John English Weekly Update – Nov 10, 2017

This Week’s Friday Update: Remembrance Day, Art Studio at Lunch, Time and Space for Homework, Our Digital Age, Social Networking Safety Presentation – Paul Davis, Street Safety, Winter Weather is Near, School Cash Online, Secondary School Visits – Grade 8, Scholastic Book Fair, ESA Winter Craft Fair, Trustee Ward Forum, John English Lunch Time Programs, Sports Update, Fresh From the Farm Update, QSP, Samko and Miko, Winter Coat Drive

Remembrance Day Ceremony: On Friday, November 10th John English students participated in a Remembrance Day Ceremony that highlighted the sacrifices of so many to preserve the freedom and privileges that are part of our everyday lives and that so often we take for granted. The program included speaking presentations, song and interpretative dance. Our auditorium was full of the entire student population except for our Kindergarten students. Our students can be proud of their efforts as they presented a thoughtful and touching ceremony. Our student audience was respectful and appreciative of all the efforts. We thank those parents who attended on this day supporting our school community. Landon, Aashka, Jack, Yega, Braulio, Luna, Aaliyah and Destiny represented John English well during the presentation. We also thank Ms. McLeggon, Ms. McWhinnie, Mme Trudeau, Mme Gitto, Mme Way, Mme Smith, our Grade 3 teachers and classes for their work preparing and practising for the presentation.

Arts Students Studio: Ms. Sternig’s art room is open for Grade 7 and 8 students every day of the week and for her Primary and Junior classes on Day 1 and 3. When students use this space at lunch time it may help them organize their busy schedules.

Time and Space for After School Homework: Mme Hehn has her class open for those students who would like to have some time and space to complete homework. The room is a quiet space with computers where students can complete assignments and review homework.

Our Digital Age: Have you ever wondered why students and people in general always have their eyes on their phone? “The average Canadian teenager is on track to spend nearly a decade of their life staring at a smartphone, and that’s no accident, according to an industry insider who shared time-sucking secrets of the app design trade.” The attached article provides information about the impact that applications available on a smartphone have upon students, teenagers and people in general.

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

Street Safety: The week of daylight savings has historically seen an increase in pedestrian accidents. It is important to remind everyone of the importance of being safe on the streets and in the neighbourhood. Attached are three documents that provide Safety Tips for Elementary Students, Intermediate Students and for Traffic Safety. Our teachers review safety with students periodically throughout the year; please take the time to review these items with your children at home.

Winter Weather is Near: We had a taste of winter weather during the last few days. Parents and students are reminded to be prepared with coats, hats, boots, mittens or gloves for the weather as recess and lunch time will continue to be outdoors.

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:

*Etobicoke School of the Arts:

Nov 14th 1:00 p.m. – Grade 8 students only

Nov 15th Parents 6:00 & 7:30 p.m. – This is an open house event with an auditorium portion. Parents and students have one of two options: the auditorium portion at 6:00 p.m. followed by the open house or the open house followed by the auditorium portion at 7:30 p.m. Parents and students are asked to visit this link: to obtain their free ticket for the auditorium portion. Parents who cannot stay for the entire evening are encouraged to attend just the open house to speak to staff about our majors and our audition process.

*A special note to students wishing to attend ESA’s open house on the afternoon of Nov 14th. This is not a supervised trip. Students must register online beforehand at the link available at ESA’s website at: and parents must call the elementary school office to indicate that their child will be absent that afternoon.

Lakeshore CI: Nov 15th 7:00 p.m.

Richview CI: Nov 15th 7:00 p.m.

Rosedale Heights School of the Arts : Nov 16th 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.

Silverthorn CI: Nov 16th 7:00 p.m.

Parents can now access more information regarding the transitions process at Beyond 8 | Choices for 9 which is now live on the TDSB public site.

Scholastic Book Fair – November 15- 22

A reminder that 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. Parents are welcome to browse the Book Fair as well – we will be open for parents on November 16th, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 am as well as after school until 4 pm on November 16th, 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) if you are interested in volunteering at the Book Fair, please contact leah. Thank you for your support!

ESA Winter Craft Fair and Silent Auction – Saturday, November 18th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The Supporters of Etobicoke School of the Arts Talent (SESAT) invite you to join them at this amazing community event that hosts more than 90 vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind items.

  • See what the best of Toronto’s Artisans have to offer
  • Shop for those hard to find people on your gift list
  • Find something fun to eat at the Cafe and Bake Sale
    This year there will be more than 150 Silent Auction items including original art, cottage rentals, theatre tickets, jewellery, gift baskets, and so much more! Please help fund the amazing Art Programs at Etobioke School of the Arts. More details can be found in the attached flyer and at the link below:

2017 ESA Craft Fair & Silent Auction – November 18 10am-3pm

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 grades 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

Grade 6 – 8 Hockey Tryouts are November 20th: Mme Easton and Ms. Broughton

Grade 6 – 8 Boys Basketball: Mr. Poyser

Junior Girls Basketball: Mme DaSilva

Congratulations to our Senior Boys Volleyball team who participated in the James S. Bell tournament this week. They played with effort and spirit and lost in the consolation round.

School Council

Fresh From the Farm: The apple and root vegetable orders were delivered early this week and with the help of the students in Mme Smith’s class were sorted and ready for pick the very same day. Thank you all those families who participated in this wonderful initiative supporting our local farmers and the Daily Bread Food Bank. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who assisted with the ordering, organizing and distribution of the food items.

QSP: Our QSP fundraiser has now been extended until Friday, November 17th. Log on to to register and order from the extensive selection of magazines and other gifts! Search by school name ‘John English’ or use the access code 3721826. The draw for the Marlies/ACC VIP tour, and the winning class and top seller will be announced on Monday, November 20th.

Samko & Miko:Shop the Samko & Miko toy and book sale from now until November 12th and John English will receive 10% before taxes.When you cash out please have your receipt stamped by the cashier (just tell them the group name – John English School Advisory Council). Retain this original receipt and hand it in to the office or send it with your child in an envelope labeled SAMKO. Online shopping available – please use code FJOH3

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 please visit

Looking Ahead:

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


ESA Craft Fair 2017 BW.pdf
Streetproofing tips_Intermediate.pdf
Streetproofing tips_Elementary.pdf
Traffic Safety Tips.pdf