Short Medical Leave

Dear JICS Families,

I am writing to you to share some news. This weekend I was diagnosed with retinal detachment in my left eye and I will require a vitrectomy on Monday. In 2013, I had this surgery in my right eye and I know that all will soon be well.

I will need to be away from the school for some time, three to six weeks. During that time, Chriss Bogert will be the acting principal. I have complete confidence in Chriss’ abilities – we are so incredibly fortunate to have her as part of the JICS Lab School leadership team. I will be working from home, fully accessible to Chriss, the teachers, and to you, parents on email and by telephone. In fact, I may actually have more availability than usual! I will continue to take part by phone in all meetings with JICS faculty and staff, the JICS Parents’ Association Executive, OISE, the University, and with the construction company.

I am sorry for this inconvenience. I will miss being with the children and I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Please be in touch if you have any questions.

All the best,


Richard Messina


Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education | University of Toronto

416-934-4509 |

twitter: @JackmanICS | @richardmessina2



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