T.A.S.M. Program at Bowmore

Bowmore PS has invited Roden parents to the following program.

Bowmore Public School presents:
The T.A.S.M. Program
Tackling Anxiety and Stress through Mindfulness

Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

Drop in between 5:45-6:30pm to visit information booths
Presentation from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Bowmore Public School
80 Bowmore Road
Toronto, Ontario
M4L 3J2
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQL2P6T

Using our creative arts approach to education, Arts Express has developed The T.A.S.M. Program to provide children and their parents with lifelong strategies and techniques to cope with anxiety and stress, helping them effectively eliminate the stigma and discomfort of the issues for years to come.

Parents can join us in the evening for a presentation by Child and Youth Counsellor and mental health advocate, Jennifer Kay, to discuss childhood anxiety, parental intervention and how to help your child create the tools needed for a lifetime of wellness.

Extracurricular Sports and Clubs

The following is a listing of sports activities and clubs at the school:

Toronto Police (55 Division) Community Response Unit (Sports Program) – Grade 8 students: alternating Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Gym. Contact: Mr. Lam
Intramurals: Indoor Soccer – Grade 8:alternating Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 in the Gym. Contact: Mr. Lam
Intramurals: Indoor Soccer- Grade 7: alternating Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm in the Gym. Contact: Ms. Vacrinos
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
Grade 7/8 Girl’s Volleyball – Tues/Thurs @ 8:10 am
Junior Girl’s Volleyball – Mon/Wed @8:10 am
Grade 7/8 Boy’s Basketball – Times TBA. Contact: Simon Bennett
Junior Floor Hockey House League – Tues and Thurs @ 12:10. Contact Mr. Poon
Primary Floor Hockey League – Mon and Wed @ 12:10. Contact Mr. Poon
Toronto Police “Chopped 55 Cook Off” (Nov. 11, Dec. 15, Jan. 19 and Feb. 24) (President’s Choice Cooking School – Loblaw’s – 50 Musgrave Street) (Six Grade 6 students). Contact: Steve Riddell and Carolyn Horvath.
Beep Club Fitness Test -Mondays during morning recess. Contact Mr. Poon
Club Med – every Day 1: 12:00 – 12:30 pm, in Area 45. Contact: Mrs. Stavrakos
Puzzle Club for Grade 4 – 8 – Wednesdays: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 @ 12:10. Contact: Ms. Wilhelmson and Ms. Campbell
Lego Club – every Day 3: 12:00 – 12:30 pm, in the Library. Contact: Mme. Stavrakos
Chess Club for Grade 4-6 – Every Day 3 @lunch in Area 22. Contact: Mr. Donovan and Ms. Revoredo
Photography Club for Grade 6 -8 – Every Wednesday @ lunch, in the Library. Contact: Armaity Homavazir and Ms. Chan
Coming Soon: Dance Club
Coming Soon: School Choir

Additional PA Day

Letter from TDSB

January 20, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with important information about an additional Professional Activity Day (P.A. Day) that has been added to the calendars of all schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

All TDSB schools will have a newly designated P.A. Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional P.A. Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education as a result of provincial labour negotiations.

All TDSB schools will be closed to students on Friday, April 15, 2016. On this day, teachers will be taking part in professional development on provincial education priorities identified by the Minister of Education.

Most Before-and-After School Programs will offer full-day care for children currently registered in their program on the P.A. Day. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to speak to their local child care provider for further details.

The remainder of the 2015-2016 school year calendar remains unaffected. As always, details on the school year calendar can be found on the TDSB website at:

Thank you.

John Malloy
Director of Education

Robin Pilkey

This is Where You Come In

Since 2014, Roden School Council has run a year-end Fun Fair. Each year has been tremendously successful having raised over $12,000 for our kids and creating an enormous amount of fun and school spirit.
The fairs haven’t been easy to pull off though. In previous years, we’ve relied on the considerable efforts of a small group parents, which has proven to be exhausting and unsustainable.
This is where YOU come in. Yes, you.
There are plenty of quick and easy tasks – perfect for busy and working parents. You don’t have to attend meetings. Just let us know you’re willing to help and we’ll find the right task for your skill set and availability.
We’re looking for a BIG group of people to divide and conquer our to do list, so that together, we can end the school year with a Fun Fair our children have come to love!
Here’s an idea of just some of the roles we’re looking to fill:
* Generating ideas by attending a meeting or two
* Graphic design
* Hanging posters in the neighbourhood
* Promotion on social media & other local media outlets
* Find monetary sponsorship (If we had 10 people find one sponsor we’d be laughing)
* Find vendors for face painting, balloons and other activities
* Food (plan menus, find food sponsors and vendors)
* Find Entertainment
* Equipment rental (bouncy castles, rock climbing wall, etc)
* Games (generating ideas and finding supplies)
* Administrative things (photocopying, data entry, spreadsheet tracking, etc)
* Prizes (generate ideas and find donations)
* General running around (shop basic supplies, pick up prizes, etc)
* Recognition (print certificates and coordinate delivery after the event)
* Recruit volunteers for event day

In many cases, these roles can be split, so partner up with a friend!
We’re counting on YOU.
E-mail us (do it now so you don’t forget!) at funfair@roden.ca to let us know you’re interested in helping out OR look for the sign up sheet in the main office.

Help Need – Wed Jan 6

Happy New Year Roden Families!

We need a few volunteers to help with the Nitwit lice check which is happening on January 6th (this coming Wednesday)! We are hoping to find 4-5 individuals that will be able to volunteer 2-3 hours of their time during the day between 9am-3:30pm. Your sole responsibility will be to call down each class to visit with the Nitwits, who will be performing the lice checks. You will NOT need to perform the lice checks!


9am – 11:45am
12:45pm – 3:30pm

We are also looking for volunteers to do the same thing on April 13th.

Please email Erin Boake at getinvolved@roden.ca and let her know which date and time slot you are able to commit to when you respond.