The JICS Lab School Newsletter
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School & University Closure Information
Should you be concerned about adverse weather conditions and/or school closure, information can be found on the University of Toronto Snow Line at 416-978-7669 (978-SNOW). Please add this number to your contacts list. The Laboratory School remains open if the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) is open.
Information about school closure can also be found on the twitter feed on the front page of our school website.
Visits from JICS Lab School Graduates
Each year, we invite Grade 7 graduates to return to JICS in the Spring Term to meet with our Grade 6 students about their transition to their new school. At this cherished reunion, our grads enthusiastically explain how prepared they are to meet the expectations of Grade 7 and how easy the transition has been.
Throughout the school year, we are also blessed to have many of our former students choose to informally visit when they have a day off school. Yesterday, we had two graduates who are currently in Grade 11! Graduates proudly share their successes with their former teachers and we as a staff are reminded of the importance of our practice and philosophy: providing engaging and challenging curriculum in a nurturing environment where children feel known and respected, helping children to take risks, to learn from mistakes, to build skills and confidence to deal with complexities and to see themselves as knowledge creators in a collaborative environment. Perhaps the most important year of all is Grade 6. In that culminating year, children are provided opportunities to show leadership and stretch themselves academically in a safe environment. They are challenged with a robust curriculum, design and run clubs, test themselves in extracurricular sports, lead assemblies and co-create and perform a jaw-dropping “Graduation Play” and ceremony. We often learn from the graduates that these uniquely JICS experiences lead directly to the successes they experience and leadership roles they fill in the new schools they attend. And the receiving schools consistently let us know that they want more of our graduates!
ASG takes a stand for animals at Movie Night on Thursday, November 22, 6:00pm
The Animal Support Group (ASG), a student led and run club for Grades 4-6, would like to invite the JICS community to visit their table at Movie Night.
They will be selling homemade merchandise to support the animals of concern that they are currently focusing on: rhinos, sharks, chimps, and puffins.
Please drop by to learn more about these special creatures and to lend your support to our amazing students’ fundraising initiative!
Memorial for JICS teacher, Cindy Halewood
A memorial service for Cindy will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2:00pm at 1101 Leslie St. Level B1 – Condominium Party Room. Visitor parking access - buzzer in front of building 1101. TTC information: 51 or 54 bus from Eglinton station.
Message of condolence can be left here: www.aftercare.org
Daycare Annual General Meeting
Each year, the Daycare holds their Annual General Meeting and hosts a complimentary buffet-style dinner for families, staff, and members of the board. This year the Daycare AGM will be on Monday, November 26 at 5:30pm. To reserve your spot, please email Anne Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org Free babysitting is provided. Please RSVP by November 29.
Cancelled: Sunday, November 25, 9:00am-12:00pm: Parent Ed event “Raising Capable Kids Parent Workshop with Alyson Schafer”
Upcoming Dates to Note:
Thursday, November 22: JICS PA Movie Night 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Monday, November 26: Daycare Annual General Meeting in Room 120. 5:30-7:00PM. (poster) RSVP
Friday, November 30: Final morning with Fall Interns
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30-7:30pm: APHD Research Gala at JICS Register
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00-9:00pm: The Kids We Lose: Dr. Ross Greene Documentary Screening and Q&A. Register
Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6: Book Fair at JICS
Thursday, December 6: Book Night – Pyjama Party
Monday, December 10, 5:00-7:00pm: OISE Winter Wonderland and Community Skate. Register
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