SAC Meeting Minutes – October 13, 2016

John English SAC – Meeting Minutes
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome 7:00 – 7:10

Additional agenda items

  • no new or extra items
  • attendance sheet sent around                       


Principal/Vice Principal’s Report 7:10 – 7:35

Mr. Howe

  • Welcome and thank you for coming, parent involvement always welcomed and thanked
  • Safety fences are still up around the school because boilers are being repaired; there is work being done on the exhaust stack
  • Solar panels have been delivered, but not yet installed and connected
  • Painting will be happening on the school interior.  The stairwells and second floor lockers are a priority
  • Instrumental music program has changed this year.  Schedule has been adjusted for grade 6s, so that they go twice per cycle as opposed to three times per cycle.  This allows more students to be involved and more consistency and flexibility
  • Computers and laptops – 30 laptops have been purchased for the 2nd floor this year.  10 new dot and dash robots have been purchased for kindergarten classes.  They can be programmed using iPads.  Smart board has been purchased for kindergarten classes.
  • Saturday November 19 at Earl Haig CI PIAC Parent Conference.  More information at
  • Cross country semi-finals next week on October 17
  • Grade 1 and 2 local cross country meet at John English 9:15am start October 20
  • October 27 Grade 8-9 transition meeting for parents at John English JMS.  Meeting is at 7pm, Reps from Richview CI and Lakeshore CI will be there, for 6:30 pm
  • Nov 9 French Immersion information meeting 7pm at John English JMS

Mr. Parvatam

  • Scholastic book fair Nov 30 – Dec 7 volunteers needed during the school day.  Volunteer shifts are about 90 minutes.  Sign up sheet went around.  Please contact Mel Boyd-brown if interested in helping at
  • Bussing update – most students who have applied for empty seats were accommodated, although one route is completely full

Teacher’s Report  7:35 – 7:45

Mr. Hyatt

  • Safety patrollers are now patrolling at the Mimico cross walk.  There are 39 Grades 5 and 6 students involved
  • Junior and senior Volleyball has started for boys
  • Junior and senior Basketball for girls will begin soon
  • Halloween dance on October 28 for Grades 6-8 students

SAC Board Business 7:45 – 8:25


  • Parent rep still needed for some classes
  • Kiss and ride 8:25 – 8:45 am and library support volunteers needed, contact Ms. Jenkins (VP) at the school if interested


  • Fresh from the Farm – increased participation from last year, volunteers will be needed when the delivery arrives. Sign up sheet went around.  Contact Jen Z via
  • QSP will continue until the end of the month
  • Poinsettia sale and Indigo Flip Give fundraisers will begin in November. Details to follow

Treasurer’s Report

  • RE: SAC reserve –  this year SAC would like to spend this extra money during this school year
  • Teacher wish list items
    • Math online game programs that some teachers are asking about (reflex math, Mathletics, Net Math)
    • more musical instruments, music presentations
    • technology (3rd floor for grade 3, 4, and 5 classes)
    • building a kindergarten/grade 1 outdoor classroom including a stage, play space and garden
    • grade 4, 5, 6 iPads
  • Confirmation of SAC spending is planned for the November 10 SAC meeting. Howe to confirm cost of several Teacher Wish List items before SAC spending approval

Open Positions

  • SAC Treasurer – if anyone is interested, the time commitment is minimal, please contact SAC via
  • Ward Rep
  • Canadian Parents for French Rep
  • Health & Safety Rep

Other Business  8:25 – 8:35

  • People can go to the Fix Our Schools website for information about school improvement
  • Mimico Residents Association Family Halloween Dance on Saturday, October 29 at St. Leo’s CS Gym. More info at
  • Tuesday, November 15, Ward meeting at John English JMS with Trustee Gough and the TDSB Director of Education and local superintendants

Meeting Ends    8:35

Next Meetings – Nov 10, Jan 12, Feb 9, April 6, May 11

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