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PD Day, School Calendar 2023-2024, Hot Dog Night, PT Interview Sign-ups, and More!

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Student draws with chalk in front of tree
Spring in the playground

1. Professional Development Day (School closed)

Tomorrow: Friday, April 28, 2023

On Friday, April 28, all JICS teachers will be engaged in the International Association of Independent Schools (IALS) Conference with teachers/researchers from around the world. The JICS Lab School will be closed. Daycare opens at 8:00am for registered users.


2. School Calendar 2023-2024

The holiday calendar for the 2023-2024 school year is now available to JICS families. You can find it in the “News and Events” section of the website and it will be included in the 2023-2024 Parent Handbook when it is published. Here is a direct link.


3. JICS Hot Dog Night 2023

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023 6–8pm

Poster for JICS Hot Dog Night on June 7

Join us for our cherished annual JICS Hot Dog Night event!

This year we will be serving BOTH hot dogs and pizza. We have plans to celebrate the year with fun, games, and an opportunity for children to play and for parents and teachers to connect!

About the event:

What: casual community celebration with food and games. Please note that Hot Dog Night is a dry event this year.

Who: all JICS families and teachers

Where: Lab School gym (and surrounding areas)

When: Wednesday, June 7th 6:00-8:00pm

Cost: $15 for adults, $5 for kids, or a maximum of $40 for the whole family

Please purchase your tickets online and in advance to avoid line-ups and delays and to benefit from early bird pricing. Early purchase will also help the organizers plan for food and activities. Please save your confirmation email to present at the door for entry (proof of purchase will be electronic to avoid paper waste).

Please note tickets will also be sold at the door cash only at a cost of $20 for adults, $8 for children.


4. Playground Renovations

Please inform all caregivers (grandparents/nannies) that beginning Monday, May 1 that the playground will not be accessible due to renovations and share the new arrival/dismissal information from the April 20 POST.

Map of temporary playground and new pick-up procedures
Map of temporary playground and new pick-up procedures

5. Parent Teacher Interviews

Below are the links to sign up for your Spring interview with your child’s/children’s teacher/s. More information about Parent Teacher Interviews can be found in last week’s POST.


6. New Black History Display

"Black History is Our History" Artwork in 56 Spadina Entrance
"Black History is Our History" Project in 56 Spadina Entrance

We are delighted that we have a new prominent display of student work with the important message “Black History is Our History” in the beautiful stairwell of 56 Spadina. This work was made by the JICS Alumni, our Class of 2022, when they were in Grade 6. Here is the project in their words:

Hello! We're the Grade 6s, and we're here to share one of our projects for Black History Month. We wanted to make a big statement about Black History and its importance, and we brainstormed for quite a while about what to do.

Picture of the Daniels Building with "Support Black Designers" sign

Then we saw the Daniels Building, the architecture school at U of T. Maybe some of you have driven by there before and have perhaps seen the big letters on the windows spelling out "Support Black Designers." This is a great idea.

We decided to do something like that to show our allyship and support. We thought for a while about what to say with our message, and then we decided on "Black History is Our History." We chose this first because it's true, and second because we wouldn't have the present we have today without the contributions of Black people throughout history.

Here is what we made!


7. 2023 International Association of Lab Schools Annual Conference

April 26 to April 28

2023 International Association of Lab Schools Annual Conference

"Designing Cultures of Learning: The Essential Purpose of Lab Schools"

The JICS Lab School is honoured to be hosting the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) annual conference, in collaboration with George Brown College School of Early Childhood, and The Mabin School. We are proud to be bringing together almost 200 educators, administrators, and researchers from:

List of IALS Conference Attendees
List of IALS Conference Attendees (click to enlarge)

8. Photos from the Week at JICS

Grade 3

The Grade Threes learned about Treaties, the Thanksgiving Address, and Wampum Belts. They worked together to create their own wampum belt and then each student shared one with a classmate. Thank you so much Heather and Nico!


A Collection of Other Photos


9. Upcoming April Events

Mon 24 to Fri 28 – Earth Week

Wed 26 to Fri 28 – Conference of International Association of Independent School at JICS

Fri 28 – PD Day (School closed. Daycare open)


10. Upcoming May Events

May is Asian Heritage Month

Tues 2 to Fri 5 – Grade 6 Trip to Quebec City

Wed 3 to Fri 5 – Grade 4/5 Trip to Ottawa

Mon 8 – JICS PA All Parents Meeting. 7:00pm

Wed 10 – Parent/Teacher Interviews

Wed 17 – Parent/Teacher Interviews

Mon 23 – Victoria Day (School and Daycare closed)

Wed 24 – Art & Music Night (more info coming soon)

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)




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