Welcome Back & First Day – From Principal Hochberg

August 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018 / 2019 Runnymede PS school year! We look forward to continuing to offer the traditional programs that make Runnymede a special place to learn within the TDSB. We expect there will also be many new and enriching experiences for our students.

I would like to begin by offering special acknowledgment to our office staff (Ms. Waicus, Ms. Roberts, and Ms. McCrimmon) and our Caretaking Staff who have ensured that the school is ready for the first day of the school year.

We are excited to welcome many new teachers to Runnymede PS this year. That said, our “new” teachers are not new to teaching. They bring over 75 years of combined teaching experience with them. They will share their expertise, interests, knowledge and love of teaching with our students and their colleagues.

Over the summer, we began the Library refurbishment. The Library will be ready for student use within the first couple weeks of school. Our Library will be a welcoming environment with fresh paint, replaced flooring, new furniture and shelving. The refurbished Library will allow students to access books and technology and be a hub of the school. Thank you to Mme. Blanchard for working hard to ensure the Library is ready to welcome students from all grades and classes.

We also had new window coverings installed in the Sr. Gymnasium last June. The new window coverings will be an added benefit for our gym classes, assemblies, performances, and concerts.

We encourage parents to get involved in the activities that take place at Runnymede. The best way to be involved is through school council. Our first school council meeting will take place on Thursday September 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Library.

Furthermore, parents are encouraged to follow the TDSB parent concern protocol if any issues of concern arise. It is always best to have open communication with your Child(ren)’s teacher to ensure success.

Reminder: please register on-line for our cashless payment system. Teacher’s will no longer be collecting any money. All payments for any purchases or activities must be made through the online system.

The link to register is:   https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps. Once registered, you will receive an email notification when items become available online.

Staffing Update – We welcome the following staff who will be starting LTO assignments as of Tuesday September 4, 2018:

Michelle Benge – FDK – Room 126 (replacing Ms. Maddison)
Stephanie Maceroni – Grade 2/3 – Room 233 (replacing Ms. Afonso)
Arjola Ceni – Grade 3-4 F.I. – Portable 2 (replacing Ms. Gordon)
Mike Lymer – Grade 6 HR & Sr. Art – Room 246 (replacing Mr. Wright)

Special Dates:

  • September 13, 2018 – Curriculum Night – 6:00 PM – More Information to follow
  • Thursday September 27 – Welcome to Kindergarten 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Adventure Playground
  • Thursday September 27 – School Council Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

Please see the attached document for our first day routines:

Runnymede First Day Map
Entry and Exit diagram -2018-2019 Final

On behalf of the Runnymede PS Staff, Best wishes for a successful school year,

Rob Hochberg           Luc Gelinas               Waheeda Khan-Fitzpatrick
Principal                    Vice Principal           Vice Principal

Thank You Runnymede!


As the 2017-2018 school year comes to an end, Parent Council would like to extend a BIG thank you to:

Principal Mr. Hochberg along with Vice Principals Ms. Wawrow and Ms. Kahn-Fitzpatrick for implementing new initiatives for our kids. We will miss Ms. Wawrow greatly, but wish her the best at her new school!

All of the incredible, dedicated Runnymede teachers for inspiring our students this year;

The amazing Runnymede caretakers for their non-stop efforts to make a 100-year old school work for 1,000+ students;

Grade 8 students for 10 years of hard work at Runnymede. Congratulations;

Parent Council Committee Chairs for spending countless hours working to deliver the enrichment programs our kids love;

All of the Parent Volunteers who donate their time in classrooms, at pizza lunch, and on council committees;

And to everyone who donated to Parent Council this year; your contributions totaled $85,000! Here is a quick snapshot of Runnymede’s 2017-2018 budget:

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Join Us for the End of Year Freezie Finale!

End of Year Freezie Finale!

Thursday June 28th
3:00 – 4:00pm


Join us after school for an end of year farewell

Cool off with a Jumbo Freezie!

Meet in the Runnymede Yard, near the basketball courts

Jumbo Freezies – $1 each

While supplies last
This is a nut-free event!

raincloudIn Case of Rain…

If it is actively raining at 2:45pm treats will be served up in the Cafeteria.

Please join us!!

Runnymede Fun Run – Thursday June 14th

All students will be participating in a fun run to show their commitment to being active for themselves and for the local community.  This year Ogden school will be the focus of our support, to demonstrate how our children can be active in supporting others within their own TDSB community.

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Send in your loonies and toonies!
We will be collecting money in front of the office and on race day. Let’s see how much our community can raise to help our neighbours!

Fun Run Times
All parents are welcome to come out on Thursday June 14th to cheer on Runnymede students! The fun run will follow a similar format to the Terry Fox Run:

Grade 1 and 2:      9:15 – 9:40 am
Grade 3, 4, 5:        9:55 – 10:35 am
Grade 6, 7, 8:        10:55 – 11:25 am
JK/SK:                    12:45 – 1pm

Ogden schoolThe Fun Run event is raising money to help support Ogden School, a TDSB school located in downtown Toronto. Ogden has a large immigrant and public housing population and previously benefited from some model funding, but they lost their model funding this year.

Money raised will be used to help purchase a basketball hoop for their playground and also to help with field trip assistance.  The Ogden Parent Council is very appreciative of Runnymede’s support.

Staff Appreciation Lunch 2018

Thank you logoOur annual Staff Appreciation Lunch will take place on Friday June 15th.

This is a great way for your family to thank those staff members who may not be recipients of a traditional end-of-year gift: the gym, library and arts teachers, administrators, office staff & caretakers.

Staff will be invited to enjoy a buffet lunch – catered and served by our school’s parents – in the Senior Gym.

There are several ways you can contribute:

Volunteer at the Event
Help is needed during the following time slots:

  • Accepting Food at Drop-Off – 8:30-9:00
  • Decorating – 9:00-11:00
  • Set-up – 9:00-11:30  
  • Serving – 11:30-12:30
  • Clean-up – 12:30-2:00

Donate a Food Item to the Potluck
Everything should be nut-free, and a variety of foods and flavours are appreciated

  • Appetizers
  • Salads – greens, pasta, vegetables
  • Main Dishes – including vegetarian items
  • Desserts
  • SignUpGenius-horizontalDrinks

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