John English Weekly Update – Nov 3, 2017

Friday, November 3rd 2017 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

This Week’s Friday Update: Social Networking Safety Presentation – Paul Davis, School Cash Online, Secondary School Visits – Grade 8, French Immersion Information Night, Scholastic Book Fair, Trustee Ward Forum, Sports Update, Fresh From the Farm Update, Winter Coat Drive

John English Rocked! Over 200 John English families and friends ventured to the school on Thursday, November 2nd to see and hear John English rocking. The audience was treated to three different musical selections; the John English Ukulele group, a jazz band composed of ESA students and the headliners – “See Spot Run”. It was a wonderful evening of music and entertainment. Congratulations to Jacob Vapsva who won the phenomenal door prize of a Junior Fender guitar and amplifier. Thank you to all of our school council members who helped to organize and run this evening. With a special thank you to Mary Bella and Dave Fudge for all their effort and energy in organizing the event.

Social Networking Safety Presentation – Students and Parents Save This Date – Tuesday, November 14th: Paul Davis, a noted Social Networking Safety expert will be presenting to students from Grade 4 to 8 on November 14th during the day and will also hold a presentation for parents in the evening. Paul is an outstanding presenter who has valuable information that is important for all to know who wish to use Social Media in a safe manner. Parents should make sure that they are able to attend this presentation. Further information is available at

School Cash Online: John English is now set up to receive online payments for class excursions, school activities and fundraising activities. Please note there was an error in the previously communicated website. To register for School Cash Online, please visit and select ‘Get Started Today’. Once you register you can use a debit or credit card to make your payments. As with all online payments there is a fee for this service. In most case the 2% charge is absorbed in the cost for the activity. Our goal is to make the process of payment for activities easier, safe and convenient.

Grade 8 Secondary School Visits: At this time of year our Grade 8 students are visiting school information nights to assist with their choice for Grade 9. All information about the transition to Grade 9 is available at The information nights happening this week are:
Runnymede C.I. – November 7th @7:00
Ursula Franklin Academy – November 7th @ 7 :00
Martingrove C.I. – November 9th @ 6:30
Bloor C.I. – November 9th @ 6:30

French Immersion Information Night – 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

Scholastic Book Fair – November 15-22. Interested in volunteering?

John English Junior Middle School is hosting the annual French and English Scholastic Book Fair this year from November 15th until November 22nd. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase both English and French books, magazines, gifts etc. This is an important fundraiser for our school, funding purchases for both the library and the reading resource rooms. If you are interested in volunteering during this event, please contact leah to find out more. Each student will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their classes so please keep an eye on your child’s agenda to learn when their class visit is scheduled! Parents are welcome to browse the Book Fair as well. We will be open for parents at 8 a.m. on November 16, 20, 21 and 22 and after school until 4 pm on November 16, 20 and 21. We will also be open during the parent-teacher interviews on November 16th (3 pm – 8 pm) and on November 17th (8 am – 11:30 am). Thank you for your support!

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.

John English Lunch Time Programs: John English staff and others provide a variety of lunch time activities for our students every week. Below is a list of activities that take place at John English.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Chess – Rm 310, 221, 211
Kilometer Club – Outside
Art in Action – Rm 227
Robotics Clubs – Rm 311 Robotics Clubs – Rm 311
Coding club – Computer Lab
Robotics Clubs – Rm 311 Yoga – GP Room
Maker Kids – Computer Lab
Ms. Sternig opens her art room for grade 7 & 8 students during days 1 and 3

Sports Update
Sports teams are practising at this time of the year, they are:
Grade 7 and 8 Boys Volleyball: Ms. Sharda, Mme Smith, Mme Gitto

School Council

Fresh from the Farm Orders: If you placed an order for vegetable and/or apples from our Fresh from the Farm fundraiser, the produce will be available next week. If you made a donation to the food bank, then no pickup is required, we have arranged for direct delivery to the food bank. Thanks again to all of the families for your continued support with this fundraiser. If you have any questions, please contact jen.zakrzewski
Pick up Times:
Wednesday November 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday November 8 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Thursday November 9 from 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Pick up Location:In front of the Auditorium, (on the North side of the building)

Winter Coat Drive 2017
The cooler weather has officially arrived! When you dig through your closet and find winter items your family no longer needs, please consider donating to the Winter Coat Drive hosted by CarQuest and Children’s Breakfast Clubs. We are collecting: coats, sweaters, hats, mitts and scarves IN ALL SIZES. We will have a donation box in the front foyer of our school from Monday, November 13 to Monday, November 27. For more information:

Looking Ahead:

November 10: Remembrance Day Assembly
November 14: Paul Davis Presentation – Social Network Safety 7:00 p.m.
November 15: School Council Meeting

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