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June 24, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read the well-known story of the twelve spies, which recounts how Moshe sent the spies to Canaan to survey its land before the people of Israel could enter. When the spies returned from Canaan, they affirmed that it was a wonderful land “flowing with milk and honey.” However, most of them despaired …

June 24, 2022
Through the Classroom Window: Grade 8 Human Rights Speeches

“Through the Classroom Window” is an opportunity for teachers to share the inspiring learning that takes place in their classrooms, giving others a glimpse into the heartbeat of the school. In our final post of this column for the 2022-2023 school year, Grade 8 teacher Lesley Cohen gives us some background on the Grade 8 …

June 23, 2022
Through the Classroom Window: Grade 3 Stop Animation

“Through the Classroom Window” is an opportunity for teachers to share the inspiring learning that takes place in their classrooms, giving others a glimpse into the heartbeat of the school. Today, Grade 3 teacher Mika Gang shares her students’ original stop animation film, inspired by learning on Indigenous cultures and a well-known children’s song. This …

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June 17, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

What joy! What simchah! What nachas! Today, Grade 1 students created a spiritual משכן (mishkan)—a dwelling place for God. They contributed their voices, minds, and hearts to creating a beautiful Kabbalat Hasiddur service attended by family and friends. For the past few months, Grade 1 students have been learning about community, and about the two …

June 14, 2022
Student Scene: A Grade 8 Graduate’s Reflections on Heschel

Laurel C., one of our Grade 8 graduating students, will be appearing in Post City Magazine’s “T.O.’s Top Students” feature this fall. In the lead-up to her last week as a Heschel student, we are pleased to give our community a preview of Laurel’s reflections!   Tell us about an educator who has inspired you. …

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June 10, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

As Head of School, I often receive suggestions for books to read about leadership. These books commend diverse styles of leadership: lead from the front, lead from behind; lead by role modelling, lead by innovation; lead by vision, lead by consensus. This week’s parshah—Parshat Naso—generates a teaching about leadership that I think is unique. It …

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June 03, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

It has become our tradition at Heschel to host Generations Day just prior to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is one of three ancient pilgrimage festivals, during which people travel from all parts of Eretz Israel to bring ביקורים offerings to the temple, comprising the best first-fruits of their crop. Today, we welcomed parents, …

June 01, 2022
Heschel Hive Poll-of-the-Month: Favourite Summer Activity

Each month of the school year, we will be posing a fun question to the school community. We will post the results at the end of the month!   Since summer vacation is just a few weeks off, our poll-of-the-month for June was: What is your favourite thing to do in the summer? And here …

June 01, 2022
Through the Classroom Window: Grade 6 Build Project

“Through the Classroom Window” is an opportunity for teachers to share the inspiring learning that takes place in their classrooms, giving others a glimpse into the heartbeat of the school. Today, Grade 6 teachers explain the multi-step Build Project, which spans the year in science. In this year-long project, students were tasked with creating a …

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