Thursday, April 13, 2017 – John English Weekly Update

Good Friday and Easter Monday: On Good Friday, April 14th and Easter Monday 17th, John English will be closed to students. Students are to return to school on Tuesday, April 18th. Those students who attend the YMCA before and after school program are advised that the school will be open for the YMCA on Monday, April 17th.

Day of Pink: April 12th the students at John English recognized the importance of standing up against homophobic bullying and bullying in general. Mme DiMarco’s class presented the importance of this action and this day to our Grade 2 – 8 students through video, spoken word and dance. Our Kindergarten – Grade 1 students learned about the importance of this day during an assembly early in the morning. We thank all the students and parents who purchased Pink shirts and who took the time to recognize the importance of this day. It is important for all of us to accept all of us. We thank Mme DiMarco and her class for all of their preparation work.

Fibonacci and Pythagoras Math Contests: Our Grade 5 and 6 students wrote the Fibonacci (Grade 5) and Pythagoras (Grade 6) contests this week. If you child is in Grade 5 or 6 and they wrote the contest, ask them what they thought was the most difficult question. It is always great to see our students challenging themselves to extend their thinking.

School Spirit: Last Friday, April 7th the student council held a special Pyjama Day. The school spirit at John English was alive and well with over 85% of the students coming to school wearing pyjamas. The day was a tremendous success. As a result of the outstanding participation three classes won prizes. Mme Hehn’s class won a pizza lunch and Mr. Pashko’s and Mme Way’s classes won a Timbit party. Congratulations to all students whose participation makes the John English community a great place to learn.

Music By the Lake Camp: Are you looking for a musical camp experience for your child. The TDSB Music by the Lake Camp experience takes place from June 3rd to June 10th and is available to any student in Grade 6–8. This unique program provides a blend of music education and camping skills by taking music instruction from the school classroom to a residential camp setting. It provides an opportunity for additional enriched musical training plus valuable social and recreational activity. Although the deadline is listed as March 1st, 2017, it is our understanding that there are still places available for more students. Further information and applications are available at Any further inquiries can be directed to the John English office.

John English Hosting Summer Instruction: Summer school will be available to students at John English JMS this year. Classes will be held in French and English. From July 5–28 students will have an opportunity to enhance their language and mathematic skills through creative lessons and activities. School will take place in the morning beginning at 8:45 a.m. and finishing at 11:45 a.m. Further information is attached. Information is also available on the school website

Kick-Off to Canada Day: Mark your calendars for the evening of June 28th for a free community event opportunity, Kick-Off to Canada Day. Humber College extends an invitation to our school community for a Kick-Off to Canada Day event being held on June 28, 2017. Kick-off to Canada Day is an exciting evening filled with entertainment and activities for families and community. This free community gathering for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of confederation and Humber’s 50th Anniversary is sure to be a spectacular occasion that is not to miss. The event will be held at 19 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke, ON from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will mark the grand opening of the brand new Lakeshore Commons Field.

Dental Screening continues: The Public Health dental nurses will be in the school until April 21st to screen all students. If the nurses notice a concern they will provide written contact to parents for follow up. All of our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students will receive a toothbrush and toothpaste after they have had their teeth screened courtesy of Brush-A-Mania.

Trustee Gough Update: Trustee Gough will have her next Ward Forum on Tuesday, April 25th. She would like to extend an invitation to all school communities to hear an impassioned and moving speaker during Earth Week: Gil Penalosa, Chair of 8-80 Cities. Gil is a renowned advocate for increasing the liveability factor in the urban structure of school communities to make them safer places for people of all ages, from 8 to 80 (hence the name of the organization) to be mobile in. He will be speaking at Karen Kain School of the Arts, 60 Berl Avenue, on Tuesday April 25 at 7 pm. Further information can be found in the attached poster.

Sports Update: Our Grade 6 Badminton team completed their season this week competing on Monday, April 10th. Congratulations to all of our Badminton team members for their continued effort and enthusiasm throughout the season. Over 100 students participated on our Badminton teams or in our Badminton intramural program. The Grade 6 Co-ed Volleyball team finished their winning season as Conference Champions this week. All players can be proud of their achievement. We thank Mme Gitto and Mme DaSilva for their coaching.

From School Council

Movie Night and Basket Raffles: The annual movie night and basket raffle is back! Students were sent home with information about the movie night and the raffle this week. Each student is being asked to donate a small item to the class basket, if possible. All items will be put together to create a number of wonderful basket prizes. Information about movie night and the basket raffle is attached.

Are you looking to find out more about your child’s school? Do you want to hear more about what is happening in the school? Are you interested in volunteering to support the school council initiatives? The John English School Council is comprised of parent volunteers who help to support student learning and school climate. All parents are invited to attend any school council meeting. We look forward to you joining our team. Upcoming events:

April 25–28: Basket Raffles

April 28: Pizza Day

April 28: Movie Night

May 26: Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Next School Council Meeting: May 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.

Looking Ahead:

April 14: Good Friday – No School

April 17: Easter Monday – No School

April 20: Grade 2 Earth Day event

April 21: Community Clean-Up

April 27: Grade 8 Trip Parent Information Night (6:00 p.m.)

April 28: Pizza Day

April 28: Final Immunization Clinic – Grade 7s and Grade 8 (girls)

April 28: Family Movie Night

May 5: Quiznos Sub Day

May 5: Grade 7 and 8 Career Day

May 11: School Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.

May 17: Spring Concert: Grade 6–8 Band and Strings

May 22: Victoria Day – School Holiday

May 26: Staff Appreciation Breakfast – parents volunteers needed

May 26: Pizza Day

June 9: P. A. Day (no school)

June 15: School Safety Patrol Play Day

June 16: Pizza Day

June 27: Grade 8 Graduation

June 29: Last Day of School

June 30: P. D. Day – No School
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Basket Assignments 2017d1.pdf

Basket Raffle Themes 2017d1.pdf

Movie Night Flyer 2017d1.pdf

2017 John English Summer School Promo Flyer (Colour).pdf

John English ConEd 2017 Registration Forms – Elementary Summer School.pdf