Friday February 3rd, 2017 – John English Weekly Update

Friday February 3rd, 2017 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

Winter Walk to School Day – February 1st: It was wonderful to see so many students participating in our Winter Walk to school day. Many students took the time to change their method of transportation to and from school on February 1st to walking. Other students took part in our school Winter Walk and participated by walking in the neighbourhood and enjoying the brisk, sunny day. Students and families are encouraged to find ways to infuse healthy and fun activities into their day where possible. We thank the John English ECO team, Ms. Jenkins, Ms. Rajmoolie and Mme Saprykina for their organizing efforts.

Parents as Partners Conference 2017: Please find attached a poster advertising the Parents as Partners Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. This is a free conference planned by parents for parents and it includes a variety of workshops and resources to help parents support their child in their achievement and well-being at school and at home. More information is available at

Jump Rope for Heart: On Thursday, February 2nd students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 participated in a launch assembly for Jump Rope For Heart. Students heard about the importance of heart health and about ways in which they can support the Jump Rope for Heart organization. Pledge information was sent home with students this week. If students are supporting this worthy cause, they are reminded to put their name and the name of their teacher on the pledge form.

Building Resilience and Battling Anxiety: On Monday, February 13th, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., the Sir Adam Beck School Council is pleased to invite you to a free presentation at the Alderwood Library (2 Orianna Drive, Toronto) on the topic of anxiety in elementary school children by Dr. Taylor Armstrong from the George Hull Centre for Children and Families. This presentation is open to all community members, so we encourage you to share with others who may be interested in this important topic.
Please RSVP via sabschoolcouncil and let us know your name, how many people will attend and how many children require babysitting, which will be free of charge.

About the speaker:

Dr. Taylor Armstrong is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at The George Hull Centre, and an associate professor with the University of Toronto. He completed medical school and his residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Clinically, Dr. Armstrong provides assessment and treatment for children and adolescents of all ages and with a wide range of presenting concerns, including neurodevelopmental disorders and struggles with mood and anxiety. He values the tireless work of schools and their staff and has an interest in helping them in their efforts to strengthen the mental health of their students.

The George Hull Centre for Children and Families offers a full spectrum of child and youth mental health services to children from birth to age 18 and their families.

TDSB Wifi Access and Student Electronic Devices: The TDSB wifi access policy now provides opportunities for students and guests to logon and access the board wifi with devices brought from home. This policy was created to reflect the changing technological landscape from year to year and to allow students to use their own technology when learning. Students and guests still need to logon to the board resource with a name and a password. At present, access to inappropriate websites is blocked, however, the use of applications and services (i.e., Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix and others) is not. Although teachers supervise the use of electronic devices while in the classroom, student’s use of electronic devices is not supervised to the same degree while at lunch. At recess and lunch time we strongly encourage all students to engage in peer to peer conversation or activity rather than resort to the use of games or social media. Parents may find it helpful to discuss with children the appropriate place for and use of cell phones and data devices and to make children aware of family and parent expectations.

Sports Update: Our Grade 7 and 8 Girls Volleyball teams participated in the first games of their seasons this week and played well winning all of their games. As the girls advance to the next round in the coming weeks, we wish them much success. Our Hockey team played two games this week, losing to James S. Bell 3–1 but finishing the week with a strong game against Parklawn, winning 8–3. Their season continues.

From School Council

Toronto Marlies Game – John English Community Event: The John English School Council is asking everyone to hold the date of Sunday, March 26 at 5:00 p.m. for a community event. Families will have an opportunity to purchase Toronto Marlies tickets for $20.00 each. The tickets will be located in a block so that students, families and friends of John English will be able to sit together. Further information about ordering and order deadlines will be coming home soon.

Next School Council Meeting: February 9th, 7:00 p.m. in the library.

Looking Ahead:

February 9 – School Council Meeting – 7:00 pm. Library

February 10 – Quiznos Sub Day – please note the date change

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 21-24: Kindergarten Registration (by appointment)

February 23 – Ski Day for Grades 6-8: 7:00 a.m. departure/5:00 p.m. return

February 24 – Pizza Day

March 13-17 – March Break: School Closed

Parents As Partners.pdf