John English Friday Update – Dec 16, 2016

Friday December 16th, 2016 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

Winter Concert: It was wonderful to see so many parents and family members filling the auditorium for our Winter Concert – Holiday Harmonies 2016. The students were excited and well-prepared and the performance was wonderful to see. Thank you to all the staff who assisted with the preparation for the concert, and to Ms. McLeggon, Mme Trudeau and Mme Gitto for their leadership of the Holiday Harmonies. The front foyer is now full of numerous donations of non-perishable items and toys. We thank our families for your generosity.

School Bus Information: From time to time, traffic and other unexpected delays can prevent our school buses from running on time. If you are waiting for your child to be picked up or dropped off, please be aware that as long as the route is running within 20 minutes of the scheduled route time the bus company will not provide any notification of delay. If the expected delay will be greater than 20 minutes, then the bus company posts the expected delay on the following website:

If you have further questions with regard to the transportation policy, you may also contact the Toronto Student Transportation Group at 416-394-4BUS.

Food and Toy Drive: As you know, the winter holidays can be a difficult time for families. École John English JMS and the Student Council will be holding a Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Thank you to all those students and parents who dropped off items during the evening of our Winter Concert. The Student Council will still be collecting items until Monday, December 19. Boxes will also be available in front of the office. Non-perishable food items include: canned food (i.e., fruit, meat, chicken, vegetables) dried food (i.e., cereals, rice, pasta, lentils) and cookies and crackers. Items that are always of particular need are baby supplies such as formula, baby food and diapers. Your Student Council greatly appreciates your support at this time.

Supply Lunchroom Supervisors Needed: Are you available at lunchtime? Would you be interested in contributing to the safety and well-being of our students by working as a temporary Lunchroom Supervisor? We are always looking for caring and capable people who could fill in when our permanent lunchroom supervisors are absent. If interested, please contact Ms. Jenkins at becky.jenkins for further details.

Music By The Lake: Music By The Lake (MBTL) is an eight day residential instrumental and vocal music camp for Toronto District School Board students in Grades 6 to 8. It will take place Saturday, June 3 through to Saturday, June 10, 2017. Links to information and the online application are available at:

Extended French Applications for 2017/18 Grade 4 Students: The online application process for students presently in the Grade 3 English program 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 (note the updated direct web address).

Sports Update: Our Grade 8 Boys Volleyball team were narrowly defeated in a close quarter final match this week to end their season. Our Grade 6 Girls Basketball team played well in the semi-final game only to lose by one point. Congratulations to all the players for their dedication to the team and for their effort throughout the season. Thank you to Mme DaSilva, Mme Gitto and Mme D’Sa for their coaching efforts.

Being the Parent of a Young Children and Teenagers: Our lives can be busy and hectic and sometimes leave us with little time to help guide our teenagers. Students tend to have more time and often more interest in the new and changing technology. During the holiday season students may turn to social media to fill idle time in their day. Below you will find some information that may be helpful to parents. As parents, it is important to remember that we are the gatekeepers of the internet for our children. It is important to talk with young people about the positive and negative aspects of internet use and to provide them with the tools to make good choices. As a rule of thumb, electronic devices should be used in family areas and should not be used independently behind closed doors (i.e., bedrooms, washrooms, etc.)

Our Community Liaison Police Officer, Officer Rich, has compiled a list of helpful links in relation some of the more prominent social media sites.
What Parents Need To Know About Snapchat link
Information Video About Snapchat link
Information Video About Instagram link
Instagram Information For Parents link
Kids Help Phone link

Looking Ahead:
December 23 – Last day of school prior to the winter holiday
January 9 – Return to school
January 20 – P. A. Day
January 24 – Play Your Part Assembly: Grades 3 – 8
January 27 – Pizza Day
February 2 – Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff: JK–Grade 5
February 3 – Quiznos Sub Day
February 10 – Grade 6–8 Dance
February 14 – First Term Reports sent home
February 16 – Evening interviews
February 17 – P.A. Day – Morning interviews
February 20 – Family Day – School Closed
February 23 – Ski Day – Grades 6-8: 7:00 a.m. departure, 5:00 p.m. return
February 24 – Pizza Day
March 13-17 – March Break: School Closed