Promises Auction – Sneak Peak!

Promises are starting to come in for our silent auction and we’re delighted by the range of skills our parents are offering! Take a look at some of them below, and contact if you have something to contribute. The deadline for Promises has been extended to 1 December. The auction will take place online from 7 December, closing at 11pm on 9th.

Family Dinner cooked fresh and delivered to your home. Choose from Thai (Mango salad, Shrimp coconut soup and chicken green curry with white rice),  Boeuf bourguignon with tagliatelle or Squash and chickpeas coconut curry with rice and naan bread 

Babysitting Up to 2 children for up to 4 hours. Who doesn’t want a night out with their partner or a chance to shop unaccompanied?

Shopping / Package Pick-up On the other hand, why not get one of our volunteers to do the shopping for you? Within the M postcode area, up to three locations (or three hours maximum) and delivered to your door at a convenient time.

Gift-Wrapping Service Once you’ve bought them, have our elf service pick the gifts up from your home in the dead of night and return them down the chimney , wrapped and ready to give. OK, not the chimney bit.

Robin Hood! Take the kids, or enjoy a night off with 2 tickets to the Torrent Productions Pantomime at the Royal Canadian Legion on Coxwell Avenue.Torrent_RobinHood_BigBox

Resume Review Now you’re thinking, I can’t afford all this… But you can with your shiny new job, courtesy of your shiny new resume. One Roden parent with experience in reviewing resumes and hiring staff will review and edit a draft resume, including targetting to a particular role and improving general marketability, then hold a discussion on the phone or over coffee to discuss her suggestions.

Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square When Christmas is over and the kids still aren’t back at school, win back a few hours’ peace by sending them skating. Up to 3 children >5s only. Includes TTC trip there, skate rentals if required, and a snack.

Ontario Science Centre Family pass for General Admission for up to 5 people. Valued at $74-110. Expires 28 Feb 2017

Nordstrum Gift Card $25 Looking pretty and ready to gift


Custom Silhouette Portrait Use your favourite picture of yourself or a loved one to create a beautiful image like this one.  The winning bidder receives a hi-resolution printable file to print as many times as they wish.


Manuscript editing Roden parent and published author Elizabeth Ruth of ER Manuscript Development will review and give a substantive edit of a prose manuscript up to 200 pages in length.


Where there’s a whisk, there’s a way!

We are looking  for a parent who can take the heat (literally)! Calling all parents who can help organize our Roden Winter Concert bake sale.


The Winter Concert is fast approaching on Thursday, December 8 and we need one of our great Roden parents to volunteer to help lead the bake sale. All proceeds raised will go towards various initiatives such as field trips, workshops, books, instruments, extra-curricular clubs, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering to organize the bake sale, please email Nadia at

“Good things come to those who bake!”

Maker Mission: A Huge Success!

In the summer of 2016, a group of 5 parents met and dreamt up an event to raise funds for maker-related programs and equipment for our school. They called it the Maker Mission…

What is ‘Maker’? Maker emphasizes learning through doing and often involves basic things like a motor, battery and switch. It includes activities such as circuit building, electronics, robotics, 3D printing, metal, woodworking, art, sewing and more. These types of activities encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math in a fun and creative way. It’s really taking off in schools across the country.

During the Maker Mission event, students had the chance to go through 5 Maker Mission stations with their class:

  1. Button Making
  2. Spin Art Machines
  3. Bike Blender smoothies
  4. Catapults
  5. Stamp making

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The Maker Mission turned out to be a HUGE success thanks to the support of our Principal and Vice Principal, our enthusiastic teachers, helpful grade 8 students and our many generous parent volunteers!

We raised $9,000 and ALL proceeds are going back to our students for maker-related activities. Specifically, the funds will be allocated as follows:

  • Maker Space to be housed in the school library for all students to build and create and make things they dream up.
  • Our very own 3D printer! Plus a dedicated computer and software!
  • Hands-on maker workshops for every class at our school!

We’re also happy to report that teachers were really impressed and for some, it introduced them to basic maker-related activities. Many were excited and inspired to try out some maker-related activities in their own classrooms. We’re glad we could offer some inspiration!

The BEST part was that the students LOVED the event! This was the biggest reward for the planning committee.

We plan to run the Maker Mission again next year, perhaps with different activities or a slightly different twist. We’d love to hear from you if you have ideas, resources or connections to anything maker-related or are keen to get on board the committee. E-mail us at

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to raise funds for the Maker Mission. Your support and enthusiasm are appreciated and in return, we’re working hard to create exciting learning opportunities for our students.


Some resources for Maker related information:

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Kids after school programs

Note: we are not endorsing any of the above links, but simply providing some resources should you be interested in learning more about maker culture.

Roden Needs You!

Roden School Council fun fairs have been tremendously successful at building community while raising to the tune of close to $30,000 in 3 years. The fairs have varied is size and scope, but they are never easy to pull off. 

This is where YOU come in. Yes, you. 


If the Fun Fair is going to happen in June 2017, we need you to volunteer some of your time to make our fair successful and to fill our children with school spirit. Being on the Fun Fair team doesn’t mean long hours or endless meetings.We’re looking for a BIG team of people who can each take on a SMALL task.  Last year, we did just that and boy, was it every successful! Our school AND community were engaged and the kids had a blast! The fair can be as big or small as the team wants it. But, here’s an idea of 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 sponsorships
  • 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)
  • Recognition (print certificates and coordinate delivery after the event)

We’re counting on YOU.

E-mail Nadia at to confirm your interest in joining the Fun Fair Team or to find out more.


School Spirit Events & Fundraising 2016/2017 Plans

Our goal with fundraising is to provide Roden students with enriched programming. Most events are about building school and community spirit. Funds raised are directed to various initiatives such as field trips, workshops, cultural enrichment, books, instruments, extra-curricular clubs, etc. School Council receives funding requests from staff and establishes council priorities each year. Using the budget and expected revenue, Council then determines how best to allocate funds based on need and priorities.

The following School Spirit Events & Fundraisers will support Roden in 2016/2017. Stay tuned for more information about fund allocation and upcoming donation opportunities!

Event Raised / Goal
October 14 – Maker Mission Fall Fundraiser $9,000
November 25 – Movie Night $500
November / December – Promises Auction & Indigo Sales $1,000
December 8 – Winter Concert Bake Sale & Book Drive $500
January 27 – Movie Night $500
February – Roden Sports Tourney $250
March 31 – Movie Night $500
May 26 – Movie Night $500
June – Spring Concert Bake Sale & Art Raffle $500
Want to help or run an event? Contact Fundraising Chair, Nadia Smid at

Indigo Fundraiser


The Holidays are coming and the perfect gift is the gift of choice.
Give your family and friends (or your teacher!) an Indigo e-gift card where they can choose from thousands of books and lifestyle products, and you can also support our school. Purchase through our fundraising page and 15% of sales will come back to the school.

Extracurricular Sports and Clubs

• Grade 7 and 8 Sports Group (Toronto Police) (alternating Tuesdays) (Gym) (Sherman Lam and PC Adam Whyte)
• Karate Kids (September 29 – December 15) (Gym and 2nd Floor Common Area)
• U-School (Grade 4 and 5 Ukulele Clubs) (W and Th @ lunch) (Library) (Instructor: Lisa Olafson)
• Colouring Club (Grade 1) (Mondays @ 12:15 pm) (Library) (Sept. 12 – Dec. 19) (Pauline Vacrinos)
• Grade 7/8 Girls Basketball (R/E) (Mon and Wed @ 3:30) (Coaches: Simon and Kyle)
• Grade 5/6 Boys Volleyball (Mon and Wed @ 8:00 – 8:45 am) (Denise Chan, Jen – parent and Andrew – parent) (Tournament: December 1 @ Roden)
• Grade 7/8 Boys Volleyball (Wed and Fri @ 8:00 – 8:45) (Doug Mighton, Jen – parent and Andrew- parent) (Tournament: November 22 @ Parkdale)
• Roden Primary Sports League (RPSL) (on hold until further notice)
• Grade 5/6 Math Club (Roden) (December 1, 8, 15 and 22 @ 8:15 am) (Sarah Press)
• Grade 4/5/6 Jewelry Club (Roden/Equinox) (December 7, 14 and 21 @ 11:45 am) (Sarah Press)

• Twitter: @Roden_HPE

Promises Auction

What’s your secret skill? And what’s it worth to Roden?

Roden School Council is looking for donations for our Promises Auction this year. Could you bake gluten-free treats for a class birthday treat? Spend an afternoon doing someone’s Christmas gift-wrapping, or even their shopping? Would you be willing to take a night off looking after your own kids and babysit someone else’s instead? Whatever you’re good at, whatever you love, there’s someone out there who would love not to have to. Shovelling snow, raking leaves, painting a room, washing the car (or the dog), cooking dinner, reviewing a Resume … the list is endless. And it doesn’t have to cost you a cent.

Whatever you can contribute, please email no later than 25 November with the details of your Promise. Friends and family of Roden will bid during an online auction to raise money for projects that directly benefit our students, then you will be put in direct contact with your buyer to make arrangements. If you’re not sure about an idea, get in touch and we’ll help you work through the details – pretty much anything can work in this kind of event.

Although our main focus is on private promises, if you wish to donate professional expertise, we can arrange for ‘Sponsored by’ information including a website link.

Your secret skill can make a big difference.

Roden Movie Night – Friday November 25

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Roden School Council Presents:
Finding Dory
Friday November 25
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!