John English Weekly Update – Friday, April 27th 2018

This Week’s Friday Update: Grade 6 Space Expo, JETV – Episode 2, We Walk for Water, Little Mermaid – Musical, Earth Week Activities, Raffle Basket Looking for Winner, Special Education Update, Bag 2 School, Spring Concert – New Date, Earth Rangers, John English Lunch time Programs, Sports Update

Grade 6 Space Expo: The John English cafeteria was full of space facts and ideas on Thursday afternoon as all of our Grade 6 students presented their Space Expo projects to the school. The projects represented a range of topics including; exploration, travel, strange planets, outer solar systems and much more. All the students can be proud of their work and achievement. Our younger students who were in attendance were amazed and dazzled by the knowledge and understanding of our Grade 6 space researchers.

John English Television – Episode 2: Episode 2 of JETV is now available for viewing. Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties during the production period which delayed this episode. Our JETV student team under the supervision of Ms. Roberts, Mme Elias and Mr. Newman are proud of the work that they have done creating our second episode. We hope that you enjoy the production.

We Walk for Water: The sunny weather on Friday, April 27 made for a great day to participate in WE Walk For Water, a global fundraising event of the ‘We Schools in Action’ program. Our students carried bottles and buckets of water to empathize with all the women and children who travel hours each day to collect water. Ms. Rajmoolie and the EcoTeam members surpassed the goal of $1000.00 combining bake sale donations and $635.00 in donations from the walk. Our students, Ms. Rajmoolie and the EcoTeam members can be proud of this event as it not only raised money but it raised awareness.

Little Mermaid – Musical – The Show Will Go On!: Repairs to our auditorium are well underway and our students have been rehearsing their parts. We are planning to have the Little Mermaid Musical ready for audiences on May 9th and 10th as originally scheduled. It appears as though we will not need to postpone the original dates. There is a limited number of tickets available and can be purchased through Cash Online. The show dates are quite near and the after school rehearsals originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3 will end at approximately 5:00 p.m. as opposed to 4:30 as originally communicated. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Earth Week Activities:On behalf of the EcoTeam, we would like to thank all of the teachers and students who participated in the Clean Toronto Together Campaign held on Monday, April 23rd. The school grounds, neighbouring streets and parks look amazing due to your efforts.

Enthusiastic Grade two Students participated in our Earth Day Play Day event organized by the members of the Grade 7/8 student EcoTeam. Approximately 80 Grade two students rotated through four different co-operative environmental activities lead and designed by 18 of our student leaders. Students created a beautiful ‘End Plastic Pollution’ mural which is the theme of this year’s Earth Day. Students also had the opportunity to construct a variety of environmental floor puzzles and to partake in a role playing game using the Parachute where they removed plastic from our oceans to save marine life. An informative session was presented on constructive ways to Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Remove plastics and concluded with each class making an Earth Day pledge to END PLASTIC POLLUTION! More information on this year’s campaign can be found at the following website:

Movie Night Basket Still Looking for a Winner: Our movie night was a tremendous success. Over 35 baskets were raffled, a nutritious meal was served to over 300 people and Coco was enjoyed by all. We still are looking for a winner for the Summertime 2 basket. The winning ticket – 885518 – was announced during the evening and has yet to be claimed. If the prize is not claimed by May 3rd , the contents will be donated to our classrooms. Again, thank you to all those who attended, donated, participated and volunteered.

Special Education Update: The TDSB Special Education Plan continues to move toward a greater level of inclusion for our students with special education needs. Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Robinson updating parents as to the progress with the 2018 -2019 plan.

Bag2School: Our EcoTeam sends a very big thank you to all those families and community members who have brought in to the school textile items to be repurposed. This is our second collection of the year and the amount of items is easily twice that of the previous period. The donations raised a total of $186.00 for our Eco School Initiatives. For more information about Bag2School visit

Spring Concert: As indicated last week, our Spring Concert has been postponed from May 16th. The new date will be Thursday, June 14th

Earth Rangers: On Thursday, May 3rd the Earth Rangers will be presenting to our students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Earth Rangers is a children’s conservation organization, dedicated to educating children about biodiversity, inspiring them to adopt sustainable behaviours, and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats. During this assembly students will have the opportunity to see live animals and connect with issues facing wildlife and their habitats.

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)

Last week- Intramural Badminton

Musical Rehearsals (Auditorium or Music class)

Maker Kids – Computer Lab *

Art in Action 2 – Rm. 227 *

Musical Rehearsals (Auditorium or Music class)

Arts Express Yoga – GP room*

Ms. Sternig opens her art room Day 1 and 3 for all the 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

Track and Field: Our track and field coaches are beginning to hold tryouts and practices periodically throughout the week. Students should listen very carefully to the announcements for tryout dates.

School Council

Save the Date! The John English Staff Appreciation Breakfast is coming up on June 1st, and we will need your help! Each year this event gives us a chance to show the staff of John English how much we appreciate all that they do, and each year the John English families help us do just that. We will be looking for donations of food, people to help with set up the day before, volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up the day of the breakfast, monetary donations to be used for food and supplies, and artwork from your kiddos to help decorate the staff room. If you would like to donate your time, money, food, or participate in any other way please contact Arja Lytle – arjalytle. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the event.

Our next School Council meeting will be happening on May 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Please note that this is a change in date from previous notices.

Looking Ahead:

May 8: School Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Library

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

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

May 16: ***Postponed***Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. – New date June 14

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

May 21: Victoria Day Monday – No School

May 22 – 25: Grade 8 Trip

June 7: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

June 8: P.A. Day – No School

June 14: Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. Choir, Band and Strings

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

June 28: Last Day of School

June 29: PD Day

HSP Parent Letter.pdf