EQUITY IN OUR SCHOOLS

TDSB has an equity task force made up of TDSB staff and community members. They have recently issued a report along with recommendations and a survey asking for your thoughts. Take some time to read through this important information and if you can, complete the survey.

The Enhancing Equity Task Force Report can be reviewed at:

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Enhancing-Equity-Task-Force/Enhancing-Equity-Task-Force-Recommendations

Parents are encouraged to review the report and provide feedback at:

https://surveys.tdsb.on.ca/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=542812&newtest=Y

Survey is open until November 20, 2017.

Vision Zero Road Safety Plan

Councillor Paula Fletcher is hosting a town hall on the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. It is taking place on Monday, October 16th from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm at the Ralph Thornton Centre. See the flyer below for details.

Vision Zero is a new approach to road safety that takes into account the needs of all road users and uses data to look at where accidents happen and who is most vulnerable. One of the areas of emphasis is school children. The new head of Transportation, Barbara Gray, will be at the Town Hall to give a presentation and answer questions.

Order LUNCH Program

RODEN/EQUINOX’S LUNCH PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN!!!

Please go online or call 416-467-7758 to pre-register for the Kids Lunch Program. The School Code is RE58. The first day of service is Tuesday, October 17th. This service will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays only for now.

After you register with the Kids Lunch Program, it’s easy… simply place, change or cancel your child’s custom lunch order a minimum of 2-days before the delivery date. If your child is sick, Please email kidslunch@rosereismancatering.com by 8 am day of service to receive a credit. Credits will be applied to your child’s next order

There is no long-term commitment required. This service runs order by order for maximum flexibility.

Email addresses are essential for the Kids Lunch Program service to send you confirmations, ordering reminders, password resets and other important communication. Add an email address to your profile and add noreply@orderlunches.com to your email safe list.

Lastly, be sure to confirm your payment has been processed every time you place an order through check out. An order confirmation email will be sent to you upon successful completion of the checkout process. If you do not receive an email confirmation, then go back and confirm you did indeed check out and complete the payment process.

Orders will be delivered directly to your child in the school at the start of the lunch period.

Movie night needs you

Movie Nights are in trouble! Can you help?

Roden School Council is seeking a team of parents or friends of the school to run our movie nights program this year! Our previous movie guru, Spencer, is willing to run the first event with you and download everything he knows, but he needs someone to handover to.

Your commitment would be just a few evenings over the course of the year, with flexibility for you to help select the dates and the movies. Contact our new chair, Jen: chair@roden.ca

Staying in touch with Roden

To streamline communications, Roden School Council will be contributing regularly to the Principal’s monthly mail-out. The Council newsletter (signed up via this website) will still be sent out on an as needed basis throughout the school year.

Keep in touch with Council events between newsletters through Facebook (www.facebook.com/rodensc) and this website.

Please also consider joining our Volunteers email list (contact Chair@roden.ca to be added). Being on the list means you hear about upcoming events early and there’s no obligation to volunteer or respond. You can help out if and when you choose, with everything from poster
design and artwork, through photocopying and putting up posters, to baking, selling tickets and more.

One of the best ways to find out what’s going on is by attending a School Council Meeting. The next School Council meeting starts at 6pm in the Library on Wednesday 25 October. All are welcome!

Extracurricular Activities, Sports and Clubs:

  • Cross Country Running Club (Mon – Thurs) (8:25 – 8:45 am)
  • Read Up Club (K – 3) (every Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30) (Library)
  • Karate Kids (Grade 1 – 5 students) (Tuesdays at lunch) (Gym and Second Floor Common Area)
  • Grade 7/8 Indoor Police Sports Program/Indoor Soccer (3:30 – 4:40 pm) (alternating Tuesdays)
  • International Languages (Spanish and Cantonese) (Mondays after school) (Areas 19, 20 and 29)

Coming Soon: Boys and Girls Basketball (Grade 5/6 and 7/8)

Join School Council

What is Roden School Council?
The Council is a group of parents, together with staff and student reps, who volunteer their time to help build and support the school’s community.

Is it all Bake sales and Fundraising?
No! Over the course of the year, we raise funds to support programs in the school, but we also arrange events that support school spirit and expand our community’s education beyond the valuable work of our teaching staff in classrooms – everything from evening talks for parents to movie nights, shopping events and a big celebration at the end of the school year.

In addition, the School Council is a way to have parent voices heard by the administration and TDSB on issues such as staff allocation and selection, budget allocation, etc. The new carpet project, for example,is happening in large part because of the hard work of our retiring Chair, and last year’s free Parenting
Workshops saw several speakers give interesting and informative presentations to our parents throughout the year.

Where does the Money go?
All funds raised by the Council are spent on improving and enriching the school and the experience of learning here. Recent examples include the purchase of the 3D printer, sports equipment and musicalinstruments, which are integrated into class programs across the full age range of the school; the Cultural Enrichment performances of music, dancing and puppetry, which were free to all students last year; and subsidising Book Publishing club, through which over 100 students saw their own masterpieces in print.

Council-raised funds are also used to support health and nutrition in the school, including the Nitwits lice check and snack / breakfast programs.

What can I do?
All parents are welcome to attend Council meetings, and children can come along to (Contact Secretary@roden.ca if you will need childcare, otherwise children are welcome to stay in the Library with their parents).

If you’re interested in becoming involved, consider joining the Council. For those who want to run events, contact sponsors and apply for grants, your fundraising capacities will be invaluable, but even if fundraising is not your forte or interest, there are many ways to be involved from photocopying and putting up posters, to joining subcommittees, helping with Council’s social media and website presence, preparing the newsletter and more. There is no minimum time commitment from Council members and your support will always be valued.

Even if you don’t want to be involved this year, make sure you sign up for the Council’s newsletter (note this is a separate list from the Principal’s newsletter) and Like us on Facebook to stay in touch!

Check out the many reasons to join School Council or volunteer:
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Print and complete return this form to the office by 4pm, Friday September 15th to join School Council this year:
Council Self Nomination Form

Lunch Meal Program

A few parents are looking at bringing the Kids Lunch Program (Rose Reisman Catering) to Roden and Equinox.

The program offers “Real ingredients, real food, never processed, kid-friendly, healthy menu made for child’s tastes with flexibility”, as noted on their website.

Check out their website and email communications@roden.ca by Thursday September 14th if you are interested in participating in this program.