HEAD OF SCHOOL MESSAGE
Friday, September 8, 2017
Dear Gray Academy Family,
Welcome back! It has been wonderful seeing everyone's smiling faces over the last few days. I am excited to welcome our 73 new students to our Gray Academy family along with our Grade 7 students starting high school, and our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students who just began their first two days of school. Along with our Grade 1-12 students, the halls are now filled with an infectious energy. Gray Academy of Jewish Education has officially begun its third decade!
It is a privilege to be able to experience the amazing feeling and excitement that comes with this time of year. Before our students arrived back to school, our faculty and staff spent meaningful time together at the end of August. This gave us the opportunity to prepare for the launch of this new school year. One of our main areas of focus is the importance of a safe and caring environment. We strive to ensure the well-being of each child within our classroom and school communities. This is the foundation upon which learning thrives.
In addition to welcoming each of our many new families to our school community, I would like to introduce you to a few new members of the Gray Academy family. New to our faculty is Dr. Louise Edwards. She is teaching high school chemistry and a special science class in JK. Our two international students: Alef from Brazil (Grade 12) and Sara from Mexico (Grade 10) have just arrived. We thank their host families for helping make Winnipeg their second home. While our largest graduating class in history ('17) has moved on to the new adventure of University, we are excited to welcome the class of 2031 and 2032 as part of our ever-growing Junior Kindergarten program. I am pleased to share that this year's Junior Kindergarten program has the largest full day enrollment in our history.
This fall, Gray Academy will welcome the world to Winnipeg. It is a privilege to be part of three very special events. The International Independent Schools Public Speaking tournament (IISPSC) will bring close to 200 students from around the world to Gray Academy this October. We are proud to be co-hosting with Balmoral Hall. All three CAIS schools (Gray Academy, Balmoral Hall, and SJR) have joined together to co-host the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Heads and Chairs conference, also in October. We look forward to touring many of the Heads of School and Board Chairs (from close to 96 schools from coast to coast) through our school community as part of the conference schedule. For the basketball fans out there, we will be host to the CAIS Varsity Girls Basketball tournament in November.
Our partnership with you as parents is the foundation of our school. We thank you for your commitment to educational excellence. At Gray Academy, your child(ren) will be instilled with a passion for learning, a curiosity for the world around them and an engagement with their Jewish identity and community. I look forward to the opportunity to see many of you in the coming weeks and invite you to have a conversation with me at any time.
Head of School and CEO