Topics covered in this post:
1. Tuition Payment 2022-2023 School Year
The second tuition payment is due on April 20, 2022. This payment is non-refundable and representing 50% of the balance tuition balance. Please make your cheque payable to The University of Toronto.
Nursery 2022-2023 Tuition is $17,311
A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 was paid at the time of acceptance.
50% balance due April 20 = $6,155.50 (non-refundable)
Full Day (JK to Grade 6) 2022-2023 Tuition is $26,897
A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 was paid in January 2022.
50% balance due April 20 = $10,948.50 (non-refundable)
Shama is available in the school office each school day, 8:00am to 4:00pm. She is happy to receive post-dated cheques in advance of April 20.
The final tuition payment is due September 1, 2022.
All eligible JICS Lab School children must be fully vaccinated for the 2022-2023 school year and provide proof of vaccination.
2. Parent Teacher Interview (April 13 & 20) Sign Ups
Below are the links to sign up for your Spring interview with your child’s/children’s teacher/s.
Grade 1: https://signup.com/go/XKysFdd
Grade 2: https://signup.com/go/FegbNJj
Grade 3: https://signup.com/go/fFrVpuX
Grade 4: https://signup.com/go/SYwaTRf
Grade 5: https://signup.com/go/phdXJYz
Grade 6: https://signup.com/go/rQwCqya
3. COVID-19 Vaccination Update
We are happy to report new information about the status of vaccinated (eligible) JICS children.
Not yet vaccinated 2.7%
One Dose 6.6%
Two Doses 63.2%
Unknown 27.5% (previously 41.2%)
There have been 8 positive cases reported to the school since March 31. Thank you for the vaccinations, the daily screenings, and for the weekly rapid testing – they are helping to keep in-person learning in place and our community safe.
4. Hot Dog Night
We are hoping that a cherished JICS annual tradition will return this Spring. Hot Dog Night is the JICS family outdoor celebration in the playground, with simple but good food, drink, an opportunity for children to play and for parents and teachers to connect. After a 2 year absence, this social event has never been more necessary: marking a return to normal and rebuilding the strong community spirit that we value so highly and work hard to maintain. The event is completely dependant on parent volunteers. Traditionally, it has been organized by Grade 1 parents. This year, we are extending the call to parents in Grade 1, 2, and 3 to ensure we will be able to host the event. Of course, we welcome parents from all grades as well. We have the approval from UofT and need to meet next week to begin to plan and seek the necessary permits.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
What: community celebration with food, beer/wine for adults, games for children.
Feels like: a backyard barbeque with low-key, fun games for children to play.
Who: all JICS families and teachers
Where: Lab School playground
When: Spring (school night) date TBD, 6:00 –8:00 pm
Need: Parent Volunteers to organize – contact email@example.com
5. Eyd e Shoma Mobarak!
It truly was thrilling welcoming parent visitors into the SK classroom last week to help the children mark the Iranian New Year. Many thanks to parent-volunteers for coming in, explaining the elements of the beautiful heft-seen table, and bringing us a new class pet – an as of yet unnamed beta fish! The SKs also read a story, shared out henna tattoos, and received bracelets.
6. Ramadan Kareem!
This week, the SKs had stories, pictures, music, drumming, delicious dates, together creating a joyful sense of how Ramadan is celebrated and why thanks to the support of parent volunteers. Each child was presented with a lantern, or a Fanous Ramadan, traditionally used to decorate streets and homes in the month of Ramadan. It made for a very exciting day! At the JICS Lab School, we are enjoying welcoming parent back into classrooms to enrich our learning.
7. JICS Read-a-thon
The annual JICS Library fundraiser has come to a very successful end. So far, we have raised $762 in online donations!! The deadline for donations and completed forms is April 15th, 2022. Thank you for your support and donations! Your donations will be used to replace lost and broken books, purchasing new books, and supporting authors, illustrators and storytellers to visit with students. If you have not had a chance to make your donation, please see the following links:
Additional information for parents: https://www.jicsfamily.com/readathon
Online donations: https://bit.ly/jicsreaders2022
8. Parent Education
March 31, 2022 | 12:30-1:30pm
If you missed the “Lunch & Learn” Pathways to Positive Masculinity - Raising Boys with a Healthy Understanding of Masculinity with Denia Anderson, MSW Candidate, on March 31, you can view it on the Parent Education page.
9. Parents' Association Contributions to the Lab School
Your donation to the PA supports the school in many ways. Here is an example of your donations at work:
We are so excited to bring Korxx blocks into the common areas of our school building! These blocks are made of sustainably harvested cork, a material which provides a unique, quiet, non-slippery surface to build with. Children - and adults - of all ages can create and build with these blocks. We have chosen spots around our school so that all the grades can access these materials. We hope that when people walk around our building and see these beautiful blocks they will know that creativity, design, and play are at the heart of the learning in our school.
10. Upcoming April Events
Ramadan begins (until May 1)
Wed 6 to Fri 8 – Richard and Chriss attending the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) 2022 Conference, North Alabama
Wed 13 – Parent Teacher Interviews
Wed 13 – International Day of Pink
Fri 15 – Passover begins at sunset (until April 23)
Fri 15 – Good Friday. School & Daycare closed.
Sun 17 – Easter
Mon 18 – Easter Monday. School & Daycare closed.
Wed 20 – 2nd Tuition Installment due date (see Fees Information page)
Wed 20 – Parent Teacher Interviews
Fri 22 – Earth Day
Fri 22 – Orthodox Good Friday
Sun 24 – Orthodox Easter
Tues 26 – 6:00 pm PA Council “All Parents” Meeting. 7:00pm New JICS Playground Design share. (RSVP coming soon)