Mental Health Workshops

A team of Roden and Equinox parents have partnered to coordinate a series of mental health workshops for our community.  The workshops will be delivered by mental health professionals and are being offered to us for FREE (Funded by the Ministry of Education’s PRO-Grant).  The workshops are open to anyone in our community, so please feel free to bring a friend.


  • Tuesday, February 7 – Healthy Strategies for Responding to Challenging Emotions in Children
  • Tuesday, March 7 – Anxiety*
  • Tuesday, April 4 – Mindful Parenting: Nurturing Connection, One Breath at a Time
  • Tuesday, May 2 – Raising Sexually Health Children

*Exact title to be announced at a later date


  • Healthy Strategies for Responding to Challenging Emotions in Children
  • Speaker: Christie Hayos, MSW, RSW from The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre

It’s not uncommon for parents & teachers to have questions about the emotional responses or behaviour of children. We often wonder if an emotional response is appropriate for a particular age, if it is cause for concern and it’s hard to know the best way to respond in a positive and healthy way.

This workshop will help clarify what emotional health looks like in children and ideas on how to respond to challenging emotions.

  • Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • Roden/Equinox School Library, 151 Hiawatha Rd

Child care for 3+ year olds is available in the Parenting Centre (Area 15).

Movie Night – Friday January 27

Roden School Council Presents:
Pete’s Dragon
Friday January 27
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!

Your Funfair Needs You!

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As we start making arrangements for the 2017 Roden Funfair, we need a team of enthusiastic volunteers to make sure the event goes ahead.

Roles include booking food vendors, face painters, organizing games and rentals, liaising with sponsors, arranging prizes… There’s plenty to do, but with your support, we know we can do it!

Although we’ll try to get together a couple of times, most of the commitment can be done on your schedule. Absolutely no experience necessary.

Please email if you are able to help!

Extracurricular Sports and Activities Update

Sport/Club When Where Coach/Instructor
Grade 7/8 Sports Group (Toronto Police) Alternating Tuesdays Gym Sherman Lam and PC Adam Whyte
U-School (Grade 4/5 Ukulele Clubs) Wednesdays & Thursdays @ lunch Library Lisa Olafson
Grade 5/6 Girls Volleyball Mondays 3:30 – 4:30pm Gym Simon and Tera
Grade 5/6 Boys Basketball Wednesdays & Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm Gym Simon
Grade 7/8 Boys Basketball Thursdays & Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm Gym Simon
Roden Primary Sports League (RPSL) on hold until further notice
DIY Hats Club (Roden Grade 8s) Nov 28–Feb 16, Days 2/3 and Feb 23–Mar 10, Days 1/2 @ lunch Area 45 Mme. Stavrakos
Grade 1 – 4 Book Publishing Club (Roden/Equinox) stay tuned Robb Walters

School Trustee Jennifer Story Ward Forum


Jennifer Story invites you to a Ward Forum on French Language Learning in the TDSB.

Thursday January 26th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Download Flyer for more information!

Mary Cruden from Canadian Parents for French–Ontario will be on hand for an AMA (Ask Me Anything)-style discussion. Bring your questions about any issues including pathways, special education needs, and program growth.

School Spirit Events & Fundraising 2016/2017 Plans

Thanks to all who participated in our winter fundraisers. It’s no surprise that Roden parents stepped up to help organize, volunteer and participate in BIG ways! Not only did we raise funds for our school, but we built school spirit and were able to get out and meet new people along the way. Thank you for making this happen!

Fundraising Recap

Event Raised Fund Allocation
Fall Maker Mission $9,000 Maker Space & Workshops
November Movie Night $1,500 Cultural Performances
Winter Promises Auction $1,200 TBA
Winter Indigo Gift Card Sales $380 Book Publishing, ReadUp Club
Winter Concert Bake Sale & Book Drive $1,000 Book Publishing, ReadUp Club
January 27 – Movie Night TBD Strings Instruments
February – Roden Sports Tourney TBD Sports Equipment and Birchmount Bus
March 31 – Movie Night TBD Grade 8 Graduation / Trip
April – Roden Sports Tourney TBD Sports Equipment and Birchmount Bus
May 26 – Movie Night TBD
June – Spring Concert Bake Sale & Art Raffle TBD
June – Fun Fair TBD
Coming Soon! 
Stay tuned for more information about our brand new sports tournament! Sure to excite kids and grown ups alike, don’t miss this fun 3-on-3 event in February. Beat the winter blues with a little fun and exercise next month!
Still Needed
Yes, we still need one or two volunteers to make these events happen:
  1. March Movie Night – we need someone to take the lead organizing food and volunteers. Training provided!
  2. Fun Fair – a couple leads for different areas. See details in the Fun Fair section.
  3. Spring Concert Bake Sale Coordinator – organize the treats and help set up and run the bake sale table.
Can you help in some other way? Contact Fundraising Chair, Nadia Smid at

Motivating your kids/teens

Westwood School Council has invited parents/caregivers of Roden PS students to the following event.

On Monday, January 23rd at 7:30 pm, renowned parenting expert Dr. Karyn Gordon is coming to Westwood Middle School to speak on “Motivating Your Kids/Teens”. Please see the attached flyer and visit for more information on Dr. Gordon.

Westwood Middle School is located at 994 Carlaw Ave, near Carlaw Ave and Mortimer Ave.

Dr. Karyn Gordon