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Construction Update: Progress continues to be made on the Kindergarten Yard. Gates and fencing have been installed. Things are starting to come together and are looking good.
- Installation of the second boiler, is ongoing. The additional boiler will act as a back-up system for the new boiler which was installed last winter.
- Work on the electrical vault is ongoing. The pad for the vault was completed over the winter break. This work is slated to be completed by the end of March break.
- Heating issues continue to plague the school due the age of the building. Technicians and steam fitters are dispatched to the school on a regular basis.
Due to the ongoing construction, repairs and upgrading of different systems in the school, entrance to the Adventure playground via the Colbeck stairs may be fenced off without advance notice. In the event that access to the Adventure Playground is fenced off, parents, particularly those with strollers, are asked to walk around to the North entrance of the Adventure Playground, near the portables, to drop off and pick up Kindergarten children. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and patience during this work.
February is Kindergarten Registration Month: Kindergarten is the first step in a lifelong journey that will see your child learn, grow, and succeed at the Toronto District School Board. At the TDSB, we know early learners learn best through doing; so our four and five year olds are introduced to math and science through play as part of k-12 STEM programming. To inspire a love for learning, kindergarten classrooms are bustling with inquiry and exploration through science activities, math games, art projects and more. For more information about registration please read this month's Runnymede Rapport.
Severe Weather Guidelines for Indoor Recess: With the colder weather upon us, please ensure that your child(ren) come to school appropriately dressed for the weather wearing warm winter coats, hats, gloves, snow pants and boots.
All students are expected to go outside for recess and during the lunchroom.
- In the event of extreme weather the following will occur: When temperature and/or wind chill factor indicates -28C or lower, students will remain indoors due to risk of frost-nip and frostbite.
- When temperature and/or wind chill factor indicates -20 to –28C, recesses may be shortened to 10 min. and lunch recess to 20 min. depending on local conditions.
Stay Healthy During Flu Season: Flu season is here again. In Canada, flu season tends to run between October and April. The Ontario government is encouraging Ontarians to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot. For more information about staying healthy during flu season, please see this month's Runnymede Rapport.
Listening to Morning Announcements: Parents, please encourage your children to listen attentively to the morning announcements for information regarding school teams, clubs and special events. Students are encouraged to have their agenda ready to record any important information. The announcements will inform students on a daily basis of extracurricular activities. As well, check out the Runnymede School Web page regularly for additional information.
January 27th is National Family Literacy Day: National Family Literacy Day is a day which recognizes the family as the earliest and most important influence on the acquisition of early literacy skills in children. Research has shown that taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children has a significant influence on a child’s development. Engaging in a literacy activity at home for just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically. Families are encouraged to engage in literacy activities in any language(s). For more information about “15 Minutes of Fun” go to the ABC Life Literacy Canada’s website (http://abclifeliteracy.ca/fld/familyliteracy-day).
We Are Being Mindful at Runnymede: Every morning, at the con-clusion of the morning announcements, the students at Runnymede take a minute to be MINDFUL. We now have a Mindfulness bulletin board on the second floor. Student resources for support, information on mental health and wellness and inspirational quotes will be posted regularly. Please take a moment to check it out! Mindfulness is now widely being used as tool to manage stress and anxiety in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, universities and large organizations like Google. Thirty years ago, Jon Kabat Zin, author of ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ defined mindfulness as ‘paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally’. So, how can this deceptively simple practice help our students manage stress and support academic performance? To find out, please see this month's Runnymede Rapport.