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.

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

Help Needed!

We are looking for volunteers for the next Pizza day! Pizza day is usually the last Friday of the month (with a couple of exceptions).

  • Date: Friday February 22nd
  • Time: 11:00am – 12:00/12:30pm
  • Task: Hand out pizza slices to the students

Our biggest fundraising event Movie/Basket Raffle night will be happening in May. We are going to need all the help we can get! If you can spare an hour or two please help us make this into a great event.

  • Date: TBD (Sometime in May)
  • Time: Before & during the event
  • Various tasks (help with one or all!):
    • Organize the raffle baskets
    • Set up the raffle
    • Help with the meal
    • General organization for the event
    • Help at the actual event

We are always looking for volunteers for the Kindergarten Snack Program. It only takes 1/2 hour of your time!

  • Date: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 8:45am to 9:15am
  • Task: Prepare snacks for the JK/SK classes (ex. cutting up fruits)

If you are interest please email  sacinfo@johnenglish.ca

John English SAC – Meeting Minutes Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome & Introductions 7:00 – 7:05

  • Anyone is welcome to attend meetings.
  • Attendance sheet completed.
  • There are several open positions on SAC and the positions are open to the JEJMS parent community.

Principal Report7:05 – 7:30

Mr. Howe

· Meet the teacher night ran smoothly. Thank you to volunteers for running the pizza service.

· Painting the school interior is ongoing. Most of the school has been repainted.

· Trying to get a replacement for the kindergarten bunker which holds the outdoor toys in the rear school yard.

· School field upgrades are upcoming.

· Play structure may get a facelift or it may be replaced entirely. The timeline could be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

· Instrument music program for Grades 6, 7, 8 – there is a new band teacher this year. All students in Grade 6 have the opportunity to participate in the instrumental music program. This is new this year and will hopefully continue in future.

· Jungle Sport is coming next week to Gym 1. It’s a ropes course. All students will rotate through the course, at least once throughout the week.

· Photo retake day is November 1.

· Albion Hills Outdoor Education Center – three Grade 7 classes are there now. Next week three more Grade 7 classes go. Two more classes go to Alboin Hills in December.

· Tomorrow is Grades 1 and 2 Cross Country event.

· French Immersion Information Night is November 1, 7-8pm at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute.

· Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at the school the morning of November 9.

· Progress Reports go home November 13 and November 16/17 are parent teacher interviews. November 17 is a PA day.

· Transition from Grade 8-9 meeting is October 17 in the JEJMS auditorium at 6:30pm.

· Healthy Bites – TDSB has received a complaint about this type of program.

Ms. Overland (New Vice-Principal)

  • Lunch programs start tomorrow with Mad Science. There will be two sections, a Grade 1-2 section and a Grade 3-4 section. Arts in Action and Chess will begin Monday.

Mme. Smith

  • Masquerade dance for Grades 6-8 on October 26. Alternatives are movie watching or board games. Ticket sales start on October 16. $5.00/ticket.
  • Safety patroller training will begin on October 15. The patroller will begin patrolling on the 25th of October.
  • Volunteers wanted to help with cooking or sewing in Family Studies. Day 4 or 5 on the school’s time table cycle. 12:30pm – 2pm. If interested in volunteering contact anne.piper@tdsb.on.ca.

SAC Board Business 7:30 – 8:35


  • November 13 – 17 Scholastic Book Fair – Volunteers needed to help younger students select books & manage purchase of books, shifts are 90-120 minutes long during the school day. If interested, please contact sacinfo.


  • Curriculum Night – HUGE success – thanks to all volunteers and David for leading event.
  • Pizza Lunch – available via CashOnline until October 19.
  • Fresh from the Farm – orders submitted, the official cut off for orders is Monday, October 15. Produce delivery in November.
  • Fundraising Contribution Letter – due October 19.
  • QSP Campaign – starts in late October. This will be the last year that JEJMS will offer the full paper envelope and color brochure for QSP magazine sales.
  • Toronto Marlies – date of game is TBD – planning for late March 2019.

Open Positions / Nominations

· QSP coordinator.

· Fundraising chair.

· Toronto Marlies Game coordinator.

· Healthy Bites committee members wanted.

Treasurer’s Report

o Motion made to approve the budget from 2017/18.

o Motion approved.

o Motion made to increase classroom support budget to $125 per teacher, from $100 in the 2018/19 budget.

o Motion approved.

o Ukulele budget increase discussed – due to increased costs of lessons, instrument repair and a greater number of students. Discussion is ongoing. To be reviewed in April 2019.

o Change made to add Toronto Marlies as proposed revenue of $1000 to 2018/19 budget.

o Suggestion made to remove the pizza lunch prize from the Dance-a-thon ($100) and the QSP class winners ($100) from the 2018/19 expenditures.

o Motion made to approve the 2018/19 budget.

o Motion approved.

Meeting Ends 8:35

Next Meetings: November 22, January 10, February 7, April 4, May 9

Trustee Pamela Gough – sign up for her monthly e-newsletter at www.tdsb.on.ca/ward3/Ward3.aspx or follow her on Twitter @pamelagough