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Long Weekend, Art & Music Night, Last Call for New JICS Gear, Hot Dog Night Update, and More!

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Grade 2 Students pose in costumes
Tableaus in Grade 2 Drama

1. Enjoy the long weekend!

Monday, May 22, 2023

The School (Nursery to Grade 6) and Daycare will be closed Monday, May 22 (Victoria Day). We wish JICS families, teachers, and staff a relaxing and joyful long weekend.


2. Art Night & Music Night

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 6:15pm–6:45pm | Art Night (school displays) 7:00pm–8:00pm | Music Night (gym/auditorium)

There is music in the air! Each class, JK to Grade 6, is practicing songs for our annual Music Night. For the first time since 2019, we will be hosting Music Night in person in our gymnasium/auditorium – the J. Fraser Mustard Assembly Hall. Please come and enjoy an evening of music-making with the JICS children and their Music Teachers, Suzanne Schwenger and Russell Hersen.

To make this year’s Music Night extra special, we are combining Music Night with Art Night. We invite families to arrive at 6:15pm (or later) to tour the art on display. JICS Art Teacher, Tara Rousseau has designed a beautiful experience for families. A map will be provided with teacher helpers along the way for a self-guided tour. We ask that families arrive from Walmer Road and stay together (children stay with their parent/s) to appreciate the incredible art created by the children that will be on display throughout the school. The children should be delivered to their classrooms at 6:45pm. Parents will head to the gymnasium at this time and the classes will enter the gymnasium at 7:00pm

The children are asked to wear dark pants, shorts, or skirt and a white top.

All JK to Grade 6 students are part of the Music presentations. Nursery children and families are welcome to attend as audience members.

The Music Program is just over an hour in length, and we ask that you stay for the entire show so that all performers can enjoy a full and attentive audience.

Children will sit with their teachers on the floor and parents and guests will be seated in the auditorium seats where the sound will be glorious, and the view is perfect.

There will be a voluntary collection at the end of the evening to support the JICS Patrick Harvie Arts Committee in further enriching our arts programs.


3. JICS Hot Dog Night UPDATE

Call for Parent Volunteers & Early Bird Ticket Pricing

We have many fun activities and a lot of delicious food planned for Hot Dog Night! Get your tickets online soon! Early bird prices will be available until Tuesday, May 23rd. Buy tickets online here.

We will also need additional volunteers to bring the event to life. In addition to helping run activities inside the gym and in special activity stations throughout the school, we’ll also need assistance with admissions; food and drink service; set-up; and clean up.

We also have one special request for a parent or parents with experience or interest in photography to help organize and run a Photo Booth. If you have an interest in this particular task please get in touch directly with Sanaz ( and Ariel (

We will send a sign up sheet for parent volunteers to the JICS community next week.


4. June Camp

Monday, June 19, 2023 – Thursday, June 29, 2023

If you are interested in learing more about the DayCare’s June Camp, please refer to the May 11 POST. The deadline to register is June 2.


5. JICS x Al Runt Spirit Gear!

Today is the last day to order exclusive line of JICS spirit gear! Thanks to the PA for creating this unique partnership with legendary Toronto artist Al Runt. Please note that each page of the order form is for a different size (toddler, youth, and adult).


6. Canadian Test of Basic Skills (CTBS)

This month, in addition to the ongoing formative and summative assessments used by

teachers, the JICS Lab School participates in CTBS in Grades 1 to 6. This is a series of standardized, normed tests in Mathematics and Language Art completed for research purposes.


7. Photos from the Week at JICS


8. Upcoming May Events

May is Asian Heritage Month

Mon 22 – Victoria Day (School and Daycare closed)

Wed 24 – Art & Music Night

Thur 25 to Sat 27 – Shavuot

Tues 30 – Parents of BIPOC children meeting (more info coming soon)

Wed 31 – Games Day (more info coming soon)


9. Upcoming June Events

Canada's National Indigenous History Month & World Pride Month

Fri 2Deadline to register for ICS Daycare June Camp (June 19-29)

Wed 7 – Hot Dog Night (Info and Tickets)

Thur 15 – Grade 6 Graduation

Fri 16 – Last day of school. Noon dismissal. (Daycare open until 6:00pm)

Mon 19 to Thur 29 – Daycare June Camp

Fri 23 – Report Cards posted online

Fri 30 – UofT President’s Day (all UofT closed, including JICS building)





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