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When RHA received its CAIS accreditation, we became recognized for our unparalleled teaching, advanced curriculum and remarkable educational experience.

But we know that a great physical environment is pretty important too. So we’re renovating. And it’s major. We’re creating spaces that inspire critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaborative learning. We’re building classrooms that are as integral to learning as is our curriculum. We’re constructing outdoor environments that instill resourcefulness and resilience in our children.

Welcome to RHA: a Jewish academy that offers the academic rigour and strength of community we have long been celebrated for, along with new, state-of-the-art facillities that will take education to the next level.

Our building project is a wonderful opportunity to support one of Canada’s most enduring and successful Jewish learning institutions. Join us. 

The Early Years Wing

RHA’s early years curriculum is Reggio Emilia-inspired – a world-renowned approach that is recognized by educators, researchers and psychologists as the best in early childhood education.

Image of Nursery ClassroomA great part of the Reggio Emilia model is its emphasis on physical space. Classrooms,  called the ‘third teacher,’ are not merely desks and walls, but living and changing systems  that promote real-life problem-solving and creative discovery.

Designed with natural light and order, classrooms have wide-open areas for kids to explore as well as cozy nooks for small-group learning. They are filled with both single purpose toys and “loose parts” – authentic materials kids can experiment with because evidence has shown that curiosity flourishes in the presence of real-world elements. Light tables and smart TVs bring new technology. Cupboards double as magnetic and writing spaces. Shelves incorporate seating areas for kids to read and play.

When you put your name on RHA’s Early Years Wing, you are laying the foundation for a love of learning that continues a lifetime.

The Early Years Playground

Just like our indoors, our Early Years outdoor spaces will be Reggio Emilia-inspired. The same philosophy applies. The playground is meant for movement, creativity and a sense of freedom. The structures will be designed for problem- solving, imaginative play and social engagement. A Timber Bridge will connect movement and sound. A Sensory Garden will let kids experience the joy of planting owers, herbs and vegetables. Balancing Stepping Logs will enhance motor skills. Talking Tubes will use technology to facilitate social interaction. Musical instruments – like drums, cymbals and chimes – are known to improve spatial-temporal skills and actually change the shape and power of the brain. A large playhouse will stimulate role-play and discovery. And tunnels and hide-and-slide equipment will keep kids moving.

By creating this magical space, you are giving our little ones the gift of wonder and well-being.

The Roof Top Playground

RHA’s newest playground couldn’t go on the ground oor, so we’re moving it up. All the way to up to the roof of Beth Tzedec Synagogue.

Yes, the playground will be 100 per cent safe, protected by a specially-designed, no-climb fence. The playground will have both arti cial turf and rubber surfacing to accommodate all types of activities. It will have the latest and greatest in equipment, play structures and recreational areas. And it will be environmentally green.

Our students have long needed a place to play away from cars, a place where they can run, shoot hoops, kick a ball and hit a puck with room to spare.

Take our play area to new heights and watch our kids soar.

The Elementary School Wing

As our students graduate from the world’s best model of early child education, they enter into another top model of learning, one that focuses on critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaborative work.

In fact, RHA has been awarded the prestigious L.B. Daniels Award from the Critical Thinking Consortium for our work on ‘thinking classrooms.’

It is during these elementary years that we establish the building blocks of academic inquiry, lifelong leadership and strength of character. Leadership training starts early and continues all way through as our students take on increasing levels of responsibility: reading to younger students; leading prayer and Jewish ceremonies; taking charge of our morning Daily Physical Activity program; keeping peace on the playground through con ict resolution. And our Character Education Initiative is woven right into our curriculum and plays out everyday through a myriad of programs and activities.

We are now enhancing our facilities to support our approach to education. Renovated classrooms will have advanced technology and spaces for interdisciplinary learning. Redesigned hallways and staircases will showcase student

work, promote knowledge exchange, and inspire idea-sharing. And new spaces will enhance scienti c learning, technological innovation, hands-on experimentation and
multi-dimensional thinking.

It’s a very exciting time for our students at RHA. Help keep the momentum going by naming the Elementary School Wing.

The Middle School Wing

Over the past few years, we have rethought and reinvigorated our middle school program with a new curriculum, new programs and new approaches to teaching and learning.

We’ve introduced an Arts Block that includes not only visual arts and drama, butdrumming, ukulele and coding as well. We’ve piloted a new Hebrew Language Arts program because some families told us, ‘More conversational Hebrew, please!” We’ve piloted an option for Bible Studies in English to enable students to engage more deeply in Torah discussion. We’ve enriched Tanakh through live learning with counterpart schools in the United States. We’ve revamped our Judaic Studies program based on a model that makes Jewish heritage relevant to students living in a modern and diverse world. And we’re taking math to a whole new level with an Academic Chair in Math Studies.

Now we are matching our facilities to our curriculum: new classrooms will accommodate interdisciplinary learning, state-of-the-art technology and multi-purpose spaces for different types of learning. A Learning Commons will include information technology as well as books. A makerspace will promotes invention, discovery and creative collaboration. And a science lab will be STEM-designed and technologically sophisticated.

By giving your name to our Middle School Wing, you are preparing our students to thrive in high school and beyond.

Science Lab

Today’s science lab is hardly what we remember as kids.

Now, the most innovative labs are connected technologically because virtual learning is central to experimentation. Labs are agile enough to accommodate diverse elds of scholarship because the best science is now interdisciplinary and integrates STEM subjects. Modern labs are exible enough to allow for shifting priorities and new focus areas. And their very design is multi-purpose – as team-based teaching space, lecture area, computer lab, research lab and student project work-room.

Help our young scientists become grown-up inventors by establishing a lab that inspires them to discover.

Makerspace

A science lab does STEM and a computer lab does, well, computers. But a makerspace is different.

A makerspace promotes invention through hands-on exploration. Students will draw on disciplines as diverse as science, engineering, design, music and language arts to build and test their ideas. They will work with specially- designed equipment including robotics tables.

The world’s elite universities now have spaces like these to promote collaborative learning, idea exchange, team- building and multi-dimensional thinking.

Getting in on the ground oor of this new phenomenon at RHA means students will learn the art and practice of tackling wicked problems and embracing massive opportunities.

L’Dor V’Dor Wall

Our Wall of Stars is named in memory Ruth H. Gales and 162 donors couldn’t wait to celebrate their children and grandchildren with individual Magen Davids.

Thanks to the Frisch family, our Mezuzah Wall honours all the families who blessed each RHA door with a Mezuzah of their own.

Now, donors are clamouring to be photographed with their grandchildren, family and friends as part of our L’Dor V’Dor Heritage Tree. It’s a chance to showcase loved ones. To thank the individual who has in uenced a child’s life. And to commemorate someone special.

Take top billing on our L’Dor V’Dor Heritage Tree and watch our community grow.

Security

The fact that Jewish institutions need constant security is sad, but it’s the reality none-the-less. We have no greater priority than to protect the little lives we nurture every single day.

So we’ve installed a system of security that runs through the entire school. Outside, we have a full-time security guard to make sure kids get into school, out of school and play safely during recess. Inside, we have full-time security to monitor who comes in and to ensure that people leave as they should. We have bullet-proof protective glass, security audits, staff security brie ngs and student lockdown drills to prepare for a threat.

Please help keep our children, our faculty and our entire RHA community safe from harm.

Classrooms

Every single RHA classroom will be transformed into a modern learning space. That means maximum exibility for interdisciplinary learning, whole-group teaching and small-group work. It means incorporating different kinds of technology – like iPads and interactive displays – and work spaces that accommodate them. It means areas for enriched and resource teaching as well as self-directed learning. It means desks for different learning styles and chairs that move around for students who work better when they are not con ned to one spot. It means beautiful design and modern furniture. And, it means air-conditioning!

There are 18 classrooms to choose from. Your name on a room gives our students the learning environment they deserve and your family the chance to be counted among our community of great philanthropists.

The Learning Commons

Printed books are still integral to learning. But they are not the whole of the story anymore.

Enter digital technologies. Increasingly, they are offering more pathways to learning. Useful as traditional libraries are for archiving, they just aren’t suf cient anymore for the modern learner. RHA’s Learning Commons includes areas that integrate print and online education, content creation and design thinking.

When you attach your name to the Learning Commons, you are helping teach our students how to research intelligently and how to use information purposefully.

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