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'All Parents' Meeting, Grandpals Day, & Movie Night in Celebration of Asian Heritage Month

JICS at a Glance

We've condensed the important highlights for your convenience:

Topics covered in this post:


1. Parents' Association 'All Parents' Zoom Meeting

Monday, May 6, 7:00-8:00pm


Dear JICS Parents,

Please join us for our spring All Parents PA meeting, this coming Monday, May 6th, online from 7pm- 8pm. Here is our tentative agenda:

Review of new fundraising model: accomplishments and places for growth

Budget review

Hot lunch program

Anticipated openings on the PA for 2024/2025 school year

Updates from Chriss and Richard

Any news from the community and/or classrooms that you would like to share

You can join our meeting here:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 859 6140 4500

We look forward to seeing you on May 6th!




2. Grandpals Day

Get ready for a heartwarming afternoon at JICS Parents Association's upcoming GrandPals Day on May 10th, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm! This special event, organized by the JICS Parents’ Association is a perfect opportunity for GrandPals, or another family friend or relative, to join us at the JICS Lab School for quality time with their grandchild(ren).

Here's what you need to know:

GrandPals Day is all about creating cherished memories, exploring our school, and bonding over refreshments and snacks. Principal Richard Messina will kick off the event at 2:00pm with a warm welcome in the Gymnasium. From there, GrandPals will have the chance to spend time with their grandchild(ren) in their classroom(s), participate in activities, and tour our wonderful school and new playground. Nursery children who attend afternoon daycare and their Grandpals are welcome to take part!

Parents, if you think your GrandPal(s) would be interested, please register them HERE or feel free to forward this email. Kindly RSVP by May 5th to ensure we can accommodate everyone.

If you have any questions about GrandPals Day, feel free to reach out to Richard (


3. Parent Volunteers for Grandpals Day

We need parent volunteers to help guide our guests and serve refreshments. Please contact Richard ASAP if you are available on Friday, May 10 from 1:30 to 3:30pm.


4. Chriss Bogert Awarded Distinguished Service Award

As you know, Chriss Bogert, Zoe Donoahue, Tara Rousseau, Krista Spence, and Richard Messina represented the JICS Lab School at the 2024 International Association of Lab Schools (IALS) Annual Conference: Celebrating Collaborative Research in Laboratory Schools hosted by Burris Lab School, Muncie, Indiana. A moment of immense pride occurred during the conference when Chriss was presented with the Mary Jane Taylor Distinguished Service Award. This esteemed recognition highlights Chriss' leadership in the IALS Collaborative Research Project, particularly her dedication to amplifying children's voices in research—an endeavor that we believe will significantly influence research practices globally. Chriss' efforts in welcoming new IALS members to the collaborative research group, offering guidance to those unfamiliar with research methodologies, further showcase her invaluable contributions to the IALS community. And on July 1, she will be the IALS Board President!


5. Tara Rousseau - Co-Chair of the Ontario Art Education Association

Tara, our art teacher, is excited to share that she has just begun the first of a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA). As Chair, she will have the opportunity to connect with the Ontario Teacher’s Federation Curriculum Forum and the Ministry of Education reviewing Arts curriculum and teachers’ additional qualifications (AQs). OAEA is in the process of developing and offering curriculum resources to art educators throughout the province.


6. JICS Movie Night in Celebration of Asian Heritage Month

Thursday, May 16th, 3:45-5:30 pm

JICS Gymnasium

To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, all JICS families are invited to join us for a movie night on Thursday, May 16th from 3:45-5:30 pm in the JICS gymnasium. We will be watching the movie Elemental.

Elemental is an animated film directed by Philip Sohn. On the surface it is a fun, colourful film about the unlikely love between two opposite elements. However, at its core it is an immigrant story that speaks to the universal immigrant experience of making a new life in a new place, and grappling with balancing responsibility to your family and culture while remaining true to yourself.

Here is a link to the documentary about his directing journey and the creation of Elemental (you will need a Disney+ subscription to watch):

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver (children in daycare can attend with daycare staff). We welcome all family members to attend! Reusable water bottles encouraged. A timeline of the event is below:

3:30 pm: Caregivers pick-up children from school

3:30-3:45 pm: Families welcomed into the servery area for a nut-free snack

3:45 pm: Movie begins in the gymnasium

5:30 pm: Movie ends

To attend, please register below (daycare children are not required to register unless attending with a caregiver).


7. Kids Who Care Club: Collecting School Supplies for the Christie Street Refugee Welcome Centre

Dear JICS parents,  


We are the JICS Kids Who Care club. We are currently running an initiative to collect school supplies for the Christie Street Refugee Welcome Centre, or the CRWC. The CRWC uses these school supplies to give to children staying with them who had to escape dangerous situations without their belongings, to set them up for success when they go to school here. We will accept anything on this list in as large or small quantities as you can give.


Items to donate (only new products please):

  • Backpacks                                      

  • Pencils  

  • Sets of pens 

  • Glue sticks 

  • Erasers 

  • Sets of coloured markers 

  • Sets of crayons 

  • Sets of coloured pencils 

  • Scissors 

  • Rulers 

  • Highlighters 

  • Pencil sharpeners 

  • Lined notebooks 

  • Pencil cases 

  • Lunch bags 

  • Water bottles 

  • Binders 

  • Padlocks (for student lockers) 

  • Calculators 

  • Geometry sets 

  • Correction tape (whiteout) 

  • Lined paper 


Thank you for reading this. You can put your donations in the reception of the Walmer Road entrance. Delivery will be in early June. We hope that you can donate!  


The Kids Who Care Club 


8. Parent Education - Thrive Together: Fostering Mental Wellness in Black Youth

May 14, 6:30-8:30

Medical Science Building, 1 King’s College Circle, UofT, Room 3154

The goal of the annual Black Mental Health Series organized by University of Toronto’s Black Medical Student's Association (BMSA) is to engage community members in topics regarding mental health in Black youth. BMSA will explore current problems faced by Black youth with a focus on breaking the stigma around mental health. The event will feature Dr. Onye Nnorom a Public Health Specialist, Tiyondah Fante-Coleman a researcher at Black Health Alliance, Donna Alexander a Social Woker at CAMH, and Dr. Akwatu Khenti a Professor at Dalla Lana. This event is open to everyone! It will be held at the Medical Science Building Rm 3154, UofT.


9. Hot Dog Night - Thursday, June 6th

Save the date! The JICS annual Hot Dog Night will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 6:00-8:00pm in the school yard.


10. Spring is Here! Photos from the Week


11. Upcoming May Events

Asian Heritage Month

Fri 3 – Good Friday (Orthodox)

Sun 5 – Easter (Orthodox)

Mon 6 – Parents’ Association “All Parents” Zoom Meeting Here

Tues 7 – JICS Robbie Case Memorial Lecture at JICS 7:00-8:30pm RSVP Here

Fri 10 – Grandpals Day 2:00-3:30pm RSVP Here

Thur 16 – Track and Field Meet at Birchmount Stadium

Thur 16 - JICS Movie Night in Celebration of Asian Heritage Month - Register Here

Mon 20 – Victoria Day. School and Daycare closed.

Thur 23 – Art & Music Night (Details coming soon)

Tues 28 – Parents of BIPOC Children Meeting (Details coming soon)

Wed 29 – Games Day (rain date May 30)





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