Letters from the PA President, Deepta Rayner

February 27, 2020

Hello Families

February has been a busy month!

Thanks to all the parents who contributed to classroom activities this month, including many who have been leading Black History Month activities.

Earlier this month, we had a PA meeting where all parents were welcome.  It was a full house and we covered several topics.  The presentation and minutes of the meeting can be found here.

The PA Meeting was followed by a Parent Ed event - Dr. Marlene Scardamalia talked about how our children contribute to Knowledge Building Research: Becoming Creators, Not Just Users of Knowledge.

It was also fabulous to see so many parents at Math Morning and the Patrick Harvie Arts Fundraiser last week too!

Mark your calendars - Our Next PA Meeting is on April 20th 6-8pm.

King regards,

Deepta

January 23, 2020

Dear Parents

 

Happy (Belated) New Year to all JICS families! The Parents' Association hopes everyone had a wonderful winter break, and we look forward to seeing you throughout 2020!

 

Join us at the next PA meeting and Parent Ed Event: Feb. 11

It may be frosty outside, but it's warm inside. Come join us for our first PA meeting of 2020, Tuesday, February 11, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Please share your ideas with us and hear updates from Principal Richard Messina, your PA and Class Reps. The PA meeting will be followed by a JICS Research Night focusing on the “Knoweldge Buiding” pedagogy used in every JICS classroom.

Patrick Harvie Arts Fundraiser

We're raising funds for arts programming for the JICS Students with a fun night, dancing it up old school with a 90s theme.

What does your $70 ticket include? Entrance to the dance party of the year + $35 tax receipt!

Snacks will be provided + open bar.

Our very own David Osorio will be onsite serving a special house drink.

More ways to contribute:

  • Raffle tickets - win 1 of 2 spots to Nearly Midnight Madness or tickets to a Raptors game!

  • Carol and Richard have agreed to host another “Nearly Midnight Madness Event” in the Spring, but you have to show up to the dance to sign up and spots are limited (max 25 spots) $100 each. Get to the party early to get on the list.

  • If you can't attend the party, but still want to contribute, consider making a donation.

Tickets to the big event, raffle, and donations can all be made by clicking here.

Black History Month and Lunar New Year

Reminder for families who would like to help us celebrate Black History Month and/or Lunar New Year with your children’s class(es), the PA will reimburse up to $50 per classroom. Keep your receipts and click here for reimbursement. If you would like to coordinate a school-wide event, please contact Richard directly.

 

Sincerely,

Deepta

December 19, 2019

Dear JICS Families

A big THANK YOU to everyone who paid their PA fees and / or donated – your contributions go towards so many things our children and families have already started to enjoy! Click here to see what we purchased with the teacher classroom grants.

We also helped coordinate gifts for our specialty teachers for the holidays. Thanks to Francois and the class reps for putting this all together.

THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Deepta

December 12, 2019

Dear JICS Families

It’s hard to believe we’re already nearing the end of term. A few updates from the PA:

 

Events

  • The servery is now fully stocked for class events, including plates, mugs, cutlery, and coffee urns. These can be used for class/parent events that occur at the school, such as class breakfasts. For a full inventory, please contact Tory McCracken (tory.mccracken@utoronto.ca)

  • In an effort to have fewer, but more meaningful events, we’ve partnered Grandpal’s Day with the school’s holiday sing-along. Be sure to tell the important grownups in your child’s life about coming out to celebrate and sing together next Friday. RSVP

  • As we start to plan for the new year, please keep in mind that the PA is able to sponsor diversity celebrations, like Lunar New Year and Black History Month (up to $50 per class per celebration). To claim your expenses, click here.

PA Fees and Donations

  • If you haven’t yet paid your PA fees/donation or would like to donate more, please consider giving through your company’s United Way campaign. Details on how to donate through United Way, including donation of shares, can be found on our ‘Ways to Donate’ page.

Staying warm as the weather cools

  • As we approach the holiday season, consider giving JICS sweatshirts and toques for you and your family to wear with pride. Get your school wear at the JICS Shop online.

 

Warm regards,

Deepta

October 31, 2019

Dear Parents

 

1. PA Meeting

Thanks to all who came out for our first PA Meeting of the year on Monday evening. We had a great turnout and great discussion, covering the following topics (and more):

 

A) Principal’s update:

  • Richard shared that we had a smooth start to the school year which included school-wide events such as Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt Day, Harry Potter Day and more.

  • Richard answered questions about the new tuition fee schedule; please connect with him directly if you have any further questions.

B) Celebrating Diversity:

  • New this year – the PA is offering funds for each class for various diversity celebrations, such as Diwali, Chanukah, Lunar New Year, PRIDE, etc. Parents, please connect with Richard, Deepta or Hasina if you would like more details.

C) Fundraising:

  • We are formalizing a fundraising committee to help the school attract alumni, foundations, and supports of childhood education donations. More details to come at the next PA meeting.

D) Volunteer Opportunities

  • Please visit the following site to sign up for volunteer activities including Book Night and various diversity celebrations and activities throughout the year.

 

2. PA Fees and Donations

We are currently at 80% of our goal for collecting PA Fees and Donations. This is a gentle reminder to those who have not done so already to please pay your PA Fees/Donations. These fees go a long way to supporting the school. Here are a few examples of how PA funds are used to build our community:

  • Lice screening (3x per year)

  • Parent Education events

  • Babysitting for events held in the evenings for parents (Parent Social, Curriculum Night, PA meetings, etc.)

  • Classroom grants (up to $500 per teacher)

  • Access to a Social Worker for our children (1 day per week)

  • Celebrating diversity

 

3. Staying warm as the weather cools

As the weather starts getting chilly, we have sweatshirts and toques for you and your family to wear with JICS pride. Get your school wear at the JICS Shop online.

 

Warm regards,

Deepta

October 3, 2019

PA Fees & Donations

This is a gentle reminder to those who have not done so already to please pay your PA Fees/Donations. These fees go a long way to ensure that every family is supported. Here are a few examples of how PA funds are used to build our community:

  • Lice screening (3x per year)

  • Parent Social (September 10th, 2019 – thanks for coming out!)

  • Parent Education events

  • Babysitting for events held in the evenings for parents (Parent Social, Curriculum Night, PA meetings, etc.)

  • Classroom grants (up to $500 per teacher)

  • Access to a Social Worker for our children (1 day per week)

 

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for one Parent who can help us stand up a new committee that will be a learning opportunity for the whole JICS community, “Diversity Celebrations”. We are creating this committee as we’ve found in past years that parents across all the grades often want to celebrate diversity (Hannukah, Diwali, Christmas, Pride, International Women’s Day, etc.), but can benefit from hearing ideas of what is going on in the various classrooms.

 

The leader of this committee requires a well-organized individual who can get help us define the mission and goals of this committee within the next few weeks. Once we have strong direction, we will be able to effectively organize ourselves across multiple grades to celebrate all of our similarities and differences. If this is of interest to you, please contact Deepta Rayner.

 

We are looking for one or more parents who can help us stand up a Fundraising Committee. This will involve activities internal and external to the school community.

 

We have a number of other volunteer opportunities available for parents who are looking to get involved for a few hours this term or later in the year: https://signup.com/go/waokYwy

 

Staying warm as the weather cools

As the weather starts getting chilly, we have sweatshirts and toques for you and your family to wear with JICS pride. Get your school wear at the JICS Shop online.

 

Warm regards,

Deepta

September 19, 2019

Dear JICS Lab School Families,

In an effort to minimize the number of emails you receive from us, I will use this space on the Thursday blog to communicate with you regarding news and requests from the JICS Parents’ Association. 
 

Communication Amongst Parents

For the PA Exec, we have found it useful to use WhatsApp to have conversations amongst ourselves, and have seen that some class reps have started to do the same.  Please note that if you don’t like audio (ring) or tactile (vibrate) notifications from WhatsApp, you can choose to mute notifications by going to the settings menu in the top right-hand bar of the conversation.

PA Fees & Donations

This is a gentle reminder to those who have not done so already to please pay your PA Fees/Donations. These fees go a long way to ensure that every family is supported.

Here are a few examples of how PA funds are used to build our community:

  • Lice screening (3x per year)

  • Parent Social (September 10th, 2019 – thanks for coming out!)

  • Parent Education events

  • Babysitting for events held in the evenings for parents (Parent Social, Parent Education events, PA meetings, etc.)

  • Classroom grants (up to $500 per teacher)

  • Access to a Social Worker for our children (1 day per week)

Warm regards,

Deepta

September 12, 2019

Dear JICS Families,

What a wonderful way to kick-off the new school year at Tuesday evening’s Parent Social! We had a great time meeting new and continuing families, as well as many classroom and specialty teachers. A special thanks to PA Vice President, François, for organizing the event – the wine and cheese were delicious! For the parents who missed it, we’ll catch you next time at the PA event in October.

 

Reminder to pay your PA Fees/Donations. These fees go a long way to ensure that every family is supported. Here are a few examples of how PA funds are used to build our community:

  • Lice screening (3x per year)

  • Parent Social (September 10th, 2019 – thanks for coming out!)

  • Parent Education events

  • Babysitting for events held in the evenings for parents (Parent Social, Curriculum Night, Parent Education events, PA meetings, etc.)

  • Classroom grants (up to $500 per teacher for unique purchases to enhance the learning)

  • Artist-in-Residence Programming

  • Access to a Social Worker for our children (1 day per week)

 

We have a number of volunteer opportunities available for parents who are looking to get involved for a few hours this term or later in the year. Sign up here.

 

Finally, we have great casual wear for you and your family to wear with JICS pride. Get your school wear at the JICS Shop online.

 

Warm regards,

Deepta

August 29, 2019

Dear Friends,

 

On behalf of the JICS Parents' Association, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all parents, guardians, and families of students at Jackman Institute of Child Studies for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Our children have an exciting year ahead!

 

There are so many wonderful experiences for students and families, enriched by The Parents’ Association (the JICS community of parents).  We are thrilled that our community is growing and are excited to present you with a number of opportunities for you to meet other families and get involved in the school. You can use our website (www.jicsfamily.com) as a resource to find information on our events as well as volunteer opportunities.

 

This year, the PA will focus our efforts on the following four themes:

 

  • Celebrating diversity

  • Fundraising (Parents, Alumni and external patrons of childhood learning)

  • Exploring stronger connections to the greater University of Toronto community

  • Parent engagement

Fundraising by the PA provides additional resources to continue improvements to our school and learning opportunities for our children. The PA runs one large fundraiser in the Fall through PA fees and a number of other fundraisers throughout the school year.

Please contribute to the 2019-20 JICS PA Annual Fees and Donations by clicking here.

 

Your PA fees include the following benefits:

 

  • Lice screening (3x per year)

  • Parent Social (September 10th, 2019 – register here to attend and for babysitting)

  • Parent Education events

  • Babysitting for events held in the evenings for parents (Parent Social, Parent Education events, PA meetings, etc.)

  • Classroom grants (up to $500 per teacher)

  • Artist in Residence Programming

  • Access to a Social Worker for our children (1 day per week)

  • Family Movie Night

 

For those of you looking to stock up on JICS wearables, please visit the online shop to have a new JICS t-shirt/hat/bracelet/etc. placed in your child’s cubby during their first week at school.

 

Please reach out if you have any questions or ideas, or if you want to get more involved with the Parent Association. The Volunteer Opportunities section of our website (coming soon) explains what events/activities we support and areas where we could use your assistance. Please volunteer for a committee or event, or come to us with new ideas. We would love to hear from you!!

 

Regards,

Deepta Rayner

President, Parents' Association

DR. ERIC JACKMAN INSTITUTE OF CHILD STUDY

LAB SCHOOL

  • White Instagram Icon

© Copyright 2017 by Jackman Institute of Child Study.

Contact Us

Lab School Office:

416 934 4517
ICS After School Daycare:
416 934 4522

Address

45 Walmer Road

Toronto, ON M5R 2X2