Summer Communications

July 20, 2020

Email Communications archived in this post:

  1. JICS Registration Forms, and Coffee & Convo with Admin

  2. Black Lives Matter at JICS

  3. JICS on CBC News and Radio

  4. Preparing for our Back to School Re-Entry

  5. JICS Community Q & A

  6. Parent Q&A Recording

1. JICS Registration Forms, and Coffee & Convo with Admin

June 19th, 2020

 

TO ALL CURRENT & NEW FAMILIES – School Registration Forms:
Dear New & Current JICS Families,

We are happy to let you know that our online school registration forms for 2020-21 are now available at our JICS Family website. These are conveniently called “School Forms Online (SFO)”! For new families an account has been created for you.  Please log in and choose a password to complete the account creation process.  Once created, you can log in to complete the registration forms for the 2020-21 school year.  Please complete the registration by June 30, 2020.

Use the link below to complete online forms for new, current, and returning students:
SchoolForms Online
(Or copy and paste the entire URL below into your browser's address bar:
https://sfo.inresonance.com/oise-utoronto/index.php#na=a9063e56db51a9bd1483d4636f32ffbf)

There are 2 components to the online forms:  School Forms Online (SFO) and Family Access Module (FAM).   Once logged in, you can access the Family Access Module (FAM) by clicking it at the top of your screen.  FAM allows you to update your information, access the staff & school directory, and view your child’s attendance (once published).

Please see our JICS family website for more information regarding these online forms. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM.

Under the “School Forms tab” of our website you will see a link to Toronto Public Health (TPH).  TPH has online registration and TPH requires all current families at JICS and new families joining JICS to register, update, and/or complete the necessary online family information for TPH.  If you have previously accessed TPH online system you will be able to see what was reported for your family, and submit any updated immunization as needed.  Families may print a copy of your child’s immunization history at your convenience.  

Click this link:  www.toronto.ca/studentvaccines and follow the simple steps. We kindly ask that you comply with TPH procedures as this is a mandatory step before your child begins school. Reporting your child's vaccine record online is fast and easy if you live in Toronto.  Send an email to immunization@toronto.ca if you encounter difficulties or have questions.

The JICS family website has information about the school and an archive of weekly posts from the 2019-2020 school year.  This the place for all school communication.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions.  Thank you.  

Nancy Boudreau, School Office Administrator
416 934-4517 or nancy.boudreau@utoronto.ca


Class of 2020
Thank you, JICS families for attending last week’s Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony.  To our graduates--we are so proud of you and we miss you already.  Learn more about this amazing group of students from their yearbook profiles.  These Grad Profiles and past JICS Newsletters live on the website under "News & Events" and "JICS Newsletter".  To enter this password protected page, please enter the password provided to you in this email.


TO ALL NEW FAMILIES:
We invite you to a “Coffee and Conversation with Chriss (Vice Principal) and Richard (Principal)” Parent Info Zoom Meeting, an informal opportunity to check-in, ask questions, and meet each other.  JICS Parents’ Association President, Deepta and Vice President, François will also be on hand.
When: Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00am
Where: The comfort of your own home
How: (Zoom link and password provided in email)
Don't forget to have a cup of coffee or tea and join us. We look forward to 'seeing' you!  
We ask that you view the recording of our "Coffee and Conversation” Zoom meeting which took place on June 10.  Richard and Chriss shared information about planning for the 2020-2021 school year and what September may look like.  They will host a “Parent Information Evening” in July and/or early August as they are still waiting on essential information from the Ministry of Education and Ontario Public Health.  They invite parent emails with questions throughout the summer:  
Richard Messina richard.messina@utoronto.ca
Christine Bogert chriss.bogert@utoronto.ca

2. Black Lives Matter at JICS

June 28th, 2020

 

Dear JICS Families,

 

This email is to inform the JICS community that the 2-sided Black Lives Matter solidarity signs made by the Grade 6 students, on display outside the school, were vandalised on Friday evening with black spray paint on one side. The signs were turned around to display the non-vandalized side, and were then re-vandalized with white paint sometime over Saturday night. UofT Campus Police were notified each time, are investigating these incidents, and will continue to closely monitor the property.

 

The defacing of these signs is reprehensible and JICS remains committed to the fight against racism. This vandalism reveals the racism that exists right here in our community, literally on our doorstep. You will see that the defaced signs have been taken down for now while the Lab School is having new signs reprinted, but this does not mean that we are any less committed. In fact, this just strengthens our resolve to honour the work of our students showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests, and to be part of the Anti-Black Racism movement working towards a more just and equitable society. We will put fresh signs on display on school property as soon as they are ready.

 

To our Grade 6 Students, whose work it was that was vandalized, please know that we will stand up for you and the messages that you sent so beautifully with your posters. It might be surprising, scary, or upsetting to know that someone would do this to your work, but we want to assure you that the ideas that you expressed are supported by everyone at JICS, and by the vast, vast majority of people in our community. We have already heard so many messages from people who are disgusted and appalled by what happened to your posters, and this event just shows how much more we need to do to resist racism in our society. You showed amazing leadership right up to your final days at JICS, and we will be sure to pick up the example that you set for all of us.

 

JICS Lab School Faculty and Staff

 

Photos of the original signs:

3. JICS on CBC News and Radio

June 30th, 2020


Dear JICS Parents,

 

We are writing to let you know that, in response to the events of the weekend (defacing of our Grade 6 Black Lives Matter solidarity posters), CBC has decided to cover the story. Organized by JICS parents, several Grade 6 students were interviewed on a number of occasions to convey their reactions, and made us proud with their thoughtful and articulate responses.

 

They will notably be featured on CBC TV News at 6:00 today (June 30), and on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning on Thursday, July 2, at 7:40am.

 

Members of the school administration, faculty, and Parents’ Association were also invited to speak in support of the students, in light of our steadfast and ongoing commitment to anti-Black racism and our students’ commendable initiatives in this regard.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Richard Messina

JICS Principal

 

François Tanguay-Renaud

VP, JICS Parents’ Association

4. Preparing for our Back to School Re-Entry

July 10th, 2020

 

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School is committed to providing a safe, healthy and supportive environment to our students. At this time, and having reviewed the Ministry of Education reopening plan (updated July 2, 2020), we anticipate that JICS will re-open in September onsite and face-to-face with protocols and policies in place to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and families.

 

Our plans will continue to remain flexible and ready to pivot in anticipation of new developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, including the possibility of easing or tightening of safety restrictions throughout the school year.

 

Please review the attached document regarding important information for the re-entry to JICS in September.

5. JICS Community Q & A

July 13th, 2020

 

Dear Families,

 

We would like to remind you of the JICS Community Q & A happening tomorrow over Zoom. Please find all of the information below and we encourage you to send questions in advance to Richard at richard.messina@utoronto.ca

 

Attached again is the document we sent out last week, "Preparing for our Back to School Re-Entry", for you to review prior to the Q & A.

 

JICS Community Q & A

Date: Tuesday, July 14th

Time: 7:00pm

Zoom Link: (link, password and meeting ID provided in email)

6. Parent Q&A Recording

July 16th, 2020

 

For those of you who missed the Parent Q & A on Tuesday evening, an audio recording is available for you to listen to or you can watch the video recording.

 

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