Roden Public School's Mission Statement
Roden Public School has been an integral part of the Coxwell and Gerrard neighbourhood since 1907. Over the years, it has undergone many structural changes to accommodate the growing needs of the student population and the school community. Roden was completely rebuilt as an open concept school in 1969 - all teaching areas open into a shared space called a "common area". Within the school, there is a large music room, an all purpose gymnasium and a fully functional library with a computer lab.
Roden School Council
The Roden School Council is involved in many day-to-day activities at the school and is an integral part of our decision-making process. The council meets on a regular basis throughout the school year to discuss current educational matters that affect our school community. The School Council advises the principal and the Board on a variety of issues and activities relating to student achievement, curriculum goals and priorities, school budget priorities, school safety, renovation plans, after school activities, and criteria for selection of new principals.
The Roden School Council Priorities:
1. Increase and encourage student and parent engagement
2. Help families with everyday items
3. Talk to parents and act on their behalf
4. Improve communication - teachers, parents, students, administration 5. Fundraise to contribute to needed equipment and new learning opportunities for students
More Information About Roden Public School
Early On Centre
The Early On Centre is located on the first floor of the building in the back of the Library. It is open Mon to Fri, from 9 am to 12:45 pm, and welcomes all parents, caregivers and their children up to 6 years of age. Through active play, hands on activities and music, skills are developed that help prepare our parents and their children for school in later years.
All of our students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 have access to classroom computers, I-Pads, laptops, Chromebooks, a computer lab and Smartboard technology, and a number of special needs students have access to personal computer equipment through Special Equipment Amount Claims.
Itinerant Music Programs
Itinerant Music Programs are available to all of our students from Grades 5 through 8. Our Itinerant Music Teachers visit the school weekly to instruct the Steel Pan Band, Instrumental Band, Strings Band and ORFF.
Roden is a recognized TDSB Eco-School with PLATINUM status. We believe in reducing, reusing, recycling and thinking ecologically. We have put various actions into place to ensure that we are taking care of our school, the environment and the world we live in.
Student Life - Where You Belong
Roden offers many learning and leadership opportunities for all of our students, through various clubs and teams, such as: Student Council, Student Ambassadors, Prefect Program, Recess Revival, Playground Leaders, Office Helpers, Read-Up Club, Eco-Club, Karate Kids, Dance Club, Chess Club, Ukelele Club, U-School Club, Lego Club, Lego Robotics Club, Rainbow Loom Club, Jewelry Club, Colouring Club, Book Publishing Club, Math Club, Reading Club, Chopped 55 (Cooking Club), Swim Program (at Bowmore PS), Intramurals (House League Floor Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Primary Sports League), Grade 7/8 Sports Club (with Toronto Police), Cross-Country Running, Track and Field, Volleyball Teams, Basketball Teams, Soccer Teams, Ultimate Frisbee Teams, Slo-Pitch Teams, Cricket Teams and Community Liaison Police Partnership.
WHAT SETS US APART
Safety and the well-being of the children is our highest priority. Roden PS and the Toronto District School Board value learning environments that are safe, nurturing, positive and respectful. Roden and the TDSB are committed to equitable and inclusive practice, and value the uniqueness and diversity of our students and community. At Roden we welcome and celebrate our diversity, with over 400 students and parents speaking approximately 20 different languages, representing countries from all over the world. Our teachers are deeply committed to public education and believe that every child can be successful. We believe that all students can reach high levels of academic achievement within the Ontario Curriculum, and encourage collaborative communities and cohesive partnerships with students, staff, parents and the community.
PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Parent and community involvement is vital to ensure student success. Research indicates that students do better in school when parents are actively involved. Our parent volunteers assist on field trips, volunteer in our school library and classrooms, organize special events and fundraisers, organize multicultural events, and support our breakfast and snack programs. We work in partnership with Ashdale Public Library, Eastdale Community Health, Big Brothers and Sisters, Gerrard/Ashdale Business Association, Roots of Empathy, Child Development Institute, U of T, OISE, York, Niagara, Ryerson, George Brown, Humber, Seneca, Mothercraft, Monarch Park, Malvern, Danforth, Scientists in Schools and the Chinese Association. We invite our parents to attend Open House/Curriculum Night, Family Numeracy and Literacy Nights and Welcome to Kindergarten Evening.