Topics covered in this post:
1. Spring Term
The children returned following the Break with contagious energy and engagement. We are looking forward to the Spring Term! Stay tuned for announcements about annual student and community events that typically take place during this time of year.
2. Final Days with Teacher Candidates
Beginning in September, we have Teacher Candidates from the OISE MA in Child Studies & Education (MA CSE) Program in our JK to Grade 6 classrooms. Tomorrow is the official last day for the Block 2 Teacher Candidates (1st year students) and we say good-bye to the Winter Interns (2nd year students) on Friday, April 14. We are grateful for their support in our classrooms and for learning alongside us about what is best for children. We wish them success as they continue their development as future teachers.
3. JICS Read-a-thon
The amount of reading the children did this month is staggering. Thank you all for your support of our annual read-a-thon. Your donations will be used to replace lost and broken books, purchase new books, and support authors, illustrators, and storytellers to visit with students. Donations of $25 or more will be rewarded with a personalized book plate placed in a new library book.
Additional information for parents: https://www.jicsfamily.com/readathon
Online donations: http://bit.ly/JICS2023
On Monday, we welcomed author Danny Ramadan, who presented his book Salma the Syrian Chef to grade 1-6. He also spoke of his work with the Rainbow Railroad with the junior students and about the challenges that face refugees.
This author visit was in honour of our read-a-thon, and supported by funds raised in previous read-a-thons! We are organizing a visit for early years and will let you know when it is confirmed.
4. Parents’ Association Contributions to the Lab School
Your donation to the PA support the school in many ways. The PA funds our lice check (today), parent education events, socials, and learning/play material to enrich our programming. We are grateful for your support!
JICS faculty take advantage of the many educational conference to advance our professional development. When teachers return from conference, they present their new learning at our Wednesday Afternoon Staff Meetings.
The following is a list of recently attended conferences:
National Art Education Association’s National Leadership Conference in Park City, UT. (Tara)
LabSchoolsEurope Conference in Bielefeld, Germany. (Richard)
CSEA (Canadian Society for Education through Art) and OAEA (The Ontario Art Education Association) Conference “Reshaping the Future of the World through Art” in Ottawa, ON. (Tara)
Wisdom 2.0 International Conference on Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn “From mindfulness in education to everyday life, explore the role and responsibility each one of us can play in supporting a world with more presence, compassion, and connection” online. (Christel)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference “¡Suenos - Pursuing the Light!” in Anaheim, CA. (Ben and Krista)
Hot Docs Teacher Conference with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Toronto, ON. (Nadia)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference “Cultivating Community” Las Vegas, NV. (Richard)
National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention, April 13-15, San Antonio, TX. (Tara)
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting “Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth,” April 13-16, Chicago, IL. (Richard)
Take Me Outside 2023 Outdoor Learning Conference “Place and Pedagogy: Where Learning Happens,” May 4-6. Banff, AB. (Krista and David)
The JICS Lab School will be hosting the 2023 International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) Conference “Designing Cultures of Learning: the essential purpose of lab schools” April 26-28. Toronto, ON. (All JICS teachers) More information coming soon!
6. March Break Daycare Camp
Thirty lucky students participated in the Daycare March Break Camp. The Daycare will be providing a June Camp (June 19 – 30). Details coming.
7. Photos from the Week at JICS
Reptiles and amphibians visit JICS
Jeff Hathaway from Scales Nature Park and Ben Porchuk visited our school on Tuesday. The workshop allowed students and teachers to meet many of the native reptiles and amphibians of our region. Jeff's work is about conservation in the field and with people – using our native animals as the spokes-beings to promote conservation. It was also an opportunity to think of our courtyard as a habitat for these species and to learn about some animals which may be showing up in our courtyard in the future. Thank you Jeff and Ben!
A Medley of Other Photos
8. Upcoming March Events
Thur 30 – School-wide lice check (Thank you, Parents’ Association!)
Thur 30 – Last day of 1st year Teacher-Candidate placement in JK to Grade 6
9. Upcoming April Events
Ramadan March 22 to April 21
Passover April 5 to 14
Fri 7 – Good Friday (School and Daycare closed)
Mon 10 – Easter Monday (School and Daycare closed)
Wed 12 – International Day of Pink (school celebration week of Apr 19)
Fri 14 – Last day of Intern Teacher-Candidate placement in JK to Grade 6
Fri 14 – Vaisakhi
Fri 14 – Holy Friday (Orthodox)
Sun 16 – Easter (Orthodox)
Tues 18 – BIPOC Parent Group meeting (details coming soon)
Thur 20 – 2nd JICS Tuition Payment ($11,486.50) due date
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)