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Report Cards, Fall Newsletter, Winter Hot Lunch Sign-Up, & JICS at the Movies

JICS at a Glance

We've condensed the important highlights for your convenience:

Topics covered in this post:


1. Last Day of School

The Fall Term ends Wednesday, December 20 at 12:00pm (6:00pm for registered daycare users). Wednesday Program is cancelled. Daycare and Creative Play children will eat lunch in daycare. The JICS building is closed during the holidays.


2. Report Cards

Term 1 (Fall) Report Cards will be available tomorrow.


Log into your SFO account ( to download your child/ren's report card(s).


Term 1 Report Cards are available on your account temporarily; you must download and save a copy in a safe place. Please note that the JICS Lab School and the University of Toronto will be closed beginning Thursday, December 21.


Download Instructions:


1. Go to: and log into your SFO Account

2. Click on FAM Access Module (menu bar, top left)

3. Click on your child’s name under Academic Year 2023-2024

4. Go to Grade Reports

5. Download Term 1 report as a PDF

6. Save in a safe place


3. JICS Fall Edition Newsletter

At JICS, we believe in fostering a strong partnership with parents by providing abundant information. That is why we offer weekly or biweekly teacher class-specific summary emails, Thursday's Parent Information Posts, First Term and Final report cards, parent-teacher interviews/meetings, and more.


Our JICS Newsletter serves as a window into the wider school experiences, offering insights you might not have come across otherwise. A special thanks to Krista for her dedicated work in publishing it! Crafted to be enjoyed by both parents and children, we highly recommend taking a peek at the captivating Fall Newsletter together.


To access the Fall Newsletter, use the password provided in the Parent Information Post email. It's a fantastic opportunity to share and explore together!


4. Winter Term Hot Lunch Sign-Up Open!

Deadline: Friday, December 22nd

Get ready for hot lunches throughout January to March!


Click on the schoolhouse picture to access the order link. Select our school (JICS) and complete the form provided. For your convenience, the menu link is positioned right above the order form.

Remember to specify any allergies or food restrictions in the dedicated allergy section of your order, even if you mentioned them in the previous term. If you are paying via e-transfer, please use LUNCHMOM as your password. Thank you!



5. JICS at the Movies - New Date!

Monday, January 8th, 2023

6:30-9:30 pm

Innis College Theatre

Exciting news awaits! The highly anticipated screening of Four Daughters has been rescheduled to January 8th at 6:30 pm. What's more, we're thrilled to announce a special addition: a live Q&A session with the Oscar Nominated director, Kaouther Ben Hania, connecting digitally from Los Angeles. This promises to be an unforgettable experience, and we're eager for you to join us! Secure your tickets and be part of this remarkable event.


Four Daughters (2023)

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Content Advisory: Violence, Sexual Assault


Date: Monday, January 8th, 2023

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Innis College Theatre

2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto


Note: Tickets from the original October 16 screening will be honored for the January 8th event.


6. Message from Kids Who Care Club

Dear JICS families,


Please read here to learn about the four branches of the Kids Who Care Club, a student-led club with amazing ideas on how people can care for each other and our world:


  1. Community Outreach Branch:


The Community Outreach Branch of the Kids Who Care Club is proud to announce that in total over 500 items were donated to the JICS food drive!! We want to thank everyone for supporting us and donating an unbelievable amount of food products. We want you to know that all these donations are going to a worthy cause. In Toronto, recently more and more people are using food banks. This inspired us to start a fundraiser to support it. Thank you again for your generous gifts to our Food Drive to support the Avenue Road Food Bank, which we delivered last week. They are serving 500 families in our community each week and were so grateful to receive our delivery. We wish you happy holidays and are looking forward to seeing you after the break.  



2. Fundraising Branch:


We are the Fundraising branch of the Kids Who Care club. For weeks we have been working hard on making bookmarks and origami crafts that we recently sold at Book Night. As a group, we counted the money we collected, and we are thrilled to announce that we raised $413.95! In case you are unaware, we collaborated with the Children’s Health Issues Branch, and all of the money we raised is being used to purchase Get Better gifts for the children at The Hospital for Sick Children to bring joy over the holidays. We want to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets or items from our stand, and we want you to know that your donations are greatly appreciated. Not only by us, but also by the families, staff, and children at Sick Kids.


 3. Children’s Health Issues Branch:


The students in the Children's Health issues Branch have been working with the Fundraisers Branch to raise money to donate to SickKids “Get Better Gifts”. For example, we chose to donate the money raised to something called a Helping Hand to help pay for the commute from other places to SickKids. The other gifts we choose the Transgender Youth Clinic, to help youth show the world who they are and feel truly good and comfortable with it; Cookies for All, for children in the hospital to enjoy a treat without worrying about food allergies; and Crib mobile, to provide a soothing, magical moment for a new baby spending their first days of life at SickKids. Thanks to the Fundraising Branch for making the epic crafts and organizing the raffle and raising the funds for our important cause!


4. Environment Branch (no pun intended):

The students in the Environment Branch have been working on a special project. We have been collecting paper scraps from all the classes to make into new paper! Basically, we made paper out of paper. First, we ripped the paper into small pieces. Then we put it in a blender with water, and made a goop out of it. Then we put it in a bin, mixed with more water. Next, we pulled a screen through it, catching some of the mush. Finally, we flipped it over, dabbed it with a sponge, and lifted the screen off. We let it dry for a few days, and now we have beautiful purple paper!! We made it all into special holiday cards, and working with the Community Outreach Branch, we delivered them to residents at the Annex Retirement Home this week. We made a total of 47 pieces of paper, and turned them into 46 cheery holiday cards! Hopefully we can make more paper in the new year, and make it into more cards! If you have any questions, please see the Kids Who Care Club leaders. If you have any extra used paper or paper scraps, we would be happy to take it. Thank you and happy holidays!


Thank you to everyone in our community for your donations and support!


The Kids Who Care club


7. Festival of Lights - JICS Holiday Sing-Along - December 20, 9:00-10:00 am

Join us for a luminous celebration at the JICS Holiday Sing-along on December 20th, from 9:00 to 10:00 am! Led by our music teachers, Suzanne and Russell, with song lyrics provided, this communal singing experience invites children, parents, and teachers alike to revel in togetherness. From Diwali and Hanukkah to Christmas, Yaldā Night, Winter Solstice, and Kwanzaa, we'll unite in song to honor the diverse festivities that brighten this season.


8. Holiday Greetings

Wishing everyone a holiday season filled with joy, peace, and cherished moments.


We are excited to welcome everyone back on Monday, January 8, 2024, with a new playground (fingers crossed!).

View below some photos from our celebration of Yaldā Night at JICS!


Senior Kindergarten

Naneh Sarma is a bringer of joy, light, happiness, and peace!


9. Music at JICS

Students at JICS have been enjoying making beautiful music together these past few weeks!

Grade 1 Music Class - Songs of Peace

Happy Holidays from the Singing Skills Club!


10. Playground Updates - Photos

Richard tested out our new climber — we can't wait for our turn in the New Year!


11. Puppet Show in Kindergarten

Our SKs enjoyed a riveting puppet show called "Wolf in Santa's Workshop"!


12. Upcoming December Events

Wed 20 – Last day of Fall Term. School ends at noon. Daycare open until 6:00pm

Thur 21 – University of Toronto closed. School and Daycare closed. Winter Holidays begin.

Thur 21 – Winter Solstice, Yaldā Night

Mon 25 – Christmas Day

Tues 26 – Kwanzaa begins (Dec 26 to Jan 1)


13. Upcoming January Events

Mon 8 – Winter Term begins. Daycare opens at 7:45. School opens at 8:35.

Mon 8 – JICS at the Movies, 6:30 pm at Innis College Theatre

Wed 17 – Re-enrolment form and deposit due.





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