John English Weekly Update – Sep 15, 2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

This Week’s Friday Update: Meet the Teacher, School Council Meeting, Dogs on School Property, Grade 8 to 9 Information Nights, Roots of Empathy, Employment Opportunity – Lunchroom Supervisor, Lost and Found Items, Safety Patrol, PALS, Sports Team Tryouts, Bake Sale and a SPECIAL JOHN ENGLISH event sponsored by our School Council.

Meet the Teacher Night – Thursday, September 21, 2017: The John English JMS Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, September 21, 2017. This is an opportunity for parents to meet teachers and to speak about curriculum. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Cafeteria – Bake Sale, Pizza, Gym Uniform Sales

6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Classrooms – Teachers will be available in the classrooms to speak with parents

Unfortunately, due to a number of conflicts we will not have our local community services available in the early part of the evening as we had expected.

We look forward to meeting with all parents throughout the evening.

School Council Meeting: It was wonderful to greet so many new and familiar families at our School Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 13th. We thank all of our parents for the support that they provide to our students and the school. Parents are reminded to periodically visit the school council webpage for further information about council initiatives.

Dogs on School Property: Pets bring a great amount of joy to children and families. However, a crowded playground with over 900 children can sometimes be overwhelming for dogs which may cause them to interact adversely with students. For the safety of our students, we ask that parents not bring dogs onto the school property when picking up and dropping of their children.

Grade 8 to 9 Information Nights: The transition from Grade 8 to 9 is an exciting time for both parents and students, offering many choices and opportunities. While it may seem early in the year, we want to offer students and their families time to thoughtfully consider their options. Ms. Bryer, our school guidance counsellor, will be meeting with all Grade 8 classes in the next few weeks to outline the process and provide information to the students about making choices for Grade 9. There will also be an information evening offered to parents in October. Look for a date coming soon!

In order to provide specific information about secondary schools and programs, all secondary schools in the Toronto District School Board offer open house evenings. This is an excellent opportunity to visit schools of interest and hear directly from their staff about the programs, courses and extracurricular opportunities that are offered. We know that this can be a busy time for families, so to facilitate planning, here is a link to the list of dates of open house evenings and times for all schools in the TDSB.

Roots of Empathy – Looking for a Mother and Baby: Roots of Empathyis a Canadian organization that offers a unique program designed to support the development of empathy in children. The students in Ms. Rajmoolie’s class participated in the program last year and we have been approved to host the program again this year, but we are in need of a mother and baby who would be willing to volunteer for this worthwhile program.

We are looking for a Mother with a baby who will be 8 to 16 weeks old by mid-October and willing to visit a class once a month from April to June. If you think this might be of interest to you, please contact Ms. Jenkinsfor further details.

Employment Opportunity – Lunchroom Supervisors: The Toronto District School Board is seeking qualified Lunchroom Supervisors to work with students during the lunch hour. RATE OF PAY: $11.40/hour (First 30 shifts); then $19.05/hour and shifts are 1 hour and 15 minutes. At John English, we are always in need of individuals who are interested in becoming a Lunchroom Supervisor, both for permanent lunch hour work, as well as to fill in when one of our regular supervisors is absent. Please contact Ms. Jenkins in addition to applying online at

Lunchroom Routine: In an effort to reduce any lost lunch materials we have made a slight change to our lunchroom routine. Our Grade 4, 5 and 6 students will now keep their class lunch bins directly at the end of the table and take them up to the classroom immediately after lunch dismissal. This also allows our Grade 1, 2 and 3 students more room between their lunch bins and should prevent the misplacing of lunch boxes.

Lunchtime and Lunch Bags: The John English population is almost 900 students and lunch time is a very busy time of the day. On occasion a lunch bag may go missing or get lost. Parents and students are reminded to ensure that their lunch bag and other belongings are labeled with a name that will assist us in reconnecting lost items to the owner.

PALS – Playground Leaders: PALS are students who are trained to be playground leaders. On Friday, September 15th our PALS volunteers worked with Mr. Dunn, Mme Gitto and our Public Health nurse to learn how to be an effective playground leader. These leaders will visit classrooms and organize activities during recess. Thank you to all our student volunteers.

Safety Patrol: Our Safety Patrol who help guide younger students across the Mimico Avenue crosswalk will be up and running again this year under the supervision of Mme Mazelet and Ms. Sternig. Students who wish to apply for this position should contact Mme Mazelet.

Audio-Visual Club: Mr. Parvatam has been working with our Audio-Visual club who are responsible for assembly set-up. The students will be trained and ready to support classes using the auditorium facilities.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up of Students: Thank you to all those parents who drive their children to school and use our Kiss and Ride in the parking lot. Students can be safely dropped off or picked up within ten minutes of entry and exit times. Please remember that the school buses need access to the front of the school and as such we are unable to accommodate individual cars in the bus loading zones.

Sports Update:

Gym Uniforms: Once again the John English physical education teachers will be selling gym uniforms. Both shirts and shorts will be available in all sizes. Our gym uniforms serve many purposes; they help to instil pride in our school, are used during cross-country and track and field events and can even be used on field trips to help identify our students. We encourage our students to speak to Mr. Poyser and Ms. Broughton about the purchase of a uniform.

Grade 3, 4 and 5 Cross-Country Running: The Grade 3, 4 and 5 Cross Country team held tryouts this week and will continue next week. Tryouts take place at lunch hour at 11:50 a.m. Practices will take place on the field or around the Memorial Park area at lunch. We thank coaches Mme D’Sa, Mme Baillet and Mme Loares for their work with the team. The teams will be posted at Coaches Corner next week.

Grade 6–8 Cross-Country Running: The Grade 6, 7 and 8 Cross-Country team will continue to practice at Memorial Park on Tuesday and Thursday of this coming week. Practices begin at 7:45 a.m. with stretching and then a run through the neighbourhood.

Grade 6–8 Touch Football: Tryouts for the Touch Football team will be held next week. Ms. Broughton will be coaching the team. Students should listen carefully to the announcements if they wish to try out for the team.

School Council

SEE SPOT RUN! an ALL AGES ROCK CONCERT – FUNdraiser Brought to you by your School Council (SAC)!

Save the Date: Thursday Nov. 2, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Location: John English JMS

Tickets: Available at Curriculum Night Thurs., Sept. 21st in the Cafeteria at special Early Bird rates.

Bake Sale Items Needed! SAC is hosting a Bake Sale on Curriculum Night and we are asking for families to donate the delicious treats. Please drop off your contribution on September 21st at the school. Morning donations can be brought to the main office. Donations after 2:30 p.m. can be taken to the cafeteria.

If you have any questions about the Bake sale please email: hugheskathy. Donations must be nut free. Thanks!

Healthy Bites: This week marks the first week that the Healthy Bites hot lunch program was back in action. Thanks to the hard work of Jennifer Hara, Mary-Anne Muzos, Liz Canrinus and countless volunteers the program is currently serving 230 students! This is no small feat given that the students have 20 minutes to grab their lunch and eat it, and it takes an incredible amount of behind the scenes planning and organization to pull it off.

It takes a lot of bodies working in a small space to serve all of these kids, as well as a lot of storage to run a program like this on a weekly basis. Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we navigate the massive increase in popularity Healthy Bites has seen over the last few years! If you would like to volunteer to assist with our lunch program, please contact healthybites

Looking Ahead:

September 21: Cafeteria – 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

Meet and Greet Parents, Bake Sale, Gym Uniforms, “See Spot Run” ticket sales

September 21: Classrooms – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Meet the Teacher/Curriculum night

September 20-29: Grade 7 Albion Hills trips (3 separate trips)

October 3: School Photo Day