Staff Dedication of the New South Campus
“You are the ones who feed our kids’ minds, nurture them, keep them safe and inspire them to be great.”
That’s how Richard Davis – President of the Board of Leo Baeck -- addressed the teaching staff in a special staff dedication of the new South Campus that took place in December, 2012. The occasion celebrated the teachers and their role in the school’s success and renewal, which has changed their teaching experience.
“Being in this new facility has allowed me to be the teacher I’ve always dreamed and know I’m capable of being,” says Stacey Jacobs.
“It has expanded what we’re able to do with the students, because of the amazing resources, the space, even the location surrounded by natural beauty,” says Mark Weinstock.
And of the new environment, Cindy Opler considers it “a fresh start for all of us, for the kids, for the teachers, bright space, with everything functioning beautifully, bright light shining through the windows. It’s just a great way to start each day.”
In a ceremony that began with a performance by “Baeck”, the Senior Glee Club, the faculty also heard greetings not only from Richard Davis, but also from Elizabeth Wolfe (Chair of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and a past LB Board Pres.) as well as Eric Petersiel, Head of School.
A special staff appreciation luncheon was followed by the unveiling of a new fixture at the South Campus, a large scale showcase of the colourful handmade mezuzot crafted last year by the entire South Campus staff.
"One Day" (one Night, actually): South Campus Dedication
Dignitaries were on hand to formally dedicate The Leo Baeck Day School’s new South Campus on Thursday evening, October 4, 2012. Coming together with founders, faculty, families and friends, civic and community leaders paid tribute to the efforts that turned a dream into a reality.
The Transformation of our NEW South Campus
Dawn of a new era with the transformation of a school...from Arlington Middle School to the beautiful new Leo Baeck Day School's South Campus in Toronto.
Leo Baeck South Campus Ribbon Cutting and Community Barbecue
On September 10, 2012 The Leo Baeck Day School officially opened its New South Campus. With nearly 1000 community members in attendance the Grand Opening Ceremony was a resounding success.
Highlights of the ceremony included:
- Seven Past Presidents in attendance to honour our history and our future by cutting the ribbon to officially open the school.
- The Green/Wagner Family unveiled the front door Mezuzah dedicated by their family.
- The Rubin/Smith and Grubert families led us in Shehecheyanu to celebrate this momentous occasion.
- Yannay Khaikin, representing the Class of 2007/5767, raised the Israeli flag that his graduating class bought for the school five years ago. Alumni parents from that same class raised the Canadian flag.
Past Presidents’ Dinner
On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, several of The Leo Baeck Day School’s Past Presidents were given a special tour of the school’s New South Campus at 501 Arlington Avenue. The group had dinner at the current construction site and discussed the future of the School.
In anticipation of the move to the New South Campus, the Leo Baeck Parents’ Association and the South Campus Renewal Committee organized a school-wide project. The students and staff were engaged in a wonderful and meaningful opportunity where they created Mezuzot to adorn the New campus.
On Tuesday, October 5, 2011, Leo Baeck Day School major donors attended a L’Chaim event to celebrate our New South Campus.
In fall of 2011, more than 300 Leo Baeck family members toured our New South Campus. The feedback was overwhelming. We’re so glad you’re as excited as we are!