Friday, March 23rd 2018 – John English Weekly Update

This Week’s Friday Update: World Water Day, TDSB Earth Hour, JETV On the Air, “Healthy Growing, Healthy Living”, Concours d’Art Oratoire, Trustee Ward Forum March 27th, Summer School, John English Lunch time Programs, Sports Update

World Water Day: John English JMS celebrated world water day on Thursday, March 22nd. Mme Way’s students completed the final component of their Great Waters Challenge entry by sharing their learning with the school community through a water day fair! The fair was filled with activities, games, movies, informative presentations, music, dancing, art, a raffle, a t-shirt design contest and fundraising for the World Wildlife Organization’s Freshwater Fund via donations and reusable water bottle sales. Thanks to everyone who attended and especially to the students of 6D who worked hard to create their booths and made sure that their activities ran smoothly!

Earth Hour: John English recognized Earth Hour by turning off and reducing the use of electricity from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd. During this time, our EcoTeam students read picture books about our Earth and the environment to various classes and our grade 6 to 8 students were invited to the auditorium to watch a movie about climate change and how they could play their part, such as, the importance of using non-renewable resources wisely to ensure continued availability in the future. Part of our school EcoSchools focus is to ensure that students learn and develop life-long habits of care and concern for the environment both in our community and around the world.

JETV is on the Air: Our Grade 8 students, using their technical skills, are providing a video update of happenings at John English. The John English TV segments will be available on Youtube. The segments are unlisted and therefore cannot be searched by the general public. The inaugural episode of JETV is available to John English students and parents here. We look forward to more segments of our JETV as our videographers, reporters, editors and producers develop their skills.

“Healthy Growing, Healthy Living in South Etobicoke/Lakeshore”: This interactive workshop is being held at Humber College (Lakeshore Campus) on Wednesday, March 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for additional details on the event and how to register.

Concours d’Art Oratoire: On Tuesday March 22nd, John English sent 5 students to the West Region Concours d’Art Oratoire hosted at the TDSB West Education Centre. Paula Zygaitis, Landon Woods and Adam Booth represented John English during the day dazzling the audience with their oratory skills. Jack Kuttner Zubac, who competed in the Grade 4 – 6 Extended French category, and Alison Thompson who participated in the Grade 7 – 8 Core French category will be moving on to the Provincial level at Glendon College in May. Congratulations! All students can be very proud of themselves. We commend each presenter for the months of hard work and preparation for the event. A special thank you is sent to all parents, teachers and students for their time and effort in preparing for this contest. Way to go Royals!

Trustee Gough Ward Forum – March 27th: Trustee Gough’s Ward 3 Forum is happening on March 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Islington JMS. The focus for the forum will be Special Education. If you have questions about Special Education come to the Ward Forum as board personnel will be there to provide answers.

Summer School: Although it is only the beginning of March, many families are beginning to plan for the summer months. This year, John English JMS will be home to the KKSA Leadership Arts Academy from July 4–27. Application forms available at Any questions should be directed to 416-394-7979

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*

Musical Rehearsals (Auditorium or Music class)

Arts Express Cartooning – Rm 205*

Musical Rehearsals (Auditorium or Music class) Coding club – Computer Lab (Mr. Hyatt, Grades 4-8)

Musical Rehearsals (Auditorium or Music class)

Badminton Intramural Gr. 5

Musical Rehearsals (Auditorium or Music class)

Maker Kids – Computer Lab *

Art in Action 2 – Rm. 227 *

Basketball – Grade 5 – 8 Gym 1

Badminton Intramural -Grade 6 – Gym 2

Musical Rehearsals (Auditorium or Music class)

Arts Express Yoga – GP room*

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

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

Kilometre Club: The Kilometre running club will return to running each Friday beginning on April 6th, weather permitting. The Kilometre Club is a group of Grade 2 – 5 students who are interested in running for exercise and enjoyment. The club will continue for the next two month until June 8th. Mme D’sa is supervising the running club.

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

Marlies Update: Over 200 people will be representing John English proudly at the Toronto Marlies game on Sunday, March 25th. Everyone is reminded that the start time of the game is 4:30 p.m. Tickets were sent home with students on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. If you have any questions, please email jen.zakrzewski

Dinner and a Movie is Back! Continuing the success of previous movie nights, JE SAC is pleased to present Coco and a delicious Healthy Bites dinner, on Friday, April 13th. Tickets are $8.00/person or $25.00/family of four (tickets available that night: $10.00/person or $30.00/family of four). A flyer is attached to this update, and will also be coming home with your children this week, so be sure to check their backpacks!

Also, the John English EcoSchools is planning a second Bags2school campaign, which will begin on April 13th, families are invited to bring their used clothing and textile donations with them on Movie Night. Details to follow.

Volunteers needed!

The event begins officially at 5:30 p.m. but shifts can start as early as 3:00 p.m. and end when we close-up shop. Shifts include: food prep, food serving, clean-up and selling basket raffle tickets.

We also need help on Wednesday, April 11th starting at 5:00 p.m. to assemble the baskets for the basket raffle as well as folks to sell basket raffle tickets at lunch on Thursday, April 12th and Friday, April 13th

Please contact: marieandtrevor

Looking Ahead:

March 25 (Sunday): John English at the Marlies – 4:00 p.m.

March 27: Grade 8 Graduation Photos

March 30: Good Friday – No School

April 2: Easter Monday – No School

April 5: School Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Library

April 13: Movie Night/Basket Raffle

April 13 – 27: Bags2school Textile Recycling Campaign

April 26: Morning of Music Gr. 3 – 5

May 9: Little Mermaid Musical – 7:00 p.m.

May 10: Little Mermaid Musical – 7:00 p.m.

May 15: School Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Library

May 16: Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m.

May 17: Screenagers – the Movie 7:00 p.m. Auditorium

May 21: Victoria Day Monday – No School

May 22 – 25: Grade 8 Trip

June 6: – P.A. Day – No School

June 26: Grade 8 Graduation 4:00 p.m. Auditorium

June 28: Last Day of School

June 29: PD Day
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Healthy Growing and Living.pdf
John English JMS Movie Night.pdf