John English Weekly Update – Jan 18, 2018

Thursday, January 18th 2018 – John English Update Twitter @JohnenglishJM

This Week’s Update: P.A. Day – Friday, January 19th, Kindergarten Registration, Eye See…Eye Learn – Glasses for Kindergarten, Kiss and Ride Reminders, Kiss and Ride Volunteers Needed, Facility Update, LAMP Programs, Jean Augustine Centre – Programs for Girls, Calendar, Trustee Ward Forum – Jan. 22, John English EcoSchool Initiative

P. A. Day – Friday, January 19th 2018: The school will be closed to students on Friday, January 19th as the teachers will be involved in a Professional Activity Day. School will resume on Monday, January 22nd 2018.

Kindergarten Registration: Applications for registration to Junior Kindergarten at John English in September 2018 are now being accepted. If you have a child born in 2014 please call the school as soon as possible so that we may assign you an appointment day and time.
Pupils presently enrolled in Junior Kindergarten do not need to register for Senior Kindergarten. However, a child who did not attend Junior Kindergarten this school year may be registered for Senior Kindergarten if born in 2013.
If you do not have a child who qualifies for admission to either Junior or Senior Kindergarten, but know of a neighbour whose child may qualify, it would be appreciated if you would pass this information on to them.

“Eye See…Eye Learn” – Glasses for Kindergarten Students: The Eye See…Eye Learn® program is dedicated to making sure that parents across Ontario understand the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams for children. All children are entitled to yearly OHIP-covered eye exams until they turn 20. The program encourages parents to book a comprehensive eye exam for their junior kindergarten child (born in 2013) with a local, participating optometrist. If a child needs glasses, they will receive a complimentary pair donated by Nikon Lenswear, OGI and the participating optometrist. The estimated value of the glasses is over $250.
Only children born in 2013 can participate in the program until June 30, 2018. Children born in 2014 will be eligible as of July 1, 2018. For further information visit

Kiss and Ride Drop-Off and Pick-Up: The parking lot can be a busy location, especially between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. and 3:10 – 3:25 p.m. In order for our Kiss and Ride area to be as safe as possible, we ask that parents and students adhere to the following:

  1. Only exit or enter a vehicle at the drop-off or pick-up point. Avoid getting out of or into a vehicle that is approaching the exit/entry point.
  2. Exercise patience when picking up students from school. If your child is not at the school exit it may be necessary to cycle around the parking lot and return to allow others to be picked up.
  3. At all times exercise great care and caution.

Kiss and Ride Volunteers Needed: We are always looking for volunteers to assist with our Kiss and Ride program. If you are able to provide assistance one morning or afternoon your help would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to assist please contact Chris.Hyatt.

Facility Update: Repairs to the heating system in the girls gym have been completed. Our regular gym classes, lunch time intramurals and Parks and Recreation programs have now resumed.

LAMP Programs: In the Mimico–Lakeshore area we are fortunate to have available the resources of the Lakeshore Area Multipurpose Project (LAMP) Community Health Services. LAMP is located at 185 Fifth Street in southern Etobicoke. On January 23rd, LAMP is offering a Smartphone workshop – getting the most out of your phone and on February 21st and 28th they are offering an Anger Management workshop. See the attached flyers or for further information contact LAMP directly at 416-252-6471

Jean Augustine Centre – Programs for Girls: The Jean Augustine Centre provides free after school programs for girls aged 7–17 who live in south Etobicoke. Programs run on Mondays and although the first session has begun a second session will begin on February 12th. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the range of programs offered and registration details.

John English Calendar: 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 a daily agenda format on the home landing page or in a monthly format on our calendar, newsletter, communication page. We are working to make sure all significant dates are on this calendar to help you plan busy schedules.

Trustee Gough Ward 3 Forum: The Ward 3 Council meeting 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. Please see attached flyer.

John English EcoSchool Initiative – Please Help- Do you have any unwanted clothing, sheets, towels, cloth shopping bags, shoes or purses that are just taking up space at home? Did you know that all of these items are NOT accepted by our city recycling program and that they take up a huge amount of space in our landfill? But most of these items can be reused or recycled! Bag2School is an organization that takes all of these items to keep them out of the landfill stream, reuses/recycles them and they pay participating schools for the amount of textiles collected. Mr. Tang’s class, as part of our EcoSchool program, is collecting for Bag2School now until Feb 2. Postcards with information of what items will be collected have been sent home and more information about the program can be found 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*
Kilometre Club – postponed until the spring
Art in Action – Rm 227*
Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only)»
Robotics Clubs – Rm 311 (Mr. Nunes & Mr. Dunn, Grades 5-8)
Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only) »
Robotics Clubs – Rm 311(Mr. Nunes & Mr. Dunn, Grades 5-8)
Coding club – Computer Lab (Mr. Hyatt, Grades 3-8)
Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only) »
Robotics Clubs – Rm 311(Mr. Nunes & Mr. Dunn, Grades 5-8) Maker Kids – Computer Lab *
Art in Action 2 – Rm. 227 **
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.
* Clubs run by outside organization
** Spaces still available
» Starting January 22nd

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.

Sports Update

Our hockey, volleyball and basketball teams continue to practice for games in their upcoming season. Grade 6 – 8 students should remember to check the Coach’s corner bulletin board for information about school teams. Students are also reminded of our lunchtime volleyball and basketball. Students can speak to Mr. Poyser and Mme DaSilva to find out more information.

School Council

Community Items:

The Etobicoke Girls Softball league provides softball opportunities for Girls aged 4 and up regardless of experience or ability. Registration for the league takes on January 27th, February 20th and March 24th. More information is available on the league website or in the attached flyer.

Looking Ahead:
January 19: PD Day – No school
January 26: Pizza Day
February 13: Reports sent home
February 15–16: Parent/teacher interviews
February 16: P. D. Day – No school
February 19: Family Day – No school

February 20-23: Kindergarten Registration (by appointment)

February 22: Grade 6 – 8 Ski Trip
February 22: Kindergarten – Grade 5 Jump Rope For Heart Day
March 12–16: March Break – No School

JAC Winter 2018 Program Calendar.pdf
Ward 3 Council Equity Poster (Jan 22) .pdf
Smartphone workshop.pdf
Anger Management workshop.pdf
Girls Softball Flyer 2018.pdf
Girls Softball Flyer 2018.pdf