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    1. 1. Parents as Ambassadors October 3, 2011
    2. 2. <ul><li>As ambassadors, we are dedicated and committed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing the image of the school (In & out of the school) </li></ul><ul><li>Being advocates for Jewish Education (Using our language, sharing our vision) </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting/Retaining students (Being aware of events/programmes, passing along information on prospective families/issues that have arisen with particular students) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Know your audience
    4. 4. Save the Date! Tell your friends and family...
    5. 5. Save the Date! Tell your friends and family...
    6. 6. Common Questions
    7. 7. Role Playing <ul><li>“ I’ve heard that Heschel is more liberal than Reform Judaism, is that true?” or “I feel that Heschel will be too religious for my family and we won’t fit in.” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We are an egalitarian and community school. </li></ul><ul><li>Boys and girls are given equal opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>We teach through a Jewish lens and within a halachic framework. </li></ul><ul><li>There are families from across the spectrum of Judaism. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Role Playing <ul><li>“ Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that Heschel lost teachers and students. Is that true?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We are in the enviable position of being able to employ teachers who are excellent and able to work within our philosophy. Some teachers chose to leave and some were asked to leave. </li></ul><ul><li>S ome students didn’t meet the requirements of Heschel and our school isn’t the best fit for everyone. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Role Playing <ul><li>“ Is Heschel an arts school? What if my child isn’t artistically inclined?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We are not an arts school. We are arts-based. </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogically, visual arts, music, movement & dramatic arts are used to open more creative channels of learning. </li></ul><ul><li>The arts are the tool we use to encourage creativity, increase concentration and foster positive interactions. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Role Playing <ul><li>“ What does integrated teaching look like?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>Our days are not split into Judaic and General Studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Generative Topics are interwoven into as many subject areas as possible. This ensures connectivity and understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are actively engaged rather than being passive recipients of the teacher’s instruction. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Role Playing <ul><li>“ D oes Heschel teach Math ?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>Of course! We teach math for understanding using a mathematical method. </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn to estimate, relate the problem to a story, choose a strategy and learn to be precise. </li></ul><ul><li>Data management and graphing is learned and experienced rather than simply being taught. </li></ul><ul><li>We also utilize play through games to teach math. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Role Playing <ul><li>“ My family isn’t particularly environmentally conscious. Will we fit in?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We encourage students to think about global/environmental issues and to act in a Jewish context. </li></ul><ul><li>We explore the idea of being guardians of the earth through various initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>We have held Gold status with Ontario Eco Schools for 3 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples: Composting, recycling, worm composts, gardening, Sukkot soup, spring salad </li></ul>
    13. 13. Role Playing <ul><li>“ I’ve heard that Heschel doesn’t incorporate technology like the other schools. Is that true?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We have mindfully decided not to incorporate computers into our academic programme in the Early Years. </li></ul><ul><li>We do utilize technology in the Elementary Division and Junior High Division. </li></ul><ul><li>We have just purchased a state of the art computer lab and replaced all of our old computers. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Role Playing <ul><li>“ I’ve seen that Heschel students and staff wear head coverings. What is the reasoning behind this? </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>As we are an egalitarian school, both males and females wear head coverings called kissuyim. </li></ul><ul><li>It serves as our school uniform and we teach our children from a very young age about humility – that there is a power above us and that we are to act in a humble manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Each child’s uniqueness is celebrated by decorating his/her kissuyi. </li></ul><ul><li>(An example of following a halachic framework) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Role Playing <ul><li>“ How does Heschel address the issue of bullying in school?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We have a no tolerance policy to bullying and we regulate bullying through a social inclusion policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying is dealt with as an extension of the playground. Our processes are not punitive as we believe that re-victimizes one who has been bullied. </li></ul><ul><li>Our values-based Chumash curriculum teaches ethics from a very young age and continues through Junior High. Because of this, the problem is not as prevalent in our school as it is in others. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Role Playing <ul><li>“ Where do graduates from Heschel attend high school?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>Students are prepared to learn and succeed at the high school of choice. </li></ul><ul><li>The majority of our students attend CHAT/CHAR. (Able to handle double Talmud programme) </li></ul><ul><li>Others have gone to MACs at Mackenzie, Greenwood, The York School, Earl Haig, Or Chaim and Ulpana. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Role Playing <ul><li>“ What is the school’s sustainability action plan?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We have renewed our lease in our current building until 2016. </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking into all </li></ul>
    18. 18. Role Playing <ul><li>“ Why is Heschel’s tuition higher than other Jewish Day Schools?” </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><li>We maintain a low 10:1 student to staff ratio. </li></ul><ul><li>Our teachers are highly trained and specialized in their field. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to our integrated curriculum, more of the day is classified as ‘religious education’ so we qualify for a tax credit around 78% </li></ul><ul><li>All educational materials and books are provided for students. </li></ul><ul><li>Others have gone to MACs at Mackenzie, Greenwood, The York School, Earl Haig, Or Chaim and Ulpana. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Why is Heschel truly unique? “The Pitch”
    20. 20. “ The Pitch” <ul><li>A holistic approach </li></ul><ul><li>We approach your child’s growth as a whole: intellectual, social, creative, physical and ethical. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Excellence, a warm inclusive environment, a rich arts programme, a phys-ed and interschool sports league and a Judaics programme that fosters questioning, critical and creative thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>We have pioneered the way in Jewish Education. </li></ul>
    21. 21. “ The Pitch” <ul><li>Our Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Based on well-founded research and we apply curriculum using Harvard’s Teaching for Understanding model. </li></ul><ul><li>Judaic Studies and General Studies are not taught in isolation. </li></ul><ul><li>An integrated (inter-woven) approach promotes a deeper understanding of the curriculum, so that children apply their learning across all disciplines. [Give an example of a generative topic] </li></ul>
    22. 22. “ The Pitch” <ul><li>Our Community </li></ul><ul><li>Pluralism is not watered down Judaism. It’s welcoming, inclusive and also religious. It teaches mutual respect and understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>We welcome families from the wide spectrum of Judaism. </li></ul><ul><li>Our student body and staff are tightly knit </li></ul>
    23. 23. “ The Pitch” <ul><li>The Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Visual arts, music, movement and dramatic arts are all used to open more creative channels of learning and develop abstract thinking and expression. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Any Questions?