John English Weekly Update – Oct 20, 2017

Friday, October 20th 2017 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

This Week’s Friday Update: School and Sibling Photos, French Immersion Information Night, Outstanding Vaccinations, PALS – Playground Activity Leaders, Computer Club, Trustee Ward Forum, Sports Update, and
JOHN ENGLISH ROCKS, an event sponsored by our School Council, Fresh From the Farm Update.

School Photos/Sibling Photos: Our school photographer was here in early October and proofs of the photos were sent home this past week. If you were unhappy with the photographs and would like the picture re-taken, the photographer will be back on November 1st in the afternoon. Please make sure your child brings a signed note requesting a retake. Our photographer will also be available after 3:30 on that day for sibling photos. There is a $10.00 sitting fee for the sibling photos. If you would like to book an appointment for a sibling photo, please contact the school office to schedule a time.

French Immersion Information Night – Monday, November 6th: The French Immersion information night will be held at Etobicoke CI 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 is November 30, 2017.

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 obtain them prior to returning to school.

Playground Leaders: Our “PALS” are students who are trained to organize and run games and activities at recess. They are out on the playground at recess to encourage active participation. Playground Activity Leaders wear red bibs indicating who they are. Students are encouraged to join and learn new games and activities for recess and outdoor time. Thank you to all of our students who have volunteered to be leaders. We also thank Mme Gitto and Mr. Dunn for their time training and supporting our PALS.

Computer Club: Mr. Hyatt will be running a computer programming club for students in Grades 4 to 8. The first meeting of the club will be on Wednesday, October 25 at lunch. Interested students should speak to Mr. Hyatt about the club.

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

Sports Update

John English students can continue to be proud of their Cross-Country running skills. On October 17th, the school sent a strong team of student runners to Centennial Park to compete in the West Finals. Congratulations to our Grade 3 Boys team who placed second. Coaches Mme D’Sa, Mme Loares and Mr. Poyser and many parent volunteers cheered on our competitors. Congratulations to all those who competed. John English will be sending 11 students to the City Championships on October 26th. We know they will represent John English proudly.

Grade 6 Girls Soccer: Our girls played valiantly, displayed a positive attitude and great team spirit but fell short of winning enough games to move to the next round of the tournament. Mme Gitto and Mr. Stamatopoulos congratulate the team on their effort.

Grade 6 Boys Soccer: On Tuesday, October 17th our Boys Grade 6 Soccer team played well and executed excellent defence which resulted in a 3-1 record earning them the opportunity to play in the next round of the tournament on October 27th. Mr. Poyser and the team are looking forward to adding to their victory total.

Grade 8 Girls Football: Spirit, enthusiasm and energy were not enough to overcome their opponents. The girls participated in the tournament at John English under sunny skies and warm weather and put forth their best effort and lost narrowly by one touchdown. Ms. Broughton is proud of their effort.

Grade 8 Girls Soccer: The Grade 8 Girls soccer team was victorious in their tournament this week and will be moving on to the next round. Ms. Gitto will continue to have the girls practising throughout next week.

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 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 onlineor – special pricing for John English families – only $40 for a family 4-pack! Invite your friends via Facebook. More details at

Fresh From the Farm Update:
We have concluded Part 1 of the Fresh from the Farm fundraiser – all orders have been placed! The second part of the fundraiser is the delivery of the root vegetables and apples. We will receive our shipment between November 6th and November 30th and we will be given 10 days notice for the delivery date.

Our order included:
277 bundles of root vegetables and apples for students and parents
95 bundles of root vegetables and apples donated to the Food Bank

Our prize winners are:
* Kai Baba, who won the iTouch. This was a random name drawn – all participants were eligible.
* Mme Kim’s class has won the apple pie party – their class collected $464.00 in orders!

A total of approximately $1400.00 was raised. This event was a win/win/win/win for farmers, our families, the food bank and our school! Thanks to Gwyn, Tania, the office staff and many others for helping with this fundraising opportunity. Thank you to all those who participated in the fundraising event and thank you for your generosity to the Food Bank.

Looking Ahead:

October 26: Cross–Country Grade 4 to 8 Finals at Centennial Park
October 27: Pizza Day
October 27: Grade 6–8 Fall Activity day in the afternoon
November 10: Remembrance Day Assembly
November 15-22 – Scholastic Book Fair and Festival du Livre
November 16: Parent–Teacher Interviews (evening)

November 17: Parent–Teacher Interviews (morning)

November 17: PA Day – No school
December 1: PD Day – No school
December 22: Last day of school before the Winter Holiday
January 8, 2018: Return to school