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School Closed Friday, Nov 9 & Monday, Nov 12

Reminder – School closed: Friday, November 9 (PD DAY) and Monday, November 12 (Midterm Holiday). The ICS Daycare is open. Register here

JICS In the News!

We are humbled to announced that a story about the Lab School has been featured on internationally renowned author, Richard Louv’s blog, Child and Nature Network. “Beyond Earth Day” is a story about the Lab School’s garden revitalization project “Community Roots” that began last year. More than that, it is a story that celebrates our relationship with the Earth, rooted deeply and collectively in our place, as an entry point for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a proud moment in our learning journey as a school community as we begin to take up the calls to actions in Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition - to reimagine and reclaim a deep and meaningful connection between our children and their natural world.

We were grateful to receive Richard Louv’s support for the publication of this article, and for his endorsement of the second edition of Natural Curiosity:

“Natural Curiosity ​is a great gift not only to North American educators, but to people around the world. As this good book makes clear, the often-Eurocentric deconstruction of reality does not represent reality. The point of natural curiosity is not to study a thing, but to inquire into the connections and relationships of all things and spirit, seen and unseen. This book is an inspiration, a doorway into a web of life and truth.”

—​​ ​Richard Louv​​, Author of “Last Child in the Woods” and “The Nature Principle"

Parent Education

  • On Monday, November 5, Dr. Dona Matthews presented “How to Talk to your Children about the Holocaust”. She explained why this conversation is so important and strategies to consider. The Q&A period following the talk was equally enriching and informative. Dona has posted her talk on her blog in Psychology Today.

  • Don’t miss: The next Parent Education opportunity is the workshop offered by parenting expert, Alyson Schafer on Sunday, November 25. This 3-hour workshop, “Raising Capable Kids” is highly-recommended to all JICS parents. Alyson will focus on what foundation needs to be set now for children to ensure later mental health, happiness in relationships, scholastic achievement, and job security. Location: Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Date and Time: Sunday, November 25th, 9:00am - 12:00pm Tickets & More Information: Eventbrite Password: JICSParent Cost: $88.50+HST

  • Hold the date: April 9, 2019 (evening) for a very exciting Parent Education Event with scientist, professor, broadcaster, and author, Dr. Greg Wells! Dr. Well’s book The Ripple Effect is available for loan to parents. Please find copies on the bookshelf outside the school library. Thanks to the PA for funding these parent books!


Enjoy this video created by JICS parents and shared with many classes today as part of the lovely Diwali celebrations:

Again, thank you for the many parent volunteers for generously sharing your culture with us.

Upcoming Dates to Note:​​

Friday, November 9: Teacher PD Day (School closed. Daycare open)

Monday, November 12: Midterm Holiday (School closed. Daycare open)

Tuesday, November 13: Dean’s Advisory Board Meeting 3:00 PM

Wednesday, November 14 & 21: Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday, November 22: JICS PA Movie Night 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Register

Sunday, November 25, 9:00am-12:00pm: Parent Ed event at JICS “Raising Capable Kids Parent Workshop with Alyson Schafer” Register

Monday, November 26: Daycare Annual General Meeting in Room 120. 5:30-7:00PM. (poster) RSVP

Friday, November 30: Final morning with Fall Interns

Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6: Book Fair at JICS

Thursday, December 6: Book Night – Pyjama Party

Friday, December 21: Holiday Sing in auditorium 9:00 AM. School closes at noon for winter holidays

Monday, January 7: Daycare and School opens for Winter Term

For more important dates, please refer to our School Calendar

Photos from today's Remembrance Day Assembly:



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