John English Weekly Update – Feb 9 2018

This Week’s Friday Update: **NEW **Parent – Teacher Interviews Online Booking, Winter Walk and Global Play Day, The Great Waters Challenge, Forest of Reading, Bag2School Update, John English Lunch time Programs, Sports Update

**NEW **Parent – Teacher Interviews Online Booking: Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place on February 15th and 16th. First Term Reports will be sent home on Tuesday, February 13th. The online booking opened Wednesday, February 7th. You can book your interview time with your child’s teachers by visiting or CLICK HERE and enter the code jejms. Once you have entered the event code, you may select the grade, the teacher and time slot. It is suggested that if you have multiple bookings that you leave a space of 10 minutes between each booking to allow travel time between classes.

February 7th – Winter Walk and Global Play Day: The John English K – 6 Winter Walk-Global Playday was a tremendous success this past week. Students enjoyed their time walking to and from school, walking around the school in the winter weather and participating in unstructured play. The result was an invigorated group of students who experienced the physical and mental benefits of exercise and play. Thank you to our parent volunteers who supported our Global play day and to our Eco Team for organizing our Winter Walk Day.

The Great Waters Challenge:Mme Way’s class participated in Waterlution’s Great Waters Challenge after learning about the Humber watershed on a fall field trip. For the first two challenges, students studied many things related to water and completed awesome projects on various topics: Treaties and Land Claims, Connections to water in Toronto, Watershed health, Pollution sources, Etobicoke and Mimico community history, Famous landmarks along our shorelines, and many more. The students were awarded a prize for their hard work from Waterlution! Congratulations to all the students who went above and beyond to learn and share about our connections to water.

Stay tuned for our work on Challenge #3 as we approach World Water Day in March!

Forest of Reading: Our Forest of Reading participants number over 10 students. Each day our students read through a select choice of fiction, non-fiction and picture books with the goal of being able to vote for their favourite book. Students can read in the library each day at lunch time. April 23rd is the voting day for all school aged programs. The Festival of Trees Ceremony is happening in Toronto on May 17th, 2018.

Bag2School Update: John English has concluded our first Bag2School clothing and textile drive. Thanks to all who donated! In total, our donations will divert approximately one ton of textiles from the landfills and, in addtion to this we also received $150 for the items donated! All proceeds will aid environmental initiatives throughout our local school community. We hope to achieve EcoSchools Platinum status for a second year in a row. If you missed your chance to contribute, we are currently planning a second drive – just in time for spring cleaning. Look for details coming in April.

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)»

Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only) » Coding club – Computer Lab (Mr. Hyatt, Grades 4-8)

Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only) »

Badminton Intramural Gr. 5 Maker Kids – Computer Lab *

Art in Action 2 – Rm. 227 **

Badminton Intramural Grade 6

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

Boys Grade 6 Basketball: Our Grade 6 team participated in the first round of their tournament and as a result of their 3–1 record they are moving on to the next round. We know they will continue to hone their skill under the direction of Mr. Poyser and we wish them continued success in future games.

Badminton Intramurals: Mr. Nunes is organizing badminton intramurals:

Grade 5 students: Thursday at lunch

Grade 6 students: Friday at Lunch

Grade 7 students: Thursday after school

Grade 8 students: Friday after school

School Council

Pizza Lunch: Thank you to our many volunteers who give of their time each month to help ensure a wonderful pizza lunch experience for our students. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

School Council Support: The school council is always looking for parent participation and ideas. The council meets seven days each year to discuss various school projects, student learning, fundraising and school council activities. If you are interested in participating in the John English School Council, please join us at our next meeting on April 5, 2018 in the school library at 7:00 p.m.

Looking Ahead:

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 3 Jump Rope For Heart Day

March 12–16: March Break – No School