Rosh Hashanah, Curriculum Night, Orange Shirt Day, and More

Students pose together

Topics covered in this post:

  1. Rosh Hashanah

  2. Meeting Space for Parents of JICS BIPOC Children

  3. Curriculum Night

  4. Orange Shirt Day

  5. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  6. Lunch & Learn with Ellie Lathrop

  7. Parents' Association

  8. Arrivals Schedule

  9. All-Weather Play

  10. School Photos a. Highlights from the week at JICS b. The Grade 6 overnight trip to Camp Olympia c. The Terry Fox Run

  11. Upcoming September Events

  12. Upcoming October Events


1. Rosh Hashanah

September 25 - September 27

On September 25 to 27, the Jewish members of the JICS family will be celebrating the New Year. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. Customs include sounding the shofar (a cleaned-out ram’s horn). Raise some noise!

We are asking for parent volunteers to help us celebrate and learn. Please contact your child’s teacher. Wishing everyone a sweet new year!


2. Meeting Space for Parents of JICS BIPOC Children

Tuesday, September 27, 7:00-8:30pm

JICS Parents have created a safe space for parents of BIPOC children to discuss the issues impacting our children, and as a means to collect and convey our observations, our needs as racialised families, and any advice to the school around equity and inclusion. If you would like to join, the next meeting is on September 27, 7:00pm. A zoom address will be emailed to registered participants. RSVP HERE.


3. Curriculum Night

Wednesday, September 28, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Curriculum Night is the most important parent education event of the year, and we expect that all parents will attend. Learn more about this parent ed event in last week’s Parent Information Post. For Curriculum Night 2022, entry to the school will be from 45 Walmer Road (only).

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide babysitting.





6:00pm (sharp) – 6:45pm (sharp)

Individual Grade Curriculum

Nursery, JK, SK, Grade 1, Grade 2

Classrooms of: Nursery, JK, SK, Grade 1, Grade 2


Welcome, Introductions of staff

All Grades


​7:10pm (sharp) – 7:55pm (sharp)

Individual Grade Curriculum

Grade 3, Grade 4/5 Ben, Grade 4/5 Zoe, Grade 6

Classrooms of:

Grade 3, Grade 4/5 Ben, Grade 4/5 Zoe, Grade 6


4. Orange Shirt Day

Friday, September 30

We will be honouring Orange Shirt Day this year on Friday, September 30.

Phyllis Webstad was a young child when her grandmother gave her a bright orange shirt before she went to school. The shirt was taken away from her at residential school, and it has become a symbol of all that was purposely taken away at residential schools. Orange Shirt Day provides us with an opportunity to learn about why residential schools existed, how they were enforced, and the ongoing effects of these schools on families, generations later. For more information, see:

If you are thinking of purchasing an orange shirt for this day, please ensure that your money goes toward the goals of Orange Shirt Day. Here are the goals listed by the Orange Shirt Society.

Orange Shirt usage and sales are intended to:

1. support Residential School Reconciliation

2. raise awareness of intergenerational trauma caused by Residential Schools

3. create awareness of the concept “Every Child Matters”.

The Cedar Basket Gift Shop, located just south of the school at the Native Canadian Center of Toronto, at 16 Spadina Road, has an online shop where orders can be placed. They have youth and adult sizes of the ‘Every Child Matters’ T-shirts

For adult sized shirts online, may we recommend ordering from our friend, Anishinaabe Storyteller, Isaac Murdoch, Bomgiizhik, who has worked with our children and teachers many times over the years.

The JICS teachers are planning a school-wide outdoor assembly in the playground at 9:00am. Parents are welcomed to attend. More details coming soon.

We look forward to seeing a sea of Orange on September 30, honouring the truth and supporting residential school survivors and their families.


5. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Friday, September 30

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. To learn more about the creation of this day, please see here.


6. Lunch & Learn with JICS Social Worker Ellie Lathrop

Tuesday, October 4, 12:30-1:30

Helping Kids Manage Disappointment and Sadness Lunch & Learn Series with ​ JICS Social Worker Ellie Lathrop​ ​

30 min recorded presentation, followed by 30 min unrecorded Q & A and discussion

Tuesday October 4

12:30 – 1:30 pm (Zoom)


7. Parents' Association

It was wonderful last week to welcome and meet new parents who joined us this year and all returning parents at the Parents’ Association “September Social.” It was truly a celebration of an exciting new year.

A special thank you to our JICS PA Executive:

  • François Tanguay-Renaud, President

  • Megan Pearson, Vice President

  • Shawn Konopinsky, Treasurer

  • Andrea Russell, Communications Officers

  • Deepta Rayner, Past President

  • Julia O’Bryne & Kerry Thompson, Parent Education Coordinators

  • Sanaz Mazinani & Marjorie Spencer, Volunteer Coordinators.

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