John English SAC – Meeting Minutes Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome & Introductions                                                                            7:05 – 7:07

  • Welcome and introductions.
  • Attendance sheet completed.
  • Volunteer sign-up sheet circulated for Staff Appreciation Breakfast.
  • No additional agenda items.


Principal Report                                                                                           7:07– 7:25

Mr. Howe

  • New bike racks have been placed at the school. Eco schools applied for and received a grant and was able to secure new racks.  Two new racks are at the south end of the school.  A third rack has been added at the north end of the school.
  • Flower sale was successful. Most flowers have been picked up.  Everyone was very happy with the quality of the flowers.
  • The auditorium’s carpet has been replaced. The auditorium will be ready for use next week.
  • Movie night is tomorrow night. Students will begin popping popcorn tomorrow afternoon.
  • Staffing allocation has changed slightly since it was shared last month. (See April 2019 Meeting Minutes)  A 0.5 ELL (English Language Learner) teacher has been added to the school staff.
  • Mental health week is this week. The Caring and Safe Schools Committee has had events all week:  Mindful Monday, Take Time to Create Tuesday, We Belong Wednesday, Take Care Thursday, Fit Friday.
  • EQAO starts May 21-June 4. Grade 3 and Grade 6 students participate in Math, Reading and Writing.  Grade 3 French Immersion Students participate only in Math and the Math section is in French for these students.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is June 6. 8am – 10am, in the cafeteria.
  • Grade 8 Trip begins on May 21.
  • June 4 Urban Voices is coming to recite poetry. This is a board wide event.
  • June 14 is the Dance-a-thon.
  • June 25 is Grade 8 Graduation.
  • June 27 is the last day of school.

Ms. Jenkins                                                                                                     7:25 – 7:32

  • Eco schools final audit was yesterday. The auditor was impressed with the effort of John English.  Last year $1000 was raised.  This year more money has been raised.  The money raised provides fresh water for those in need.
  • Youth in Action group met with Mayor John Tory and presented a slide show showcasing their activities throughout the school year. They asked him questions and he posed a question to them:  “What is the biggest environmental issue facing our city?”.
  • Bag to school collected over a ton of textiles that will not go to landfills.
  • Bike to school week is May 27-31.
  • Bike give away will occur next Friday as a contest for students who write a persuasive letter.
  • Red Maple students will visit Harbourfront on May 14.
  • Silver Birch students will visit Harbourfront on May 15.

Mme. Smith                                                                                                    7:32 – 7:38

  • May 23 Mr. Nunes and M Ursino classes will have a concert at the school in the evening in collaboration with two other schools.
  • Spring Concert is May 16. Performers will be: Grade 6 Band, Grade 6 Choir, Grade 7 Strings, Grade 7 Band, Grade 7 Choir, Grade 8 Strings, Grade 8 Choir and Ukulele Group at 7pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30.  Light top and dark bottoms should be worn.


SAC Board Business                                                                                     7:38 – 7:55


  • Movie Night/Basket Raffle will be Friday, May 10.
  • Dance-a-thon will be Friday, June 14 (also last pizza day).
  • Spring Flowers fundraiser has ended. Discussion was had about which flower fundraiser is preferable: Spring flowers or Poinsettias at Christmas.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Updated report was circulated. Marlies profit was updated.  $600 profit.
  • Discussion was had about whether to increase SAC funding of the Grade 3 Ukulele Program.

Miscellaneous Items

  • Staff appreciation breakfast will be Friday, May 31. A request was made for families to support the event with a donation of their time, financial contribution or food contribution.


Other Business                                                                                              7:55 – 8:05

  • School Statement of Needs – current version sent out to April SAC meeting attendees, some email feedback has been provided, families who would like to provide feedback may do so, prior to the Fall 2019 submission. Please contact SAC if interested.
  • In light of York Memorial Collegiate fire, fire safety was discussed. Fire drills take place at John English several times per school year.
  • Open Positions/Nominations (all with support provided)


Meeting Ends                                                                                                8:05