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The most recent newsletter (Feb 24, 2015 – Vol.6) to come home from the school can be found in our “Backpack” if you can’t find it in your child’s backpack.

Next weekend: Roden’s winter social!

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Come and enjoy an evening with other parents
Saturday, Feb. 21
from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Free entry
- Free childcare
- Cash buffet
- Cash bar
- Silent Auction to raise money for school programming
- Stand up comedy by Erin Keaney-Heard & Mark James Heath
Come get to know your school community!
RSVP on our Facebook page.

Roden Fun Fair 2015

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Hey you! Yes you, Mom or Dad of Roden student. We need you. The Roden Fun Fair is scheduled for June 19, 2015 and we need your help to make it the best fun fair in all of the East. We need help in coordining games, marketing, ticket sales/collection, set-up, clean-up, BBQ chefs, bakers, and a host of other duties as assigned. Your help is greatly appreciated and your tireless help will go down in history as the Legend of the Roden Fun Fair 2015 is fondly remembered by your children and grandchildren in the years to come. We look forward to hearing from you…..please.

Please contact:

Nadia, nadia.smid@gmail.com
Or
Spencer, spencer.ferdinands@yahoo.ca

Done Like Dinner

By Mercedes Lee

Pro-tip: ALWAYS COOK MORE RICE

I got a little caps-locky there because having extra rice has never been a bad thing in my household, and more often than not, is a dinnertime saviour. I could actually probably fill 2 years’ worth of columns with rice recipes alone. Whenever you’re making rice, make one and a half or twice what you’re going to need for that meal. Then, wait for it to cool, and stick it in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly storage container and freeze that bad boy for a rainy day. Didn’t order enough rice with your Moti Mahal order? Freezer Rice to the rescue! Want to add some heft to a brothy soup? Freezer Rice is your friend. Want a simple, 5-minute side dish? Who you gonna call? Say it with me now: Freezer Rice!

Here is an easy, nutritious casserole that makes the most of fresh rice, or Freezer Rice to cut down on prep time. This recipe also makes the most of my secret ingredient to elevate any long-based, starchy casserole – lemon zest. A little lemon zest and juice brighten up a meal that’s spent a long time in the oven. It’s like the task lighting of the casserole world:

Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
serves 4-6

1 c. quinoa (I used red, but you could use whatever you liked), rinsed
3/4 c. rice, uncooked, or 1 ½ c. cooked rice
2 heads of broccoli, chopped into small pieces (I also am thrifty and peel and cut the stalk into small pieces as well, after cutting off about 1″ of the bottommost part. You could also use that already-prepped frozen broccoli in bags)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, roasted in the oven until cooked (you could also use leftover roast turkey, chicken, whatever)
1 can of cream of broccoli soup (I used the reduced sodium kind)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

- in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the quinoa. When the quinoa is about 5 minutes from ready, add the chopped broccoli to the pot and blanch quickly. If you’re using frozen broccoli, add in the last 2 minutes of quinoa cooking time. Drain the quinoa and the broccoli and put into the large mixing bowl.
- cook the rice as per usual (1 part rice to 2 parts water. Bring to a boil in a pot, reduce heat, cover, and let steam on low heat until the water is absorbed and rice is cooked through, about 10-20 minutes). Or, defrost Freezer Rice. Place in the large mixing bowl.
- cut up the cooked chicken and add it to the bowl.
- add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir so that everything is tossed together and mixed through.
- put it into a 9 x 13 casserole dish (I actually split this up – half in an 8″ square casserole and the other half in a square foil brownie pan for wrapping and freezing for a future meal).
- at this point, you could definitely top the casserole with breadcrumbs tossed with parmesan cheese, or crushed Ritz crackers, or croutons or panko tossed with olive oil and parmesan if you want a crispy topping (I almost always do). .
- cover the casserole with foil, and bake 400F for about 30 minutes with the foil on, and 20 minutes with the foil off (essential if you’re adding a topping you want crisped), or until heated through and topping is golden brown.

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Jennifer Story – School Closures

Jennifer Story is the Trustee for Ward (15) and our school.

She sends out regular newsletters to constituents in our Ward. You can subscribe to her newsletter yourself or we will try to send a link to the most recent one every month in our newsletter.

The most recent newsletter addresses the school closures that have been posted in the news recently and explains the process a little bit more.

Measles Letter

A letter from the Public Health Office regarding your child’s immunization status with regards to the MMR immunization was recently sent home by the school.

If you missed receiving this letter or misplaced yours, a reference copy is filed the “Backpack” section of our website.

Next School Council Meeting – Wed Feb 11th

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Roden School Council’s next meeting is on Wednesday, February 11th in the school library starting at 6:00 p.m.

All parents and caregivers are welcome to join us. Childcare and pizza are provided.

Feb. 21 is Roden’s Parent Social & Comedy Night

We’re having  a party and you’re all invited!

Join us an evening of good food and good laughs; enjoy a break from the kids and meet some other parents in our school community.

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Free Parenting Workshop

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Check out our upcoming parenting workshop: Jan. 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.

This month’s workshop explores How to Sidestep Power Struggles: parent-child communication & problem solving. Lead by facilitators from the East End Community Health Centre, the workshop is offered in both English and Hindi/Urdu.

Best part? It’s free and childcare is provided. Hope to see you there.

No January Movies

Please note that there will not be a Roden Movie night this January.

Watch out for the next movie night in March!!