South Campus eNews
Thursday March 22 Volume 8, Issue 6, 2011-2012 28 Adar 5772

Hear About The Unique Features Of The New South Campus From Gene Teeger, Design Committee


Coming Events

Friday March 23
2:00 pm 4A leads Kabbalat Shabbat 
2:45 pm 6B leads Kabbalat Shabbat
Monday March 26
2:30 pm Early Dismissal

Wednesday March 28
9:00 - 11:00 am Grade 8 Interfaith Seder
4:00 pm & 7:00 pm The Wiz

Thursday March 29 

Mezuzah Project
Grade 4 Trip to Medieval Times

Tuesday April 3 
10 - 11:30 am Grade 7 Intergenerational Seder at Pine Villa Retirement Home
Thursday April 5 through Sunday April 15
Pesach Break - School Closed
Monday April 16

Classes Resume
Monday April 23
8:45 am Middle School Rosh Chodesh                     Service

2:30 pm Early Dismissal

Listen to this interview with Gene Teeger, South Campus Visual Arts Teacher, Former Leo Baeck Parent and Member of The New South Campus Design Committee.  Gene highlights special features of our New South Campus and their impact on the educational experience of our students and teachers.

In order to make this dream a reality we are embarking on a $10 million capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of the New South Campus. We have already raised $3 million thanks to the generosity of our community.

But we've only just begun ... we need all of you.

For more information on how you can support this important and exciting chapter in Leo Baeck's history, please contact
Elysa Greisman, Director of Development, or (905) 709-3636 X241.


The Leo Baeck Day School has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Israel Engagement Community Award by the UJA Federation!

Leo Baeck is being recognized for its pioneering work in Israel Engagement, including embracing the shinshinim initiative, and in particular, for its leadership in implementing the institutional change process with the Leo Baeck-professional led Professional Development Day.

Yasher Koach to our Isreal Engagement Committee on this achievement - pictured above.

Gemilut Chasadim - Practice of Kindness
Check out the latest copy of the Baycrest Matters newsletter  
Our students 'Pop-Up Museum' made it onto page 5. We are so proud of our students.
Kol Hakavod! 

This year has once again been a very productive, active, and busy one for the Physical Education and Athletics Department.

We have increased our participation in inter-school competitions.  At the same time, we now offer a larger variety of sports and curriculum-related events to our students.

Health and fitness are an essential part of the Leo Baeck experience. We are proud to be the only elementary school competing in both the Jewish Day School Sports League (JDSSL) and the Small Schools Athletic Federation (SSAF) simultaneously. Our students benefit from multiple opportunities to improve on their skill sets and enjoy a range of positive athletic experiences, including but not limited to participating in soccer, golf, swimming, track & field, skiing, basketball, hockey and volleyball. 


SGirlsSoccerMSMiddle School Girls Soccer:
On February 15th, The Grade 7’s and 8’s girls middle school soccer team captured 1st place at The 4th Annual CHAT Kimel Jr. High Indoor Soccer Tournament.
Way to go girls!!



Middle School Boys Basketball Team

  • Was the first Leo Baeck team to ever practice and play at Leo Baeck’s new gym at Arlington!
  • Qualified for the semi finals in the Jewish Day School Basketball League this year!!


Junior Hockey Team:
Finished 2nd overall in the Jewish Day School
Hockey League!

Tuesday February 28th SSAF Swim Meet.
Ally Reiner 3rd place U12 girls
Dana Sherrard 3rd place U14 girls



Ski and Snowboard Team

At our SSAF competition at Snow Valley on February 2, 2012 placed second place overall.


Senior Hockey Team

Finished 2nd overall in their SSAF Tournament hosted by the All Canadian Hockey School (ACHS) on February 2, 2012.


Got Game?  Volleyball teams practice at New South Campus and ROCK IT at TanenbaumCHAT!!

The Boys' and Girls' volleyball teams recently competed in the annual day school volleyball tournament hosted by Tannenbaum CHAT.  Both teams represented Leo Baeck extremely well.  They played great volleyball, supported each other, behaved respectfully and achieved quarter-final appearances.  Mazel Tov on two days of volleyball and LB Spirit!   Both teams had the benefit of training in our beautiful, double-size gym at our New Leo Baeck South Campus.  Thank you to all the kids for working hard, and to the parents for waking them at the crack of dawn for 7 AM practices!  Go Lions!
 Coach, Rhonda Cohen

Thank you to all of the parents, players, and coaches. You have all been a great help.  Ms. Shelberg deserves a special mention  -  without her help in organizing and coaching, we could not offer as much as we do.  With pride and confidence, we are proud to say that Leo Baeck School has a top-notch Athletic program amongst all the Jewish Day Schools and one of the best and richest of all the private schools in Toronto.

The Leo Baeck Day School Scores Big in Brazil

The Maccabi Games are a celebration of Jewish unity, culture, and pride through world athletic competition. Every four years The International Maccabi Competition invites Jewish athletes from North, Central and South American nations, Great Britain, Australia, Israel and other countries throughout the Diaspora to compete in various sports.  In December 2011 they took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
This year the Canadian delegation included Leo Baeck alumni, parents, faculty and coaches both past and present.  Together they shared unforgettable experiences; from marching into the stadium at the Opening Ceremonies to meeting and mingling with other delegations from around the world, they forged friendships that will remain forever.

Our North Campus Middle School Coordinator Mike Levinsky was chosen to represent Canada in the Masters Division in Basketball. 
‘The pride in participating in such a unique event that brings Jewish athletes from around the world together is remarkable. Winning the Silver medal was an incredible moment for our team. It is also wonderful to be surrounded by thousands of Jewish spectators and over 2500 Jewish athletes from Brazil, the US, Australia, Israel, South Africa, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, and Panama. Visiting Sao Paulo Brazil, was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget.’
Matthew Cohen, class of 2009, was selected to play on Canada’s Jr. Boys Basketball team. 
‘It was a great thrill to play basketball against other Jewish players from other countries. We shared a love of basketball even though we couldn't always communicate. There were always lots of cheering fans from both countries and it was great to see everyone's excitement. I felt proud to be Canadian, proud to be Jewish, and very lucky to be able to participate in such a thrilling event.’
Matt, now attending CHAT, was a member of Leo Baeck’s first ever U12 basketball team and was coached by a leader and giant of the Toronto athletic community - Hank Clarke. Sadly, Hank recently passed, but he left behind a legacy of passion for sports.  Mr. Petersiel, a longtime friend, took some time to reflect on the impact Hank’s impact on The Leo Baeck Day School as well as on youth sports in general. 
‘I learned more about basketball from sitting in front of Hank Clarke for the past fifteen years than from any coach who ever worked with me. A longstanding leader in the community, Hank coached for years at Parkview Collegiate and Western Tech, as well as innumerable community organizations teaching youth about basketball, baseball and football. Hank and his wife Georgie attended every Raptors game for fifteen years, until his death on January 16th. In our early efforts to expand our athletic offerings Hank was asked to coach the first ever under 12-basketball team at Leo Baeck, and Matt Cohen and his peers were added to the thousands of youth who benefitted from his years of experience and innovative coaching. I know that things will never be the same in section 308 at the ACC and the many who mourn Hank's loss feel the same.’
We are proud of the members of our Leo Baeck community who participated and represented the country of Canada at the 2011 Maccabi Games.  We look forward to sharing your upcoming achievements.

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