Nuit Orange Recap

Nuit Orange 2018 was an incredible success!

Energy, enthusiasm, and a celebration of the arts were on the program last week at Nuit Orange – a spectacle of artistic talent never before seen in the halls of our 100-year-old school. The event drew a crowd of hundreds and treated Runnymede families to a showcase of band, strings, drama, dance, and visual art.

Bravo to Runnymede’s dedicated teaching staff who brought this vision to our school and made Nuit Orange happen, especially Mr. Medley, Mr.Ouelette, Mr. Kim, Mr. Latter & Mme Hatzepetros. Their passion for the arts is contagious.

Thank you to Parent Council’s Arts & Enrichment Committee, who spearheaded the art installations for the JK – Grade 5 students, and to the Spirit Committee and its army of volunteers who were the ultimate hosts with their food & drink stations.

Check out a few pictures from Nuit Orange below, or search the hashtag #NuitOrange on Twitter.

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Nuit Orange: Program Revealed!

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

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

The digital program is being circulated ahead of the event to help you plan your evening.  Below 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 knife and fork locations of food items are included in the timetable.

Don’t forget to order your refreshment tickets in advance!

Each performance space will have a mini-schedule posted outside of it on the evening of the event showing the specific rotation of small group performances in that room.

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.

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

Sincerely,

Ian Medley
Strings Teacher
Runnymede P.S.

Peaceful Recess Project – Donations Wanted!

Starting in December, Runnymede will be participating in the ‘Peaceful Recess Project,’ designed to offer students a quiet, restful space to spend one recess period per week – so they can unplug and reset.

During their allotted recess time, students will be welcomed into the Peaceful Space by a caring adult. They’ll do a quiet, independent activity that relaxes them. There’s no talking, but there may be some soft music playing. Lights will be low and there will be very little stimulation. All these elements contribute to a feeling of calm, which students will hopefully carry with them for the rest of the day.

Like to support this project? Please consider donating:

  • Small clear twinkle lights, extension cords and power bars
  • Yoga mats
  • Playing cards
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Yoga or relaxation CDs
  • Small puzzles, quiet mind games/mazes
  • Plants
  • Mindfulness colouring pages/books
  • Markers

Please have your child bring donations to Mrs. Wawrow’s office. Dates and classroom locations to follow.

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 runnymedeps@gmail.com.

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.

Strollers

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.