Volunteer Opportunities

There are many school programs that require parent volunteers, with varying levels of commitment and times of day. Please consider helping your school, while connecting with other parents and the rest of the John English community.

The following school programs, events and initiatives require parent volunteers on an ongoing basis:

Parent Safety Program

Parents, we are looking for volunteers to assist with our Kiss and Ride program in the morning and afternoon. 

  • Time:  8:25 to 8:45 a.m / 3:10 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Day of the week:  Daily
  • Contact:  Ms. Jenkins (becky.jenkins@tdsb.on.ca

Ukulele Program:

If you’re available to assist with set up or help kids with finger placement – it’s a great way to learn the ukulele!  (Details)

  • Time: 12:30-2 pm
  • Day of the week:  Tuesday
  • Contact:  Volunteer Organizer Jane Chapman-Klein (uturn@rogers.com)

School Library  

Our school library is in a state of transformation. While the major layout is finished, there still remains a lot of work to be done to re-organize the book collection.  A library helper program will begin shortly with Grade 6 – 8 students.  Also needed are some parent volunteers to help out with all the jobs needed to get the library up and running at full capacity and keep it running smoothly.  No contribution is too small.  Even if you can spare an hour every week or two, all volunteers are welcome. You will need to have a police check, though.  Also, if you have a high school aged child, they could get some volunteer hours helping here in the library as well.  

Pizza Lunch

Our Pizza Day committee is looking for volunteers to assist once a month to hand out pizza slices to hungry students on special lunch pizza day.

  • Time: 11:00am – 12pm
  • Day of the week:  Last Friday of the month
  • Contact:  Main office (416.394.7660)

Do You Like Reading

Research continues to tell us that students who are able to read by the end of Grade 1 have an increased chance for success in the future.  At home it is important for parents to read with children from birth well into the school aged years. John English is always looking for volunteers to read with our younger students.  If you would like to volunteer your time to read with our students please connect with the main office for further information.

  • Time:  School hours
  • Day of the week:  Any
  • Contact:  Main office (416.394.7660) or your children’s teacher

Kindergarten Snack Program

The Kindergarten children receive a daily snack and there is a request for volunteers to help prep snack for all of the classes, which includes cutting up fruits and vegetables and setup up snack trays.

Family Studies Support

By: Anne Piper

Family Studies program is offered to all grades 6 – 8 in the whole school! Though I have been teaching this course for seven years now, this year has the remarkable difference of being offered for the first time, to grade sixes, as formerly, it was only offered to grades seven and eight.

This has been an exciting change, however it is a big jump for many of our grade six students to be charged with the great responsibility of cooking and sewing in our hands-on workshop. (And there is only one teacher in the classroom, me.) They really enjoy the class, however it would be so much better for all the students, as well as myself, if we had a little help.

If you have the time and the interest to do so, please consider volunteering for one or even several of our classes. You could lead a cooking class yourself, or supervise the students in their sewing projects, or a bit of both, as you prefer. Having an extra pair of grown-up eyes, and an additional pair of adult hands, in a classroom full of thirty kids…will always be appreciated!

When are the classes? The grade six classes take place on Days 4 & 5 of our cycle, which at present, fall on Tuesday and Wednesday. They span an hour and a half, from 12:30 to 2:05, ending at the afternoon recess.

If you’re interested, or simply curious, please feel free to contact me, and we can arrange to chat or meet, and see if you might like to come in and help out in our experiential classroom. It’s lots of fun, if a bit loud, and is surely something you wouldn’t soon forget!

  • Time:  As needed
  • Material:  Fabric, Notions (sewing items), Cooking utensils, Pots & pans
  • Contact:  Anne Piper (anne.piper@tdsb.on.ca)