The Fundraising Committee is a sub-committee of the John English School Council.  This committee is actively involved in developing a fundraising plan that reflects the current needs of the school. The funds raised by the school are used to support many valuable student programs and activities, including: extra-curricular and intramural athletics, class excursions, in-school presentations, school musicals, concerts, musical instruments, clubs, graduation ceremonies, student games/activities, and outdoor play equipment.

Fundraising Outline 2018-2019 School Year

February 7, 2019

We currently have an open position for Fundraising Chair. Support will be provided for this position.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact the School Advisory Council at

Below is an outline of the Fundraisers that are being planned and taking place during the 2018-2019 school year through the John English Parent Council:

Pizza Lunches (September – June)

For students (grades 1-8) and teachers that have ordered pizza, these will take place on the last Friday of each month. Most order forms have been collected however some families can still pay on a monthly basis, students can bring forms to the office or using TDSB School Cash Online. Pizza lunches will be available to the Kindergarten students starting in January.

Toronto Marlies Game (March 23, 2019)

An opportunity for John English families to come together and attend a Toronto Marlies hockey game. A portion of the ticket sales comes back to John English. Students can drop-off ticket orders at the main office or can be collected in the class and sent down to the main office.

Movie Night & Basket Raffle (May)

Families come to the school on a Friday evening for dinner (made by Healthy Bites and volunteers) and a movie. Tickets are sold in advance and also at the door.

For the basket raffle classes are assigned a theme for which students can purchase an item for the basket. Baskets are then assembled by theme with the raffle being drawn at movie night. You do not need to attend movie night to win a basket as tickets are sold during lunch with the baskets on display. Classroom participation is important and encouraged for this initiative.

Dance-a-thon (June)

Students collect pledges from family and friends for this fundraiser. Students participate in dance activities (1 hour for each grade) outside (weather permitting ) or in the gym while a DJ plays music.

  • For all of the above initiatives online bulletins and reminders will also be sent to John English families through Facebook, twitter and through John English email where appropriate.

Ongoing Fundraising:

Fundraising Contribution

A ‘direct donation’ drive via TDSB School Cash Online offers families the ability to make a one-time donation for the school year in lieu of or in addition to the fundraisers that take place during the year. Tax receipt instructions are on the form, donations with forms attached can also be dropped off at the main office.

Indigo FlipGive

An online program through Chapters-Indigo where gift cards can be purchased and a portion of the proceeds is given to the John English library in the form of a Chapters gift card (There is no classroom administration required for this initiative).

Past Fundraising:

Fresh from the Farm (Fall)

Families will be able to purchase ‘baskets’ of apples and/or vegetables (from Ontario famers) for themselves or to donate the baskets to a local food bank. The school will receive 40% of the proceeds; farmers will receive 50% (remaining 10% is admin). Full details are on the order form that students can drop off at the main office.

QSP (October)

A fundraiser selling magazine subscriptions and other products (hard copy and online). Packages including catalogues and ordering instructions are sent home with students. Ordering online is highly encouraged but students can drop-off any paper orders to the main office (or a student can collect paper orders daily and bring them to the office).  This program is having less focus this year, and no prizes will be offered.  This will be the last year that JEJMS will offer the full paper envelope and colour brochure for QSP magazine sales.

Samko Toys (TBD)

Families can shop at Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse (77 Fima Crescent, Etobicoke) and a percentage of their purchase will be donated back to John English. Students need to retain their receipts in an envelope and hand them in to the office with their name and ‘Samko’ written on the envelope.

Poinsettia Sale (November/December)

Families can order Poinsettia plants for the holiday season and John English will keep a percentage of the sales. Students can drop-off orders at the main office or a student can collect class orders daily and bring them to the office.