Friday, November 25th, 2016 – John English Friday Update

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Movember Friday: On Friday, November 25th, John English students showed great school spirit as they wore moustaches and bracelets supporting the Movember Foundation. Each student purchased their special item for $1.00 that was donated to support this worthy cause. Congratulations to our winners of earbuds. We are still looking for ticket number 016122 and 016162. The winner of two Cineplex Children’s Adventure vouchers is ticket number 016149. All winners can claim their prize at the office. The total money raised was over $400 which when added to the money raised by the male teaching staff amounted to a donation of over $1400 to the Movember Foundation. We thank all those who contributed to this worthwhile cause as they demonstrated that John English cares.

Musical Presentation: Our Grade 4 – 8 students had an opportunity to see and hear Mr. Philip Carli who is an accomplished musician. Mr. Carli improvised his piano playing accompaniment to a Buster Keaton silent film. He also spoke about early films and inspired students to continue to pursue musical interests.

Pizza Day: If you want to see volunteers in action, come to John English on Pizza Day. Over 135 pizzas are distributed in less than 25 minutes. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your help. Pizza day would not happen without your efforts.

Assembly Hall Art Show: **Flyer Attached** All families are reminded of the Assembly Hall Art Show that is happening on from November 23rd to December 14th. The opening reception will take place on Wednesday, November 30th from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Each year the Assembly Hall located at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park hosts a winter art exhibition. Students from all over south Etobicoke are invited to submit works of art for consideration. On the opening night there will be activities, songs and fun for all ages.

Grade 6 and 8 Girls Basketball: Congratulations to both our Girls basketball teams who won all of their games in their respective preliminary tournaments. Each team will now advance to the semi-final tournament next week. All the girls can be proud of their accomplishment. We thank Mme DaSilva, Mr. Parvatam and Mr. Poyser for their coaching efforts.

Incident in the Neighbourhood: You may have seen a news report this past week of an incident that occurred in the neighbourhood. As you know, we have a number of programs and policies that contribute to a safe and caring school environment. However, incidents do occur away from the school. It is important to occasionally remind students and children of common street proofing and safety procedures. Some of these practices include but are not limited to:

  1. Always walk to and from school with a buddy
  2. Always tell your parents where you are
  3. Never accept gifts from a stranger
  4. Say, “No” if an adult wants you to do something that you know is wrong
  5. Tell your parents or teacher if someone treats you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable

More information about the incident can be found at http://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/36530

Early French Immersion Applications for 2017–2018 Senior Kindergarten Students

Parents who wish to apply for the French Immersion program for their children who are presently in Junior Kindergarten should be aware that the application is online and is open now until Thursday, December 1st

The application process can begin at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/pars

Extended French Applications for 2017-2018 Grade 4 Students: The online application process for students presently in Grade 3 who wish to apply for the Extended French program opens on January 9th, 2017 and closes on February 2nd, 2017. All applications must be made online at http://www.tdsb.on.ca .

From School Council

Scholastic Book Fair: Every year John English participates in the Scholastic Book Fair. This Book Fair offers students and their families the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of French and English Language books, as well as other items such as activity kits, posters, etc. There is something for everyone with many items very reasonably priced, such as bookmarks for 50 cents and books in the $3.00 to $5.00 range. Proceeds from the Book Fair help fund resources for the library and our French and English literacy programs. There will also be a prize draw included as part of the Book Fair. All students will receive a ballot (no purchase required) and at the end of the book fair, one English and one French student will each win $25 dollars worth of free books! In addition, each winner’s teacher will also receive $25 in free books to use in their class.

This year the Book Fair will run from Thursday, December 1st to Wednesday, December 7th. All students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during school hours as well as during the lunch hour. Parents are invited to the book fair as well. Each morning, we will open at 8:30 a.m. if parents wish to browse or make purchases before school starts. We will not be open on the PD day of December 2nd, but will, however, stay open on Tuesday, December 6th until 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 7th until 5:00 p.m., to coincide with the SAC poinsettia delivery. We extend a huge thank you in advance to SAC and to the many parents who are volunteering their time to help staff the Book Fair. We couldn’t run this event without your support.

Poinsettia Sale and Samko Flip Give: Leaves are down, snow is on the way … the time is right for Poinsettias! They make a quick and easy gift for all on your list. Please see the order form for details. Orders are due by Wednesday, November 30th. Also shop at Samko & Miko for your toys and send your receipt into the school – 10% will come back to the school. Don’t forget to have Samko stamp the receipt! Full details are in the attached form. A similar offer is available with Indigo Flipgive that provides a book purchasing credit to the school for each gift certificate purchased. https://indigo.flipgive.com/f/206155

Winter Coat Drive: Do you have a gently used winter coat or other winter clothing that is looking for a new home. The John English School Council in partnership with Carquest is supporting the Children’s Breakfast Clubs by collecting gently used winter clothing (i.e., coats, sweaters, boots, hats, mittens, snowpants) to help prepare those in need for the winter season. Items may be placed in the large cardboard box outside of the main office. We thank you for your generosity. We are collecting the warm clothing until November 30, 2016.

Looking Ahead:

December 1 to 7 – Scholastic Book Fair/Festival du Livre

December 2 – P.A. Day – NO SCHOOL

December 14 – Winter Concert: Kindergarten to Grade 5 classes, Grade 7/8 Band and Strings

December 23 – Last day of school prior to the winter holiday

January 9, 2017 – Return to school