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Leo Baeck North Campus

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The North Campus of The Leo Baeck Day School, located in Thornhill, is a vibrant and unique JK-8 educational experience that integrates the values and concepts of Reform Judaism with the global perspective of the IB program.

Yvette Burke 2014

Welcome to the 2016-2017/5777 School Year! We are very excited to begin the new school year and are anticipating many meaningful learning experiences that will promote student achievement and success. The enthusiasm and engagement of our staff, students and parents, coupled with collaboration and heartfelt affection they bring creates the essence of our LB community and school life. It is into this very special Leo Baeck community that we welcome the Zareinu Educational Centre to our building. It is Zareinu’s mission to ensure that no child is denied a Jewish education for reasons of disability. Sharing the space with Zareinu will provide us with an incredible opportunity to both support and learn from them. An ongoing discussion will take place with our students to enhance their understanding of differences. We have made arrangements with Zareinu for their own separate access points, classrooms and therapy spaces. Their drop-off and pick-up times do not interfere with ours and will cause no interruption to our procedures. 

Our mission to provide academic excellence in a nurturing community is always at the forefront of all we do as a school. We will continue to work on our Professional Development initiative, partnering with The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) to develop ways to create thinking classrooms and maximizing student engagement of learning. We will be designing critical challenges in our units of study and developing strategies for effective thinking skills.

Information literacy and keyboarding skills will continue to be taught from Preschool to Grade 5 with focus on computer safety and responsibilities of technology. As well, students will be enhancing their skills to effectively use technology across the curriculum. Robotics will be integrated as an innovation in the MYP as part of Design and Technology, in Grades 6 and 7.

We are continuing to enhance our French language program with a number of excellent resources for Grades 1 and 2, the Zoom series as well as the Échos and Échos Pro series for Grades 3-5. In our French Language Acquisition classes in Grades 6-8, we are using the Pourquoi Pas series which will help develop literacy learning and oral proficiency.

We successfully introduced a new Hebrew Program, Chaverim B’Ivrit to our Grade 2-5 students last year which was very well received. It is a linguistically sequential approach designed by curriculum experts in the field of teaching Hebrew as a second language. The lessons revolve around themes including: family, friendship, traveling, food, and music. Each theme is presented 2 from three perspectives: Jewish, modern Israeli culture, and general world knowledge, preparing our students for deeper engagement in the NETA program used in our Middle School. Our Hebrew teachers received extensive professional development in implementing both of these programs.

We continue to further develop students’ social, emotional and leadership skills, which enhance respectful citizenship and promote positive relationships. We will continue to implement the Ontario Ministry of Education Health and Physical Education curriculum with a designated thirty minute Health and Wellness period per week (Grades 1-5) in addition to regular Physical Education classes. The Respectful School Initiative Committee, will continue to shape student led leadership activities to foster inclusion, team building and respectful partnerships. Parent education will be offered as part of this ongoing important initiative.

I am honoured to be the Principal of our effervescent school I have loved for 30 years, as we continue to inspire our students from the foundation of our joyful Preschool to Grade 8 Graduation!

Our senior educational administrative staff includes:

Dorothy Hartman, Vice Principal
Jody Blum, Dean of Academic Development
Rabbi Noam Katz, Dean of Jewish Living
Bonnie Gremont, Primary Coordinator
Gina Kay, Student Services Coordinator
Dawn McMaster, MYP Coordinator
Irith Rosen, Hebrew and Judaic Studies Coordinator

We invite you to visit the North Campus to discover the many varied and exciting programs offered at Leo Baeck.

Wishing you and your families a restful end to the summer, a great start to the school year and a sweet New Year. 

B'Shalom,

Yvette Burke, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.
North Campus Principal