Arts Enrichment Returns for Spring!

Parent Council’s Arts Committee is thrilled to bring Phase 2 of the FDK-Grade 5 Arts Enrichment to Runnymede for a spring session.

Students have been experimenting and creating original works with acrylics, chalk pastels, and watercolours.

They’ve also been using different techniques, like resisting and scraping in the styles of Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Maria Sibylla Miriam, Paul Klee, Wang Yani, and Tom Thomson!

School Safety Zone Updates

speed signHave you met our new neighbour?

Just in time for the holidays, a new speed awareness sign was installed on Runnymede Road near the Glenwood crosswalk.  As indicated in November’s letter from Councillor Doucette, these signs are part of a larger School Safety Zone strategy, designed to make the streets around Runnymede safer.

kennedy ave.jpgUnfortunately, there is discouraging news coming from City Hall about a second initiative, which is the proposal to install traffic calming bump-outs on upper Kennedy Ave.  The area in question is north-east of the school, near the parking lot pedestrian walkway.

At our most recent Parent Council meeting, a Runnymede parent shared the proposed design and dimensions for the new bump-outs and voiced serious concerns about the safety of the design.  While pleased with the speed control initiative, residents are worried that the design proposed by the city obstructs sight lines, creating dangerous pedestrian situations for Runnymede students.

Local residents are working alongside Councillor Doucette, school Administration and Parent Council to try to resolve these issues with Transportation Services prior to installation.

If you would like more information about this issue please e-mail Runnymedeps@gmail.com.

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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Pizza Lunch 2018-19 Coordinators Needed

Pizza LunchPizza Lunch is everyone’s favourite Friday!

We need you to lend a hand for Grade 1-8 Pizza Lunch next year.  Here are the volunteer opportunities available:

Pizza Lead (8 hours in September and 4 hours monthly thereafter)
Primary coordinator of pizza lunch.  This role is heavy in September as the order site needs to go live (done by an outside supplier) and the bulk of the orders will come in at this time.  Each month involves updating new orders, fielding any parent issues, updating the order for both Pizza Pizza and the volunteer who prints pizza cards, ordering the plates and juice, communicating the order with Pizza Pizza catering and update month to reflect changing student orders. Supervise Pizza Lunch Day.

Volunteer coordinator (3-4 hours monthly)
Send out monthly email to solicit volunteers and ensure that enough people are available.  Assign jobs to volunteers.  Supervise volunteers on Pizza Lunch Day.

Veggies and Fruit Coordinator (45 minutes monthly)
Speak with Loblaws in early September to secure their continued support and provide dates.  Confirm each order a week in advance.  Pick-up order Friday morning of Pizza Lunch and deliver to the school.

Pizza Lunch is an important fundraiser for the school and is loved by both the kids and parents – it cannot continue without volunteer support.

If you can fill one of these roles please contact runnymedespiritcommittee@gmail.com