John English Weekly Update – Nov 24, 2017

This Week’s Friday Update: Scholastic Book Fair, December 1st PD Day, Movember Support, Employment Opportunity, A Piece of Mimico History, Do You Know the Speed Limit on Mimico Ave?, “Tis the Season” Art Show, School Winter Concert, John English Lunch Time Programs, Sports Update, QSP, Winter Coat Drive

Scholastic Book Fair Update: This past week our book fair was held at the school and was visited by every student in the building. It was great to see faces light up with enthusiasm as they entered the room. On behalf of the School Council we thank our many hard working parent and Grade 8 volunteers, Lisa Balbuck, Joan Raymond, Ms. Jenkins, Mme. McLeggon, and the Book Fair co-chairs Leah Kirkpatrick and Melanie Boyd-Brown, who, by working together, helped us run another successful French and English Book Fair for JEJMS! And a huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported this important school fundraising activity. We raised over $3000 this year which will be used to support the library and reading resource rooms. Thank you very much!

December 1st Professional Development Day – School Closed: On December 1st, the TDSB has scheduled a professional development day for all teachers. Parents are reminded the school will be closed to students on this day.

Movember Support: The State of men’s health is in crisis. Men die on average six years earlier than women. In addition, prostate cancer rates are predicted to double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50 years. Poor mental health also leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. The Movember Foundation is uniquely placed to raise global awareness of these issues. They fund a number of programs across the world in order to support men and the fight against cancer, as well as, poor mental health.
The Student Council will be helping to raise funds for the Movember Foundation. From November 27-30, students will be selling bracelets and moustaches for $1.00 to Grades 1 – 8 in the cafeteria at lunchtime. Kindergarten teachers will only be selling bracelets for their students. Contact your child’s teacher if you are interested.
Please help support The Movember Foundation! Your Student Council.

Employment Opportunity – Lunchroom Supervisors (LRS): At John English, we are always in need of individuals who are interested in becoming a Lunchroom Supervisor, both for permanent lunch hour work, as well as to fill in when one of our regular supervisors is absent. Beginning in January, we are in particular need of Lunchroom Supervisors who are available for daily work. The hours are 11:25 – 12:40, for the main cafeteria and 11:20 – 12:35, for the kindergarten lunchroom. The rate of pay is: $11.40/hour (First 30 shifts); then $19.05/hour. If you or someone you know is interested in a LRS position, please contactMs. Jenkinsin addition to applying online at

A Piece of Mimico History: John English JMS continues to run on a daily basis in a school building formerly known as Mimico High School. Many former Mimico High School students still live in the south Etobicoke area and are keenly aware of the history of both John English and Mimico High School. During 1967, a group of young men from Mimico High School’s senior basketball team completed a 45–1 season capturing both the Etobicoke and Toronto championships. Their coach and former Mimico High School teacher, Ted Schmidt, has written a book about the team’s success, his reflections upon his time in Mimico and his thoughts about sport and the world today, entitled ‘The Season.’ On Saturday, November 25th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in the John English gym, Ted will be holding a book launch. If you are interested in hearing about a little bit of Mimico history you are welcome to join us for the afternoon.

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.

‘Tis the Season Art Show: The annual children’s art show and community open house at the Assembly Hall is happening next week. The Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome; come out and vote for your favourite artwork. John English will have many submissions on display.

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 vehicles. Parents are encouraged to walk to the school or park on the side streets in the neighbourhood. We look forward to seeing you this evening.

27th Annual Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade and Free “Skate With Santa” – Saturday, December 2nd:

Details can be found in the attached flyer, and at

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, our school library is 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 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 Mme Easton and Ms. Broughton

Grade 6 – 8 Boys Basketball: Mr. Poyser

Junior Girls Basketball: Mme DaSilva

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 7:00 p.m.

December 22: Last day of school before the Winter Holiday

January 8, 2018: Return to school Twitter @JohnenglishJM

Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade.pdf