Friday, February 16th 2018 – John English Update
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This Week’s Friday Update: Parent/Teacher Interviews Follow-Up, Forest of Reading Update, Dealing with Tragic Events, Claymation Workshop – Mme Smith’s class, John English Lunch time Programs, Sports Update
Parent–Teacher Interviews: It was wonderful to see so many parents during our interview period, February 15th and 16th. For this session of interviews we used http://www.schoolinterviews.ca to assist with the scheduling of interviews. To date we have received positive feedback about using an online system for interview schedules. If you have comments about the online scheduling system, please inform your child’s teacher as we consider using this system for next year’s interviews.
Forest of Reading Update and Correction: Last week’s Friday Update stated that we had over 10 students participating in the Forest of Reading program. This was an error. At John English, we actually have over 400 students involved in this worthwhile literacy endeavour. Over 60 students are participating in the independent reading programs (Red Maple, Silver Birch Fiction/Express). Silver Birch and Red Maple members can read in the library each day at lunch time. In addition, 16 primary classes (for a total of over 350 students) are enjoying the Blue Spruce and Prix Peuplier programs, which are picture book programs that are read by the teacher to the class.
During the week of April 23rd, all Blue Spruce and Prix Peuplier participants will be invited to our school library to vote for their favourite book. Those Silver Birch and Red Maple readers who have completed at least 5 books by this time, will be able to vote for their top pick during this week as well. Votes will be tabulated from across Ontario and our most avid Silver Birch and Red Maple readers will be on hand at Harbourfront, May 15th and 16th at The Festival of Trees Ceremonies where the winners of all programs will be announced!
Dealing with Tragic Events: Unfortunately and sadly a tragic event occurred this past week in a school in Florida. When tragic events happen here and around the world we know that students may experience a wide range of emotions and reactions. The TDSB Support Staff have prepared a list of tips and thoughts that may be helpful for parents when speaking with their children.
“Parents as Partners” Parent Conference 2018: Please see the attached flyer for details of this free event taking place on Saturday, April 28th at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto.
Claymation Workshop: Mme Smith’s Grade 6 class participated in The Director’s Cut workshop on February 14th. It was a day-long claymation workshop where the students learned how to create and edit stop motion films. Before the big day, the students chose a quote about perseverance, wrote a storyboard and script about their quote, and then created backdrops and clay figures for their production. With hard work and perseverance, the students completed 6 short stop motion films. They are very proud of their work and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The product of their work will be presented to John English students at a future Character Assembly.
John English Lunch Time Programs: John English staff and others provide a variety of lunch time activities for our students every week. Below is a list of activities that take place at John English.
|Chess – Rm 310, 221, 211*
Kilometre Club – postponed until the spring
Art in Action – Rm 227*
Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only)»
|Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only) »||Coding club – Computer Lab (Mr. Hyatt, Grades 4-8)
Drop in Volleyball – Girls Gym (Ms. Broughton, Grades 6 only) »
|Badminton Intramural Gr. 5||Maker Kids – Computer Lab *
Art in Action 2 – Rm. 227 **
Badminton Intramural Grade 6
|Ms. Sternig opens her art room Day 1 and 3 for all Grades she teaches and it is open on all Days except Day 5 for Grade 7 and 8 students.
* Clubs run by outside organization
** Spaces still available
» Starting January 22nd
Our school library is open at lunch from 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for students in Grades 4 – 8 who wish to work in a quiet, cellphone free setting, to complete homework or enjoy a good book. Interested students need to get a library pass from their teacher, each day they plan to attend.
Boys Grade 6, 7 and 8 Basketball: Congratulations to both our Grade 7 and 8 boys basketball teams who played well in their tournaments this week. Both teams will be advancing to the next round in the coming week. They join our Grade 6A team advanced the next round last week. Our Grade 6B team finished their season with a tournament at Hollycrest this past week. Mr. Poyser and a parent volunteer have been coaching and practising with all teams keeping our gym fully in use each day of the week. We wish them much success.
Hockey Team: The Hockey season has come to an end for our team this year. The players can be proud of their effort and the results throughout the season. Mme Easton greatly appreciated all the support of parents who were able to assist and were instrumental in transporting the students to and from games and practices.
Senior Girls Volleyball: Our Senior Girls Volleyball team improved their record to 12–0 during games this week and will advance to the quarter finals next week. Ms. Sharda and Mme Gitto continue to be proud of the success of the team.
Badminton Intramurals: Mr. Nunes is organizing badminton intramurals:
Grade 5 students: Thursday at lunch
Grade 6 students: Friday at Lunch
Grade 7 students: Thursday after school
Grade 8 students: Friday after school
Marlies Game: John English Families are invited to purchase tickets to John English Day at the Marlies game on Sunday March 25th at 4:00 p.m. The tickets are available for $20.00 each and can be purchased through the Cashonline system. There is a March 2nd deadline for purchasing tickets. Students and parents are reminded that families are responsible for their own transportation to and from the game and for supervision at the game. If the school community purchases over 150 tickets, 2 selected students will be able to ride the Zamboni during intermission! Please see attached flyer for more details.
February 19: Family Day – No school
February 20-23: Kindergarten Registration (by appointment)
February 22: Grade 6–8 Ski Trip
February 22: Kindergarten–Grade 3 Jump Rope For Heart Day
March 12–16: March Break – No School
March 30: Good Friday – No school
April 2: Easter Monday – No school