That’s a Wrap!

Wow! What a year! Thank you to all the parents, students, teachers, school staff and community partners for making our projects so incredibly successful! We couldn’t have made such great things happen without all of you.

A special thank you to our Roden School Council members who diligently met each month to discuss school issues and make plans for all sorts of amazing events and programs for our students.

Here’s a recap of what we accomplished:

Events we planned together with volunteer committees:
Roden’s Great Outdoor Adventure
4 Movie Nights
Food Drive in December
Spring Art Raffle and Bake Sale
Roden Fun Fair

Funds raised were directed to:
• Outdoor education related trips, programming & supplies for all students
• Cultural enrichment shows at our school for all students – Carnival music performance, National Ballet and Peter Pan theatre production
• 20 laptops with cart for all students to use
• Nitwits lice checking 3 times per year
• Read up club – books
• Book publishing club – book binding
• Photography club – equipment
• Lego Robotics Kits for grades 7 & 8
• Kitchen set and microscope for FDK classes
• 3 desktop computers for the library
• Breakfast Club donation
• Grade 8 year end trip
• Babysitting and pizza for meetings
• Staff appreciation lunch

Consider Joining School Council Next Year!

It’s easy to join school council and get involved in shaping the environment our children learn in. Registration is held in September, which entails filling out a form requesting a spot on council. The first official meeting is usually held the second Wednesday of October and council continues to meet the second Wednesday of each month after that.

Whether you join council or not, everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to the meetings.

There are always possibilities to get involved in school projects, without being a council member. You could:
1. Attend a council meeting.
2. Join or lead a committee such as Fun Fair, Movie Nights, Indoor Air Quality, Bake Sale and others.
3. E-mail to let us know you’d like to be added to the email list notifying you of volunteer opportunities (without obligation) like baking or posting flyers and other basic things.
4. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter by going to and signing up.
5. “Like” us on Facebook: Roden School Council for all sorts of updates.

See you for another great year in September!
Roden School Council 2015/16

Indoor Air Quality Update

Roden & Equinox have joined forces to form an Indoor Air Quality committee with a clear focus on removing carpets in our schools as well as replacing water stained ceiling tiles.

We have met with TDSB officials and we are happy to report that we are making progress! Not only will some of the carpet be removed this summer or early fall, but it will be replaced with bio-tile (instead of the standard vinyl).

To date, the following rooms are slated to have to carpets removed: area 14, area 22, area 37. We are hopeful that there will be more, especially on the first floor kindergarten rooms and hallways.

The next step is to have indoor air quality testing done in the school. This is being ordered by a TDSB Health & Safety Officer. It should be done by the end of the school year.

Updates will continue to be posted on this website:

Fun Fair – Thank You

Funfair 2016
Greetings Roden Community!

All that planning, all those meetings, all those nervous weather forecast watchers! We did it. You did it! What a successful Roden Fun Fair 2016.

The Roden Fun Fair raised over $12,000 which will be directed to 20 new laptops and a laptop cart for classroom use.

We had over 100 volunteers and this would not have been possible without our staff, parents, students and community. We have a lot of people to thank and we truly appreciate all of your efforts, time and donations.

The Fun Fair Committee 2016:
A huge thank you to our fantastic Fun Fair Committee 2016. What a team! The success of the fun fair was because of parent volunteers Angelie, Brandon, Elizabeth, Shannon, Giselle, Melissa G., Melissa P., Raj, Stuart, Rhonda, Saba, Shannon, Spencer and Nadia.

Roden Staff, Teachers and students:
A very special thank you to Roden staff and teachers for all your tireless efforts to ensure a successful event. A very special thanks to Ms. Kalbfleisch for organizing the Pie a Roden Teacher voting fundraiser and to Mr. Lasso, Mr. O, Mr. Walters, Mr. Donovan and parents who took many a pie in the face.

Thank you to Mr. Lam for motivating our grade 7s and grade 8s and getting them involved in the marketing process and working on the fantastic Roden Fun Fair invitation video.

And thanks to all the staff (Ms. Revoredo, Ms. Vacrinos, Ms. Kalbfleisch, Mr. Riddell, Ms. Mighton, Shelley, Kelly and Ms. Wilhelmson) who helped keep things going at our various stations.

Roden is so fortunate to have such a great group of Grade 7s and 8s who tirelessly helped set up, clean up and run many stations at the fair. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Roden Parents and community:
Roden was also very fortunate to have dozens of community organizations sponsor the fair. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

A very special thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped out behind the scenes leading up to the event or on the day of. And thanks to Usma and the South Asian community for providing delicious South Asian fare once again. There truly are too many parent volunteers to mention but know that we could not have operated such a smooth Fun Fair without your help.

Thank you for making this year such a huge success!
Looking ahead, Roden will be in need of a new Fun Fair coordinator in 2016/2017, so if you want to find out more, please contact Nadia or Spencer (

Art Raffle Winners

There were a few unclaimed pieces from the Art Raffle at tonights’ Spring Concert.

If you have the following ticket numbers please send an email to to arrange pick up for your art piece:

354784 – Ms. Barnett’s class #2
354781 – Ms. Barnett’s class #3
354764 – Mr. Donovan’s class “Sea”
354383 – Mrs. Mighton’s class “Portraits”
354799 – Art Supplies – this ticket was pulled from non-winning tickets and is a BONUS prize