Join us for Roden Movie Night


Roden Council Fundraising Committee Presents:
Night at the Museum
Friday January 31st
Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 6:30pm
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!

School Council Parent Social

Save the date for a School Council Social.
Come on out to meet your school council members, learn what they’ve been up to, ask questions,
share your ideas and meet other parents.

FOOD for your belly.
MUSIC to entertain you.
DOOR PRIZES to lure you out of the house.
ZERO GRAVITY CIRCUS & CHILD CARE in the gym to tire your kids out! (Pizza, vegetables and fruit for the kids).

Date: Wednesday Feb 5th
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: School Library

We want your brains…

We want your brains!…
…because we’re hungry for ideas.
There are a number of funding grants available to the school that require an articulated idea. We know our parent community contains a wide variety of talents, skill-sets and passions.

One of the key things we, as council, would like to identify is a talent pool that could be drawn upon to work on projects.
For example, Livegreen offers grants to schools to build green/eco-roofs – see their website for more info.

Do we have any architects, engineers, urban planners or designers in the house that could help draft a proposal? Or do you have any other ideas that you would like to see implemented in school, say those that involve one of these D.R.E.A.M.S (Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music, Sports)?

The group S’Cool Life Fund – offers grants for programs that bring something lasting to the school that can be used year after year and engage the student body.

These two grants are only a sample of the type of funding that we can apply for, there are many more programs out there waiting for the right combination of idea, drive and commitment to bring to fruition.

Please send us your ideas or tell us about your skills by contacting Matthew Hall at or through your child’s Class Rep or by contacting any of the other fine members of the Roden School Council.

We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Lunch Box Ideas

Parents Helping Parents Make Healthy Lunches

Thank you to all of the parents who have shared lunch box ideas with me already. It’s really fun to find out what Roden kids bring for lunch and really great to be able to share it with others.

We eat with our eyes, so presentation is everything. Sometimes, it’s not what you’ve sent for lunch, but how appetizing it looks that gets kids actually eating.

Here are some presentation ideas, suggested by Roden parents, to inspire you and your family when making the dreaded lunch each day.

Butterfly Bagels!
Cut a bagel into quarters. Add your favourite toppings and place them in your child’s food container with halves facing out, as shown in the photo below. Add an olive, cherry tomato, raspberry, grape or anything else your child might like for a head. Use chives, a thin slice of cheese, slices of pepper or something else for antennae.

Sail Away With Me!
Top off a deviled egg with a slice of apple (pear, nectarine, etc.) and you’ve got yourself a yummy sailboat lunch. If your child isn’t fond of deviled eggs, the concept still works with a half of a sandwich.

It’s How You Slice It
Three ways to make a Wow Butter and jam sandwich that you’re kid will eat!
Note: Wow Butter is soy butter, so it’s nut-free but tastes like peanut butter. It’s available at No Frills and other major grocery stores. Sunflower Seed Butter would also work.
1. Cut bread in long, thin strips and call it ‘Sandwich Sticks’.
2. Instead of plain old quarters, cut sandwich into mini squares. Triangles would be fun too.
3. Use whole-wheat wraps or sandwich bread and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Embellish with fruit and vegetables.


I’d love to be able to share more lunch and snack ideas with parents. What do you put in your child’s lunch? Fellow parents want to know!

E-mail your idea (photos are great!) to or jot down your idea and drop it in the School Council mail slot in the main office of the school.

Parent Reps needed for Classrooms

Class Reps help improve communication within the classroom and school, thereby having a positive effect on our children. Roden School Council has established classroom reps as part of its effort to engage parents and build community.

We’re looking for just a few more parent reps. It’s not a big time commitment and there are no meetings! Possible duties of the Classroom Reps include:

– Coordinating a classroom email/contact list
– Sharing parent’s ideas with the School Council Volunteer Coordinator
– Helping share information about school events and volunteer opportunities for the classroom

– Helping welcome new parents to the community

To find out more contact

ReadUp Club

The ReadUp Club is held every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30pm in the Library. School Council recently agreed to donate funds to purchase books to support the club. We hope that you’re able to take advantage of this wonderful program.

Extra Curricular Programs

There are many extra curricular programs offered before school starts, at lunch or after school. These programs range from Volleyball and Floor Hockey to Photography or Ukelele Club to name a few. A list of the programs currently being offered is available here.

Family Fun and Fitness Nights

The Cluster B CSW team is proud to announce that we are offering a Free Family Fitness Night for all interested families in our cluster.
February Family Fun & Fitness Month

When: Every Tuesday in February (4th, 11th, 18, and 25th)
Where: Monarch Park Stadium
Time: 3:45 – 5:00 pm
What: Family Fun & Fitness Nights – Families will have the opportunity to take part in either Yoga, Tai Chi, Soccer, Flag Football, ultimate Frisbee and walk/jog/running the track…

There is something for everybody so please spread the word and come out for a great active family evening.

Please take a look at the flyer for more info and you can contact Duane Spencer to register or if you have any questions.

Contact information:
Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board

Model School Parent workshop

As a Model School we are part of the Cluster B3 Parent Academy. This is an organization of parents working to offer parents “free workshops, training and leadership opportunities”.

The next workshop being offered is on Tuesday January 21st at D.A. Morrison Middle school from 5:30 – 8:00 pm and the focus will be on Bullying Awareness and Restorative Justice circles.

Also for any parents interested in being apart of the T.D.S.B. Parents Conference in April there is a planning meeting on January 29th at Plan Canada Head Office, 245 Eglinton Ave East from 5:45- 8:00 pm

Transportation, Dinner and Child Minding will be provided.

For more information or if you would like to participate please contact:

Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board