Topics covered in this post:
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 JICSfamily.com 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
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.
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.
Nursery - https://signup.com/go/pXpmaki
6. New Black History Display
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.
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:
8. Photos from the Week at JICS
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)