NEW! Two electronic newsletters

Now there are two electronic newsletters! The Roden School Council Newsletter which you can sign up for on this website and which some of you signed up for last year via a form that came home, provides information on Council run events and many other activities at the school. You can now also sign up to receive the Principal’s newsletter electronically by contacting Mr. O’Shaughnessy (christopher.o’  Please provide him with the Parent’s name (first and last) – Student’s name(s) (first and last) and grade level and email address(es).

Backpack and Calendar

We’ve recently added some new features to the website.  Please check out our “Backpack” section.  This section contains all forms, newsletters, etc that come home with your child from the school administration. In addition, to having key dates along the right side of our website, this information is also available in calendar format in the “Calendar” section.  Check our website regularly for school information.

Markham Fair

Markham Fair

            On October 4th, the 7 and 8 class went to the Markham Fair for a field trip.  We really enjoy going to the fair.  It is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better, especially at the beginning of the school year.  We learned about urbanization, the loss of valuable farmland to development and how it affects people.  The Markham Fair is Canada’s largest four day fall harvest fair.  This fair has happened every year since 1844.  There are many exciting things to see and do there, like the horse show and all the fall harvests. There was a lot of delicious autumn food!  While we were there, we explored Markham Fair with our friends and got to know some volunteers by interviewing them.  Our favourite part was seeing all the competitions for the largest chickens, pumpkins, knitted clothes, and the best baked goods.  If you like animals, this is a great place for you, there are barns full of farm animals that are exciting to see!  The only downside about our trip this year was that it was grey and rainy, but just remember that it’s not like that every year!  If you haven’t gone to the Markham Fair before, we would highly suggest it.  We promise that it will be a great experience!

By: Emily and Sophie, Grade 8.

Volleyball Club


Volleyball Club for Gr 2 and 3’s on Fridays from 3:30pm to 4:15pm.

Please see Mr. Poon for more details or to sign up.

Equinox Movie Night


Please join Equinox for their movie night this Friday, Nov 1.

Movie: Despicable Me 2. ‘More minions and romance make for a sweet, silly sequel.’
Admission is $2.

Doors open at 5:30pm, and the movie will start at 6pm.

Community Consultation

Hello Roden,

We want to hear from you!
Share your ideas, voice your concerns, and ask questions about the plans to naturalize and enhance the Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten classroom.
Please join us!
October 23rd at 6pm in the library. Babysitting provided.

The Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten Committee

Sports update

A wonderful time was had by all at the cross-country meet on Oct 8th. They had a great day with excellent weather.

Four runners from Roden advanced to the next meet on October 21st at Ashbridges Bay. They will continue to train until then.

A BIG thank you from Mr. Poon to all the parents who came out to run and assist with the cross country supervision this year.

Look forward to the following teams and extracurricular activities: a Roden/Equinox combined grade 7/8 basketball team , a combined grade 6 boys volleyball team, and a combined grade 5 boys volleyball team in November. After the winter holidays, house league floor hockey will start and also girls volleyball teams. More information on these team and activities are available from Mr. Poon.

October Council Meeting

Please join the new School Council this Wednesday Oct 9 at 6pm for our October meeting. We meet in the school library and FREE childcare is available in the gym. Pizza will be provided for the meeting.

Roden 2013 – 2014 School Council

There were nine self nominations for the School Council. Since this is below the 12 positions available on council, all nine were acclaimed onto council. At a meeting last week, the members of the council met each other and decided on positions for the upcoming year.

They are:
Guillermo (Will) del Aquila – Chair
Nadia Smid – Co-Secretary
Sarah Rogers – Co-Secretary
Steve Cwirenko – Treasurer & Roden Childcare Liaison
Doah Wilson – Fundraising Committee Chair
Natalie Das – Communications Committee Chair
Michael Yhip – Member at Large
Tawnya Hallman – Member at Large
Jennifer Stephen – Member at Large
Mark Lasso – Principal

We look forward to working with the school administration and other parents to facilitate communication and cooperation and in doing so enhance the learning opportunities available to the students of Roden.