Topics covered in this post:
1. Happy Passover and Happy Easter!
Wishing a Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone celebrating!
2. Tuition Payment 2023-2024 School Year
The second tuition payment is due on April 20, 2023. This payment is non-refundable and representing 50% of the balance tuition balance. Please make your cheque payable to The University of Toronto.
Nursery 2023-2024 Tuition is $18,003
A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 was paid at the time of acceptance.
50% balance due April 20 = $6,501.50 (non-refundable)
Full Day (JK to Grade 6) 2023-2024 Tuition is $27,973
A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 was paid in January 2023.
50% balance due April 20 = $11,486.50 (non-refundable)
Shama is available in the school office each school day, 8:00am to 4:00pm. She is happy to receive post-dated cheques in advance of April 20.
The final tuition payment is due September 1, 2023.
3. Wonderful Welcoming Month of Rainbow
Hello, and welcome to the Wonderful Welcoming Month of Rainbow! This year, the JICS GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) has expanded last year’s Wonderful Welcoming Week of Pink, which honoured the International Day of Pink (April 12th) in a celebratory way. This year’s GSA students want the celebration to be longer!
We will be having an assembly for the WWMR on Wednesday, April 19th. The GSA is asking students to wear a particular colour of the rainbow on that day:
JK students: Red SK Students: Green
Grade 1 Students: Orange Grade 2 Students: Purple
Grade 3 students: Yellow Grade 4/5 Ben’s Class: Black
Grade 4/5 Zoe’s Class: Blue Grade 6: Brown
GSA members put a lot of thought into the shirt colours they felt each grade would most likely have, and hope their choices are helpful. Of course, wearing this colour is optional, but we would be really happy if students were able to do so. During the assembly, we will take a group photo as the students make a community rainbow!
4. JICS Book Day and Read-a-thon
Friday, April 14, 2023
Thanks so much to all the families who participated in the annual MARCH READ-A-THON! Donations will be accepted through April 14. The funds from our READ-A-THON support purchasing books from diverse perspectives and to bring in incredible authors, illustrators and storytellers.
We will celebrate the end of Read-a-thon with a BOOK DAY on Friday April 14, when students can dress like their favourite author or character from a book.
Danny Ramadan, author of 'Salma the Syrian Chef', presented to grades 2-6 last week, and we are welcoming Rukhsana Khan on May 3. She is the author of many books, including 'The Roses in my Carpets', 'King for a Day', and 'The Silly Chicken', and will be presenting to our early years and primary students next month.
Thank you for your support and donations! If you have not had a chance to make your donation, please see the following links:
Additional information for parents: https://www.jicsfamily.com/readathon
Online donations: http://bit.ly/JICS2023
5. Meeting Space for Parents of JICS BIPOC Children
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 7:00-8:30pm
Created by JICS parents for JICS parents, this meeting is designed for conversation and advocacy for families at JICS with BIPOC children.
6. Parent Education: Lunch and Learn with Ellie
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30pm
Lunch & Learn Series with JICS Social Worker Ellie Lathrop
Change can be hard at the best of times. Children's school lives are filled with transitions, and then there are the daily routines, and ones connected to time of year. These can be tricky times to navigate. Join us for the JICS Lunch and Learn, 30 min talk (recorded) and 30 min (unrecorded) discussion and questions.
7. Parent Education: Conversation with Doug Anderson
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Conversation with Doug Anderson on working with teachers to deepen relationships with Indigenous knowledge
Agenda: Doug Anderson will discuss how he has been working with teachers at JICS on deepening relationships with Indigenous knowledge, in the context of a ceremony (and ceremonial site) that parents will be invited to participate in. There will then be an opportunity for conversation/sharing and question/answer.
The event will be held at the Lodge on U of T campus.
A message from Doug: "Bring food - no need for whole meals, unless you’ve missed an early dinner and want a whole meal, but some food. I will explain why there, but some of whatever food you bring will go in the fire (the rest you will eat so I advise against bringing, say, a whole roast pig)."
Location: New college courtyard, behind 20 Willcocks at University of Toronto, St. George Campus. It’s a white Canvas Structure, you can’t miss it.
There is a limit on the capacity of the lodge at U of T campus. We are taking RSVPs on a first come first serve basis and will close registration once we have reached the limit. Please only RSVP if you are committed to attending as space is limited.
8. Visits from JICS Lab School Graduates
Each year, we invite our 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 (Pizza Night) which took place on Monday, our grads (Class of 2022) enthusiastically explain how prepared they were 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. 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 at JICS 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. The receiving schools (teachers, administrators, admission directors) consistently let us know that they want more JICS graduates!
9. Hot Dog Night – Save the Date
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 | 6:00-8:00pm
Save the Date for our cherished annual JICS Hot Dog Night event! This year we will serve BOTH hot dogs and pizza (thanks to General Assembly for the generous pizza donation!). We have plans to celebrate this year with fun, games, and an opportunity for children to play and for parents and teachers to connect! Please join us! Tickets and more information will be available shortly.
10. Photos from the Week at JICS
11. Upcoming April Events
Ramadan March 22 to April 21
Passover April 5 to 14
Fri 7 – Good Friday (School and Daycare closed)
Mon 10 – Easter Monday (School and Daycare closed)
Wed 12 – International Day of Pink (school celebration Apr 19)
Fri 14 – Last day of Intern Teacher-Candidate placement in JK to Grade 6
Fri 14 – Vaisakhi
Fri 14 – Holy Friday (Orthodox)
Sun 16 – Easter (Orthodox)
Tues 18 – Parent Education: Lunch and Learn with Ellie (RSVP here)
Tues 18 – BIPOC Parent Group meeting (RSVP here)
Thur 20 – 2nd JICS Tuition Payment ($11,486.50) due date
Mon 24 to Fri 28 – Earth Week
Tue 25 – Parent Education: Conversation with Doug Anderson (RSVP here)
Wed 26 to Fri 28 – Conference of International Association of Independent School at JICS
Fri 28 – PD Day (School closed. Daycare open)