John English Weekly Update – Dec 22, 2017

Friday, December 22nd 2017 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

This Week’s Friday Update: Winter Holiday, Candygrams, ‘Ugly Sweater’ Day, John English Calendar, Bus Cancellations, Free Adult Classes, Trustee Gough Ward Forum

Winter Holiday: The winter holiday begins Saturday, December 23rd and runs for two weeks through to Sunday, January 7th. School resumes on Monday, January 8th at 8:45 a.m. Many holidays are celebrated during the winter months, Hanukkah, Yule – Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year. We know that these holidays provide an opportunity for families to reconnect, observe traditions and enjoy time together. We wish all of our students and families a very wonderful and safe holiday season.

Candygrams: Our candygram sales were a huge success. Over 1400 candygrams, which is more than double our previous record, were sold and delivered by our student council. The money raised from our sales will be donated to a charity decided upon by the Student Council. Thank you to all those who participated in this kind and caring event.

Student Council – Ugly Sweater Day: Our student council initiative ‘Ugly Sweater Day’ was a great community spirit event. Many students came to school wearing a festive sweater or pyjamas to join in the fun and it was clear that beauty or the lack of beauty was all in the eye of the beholder. Some of our very creative students even built sweaters of their own. Our twitter feed has many examples of our enthusiastic students modelling some of their favorite sweaters or gifts.

John English Calendar: You may have been wondering what happened to the monthly calendar that was sent home to families with our end of the month Friday update. We continue to move the John English communication away from paper and more online. The calendar is now available on our website . The calendar can be seen in monthly format on our calendar, newsletter communication page or in a daily agenda format on the home landing page. We are working to make sure all significant dates are on this calendar to help you plan busy schedules.

Bus Cancellations: Unfortunately, this Friday the bus transportation was cancelled for the day. If bus transportation is cancelled for the day, the school will usually remain open. If parents are driving students to school they can be dropped off at the Kiss ‘n Ride loop in the parking lot beginning at 8:30 a.m. It is important to have a plan with your child as to how they will be returning home. The plan should be in place before you drop off your child in the morning. Grade 1 – 8 children can be picked up at the Kiss ‘n Ride or from the playground, Kindergarten children in Mr. Murray’s class and Ms. Connor’s class will be dismissed at the playground and Kindergarten children in Mme Easton, Mme Vella and Ms. Palmer’s classes will be dismissed to the George St. entrance. Thank you for your patience on these days as our regular routine is usually a little disrupted.

Trustee Gough Ward 3 Forum: The Ward 3 Council meeting which is being held on Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Etobicoke School of the Arts (Library). The focus of the meeting will be the TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Initiative.

Free Adult Classes: Essential Skills Upgrading free adult classes are available at many different locations throughout the city. These classes are funded by Employment Ontario. Further information is available at Parents are always role models to children. When parents are seen learning and diligently working, it provides encouragement for children to do their very best as well.

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 Day 1 and 3 for all Grades she teaches and it is open on all Days except Day 5 for Grade 7 and 8 students.

Our school library is open at lunch from 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 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.

Looking Ahead:
January 8, 2018: Return to school

Ward 3 Council Equity Poster (Jan 22) .pdf