HEAD OF SCHOOL MESSAGE
Welcome to Gray Academy of Jewish Education.
On August 31, I celebrated the final day of August by welcoming back Gray Academy of Jewish Education’s faculty for the beginning of a three-day in-service to prepare for the start of the 2016/17 school year. As each teacher arrived, one by one, the positive energy, excitement and anticipation of our students’ return, filled the air. We value the tremendous gift you give to us as educators—the opportunity to instill in your child(ren) a passion for learning, a wonderment of curiosity and an engagement with their Jewish identity, community and the world around them.
It is exciting to begin my second year as Head of School and CEO with an outstanding Leadership Team that leads with vision and puts students at the centre of every decision. We welcome David Borzykowski (Class of ‘01), who returned home to Winnipeg from Toronto to become Gray Academy’s Director of Marketing and Communications. Together, we will ensure you are always reminded of the positive decision you made in choosing Gray Academy of Jewish Education for your child(ren).
Our teaching faculty has grown, and we are proud to welcome back two alumni, Amy Lieberman (Class of ‘10) and Gabi Kneller (Class of ’07). As well, Alexandra Broitman will join the Junior Kindergarten teaching team.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Gray Academy—highlighted by the largest graduating class in our history, with 48 students, and a Junior Kindergarten program that has tripled in size. New learning experiences in elementary school include the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program for all students, and new interschool sports for Grades 4-6 through Pembina Trails Athletics Association (PTAA).
Through the creation of a new student life department, high school students will have expanded leadership and volunteer options as well as new co-curricular offerings including Junior Achievement. A new advisory program in Grades 7 & 8 will see students connect with a teacher advisor who will guide them through challenges inside and outside the classroom. They also will support their educational growth and development throughout high school. As students enter Grades 9-12 the guidance program will focus on helping students identify their passions, explore future career objectives, and prepare for post-secondary education.
We look forward to inviting you to be part of the conversation at our WBJE Cafés, as we continue the important work of the Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education’s strategic plan. This will be one of many avenues to share your ideas and thoughts, as we explore the potential opportunities for Gray Academy to strengthen the impact on every child and ultimately our entire community.
I look forward to seeing you as we begin school next week. I hope to have even more occasions this coming school year to talk with you about your experiences at Gray Academy.
Head of School