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Music Night, Ontario School Closures, Pride Month

Topics covered in this post:

  1. Music Night 2021 - Thursday, June 3rd

  2. Ontario School Closures: JICS Lab School Statement

  3. Pride Month

  4. Upcoming Parent Education Events

  5. Ask Ellie!

  6. Upcoming May Events

  7. Upcoming June Events


1. Music Night 2021

Thursday, June 3rd | 6:30pm

Tune in on our school YouTube page at 6:30pm sharp next Thursday, June 3 for the JICS Music Night - 2021 style!

It will be a Music Night that's a little different from what we are used to. This year's event will feature every group of children in our school from Nursery to Grade 6. We will be sharing recordings of their performances on Zoom during distance-education (JK to Grade 6) that include songs, movement, and compositions by our students themselves. The Nursery children’s performance was filmed “on location” at the school! The evening will also have some guest appearances, tributes to special people, and beautiful photos of the children and our staff. All in all, it will be an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate the unusual, challenging 2020-21 school year that still brings us so many gifts.


To watch Music Night, all you need to do is click on the link below to view it from the JICS YouTube page. We recommend setting up a device prior to 6:30pm with external speakers or by connecting it to a TV if possible, to ensure everyone in your family can hear and see the entirety of this event. This will not be something you want to miss!


2. Ontario School Closures: JICS Lab School Statement

Joining our colleagues in the child care community (SickKids, Canadian Paediatric Society Feb Letter, CPS May Letter), the JICS teachers and staff have produced a statement regarding Ontario School Closures, calling for the Ontario Government to immediately prioritize a safe return to in-person learning. We encourage parents to share this statement widely to urge the Ontario Government to do all that is necessary to open schools and keep them open.


3. Pride Month

June is 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month! It’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity and raise awareness among all staff and students about the rich culture and history of our 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Many of the JICS children know the book, Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. It is a beautiful story of Julián, a young boy and his Abuela. It is a story about revealing ourselves and the beauty of being seen for who we are by someone who loves us. At JICS we believe it is vitally important for all children to be seen and affirmed and for them to know that they are surrounded by people who love them unconditionally, just as Abuela does for Julián. On Thursday, June 10 we invite all children to express their “inner-Mermaid”, their passion, their unique and perfect identity in whichever and whatever way they would like as we celebrate JICS PRIDE Day together.