Friday, May 19, 2017 – John English Weekly Update

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Victoria Day Holiday: Monday, May 22nd is the Victoria Day Holiday and the school will be closed for the day. John English will re-open on Tuesday, May 23rd. We know that everyone will enjoy the day.

Important School Council Message: Our School Council has asked that you make sure to read the entire Friday Update including the important message from our School Council which is at the end of the message.

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.

Bike to School Week May 29th – June 2nd:Students are encouraged to Bike to School all this week ( and every day). Students can lock up their bikes on the bike racks at the back of the school (near the playground). The first 25 students to bike to school on Monday will receive a colourful sticker!The warmer weather and longer days make spring a great time of year to walk, bike or roll to school. Using these modes of active transportation helps to reduce congestion, improve air quality and promote health. Students who travel to school actively arrive at school more alert, focused and ready to learn. Find out more at

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Parents and community members who have volunteered throughout the year are invited to our annual volunteer appreciation breakfast on Friday, June 2nd beginning at 8:00 a.m. Invitations were sent home with our students but if we missed you with our delivery service and you offered your time and effort as a volunteer for our school, join us this morning for some coffee, tea, juice and a small bite. The time and commitment of so many of our volunteers make John English a great place for learning.

Spring Concert: Our 2017 Spring Concert was a great success. It was wonderful to see so many parents and family members taking in the audience on the night of May 17th. Our students were pleased to perform for you and to demonstrate the results of their many hours of rehearsal and practice at home. We thank Ms. McLeggon for her work with our Grade 6, 7 and 8 students in song, Mr. Cancellara for his instruction of our band and Ms. Christmas for her time with our strings.

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.

Screenagers – The Movie: There has been considerable discussion and debate about the increase in the volume of screen time to which children and students are exposed. Screenagers is a movie that discusses this 21st century change in the lives of our young people, and speaks about the possible impact of these many devices that we have available to us. A free screening of the movie will happen on Monday, May 29th from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Etobicoke School of the Arts. A trailer can be viewed at If you are interested in attending this event please RSVP at the following link Screenagers Movie

Festival of Reading

The members of the Red Maple and Silver Birch clubs had the privilege to attend the Festival of Trees Awards Ceremony at Harbourfront this past week. Attendees had the opportunity to meet the nominated authors in person, attend workshops, pick up swag and win prizes at display booths for TPL and Historica Canada, for example. But, of course, the highlight was being there, in person, for the announcement of this year’s winners – you can find the entire list here. John English was also proudly represented by Tenzin in Mr. Tang’s class who did a fine job introducing Kenneth Oppel, author of “The Nest”. A great day was had by all and many of our readers are already looking forward to the Forest of Reading programs for 2018!

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).

Parent Census: Last month we sent home a census for the parents of our Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. Thank you to all those parents who have completed and returned the census. If you have not yet completed the census, TDSB research department has indicated that there is still time to complete the survey and send it in to the school. Your input is greatly appreciated in this process.

Sports Update: The track and field team continues to practice in preparation for the West Conference finals that will be held at Centennial Stadium on Tuesday, June 6th.

From School Council

Staff Appreciation Breakfast: The Staff Appreciation Breakfast is coming up on Friday, May 26th and we still need your help! We are looking for donations of food (homemade or store bought), or monetary donations to go towards the purchase of coffee from San Remo. Monetary donations can be given to Ms. DiMichelle at the OFFICE. Please make sure to write on the envelope Your Child’s Name, Your Child’s Teacher, and Attention Joan Raymond – Staff Breakfast. If you’re interested in donating food it can be dropped off at the school the day before (Thursday, May 25th) up until 4:00 p.m., or Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. If you are planning on donating food please contact Arja Lytle – arjalytle. Thank you for helping us make this popular event a success!

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

Looking Ahead:

May 22: Victoria Day Holiday (No School)

May 25: Speak Up – Grade 8 presentation

May 26: Staff Appreciation Breakfast (parent volunteers needed)

May 26: Pizza Day

May 29: Screening of ‘Screenagers’at Etobicoke School of the Arts 6:00-8:00 p.m.

June 2: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

June 9: P. A. Day (No School)

June 15: School Safety Patrol Play Day

June 16: Pizza Day

June 21-23: Grade 7 (Tang/Romanick/Hehn) Trip to Albion Hills

June 26-28: Grade 7 (Kamaka/Elias) 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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