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Spring Term, Final Days with Teacher Candidates, Read-a-thon Update, Photos, and More!

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Students pose with a snake from Scales Nature Park


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:

Online donations:

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!


5. Conferences

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:

Upcoming conferences:


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)




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