7 – Room 369: Ms. Zaharia will replace Mr. Shook.
We will be following TDSB procedures to hire for Long Term Occasional teachers. This process takes time and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Administration Update
Congratulations to Ms. Intarakosit on her promotion to Principal at Westwood Middle School. Ms. Intarakosit’s replacement has not been appointed. We welcome back Ms. Dennis (Former Principal) as a temporary replacement until a permanent replacement is appointed. When a Vice-Principal has been appointed we will inform the community. Mrs. Wawrow will continue in her role as the VP for FDK to Grade 5.

Please ensure that you complete and return all of the forms that your child(ren) will bring home the first week of school. Please return the forms by Friday September 15, 2017.

Important Dates
September 14 – Curriculum Night (6 PM Start)
September 28 – Parent Council Meeting (6:30 PM Start)

Construction Update
As you are aware there has been on-going construction throughout the summer months.

The Centennial Playground, funded by Parent Council, has been completed. You will notice new paving, new picnic tables, and painted lines that represent many games, including four square and hopscotch. We hope that our students enjoy playing on the new equipment and use the playground as an outdoor classroom for learning and positive social interaction.

North Wing: The construction of the North Wing has been completed and we look forward to welcoming students in the new classes this school year. The north wing will house our music, drama, and senior science classes.

Playground Safety and Start of Day
Parents are encouraged to drop off their child(ren) on the school grounds prior to the start of the day. We have staff on supervision duty starting at 8:35am. In an effort to reduce congestion, we ask that strollers do not block walkways, pets are not brought on school grounds, and parents allow students to independently line up with their classes.

Volunteer Police Checks
We encourage parents / guardians to volunteer in our classrooms and school. If you plan on being a regular volunteer, please ensure you have an updated police background check. If you need more information or an application stop by the main office, speak to Anne-Marie Roberts.

Parking Lot
Please do not park in the staff parking lot during school hours. We also request you do not use the parking lot as a walkway to the school grounds.

Please be aware that there is a possibility of classroom reorganization due to student enrollment in the first month of the school year. If there is a need to reorganize classrooms, all students and parents who will be impacted by reorganization will be notified in a timely manner.

Attached you find a Welcome Back to School letter from Trustee Pilkey.
Looking forward to a great school year!
Rob Hochberg, Principal
Susan Wawrow, V.P. K-5
TBD, V.P. 6 – 8