Minutes of April 2017 SAC Meeting

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome 7:03 – 7:25

No additional agenda items
Attendance sheet completed

Bright Pics School Photographer Presentation
Presentation summary: Paperless program available. Competitive pricing. Same paper and ink as competitors. Fast turn around time because local company. Mosaics are available. Sibling photos can be made available. Yearbook support for Grade 8s. 3rd party, interactive yearbook software available for Grade 8s to collaborate on their yearbook.

Principal Report 7:25 – 7:45 Mr. Howe
Painting around the building, around stairwells, lockers, etc.
Summer repairs – steel infrastructure repairs will begin over summer which may impact summer programs at John English.
Student census K-12 is being administered throughout the TDSB during the month of April, Grades K-6 parent census was sent home, Grades 4 – 8 census was administered to students. Data collected should be returned to schools by the end of this school year.
Wednesday, April 12 is Day of Pink. Assemblies are organized for Grades 2-5 and Grades 6 -8. Mr. Murray will do a JK/SK and Grade 1 assembly. Over 200 t-shirts have been sold to students.
Summer school will run this summer at John English for John English student and those from surrounding schools, July 5 – Jul 28, 8:45am – 11:45am, Grades 1 -8, Both English and French. The focus will be literacy, numeracy and technology. More information can be found on the website and more information will be sent home in upcoming Friday Flashes.
Classroom organization for 2017-18:
46.5 teachers allocated to John English for next year. 0.5 library. 888 students projected for next year. 306 students in English K – 8
468 in French Immersion K- 8
114 students in Extended French Grades 6-8
Total of 888 students projected for Fall 2017

Teacher’s Report 7:45 – 8:10 Mr. Chan (Media Literacy teacher for Grades 6 – 8 students)
Technology needs to be used with purpose. He has a project idea focused on Grades 4 to 8 on how to empower students through creating online guided reading books written by students, for students, in both English and French, using Google slides. Mme Smith
National ballet presentation for Grades K-3 April 27.
Dentist Dr. Max is coming to do Oral hygiene presentation for K – Grade 3 students. Kindergarten orientation on May 3, 9am for incoming JK students.
Mr. Murray received Toyota Evergreen Grant $3500 to go toward the outdoor classroom.
Math contests Fibonacci and Pythagoras for Grades 5 and 6, respectively, taking place on April 12. Grades 3 – 6 Kilometer Club running 1- 2 Km on Mondays and Fridays at lunch.
Citizenship ceremony took place on March 27, here at John English. 32 people became Canadian citizens.

SAC Board Business 8:10 – 9:00 Treasurers Report
Bank account healthy; numbers meeting budget.
New treasurer appointed for next school year.
Healthy bites
Committee meets quarterly to discuss food sourcing, grants, budget etc. If anyone is interested in joining the committee or volunteering for the lunch preparations please contact sacinfo@johnenglish.ca. Fundraising
Looking at possible Toronto Marlies game fundraiser for 2018 in late March or early April. Movie Night
Dinner and movie, start time 5:15pm on April 28, 2017.
Secret Life of Pets is the movie.
Volunteers needed to assemble baskets on Wednesday, April 26. Time to be determined.
$8 per person and $25 per family in advance. $10 per person and $30 per family at the door. Dance-a-thon
Tentative date June 16.
Canada 150 opportunity, Suitcase Theatre presentations. To be decided. Date for band See Spot Run concert to be determined for Fall 2017. Staff Appreciation Breakfast
May 26, volunteers needed, details to follow.
SAC Survey
Possible survey or sending a memo out to parents to communicate what SAC is, and what volunteer opportunities are available within the school community. Open Positions
Co chair for book fair (Fall 2017)
Co chair for Staff appreciation breakfast (May 2017)
Anyone who is interested in any of these positions please contact SAC sacinfo@johnenglish.ca

Other Business
Tuesday, April 25: Trustee Pamela Gough’s Ward 3 meeting – presentation by Gil Penalosa, from 880 Cities: who will be leading our discussion on School Communities and their role as agents of change in vibrant cities like Toronto. Tuesday, June 13: 20th Annual Mimico Party in the Park

Meeting Ends 9:00

Next Meeting – May 11