Chodesh Tov and Looking Ahead

Ora Shulman, Head of School
The 2021-22 school year will begin soon, and just as Elul is a month to prepare for the year ahead, so, too, we are taking this month to prepare for the upcoming academic year. Over the past year, we faced a great deal of uncertainty – but despite that uncertainty, we made our choices in the best interests of our community, and we did so with unity, faith, and the knowledge that we can always forge a better future, even in uncertain times.
 
The past year gave us the opportunity to come together in ways we would have never thought possible. We have seen our strength as a community, and we have seen what changes are still required. We needed to make many challenging decisions, and we always prioritized making the choices that were best for the well-being of our children. 
 
As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we will take time to reflect and reassess where we and our students are at, in order to plan accordingly. Teachers will take the time to understand the impact that the past year's challenges have had on individual learning, to identify what skills need to be retaught and reinforced, to make the most of the gift that is educating children. This valuable data will serve as a foundation in building a way forward for our students.
The 2021-22 school year will begin soon, and just as Elul is a month to prepare for the year ahead, so, too, we are taking this month to prepare for the upcoming academic year. Over the past year, we faced a great deal of uncertainty – but despite that uncertainty, we made our choices in the best interests of our community, and we did so with unity, faith, and the knowledge that we can always forge a better future, even in uncertain times.
 
The past year gave us the opportunity to come together in ways we would have never thought possible. We have seen our strength as a community, and we have seen what changes are still required. We needed to make many challenging decisions, and we always prioritized making the choices that were best for the well-being of our children. 
 
As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we will take time to reflect and reassess where we and our students are at, in order to plan accordingly. Teachers will take the time to understand the impact that the past year's challenges have had on individual learning, to identify what skills need to be retaught and reinforced, to make the most of the gift that is educating children. This valuable data will serve as a foundation in building a way forward for our students.
 
The provincial government has recently released the guidance for schools for the 2021-22 school year. We will be implementing the appropriate safety measures in accordance with this document. We will stay in contact with Toronto Public Health to adapt to any changes needed based on the level of risk in Toronto and according to any provincial mandates. Click here to view our updated policies based on these guidelines. We also continue to encourage and support vaccination for all eligible individuals. Please reach out to Nurse Rita to voluntarily disclose your child’s vaccination status, or with any related questions you may have. We know that the return to in-person learning will require a period of adjustment for students and staff. We will support this transition to ensure a safe and happy return to school.
 
The month of Elul is a month of compassion and reflection. In the spirit of our commitment to a culture of excellence and kindness, I wish all of you a meaningful and relaxing month. May we all be able to take time this month to pause and reflect, to take a deep breath and consider as we prepare for the year ahead – and I look forward to staying in touch.
 
Chodesh Tov,

Ora Shulman
Head of School
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