Heschel Hive Blog
April 28, 2022
Heschel FAQs: What is Teaching in the Disciplines?

Given the rapid rate of change in society today, it is hard to determine what our children will need to know to be successful in the future. The things our students have learned in the past may not be useful for navigating the years to come. What we can anticipate is that our children will have to …

March 04, 2022
Heschel FAQs: What is Continuous Enrollment?

This week, we announced that The Toronto Heschel School is moving to a system of “Continuous Enrollment,” starting with the 2022-2023 school year.   What is Continuous Enrollment? At The Toronto Heschel School, we recognize the value in a sustained, long-term partnership with families in the education of their children. As such, we are pleased …

February 03, 2022
Heschel FAQs: What is a Generative Topic?

Topics of study at The Toronto Heschel School, whether within a single discipline or interdisciplinary, are organized around “big ideas” that guide our learning, which we call Generative Topics. A Generative Topic is a broad over-arching integrative concept or theme, often relevant to more than one discipline, which aims to generate student interest and raise …

December 08, 2021
Heschel FAQs: What is a Kissuyyi Rosh?

Browsing our website, you see many images of younger children wearing what look to be green peakless baseball caps, decorated in whimsical colours. You also see students of all genders wearing other kinds of kissuyyim rosh (literally, “head coverings”). If you are a current parent at the school, you are familiar with kissuyyim, but prospective …

December 02, 2021
The Tarbut Times: Our Chanukkah Project

In this new regular column, members of Tarbut will be providing us with a glimpse into Student Council activities. Thanks to Ella for this first update. This year, the Tarbut committee in grade 8 sold Chanukkah gift bags to raise money for Junior High events. Sammy, the head of Tarbut, and I, Ella, the vice …

October 29, 2021
Heschel FAQs: What is Middat Hashavuah?

Middat Hashavuah is an ethical practice that helps each of us—students and teachers alike—treat one another (and ourselves) with respect. The word “middah” literally means a “measure,” and students learn that the middot are a guide as to how we “measure up” ethically. Measuring ourselves involves self-reflection, self-understanding and practising how we interact respectfully and thoughtfully with others. We are able to measure ourselves through reflection on our …

September 17, 2021
What’s New with Heschel’s Hot Lunch Program?

As you have probably heard by now, Heschel’s Hot Lunch program is back for the 2021-22 school year! Heschel parents Janis Mussat and Lauren Black have taken on the roles of Lunch Program Co-Chairs and they are introducing some exciting changes for the program. We spoke with Janis and Lauren to learn more. What are …

February 07, 2020
Environment Week

This week was Environment Week at Heschel. What is Environment Week, you may ask? Good question. Environment week is an event planned by the Environment Committee to raise awareness for the environment, celebrate the upcoming holiday of Tu Bishvat, and do fun crafts and activities related to the environment. This week, we planted parsley in …

January 29, 2020
AJ Heschel and Martin Luther King Spirit Week

Last week, we celebrated Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel week. The Tikkun Olam committee organized this special week of awareness. During this week we taught the students about who Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King were. We read the book “As Good As Anybody” by Richard Michelson to students in JK to …

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