Friday, May 12, 2017 – John English Weekly Update

Friday, May 12, 2017 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

Bike to School Week May 29th – June 2nd: Research continues to tell us that daily exercise is important for all of our students, yet in the past 30 years the amount of exercise that young people participate in continues to reduce. The week of May 29th to June 2nd is Bike to School week and we encourage all students who can bike to school safely to do so. Students can prepare for this week by ensuring that their bikes are in full working order. Some students may even want to start their biking to school now.

Bike to School Contest: For the fourth year in a row, John English students who do not have a bike have a chance to win a bike. Students need to write an essay as to why they should win a bike. Essays should be handed in to the main office by May 24th to be entered in the contest.

Spring Concert: Our 2017 Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday, May 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in our school auditorium. The concert will feature performances by our Band and Strings classes, our Ukulele groups, and our Grade 6 , 7 and 8 students singing in choirs. We look forward to seeing you there.

Planning for the 2017–2018 School Year:Spring time is when the school begins the planning process for the next academic year. If you know that you are moving, and your child(ren) will not be returning to John English in September 2017, please let the office know in writing at your earliest convenience. This information will help us with our planning for the upcoming year. One of the areas that we look at each year is the composition of classes. Our goal is to provide the best possible educational environment for all of our students using the following criteria:

• Gender balance

• Class size guidelines set by the Ministry

• Academic achievement

• Social, emotional and behavioural factors

• Other unique considerations or circumstances

On occasion there may be personal information that is unknown to the school staff that may affect a child’s placement (i.e. family changes, learning assessments or medical situations). If you believe there is information that may assist with this process, it should be submitted to the main office in writing to the attention of the Principal by Friday, May 19th. Please note that we will not be able to consider requests for specific teachers.

Although we strive to ensure continuity and stability of classes from the beginning of September, there is always the possibility of reorganization early in the year due to an increase or decrease in enrolment over the summer.

Late Arrivals: Parents and students, please note a change in our late arrival procedure. Entry bells ring at 8:45 a.m. and 12:30 pm. Students are expected to be in class, ready to learn at 8:50 a.m. in the morning and 12:35 p.m. afternoon. If students are a few minutes late they are to report directly to class and teachers will note the lateness in attendance. Students arriving to school after 9:00 a.m. and after 12:40 p.m. are to report to the main office for a class admittance slip. Students are no longer reporting to the guidance area for attendance.

Career Day – John English – 2016–2017: As we reported last week, Career Day was a tremendous success for our Grade 7 and 8 students. Thank you again to all our volunteers who brought their expertise to our students and who helped us provide the students with a range of experience and insight. We have now had a chance to review the feedback surveys provided by our students and here is a sample of what they learned:

“Failure is okay, it helps you get back up and realize what you need to work on.”

“You need to know who you are and what you like in order to find the perfect job for you”

“He taught us about how we need to surround ourselves with the kind of people we strive to be”

“You have to keep your options open. Never get too comfortable with your job. The world is constantly changing”

“You have to work hard to achieve your goals. It’s not something you can attain just like that”

“When choosing a career you have to decide, do I want to work for the money, do I want to do a certain job or do I want to work for a certain organization.”

Wise words from our presenters, heard clearly by our students.

Lakeshore Village Playground Update: The City of Toronto has allocated some funds to update the Lakeshore Village Park playground which is bordered by Lakeshore Boulevard Garnett Janes Road, Coin Street and Twelfth Street. The playground is in the immediate area of Barsa Kelly; Lakeshore Gardens, Lorette Manor and Robert Cooke. Lakeshore Village playground is a community park and if you would like to provide your opinion about the renovation and upgrades please use the attached form to do so.

Sunshine Lunches: As the weather becomes warmer all of our Grade 1–8 students will have the opportunity to eat their lunches outside on the playground. Our sunshine lunches, which are welcomed by the students, run smoothly and efficiently. Our lunchroom assistants continue to supervise the students when they are outside and students make use of our garbage bins for waste items. Those students who receive lunch in the cafeteria from Healthy Bites will continue to do so, and then will head outside to enjoy their meal. Our kindergarten students will remain inside when eating their lunches.

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

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 all parents are invited to a performance on May 25th at 7:00 p.m. Content of the play is for a mature audience. Please see attached poster.

BFF (Books for Friends) Project:

Looking for parent translators! 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).

George R. Gauld Family Activity Night: Our George R. Gauld Junior School neighbours are having a family activity night on May 18th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the refurbished school yard. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of fun family activities celebrating the community. Further information is available in the attached flyer.

Sports Update: This was a busy week for John English Athletics. Both the Grade 6 and 8 boys and girls soccer teams have been selected and practices are well underway. The Co-ed Ultimate frisbee team is also still holding after school tryouts for interested students in Grade 7 and 8. Students are to listen to morning announcements for practice times and dates.

The first track meet of the season was held on Wednesday, May 10th at Centennial Stadium. John English sent 91 Grade 4-8 students to the event. More than 35 students achieved a top four finish and will be moving onto the conference finals on June 6th. Track practices will continue at lunch and after school until then. All of our students should be proud of their training and efforts. Thank you to those parents who assisted with transporting our students to and from the stadium.

From School Council

Next School Council Meeting: September 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the library.

Looking Ahead:

  • 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 21 – 23: Grade 7 Trip to Albion Hills
  • June 26 – 28: Grade 7 Trip to Albion Hills
  • June 27: Grade 8 Graduation
  • June 29: Last Day of School
  • June 30: P. D. Day – No School

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