NEW!!! iPad minis

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The School Council from last year (2013/2014) had allocated funds (from our fundraising efforts) to go towards a “big purchase”. The 20 iPad minis were delivered just before the Holidays!!

The Council decided to purchase the minis for a number of reasons, one being that they complement the inventory of 20 iPad minis that been given to the school via the Model School program. The Model School iPads were designated for use by the Grade 1 to 3. The 20 new iPad minis will be available for use to all the grades.

Through our fundraising efforts the School Council continues to support many other purchases and activities to further your child’s education.

Ward council Representative needed

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The Roden School Council is looking for a parent volunteer to attend Ward Council Meetings on behalf of the Roden School community.

The following is an excerpt from Jennifer Story, our Trustee. It explains the role of the Ward Council Representative and the meeting commitments. As our Ward Council Representative, you would be asked to report back to the school council any pertinent information acquired at the meetings.

A major priority for me as your School Board Trustee is to facilitate the sharing of information and best practices, provide opportunities for skill development, and build a community of support around our family of schools.

One way to accomplish this is through regular Ward Council meetings. TDSB Ward 15, Toronto-Danforth, has a vibrant and active school community. I want to do all I can to ensure your continued success as school community leaders and support you as you work through any challenges you, our schools and our Board as a whole, may face.

To that end, I will be holding the first Ward Council meeting of the new year on:

Tuesday February 10 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Frankland Community School in the library (816 Logan Ave). Childcare will be available.

The Ward Council meetings for the remainder of the 2014/2015 academic year will be held on:

Monday March 23 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Greenwood Secondary School in the library (24 Mountjoy Ave)

Thursday April 23 from 7:00-9:00 pm — location TBA

Tuesday May 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm — location TBA

Monday June 22 from 7:00-9:00 pm — end-of-school meeting and social; location TBA

Please also know that the meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend.

Please feel free to share this notice with your school communities.

At the February 10 meeting we’ll have a conversation about ways to build a supportive and successful school community in Toronto-Danforth.

I’ll be seeking your input on the following questions:

What do we want to accomplish with our Ward Council meetings

Which guest speakers/workshops/topics would we like to consider

What issues (TDSB, general education or community based) would we like to learn more about

These discussions will help us determine how to best use our time for the remainder of the school year.

At the first meeting we’ll also be electing a Ward Council Chair, as well as our Ward’s representatives to the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), and the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC). We will be electing one representative and one alternate for each committee. If you would like any more information regarding what each of these roles entails, please feel free to contact me by email at Jennifer.Story@tdsb.on.ca .

Please also let us know if you will need child minding or translation services, by sending an email to my Constituency Assistant, Maxeen.Paabo@tdsb.on.ca .

Thank you, and I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Story
Trustee, Toronto District School Board
Ward 15, Toronto-Danforth

Please send an email to communications@roden.ca if you would like to volunteer for this role.

Parenting Workshop: How to Side-step Power struggles

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How to Side-step Power struggles

Check out our next FREE Parenting Workshop (How to Side-step Power struggles) offered in English and Urdu/Hindi. The workshop is presented by Joanne Gallagher and Farzana Yusuf of the East End Community Health Centre.

Date: Wednesday January 21st.
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Roden, Library

Refreshments available. Also Childcare available and pizza for the kids.

Parent Academy Meeting and Workshop (Model School)

As a Model School Roden parent community are invited to participate in the Cluster B3 Parent Academy meetings, free training, workshops and leadership opportunities.

Meeting Date and Time: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 5:30 –8:00p.m

Meeting Location: D.A. Morrison Middle School- 271 Gledhill Ave
Third Floor in the Library

Focus For This Meeting

STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Learn about what TDSB is teaching your child on STEM and the new focus on Math and Science.

Dinner, childcare and transportation are provided.

Please contact our Community Support Worker, Duane Spencer, if you have questions or to make arrangements for transportation.

Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Model Schools for Inner Cities
(416) 884-2941
Duane.Spencer@tdsb.on.ca

February Family Fun & Fitness Month

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.

When:Every Tuesday in February (3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th)

Where: Monarch Park Stadium ( Located at the rear of the school 1 Hanson Street Toronto, ON
M4J 1G6. One block south of the Danforth on Coxwell Ave)

Time:3:30 – 5:30 pm

What: Family Fun & Fitness Nights – Families will have the opportunity to take part in either Socasize, 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.

Also we are inviting all interested parents to join us for our next CPACmeeting on January 20th at 5:30 p.m. a interactive night focusing on S.T.E.M. ( Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

Please take a look at the flyer for more info and you can contact your Community Support Worker to register or if you have any questions.

Our Community Support Worker is:

Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board
416-884-2941

Gingerbread School Building Contest

The decorating of the Gingerbread schools took place in early December and the Gingerbread schools were displayed and raffled at the Winter Concert. The contest was a big success which raised school spirit with all the kids participating in a fun, holiday activity. Thanks to Jodi Wheeler for organizing the Contest.

In case you were wondering the following titles were awarded to the Gingerbread schools:
Ms. Revoredo’s Jk/Sk class: “school spirit”
Ms Revoredo
Ms. Chan’s Grade 3 class: “creative”
Ms Chan
Ms. McGonigle Grade 2 class: “wackiest”
Ms McGonigle
Ms. Robichaud Grade 1 class: “funniest”
Ms Robichaud

In case you missed the display, we have photos of them here.

Grade 4/5 Boys Volleyball tournament

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The Grade 4/5 boys attended early morning volleyball practices a few times a week all Fall. In late November, they participated in a volleyball tournament with five local schools.

Our team finished in third place at the tournament. Our team played played well for their level and gained a great deal of valuable game experience. They all enjoyed themselves and look forward to next year’s season.