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 www.sagoto.com starting Friday September 8th
More info here

check-mark-2-512Order Hot Lunches
Order online at www.kidslunch.ca 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 CanadaHelps.org now!
More info here

Parent Council Vacancies for 2017/18

At Runnymede Public School we are very fortunate to have an active and thriving Parent Council.  Council is involved in many fun activities throughout the school year, whether they’re for fundraising or community-building.

help-wanted-2We cannot run a great Council without great parents.  At this time, we have a number of Council positions becoming vacant as the current members are reaching the end of their terms.

Below is a list of the available positions. We encourage you to consider a role, and please feel free to speak to the outgoing member, to get a better sense of what is involved.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL POSITIONS:

Co-Chair, Parent Council
The Chair or Co-Chair(s) will be responsible for conducting all Council & Executive Council meetings; will report annually to the school community via the website, email and annual report; will be an ad hoc member of all Council committees; and will perform all other duties required of the office. The goal is to provide a respectful forum to discuss and address Council-relevant topics, to ensure meetings are conducted in a timely manner and to liaise with school administration.  We are seeking one Co-Chair to work alongside Greg Kerr.
(Time commitment: 6-8 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to incumbents: Greg Kerr or Dale Cadeau

Secretary
Keep minutes of Council meetings, have charge of all correspondence of the Executive and the Council and be responsible for notices of all Council meetings.  Prepare and distribute agenda (& other materials as needed), take notes, prepare and circulate meeting minutes.
(Time commitment: 5 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to incumbent: Marissa Hollis

Communications Committee Co-Chair
Communications works behind the scenes, keeping Runnymede parents up-to-date on what’s happening at school.  We run the website, e-mail program and produce the monthly newsletters.  We are seeking one Co-Chair to work alongside Ingrid Larsen.
(Time commitment: 6 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to incumbents: Ingrid Larsen or Maureen Dugan

GENERAL POSITIONS:

Lost & Found Volunteer 
Join a small team of parent volunteers who collect and sort lost items around school property.  At designated times (once per month) arrange for items to be donated to local charity.
(Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month)
For more information, please speak to coordinator: Anh Truong

Parent Reps
We are seeking a Parent Rep for each class in the school.  Parent Reps help keep parents and Council well-connected and help boost participation at Council events.  Reps are also Council Members.
(Time commitment: 1 hour per month)
If you would like to be a Parent Rep for your child’s class please send an email to:  Dale Cadeau

Committee Members
All of our Parent Council committees welcome new members with great ideas and a willingness to help.  Meet fellow Runnymede parents and find an occasional role that matches the number of volunteer hours you have to give.  Read more about volunteering at the school here.

This is a school-wide callout for Parents to join any one of these roles.  You do not require experience; simply a desire to get involved and in return, you get to be part of a great team at your child’s school!

Thank you,

Co-Chair Dale Cadeau
Co-Chair Greg Kerr

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: www.runnymedecouncil.org – 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.

Forms
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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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

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A new school year has just begun!

Whaaat?  It’s September already?   OMG where did the summer go? shock

Welcome back to all of our returning parents and a very special welcome to all our first timers!  We’re so excited for another great year at Runnymede, and we’re thrilled to share it with all of you!   As your Parent Council we are here to make your Runnymede experience the best it can possibly be.   We’ve got a whole bunch of need-to-know info coming throughout the year, so please make sure you are registered to receive our e-mails.

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If you have any questions in the meantime, please send them to runnymedeps@gmail.com

Looking forward to another great year together!