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Movie Night – Friday Sep 26


Roden School Council Presents:
Lilo and Stitch
Date: Friday September 26th
Time: Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 6:30pm
Where: School Gym
Admission: $2 per person
VIP LOUNGE raffle ticket: $1 each
Food and Beverage available for sale.
Grab your blankets, pillows and come out and support us!


Crafty Fox is back

Join us on Wednesday Sept. 24th from 6.30 – 8.30 pm for an evening of crafting, socialising and light refreshments. Bring your latest craft project to work on or simply come for the company. Overcome Second Sock Syndrome and pick other parents’ brains on crafting techniques and ideas. We look forward to seeing you there! CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE.

ESL Circle starts Wednesday Sep 10th

ESL Circle is back. Everyone is welcome. Take the opportunity to practice your English and meet new friends.

Every Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am in the Breakfast Club Lounge. For full details check out the poster.

Cross Country Club

Mr. Poon has started yet another season of the cross country club which begins on Tuesday September 9 and will end on Thursday October 9th.

All students, parents and staff are welcome to participate in this program from Monday to Thursday from 8:25 to 8:45am, except rainy days. This is an excellent opportunity for participants to develop good habits for leading an active lifestyle and increasing their fitness levels. Participants can walk, jog or run around the school block. Staff are stationed at each of the four corners each day to ensure the safety of all runners and offer encouragement. Each participating student will earn ribbons for every ten laps completed.

All students are eligible to represent their school in the cross country team at the district meet during the second week of October at Ashbridges Bay. It is strongly advised that students train regularly for this meet.

Students can sign up for the team with Mr. Poon or Ms. McVean in late September. Please contact Mr. Poon, if you have questions or would like to assist with the program.

School Council Meeting

Please join us this Wednesday September 10th at 7:20pm for an interim council meeting in the Library. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend School Council meetings.

Why should you attend School council meetings (also known as Parent Council) or participate as a member of the School Council?

The School Council seeks to “improve pupil achievement”. By participating in council you are able to have hands-on contribution to the environment that your child spends the majority of their day. Research has also shown that when parents are involved in their child’s education, the level of student achievement increases.

The Council also provides feedback to the principal on pertinent issues, fundraises to supplement supplies or equipment to the school, communicates with parents and students, as well as organizes regular social events and workshops on behalf of parents.

School Council – Nominations are Open!

If you would like to volunteer on the School Council, nominations are open until 4pm on Friday September 19th. If an election is necessary, it will be held on Wednesday September 24th at the school.

Download the self nomination form, complete and return to the school office.

If you are interested in learning more about what the council does, please try to attend an interim council meeting this Wednesday September 10 at 7:20pm in the Library. Otherwise, please speak to Mr. Lasso or one of the last years’ council members.

Daily Schedule

Just a reminder of the Roden School schedule for this year.

08:45am Supervision begin
08:58am K to 8 Student Entry
09:00am Classes begin
10:10am Gr 1 to 6 Recess
11:45am K to 8 Lunch
12:43pm K to 8 Students Re-entry
12:45pm Classes begin
02:05pm Gr 1 to 6 Recess
03:00pm FDK & Gr 7/8 Dismissal
03:30pm Gr 1 to 6 Dismissal

Summer wishes


The Roden School Council wishes you all a fantastic, fun and safe summer!

Fun Fair Thank you


Thank you for coming out and supporting your school these last 3 events. Due to your participation we were able to raise over $8500 over the last three school events alone. Our school Fair was the largest in the last 6 years, and earned over $7000 – almost twice that of the year before.

A big part of this success was the number of volunteers who came forward to take personal responsibility for certain events. My motto this year has been “Ask not what Roden Fundraising can do for the you, but what you can do for Roden Fundraising.” And several dynamic people took that to heart, asking whether they could run the bouncy castle, the games, the auction table.

First, though, – Thank you to all of you Whether you baked, or schlepped, or talked up the events, wrangled your uncle or neighbours into contributing, dropped off a cheque, or bought 60 tickets at the fun fair. Thank you for caring. Truly, truly, no effort was too small, or unappreciated.

Thank you to the hoards of parent volunteers, and of STUDENT volunteers. Thank you Grade 8s, who now move onto other pastures; thank you grade 7s and 6s, I hope we see you again next year; thank you returning grade 9 (and beyond) students, for remembering us and coming back year after year.

Thank you TEACHERS! Who have given of their time, and their (and their students) talents. Thank you Mr Lam and Mr Mighton, thank you Ms Montgomery and Mr Parker and Louise, who conscripted volunteers, and helped with audio equipment, and leant their artistic expertise. And thank you to the custodial staff who clean up after our hijinks.

A personal thank you to the following volunteers of the last 3 events, who volunteered repeatedly, or who took on their own projects that leant to the overall success of our Fundraising Events:

Adrienne,Charlotte,Nadia,Tanya, Angelie, Melissa H., Renee, Natalie, Guillermo, Georgia, Eileen, Suzanne, Connie, Denise, Saba, Julie , Bogdan, Sarah, and Angela

Thank you to the moms of the South Asian Community for the Buffet and Henna!

And to anyone I forgot! Know that it is due to lack of brain cells, not gratitude. Thank you.

This is also a year of good-byes. We are bidding goodbye to dynamic duo Charlotte and Adrienne. Charlotte and Adrienne were the force behind Movie Nights and Bake Sales, Breakfast Club and Staff Appreciation events. They were the founders of the fundraising committee, from when “Committee” was just 2-4 women and the funds raised had dropped to near zero. They have given many good years to the school – more than we had any right to expect. And we say goodbye to me as the Chair,’though I won’t be straying far.

Looking forward, I picture the role of the Fundraising Chair as a touch point for many other committees – a School Fair Committee, a Movie Night Committee, a Bake Sale Committee, a School Dance Committee. You get the idea. It keeps fundraising from being the domain of a few people. “Ask not what Roden Fundraising can do for the you, but what you can do for Roden Fundraising.” If you have one passion, and can see yourself organising that one event with your friends, that’s all the commitment you have to make! (I would love to see a school play…nudge, nudge, actor parents.) And if you can see yourself in the role of Fundraising Chair, I can speak for how rewarding it is. There are no rules. You can make it what you want it to be.

Have a wonderful summer, everyone.

Schenandoah Wilson
Erstwhile Fundraising Chair, Roden School Council

Thank you to our Sponsors and Donors


The incredible success of our Fun Fair and Silent Auction was possible due to the generous support of our sponsors and donors. A BIG thank you from the Roden School community for your continued support.

Sponsors/Donors of 2014 Silent Auction and Fun Fair:

Art Gallery of Ontario
Angelie Kim and Gregory Campbell
Belinda Blyth (sponsored Bouncy Castle)
Brickyard Grounds
Canadian Opera Company
DeSantos Martial Arts
Eko Jewellery
Elizabeth Kim
Hannah Bang
Heather Athanasiou
Home Hardware
Irene Kim
John and Nadia Smid
Karate Kids
Kathleen Meek
Kellie Johnson
Lance and Brenda Van der Kolk, realtors (sponsored Cotton Candy and Sno Cones)
Leslieville Cheese Market, Queen St East location
Louise Granahan
Malcolm and Ann Marie Campbell
Mark Lasso
Mercedes Lee
Natalie Das
Rowe Farms
Starbucks/Dianne Persaud-Abrahams
Stephen Recker and Loraine Bairstow
Steve Heidebrecht, Greenside Renovations
Swag Sisters (sponsored Ice Cream)
Tanya Yeung and Ray Tsang
Tim Machin and his band, The Pacifiers
The Carver Twins (Fiona and Sarah) (sponsored Water Ballon game)
Toronto Zoo
Zero Gravity Circus