Friday, May 5, 2017 – John English Weekly Update

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John English Hosting Summer Instruction: Summer school will be available to students at John English JMS this year. Applications are now due to the main John English office. 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 If you are thinking that your child would enjoy some time at school enhancing language, mathematics and their technology skills in French or English this is the perfect opportunity. Registrations should be returned to the main office by May 16th, 2017

Career Day: Our Grade 7 and 8 students had an opportunity to learn about possibilities for their future. In the morning students listened to Olympic Silver Medalist Shelley-Ann Brown who encouraged students to believe in themselves and to ask the question, “Who am I, what do I want to be and how do I get there?” In the afternoon, students had the opportunity to visit with three different speakers who presented information about various careers and career options. We thank all of our parents and community members who volunteered their time to allow our students to begin the path of career exploration. Thank you to Ms. Bryer and Mme DiMarco for their efforts organizing this worthwhile day.

Speak Up John English: An industrious group of our Grade 8 students have been making excellent use of their spare time. They have been using their own time and some class time to write, direct and star in a John English original play. The play speaks about the struggles that students may encounter as they go through school and as they grow to be part of the greater community. The Speak Up program is part of the Ontario Government’s Student Voice strategy. Student Voice aims to promote student engagement and success in Ontario schools by listening to and learning from students. Grade 7 and 8 students will have an opportunity to see the play on May 23rd during the day and parents are invited to a performance on May 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Week of Music: Music Monday occurred on May 1st and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. the students of John English did not let the rain dampen their musical spirit as they filled the auditorium and sang loudly demonstrating the importance of music and song in our lives. On May 4th the entire student population was entertained by See Spot Run, a truly Canadian band. Students had an opportunity to see and hear a Rock and Roll band and listen to songs from their 5 albums and to sing along with the band. The band finished the show with their top ten hit ‘Weightless’. We look forward to hearing more from See Spot Run in the near future.

Fundraising for TFSS: The John English EcoTeam wishes to thank all students and parents for their support of the Quiznos Sub lunch fundraiser supporting the Virtual Apple Drive, held on Friday, May 5th. We raised $625.00 for this important cause. The Virtual Apple Drive is a fundraising initiative to support the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) which supports lunch and snack programs throughout the TDSB. Thank you to the grade 7 Eco Rep’s for their great work ensuring a smooth delivery of the subs to their classrooms. We thank Ms. West for her organization of these tasty and helpful days.

Books for Friends (BFF) Project: Can you or someone you know help the BFF project to translate short, student-written books into other languages? This project involves multiple classes and teachers exploring how technology can promote student voice and well-being. Students learn about the importance of diverse books and reflect on their own identity e.g., culture, heritage, lived experiences, race, gender etc. Students then create BFF books (books by students for students) that better reflect their identities. The BFF books will be made available to families at TDSB and around the world through a website. If you can assist in translating and proofreading, please visit (case sensitive).

Sports Update: Our next big sporting event will be track and field at Centennial Stadium. On May 10th our students from Grade 4 to 8 will be participating in a range of events. Students have been trying out and practising for the last few weeks. Hopefully the weather will clear and the events will take place.

From School Council

Parent Expo 2017: The Parent Expo 2017 is a unique, learning and fun event for parents and people who volunteer in schools and community organizations. It features over 70 unique and creative exhibitors who understand that a child’s learning experience does not end in the classroom and that resources matter. The floor is bursting with ideas and innovative resources, providing parents with real life solutions and tangible ideas that they can bring back to their schools and organizations to put into action right away.The Expo takes place on Saturday, May 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 at the door. Further information is available at

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

Looking Ahead:

  • 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 25: Speak Up – Grade 8 presentation
  • May 26: Staff Appreciation Breakfast (parent 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

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

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