Lion King – Equinox Production

All are invited to the Equinox grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 production of the Lion King. This magical coming of age story about the Circle of Life is family friendly and great for children of all ages.

There are 2 performances headed up by two outstanding casts.

Doors open at 6pm.

Shows are from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday, April 30 (cast 2)
Thursday, May 1 (cast 1)

Tickets are for the evening shows and cost $5.00 for adults and children.

Ticket Order Forms are attached. Please deliver completed order forms and payment to the office.

Rummage Sale – this Saturday!

Saturday, April 26th (9.30am-1.30pm), School Gym

Spring cleaning? Decluttering your home? Set aside your gently-used toys/clothing/books and household items for our school Rummage Sale! Entrepreneurs can rent a table for $20 to sell their own used items (contact to RSVP a rental table). Families can also contribute by donating gently-used items to be sold at Roden’s tables – all proceeds to the school. Please drop off donations on the table next to the Breakfast Club.
Bring your reusable shopping bags and plenty of small change on the day, and get ready for some bargains!

Parenting Workshop

Roden parent council invites you to
“Time Ins vs. Time outs”

a FREE workshop offered in English and Urdu/Hindi by facilitators Joanne Gallagher & Farzana Yusuf from the East End Community Health Centre
Learn about different parenting styles and strategies to use to help your children calm down when they’re losing control

Wednesday, May 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
in the library at Roden Public School: 151 Hiawatha Rd.
Refreshments/ Childcare & pizza for the kids

Donation to Roden Public School

Roden school council would like to extend its thanks to community sponsor Gurnam Multani for his generous donation to Roden public school last month.

Multani, who owns a number of businesses on Gerrard, including the India Centre which is currently under redevelopment, donated $2,100 to the school this past March. That money has gone towards the school’s snack program, which provides breakfast and snacks to students from both Roden and Equinox schools.
On March 26, Multani hosted a community dinner for Roden families at Skylark restaurant, where he presented the cheque to Roden school representatives.
The donation was secured through the efforts of Michael Yhip, Community Liaison for Roden School Council and Belynda Blyth who work closely with the residents and business community in the area in an effort to foster a more vibrant community.


Pictured that evening, from left, are Chand Kapoor, chair of the Gerrard India Bazaar BIA, Michael Yhip, the Roden community liaison, Andres Athanasiou, project manager of India Center Redevelopment, Guillermo “Will” del Aguila, chair of the Roden School Council, community donors Mr. and Mrs. Multani and Belynda Blythe, co-chair of Gerrard East Community Organization (GECO.)

The story of the donation was also featured in the April 15th issue of the Beach Metro.

Sports and Clubs

The following is a list of all Sports activities and clubs that are run either before or after school or at lunch time.

Read Up Club at 3:30 – 5:30 pm on Tuesdays in theLibrary.
Eco-Mentoring Club – Big Brothers and Big Sisters at 3:30 – 4:45 pm on Tuesdays in the Gym.

Boys Volleyball – Gr. 3 at 3:30 to 4:15 pm on Fridays; contact Mr. Poon for more information.
Tennis Club – Gr. 2 at 8:30 – 9:00 am on Thursday; contact Mr. Poon for more information.
Badminton – Gr. 4 at 8:30 – 9:00 am on Fridays; contact Mr. Poon for more information.
Indoor Soccer at 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays in the Gym.

Coming Soon: Spring Running Club; contact Mr. Poon for more information.
Coming Soon: Track and Field; contact Mr. Poon for more information or Intermediate students contact Mr. Lam.

Roden Homework Club (Grades 1 – 8) at 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Wednesdays in Area 32 contact Ms.Uzma Ansari for more information.
Chess/Scrabble Club (Gr 4 to 8) at lunch on Wednesdays in Area 34, contact Mr. Mighton, Mme Stavrakos or Ms. Montgomery for more information.
Ukelele Club at lunch on Fridays; contact Ms. Montgomery.
Lego Club at lunch on Wednesdays in Area 22, contact Mr. Donavon for more information.

Book Swap a Success!

In March, Roden students participated in a very successful book swap! Donations were overwhelming and much appreciated. Over 600 books were donated and swapped by students from JK to Grade 8. It was heartwarming to see kids walk away happy with their “new” books. The Roden library and JK/SK classes were able to benefit from the surplus books.

A special thanks goes to all the volunteers who helped make this event such a success: Tawyna, Balwinder, Tanya, Suzanne, Melissa, Fiona, Sarah, Julie, Kathleen, Angelie and Colleen. We are especially grateful to Ms. Montgomery and Mr. O’Shaughnessy for their support in running the swap and to the Toronto Book Bank for their generous donation.

We are looking forward to swapping again in the future!

School Spirit Days

Look out for more information on the following Spirit Days:

May 9th – Twin Day – Pair up with someone and come to school as twins!

June 13th – Crazy Hair Day – Come to school with wacky hair!

Social Justice Resource Fair and Book Sale

Equinox & Roden Social Justice
Resource Fair and Book Sale
Monday, April 28th

“Let’s Talk Social Justice With Our Kids, in Our Schools & in Our Communities”

Location: 151 Hiawatha Ave. (N-W of Coxwell & Gerrard)
School Library
Food Available 6-7pm
Childcare Available from 6-7:30pm (RSVP required)

Everyone is welcome!

Book Sale in School Library from 11 am until 8pm

Excellent, high quality social justice themed books for K-8 available for sale from Another Story Bookstore, Good Minds (First Nations focused books) and Barefoot Books. Resources from the Native Canadian Centre, the TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre and The Ontario Black History Association.

Parent Workshops from 6:30 to 7:30pm

Alice Te and Sophia Dixon will host workshops for parents on incorporating social justice themes
in the books we read at home with our kids and how to talk about social issues.

For more information, contact:
Kim Fry (
Sandra Fontenelle (
Lorraine Munro (