Call for volunteers: Angry Birds Math and Amazing Math Race!

The STEM committee is looking for parent volunteers for the following activities:

Angry Birds Math
With the Angry Birds Math activity, kindergarten students get to measure, build, sort, graph and LAUNCH Angry Birds to apply what they’ve learned in math! This is a fantastic program, which runs in late May / early June, but it requires your help. Interested in helping to lead the program in your child’s classroom?

Please contact Dave Begleiter at david.begleiter@gmail.com.

Amazing Math Race
Calling all grade 3 parents (no math expertise required!) who would like to help run the Amazing Math Race in June. This is a half-day, off-site, fun math event where students run around and use their math and team-work skills.

Please contact the STEM committee at runnymedeSTEMcommittee@gmail.com

PARENTING WORKSHOP: Mathematical Mindsets

Thursday January 25, 2018
6:30-7:30pm in the Senior Gym (Exit #5)

Parent Council is thrilled to welcome back Trevor Brown – math professor, author, and former Math Consultant for the TDSB – to Runnymede PS for another informative and fun-filled evening of math!

Mr. Brown is a sought-after presenter who is well-versed in the Ministry of Education’s Renewed Math Strategy.

What to expect:

Geared to parents of children in grades 3-6, this interactive workshop will explore four areas:

  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement

RSVP now to take home a free math manipulative! Other math tools will be for sale at the workshop for $3.

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

The Parent Council meeting will follow in the gym at 7:30.


Thank you for your interest in the Workshop.  RSVP’s are now closed.

Everyone from the Runnymede community is welcome, regardless of RSVP and there will be math manipulatives and resources available for purchase at the workshop.

If you need to cancel or change your RSVP please e-mail runnymedeps@gmail.com

Trevor Brown Math Consultant – Additional Resources & Links

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On November 23rd, Runnymede Parent Council was thrilled to host Trevor Brown, Math Consultant for an fun and interactive evening of Primary math!  Trevor’s enthusiasm for math was palpable as he provided parents with new ways of thinking about old problems.

It was a record turn out, and response from Runnymede parents was overwhelmingly positive.  Here is what some had to say about Trevor’s talk:

“Mr. Brown was a great speaker and I feel a lot more confident in supporting my grade 1 in math. Thank you!!!”

“I think this was IMMENSELY valuable for bringing the gap between TODAY’S math homework versus what we were historically taught with a completely different mindset  (and UNDERSTANDING WHY!!!!)”

Attached, are some online resources recommended by Trevor, along with some math problems for your kids to try at home:

Primary Math Resources

Additional Problems

Runnymede will be hosting Trevor again in the new year for a workshop aimed at parents of students in Grades 4 – 6.

Hour of Code…The Countdown is On

This year’s Computer Science Education week is December 4-10, and millions of students in over 180 countries will be celebrating with Hour of Code activities.

The Hour of Code is a global movement that started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, with an aim to demystify “code.” Anybody can learn the basics – and anyone, anywhere can participate!  We have several Runnymede classes taking part.

Want to join in the fun? The STEM Learning Committee at Runnymede invites you to try some of the activities available on the Hour of Code website. YouTube also has some great videos, with everyone from Bill Gates to Chris Bosh to Karli Kloss teaching basic programming concepts and motivation in 2 minutes or less.

And if you’d like to join the STEM Committee or help with upcoming activities, please contact runnymedestemcommittee@gmail.com.

PARENTING WORKSHOP: Math Education Ain’t What it Used to Be

Thursday November 23rd, 2017
6:30-7:30pm in the Senior Gym (Exit #5)

Trevor Brown – math professor, author, and former Math Consultant for the TDSB – is coming to Runnymede PS for an informative, interactive, and fun-filled evening of math! The workshop is the first in our two-part Math Education Speaker Series: Learning Mathematics in an Ever-Changing World.

Mr. Brown is a sought-after presenter who is well-versed in the Ministry of Education’s Renewed Math Strategy.

What to expect:

  • Find out about the paradigm shift in how math is being taught today vs. in the past
  • Learn about the math manipulatives being used in Grades 1 and 2: the Ten Frame and the Rekenrek (similar to an abacus)
  • There will be math manipulatives for sale at the workshop for $3.00

Note: This workshop will be geared towards the parents of Primary (Grade 1-3) students, but all are welcome to attend.

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

The Parent Council meeting will follow in the gym at 7:30.


Thank you for your interest in the Workshop.  RSVP’s are now closed.

Everyone from the Runnymede community is welcome, regardless of RSVP and there will be math manipulatives and resources available for purchase at the workshop.

If you need to cancel or change your RSVP please e-mail runnymedeps@gmail.com