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Health & Safety Reminders

Global_Handwashing_Day_(emblem)Hi everyone,

There are many cold, flu-like and stomach bugs making the rounds this season, so here are a few reminders to help keep your family, and the other RYRNS families and teachers healthy.
1.  Do not send your child to school if any of the following occur: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, contagious viruses, pinkeye, or any infections (ear, throat etc.)
2.  Thank you to everyone who has been notifying me of your children’s illnesses/absences!  I can’t always reply (I receive a lot of messages!), but please know I’m reading your messages and passing the information onto the teachers.  Please continue to notify me of illness and other absences at the email no later than 8:45 (earlier whenever possible). When necessary, illness related information will be shared with the RYRNS community but families will not be identified.
3. Practicing good hand hygiene is one of the most important steps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.  

Here’s how to scrub those germs away. Teach this routine to your kids — or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:
– Wash your hands in warm water. 
– Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds 
– Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.
To minimize the germs passed around your family, make regular hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:
– before eating and cooking
– after using the bathroom
– after cleaning around the house
– after touching animals, including family pets
– before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives
– after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
– after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)

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Thank you all for helping to keep RYRNS healthy!  
Take care,
RYRNS Health and Safety Monitor

February 5, 2015 at 1:32 am

Play Date on Friday Feb 13 (School Closed)

playdateJoin your fellow classmates and parent/caregivers for some fun during the school closure on Friday, February 13th at Goofing Around Play Centre. Siblings are welcome!

We are being offered a special group rate of $10 per child ($2 per adult) which includes a slice of pizza, juice and sliced apples if we reach 25 kids. Please RSVP by Feb 9th. Socks are required for all.


February 4, 2015 at 11:31 pm


danceathonGreetings from your RYRNS Fundraising Team!
First off thank you for your support so far in our fundraising efforts.  Participation in these campaigns really helps the school, and of course directly benefits your little one!  In the past the school has held a mandatory event during the year for the purpose of fundraising, and this year we are holding a DANCE-A-THON!  Having one mandatory event each year, where each family must contribute, it crucial to ensuring we keep up the amazing level of care, education, growth and development that the students are receiving!  
The event will be held on Thursday February 26th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at The Children’s Urban Enrichment Studio (located at 2986 Lake Shore Blvd West).  All parents and siblings are all welcome, and there will be food, crafts, and of course DANCING to earn all their pledges!  We are asking the children to collect pledges in return for their dancing efforts!  The minimum pledge amount is $50, but of course we encourage you to collect as much as you can from family, friends or neighbours!  More details will be outlined in the Evite and the next Caboose newsletter.  Completed pledge forms can either be handed in to us on the February general meeting or placed in Oliver Poulton’s mailbox (Beaver).  We hope you can ALL make it, but if there is a conflict please kindly drop off your pledges through one of those two options before the event.

Download the Pledge Form, as well as a cover letter with some info for potential pledgers.

 We hope you are all looking forward to it – it will be a fun event!
Look out for the Evite that will come shortly and don’t forget to RSVP so we can plan accordingly!

February 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm


Our policy is to close the school if TDSB buses are cancelled. Therefore, due to weather, RYRNS will be closed today.

Enjoy the Snow Day!

February 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 2015/2016 school year. Please visit the Registration Page to download the necessary registration forms and for the details about how to secure your spot.

The existing family contact list was also updated on the secured Members Information Page.

January 14, 2015 at 7:29 am

January Caboose


The January Caboose is now available on the Newsletter page. Here are the month’s highlights at a glance:

  • January 13: General Meeting
  • January 14: Registration for returning families
  • January 15: Squirrel Pyjama Day
  • January 16: Chipmunk & Beaver Pyjama Day
  • January 21: Registration for Alumni
  • January 27: Open House
  • January 28: Public Registration 

January 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Updated Schedules and Contact Sheets

plannerJust a quick entry to advise that contact sheets and schedules have been updated on our members-only page.

October 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Health Alert

Handwashing-Words-In-Shape-Of-HandThere are many illnesses going around and we all know how our kids love to share! So, I’d like to share information about two illnesses that have been reported this week at RYRNS.  The best prevention for both of these illnesses is HANDWASHING – frequently and thoroughly.
1)  Hand, Foot and Mouth (HFM) Disease
One child at RYRNS has a suspected case of Hand, Foot and Mouth (HFM) Disease.  HFM causes painful sores in their mouth and a rash with blisters on their hands and feet.  It is most common in children under 10 and preschoolers tend to get the sickest.  The illness generally needs to run it’s course, but if your child is very irritable or is refusing to eat or drink due to the pain in the mouth, they need medical attention to treat the symptoms.  Risk of infection to adults is low, but if you have contact with hand, foot and mouth disease while you’re pregnant, please advise your maternity care provider – there is no clear evidence of risk of complications, but the infection can be passed to the baby if mom has symptoms shortly before or at the time of birth.
For more information on HFM Disease:
2)  Pneumonia
There has also been a case of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) reported.  CAP can be caused by a variety of common viruses (like rhinovirus (the cold), and influenza) or bacteria.  Pneumonia itself is not contagious but the germs that cause it are.  Those germs are generally spread through contact with mucus from coughing and sneezing.  Symptoms include fever, coughing and possibly difficulty breathing and/or wheezing.  Seek medical attention if your child:
  • is having trouble breathing or is breathing abnormally fast
  • has a bluish or gray color to the fingernails or lips
  • has a fever of 102°F (38.9°C), or above 100.4°F (38°C) in infants under 6 months of age
More information about pneumonia can be found here:
Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.  Hopefully I haven’t caused information overload – please let me know if I’m sharing too much (or too little) information.
Take care!
Rebecca VanderBurgh

October 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Health & Safety Reminder

UnknownCold and flu season (and other germs) is here.  To help maintain your families health, and the health of other RYRNS families, please remember:
1. Do not send your child to school if any of the following occur: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, contagious viruses, pinkeye, or any infections (ear, throat etc.)

 2. Please notify the Health and Safety Monitor if your child is not well, and will not be attending school.  You can reach Rebecca at  Notifying Rebecca ensures teachers are aware of your child’s absence.  It can also help other RYRNS parents, as we can share relevant health promotion and prevention tips.  Only information on a specific illness is shared.  Families are not identified when sharing health promotion/prevention information. 

3. As noted in a previous email, the Health Promotion and Protection Act requires  us to report when an enrolled child may have a reportable disease or may be infected with a communicable disease.  This information can also be submitted to  Again, your privacy will be respected when collecting relevant medical information.
4. Washing your hands correctly (or using an alcohol-based hand rub) is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself against germs. Not only will it help keep you healthy, it will help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.  Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Also, our intrepid Miss Maria is home recovering from flu-like symptoms.  She is on the mend and expects to return to school on Tuesday.  Nursery programs will continue as usual, with extra help from our teaching staff.  
Thank you all for your help in keeping RYRNS healthy.

October 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Halloween Scholastics

october scholasticDear Parents,

We placed the October 2014 catalogues in your child’s mail folder last Thursday. 

If you are interested in ordering, please complete your order form(s), attach a cheque payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd., and place in the mail folder for Anna or Phoebe Baird by Friday, Oct. 10

We apologize for the quick turnaround, but it is necessary in order to receive any halloween books in time. 

On your order form, please include your child’s full name and Squirrel/Chipmunk/Beaver class in order to help us distribute the books when they arrive. 

Please double-check your total before writing your cheque. We received three orders last month and all three had calculation errors.

DO NOT round pennies up or down. This practice is only for cash, and we do not handle cash. 

Thanks and happy reading!

October 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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