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Learning Opportunities for Parents

As a “Model” school there are many opportunities open to the Roden School community that it not otherwise available. This is our last year as a “Model” school so take advantage of these opportunities now. To learn more about “Model” Schools click here.

Check out the list below from Duane:

* On November 25th, 2014 we are offering a FREE Volunteer Training for all Parents of Cluster B schools at D.A. Morrison from 5:30 – 8:00 pm ( Free Police checks will be provided )

* The week of December 8th – 12th we are holding free parent trainings in CPR/First Aid, Food Handling, Restorative Justice and Computers / Social Media 101 beginner and Intermediate levels.

We have spaces available for parents of each Cluster B schools to send interested parents, so please share with any parent you think can benefit from any or all of the trainings….

* Also we are offering a Free week long Post- Secondary program for parents interested in finishing or returning to school offered by George Brown Collage from November 24th – 28th. 10:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Transportation, Childcare and dinner / refreshments will be provided for all trainings / workshops.

If you want to register or have any question please feel free to call or email Duane Spencer.

Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board

Movie Night- Friday Nov 28th

Roden School Council Presents:
Two great movies!
Pirate Fairy AND Maleficent
Friday November 28th
Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 6:30pm
Admission $2 per person

Pirate Fairy will screen in the gym as usual and is aimed at K to Gr 3 kids while Maleficent will be screened in the Library and is aimed at Grade 4 to 8.

VIP LOUNGE raffle ticket: $1 each
Food and Beverage available for sale.
Grab your blankets, pillows and come out and support us!

Sport, Clubs and Teams Update

There are many extra-curricular activities happening at the school. Check out how your kids could become involved!

Grade 7 Boys Volleyball: Monday at 3:30pm, Wednesday and Friday at 8:10am; Contact: Mr. Poon and Mr. Mighton
Grade 4/5 Boys Volleyball: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8:10am; Contact: Mr. Poon and Mr. Donovan
Grade 7/8 Indoor Soccer: Tuesdays (Sep 30, 2014 to Apr 14, 2015); Contact: Mr. Lam
All grades, Beep Club: Tuesdays at morning recess; Contact: Mr. Poon
Grade 3 and 4 Ukelele Club:Tuesdays at lunch; Contact: Ms. Montgomery
Photography Club: Mondays at lunch; Contact: Ms. Homavazir and Ms. Horvath
Grade 3 Math Club: Tuesday and Thursday at lunch in Area 40; Ms. Dernjenenko and Mr. Walters
Karate Kids: Grade 1 and 2 on Tuesdays at lunch and Grades 3 to 5 on Wednesdays at lunch
Kingergarten to Grade 3 Read Up Club: Tuesdays after school (3:30 to 4:30pm) in the Library
Grade 4 and 5 Rainbow Loom Club: Tuesdays at 11:50 to 12:25pm (Oct. 17 – Dec.16, 2014) Area 45: Contact: Mme Stavrakos & Ms. Chan

Coming soon: Lego Club and Basketball


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Winter is coming – is your family skate-ready? Please donate gently-used ice skates to benefit families in our school communities – child and adult sizes welcome, no helmets, please. Drop-off skates at the Roden Office now and look for new-to-you ones on Thursday November 20th 8.30 – 9 am and 3.15 – 3.45 pm, Monday November 24th 8.30 – 9 am and 3.15 – 3.45 pm. Please note that this is a ‘freecycle’ and not an exchange.

Equinox Winter Fair

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The Equinox Winter Fair is on Sunday December 7th, from 11am to 3pm.

Enjoy an Artisan Market, Live Entertainment, an enchanted Woodland Pond and much more.

Admission: Pay What You Can (Suggested $2), Children are FREE.

Roden school council meeting Nov. 12

Roden school council meets Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:20 p.m. Join us in the school library. Childcare is available.

Equinox School Council poster

TDSB Parent Conference (Saturday November 15)

Registration is open for the 8th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm. (Please note: this is Earl Haig Secondary School in the Yonge and Sheppard area not to be confused with Earl Haig P.S. at Coxwell and Danforth).

Keynote speaker J. Richard Gentry, PH. D., a former university professor and elementary school teacher and author of “Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write” will deliver the keynote on Raising Confident Readers from K-12. He hopes to help bring back research-based spelling and writing in elementary school.

Workshops will run throughout the day and include topics such as: Building Skills in Reading and Writing; What about Math; Family Storytelling; French … helping your child to succeed; and many more. There will also be an information marketplace that will feature an array of community agencies, TDSB programs and services and vendors offering great educational ideas and giveaways throughout the day.

Child-minding, interpretation, and bussing will be available through registration only. For additional information please visit or please contact 416-397-3529.

Council By-law changes

Last year the School Council drew up and approved By-laws to guide the Council. The By-laws were created using TDSB criteria. To see our current By-laws click on this link.

At the next School Council Meeting, on Wednesday November 12, the School Council will be voting to amend the By-laws. If you are interested in the amendment process or the specifics of the amendment please join us for the meeting on November 12th.

School Council meets the second Wednesday of every month during the school year. The Roden and Equinox Councils alternate start times and there is a shared overlapping meeting time when Mr. Lasso delivers the Principal’s report to both Councils.

The Roden School Council meeting on Wednesday November 12 is in the Library at 7:20pm (for Principal’s report) and 7:40pm for Roden School Council meeting to start.

Stay tuned for the Agenda for the next meeting…to be posted within the next few days.

Walk-a-thon a success!!

The Roden Community came together and raised a whopping $10,357.80, surpassing our goal of $5,000!

Thank you to all the parents, caregivers, neighbours, friends and family who contributed to making this a success. Students at Roden will be benefiting from the funds raised. Classes will receive funds to support what inspires them such as art, sports, music and culture.

A special thank you to our volunteers: Tanya, Nadia, Theresa, Guillermo, Tawyna, Sarah, Heather, Fiona, Grace, Phyllis, Melissa M., Rachael, Connie, Colleen Cl., Zahra, Uzma, Denise, Jodi, Heather A., Suzanne, Melissa L., Diane, Ian, Elaine, Colleen Co, Spencer, Roger, Alice, Eileen, Meg, Dianne, John, Ray, Sundri, Kathleen, Angelie, Julie, Fei Fei.

The top primary class fundraisers are Ms. McGonigle’s grade 2 class who raised $1,258.
The top junior/intermediate fundraisers are Ms. Campbell’s grade 5 class who raised $576. Honourable mention goes to Mrs. Mighton’s JK/SK class and Mr. Donovan’s grade 4 class.

Top student fundraiser is Kainen Tsang from Ms. McGonigle’s class.
Honourable mention goes to Asher from Mrs. Mighton’s class, Thelonious from Mrs. Morris’ class, Chloe from Ms. Vacrinos’ class, Triman from Mr.Walters’ class, Owen and Lucy from Ms. McGonigle’s class, and Geordy from Ms. Chan’s class. All of these students raised over $200 each!

In total, we awarded 84 footballs, 27 playground balls, 13 soccer balls, 9 movie passes, and 4 Science Centre passes! Thank you to all our sponsors for making it a success: Monarch Park stadium, Canadian tire, Brenda and Lance, the Carver Twins, ontario Science Centre.

Thank you Roden and we look forward to the Walk-a-thon next year!

Election – our Trustees and more

Monday October 27th is Election day in Toronto. Learn more about who the Trustees are in our Ward.

While Roden is in Ward 15 some of our students and families fall into Ward 16.

For a complete list of all candidates(mayoral and councillors) check out the city of Toronto site.