Friday, February 24, 2017 – John English Update
Ski Trip: The weather was unusually warm for February 23rd but the snow remained at Snow Valley and over 300 John English students, over 20 parents and 17 teachers awoke early in the morning to board buses for a 7:00 a.m. departure to the ski hill. John English was the first bus to arrive at the lodge and all students were outfitted and on the hill by 10:30 a.m. The students enjoyed a wonderful day of skiing, learning and fun. Our students did an excellent job representing John English proudly. Thank you to all of our parents who volunteered for this annual event; your support allowed the day to run smoothly. Thank you as well to Mme Kamnik, Mme Mazelet and Ms. Rome for their organizing efforts. We also thank Snow Valley who supported our school with 50 day passes for the hill.
Goal Setting: The setting of goals and creating a plan to achieve those goals is a key to success. As we begin the second term, now is a good time for students to set goals for home and school. The use of a timeline to assess progress toward achieving goals can also be very helpful as it provides opportunities to celebrate success along the way. In our classes students are asked to set goals for themselves at school not only in terms of academics but also personal progress.
Jump Rope for Heart: February 23rd was a busy day for active movement at John English. Our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students participated in Jump Rope for Heart day. During each class’s time in the gym they had an opportunity to test out new skipping styles, participate in active movement and work as a team to skip together. Thank you to all those who made donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, your generosity is greatly appreciated. We thank Mme Trudeau for her organizing of the day.
Why Are Children Easily Bored? (This item was so popular last week we have repeated it this week): As teachers, sometimes we find that we are trying to catch up to the ‘excitement’ and instant response times in our world today as we strive to capture the attention and imaginations of our students in the classroom. There continues to be more and more research about the benefits and the drawbacks of our technologically advanced world. It is important as parents and teachers to make sure we find strategies and time to teach our students some of the skills that will lead to success in life. Some of these skills include patience, the ability to delay gratification and empathy for others. Although much has been written and continues to be written on this subject, parents may find the following blog of interest. https://yourot.com/parenting-club/2016/5/16/why-our-children-are-so-bored-at-school-cant-wait-and-get-so-easily-frustrated
Kindergarten Registration: Our kindergarten registration took place this past week. If you have a child who was born in 2013 or know of a child born in 2013 who has yet to register for Kindergarten, please contact the school at 416-394-7660 and arrange to do so. We look forward to starting your child’s education with our Kindergarten classes.
Mimico Adult Learning Centre: Many community members often wonder who occupies the original John English JMS site on Royal York and Mimico. Most people know that there is private before and after care program making use of the ground floor, but what is happening on the upper floor is just as exciting. The Mimico Adult Learning Centre provides mature students with opportunities to upgrade skills in reading, writing and mathematics. For more information about the centre, see the attached flyer.
Trustee Gough’s Ward Forum: March 2nd, Trustee Gough will be holding a Ward Forum at 7:00 p.m. The forum will take place at Second Street JMS in the staffroom. Trustee Gough will also be holding a Ward Forum on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Islington Junior Middle School. See the attached flyers for further information.
EcoSchools Update: This week John English had its interim EcoSchools audit – part of the process necessary to achieve platinum certification. The auditor was really impressed at where we are at this point in the year, as we have been working towards our goals in waste reduction, energy conservation and active, safe and sustainable transportation. Thanks go to our EcoTeam staff and student members who have been working hard this year to encourage our whole school community to do their part to reduce our environmental impact. For example, most teachers have begun using 100% recycled paper (which conserves 1000s of liters of water per carton over regular paper) and are going paperless for other tasks. This resulted in a 15% reduction in photocopy paper usage overall compared to the same period last year. What can you do? Lead by example and encourage your child to follow environmentally friendly practices like: putting waste into the right bin – recyclables, green bin or garbage; use natural lighting as much as possible and always turn off the lights when leaving the room. These small acts can make a difference!
Skating: February and early March are the time for skating at John English. Our Grade 1 – 5 students have an opportunity to skate at the Mimico Arena with their class. As a result of donations in previous years, the school has skates that can be borrowed in various sizes. All participants on the ice (i.e., students, teachers and parents) are required to wear a helmet. The school is always looking for donations of helmets for our students. Helmet donations can be brought to the main office.
Sports Update: The John English Hockey team moved into the playoffs this week with a semi-final game against our crosstown rivals, James S. Bell. All the team members put forth a fantastic effort throughout the entire game which resulted in a strong team victory 3–1. The team now advances to the final on Thursday, March 2nd.
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 26th 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. A flyer with order form was sent home with students at the beginning of this last week. The deadline for forms was today, Friday, February 24, however if you still have a form at home bring it to the main office on Monday, February 27th and we will try to secure your tickets.
Movie Night: John English dinner and a movie night is happening on Friday, April 28th beginning at 5:15 p.m. This annual event with prize basket draws is anticipated by all families. Further information will be sent home after the March break. Parents are asked to save the date.
Next School Council Meeting: April 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
February 28: Discours (Grade 4 – 6) et Concours Oratoire (Grade 7 – 8)
March 2 – Trustee Gough’s Ward Forum at Second Street JMS 7:00 p.m.
March 6 – 10: Spirit Week – look for details in next week’s Friday Update
March 6 – 10: Read For Fun Week
March 13-17 – March Break: School Closed
March 24: Earth Hour 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
March 26: John English community at the Marlies game – start time 5:30 p.m.
March 28: Grade 8 Graduation Photos
March 29: Citizenship Ceremony
March 31: Pizza Day
April 3: Safety Patrol Movie Day 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
April 4: Dental Screening Begins
April 14: Good Friday – No School
April 17: Easter Monday – No School
April 20: Grade 2 Earth Day event
April 21: Community Clean-Up