John English SAC – Meeting Minutes Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome & Introductions                                                                                  7:00 – 7:05

  • Introductions completed around the group.
  • Attendance sheet completed.
  • No additional agenda items.

Principal Report                                                                                                    7:05 – 7:35

Mr. Howe (Principal)

  • Thank you for all the Fresh from the Farm fundraiser.
  • Parent teacher interviews happened last week. Parents are encouraged to discuss the progress report with their children and any questions should be brought to teachers.
  • Grade 7 classes have gone to Albion Hills. 95% of Grade 7 students have attended this year.
  • Grade 3 students CCAT test results should be sent home next week. Those assessments give the school a better sense of Students’ strengths and weaknesses.  Parents will be contacted if there are concerns.
  • Howe attended a screening of Screenagers The Next Chapter.  “Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” is the subtitle.  The film looks at anxiety and depression in teenagers ages 13-16.  Some online resources are available at www.screenagersmovie.com/resources-2
  • Stephanie Fazio is our kindergarten snack coordinator. She will reach out for parent volunteers.
  • Trustees ward forum occurred last week. Trustee Nunziata discussed the secondary school review.  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Secondary-Program-Review
  • Lower Gym sometimes floods during heavy rain. Work is ongoing to resolve the issue.
  • French Immersion application deadline for Junior Kindergarten is November 29. tdsb.on.ca/pars
  • Bag-To-School drive was very successful. Over 1300 pounds of clothing were collected from the school.  It was sold for almost $200.
  • ETFO negotiations have announced a work to rule campaign starting on November 26. No EQAO, no report card writing, no meetings between teachers and administrators, no professional development outside the school day.
  • Skating for Grades 1-5 will happen in January and February.
  • Ski trip for grades 6-8 will likely take place after Christmas.

Ms. Jenkins (Vice-Principal)

  • Lunchtime programs will start on January 13 for 8 weeks. Monday is Art Express and Chess.  Friday will be Art in Action (Yoga and Drawing & Sketching).  The question was posed “Should yoga be replaced with HipHop?”.
  • Scholastic Book Fair sales were approximately $13 000. The school was able to choose about $5000 worth of books for the school in both English and French.  The school still has about $6000 of credit to spend at Scholastic.  The money can be used for books and for other classroom resources such as manipulatives.
  • Jenkins announced her retirement. She will be leaving at the end of December 2019.

SAC Board Business                                                                                             7:35 – 8:20

Programs

  • Scholastic Book Sale (November 11-15). Thank you to all volunteers.

Fundraising

  • Completed and ongoing fundraisers:
    • Fresh from the Farm, from our school 90 bundles of vegetables and 47 bundles of apples were donated to the foodbank. We raised just under $2000 for the school.
    • Ukulele Program has asked for donations of $15 per family. The program has raised just under $700 so far.  SAC is looking at ways to fund other programs other than just the Grade 3 Ukulele Program.  The $700 donations from parents to Ukulele allows SAC to then fund other programs.
    • Mabel’s Labels and Indigo FlipGive are ongoing fundraisers: https://indigo.flipgive.com/teams/57573-reading-rocks-at-john-english?fundraiser_id=206155
  • Proposed Fundraisers:
    • Toronto Marlies fundraiser interest was expressed by parents for game on Sunday March 29 at 4pm. The advertising for this will be all electronic, no paper forms this year.  The Marlies ticket prices have increased from $15 to $18.  SAC decided to raise our price from $20 to $25 per ticket.
    • Spring Flowers was agreed upon as a fundraiser. It was a great success last year and the flower quality was spectacular!  Flower options will be limited as compared to last year’s selection.  Decision was made to coordinate the delivery to be close to May 24 weekend.
    • Movie Night & Basket Raffle leader is needed for this fundraiser.
    • Dance-A-Thon will be in June. It will be held outside.  A leader is needed for this fundraiser.

Treasurer’s Report

  • SAC Budget was distributed. See attached.
  • Online parent donations do not come to SAC they go into the school budget. SAC decided to continue to let parent donations go to the school’s budget.  The rationale is that the SAC spending priorities and the school’s spending priorities are aligned.
  • Often field trips etc. are subsidized using the online parent donations. Some other money goes to refurbishing furniture, electronics and playground equipment.

Open Positions (all with support provided)

  • Co-leads for proposed fundraisers. If interested, please contact sacinfo@johnenglish.ca

Other Business                                                                                                             8:20 – 8:23

  • Canadian Parents for French Toronto West Division (CPF) wants to pass information on to the school. There are cooking classes, in-school presentations, etc.  This information can be shared through the Weekly Updates.
  • Grade 4s are working on Internet safety. Does this tie in to the Screenagers Next Chapter movie?  Howe answered that this new movie (mentioned above in Principal Report) focusses on mental health and its connection to social media applications.  The movie is more geared toward parents and older teenagers.  The Paul Davis presentations that have been held at several local schools are more related to Internet safety.

Meeting Ends                                                                                                               8:23

Next Meetings – January 9, February 6, April 2, May 7

Ward 3 School Trustee: Patrick Nunziata can be reached at Patrick.Nunziata@tdsb.on.ca or 416 996 5572, sign up for e-newsletter at www.tdsb.on.ca/ward3/Ward3.aspx or follow him on Twitter @NunziataPatrick