John English SAC – Meeting Minutes Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome & Introductions 7:00 – 7:10

  • Introductions completed around the group; big group of people.
  • Snack and lunch discussion added to agenda.
  • Attendance sheet completed.

Principal Report7:10 – 8:00

Mr. Howe

  • Welcome to our standing room only meeting.
  • First week very busy; schedules being adjusted to; we try to make school comfortable for all students.
  • Some class sizes are not meeting board recommendations; another teacher has been brought in for the large English 2/3 class so now it is split into a 2 and 3 class; there might be more adjustments to come but communication will be sent home; transitions might be difficult but we try to make as smooth as possible.
  • Board foci:
  • Have all Grade 1 students reading at grade level.
  • Push towards equity for all students; provide same opportunities to all students; school tries to give a balance for all students.
  • Facilities update:
  • New furniture in library and library re-painted; school council funded improvements.
  • Large portion of the school has been repainted over the summer.
  • New ramps installed for accessibility; at cafeteria and auditorium.
  • Hoping to get field improved as next steps.
  • Amount of flooding and frequency has been reduced.
  • Screening of all Grade 3 students will happen early October; provides teachers with information about kids and learning needs; called a CCAT test; results stay within TDSB.
  • Friday update used to communicate school news and upcoming important dates.
  • Thursday, September 20 is Meet the Teacher Night; pre-event in cafeteria: bake sale and pizza available; gym uniforms will be sold.
  • Cash online used for purchasing school items/ trips etc.
  • Dress code; board has sent parameters and asking for volunteers to look at recommendations. This is to be reviewed every three years.

Ms. Overland (New Vice-Principal)

  • Lunch time programs discussion.
  • Traditionally done on Monday and Friday.
  • Summary of past programs handed out.
  • In house coding not currently available as teacher left school.
  • In house LEGO robotics will be available.
  • Subsidies will be looked at on a one-by-one basis with the third party company offerings.
  • Only applies to Grade 1-5.
  • Outside companies using the space; office facilitates.
  • Catered to lower grades as higher grades have in house sports programs so it fills the space.
  • Decision for first term is Mad Science and Arts in Action.
  • Chess and Math clubs also running.
  • Caring and Safe Schools Committee – comprised of a parent volunteer; staff and admin; types of initiatives include pink day; looking at orange day in regards to indigenous; two parents volunteered and are to contact Heather Overland

Ms. Jenkins

  • School transportation.
    • Adjustment period at beginning of year.
    • Morning – One bus not on time but has been adjusted and now on time.
    • Afternoon – Posted schedule and bus departure timings are not aligned but working to have schedule fixed; 1 of 3 fixed but other 2 soon.
    • Roots of Empathy program – hosted here last 2 years; facilitated by a trained RoE facilitator; a baby joins the classroom; discuss empathy around the baby’s growth; JE accepted into the program but baby needed! Baby needs to be between 2-4 months old as of October.
    • PALS – playground activity leaders in schools – developed by Toronto Public Health; Grade 4 & 5 students trained in different games and lead these games on the playground with younger students; program will run again with Mme. Lemieux and Mme. Gitto; starting in October.
    • Thank you for furniture upgrades! Library to be open at lunch hours for Grade 3-8 for homework and quiet reading; to start shortly.
    • Scholastic Book Fair – in music room November 14-21; looking for volunteers to set-up, teardown or cash; Leah Kirkpatrick to be heading volunteers.
    • Eco-Schools – Platinum certification reached in June; gearing up for first fundraiser; November 7-16 – Bag2School.

Mme. Smith

  • Mme. Easton looking for volunteers for kinder snack program; contact kindergarten teacher if interested; communication will be sent out as well.
  • Activities
    • Cross country training started; Grade 2-3 training on site; Grade 6-8 with Mr. Poyser in morning.
    • Grades 6-8 girls and boys soccer and football starting next week.
    • Photo day on October 2.
    • Terry Fox Run is scheduled for September 28.

SAC Board Business 8: 00 – 8:55


  • Parent Rep Program – one parent for each classroom used to send info out to rest of class from school and school council; enews from school council which you sign up for; both programs were run historically before the Friday Update started; looking at disbanding these programs.
  • Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 20, 6:30-8:00.
    • Cafeteria – pizza will be on sale; bake sale as well; BYOWB; limited supply of JE water bottles will be on sale as well ($10?).
  • Ukulele Program – all grade 3 students offered ukulele instruction; fully funded by SAC; has been offered for 9 years now; runs every Tuesdays; lunch program offered for older students; historically has been $7000 and this year has asked for $9000; taught during curriculum; only school that does this;; it is a charity; lunch program is $8/lesson; starts 1st week of October; $7000 approved and will look at additional increase in October.
  • Lice Check Program.
  • Request has been made to bring a 3rd company in to do a preventative check.
  • Nit Wits; $1.50/child per visit; offers a parent info session; 10% gift back program; 4 head check vouchers; ask for a $5 contribution for parents; perhaps focus on younger grades.
  • Currently if lice are found a public health nurse is called in to check rest of class.
  • Decision is to wait until need is seen; ask for info session.
  • Procedure is to send a letter home to entire class; school asks that child be treated for lice and then return to school.
  • Snack Program.
  • Kindergarten have snack in the morning; 2-3 different food groups; leftovers available in afternoon.
  • Purpose is to expose children to different types of food; to ensure kids get a nutritious snack; parents pay an amount for the year and it is subsidized through TFSS.


  • SAC Budget 2017-18
  • Pizza lunch; fresh from the farm; contribution; movie night.
  • At risk programs: QSP; poinsettia sales; Marlies game; danceathon.
  • Need help with a number of fundraising activities; need chairs for these events; mentoring available.
  • 2 sign-ups for poinsettia help.
  • QSP phasing out; will reduce focus this year; will try to supplement with another more relevant fundraiser.
  • Approval to purchase prizes for Fresh From The Farm granted; parent has a discount.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Summary – full report at October meeting.

Open Positions / Nominations

  • Open positions: Fundraising Chair, Dance-a-thon, QSP, Poinsettia, Toronto Marlies Game.

Other Business 8:55 – 9:00

  • Felicia Seto-Lau, our Ward 3 PIAC rep, is joining us to discuss the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) and she is looking for a co-chair to support this role.
  • PIAC Rep – mandate is to advise board on parent engagement issues and concerns; also to support school councils and their activities; also to support parents and their concerns and to help at home; Parent Conference on 17th – free babysitting; another in April; need 2 reps for the Ward and looking for another volunteer; Felicia will leave contact info; there is also a blog for the Ward that can be used to post events.

Meeting Ends 9: 00

Next Meetings: October 11, November 22 (tentative), January 10, February 7, April 4, May 9

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Budget Presented in Sept 2018 Meeting

Lunch programs options presented in Sept 2018

John English SAC – Meeting Minutes Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome & Introductions 7:05 – 7:10

· Noted that, for Craig Spencer and Marie Cook, it is their last meeting. Pringles and two-bite brownies passed out – thanks Craig!!

· No additional agenda items.

  • Attendance sheet completed.

Principal Report7:10 – 7:45

Mr. Howe

  • Welcome and thank you for all fundraising activities (pizza lunches, Movie Night) that have run over the year; it creates a community feel and safe place for kids and families.
  • Movie Night needed to be in gym due to auditorium issues; 5 grade 8 classes brought chairs plus there were mats at the front, feedback was good as the space was more family friendly, movie choice great; easier cleanup; successful night!
  • Tree that fell last month; damaged kindergarten bunker and tender requisition is out for repairs; currently no space for equipment that was housed in the bunker; trying to find alternate location.
  • Play scape repairs underway; looking for a slide to replace damaged one.
  • No damage from second windstorm; materials on roof did end up flying around but after school was dismissed.
  • Fire on auditorium roof resulted in mostly smoke and water damage; facilities workers did a great job in repairing and dehumidifying; stage floor damaged and currently there is a temporary floor.
  • Still tickets available for Musical – The Little Mermaid.
  • Roof repairs continue, slight odor occurs but quickly fanned out.
  • Infrastructure work still in progress but end is near; moved classes will stay where they are until end of year however.
  • New safe water drinking act established; school water is safe but testing will only be done on water fountains, water filling stations, other sources will be labeled. handwashing only but water is safe just not officially tested.
  • Accessibility requirements being updated in school; permanent ramps will be built in cafeteria and near auditorium.
  • Important Dates:
    • May 8, 9 – Musical
    • May 22 – 25 – grade 8 grad trip
    • May 22-June 5 – EQAO testing
    • June 7 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (8 am – 11 am)
    • June 14 – Spring Concert
    • June 26 – Grade 8 Grad
    • June 28 – last day of school
    • June 29 – PD Day
  • Last meeting for Craig (14 years) and Marie – thank you for your time and commitment; Craig highly involved with School Safety Committee, Marie also highly involved with school and council activities and was Council Chair for many years; both received JE letters as a thank you.

Ms. Jenkins

  • School had many eco-schools campaigns focusing around Earth Day; April 21 there was a fair on the theme of reducing plastics run and organized by Grade 7 ad 8 eco-team; April 23 was the community clean-up day, We Walk for Water held to raise money for the Me to We charity; some students walked around building, older grades walked to lake carrying jugs of water to get a feel for 3rd world conditions; there was a bake sale; goal was $1000 and they raised $1186 which gives 44 people access to fresh water.
  • Bag-to-school earned $186 and diverted a ton of textiles from landfill.
  • May 28-June 1 – bike to school week.
  • Bike Giveaway – students invited to write letter or essay as to why they want a bike.
  • Last Eco-School audit to happen June 5 – 14.
  • Forest of Reading program – encompasses many levels over all grades; votes done for favourite books (program is across Ontario) to choose favourite author; award ceremony on May 16th and some students will be attending; 11 students completed full program; keener students chosen to help with ceremony; Matthew Gibson chosen, 2 grade 4’s get to open envelopes.

Mme Smith

  • Several grade 6 classes get to watch professional soccer game tomorrow.
  • Track and field first meet on May 14; second on June 5; semi-final on 12th.
  • Ultimate Frisbee tournament – May 17.
  • Baseball tryouts happening.

SAC Board Business 7:45 – 7:50

Staff Appreciation Breakfast – June 1

  • Call for help sent out today; sheet sent around; help needed Thursday and Friday plus food stuffs and donations taken as well; need artwork done by kids.
  • Very appreciated by staff; feeds them throughout the day; one of a kind!


  • Dance-a-thon – June 15 (pizza lunch on that day as well).
  • Will be held outside; rain or shine; will be moved to gym if raining.
  • Theme is disco-jam (pajamas); will be a prize for a disco themed contest.
  • Popcorn machine purchased; popcorn and freezies will be sold.
  • Thank you for Movie Night – numbers forthcoming; raffle tickets $2175, total of $3808 in cash; need to include online numbers; thank you to Kathy, Jenn, Tania and all the volunteers!!! And special thank you to Jen and Marie!
  • Looking to out source organization of fundraisers as Tania will be transitioning out of the position.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Bank account healthy; numbers meeting budget.

Other Business7:50 – 8:30

· May 17 – presentation of movie Screenagers at JE; thanks to TDSB trustees Chris Glover and Pamela Gough; highlights screen time use by teenagers and multi-tasking using screen in screen.

· Parent suggestion to have Planet Earth movies during rainy days; or look for shorter movies; instead of animated.

· Safety Concerns – Front door not locked at present time; questioning whether we should be locking and using the buzzer; not used currently as it creates a welcoming feel to the school; ministry recommendations require locking but is at discretion of principle; provides another layer of safety and accountability; issue will be discussed with office staff.

· Safety Concern – construction crews sometimes working during pick up and drop off times; administration to address.

· New Health and Safety Rep – Arja.

Meeting Ends 8: 30

Next Meeting – September 2018

John English SAC – Meeting Minutes Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome 7:02– 7:04

  • Additional agenda item: Ward 3 Trustee Pamela Gough is in attendance and will address the SAC.
  • Introductions and Attendance Sheet completed

Principal Report7:04– 7:30

Mr. Howe

  • Toronto Marlies game was a success. It was the first large school event using cash online. 50% of families who attended used cash online to make payment.
  • Movie night is upcoming on April 13.
  • During the December holiday break, there was flooding from the heating system in the school’s kitchen. This has been an ongoing repair project and the ceiling is in the process of being replaced.
  • Lower gym wall portrait mural has now been covered with plexiglass to preserve it.
  • Some padding will be installed in the lower gym for enhanced safety.
  • Roof repairs are still underway.
  • Fencing is still remaining outside as painting will take place this spring.
  • Outside EFIS around the top of the exterior wall is being replaced around the whole school.
  • Plaster has been replaced in several classrooms.
  • Tree fell in the school yard yesterday. It was almost a century old. Decisions were made by staff to keep children away from the tree before it fell, so no one’s safety was in danger.
  • Outdoor Bunker and spiral slide were damaged in the wind storm yesterday.
  • An arborist is coming to look at other trees on the playground to core the trees for safety.
  • Over the past few years a number of new trees have been planted on the JEJMS property.
  • Jungle Sport has been booked for October. Each class will have access to the event at least twice during the week they are on the school site.
  • Popcorn machine may be purchased by the school ahead of Movie night.
  • Kindergarten teachers have been planning together on how to use the outdoor classroom. They have been working on global competencies: problem solving, creativity, collaboration, etc.
  • Grades 1 – 3 teachers have been working on using concrete material for measurement in mathematics.
  • Grades 4 – 6 teachers have been looking at the use of technology in the classroom. Read and Write Gold has been looked at. It’s a software used for voice to text.
  • Grades 7 – 8 teachers have been looking at the 4 areas of the achievement chart in math: Communication, Knowledge & Understanding, Application and Thinking.

Mr. Parvatam 7:30– 7:42

  • Staffing for next year:
    • 872 students are projected for September 2018.
    • 45 teachers have been allocated for 2018-19. This is a reduction of 2 teachers from this school year.
    • English Track – 3 JK/SK classes, 1 Grade 1 class, 1 Grade 2/3 split class, 1 Grade 4/5 split class, 1 Grade 6/7 split class, 1 Grade 7 class, 1 Grade 7/8 split class, 1 Grade 8 class.
    • French Immersion Track- 2 SK classes, 2 Grade 1 classes, 2 Grade 2 classes, 1 Grade 2/3 split classes, 2 Grade 3 classes, 1 Grade 3/4 split class, 1 Grade 4 class, 1 Grade 4/5 split class, 1 Grade 5 class, 1 Grade 6 class, 2 Grade 7 classes, 1 Grade 7/8 split class, 1 Grade 8 class.
    • Extended French Track- 1 Grade 7 class, 1 Grade 7/8 split class, 1 Grade 8 class.
  • Eco schools are working to reduce garbage, use green bins and recycling bins. JEJMS has just been eco-audited. The school scored a 93.8%. In order to be a Platinum level school the cut off is 88%.

Teacher’s Report7: 42– 7:50

Mme Smith

  • Mr. Tang has organized and recycling receptacle to drop off used batteries, printer cartridges etc.
  • We Walk for Water will be on Friday April 27. Hoping that each student will donate $2.
  • French Immersion Kindergarten classes are painting a tulip and the Grade 3s are painting another tulip for the Mimico Tulip Festival. ‘Canadian Artists’ is the theme, so our tulips will be focused on the late Nova Scotia artist Maude Lewis.
  • Musical Little Mermaid is May 9 and 10. Tickets will be available at cash online. If families purchase tickets online, be sure to select the correct date.
  • Thursday, April 26 is Morning of Music at 9am. Grades 3- 5 students will perform with their recorders. Parents are welcome.
  • Pink Day for anti-bullying is on Wednesday, April 11. Students are encouraged to wear pink.
  • Baseball, ultimate frisbee and track and field are coming up sports teams.

Pamela Gough 7:50 – 8:07

  • A ward meeting was held last week on the topic of Special Education.
  • Next ward meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25. The topic is traffic safety in school zones. City manager of traffic safety will be speaking. At 6:30 pizza will be served for children followed by a program of their own on pedestrian safety.
  • Castlebar School will open as its own school in September 2019.
  • The film screenagers will be shown here at John English on May 17, at 7pm.
  • Karen Kain School of the Arts is offering a leadership program this summer from JEJMS. It’s free. It runs through the month of July.
  • Meeting to review French language programs in TDSB will be held on Thursday, May 3 at Etobicoke CI at 7:00.

SAC Board Business 8:07 – 8:35


  • Movie Night/Basket Raffle on Friday April 13. There will be dinner provided by Healthy Bites. Volunteers are welcome. Please contact Marie at marieandtrevor
  • Dance-a-thon date is June 15.
  • Toronto Marlies Game on March 25 raised $1016.


· Wednesday, April 25: Trustee Pamela Gough’s Ward 3 meeting – Vision Zero: Traffic Safety in School Zones (Norseman JMS 6:30pm-8:00pm)

· Saturday, April 28: Parents as Partners Conference (

· Thursday, May 3: TDSB hosting public consultation on Review of French Programs (Etobicoke CI 7pm-9pm)

· Thursday, May 17: Presentation of the movie, Screenagers – Growing Up in a Digital Age, organized by Pamela Gough (John English JMS 7:00pm)

· Fix Our Schools pledge information package was sent to our SAC

Other Business

· SAC website revisions are being made. ( Our website is now newly hosted by WordPress. New sections that may be added are a ‘forms’ section, a ‘calendar of events’ section, an ‘extra-curricular activities’ listing, a ‘get involved’ section, a ‘student corner’ section, etc. Suggestions for content, look and feel were discussed.

· Staff appreciation breakfast volunteers are needed for May. Request for donations and volunteers will go out in the Friday update in the near future. To get involved please contact SAC sacinfo

Meeting Ends 8:35

Next Meeting – Tuesday, May 8 (DATE CHANGE due to Little Mermaid Production)

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Meeting Minutes Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

7:00– 7:02

• No additional agenda items
• Attendance Sheet completed

Principal Report​​​​​​​​​ 7:02– 7:25

Mr. Howe

• Leaking heating coil has been replaced in the school’s kitchen office. Shelving is now being replaced.
• East side of school windows are being replaced. Subcontractors have been parking and dropping off supplies in the student drop off area. General contractor has been notified that the student drop-off area must remain clear. Deliveries of materials, in future, should be after 5 pm or on weekends.
• Ms. Dhillon- Perre and Mme. Saprykina’s classes will remain in present locations through to the end of the year even after window work has been completed
• Ms McWinnie’s resource classes have been and will continue to work in the resource room off the library until the end of the year.
• Roof repairs have not yet begun.​
• Accessibility renovations will soon begin. Ramps will be installed near entrances and exits. This will be done beginning during March Break.
• Second floor and third floor are being planned for accessibility. Perhaps the option of an elevator will be investigated.
• Gym floor repairs are being discussed for future.
• Sound system improvements may be made, in future, in the auditorium.
• Lighting in the Auditorium may be improved, in future.
• Jungle Sport is fully booked for the rest of this school year and so it has been booked for JEJMS for October 2018. The cost is $7.50/student. The equipment will stay on site for school use for a whole school week.
• Popcorn machine needs to be replaced, if popcorn is planned for Movie Night.
• First term reports will be going home on Tuesday, February 13. This report card focusses on assessments from September to January with an emphasis on more recent assessments.
• Interview are taking place on February 15 and 16. Parents can book an interview with their child/children’s teachers online @ code is jejms
• More items are gradually being placed on the new web-based school calendar. It can be found on the landing page of the school website.
• Norseman Junior Intermediate School addition is underway and there is rezoning underway for the Norseman and Castlebar catchments.
• Family Day is February 19. There is no school.
• Extended French application deadline is tomorrow (February 8, 2018)
• Ski day for Grades 6/7/8 is February 22.
• School Musical is May 9 and 10.

Ms. Jenkins​​​​​​​​​7:25– 7:40

• Eco schools – Bag2School fundraiser donations will divert approximately one ton of textiles from the landfills and, in addtion to this the school received $150 for the items donated.
• February 27 is school interim eco-audit. JEJMS is trying to maintain Platinum status.
• Forest of Reading programs are ongoing. Blue Spruce Picture Book Program, Silver Birch Express for Grades 3-5, Silver Birch Fiction Grades 5-6.
• 60 – 100 students are spending lunch hours in the library daily.


Teacher’s Report​​​​​​​​​7:40 – 7:45

Mme Smith

• Winter Walk and Global Play Day was today.
• Valentines dance is on Friday.
• Speech contest in French is on February 23, for Grade 4 -8 students (Concour D’art Oratoire).
• Badminton is ongoing for Grades 5 – 8.
• Volleyball and hockey teams are currently going on.
• K-3 February 22 Jump Rope for Heart.

SAC BoardBusiness​​​​​​​​​7:45 – 8:10


• Marlies Game – Sunday March 25, payments can be set up on
• Date for Movie Night/Basket Raffle confirmed for Friday April 13.


• Pizza Day inquiry into tipping the pizza drivers for Friday Pizza lunches. SAC decided that a $20 tip per driver is appropriate, moving forward.
• SAC website hosting – it was decided that our site will be moved to WordPress. A call will be put out to ask for parents to help update the SAC website. ​

Other Business ​

• Thursday, February 22: PIAC hosting School Council Appreciation and Information Evening.
• Thursday, March 1: Trustee Pamela Gough’s Ward 3 meeting – School Council “Night Out”, parents can share, learn and network. Featuring mocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Meeting Ends​​​​​​​​​ 8:10

Open Positions

• Health & Safety (transition year with Craig Spencer)
• Anyone who is interested in position please contact SAC sacinfo

Next Meetings – Thursday, April 5 and Wednesday, May 9

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Meeting Minutes Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome 7:05 – 7:10

No additional agenda items

Introductions and Attendance Sheet completed

Principal Report7:10– 7:20

Mr. Howe

  • Winter concert was a success despite some poor weather conditions. It was a great opportunity to create memories for children. Food drive item donations were appreciated. Student council was able to make substantial donations to the food bank.
  • After the holidays students were back in routines by Monday afternoon. Over the break a heating coil ruptured and damage was caused to the school. Some roof tiles were also damaged over the break. Repairs are underway.
  • Second floor heating issues have occurred this week. Some classes had to be temporarily relocated. Also, a pipe burst and has been repaired. In the girls’ gym a motor broke down; repairs have not yet been made.
  • Some Toronto Parks and Recreation programs had to be cancelled due to the pending gym repairs
  • By the end of next week some school exterior repairs should be completed, including brick work and window replacement.
  • Roof repairs will get underway in mid-January over the girls’ gym, breezeway and auditorium.
  • Teachers are currently gathering information for Term 1 Reports. Report cards will be sent home on February 13. Interviews will be scheduled for February 15 (evening) and February 16 (morning).
  • January 19 is an assessment PA Day. No school for students.
  • Google Calendar is now on the John English website. It’s on the landing page. This calendar will contain school wide information, such as extra-curricular practices/tryouts, concerts etc. Specific classroom activities will continue to be communicated via the homeroom teacher. The calendar is available here:
  • On January 22, Trustee Pamela Gough’s Ward 3meeting ‘TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Initiative’ (TDSB Superintendent of Equity and Engagement will give an overview & answer questions).
  • On February 22, PIAC hosting School Council Appreciation and Information Evening at Montecasino.
  • March 10-19 is March Break.
  • Easter Break is March 30 – April 2.
  • Another 30 computers have been purchased for the Intermediate Grades.

Teacher’s Report7:20 – 7:35

Mme Smith

  • 7 students are going to a provincial robotics competition at Durham College.
  • Homework clubs are ongoing and a great success.
  • Ski day is February 22 for Grade 6-8 students at Snow Valley.
  • Skating has started for Grades 1-5 students.
  • Intermural Volleyball is ongoing.
  • Intermural basketball ongoing on Fridays at lunch.
  • Hockey, Volleyball and basketball teams are currently ongoing.
  • Mr. Newman gave a talk at staff meeting about a Growth Mindset.

SAC Board Business 7:35 – 8:26


  • Update on Completed Events:
    • Book Fair profit not yet known, but there was a lot of student traffic during the fair.
    • Fundraising Contribution Letter has had a higher participation rate this year than last, to date the total is at ~$4150.
    • QSP magazine fundraiser raised ~$2500.
    • Poinsettia sale raised ~$925.
  • Toronto Marlies Fundraiser is planned for March 25, 2018 at Ricoh Coliseum $20/ticket.
  • Movie Night/Basket Raffle tentative date April 12.
  • Dance-a-thon will be sometime in late May or early June, during the school day.
  • New furniture could be purchased for the library using SAC funds. 2 chairs and 4 three-seater sofas have been requested. Maybe some items for the outdoor classroom could be purchased. Scientist in the Classroom or Jungle Sport could also possibly be supported by SAC funds.

Other Business

  • Monday, January 22, 2018: Trustee Pamela Gough’s Ward 3 meeting – TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Initiative (TDSB Superintendent of Equity and Engagement will give an overview & answer questions).
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018: PIAC hosting School Council Appreciation and Information Evening.

Meeting Ends 8:00

Open Positions

  • Health & Safety (transition year with Craig Spencer)
  • Anyone who is interested in position please contact SAC sacinfo

Next Meetings – Wednesday, February 7, Thursday, April 5, Wednesday, May 9

Meeting Minutes Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome​​​​​​​​​​ 7:00 – 7:10

​No additional agenda items

Attendance sheet completed

Principal Report​​​​​​​​​ 7:10– 7:26

Mr. Howe

  • See Spot Run was a success
  • Fresh From the Farm fundraiser is completed
  • PIAC conference – scheduled for November 25, 2017 – registration is full
  • School photos have been taken, including retakes and sibling photo night. The ordered photos have not yet arrived. We are looking for feedback on the sibling photo offering, to know if this should be scheduled again in coming years.
  • As of 1 week ago – we are using cash online option for the school
  • Progress reports went home yesterday
    • The objective of this report is to advise parents on their student’s progress to date
    • For report cards issued in February – cover the entire term 1 (Sept to Jan)
    • During parent/teacher interviews, be sure to focus on your questions since time is limited. Recommendation to focus on a couple of topics vs everything
  • Book fair begins this week
  • Police officer program in high schools was under review
    o There was a decision to suspend the program, while the review took place
    o Surveyed 15,000 students in the schools that had the officers
    o Report recommended suspending program
  • Equity task force report
    • There were approximately 20 meetings, where groups across TDSB reviewed data
    • The full report is on the TDBS website (
    • TDSB is looking for recommendations/feedbackand deadline to provide feedback is November 20th
    • There was a consideration to eliminate specialized programs but based on public feedback, this is no longer planned to occur
    • Family and parent feedback is appreciated by the TDSB
    • Big area of focus for the board is equity and the report provides the definition of equity. TDSB wants to remove barriers for students.
  • Building maintenance update:
    o Brickwork
    ▪ Scaffolding is still up
    ▪ Due to heritage building designation, have to replace brick as it was originally constructed
    o Auditorium
    ▪ Stage curtains have been taken down
    ▪ While the curtains are down, there is a plan to refinish the stage floor with a darker stain
    ▪ New black curtains will be installed
    • Winter concert is December 13th

Mr. Parvatam ​​​​​​​​​7:26 – 7:30

• A chart has been added to the Friday update for the ongoing activities. Activities that are not routine, such as practices are not included
• Grade 7 & 8 students participated in the Beaver Computing Challenge
o 60 students signed up
o Finishing tomorrow – challenge was done in three groups
• Pythagoras Math Contest (Grades 5 & 6) – the practices are starting, contest is in April
• Parents should go through the lost and found – items are being put out for teacher interviews​

​​Teacher’s Report 7:30 – 7:35

Mme Smith

• There is a call to ask for help from parents to make costumes
• Helmets needed for skating – specifically for adult volunteers
• Social network safety presentation was highly successful

SAC Board Business ​​​​​​​​​7:35 – 8:26


• Scholastic Book Sale (Nov 15-22) was set up today and opens tomorrow
• Volunteers needed to help younger students select books & manage purchase of books, if interested in volunteering please contact SAC sacinfo
• Winter Coat Drive – supporting Children’s Breakfast Club. Donations accepted until November 27. Coats, hats, mitts, sweaters, all sizes infant to adult, are being accepted, a donation box is set up in the school’s main lobby


• See Spot Run, Fresh from the Farm & Samko fundraisers are complete, and Fundraising Contribution Letter fundraiser is also complete
• QSP Magazine fundraiser – extended until November 17
• Poinsettias fundraising letters are being sent home next week. Orders are due November 29. They will be delivered on December 6 to the school
• Toronto Marlies – planned for March 25, 2018

Treasurer’s Report

• Motion approved to accept SAC 2017/2018 Budget
• Motion approved to reimburse the purchase of a water cooler
• Flip give fundraiser ongoing year-round, Here’s the link:

Other Business

• Instrumental Music Program update – very difficult to expand the instrumental music allocation within a school, based on a letter received from a program coordinator of music at TDSB recently
• Street safety on Mimico Avenue traffic speeds are a concern to residents and the school community – there are 2 signs stating 30 km/hr. speed limit and working to obtain School Zone signs or a stop sign somewhere along Mimico Avenue

Meeting Ends​​​​​​​​​ 8:26

Open Positions

• Health & Safety (transition year with Craig)
• Anyone who is interested in position please contact SAC sacinfo

Next Meetings – Thursday, January 11, Wednesday, February 7, Thursday, April 5, Wednesday, May 9

John English SAC Meeting Minutes Thursday, October 12, 2017

Welcome 7:05 – 7:08


No additional agenda items

Attendance sheet completed

Principal Report 7:08 – 7:26

Mr. Howe

• Building update – projected completion date is mid-November.

• Instrumental music for student in Grades 6, 7, 8. It’s a withdrawal from class program. Approximately 40 minutes of withdrawal, 3 days per week.

• Outdoor classroom is being well used. Kindergarten teachers are planning specific lessons around the outdoor classroom space.

• School photos were taken recently. Retake day is November 1 if anyone missed the first date or families are not happy with the first photo. There is a possibility that sibling photos may be taken on November 1 after school and appointments would be booked in advance.

• Cross country Grades 3-8 move on to the next level next week, if individual students advance.

• October 30 FI Junior Kindergarten application process begins. Go to to apply. If you have a sibling already at John English, please check off ‘sibling’ during the application process. Otherwise, your younger child may be assigned to French Immersion at a different location from older siblings.

• November 6 information night for French Immersion at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, 7-8pm.

• Mimico Canadians Hockey applied for Northern Exchange Program. They were paired with a hockey team from Rankin Inlet. Rankin Inlet team was at John English today for an assembly. Many other schools were invited to attend.

• EQAO results – Grade 6 Reading 93% of students achieved at level, Writing 92%, Math 63%. Grade 3 Reading 63% of students achieved at grade level, Writing 79%, Math 68%.

• Grade 3 CCAT – all grade 3 students wrote it. It’s a screening test for exceptionalities. Significant findings will be reported to parents.

Ms. Jenkins 7:26 – 7:30

• November 15 – 22 Scholastic Festival du Livre/Book Fair will be held at John English. Volunteers needed. Contact Mel Boyd-Brown or Leah Kirkpatrick

• Several Mental Health Workshops for parents are being offered from The Sick KIDS CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH: OCTOBER 17, NOVEMBER 21, NOVEMBER 23. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER 416 924 1164

Teacher’s Report 7:30 – 7:45

Mme Smith

• Mr. Murray running a Fun Club to help with social skills in Kindergarten, students will be invited to participate by Mr. Murray.

• 44 Safety Patrollers with Mme. Mazelet have been trained and are currently working to keep the crosswalks and surrounding areas safe for student travelling to and from school each day.

• Grade 6 boys had inter-school football tournament today at John English.

• Robotics team Grades 4-8 is beginning, meet after school until 5pm.

• Info evening for Grade 8 parents October 19 at 6:30 at John English.

• Secret Life of Riley K on October 5, to help grades 4-6 students deal with anxiety

SAC Board Business 7:45 – 8:35


• Parent reps still needed – help your child’s teacher forward information out to other parents via email. If interested, please contact

• Scholastic Book Sale (Nov 15 – 22). Volunteers needed to help younger students select books & manage purchase of books, shifts are 90-120 minutes long during the day. Contact Mel Boyd-Brown or Leah Kirkpatrick


• Fresh from the Farm – orders submitted, produce delivery in November, fewer orders this year than last. 59 bundles of vegetables and 35 bundles of apples have been purchased to be donated to a local food bank.

• QSP Campaign – starts Oct 23, magazines, gift wrap etc.

• Fundraising Contribution Letter – due Oct 20

• See Spot Run concert – Nov 2 at John English JMS, online and in-person ticket sales have begun. ESA band will open and John English Senior Ukulele players will also play during the concert. Possible raffle or silent auction discussed and decided against.

• Toronto Marlies – planned for Sunday, Mar 25, 2018, 4 pm. Tickets will go on sale as the date approaches.

• Flip Give fundraiser is always ongoing, if you buy at Chapters Indigo. Here’s the link:

Treasurers Report

• 2016/17 full budget report

o SAC Fundraising revenue totals from 2016-17 school year were made available. Revenue total is available upon request.

o Wish list ideas discussed for ways to spend SAC funds in a timely fashion (books, classroom technology, etc.).

Open Positions

• Health & Safety (transition year with Craig)

• Anyone who is interested in position please contact SAC

Other Business

• Instrumental Music Program. Sending letter to Supervising Principal of Music requesting information regarding equitable distribution of Itinerate Music Teacher hours to middle school programs.

Meeting Ends 8:35

Next Meetings – Wednesday, November 15, Thursday, January 11, Wednesday, February 7, Thursday, April 5, Wednesday, May 9