Do you have ideas on how to help Roden to Live a little Greener?

Apply for a Live Green Grant!

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Starting April 22, resident associations, community groups, parent councils other not-for-profits are invited to submit a letter of interest for the 2015 Live Green Toronto grants. Want to naturalize your local school grounds? Build a community garden? Enhance your local park? These projects and more are eligible. New for 2015 – the RBC Blue Water Award will offer $30,000 to a project that helps to improve the health of Toronto’s streams, rivers and waterfront. Learn more and apply online.

Order Roden t-shirts

Wear Your School Spirit!
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Now you can wear your school spirit with Roden T-shirts! Roden School Council is pleased to be offering Roden T-shirts for sale at the low price of $10 each! They’ll come in youth or adult sizes so parents & kids can show off their school spirit! We’ll be hanging some sizes in the school lobby should you want to take a look at the sizes.

Watch for your order form and payment envelope to come home sometime this week. Orders are due NEXT Friday, May 1st please! Students and parents can drop them off in the main office.

Earth, Compost, Mulch Delivered

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Spring has finally arrived!

As spring weather approaches, thoughts turn to our gardens, trees and lawns.

Make life easier! No need for you to haul bags home from the garden centre.
Place an order to have all of your garden
Earth, Composted Manure and Mulch
delivered right to your door!
New this year! We are happy to also offer a Special Pollinator Seed Mix!
For more information or to place an order!

All orders will be delivered Saturday, May 2nd, Between 9 am & 1pm, Rain or Shine!
We are extending the Deadline for Orders to Wednesday, April 29th
Delivery Zone: O’Connor Ave. to Lakeshore & Don Valley to Victoria Park Ave

Kilometre Club

Start your day with exercise, friends and fresh air!

Kilometre Club is an organized time for students and parents/caregivers of Equinox or Roden schools to get some exercise before school, 3 days a week. All you have to do to join is show up!

Start date: Friday, May 1
End date: Friday, June 12 (Fun Fair! Mark your calendars!)

Kilometre Club will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
You can begin at 8:20 AM or later. Running stops at 8:45 AM.
You can run on any or all of the days. It’s up to you.

1. Run or walk around the school field on any of the days/times listed above.
2. Collect a stick each time you do one lap. 5 laps = 1 km
3. At 8:45 AM, check in with the lap recorders and tell them how many laps you did. Hand in your sticks.
4. Once you’ve done 100 laps (yes, you CAN DO IT!), you’ll earn a 20 km ribbon. For each additional 20 km you complete, earn a new ribbon! (20 km, 40 km, 60 km, 80 km, 100 km)

Kilometer Club is a fun way to get our bodies moving, socialize with friends and get some fresh air. Plus, students love earning ribbons! Parents – don’t be alarmed if your kids are actually eager to get to school in the mornings (at least on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays!).

In order for this club to run, we need volunteers to record laps (8:45-8:55 AM) and hand out sticks (8:20-8:45 AM). If you can commit to one morning per week, please e-mail

Hosted by Mr. Poon and sponsored by Roden School Council.

Wanted: Manager of All Lost Things!

The Lost & Found bin at school is always full and for some reason, students rarely seem to recognize anything that might belong to them!

We’re looking for someone to take charge of the Lost & Found bin. It includes:
* trying to keep it sorted to make it easier for students to find what they’re looking for
* putting articles on display every few months to encourage students to take a look
* anything else one could do to help lost articles get found!

If you are interested in helping out, even just for the spring season, send an e-mail to

Preserving Roden’s History

Roden has a long history and the school has a collection of items that need to be catalogued and recorded. If you would like to help, please send an e-mail to

Jennifer Story – next Ward Council Meeting

Next Ward Council Meeting
Thursday, April 23, 7-9 pm
Host school: Leslieville PS
(254 Leslie Street)
Childcare provided
All are welcome

In addition to regular business and updates, we have a presentation and Q&A on Tech for Teaching (the use of technology in our schools, the benefits and limitations, and the board’s overall tech strategy).

Regular business starts at 7 pm, with updates from trustee, superintendent and committees. The presentation starts at 8 pm.

If you have any particular issues you want covered under reports or new business, please email me at See Jennifer Story’s Newsletter for agenda.

Has your school chosen a Ward Council Representative? If not, please do. We’re hoping for increased representation from middle and high schools in particular, and welcome your assistance in ensuring our Ward Council reflects the diversity of our community.

SOCIAL MEDIA ZOMBIES: A Presentation for Parents and Educators by Steve Chapelle

Join Westwood School Council for an examination of the importance of applying critical thinking during social media usage. We will explore these concerns from an Android and iOS perspective:
Willful self-exposure
Unsecured confidential information

Risks, examples and most importantly, prevention measures will be presented. Questions will be welcomed after the presentation.

When: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: Westwood Middle School, 994 Carlaw Ave

Childcare will be provided, but the presentation is for parents and educators only. Please feel free to invite your friends from other schools too. All adults are welcome.

Steve Chapelle ( has been providing social media behaviour education to Ontario schools and parents since 2006. Through this period he has also given information management best practices training to Canadian small business associations. Prior to this, he spent 25 years in management and analyst roles across a range of technology.