Help Stop Cuts to John English School Bus Transportation

This is the LAST CHANCE for parents & students to delegate to the Board on June 3rd to advocate for access to FIM programs.  There are 92 students currently accessing busing to John English (French Immersion + Gifted Program), and the 2019-20 TDSB budget is planning to eliminate all school bus programs for students in the upcoming school year.

For more information on the TDSB 2019-20 budget visit: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Business-Services/Budgets-and-Financial-Statements/2019-20-Budget

There are 2 more Special Finance, Budget and Enrollment Committee meetings regarding the 2019-20 budget:

  • Monday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 4:30 p.m.

We are hoping our JE parents will form a delegation to voice concerns over the proposed transportation cuts. Both parents and students are encouraged to participate.

For more information on TDSB Delegations visit: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Delegations 

You must submit your request to delegate before Thursday, May 30th at 4pm and be ready to present on Mon. June 3rd .

How to Address a Committee

Requests to speak to a permanent, statutory, standing or special (ad-hoc) committee must be submitted in writing to Governance and Board Services by 4 p.m., two (2) working days before the committee meeting day by submitting the Delegation Request Form:

Requests must include: 

  • The name of the speaker and the name of the organization (if the speaker is representing an organization such as a school council or community group)
  • the topic and a description of the delegation matter
  • contact information for the speaker (address, phone number and/or e-mail)

Don’t have time for a delegation? Here’s what you can do:

Individuals may submit written statements to a committee which will be distributed to the members of the committee prior to the meeting. Written statements must be delivered to the Governance and Board Services at least two (2) working days before the committee meeting.

To register a delegation or for more information regarding the process, contact Governance and Board Services at:

How many students will be affected by the proposed transportation cuts? The following table highlights the ward 3 impact. You can also see the full impact across all schools within TDSB in the file below.

Ward 3 Total  265

Staff Appreciation Breakfast

The 2019 Staff Appreciate Breakfast is on May 31st!

Each year this event gives us a chance to show the staff of John English how much we appreciate all that they do, and each year the John English families help us do just that. 

We are looking for donations of:

Food – washed and prepped fruit, baked goods, breakfast casseroles, shrimp rings, yoghurt, savoury breakfast items, cheese, and any other yummy foods you can share!

Time – we need volunteers to help set up the evening before (Thursday after school), and to help run the event the day of (shifts available from 8am to early afternoon).

Money – monetary donations help us buy coffee, tea, plates, any missing food items, and other supplies.  Cash can be dropped off to the office with the name of the student, parent, and student’s teacher noted on the envelope.

If you would like to donate your time, money, food, or participate in any other way please contact Arja Lytle at arjalytle@sympatico.ca.

Healthy Bites Registration

Register now for the Healthy Bites lunch program beginning on Monday, September 9th, 2019. Registration is open June 3-14, 2019 and may continue in September, as availability allows. Current participants must re-register for September. Registration is limited to the first 200 students. Subsidies are available upon request.

  • Program: Starts September 2019 for students in Grade 1 to 8
  • Options: 3 days/4 days per week
  • Due date: Friday June 14, 2019
    • Submit form to office along with cash/cheque

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.  sacinfo@johnenglish.ca
  • 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




Spring Flowers Sale Announcement

The spring flower sale is on!   The class that makes the most sales will win $100 at Indigo!  John English is also having a poster competition to advertise the spring flower sale!  Winning posters will be displayed in the front showcase and halls of the school.  All students who sell flowers or enter a poster in the competition will have a chance to win $10 at Indigo!  Posters are due at the main office on Monday April 15.  Ask your teacher or parents/guardians to check their e mail for poster competition details!

Download the form, check out the flower basket options, or find out more details visit:

Spring Flower Fundraiser

The John English Spring Flower fundraiser has begun!  Order hanging baskets of Geraniums, Begonias and Fuschia for your own outdoor space or as a gift.  Flowers will be available for pick up at our school just before Mother’s Day on May 8th and 9th.  Let John English help you celebrate and garden this spring! 

The class that makes the most sales will win $100 at Indigo!  John English is also having a poster competition to advertise the spring flower sale!  Winning posters will be displayed in the front showcase and halls of the school.  All students who sell flowers or enter a poster in the competition will have a chance to win $10 at Indigo! We had many wonderful posters submission before the Monday April 15 deadline.

  • Payment method:
    • Cash Online: https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com and return form to main office.
    • CASH or CHEQUE with the FORM in an envelope and return to your child’s teacher. Cheques payable to John English School Council.
  • Forms due: Wednesday April 24th
  • Flower pickup: Wednesday & Thursday May 8th and 9th

Don’t know your flowers? Here’s a quick list:

Dragonwing begonias
Potato Vine

Toronto Marlies Game (Winter)

John English night at the Marlies: Saturday March 23, 2019 @ 5:00pm

Are you interested in a fun family night watching hockey?  This is the event for you!  Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 each.  You can order your tickets using Cash Online and submitting the order form to the main office or you can send cash along with the form to the office.

A portion of the ticket sales comes back to John English.

Forms are due on Friday March 01, 2019