John English Weekly Update – Nov 17, 2017

This Week’s Friday Update: Parent – Teacher Interviews, Do You Know the Speed Limit on Mimico Avenue?, School Winter Concert, Networking Safety Presentation – Paul Davis, Street Safety, Winter Weather is Near, Skate with Santa, ESA Winter Craft Fair, Secondary School Visits – Grade 8, Scholastic Book Fair, John English Lunch Time Programs, Sports Update, QSP, Winter Coat Drive

Parent–Teacher Interviews: It was wonderful to see so many parents and students in the school during the evening of Thursday, November 16th and the morning of Friday, November 17th to discuss student progress, learning skills and work habits. The mid-point of the first term is a great time to review long term goals and to ensure that plans are in place to achieve the goals. It is also a good opportunity to take time to reflect upon accomplishments and take pride in achieving your best. We thank parents for taking the time meet with us and to discuss your students.

Do You Know the Speed Limit on Mimico Ave?: Mimico Avenue is the one way street from Lakeshore Blvd. to Royal York Road that is on the north side of John English JMS. The speed limit for most residential streets is 50 km/h. The limit for streets near school zones is 40 km/h. The speed limit on Mimico Avenue is 30 km/h. Many vehicles using Mimico Avenue seem to be exceeding this speed limit and consequently are jeopardizing the safety of our students who use the Mimico Avenue crosswalk. If you are driving along Mimico Avenue, please adhere to the posted speed limit to make the road safe for pedestrians and vehicle traffic.

School Winter Concert: Wednesday, December 13th is the day that has been set aside for the John English Winter Concert. This concert will see our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students presenting their very best. Please remember that the school parking lot will be full with staff parking. Parents are encouraged to walk or park on the side streets in the neighbourhood. We look forward to seeing you this evening.

Social Networking Safety Presentation: On November 14th, Social Networking Safety Expert, Paul Davis spoke with students and parents reminding them about the importance of being safe while using digital devices. Paul reminded everyone:

  1. Parents play an important role in providing structure and limits.
  2. Parents should put in practice periodic review of children’s hand held devices from the beginning.
  3. Electronics should be used in public places, not in bedrooms.
  4. Phones and computers can stay with parents for the evenings.
  5. Protect your passwords but don’t store them on your devices.
  6. Body images don’t belong on the internet.
  7. Delete from the internet is a myth.
  8. Think and take time before pressing send.
  9. Follow the social media policies – most people need to be over 13 to legally use applications.

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.

27th Annual Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade and Free “Skate With Santa” – Saturday, December 2nd: Details of this festive event can be found in the attached flyer, and at

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 Etobicoke 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

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:

City School – November 22nd (ALT)

Etobicoke CI – November 22nd 7:00 p.m.

Central Technical School – November 23rd 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Scholastic Book Fair – November 16-22: John English Junior Middle School started hosting the annual French and English Scholastic Book Fair this year on Wednesday, November 15th. The Book Fair runs until November 22nd and 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. Each student has 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! Parents are welcome to browse the Book Fair as well – we will be open for parents on November 20th, 21st and 22nd at 8:00 a.m. as well as after school until 4:00 p..m on November 20th and 21st. Thank you for your support!

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.

In addition, beginning Monday, our school library will be open at lunch from 11:50 to 12:30, for students in grades 4-8 who wish to work in a quiet, cellphone free setting, to complete homework or enjoy a good book. Interested students will need to get a library pass from their teacher, each day they plan to attend.

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 went undefeated in the first part of their tournament this week.

School Council

QSP: Although QSP orders are due today you can still place your orders over the weekend. Go to and use our school code 3721826 to choose from a wide selection of magazines and more! A subscription to the ‘Texture’ app is also available, please check the QSP catalogue for details. Thank you John English families for your generous participation in all of our school council fundraisers!

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:

December 1: PD Day – No school

December 13: Winter Concert

December 22: Last day of school before the Winter Holiday

January 8, 2018: Return to school

Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade.pdf
ESA Craft Fair 2017 BW.pdf
Streetproofing tips_Elementary.pdf
Streetproofing tips_Intermediate.pdf
Traffic Safety Tips.pdf