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Welcome to the Spring Term 2019

Dear Jackman ICS Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful March Break. Below, news and upcoming events as we begin our Spring Term.


Only a few days left in our 25th Annual JICS Read-A-Thon! This important fundraiser for the library collection and program ends this Friday. Please visit our website for all the info you need regarding Read-a-Thon


Early Bird Deadline approaching quickly! Buy your tickets today!

Early Bird Tickets Until April 1: $145

Regular Tickets: $165

In support of the Diana Rankin Muncaster Family Tuition Support Fund (more info here)

Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Time: 7:00pm – Late

Location: The Fifth, 225 Richmond Street West

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School is now more important than ever as we continue to be committed to exploring what is possible in education so that we may serve our public purpose as a lab school. Our ability to conduct research on how children learn best requires us to operate a school which is rich in ideas, strong in its vision, collaborative in its approach, and intentionally diverse in its student, teacher, and family population. Intentional diversity enhances the learning of the children, the efficacy of our research, and the education of the teacher-candidates. At JICS this includes diversity of all types: abilities; racial and cultural backgrounds; family structures; and socio-economic status. In order to achieve true diversity, we must be able to offer financial support to families, and this is why we need your help. Please buy your tickets to the JICS Tuition Support Gala.


In response to parent request, the JICS Parents’ Association researched and identified Real Food For Real Kids (RFRK) to be the hot lunch provider for interested JICS families beginning April 2016. Yesterday, families who are currently enrolled in the lunch program were informed by email from RFRK that the program will continue until the end of this school year but that it will not run in its current state beginning September 2019. RFRK lists requirements in order to continue to serve our community which includes a minimum order, the hiring of service staff and the management of payment by the school or school parent council. This change is an opportunity for us to revisit our hot lunch provider and explore new options as well. If you are interested in taking part in this research, please be in touch with your class rep.


Many of you have been asking about Nancy, our school office administrator, who was absent prior to the March Break and continues to be absent today. Nancy is on the mend from a painful fall she had during a weekend and she will be away this week. We expect her back next week and we wish her well. Please continue to email and/or call Nancy’s contact info as our hired substitute has full access to both Nancy’s email and phone.


We have placed ads for a new Junior Kindergarten teacher and Physical Education teacher to begin September 2019.

David and Michael are excited to be in new classroom positions next year. We will share all the staffing details for the 2019-2020 school year once we have all the information confirmed.

A hiring committee with representation from the PA Exec, the school teaching team, the school administrative team, and the University will select the best candidates from the robust number of applicants we receive.

If there are qualities for the candidate that you would like the hiring committee to consider during the process, please send them to


March 27, 4:30-6:00 pm

OISE’s 2019 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture: The Hon. William G. Davis in conversation with Steve Paikin. Attend in person or watch online.

OISE Auditorium, Ground Floor

252 Bloor Street West


Each year, we formally invite back our graduates who are currently in Grade 7 to reunite with our current Grade 6 students and speak about their recent transition to their new school. This year the meeting will take place on April 2, after school until 5:30pm. This is a student-only event that allows children to ask questions that are meaningful to them.


April 9, 7:00 pm

JICS Auditorium

Dr. Greg Wells, author of The Ripple Effect will present: The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Eat, Move and Think Better. Imagine if school was a place where you went to get healthier and perform to your potential...

There are problems standing in the way of making that dream a reality. The world is faced with 4 inter-related epidemics – sleeplessness, obesity, inactivity, and mental illness. Fortunately, the scientific answers to these problems are available today. Sleep soundly. Eat Smarter. Move More. Think Clearly. In this presentation, Dr. Wells presents the scientific solution to these challenges. Using stories, research, and simple tactics, Dr. Wells clearly outlines how to improve your health, supercharge your life and ultimately reach your full potential.

RSVP and donation information coming soon.


The Grade 1, 2, and 3 parents had their parent-teacher interviews on March 6. If you did not book an interview, please be in touch with your child’s teacher. The Nursery/JK/SK and Grade 4/5/6 parent-teacher interviews will be on April 17 and April 24. A sign-up email will be sent shortly. We would like to remind parents that at the Lab School, parent-teacher interviews may include, in addition to the classroom teacher, a teacher from the Special Education department, a member of the JICS administration and/or an MA Student.

Upcoming Dates to Note

April 9, 7:00pm, JICS Auditorium – Parent Education Event: Dr. Greg Wells: The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Eat, Move and Think Better.

April 12 – Final Day of Winter Internship

April 17 and April 24: Parent-Teacher Interviews (Nurs/JK/SK, Gr 4/5/6)

April 19 & April 22 – Good Friday & Easter Monday (School and Daycare closed)

May 1-3 – Grade 5 & 6 class trip to Montreal

May 8 – Tuition Support Gala! Please support economic diversity at JICS.

May 20 – Victoria Day (School and Daycare closed)

May 23, 7:00pm - Music Night in JICS auditorium

May 24, 9:30am – Grandpals Day (more details coming soon)

May 28, 6:00pm – Hot Dog Night (Family Fun Night) in JICS schoolyard

June 5 am – Games Day

June 13 – Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony and Reception

June 14 – Final day of school. School closes at noon.

For more important dates, please refer to our School Calendar



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