Ward 7

What is Ward 7 All About?

Runnymede Public School is one of 22 schools in Ward 7 of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). A publicly elected Trustee represents each Ward. The Trustee holds Ward Council meetings to share and discuss relevant topics and issues facing the TDSB. Each school elects 1-2 parent representatives to attend these meetings and report back to Runnymede School Council.

Runnymede’s Ward 7 Reps are Jen McLean and Kathleen Hyatt.  Get in touch any time about school issues of importance to you.

Ward 7 meeting updates

April 2017 Update

A Message from the TDSB:

The TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Task Force is focused on improving the learning and well-being of each and every student by understanding and mitigating – or removing – the barriers of social and economic inequity.

This collaborative effort between the TDSB and the communities it works with is an opportunity to bring people together, learn from each other and explore what’s working, what isn’t and how to improve it. The Task Force seeks to understand and respond to new insights, challenges and opportunities that will impact the entire Board.

One way we’re doing that is by hosting ward forums that bring together school communities to talk about school-specific strategies that will improve equity for all. These sessions will explore equity, consider what work has already happened in the school to improve equity, and help address the question: what’s keeping us from doing more?

Join the conversation. Share your voice.

Fix Our Schools Update:

fix-our-schools-bannerProvince announces education funding for 2017/18 school year

On April 12, 2017, the Province announced its education funding for the coming 2017/18 school year, ahead of the provincial budget so as to provide school boards with more lead time for planning. Capital funding is outlined on page 5 of the GSN Memo.

In June 2016, the provincial government announced a $1.1-billion infusion of money to be allocated by school boards over two years specifically for school repairs. This new money, in effect, brought annual funding for school repairs for both 2015/16 and 2016/17 to the $1.4-billion that it always ought to have been.

We were pleased that on April 12, 2017, the Province announced a continuation of this baseline $1.4-billion/year funding for school repairs, deemed necessary by industry standards and Ontario’s Auditor-General, to stop further erosion of Ontario’s publicly funded schools. However, we are very concerned about the failure to address the $15-billion repair backlog that continues to plague Ontario’s schools.

Fix Our Schools was recently awarded the Greer Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publicly Funded Education in Ontario by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation.

Congratulations to Fix our Schools!!

Check out : http://fixourschools.ca/ for much more information on this and to find out how you can help!

March 2017 Update

April 2017 is Census Month at the TDSB!

We will conduct our third Student and Parent Census, which will include Grade 4-6 students for the first time, along with Grade 7-12 students. Students will complete the Census in class.  Parents of JK-Grade 6 students will also be invited again to fill out the Parent Census form. Their forms will come home with students in April 2017.

Find out more here.

Upcoming events: (Also check the Runnymede calendar for links)

Parents As Partners Conference
Saturday April 01, 2017

Alternative School Review
Public Meeting Tuesday March 28th, 6:30-8:00pm Western Tech Library (125 Evelyn Crescent)

Pupil Accommodation Review- Ward 6
Public Meeting- April 6th 6:30-8:30pm, Rockcliffe Middle School

February 2017 Update:

Here are some great documents to keep you in the TDSB loop.  Feedback always welcome.

Upcoming events: (Also check the Runnymede calendar for links)

Live webcast on Special Education with Director of education, Dr.John Malloy and Superintendent of Special Education, Uton Robinson Thursday February 02, 2017 from 7 to 8pmhttp://www2.tdsb.on.ca/stream/Director/livewebcast.html

Parents As Partners Conference
Allstream Centre
Saturday April 01, 2017
Registration opens February 2017

TDSB Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultation
Rosedale Heights SS
Thursday February 02, 2017 6:30-8:30pm
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-does-well-being-mean-to-you-a-ministry-of-education-consultation-registration-24972695003

January 2017 Update:

A message from Trustee Robin Pilkey (Ward 7, Parkdale-High Park)

2017 City of Toronto Budget

In late December, the City of Toronto released plans to eliminate its long-standing Child Care Occupancy Grant to the public schools in Toronto, as part of its new 2017-2018 budget trimming exercise. This change will directly impact families, making licensed childcare in the schools less accessible and more expensive for about 16,585 children and their families across the city.

The Child Care Occupancy Grant was established upon amalgamation about 20 years ago, when cities were given the responsibility for overseeing child care centres. The Occupancy Grant provides funding to school boards to help pay for the heating, lighting, maintenance and caretaking costs of the child care centres that lease space within schools.

The Occupancy Grant removal will affect the operating costs of school-based child care centres. According to the city’s budget estimates, the elimination of the Occupancy Grant will save the city $2.26M. Without this grant, the school boards will need to recover occupancy costs directly from over 350 school-based child care centres, who will in turn recover their increased costs directly from the 60% of parents of childcare children who do not receive the child care subsidy.

Parents in Toronto already pay the highest childcare fees in Canada. They face fees in the range of $1300 per month per child in the toddler age range. This is like having an extra mortgage. Without the Occupancy Grant, it is estimated that fees will increase by about $400 per year per child.

What you can do: 

Speak up – Write to your local City Councillor (Gord Perks in Ward 14 and Sarah Doucette in Ward 13, cc Mayor John Tory) and MPP Cheri Dinovo.  More info and sample letters are here.

Share these concerns with your parent communities and ask them to speak up as well. 

Ministry of Education Consultation – Early Years and Childcare Strategy

In addition, the Ministry of Education is doing Consultations on its Early Years and Childcare Strategy and is reaching out to the public and asking for feedback on its Early Years and Child Care Strategy. Recognizing the importance of early childhood education and high quality, regulated child care, the Ministry has announced plans to increase the number of licensed child care spaces across Ontario by adding 100,000 spots. Find out more by reading the Ministry’s discussion paper here. Members of the public are invited to give feedback on this issue, and the consultation period has recently been extended to January 31, 2017. Give feedback here.

November 2016 Update:

SEAC Survey (Special Education Advisory Committee)

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey for parents and guardians of students with special education needs, who are now attending TDSB or who have attended TDSB in the past.

We want to hear about your experiences and ideas as we make recommendations to TDSB trustees and staff on how to improve the education it provides to students with special education needs. Your views matter. Click here to complete the survey.

A few updates from Ward 7 for October 2016:

1. Learning Centres
As of September 2016, all TDSB schools will feed into one of four learning centres. Learning centres will be hubs where staff can collaborate and share resources.

Each centre will be staffed by:

  • Learning coaches who will provide extra support for teachers in the classroom
  • Seven superintendents, led by an executive superintendent
  • Staff from the TDSB’s professional support services department, including psychologists, social workers and counsellors

Runnymede falls under Learning Centre #4

Our Executive Superintendent is: Sandy Spyropoulos
Our Superintendent is: Sandra Tondant

2. Integrated Equity Framework
The TDSB is currently working on developing an Integrated Equity Framework Action Plan and they are looking for parent input. There are two ways parents can have their opinion heard:

  1. There will be a webinar taking place Tuesday October 25th from 7:30 to 8:30pm, you can access this webinar through the following link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/community/publicconsultations/equity.aspx
  2. On the TDSB website there is an online form that can be accessed on the main page.

3. Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference
The Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference will take place November 19th, 2016. If you are interested in attending please see the calendar for details on how to register.

4. Renewed Math Strategy
Information on Ontario’s Renewed Math Strategy can be found here.

5. TDSB Has Strategies for Parents
On the TDSB website you can find strategies and resources for parents in the virtual Library.

Fix Our Schools Campaign


Fix Our Schools is a grassroots, non-partisan, parent-led campaign that is building a large network of citizens across the province asking for the same thing: safe, well-maintained schools that provide environments conducive to learning.

This campaign has engaged thousands of Ontario citizens already and has been successful in convincing the provincial government to bring annual funding for school repairs up to an industry-accepted standard of $1.4-B per year. However, there is still the $15-B repair backlog that has accumulated over the past 20 years to address … so we need your help!

The more people engaged in this campaign, the more collective power we have … so please sign up at www.fixourschools.ca to receive informative emails and ideas for action; or follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter!

Fix Our Schools makes political activism very easy!

Who is our Trustee and what does she do?

In October 2014, Ward 7 voters elected Robin Pilkey as our Trustee. In August, 2015, Robin was acclaimed as Chair of the TDSB.

Trustees govern the TDSB and serve as their Ward’s advocates for public education by:

  • promoting student achievement and wellbeing
  • playing a key role in setting the strategic direction of the TDSB
  • ensuring local accountability for student success and wellbeing
  • putting in place programs and policies that reflect the needs of students in their community
  • working with the TDSB’s Director of Education to provide direction for the achievement of key goals and priorities
  • ensuring the effective operation of the school board.

* Synopsis of information provided by Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA)

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