Subway Lunch – Friday November 20

This Friday November 20th is the first Subway Lunch day, instead of Pizza Lunch Day.

You can build your child’s Subway sandwich using the form sent home with a juice for $5.50.

Forms must be returned between 8:30am and 8:45am:
Tuesday November 17
Wednesday November 18

Letter from Director of Education


It is with mixed emotions that I am writing today to inform you that I will be leaving the Toronto District School Board to pursue a secondment as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, effective 14 December 2015.

As mentioned in the Chair’s message, my new role at the Ministry will involve working in conjunction with York University and school boards across Ontario to inform the feasibility for collecting additional province-wide student and education related data to address the principles outlined in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario. The project will potentially provide information to further inform understanding of student populations and school communities. The Renewed Vision aims to “broaden the measures of success and the use of perceptual and demographic data so that program and service enhancements address the specific needs of students who continue to struggle.”

Over the past 30 years it has been an honour and a privilege to serve this inclusive and dynamic organization in various roles, most recently being your Director of Education. Every day I come into work knowing that I have been supported by dedicated staff as we worked to accomplish the many progressive goals outlined in our Years of Action plan. Tremendous accomplishments have been made for, and by our students and their communities because of our collective efforts and will to see every student succeed.

Every day, our staffs in schools, central departments, and facilities have all, in some way, contributed to the academic achievement and well-being of our students.

I am extremely proud of the accomplishments that we have worked so hard to achieve together. Ontario is recognized as one of the best education systems in the world and our Toronto students are achieving and are among the strongest. Great things happen in our classrooms each and every day.

Over the next month, I will work with the Chair of the Board, Associate Directors and Senior Team to ensure a smooth transition. I am confident that the Interim Director of Education will carry forth all our collective efforts to ensure high levels of achievement and success for all students and communities.

As part of the transition process, I will provide an updated message in the weeks ahead. Until then, thank you to all for your continued high expectations and care for our students and each other.


Donna Quan
Director of Education

Extra-Curricular events, sports and clubs

Extracurricular Sports and Clubs:

Toronto Police (55 Division) Community Response Unit (Sports Program) –
Grade 8 students, alternating Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Gym. Contact: Mr. Lam

Indoor Soccer- Grade 7/8, alternating Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 in the Gym. Contact: Mr. Lam
Slo-Pitch- Tues/Thurs after school, contact: Bradley Nicolaou and Mr. Lasso is now wrapping up.
Grade 5 Boy’s Volleyball – M/W/F @ 8:15 am. Contact: Mr. Poon
Grade 8 Boy’s Volleyball – T/W/ Th @8:15 am. Contact: Mr. Poon
Toronto Police “Chopped 55 Cook Off” on Nov. 11, Dec. 15, Jan. 19 and Feb. 24 at President’s Choice Cooking School – Loblaw’s – 50 Musgrave Street. Six Grade 6 students participating. Contact: Steve Riddell and Carolyn Horvath
Coming Soon: Dance Club
Coming Soon: Lego Club

Movie Night – Friday November 27th

Roden Movie Night Poster (Nov27)

Roden School Council Presents:
Inside Out
Friday November 29th
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!

Come one, come all! Roden Movie Nights are back. This year’s inaugural feature will be Inside Out!

What’s in it for the kids? A chance to cuddle up on a blanket and watch a hot new release, lot’s of treats, and fun with friends in the gym.
What’s in it for parents? No one likes to cook on Fridays! So come have dinner at the screening. We will have pizza, hot dogs (halal options available), samosas and lots of other goodies for you to buy to get your little ones (and you!) sugared up right before bed time. Come enjoy the adult lounge where you can mingle and meet other parents like yourself who are looking for fun and inexpensive ways to spend a Friday night!

It’s a great night for everyone so come support Roden. All proceeds go to extra curricular programming for our students.

Tickets are only $2 a person and include a chance to win the blu-ray DVD. Food is priced between $1 and $2, so it’s a fun and affordable night for everyone!

Hope to see you on November 27th! Doors open at 6 pm and the movie starts at 6:30 SHARP!

Nov 6 Important Labour Update

Reposted from an email received from the TDSB.

November 6, 2015

Dear Elementary and Junior High School Parents/Guardians,

We are pleased to let you know that both the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents school support staff, have reached tentative agreements with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents the province’s public school boards.

ETFO and CUPE have agreed to bring province-wide job actions to a close, effective immediately, while these agreements are finalized. Both unions are also in ongoing local negotiations with the TDSB. We will send you updates as our talks continue.

This means that elementary students will receive their fall progress reports, which will be issued on December 10, 2015, pending ratification of the tentative agreement with ETFO. As part of the tentative agreement, teachers will conduct parent interviews at their discretion if the teacher has a concern about a child’s progress. If you have concerns about your child’s progress after receiving the progress report, please contact the teacher directly.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) Professional Student Services Personnel Unit, which represents education workers (not teachers) including Attendance Counsellors, Child and Youth Counsellors/Workers, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists and others, has not reached an agreement and negotiations are ongoing.

We thank all school-based staff and central teams who remained dedicated to student learning during this exceptional time.

As we move forward to finalize provincial and local collective agreements, we thank you, the parent/guardian community, for your continued patience and understanding.

We are committed to keeping you informed. Please continue to check for more information.

Robin Pilkey

Donna Quan
Director of Education