John English SAC – Meeting Minutes Wednesday, September 13, 2017

John English SAC – Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome 7:03 – 7:08


No additional agenda items

Attendance sheet completed

Principal Report7:08 – 7:20

Mr. Howe

  • There are approximately 900 students in K-8 at John English this year.
  • There continue to be improvements made to the school building’s infrastructure.
  • One class adjustment had to be made due to unforeseen student enrollment. A class was going to be a 4/5 split, but is now a 5/6 split, because a number of students registered for Grade 6 over the summer.
  • A few kindergarten classes are at 22 or 23 students, so the school is looking for an exemption from the class size cap, so that no school re-organization is required.
  • Construction update: Removal of bricks from exterior walls is ongoing. No work goes on during outdoor recesses or lunchtimes, for safety reasons. Some classes get affected a little by noise from construction.
  • Outdoor classroom completed over the summer. Seating, chalkboard etc. Hoping to get a door installed to access the outdoor classroom from the Phys. Ed. Hallway.
  • TDSB Director is focused on ensuring all children learn to read by Grade 1, also focused on mental health and equity.
  • Grade 3 students undergo an academic screening. Any concerns that are discovered will be communicated to parents.
  • Meet the Teacher night is Thursday, September 21, 2017. 6:30 – 7:30. Gym uniforms and reusable water bottles will be sold.

Mr. Parvatam 7:20 – 7:30

  • Lunchtime programs (if programs run on Healthy bites days, students must bring their own bagged lunch)
    • Arts Express (yoga)
    • Maker Kids
    • Chess Club
    • Art in Action
    • Kids Fun Factory is a consideration for January

Ms. Jenkins 7:30 – 7:55

  • PALS (Playground Activity Leaders in Schools) Grades 5 and 6 students are trained in conflict resolution and playground games. The Grades 5 and 6 students run playground games Mon-Thurs and encourage younger students to participate. The games include 4 squares etc. Training is happening Friday, September 15. Program will begin on Wednesday, September 20. The PALS go around to younger students’ classes and promote the program prior to start up.
  • Eco Schools – the more the school does in waste reduction, sustainable transportation, energy conservation, the higher the ranking for the school. John English received Platinum status for this school year based on last year’s performance. October 8, John English will host the Eco Program for the local area schools.
  • Roots of Empathy Program -beginning in Mid October will run until June. It’s designed to help develop empathy in children. A class spends time with a mom and young baby. The school is still looking for a mom and a young baby who would be interested in participating. The baby has to be 8 to 16 weeks old.
  • Looking for lunch time supervisor (paid position), please contact the school if interested.
  • Scholastic Book Fair November 15 – 22. Volunteers needed.
  • Transportation – bussing schedules are being worked out. Hopefully all schedules will be ironed out by Monday, September 18, 2017.
  • Students sell milk at school. They suggested increasing the cost of Chocolate Milk and decreasing the cost of white milk to encourage healthy habits. Cost currently is $.50 for 250mL, both chocolate and white milk.

Teacher’s Report7:55 – 8:10

Mme Smith

  • Pots and pans with lids can be donated to Family Studies.
  • Mr. Murray taking his kindergarten class to help with police training.
  • Soccer, Girls Basketball, Cross Country (Grade 1 – Grade 8) have started.
  • Announcements that are made in the morning are posted in paper copy in the cafeteria every day, for students to check, if they missed something.

SAC Board Business 8:10 – 8:30


  • Parent Rep Sign Up sheet was circulated
  • Curriculum Night (September 21)
    • Pizza and bake sale available at 5:45pm. Dave Fudge will lead the Pizza ordering (rkstar), Kathy Hughes will lead the bake sale (hugheskathy)
    • Parent council meet/greet table for parents and families
  • Ukulele program runs ever Tuesday from 12 pm – 2 pm for all Grade 3 students. SAC approved financial support for this program for this school year.

Treasurers Report

  • Copies of Treasurers report from last school year are available upon request.
  • Detailed Treasurers report will be available at the October SAC meeting.


  • Dance-a-Thon in June 2017 raised over $3000.
  • Fresh From the Farm – 8 lb of apples for $15. Or 5lb of potatoes 3 + lbs of onions + 3 lbs of carrots for $13.
  • Further fundraising information will be available at the October meeting.
  • Direct donation letter and Fresh From the Farm forms will be sent home next week.
  • QSP magazine sale fundraiser will happen later this Fall.

Open Positions

  • Open positions: Health & Safety Chair
  • Anyone who is interested in position please contact SAC sacinfo

Other Business

  • See Spot Run concert possibly planned for November 2, 2017. Volunteers needed.
  • Toronto Marlies Game fundraising event possible for Winter 2018.
  • Mimico Children’s Choir registration Grades 1 – 8 students, Thursday afternoons at Mimico Baptist Church. For more information go to

Meeting Ends 8:30

Next Meetings – Thursday, October 12, Wednesday, November 15, Thursday, January 11, Wednesday, February 7, Thursday, April 5, Wednesday, May 9