John English Weekly Update – Oct 13, 2017

Friday, October 13th, 2017 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

This Week’s Friday Update: Safety Patrol Request, French Immersion Information Night, Northern Exchange Assembly, Outstanding Vaccinations, Grade 8 to 9 Information Nights, Parent Workshops, TPL Artist in Residence, Trustee Ward Forum, Sports Update, and JOHN ENGLISH ROCKS, an event sponsored by our School Council.

Safety Patrol Request: Our volunteer Grade 6 student safety patrollers, who have been trained by a police officer and have passed a written test, are trying very hard to keep John English students safe as they cross Mimico Avenue at the crosswalk at Elizabeth Street. Unfortunately there have been numerous incidents when drivers have chosen not to stop well in front of the crosswalk. Some drivers speed up when the lights begin to flash in order to miss the delay that will occur when students cross, others ignore the flashing lights altogether and proceed across the crosswalk. Many drivers have been ignoring the sign stating that there is no passing from the sign, on the left hand side of Mimico before Elizabeth Street, to the crosswalk. In order to ensure the safety of all pedestrians we ask that you remind your family, friends and neighbours to follow the rules of the road and to respect the safety patrollers directions.

French Immersion Information Night – November 6th: The French Immersion information night will be held at Etobicoke C.I. from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please note the location change from previous practice. Students who are interested in applying for French Immersion can access the application online at The application for French Immersion (Junior Kindergarten students eligible to apply) will be open beginning October 30, 2017. The application deadline closes on December 1, 2017.

Northern Exchange: On October 12th, the John English auditorium was host to a celebration of culture and community as students from all over Mimico demonstrated and heard about the value of friendship. Four John English students as part of a Mimico Canadiens hockey participated in the exchange with students from Rankin Inlet. The assembly highlighted the fact that even though we will far away we are similar in so many ways, one similarity being that we are all Canadian. Students from 15 different schools attending the assembly and heard a powerful message of community from three time Juno award winner, Susan Aglukark, through her words and song.

Toronto Public Health – Outstanding Vaccinations: Toronto Public Health requires that students attending school have up to date vaccinations. If your child is in Grade 2, 3 or 4 and has outstanding vaccinations Toronto Public Health may contact parents by letter indicating the need to update your records or to complete the vaccinations. Students who do not have up to date vaccinations may be required to do so prior to returning to school.

Grade 8 to 9 Information Nights – October 19th: 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.

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.

Parent Workshops: There are a number of parenting workshops being offered by The Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health. These are free, but do require registration. Please see the attached flyers for further information.

TPL – Artist-in-Residence Program: Our local Toronto Public Library – the Mimico Branch- offers Artist-in-Residence programs for children of all ages. The current program “Strange Journey” will engage students in a variety of arts-based activities culminating in a community performance. This program is being offered for the rest of October as drop-in sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:00pm. The program will continue in November, but students must register. For more information, drop by Mimico Library or visit:

Trustee Gough Ward Forum: Trustee Gough will be holding her second Ward Forum of the year on Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Lambton-Kingsway JMS (Library), 525 Prince Edward Drive, North. All parents are invited. More information is available in the attached flyer.

Sports Update:

Cross-Country: It was great to see so many students tryout for the Cross-Country teams. All students can be proud of their effort. Any student in Grade 3 – 8 who qualified for the West Conference Finals will continue to practice in the upcoming week. The TDSB Conference finals take place on October 17th at Centennial Park.

Boys Football: John English was host to the Grade 6 and Grade 8 Boys Football tournament this week. All the players should be proud of their efforts. Mr. Panou and Mr. Nunes will be communicating with the team if there about any games in the future.

Boys Soccer: Our Grade 8 Boys Soccer team played in their tournament this week and were determined in their efforts at the battled the colder weather.

Many sports teams are practising at this time of the year, they are;
Grade 3, 4 and 5 Cross–Country: Mme Baillet, Mme D’Sa and Mme Loares
Grade 6, 7 and 8 Cross–Country: Mme Kamnik and Mr. Poyser
Grade 6 Girls Soccer: Mme Gitto
Grade 6 Boys Football: Mr. Poyser
Grade 6 Boys Soccer: Mr. Poyser
Grade 7 and 8 Boys Football: Mr. Panou
Grade 7 and 8 Boys Volleyball: Ms. Sharda, Mme Smith, Mme Gitto

School Council


An ALL-AGES Rock Concert FUNdraiser Brought to your by your JE SAC
Date: Thursday November 2, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Doors open: 6:30pm)
Location: JohnEnglish JMS Auditorium

Tickets now available online – special pricing for John English families – only $40 for a family 4-pack! For paper orders – ticket forms are coming home in the coming week. Tickets will also be on sale in the schoolyard this coming week, after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Oct 17-19). Invite your friends via Facebook. More details at

Looking Ahead:

  • October 17: Cross – Country Grade 3 – 8 West Final – Centennial Park
  • October 18: Grade 6 Girls Soccer
  • October 19: Grade 8 Girls touch football
  • October 26: Cross – Country Grade 4 – 8 Finals – Centennial Park
  • October 27: Pizza Day
  • October 27: Grade 6 – 8 Fall Activity day in the afternoon
  • November 15-22 – Scholastic Book Fair and Festival du Livre
  • November 16: Parent – Teacher Interviews evening
  • November 17: Parent – Teacher Interviews morning
  • November 17: PD Day – No school

JARVIS – new – NOV 2017 WORKSHOPS.pdf

new – NOV 2017- MEDIA.pdf