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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS | Additional Information for Parents Our School Values | Full Staff List | Guide to Community Service Hours

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SCHOOL VALUES MISSION STATEMENT The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto – “TanenbaumCHAT” – is committed to making the best possible Jewish High School education available and accessible to the Greater Toronto Jewish Community. TanenbaumCHAT aims to offer the best and most inspired teaching by outstanding faculty, and to characterize the school by its care for each individual student. TanenbaumCHAT educates its students to be committed Jews and concerned, active citizens.

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND PURPOSE TanenbaumCHAT, is a co-educational Jewish Community high school, welcoming students and families of diverse Jewish traditions and beliefs from all streams within the Jewish community, joining together in common learning. Admission to the school is open to all students who meet its entrance requirements. TanenbaumCHAT strives for excellence in both its Jewish and General Studies programmes. The totality of Jewish experience – religious teachings, history, sense of peoplehood, literature and culture, national aspirations, musical and artistic creativity – is actively embraced in the school’s programme, which includes:  the transmission and appreciation of Jewish religious and cultural traditions;  an understanding of Halachah;  the encouragement of students to observe mitzvot;  the teaching of moral and ethical values of Judaism as an integral part of the student’s life;  a commitment to the use and understanding of the Hebrew language;  the study of classical and modern Jewish texts in their original language;  a commitment to Zionism and identification with the State of Israel;  involvement in Jewish communal life and encouragement of a sense of responsibility for Jews everywhere;  development of a universal sense of social concern and social conscience through voluntarism. TanenbaumCHAT identifies with and supports the Greater Toronto Jewish community, in its diverse religious and ideological commitments. It seeks to provide the framework within which all students may explore, extend and intensify their involvement with Judaism and Jewish life, in an open, tolerant and pluralistic atmosphere in which they can feel comfortable. The TanenbaumCHAT educational programme, in the classroom and outside of it, meets the highest standards of the Ministry of Education and Training of Ontario, preparing and encouraging TanenbaumCHAT students to continue the pursuit of knowledge throughout their lives. Beyond formal classroom instruction, students are encouraged to participate and develop leadership skills in a wide range of sports and extra-curricular activities. The Student Council coordinates student activities within the school and acts as a liaison to the Administration, Faculty and Board of Directors. A Board of Directors that is broadly representative of the TanenbaumCHAT parent body and of the Jewish community governs TanenbaumCHAT. Parents are encouraged to support the school by participation in its many lay committees and by working with the school Administration and Faculty in furthering the goals of the school. Education is a partnership between school and family, and families are expected to support and reinforce the TanenbaumCHAT ethos and values. TanenbaumCHAT fosters an atmosphere of inquiry and intellectual stimulation and during the crucial teenage years provides a setting for emotional growth in a safe, nurturing environment. These combine to enable the students to formulate and articulate the integration of their Jewish values into the democratic traditions of Canada and the western world. Adopted by the Board of Directors, May 2004


Welcome to the new school year. Our School Handbook serves as a complete guide to school processes and procedures for both students and parents. Any suggestions or feedback regarding the Handbook is most welcome. As in the past, the first part of the School Handbook book sets out the standards of behaviour required of all students, and the procedures that are followed in the day-to-day operation of the school. Both students and parents must read it carefully and familiarize themselves with our expectations. Registration at TanenbaumCHAT signifies that students and parents accept and agree to abide by the provisions of this Handbook. In rare cases, new Ministry guidelines may contradict our agreed procedures. Where the school is subject to Ministry guidelines, they will take preference. In the words of our Safety and Behaviour Code, “Students at TanenbaumCHAT are expected to… act safely, sensibly, responsibly, courteously and with honesty and integrity at all times.” Most of the rest is commentary! As we enter our sixth decade, we are looking forward to a great year – successful, healthy and above all peaceful.

RHONA BIRENBAUM, MBA Acting Head of School CFO/Executive Director rbirenbaum@tanenbaumchat.org July 2012 / Tammuz 5772 • Changes and additions to the School Handbook are coloured in blue for easy reference.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Part 1: Contacting The School 1 CONTACT INFORMATION.......................................................... 2 1.1 Email and voicemail....................................................... 2

1.2 Staff List......................................................................... 2

Part 2: Essential Information for Students 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

SCHOOL SECURITY AND SAFETY............................................ 9 2.1 Our best protection - a sense of vigilance.................... 9 2.2 Video Monitoring............................................................ 9 2.3 Visitors.......................................................................... 10 2.3.1 Unauthorized visitors................................................... 10 2.3.2 Guests of students....................................................... 10 ILLNESS, ACCIDENT OR INJURY 3.1 Emergencies................................................................. 10 3.2 Ongoing Medical Conditions........................................ 10 3.2.1 MedicAlert bracelets.................................................... 10 3.3 Administration of Medication...................................... 10 SAFETY AND BEHAVIOUR CODE............................................ 10 4.1 Expectations................................................................. 11 4.2 Expectations for Positive Behaviour........................... 11 4.3 Behaviour to be avoided.............................................. 11 4.4 Use of the school name............................................... 12 4.5 Raising funds / collecting money................................ 12 4.6 Sexual Harassment and bullying................................ 12 4.6.1 Definitions..................................................................... 12 4.7 If you feel you are the subject of harassment ........... 13 COMPUTERS, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE INTERNET....... 13 5.1 Expectations................................................................. 13 5.2 Responsible Use of School Computers and Internet.14 5.3 Use of audio and/or image recording devices........... 14 5.3.1 Cell phones and public telephones............................ 15 DRESS CODE AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE...................... 15 6.1 Expectations................................................................. 15 6.1.1 Examples of inappropriate dress................................ 15 6.2 Piercings....................................................................... 16 6.3 Hair................................................................................ 16 CONSEQUENCES OF MISBEHAVIOUR................................... 16 7.1 Process of suspension and expulsion........................ 16 7.2 Offences which many result in expulsion................... 16 7.3 Offences which may lead to suspension.................... 17 7.4 Disciplinary Infractions in Grade 12........................... 18 ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE................................................ 18 8.1 Students....................................................................... 18 8.2 Reporting after absence or lateness.......................... 19 8.3 ‘Signing out’.................................................................. 19

8.4 Parents.......................................................................... 20 8.5 Consequences for unexcused absences.................... 20 9 ABSENCE FOR TESTS ASSESSMENTS AND EXAMS............ 20 9.1 Tests/assessments - valid absences.......................... 20 9.2 Assessment for a missed test/assessment............... 21 9.3 Test/assessment missed without valid reason......... 21 9.4 Make-up tests............................................................... 21 9.5 Absence for Exams....................................................... 21 9.6 Late Assignments......................................................... 22 10 TEACHER ABSENCE............................................................... 22 11 SCHOOL CLOSING - SNOW DAYS.......................................... 22 12 SCHOOL TRIPS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMES..................... 23 12.1 Expectations................................................................. 23 12.2 Assistance.................................................................... 23 12.3 Permission forms......................................................... 23 13 PERSONAL PROPERTY AND LOCKERS................................. 23 13.1 Personal Property......................................................... 23 13.2 Lockers......................................................................... 24 14 FOOD...................................................................................... 24 14.1 Kashrut policy............................................................... 24 14.2 Allergy awareness........................................................ 24 14.3 Food in classrooms...................................................... 25 15 STUDENT AND PARENT PARKING......................................... 25 15.1 Student Parking............................................................ 25 15.2 Student Parking Permits.............................................. 25 15.3 Parent Parking.............................................................. 26 15.4 Use of private cars for school activities...................... 26 15.5 Procedure for use of private vehicles......................... 26 16 ACADEMIC PROGRESS, COURSES AND CREDITS................ 27 16.1 Spares........................................................................... 27 16.2 Community Service Programme................................. 27 16.3 Community Service Hours - a comprehensive guide.27 16.4 Community Service Coordinators............................... 28 16.5 What activities are eligible for Community Service hours........................................... 28 16.5.1 Examples of volunteer activity.................................. 28 16.5.2 How do I find out about available opportunities..... 29 16.5.3 Can I find my own project.......................................... 29 16.5.4 The ‘Supervisor’s Form’............................................ 29 16.6 Getting the best out of your volunteer experience..... 30


TABLE OF CONTENTS 17 ASSIGNMENTS, TESTS, MARKS, EXAMS, REPORT CARDS.30 17.1 Late Assignment policy for all courses....................... 30 17.1.1 Extensions................................................................... 30 17.1.2 Submitting assignments............................................ 31 17.2 Test, Exam and Final Performance Schedules........... 31 17.3 Reporting to Parents.................................................... 31 17.4 Marks............................................................................ 32 17.5 Exam review day........................................................... 32 17.6 Courses taken outside TanenbaumCHAT................... 33 18 PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING................................................. 33

18.1 Expectations and consequences................................ 33 18.2 Definition of plagiarism................................................ 33 18.3 Cheating........................................................................ 34 19 AWARDS, PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIPS............................... 34 19.1 Academic Awards......................................................... 34 19.2 Graduation Awards....................................................... 34 19.3 Academic and Scholastic Awards at Graduation....... 35 20 SCHOOL LIBRARY................................................................... 35 20.1 Expectations................................................................. 35 21 EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND YOUR STUDIES......... 36

Part 3: Additional Information for Parents 22 BEING A TANENBAUMCHAT PARENT.................................... 37 22.1 How you can help......................................................... 37 22.2 Your first responsibility................................................. 37 22.3 Your reward................................................................... 37 23 THE TANENBAUMCHAT ETHOS............................................. 37 24 COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS........................................ 38 24.1 On-going contact.......................................................... 28 24.2 Progress reports........................................................... 38 24.3 Report cards................................................................. 38 24.4 Curriculum night........................................................... 38 24.5 Parent-teacher interviews............................................ 38 24.6 TanenbaumCHAT Parents’ Association...................... 39 25 MESSAGES............................................................................. 39 26 HEALTH AND SAFETY............................................................. 39 26.1 Student health.............................................................. 39 26.2 Environmental health and safety................................ 39 27 SCHOOL RECORDS, REGISTRATION AND RE-REGISTRATION.................................................................. 39 27.1 Student’s Address........................................................ 39 27.2 Registration and Re-Registration................................ 39 27.2.1 New Students............................................................. 39 27.2.2 Children of separated or divorced parents.............. 40 27.2.3 Returning Students.................................................... 40 27.2.4 Course Placement...................................................... 40 27.2.5 Re-Registrations For Graduates................................ 40 27.3 Campus Assignment.................................................... 40 28 INSURANCE ISSUES............................................................... 41 28.1 Insurance provided by the school............................... 41 28.2 Travel in private vehicles for school activities............ 41 29 STARTING THE SCHOOL YEAR............................................... 41 29.1 Our ‘August Mailing’..................................................... 41 29.1.1 ‘Student/Family Information Update’ sheet............ 41 29.2 ‘Book Sale’ week and Orientation............................... 42 29.3 Admittance to class...................................................... 42 29.4 Absence at the start of the year.................................. 42

29.5 School scheduling changes at the beginning of the school year............................................................................. 42 29.6 Additional costs and charges...................................... 42 29.7 Assistance with purchase of books and with extra-curricular activity........................................ 42 30 PROJECT SUPPORT, REMEDIATION AND TUTORING............ 43 30.1 Project Support............................................................ 43 30.2 Remediation................................................................. 43 30.3 Outside tutoring............................................................ 43 31 ATTENDANCE, ABSENCE AND CALENDAR............................ 43 31.1 Attendance and absence - basics for parents........... 43 31.2 The school day.............................................................. 44 31.3 Timetable and course changes................................... 44 32 SCHOOL GOVERNANCE......................................................... 44 32.1 The Board of Directors................................................. 44 32.2 School Finances........................................................... 45 32.3 Determining the Tuition Fee........................................ 45 32.4 Tuition Assistance........................................................ 45 32.5 How your tuition dollar is spent................................... 45 33 SCHOOL ORGANIZATION........................................................ 46 33.1 The School Administration and senior staff............... 46 33.2 Guidance...................................................................... 47 34 SECURITY, SAFETY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, PARTIES.............. 48 34.1 Security and safety....................................................... 48 34.2 Student Behaviour Code.............................................. 48 34.3 Evenings, weekends, drugs, parties, alcohol and similar issues............................................................... 48 34.3.1 Parties - as hosts and as guests.............................. 48 34.3.2 Things to look out for................................................ 49 34.4 Legal Responsibility..................................................... 49 35 GRAND BANQUET / PROM.................................................... 49 35.1 Events (‘Proms’) for other Grades............................... 50 36 TANENBAUMCHAT ALUMNI.................................................... 50 36.1 Professional Mentorship for Graduates...................... 50 37 THE ADVANCEMENT OFFICE................................................. 50


Part 1: CONTACTING THE SCHOOL 1 Contact INFORMATION TanenbaumCHAT Wallenberg Campus / TCW

TanenbaumCHAT Kimel Family Education Centre / TCK

200 Wilmington Avenue Toronto, ON M3H 5J8

Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus 9600 Bathurst Street Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8

T: 416–636–5984 T: 905-787-8772 Fax: 416-636-7717 Fax: 905-787-8773 info@tanenbaumchat.org info@tanenbaumchat.org tanenbaumchat.org Follow us on twitter @tcwallenberg & @tckimel 1.1 Email and voicemail All staff at both campuses have both school voicemail and school email addresses. To leave a voicemail for a member of staff, call the main Campus telephone number and follow the instructions. Generally, email addresses follow the formula [first initial][family name]@ tanenbaumchat.org. Where we have more than one staff member who share an initial and a family name (e.g. Cohen, Sable, Wolle) – please check on Edline for individual addresses. 1.2 Staff list Rhona Birenbaum, M.B.A. Samuel Kapustin, M.A., M.Ed. Frances Bigman, B.A., CFRE Irit Astrug Frances Blatt Angela Buslovich Pierina Gialanella Lea Hollander Harriet Israel Cindy Kipper, B.Sc. Riva Zagov

CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION Acting Head of School, CFO/Executive Director Director of Jewish Studies Director of Advancement CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF Jewish Studies Secretary Bookkeeper Financial Officer Assistant Bookkeeper Business & Tuition Coordinator Secretary to the Acting Head of School Business & Tuition Assistant Business & Tuition Clerk

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Jill Garazi Heather Gutmann, B.A. Shauna Kipper, B.A. Rebecca Kornblum, M.A. Carly Reed, B.A. Rosemary Tile, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. Laurie Wasser

ADVANCEMENT STAFF Admissions & Advancement Coordinator - TCK Alumni & Campaigns Associate Advancement Administrator Annual Fund Officer (maternity leave) Admissions & Advancement Coordinator - TCW Recruitment Coordinator Major Gifts Manager

KIMEL FAMILY EDUCATION CENTRE 2012-2013

ADMINISTRATION Jonathan Levy, Ph.D. Principal Renee Cohen, B.A. (Hons), M.Ed. Vice Principal, General Studies Rabbi Moshe Yeres, M.A., Ph.D. Vice Principal, Jewish Studies Linda Newstead, B.Ed. Operations Manager Ilana Shapira, M.A., ACTFL Director of Ivrit OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS Janice Rose, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Dean of Students Ran Salamon, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., MBA Dean of Students GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT Richard Stoll, B.A (Hons.), B.Ed. Head of Guidance, Students Si-Z Mordechai Chemel, B.A. (Hons), M.S.W. Students G-Le Jessica Lewis, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., M.Ed. Students Li-Sh (Sept-Dec) Andrea Mansfield, B.A., M.Ed. Students Li-Sh (returning January 2013) Stacia Wolle, B.Soc.Sc., B.Ed. Students A-F STUDENT ACTIVITIES Jamie Cohen, B.A., B.Ed. Co-Director of Student Activities Keren Romm, B.A. (Hons.), M.Ed. Co-Director of Student Activities OFFICE STAFF Esther Barak On Call / Jewish Studies Secretary Rachelle Block, B.A. Guidance Secretary Linda Costa Library Secretary Marsha Domb School Secretary, Receptionist Fern Glass Campus Principal’s Secretary Zoe Shuman Operations Secretary Shlomit Iliyaich Attendance Secretary Efrat Sova Attendance Secretary

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KIMEL FAMILY EDUCATION CENTRE 2012-2013

TEACHERS & SUBJECTS * Dept. Head, ** Asst. Dept. Head Yael Amar, M.A. Ivrit* Sharon Bimbat, B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Ed. Mathematics** Jimmy Bitton, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., M.A. Jewish History* Warren Brown, B.A.(Hons), B.Ed. Comm Tech, History, Media Studies Adam Chaim, B.Ed. Health & Physical Education, Athletic Director Lisa Citron, B.A., M.Ed. English* Chuck Cohen, B.A.Sc., B.Ed. Science*, Chemistry, Remediation Itamar Cohen, B.A., LL.B. Rabbinics, Tanakh Jamie Cohen, B.A., B.Ed. English Brett Copeland, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Careers, Civics, English, History Matthew Craig, M.A.Sc., B.Ed. Physics, Science Richard Dlin, B.Math (Hons.), B.Ed. Mathematics* Melissa Dubin, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. English, Visual Art** Lydia Elbaz, B.A., B.Ed. French Susan Evans, B. Mus., B.Ed. English, ESL, Music AimĂŠe Feler, B.A.(Hons), M.A., B.Ed. Dramatic Arts Joanna Fox-Wasserman, B.Eng, M.Ed. Mathematics Suzanne Gluchy, B.Ed. Geography, Health & Phys. Ed., Remediation Batia Gorelik, B.A., B.Ed. JS Remediation*, Ivrit Aviva Goreshnik, B.A.S.(Hons.),C.H.R.M., B.Ed. Business Rabbi Aaron Greenberg, M.A. Jewish Thought Kathleen Greer, B.Math, B.Ed. Mathematics Avi Grossman, M.A. Talmud*, Rabbinics Noga Grossman, M.A. Jewish History, Tanakh Mahra Hart, B.A., M.Ed. Jewish History Aviva Hermannoff, B.A.(Hons.), M.Ed. Ivrit, Jewish History Lynne Howard, B.A., M.Ed., J.D. Social Science*, Family, Law Rabbi Netanel Javasky, B.A., M.S. Rabbinics, Tanakh Sandy Kadoch, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. English, Remediation Chayyim Kaduri, Ph.D. Comm Tech, Interdisciplinary Studies Rabbi Ari Kaufman, B.A. Rabbinics, Talmud Gilat Khorsandi, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Mathematics Rachel Kiefte, B.Math, B.Ed. Biology, Mathematics Jaclyn Klimitz, B.Mus, M.A., B.Ed. History, Music**, Vocal Galina Kolesnikova, B.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D. Mathematics Aaron Komlos, B.A., B.Ed., J.D. Business/Comm Tech*, History, Politics Jeff Krupski, B.P.H.E. (Hons), B.Ed. Health & Physical Education, Science Sharon Kurzfeld, B.A., B.Ed. Ivrit Deborah Lambert, B.A., M.L.S. Librarian*

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KIMEL FAMILY EDUCATION CENTRE 2012-2013 Malka Lebi, B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Ed. Mathematics, Physics, Science Dahlia Lewin, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Jewish History Rabbi Efrem Lifschitz, B.A., M.S. Rabbinics*, Tanakh Nicholas Maes, B.Ed.,M.A.,Ph.D. History** Leorah Marcu, B.A (Hons.), B.Ed. English, Family Wendy Morein, B.Ed. French Judi Morris, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Careers, English Jonathan Parker, M.A.T., B.Ed. English, Remediation Mara Reich, B.Ed., M.A. Dramatic Arts, French**, Spanish Ilanit Reshef-Citrin, M.A., B.Ed., Ivrit Bryce Ridge, B.A.(Hons.), M.S.T. Accounting, Civics, Geography Rabbi Eliezer Robbins, B.A.(Hons.) Rabbinics Keren Romm, B.A.(Hons.), M.Ed. Tanakh Rabbi Michael Rootman, M.A. Rabbinics, Tanakh* Miriam Sela, B.A., B.Ed. Ivrit Judith Shapero, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Jewish Thought*, Jewish History Galit Shemer, B.A. Ivrit Brenda Silverberg, B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Ed. Science*, Chemistry Suzanne Socken, B.Ed., M.A. Dramatic Arts**, English Telly Sondak, B.A., B.Ed. Ivrit Zev Steinfeld, B.A., M.Ed. Jewish Thought, Rabbinics, Talmud, Tanakh Steve Weinberg, B.E.S.(Hons.), B.Ed. Geography, Health & Physical Ed.*, World Issues Dina Weiss, M.A., B.Ed. Rabbinics, Tanakh Shimon, Weiss, M.A. Rabbinics, Tanakh Emily White, B.Sc., M.Teach Biology, Science Jennifer Yarndley, B.P.H.E., M.Sc. Health & Physical Education, Science Rabbi Moshe Yeres, M.A., Ph.D. Rabbinics Shira Zeliger, B.Ed., M.A. Jewish History, Jewish Thought TECHNICAL SUPPORT Sergey Timonin Science Technician Brian Wasserman Computer Support

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WALLENBERG CAMPUS 2012-2013

ADMINISTRATION Helen Fox, B.A. Principal Jory Vernon, B.A. (Hons.), M.Ed. Vice Principal, General Studies Rabbi Eli Mandel, B.Ed. Vice Principal, Jewish Studies Ilana Shapira, M.A., ACTFL Director of Ivrit OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS Bradley Mittelman, B.Sc.,B.Ed.(Hons.) Acting Dean of Students Heather Weinstock, B.A., B.Ed. Dean of Students Simon B. Wolle, B.A., LL.B. Leave of Absence GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT Margaret Klompas, B.A.,T.H.E.D.,L.T.S.D. Head of Guidance, Students W - Z plus Grade 12 Alexandra Aber, M.A., Ed.M. Students A, plus all Special Ed./Remediation Jeremy Cohen, M.S.W., R.S.W. Students B - F Robert Fishbaum, B.Ed., B.P.H.E. Students G - M Sandra Miller, B.A. Students N - V Katie Sussman, B.A. Student Intern STUDENT ACTIVITIES Tamara Rebick, B.A. (Hons.), M.Ed. Co-Director of Student Activities Joshua Sable, B.F.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Co-Director of Student Activities OFFICE STAFF Rhona Ash Secretary to the Campus Principal Nechama Chemel On Calls Secretary Debbie Climans Secretary to the Vice Principals Jackie Duffy Attendance Secretary Rochelle Goldberg, B.A.(Hons), M.B.A. Operations Coordinator Theresa Kudryk Secretary, Guidance Department Zanele Minsker School Secretary / Receptionist (Maternity Leave) Beverley Schneider Attendance Secretary TEACHERS & SUBJECTS *Department Head, **Assistant Department Head Efrat Abergel, B.A. Rabbinics, Tanakh Yitzhak Abergel, B.Ed. Rabbinics, Talmud Marilyn Arkin, B.A.(Hons.) Geography, Careers, SAP, Learning Strategies Rabbi David Aronson, Ph.D. Jewish History *, Jewish Thought Yonah Atari, B.A., M.Ed. Ivrit / Remediation Steven Baker, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. Careers, Entrepren., Geog. Learning Strategies Sara Black, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. English (Maternity Leave) Tobi Bongard, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed. (Hons.) Learning Strategies, English, English Literature Rachel Carr, B.Ed., B.Sc., Science, Biology Cheryl Cash, B.A., B.Ed. French

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WALLENBERG CAMPUS 2012-2013

Rabbi Rafael Cashman, B.A. Rabbi Lori Cohen, B.Ed., M.A. Robyn Cooke, B.F.A. (Hons)., B.Ed. Belora Cotnareanu, B.A. (Hons), B. Ed. Bar-on Dasberg, M.A., B.Ed. Galia Dasberg, M.A. Rabbi Mordechai Enakar, Cert. Ed. Neil Epstein, B.Sc., M. Eng., B.Ed. Vivianne Eylon, B.A., B.Ed. Vince Fabrizi, B.A., B.Ed. Lori Fahidi, B.A., B.Ed. Alexandria Fanjoy, M.A. Tova Fischtein, Cert. Ed. Esther Friedman, B.Mus. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, M.Ed. Alex Gropper, B.Ed., M.A. Irit Haba, B.A. Sharon Harding, B.Sc. (Hons.), B.Ed. Pnina Harlap, M.A. Ilana Heimlich, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. Jordan Hoffman, B. Comm., M.B.A. Patty Johnson, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. Dalia Kagan, B.A., B.Ed. Samuel Kapustin, M.A., M.Ed. Gina Kay, B.Sc., M.A. Rabbi Jay Kelman, B.A., C.A. Leila Kimel-Roiter, M.A. Bradley Kitchen, B.Sc., B.Ed. Chaim Klein, B.A. Michael Kohl, B.F.A.(Hons), B.Ed. Elena Kvache, M.L.S., Ph.D. Tali Lalkin, B.A., M.Ed. Nanette Laser, B.Sc., H.D.E. Efraim Lauferman, B.Eng., B.Ed. Jenny Lewis, B.Ed., M.A. Kathy Li, B.A., B.Ed. Beni Machtinger, B.A. Helen Mahler, B.A. Elliott Malamet, M.A., Ph.D. Rabbi Eli Mandel, B.Ed. Ayelet Marciano, B.A. Yoel Marciano, B.Ed., M.A., PhD Shirley Markman, B.A.,M.L.S. Lauren Mason, B.A., B. Ed Tamar Mayer-Mechaly, B.Ed.

Tanakh, Rabbinics * Tanakh Music** French ** Talmud, Tanakh Ivrit, Remediation Rabbinics, Tanakh * Communication Technology, Physics, Mathematics Ivrit, Remediation, Jewish History (L of A) Health & Physical Education, Science Drama **, Media, Careers, Interdisciplinary Studies Jewish History Ivrit, Remediation Tanakh Tanakh, Rabbinics History Ivrit, Remediation Communication Tech. *, Interdisciplinary Studies Ivrit * Geography **, History, Law Business Studies **, Accounting, Law, Economics Health & Physical Education * English Jewish History Special Education/Remediation ** Jewish Thought, Rabbinics Jewish History (Leave of Absence) Science, Chemistry Jewish Thought, Jewish History,Tanakh Visual Art ** Librarian Ivrit, Remediation Mathematics Mathematics English (Maternity Leave) English, French Rabbinics, Tanakh Mathematics Jewish Thought * Talmud Tanakh Rabbinics, Talmud * Librarian * Visual Art, Civics Mathematics *

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WALLENBERG CAMPUS 2012-2013 Heidi Meirovitz, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed. English **, Writer’s Craft, Drama Elise Morin, B.A.H., M.A., B.Ed. French, Spanish Jodi Nathanson, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. English Zachary Paul, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. English, Geography, SAP Mali Peari, B.Ed., M.A. Ivrit Rabbi Dan Rand, M.A. Rabbinics Matthew Reingold, B.A. (Hons.), M.Ed. Jewish History Perach Roifman, B.A., M.Ed. Sp. Education / Remediation Jewish Studies * Mark Rottmann, B.Sc., B.Ed. Science *, Physics, Comp. Science, Info Tech. Mordechai Sabeti, B.Sc., M.Ed. Mathematics ** Jordan Sable, B.Ed., M.A. Social Science *, History, Politics Joshua Sable, B.F.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. Drama Shaanan Scherer, B.Ed., M.A. Ordination Rabbinics, Tanakh Sarah Scutaru, B.A. Learning Strategies Gerald Shindo, B.Ed., B.P.H.E. (Hons.) Health & Physical Education **, Geography Michelle Silverberg, B.A.(Hons), B.Ed. Mathematics Ted Snider, B.Ed., M.A. English, Civics Paula Sousa, B.Sc., B.Ed. Science *, Chemistry Leora Sterlin, B.Com., LLM,, B.Ed Law Lainie Sugar, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. Health & Physical Education, Science Rabbi Jeffrey Turtel, B.Sc. (Hons), M.S. Rabbinics, Talmud Rachel Urowitz, B.A.(Hons.), M.Stud. Jewish History Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein, Ph.D. Jewish History, Jewish Thought Melissa Vickar, B.A. (Hons), B. Ed. Mathematics, Learning Strategies Lori Vininsky, B.Sc., B.Ed. Science, Biology Nina Wener, B.A., M.Ed. English *, Family Studies Megan Woodall, B.Sc, B.Com(Hons),B.Ed. Science, Biology Natan Zeligson, M.A. Jewish History, Jewish Thought,Tanakh Aubrey Zimmerman, B.A., B.Ed. Athletics Director, Health & Phys. Ed., History TECHNICAL SUPPORT Galina Chovitch, M.D. Science Lab Technician Shirley Bar Menachem, B.A. IT Specialist Vince Berani IT Specialist SUPPORT Mandy Ginzberg, B.A. Remediation Ilana Grabel, B.A. Remediation (Maternity Leave) Russell Kohn, B.A., B.P.S.Ed. Remediation

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PART 2 – ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS 2 SCHOOL SECURITY AND SAFETY 2.1

Our best protection – a sense of vigilance

TanenbaumCHAT is committed to providing students and staff with a safe and secure environment. The school maintains contact with local police and fire departments and Jewish community agencies on all matters relating to safety and security. ANY breach of safety and security rules will be considered a serious disciplinary offence. Everyone at the school – students, staff, parents and visitors – must maintain a sense of vigilance regarding security and safety. The eyes and ears of our school community are our best protection. • Any suspicious individuals, objects or incidents in the school or near the school must be immediately reported to the School Office or the nearest member of staff. • All visitors should be wearing a visitor tag. All school staff wear visible identity cards. • Students may not allow unauthorized persons – including former TanenbaumCHAT students - to visit them in school, or give them access to the school. • Photo ID access cards are ONLY for the personal use of the student to whom they are issued. They may not under any circumstances be lent to anyone else, or used in any unauthorized manner. Loss must be reported to the school office immediately. • Evacuation instructions are posted in every classroom. If an alarm sounds, the building should be evacuated, and all procedures and instructions followed. Students, including those on spares, must go to their assembly points immediately, and may not leave until given permission to do so. No student may leave the school grounds or their designated assembly point under any circumstances. Similar rules apply to lockdowns or any other emergency situations. All students must obey staff instructions, and act responsibly. • Any illness, accident or injury must be immediately reported to the School Office or to the nearest member of staff. • Parents wishing to take photos or videos of the school for any reason (other than school events and ceremonies) are asked to check first with the school office. 2.2

Video Monitoring

Video cameras monitor activity outside and inside the buildings. Cameras operate 24/7. The system is monitored on screens in the Administration and Operations offices, and the images are digitally recorded. This is a deterrent to unauthorized intruders, and enables us to retroactively review movement in and out of the building. Recorded information is not accessible to unauthorized persons, and will only be viewed by employees of the school or law enforcement personnel when necessary in pursuit of the safety and security of our students, staff and premises or as otherwise required by law. TanenbaumCHAT maintains control of and responsibility for the monitoring system at all times. We believe that these safeguards balance the privacy interests of students and staff with the need for safety and security. 9


2.3 VISITORS 2.3.1

Unauthorized visitors

Students may not host or accompany unauthorized visitors or give them entry to the school. The presence of unknown and/or unauthorized visitors on school premises must be immediately reported to the School Office or to a member of staff. Casual visitors, whether students or not, will be asked to leave, and police will be called if their presence gives any cause for suspicion. 2.3.2

Guests of students

Students wishing to host personal guests in school must obtain permission well in advance from the campus principal. Such permission is entirely discretionary, and will not be given during exams, the period leading up to exams or other inconvenient times in the school calendar.

3 ILLNESS, ACCIDENT OR INJURY 3.1 Emergencies Any illness, accident or injury must be immediately reported to the School Office or to the nearest member of staff. The school will take appropriate actions and parents will be contacted. In all emergencies, students are expected to immediately and without question obey instructions issued by staff. If a student feels unwell during the day and cannot attend class, he or she should obtain his/her teacher’s permission and then go to the Dean’s Office. 3.2

Ongoing Medical Conditions

For the protection and care of students, the school must be advised of all ongoing medical conditions. Any new conditions, significant changes in existing conditions or significant changes in medication should be reported in writing to the school either to Guidance or Administration. The school may require independent medical assessment or documentation. If Epi-Pens are required, students must carry their own at all times, and an extra supply should be left in the Deans’ Office TCW/Main Office TCK. 3.2.1

MedicAlert bracelets

For students with ongoing medical conditions or allergies, or who are taking ongoing medication, the school strongly recommends obtaining a MedicAlert bracelet. Contact MedicAlert www.medicalert.ca or call 1-800-668-1507. 3.3

Administering Medication

Administration, faculty or office staff can only administer medication, including Tylenol, with written authorization from a parent or guardian.

4 SAFETY AND BEHAVIOUR CODE Parental support for the provisions of our Safety and Behaviour Code is an integral and central part of our home-school partnership. All parents should also carefully read Section 34.3 entitled ‘Evenings, weekends, drugs, parties, alcohol and similar issues.’ While existing school protocols for all issues relating to our Safety and Behaviour Code remain in place for the time being, the school is mindful of the provisions of Bill 212, and will conduct itself accordingly. 10


4.1 Expectations The most important part of education at TanenbaumCHAT is learning to act as a responsible, constructive and moral member of society and the Jewish community. In accepting placement at TanenbaumCHAT, students have agreed to abide by the school’s Safety and Behaviour Code, and have committed themselves to learn to be good citizens, positive members of our community and good neighbours. We have high expectations of our students, which we expect all students will strive to meet. Students (and parents) must be sensitive to the inclusive Jewish nature of TanenbaumCHAT. As a community high school, mutual respect to the range of beliefs and practices within our community is central to our philosophy. Tolerance and mutual respect are non-negotiable parts of the school ethos. Whatever your Jewish beliefs, at TanenbaumCHAT we regard all streams and denominations as our partners. 4.2 Expectations for Positive Behaviour Students at TanenbaumCHAT are expected to: a) act safely, sensibly, responsibly, courteously and with honesty and integrity at all times, and implement the provisions of the School Handbook; b) strive to enhance the community spirit of our school ‘family’; respect the Jewish ethos and sensitivities of our school community, and behave with tolerance to staff and students; c) be in school promptly and attend lessons on time with the correct books and equipment; d) be conscientious regarding school work; complete assignments on time; implement teachers’ instructions; be appropriate in speech; and never disturb the learning of others; e) respect teachers, peers and all school staff; f) respect school property and the property of others attending the school; g) respect our neighbours and other members of the local community, keep off their property; and behave appropriately in the vicinity of the school. h) respect road safety provisions, whether as pedestrian, driver or passenger; i) observe the dress code and dress neatly, sensibly and appropriately for school and all school occasions; and j)

seek staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and not get into fights.

4.3 Behaviour to be avoided On school property, in the vicinity of the school, at any time during the school day or on any school-sponsored activity or trip, a TanenbaumCHAT student may not: a) smoke; b) be in possession of, consume in any quantity, be under the influence of, or provide others with, alcohol, illegal drugs or drug-related equipment; c) possess any weapon, including but not limited to firearms, or replica firearms, or any dangerous substance or object; d) use any object to threaten or intimidate another person; 11


e) cause injury to any person with an object; f) use vulgar, profane, or other offensive language; g) engage in any form of gambling, including card-playing, whether for money or not; h) possess, or send or access on a computer, hate literature, racist material or pornography; i) in or out of school, directly or indirectly, bully or harass another member of the school community, or their families, or encourage others to do so; or inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person or damage to their property; j)

knowingly cause any other student to be exposed to danger or risk.

4.4 Use of the school name Without permission from Administration, a TanenbaumCHAT student may not issue any communication (verbal, written or electronic) purporting to come from the school, or representing the school; or issue any communication which in any way encourages students to evade or breach the provisions of this Handbook, or other instructions issued by the school from time to time. 4.5 Raising funds/collecting money A student seeking to raise funds for charity or collect charges from TanenbaumCHAT students, staff or parents; or who uses the TanenbaumCHAT facilities or name directly or indirectly for such purposes, must obtain prior permission from Administration (or, where appropriate, the Director of Student Activities / Student Council). 4.6 Sexual Harassment and bullying Every student is entitled to his/her personal dignity and is entitled to participate in our school community without fear for his/her safety or for the integrity of his/her personal space – physically or emotionally. Any unwelcome, unwanted and/or uninvited comments or conduct based on sex or gender that threaten a student’s dignity or personal space constitute sexual harassment, and are an offence against TanenbaumCHAT’s ethos. 4.6.1 Definitions Sexual harassment is vexatious comment or conduct based on sex by a person who knows or ought reasonably to know that such behaviour is unwelcome. Sexual harassment may be unwanted, uninvited sexual attention. It may involve remarks, gestures or actions of a sexual nature that make a person feel unsafe or uncomfortable. It may create an intimidating or hostile learning environment. Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: a) unwanted sexual advances which may include leering, intentional touching and/or patting, kissing or pinching; b) persistent requests for a date, a proposition or demands for sexual favours; c) inappropriate sexually-oriented remarks or behaviour; d) reprisal or threat of reprisal for the rejection of a sexual advance or request for sexual favours; e) sexually inviting remarks about race, gender, ability or class; f) inappropriate sexual comments about a person’s body, clothing or appearance; 12


g) sexually suggestive remarks, innuendos or gestures; h) sexist jokes that are offensive or embarrassing; i) displaying of pornographic or other offensive pictures, cartoons and graffiti in the school or on clothing; j) physical assault; and/or k) sending of communications in any media, including but not limited to letters, electronic mail, other digital media, telephone calls or notes of a sexually harassing nature. 4.7

What to do if you feel you are the subject of harassment

Any student who feels that they are the subject of harassment or bullying of any description, or a student who observes such conduct taking place should refer the matter in confidence and without delay to a teacher, guidance counsellor or administrator. A trusted adult can also contact the school on the student’s behalf. The school will deal swiftly with any reported bullying or harassment, including giving effective help, advice and support to any student who has been bullied or harassed.

5 COMPUTERS, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE INTERNET 5.1 Expectations Communication in every form (text, audio, images) is easy and instant. They also create possibilities of easy and instant problems. Technology is constantly changing, and that may mean that the following guidelines and rules may be changed or added to as circumstances demand. Whatever the technology, the principles should be clear. Use of technology and media in the context of the school must be within the following guidelines: A TanenbaumCHAT student is expected to: a) respect the intellectual property, privacy and dignity of everyone connected with the school b) keep all communications respectful and appropriate c) communicate in their own name only, and not pseudonymously or anonymously d) understand that blogs, chat-rooms, Facebook, Twitter feeds and other websites may be read by the school. Students should understand there can be no assumption of privacy on public sites such as these. A TanenbaumCHAT student may not: a) without the permission of administration, use the school logo or name in any medium that suggests that the communication belongs to, originates from, represents the school, or implies school approval or consent to any event, program, document or proposal. The school may take legal steps to protect the use of its name or logo. b) publish or link to names, images, email addresses, mailing addresses or any personal information relating to other students, staff or anyone connected with the school without the permission of each individual

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c) publish or link to personal comments or information, offensive or otherwise, about the school or about individuals in any way connected with the school. The TanenbaumCHAT Code of Conduct applies to online behaviour just as much as it does in personal interactions. Profane, abusive, or impolite language will not be tolerated, nor should materials be accessed or distributed which are not in line with the rules of our Safety and Behaviour Code. d) Blogs, chat-rooms, Facebook and other websites may be read by the school, and, where the school has reasonable grounds to do so, the school may require a student to give the school access to passwordprotected domains or sites. e) Cyber-bullying violates the basic tenet that all students are entitled to feel comfortable and safe. Cyberbullying is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated. This includes the use of e-mail, text messages, instant messaging, tweets, and defamatory content on web sites to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. Cyber-bullying will be regarded by the school as bullying in every respect. f) take, record, publish, store, transmit, or circulate any images, recordings (digital or otherwise) or other material that in any way infringe on the privacy or dignity of any other student or member of staff, nor could be construed as copyright infringement. 5.2 Responsible Use of School Computers and Internet TanenbaumCHAT computer and network facilities are available for instruction and research by students, teachers and administrators. The use of these facilities is a privilege, and must be in support of the educational objectives of TanenbaumCHAT. Unauthorized or irresponsible behaviour will result in the loss of computer privileges and other sanctions. The use of computing equipment such as workstations, peripherals, wireless networks, and web sites may be monitored and logged. This includes any data transmitted via school networks, including hardware identification information. While the school endeavours to respect students’ privacy, we monitor internet access on a dayto-day basis and may review any data as needed for security, maintenance, or legal investigative purposes. Students are held responsible for all activity that takes place in their account. It is important that users log out from their workstation when finished with it. Students should not intentionally view other another student’s documents, email, or other private materials without their consent. Students need to be aware that any messages, images, or files they transmit could potentially be viewed by anyone. Sharing personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers or financial information should be avoided, and done with caution when necessary. When writing messages or sending pictures to other people, it is important for your son/daughter to consider what might happen if someone other than the intended recipient sees it. Students must treat all computing equipment with care and make all reasonable efforts to keep equipment in good condition. Students using school computers shall not attempt to interfere with or delete data or applications, unplug cables, or install any new software on school equipment. Students shall not attempt to circumvent any form of security, be it to log into a wireless network, access a blocked web site, or to access any computer resources they are not permitted to use. The intentional installation or transmission of any kind of malicious software is a serious offense, both within the school and under Canadian law. 5.3 Use of audio and/or image recording devices Items capable of recording and /or transmitting images or sound (e.g. cell phones, tablet or laptop computers, Blackberries, PDAs, cameras or similar devices) may not be used in or near school changing rooms, washrooms, exercise rooms, gyms, or any other location or situation where students or staff have a reasonable expectation of privacy. • Students may not make any recordings or transmissions – visual or audio – in class without the explicit knowledge and explicit permission of the teacher. 14


No digital device of any description is allowed into an examination room. It must be left outside, in a secure, locked location (e.g. in a student locker). Possession of such a device in an exam room may jeopardize the exam mark. For routine classroom tests, all devices must be switched off and be securely out of sight, and preferably should not be in the room at all. The use of calculators must be in accordance with instructions. In addition to the applicable provisions of this School Handbook, students are warned that there may be entirely separate legal consequences for inappropriate recording or transmission of digital images or other information. Use of digital or other media to harass others connected with the school, including but not limited to any of the actions described above will be regarded as a very serious breach of discipline. 5.3.1 Cell phones and public telephones Cell phones and similar devices may not be used in any way that interferes with lessons or other school activity. Cell phones must be switched off and out of sight during class and other school events (assemblies etc). If they are used in a lesson, in any function, including text messaging, they may be confiscated. Do not use your cellphone as a substitute calculator, clock, notebook etc. Similarly, a student who has left class during a lesson to use a cell phone (or similar device) may expect disciplinary consequences. Public telephones in the school building may not be used during a student’s lesson times. School telephones are not available for personal use, except of course in emergencies.

6 DRESS CODE AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE TanenbaumCHAT administration reserves the right to determine appropriate student dress and appearance. We expect parental support in application of the dress code. 6.1 Expectations Students are expected to dress respectably, neatly and modestly, in a way that is appropriate to a school, and consistent with the ethos of TanenbaumCHAT. Expectations regarding dress and personal appearance apply at all times, including exams, on school trips and at all school-related activities, on or off school premises, unless specific instructions to the contrary are issued. A student who is inappropriately dressed may be excluded from class (or other activities), and will be asked to change into acceptable clothing or go home to change. In the latter case, parents will be notified. Boys must wear a kippah (or other appropriate and approved head-covering) at all times during school, and at all school events, and must wear full-length (waist to shoes) pants. Baseball caps must be worn with the brim to the front. Students may not wear dress of a nature or in a style that appears gang-related. Boys and girls must have shoulders, midriffs and knees covered. 6.1.1 Examples of inappropriate dress Among items considered inappropriate are: • shorts, cut-offs, tank tops, sleeveless tops, halter-tops, and see-through clothing • clothing with inappropriate graphics • mini-skirts; low necklines • tights, leotards etc. (whatever the fabric), worn without a covering skirt or dress of acceptable length 15


• dirty or torn clothing, including rips and holes • rolled up pant legs • bandannas, toques and visors 6.2 Piercings Body piercing and tattoos are not acceptable in Jewish tradition and are inappropriate for TanenbaumCHAT students. With the exception of discreet ear piercing and small nostril studs, visible piercings – including eyebrow piercings and lip piercings – are not allowed in school, and students will be suspended from school until they are removed. Body piercings also constitute a safety hazard. Students with more than minimal ear-piercings, or unexposed bodily piercings, may be excluded from participating in sports or physical education. 6.3 Hair Hair must be clean, neat, and of subdued colour.

7 CONSEQUENCES OF MISBEHAVIOUR The administration, at its discretion, will impose consequences on students who contravene the Safety and Behaviour Code or other school rules, who act in any way that breaches school standards. These may involve parental interviews, withdrawal or limitations of school privileges (including participation in school activities), assignments, detention, suspension, expulsion from TanenbaumCHAT or other reasonable sanctions. Students may be put on report or probation. The school may require students to seek professional counselling. The school may impose similar measures, including reassignment of campus, upon students whose presence is deemed detrimental to the physical or emotional well-being of other students or staff. In all cases, the school will responsibly carry out investigations, and will be mindful of the right of every student to fair process. 7.1

Process of suspension and expulsion

In the administration of suspensions and expulsions, TanenbaumCHAT will follow fair process. The school is also mindful of the provisions of Bill 212 in the implementation of suspension and expulsion process. 7.2

Offences which may result in expulsion

In addition to an immediate suspension, a student may be expelled from TanenbaumCHAT for serious or repeated breaches of the Safety and Behaviour Code, or other school rules. A student may be expelled from TanenbaumCHAT for behaviour including, but not limited to, the following: a) being in possession of, or being under the influence of, alcohol while at school, during the school day, or while participating in a school activity or event; b) possession of, or being under the influence of, or trafficking in illegal drugs; or being in possession of drug-related equipment; 16


c) possessing any weapon, including but not limited to firearms or replica firearms, or any dangerous object or substance; d) robbery; e) stealing, or being party to theft; f) use of a weapon to cause bodily harm, or to threaten serious harm; g) physical assault causing bodily harm requiring professional medical treatment; h) sexual assault; i)

providing alcohol to a minor;

j)

possessing, sending or accessing on a computer, hate literature, racist material or pornography;

k) in or out of school, directly or indirectly, bullying or harassing another member of the school community, or their families, or encouraging others to do so; or inflicting or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person, or damage to their property; l)

willfully directly or indirectly causing a false security alarm; and/or

m) knowingly cause any other student to be exposed to danger or risk; n) seriously bringing the school into disrepute; o) seriously contravening the provisions of this Handbook, and / or encouraging others to do so. 7.3

Offences which may lead to suspension

A student may be suspended from TanenbaumCHAT for significant or repeated misbehaviour including, but not limited to, any of the following: a) uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm; b) acts of vandalism causing damage to school property, or property located on school premises; c) swearing at a teacher or other person in authority; d) persistent unauthorized absence from class; e) plagiarism or cheating; f) unacceptable classroom behaviour; g) deliberate defiance of a teacher’s instructions; h) bringing the school into disrepute; i) seriously and/or repeatedly contravening the provisions of this Handbook, and/or encouraging others to do so.

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7.4

Disciplinary infractions in Grade 12

As students graduate from TanenbaumCHAT, we expect their final year to be dignified and appropriate, and look forward to joining them in the celebrations and ceremonies. Students who are in significant breach of the provisions of the School Handbook at any time during Grade 12 may incur disciplinary consequences. These may include consequences relevant and appropriate to students in their final year, including but not limited to being banned from participation in the graduation trip, Grade 12 Banquet, and other end-of-year events, including the graduation ceremony itself. In such cases, payments made by students for activities may be non-refundable if the school has incurred expenses on their behalf. Students who are in breach of the School Handbook in Grade 12 may also, at the school’s complete discretion, be deemed ineligible for graduation prizes, scholarships and awards, whether directly related to the offence or not. Actions that threaten the safety or security of any individual or building, acts of vandalism, and actions affecting the good name of the school will be regarded particularly seriously. The school may also place records of the infraction in the student’s permanent file, and in extreme cases may withdraw recommendations and references made by the school in connection with University/College entrance, scholarships or other awards. In cases where actions contravene the law, the police may be informed.

8 ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE Students and parents are advised that the legal age of compulsory school attendance in the Province of Ontario is 18 years of age. For ALL student Attendance and Absence issues:

TCW

Attendance Secretaries tcwattendance@tanenbaumchat.org 416-636-5984 x244 or 297

TCK

Attendance Secretaries tck.deansoffice@tanenbaumchat.org 905-787-8772 x2355 or 2350

The school reserves the right to request further medical documentation from physicians where information supplied does not adequately justify absence from school. • Parents will routinely be informed of a student’s absence from school, and may be contacted for verification of parental notes. • The school is not responsible for students who of their own volition leave the school premises during the school day. • In an emergency, the school will normally accept a student’s assurance that they have obtained parental consent to leave school (e.g. by cell phone); however, permission to leave remains at the discretion of the teacher in charge at the time. 8.1 Students Students who are deliberately absent from school without satisfactory reason may be refused make-up tests, teacher help and other accommodations. A student who encourages other students to be absent from school will face serious disciplinary consequences.

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It is your responsibility to: • attend classes punctually and regularly, and be present and prepared for all classes, assemblies and scheduled school activities. Students on spares must attend all assemblies and other special events. • be in every class on time. The school day begins with the 8:25 AM bell, and you must be in your first class by 8:30 AM; in subsequent classes by the next bell which sounds in two minutes; and on time for classes following lunch and breaks. • contact the Attendance Secretaries before 9:00 AM by written note or email if you are going to be absent or late. • provide a valid, documented medical or other reason if you have been absent or late. • request the school’s prior permission well in advance if you know that you will have to miss school for a medical or other serious reason. • make up the work for all classes missed, whatever the reason for absence; and/or • TCW Keep your Attendance Sheet with you at all times, correctly and properly updated, and show it on request to any member of staff. It should be kept in the pocket provided at the back of the student agenda. 8.2 Reporting after absence or lateness If you have been absent or late – on arriving at school you must: • report immediately to the Attendance Secretary, with a signed, detailed, dated parental note and other necessary documentation. For entry to first class, you must report to Attendance between 08:00AM and 08:25AM; follow the instructions at each Campus for other times. • TCW Ensure that your Attendance sheet is filled out. • after checking in with the Attendance Secretary go straight to your class, • Show the Attendance sheet to your teacher. 8.3

Signing out

We expect parents will not request permission for students to leave school during scheduled school times except in exceptional circumstances. • If there is a legitimate reason for a student to sign-out during the school day, parents must provide a detailed, signed and dated note, including a clear reason for the request. • Except in emergencies, the school will not accept telephone calls from parents in place of a written note. • The student must show the note to the teacher before leaving the classroom, sign out at the Attendance Secretary, and sign in immediately on his or her return to school. •

Students who are signed out must leave the school premises.

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8.4 Parents It is parents’ responsibility to: • ensure that your child attends school. TanenbaumCHAT regards that as your first duty as a parent. • Under Ontario law, up to the age of 18, parents are responsible for a student’s attendance at school. Submit requests well in advance for permission for a student to be absent. For longer, or repeated, absences for medical, family or personal reasons early help should be sought from the Guidance Counsellors. Provide proper documentation for absences and lates to the school, including medical documentation. This applies to all students, regardless of grade. • ensure that the school has updated information to enable us to contact you, including up-to- date email addresses, cell phone and work telephone numbers. • only request permission for your child to be absent when absolutely necessary. Arrange any non-essential appointments outside school hours or during school holidays. • submit by email or in writing ALL requests and notifications concerning absence. 8.5 Consequences for unexcused absences All absences that are not satisfactorily accounted for will be treated as ‘skips’ and the appropriate disciplinary consequences will apply. Allowances will be made for students absent on school-sponsored activities, including sports teams. An unsatisfactory attendance record may be a reason for the school to decline a student’s re-registration for the following year. Repeated unauthorized absences may result in discipline including but not limited to suspension, removal from a course and/or may constitute failure to achieve minimum attendance necessary for the course credit. Repeated lateness will lead to disciplinary action.

9 ABSENCE FOR TESTS, ASSESSMENTS AND EXAMS Test days and exam periods are clearly communicated to students. If a student cannot take a test or exam a parent should immediately call the Deans’ Office and the student’s teacher(s), giving details. Documentation will be required. 9.1 Tests/assessments – valid absences The only legitimate reasons for missing a test or assessment are: • a medical condition that prevents the student from taking the test, confirmed by a valid medical note from a physician • a family emergency • a student representing the school at sporting or other event, provided the teacher is given reasonable advance notice • other reasons approved in advance at the discretion of the teacher and/or as approved by Administration. If the absence is for medical or family reasons, in addition to the Medical Note, a parental note, in writing or via email, is required. This should be addressed to the Attendance Secretary, with a copy to the teacher, explaining the circumstances and acknowledging that a test was missed. 20


9.2 Assessment for a missed test/assessment If a test is missed for a legitimate reason, at the teacher’s and/or administration’s discretion: • a make-up test may be allowed ��� an alternative evaluation may be given • a mark may be determined for the missed test based on the student’s most recent and consistent achievement. 9.3 Where a test/assessment has been missed without valid reason The only valid excuses for missing tests are those listed in 9.1. Family vacations or routine medical appointments are not legitimate reasons for missing tests. If an appointment cannot be changed, or if the student has another, unavoidable, serious commitment the school should be informed at least 48 hours in advance in writing or by email. If a test (or make-up test) is missed for an unacceptable reason, at the teacher’s and/or administration’s discretion, a variety of consequences may be implemented, including but not limited to: • a deduction of up to 10% from a subsequent make-up test mark may be applied • a mark of zero may be assigned. 9.4 Make-up tests Make-up tests involve considerable extra time for teachers. All make-up tests are given at the discretion of the school. Make-up tests will not be given if it is determined that the student is abusing this facility, or if Administration feels that the reasons given for missing the test were invalid. The school reserves the right to limit the number of make-up tests permitted to any student in any given year. Immediately on returning to school after a properly reported and documented absence in which a test was missed, the student should discuss the matter with their Teacher. • If the teacher agrees to give a make-up test, students must be prepared to write the make-up test at any time after they return to school, and may not claim further delay • a make-up test must be written within ten (10) school days of the original test • make-up tests will normally be written after school hours, under supervised conditions • A student who does not write the make-up test at the appointed time will not normally get another opportunity to do so, and a mark of zero may be recorded • Arrangements will be made for students who are normally allowed accommodations during tests and exams 9.5 Absence for Exams Annual written examinations form an integral part of a student’s final mark. Ministry regulations apply. Dates of the exam period are published at the beginning of each year on the Annual School Calendar. Detailed exam schedules are published well in advance of the exam period. • students must write their examinations (normally in June) in the place, at the time and on the date scheduled by the school. 21


• holidays or other social absences must not under any circumstances be scheduled where they conflict with examinations. • the Provincial regulations provide that alternative examinations may be arranged, where a student is absent because of illness (appropriately certified by a Medical Practitioner who has examined the student on or close to the day of the examination), a court appearance, an immigration hearing or bereavement. • to be considered as a candidate for an alternative examination or evaluation, a student must present timely and satisfactory documentation to the Dean of Students or to Administration. No requests may be entertained in the absence of this documentation. Documentation for a medical accommodation must be submitted in a timely fashion from a medical practitioner. • the school reserves the right to determine the alternative evaluation procedure, when an examination has been missed for a legitimate reason. • a credit may only be granted if all Ministry requirements have been fulfilled. • Final Summative Tasks (FSTs) shall be treated as exams, and similar provisions regarding attendance and absence may apply. Postponed or delayed Final Summative Tasks may be treated as make-up tests. • students who miss an examination for unacceptable or unsatisfactorily documented reasons will not earn any credit for the summative portion of their final mark, effectively receiving a mark of zero for the examination. 9.6 Late Assignments If a student does not submit an assignment by the announced due date, the teacher may assign makeup time to complete it, or determine other resolutions, including deducting late marks (on a graduated scale, up to a maximum of 10%). Only due to extenuating circumstances will the due date be extended. If the teacher and/or Administrator determine not to extend the due date, or if the ultimate deadline passed (a point in which a Teacher feels they cannot mark the assignment, i.e. it has been returned back to students or it is significantly past the due date) a mark of zero shall be registered for the assignment. Should the assignment be submitted subsequently, the Teacher and/or Administration may choose to accept it for evaluation, under special circumstances. No assignments will be accepted after the last day of classes.

10 TEACHER ABSENCE One student must advise the School Office if no teacher has arrived within ten minutes of the beginning of a class. Students must remain in the class until a substitute teacher or an administrator arrives.

11 SCHOOL CLOSING – SNOW DAYS TCW If school is to be closed, announcements are made in the early morning on local radio stations (normally starting with Newstalk 1010AM). The school will also use other means of communication within the resources available, including EDLINE. Recorded announcements are also put on the school telephone system, although due to the volume of calls, it may be difficult to get through. TCK If school is to be closed, an automated emergency call system will notify you of the school status. Recorded announcements are also put on the school telephone system, and Edline will be updated accordingly. 22


12 SCHOOL TRIPS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS School trips and special programs are part of the TanenbaumCHAT experience. Every student is expected to attend. 12.1 Expectations School trips and special activities are compulsory (unless stated otherwise), and are normal school days for purposes of attendance. Shabbatonim are compulsory in G9, but optional in other grades. No charges made are refundable in case of absence except in satisfactorily documented medical circumstances. Students on programs out of school are representing the school and the Jewish community. The school has the highest expectations of their conduct. Students leaving in the early morning or returning late at night from Shabbatonim or other school programes are asked to be mindful of our neighbours and take special care to be quiet. On all school trips and events, there must be full compliance with kashrut, dress code and Shabbat policies. 12.2 Assistance Students who cannot afford to participate in any school trip or other program (or any school activity) may confidentially request assistance from Administration or a Guidance Counsellor. Within the limits of resources available, no student at TanenbaumCHAT will be prevented from participation in any school event for financial reasons. 12.3 Permission forms Permission forms must be signed by parents and returned to school at the requested time – for legal reasons, and as a simple means of ensuring that parents know that on a particular day their son/daughter will be on a school trip or program out of school. If the permission form and/or payment is not returned on time, the student will not be permitted to attend the school trip or program, and will be required to report to school for a set program of assignments.

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Personal Property

• The school is not responsible for students’ possessions. Parents should ensure that their personal insurance covers students’ personal possessions against loss or damage, and as noted below, that students do not bring unnecessary cash or valuable items to school. Students are cautioned to take good care of belongings, not leaving bags or clothing unsupervised, or lockers unlocked or unattended. During Phys. Ed., valuables must be given to the staff member in charge for safe keeping, and never left in a change room. A student’s personal possessions, including textbooks, calculators, cell phones, etc., should be clearly marked with his/her name. Electronic devices – e.g. cell phones, laptops, iPads, and similar devices – are particularly susceptible to loss. Students must NEVER under any circumstances leave them in an unattended bag or other insecure location. Students should not bring unnecessary cash or valuables to school, including valuable clothing. Valuables may be left in the School Office, although the school cannot accept any responsibility for students’ possessions. 23


13.2 Lockers Students do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to their lockers or property inside their lockers. Lockers remain the property of TanenbaumCHAT. The school reserves the right to inspect and search lockers. Where practical, the school will make every effort to ensure that the student is present during locker searches. Students must use combination locks purchased from the school, and should not under any circumstances disclose the combination to other students, or change locks with another student. Lockers are allocated for the individual use of students and may not be shared with other students, except with the permission of the school. The school maintains a list of all locker combinations. The school will forcibly remove locks if required, and students will be responsible for any damage caused if the lock has been changed. Every student is responsible for his/her own allocated locker. Locker doors must be kept clean. No decals, stickers, writing or other material are to be placed on the outside of the lockers. The interior of lockers may be decorated with discretion. Items that promote alcohol, drugs, violence, personal or group hate, racism or sexism, or that are otherwise offensive, are not allowed. Requests for locker repairs should be made through the office. Damage of a locker resulting from misuse will be charged to the student. Do not leave money or other valuables in lockers for long periods.

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Kashrut policy

As a community policy, ensuring that every member of the school community may participate without discomfort in any school activity, TanenbaumCHAT observes kashrut at all school events and occasions, inside or outside school. All food that is brought into the school building at any time or brought to school events or activities must be kosher. While representing the school in any capacity, individually or as a group, or while participating in a school trip or event, students must observe kashrut. To ensure all guests are comfortable and to avoid embarrassment, when TanenbaumCHAT students are invited to privately-hosted events, especially where the invitations are general, kosher food should be provided, and the kashrut status of the event should be clearly indicated to guests. Food provided for school events and trips must be purchased from a source approved by the school Administration. Wherever they are, students are expected to clear their own refuse, and leave a tidy and clean environment. Recycle wherever possible. 14.2

Allergy awareness

In common with other high schools, the school cannot guarantee a nut-free environment, nor an environment free of other allergy-inducing substances. However, all students are asked strongly to be nut-aware and not bring food containing nuts to school; to be aware of and be sensitive to the allergic conditions of others, and act appropriately and responsibly. Students with allergies who need to carry Epi-pens should make sure that they carry them at all times. Parents can provide the school with a spare Epi-pen that will be held in case of emergency TCK in the main office / TCW in the Deans’ office. Parents and students must advise the school of allergic conditions via the Student/ Family Information Update form issued prior to the start of each school year. If advisable, a separate notification should be sent to the Campus Administration. 24


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Food in classrooms

No food or drink other than water may be consumed during class.

15 STUDENT AND PARENT PARKING Most of our students are careful and responsible drivers. Parents should be very aware of safety issues around students and cars. Take time to speak to your son/daughter about safe driving – both around school and at all times. 15.1

Student Parking

All cars are brought to school entirely at the owner’s risk. At both campuses only G12 students are eligible for Parking Permits. TCW The School cannot provide parking for all students who wish to drive to school. Student parking is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must park in the adjacent Beth Jacob Synagogue parking lot (rented by TanenbaumCHAT for this purpose), but only in the area marked. and only if displaying a Student Parking Permit. TCK Students must park in the school parking lot, in the designated student areas, and must display the Student Parking Permit at all times. Further instructions may be given from time to time. Students at either campus who contravene the parking regulations may be ticketed and/or towed, without notice. Cars being driven in a dangerous manner in the vicinity of the school – whoever the driver – will be reported to the police. Students at both campuses are warned that they may be ticketed or towed if they park illegally in the surrounding streets, or in nearby car parks belonging to other private owners. 15.2

Student Parking Permits

Permits are only issued to Grade 12 students. Students must register all their cars on the form provided, and will be issued with a Student Parking Permit, valid for one school year. Instructions for registration will be issued at the beginning of the year. The charge for a Student Parking Permit may vary at the two campuses. At TCW the fee does not guarantee a parking place, whereas at TCK it does. This fee covers the cost of the sticker, the cost of administering the scheme, and helps defray the cost to TanenbaumCHAT of renting and maintaining student parking spots. Only one sticker per student will be issued, and students using more than one car should find a method of clearly displaying the sticker on the dash of the car they bring to school. Student cars may be ticketed or towed without warning if they are parked: • in the staff parking area • without a clearly visible permit • with a permit that does not match the vehicle(s) registered • in an unauthorized area of the Beth Jacob car park at TCW. The school cannot accept any responsibility in such cases. 25


A Student Parking Permit will be revoked if: • the assigned Student Parking Permit is used for any car other than those registered. • a sticker is being used for a vehicle belonging to another person. • the student is seen driving dangerously in or around the school; or • a car is parked dangerously or is persistently parked in the wrong place. Cars that are parked on the school’s parking lot may not be used for lounging or socializing at any time during the school day. 15.3 Parent Parking TanenbaumCHAT asks our parents to help us to be good neighbours. Please park responsibly and safely in the vicinity of the school. Parents parking for drop-off and pick-up should use the south parking lot and entrance at TCW, and the designated areas at TCK. Please do not park on adjacent streets or other places where you are blocking access to driveways, or blocking access to commercial premises. TCW parents are particularly asked not to restrict or block access to the shops in Bathurst Manor shopping plaza. 15.4 Use of private cars for school activities Where the school provides transportation as part of a school activity (eg sports, retreats, field trips etc) all students must use it. • Students, parents and staff should be aware that the insurance responsibility for a vehicle and its passengers always rests with the driver’s insurance, regardless of the purpose or nature of the trip. TanenbaumCHAT does not encourage the use of private vehicles for transporting students to off-site school activities. 15.5 Procedure for use of private vehicles If it is unavoidable, and students or teachers must transport other students and/or teachers, this may only be done under the following conditions. Permission slips are not waivers of responsibility for drivers or passengers; but they are designed to ensure that parents, students and teachers are aware and acknowledge that there is some risk in allowing a student or teacher to drive another student or teacher to a TanenbaumCHAT event. No exceptions may be made: • the teacher in charge must give permission for a private vehicle to be used. • a parent MUST sign a separate permission form for each trip, indicating that they know of the proposed arrangement, and giving consent for their child to be a passenger in a private vehicle driven by a student or teacher. Standard forms are available from the school office at both campuses. • the permission form must be handed in to the teacher. Within the framework of school activities: • a student may not transport other student(s) without the permission of the supervising teacher, and without the passenger(s) having a signed parental permission slip • a student may not travel as a passenger in a private vehicle without submitting a signed parental permission to the supervising teacher. 26


16 ACADEMIC PROGRESS, COURSES AND CREDITS The school follows Ministry requirements in all respects regarding courses and credits. This section deals with some operational issues. For full descriptions and details of credits, curriculum, course descriptions and course requirements, please refer to the current TanenbaumCHAT Course Calendar. 16.1 Spares Grade 11 students may schedule one spare. Administration will plan for additional gym classes for this Grade, and students wishing to drop a second course will be rescheduled with a gym class. Exceptionally, and with the approval of Campus Administration, a G11 student may be given permission to have two spares in his/ her timetable. Grade 12 students may schedule two spares. Administration will plan for additional gym classes for this Grade, and students wishing to drop a third course will be rescheduled with a gym class. Exceptionally, and with the approval of Campus Administration, a G12 student may be given permission to have three spares in his/her timetable. Administration has sole discretion over the granting of spares. Every student must take four Jewish Studies courses. 16.2 Community Service Program TanenbaumCHAT is proud that in each school year our students contribute over 26,000 hours of volunteer service to the Greater Toronto Community. Part of every student’s program, assigned to his or her Jewish Studies credits, is their Community Service requirement. Every student must do a minimum of eighteen hours of volunteer Community Service each year. TanenbaumCHAT’s Community Service program incorporates the Ministry requirement needed for the award of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. A student cannot complete the prerequisites for the next grade without completing their Community Service requirement. A timetable may be withheld pending confirmation of Community Service hours. Persistent failure to do Community Service will be treated as a disciplinary offence. Students who have not completed the previous year’s Community Service requirements may be denied participation in extra-curricular activities and other school programs. Grade 12 students who have not completed Community Service requirements cannot receive a TanenbaumCHAT Graduation Diploma, and may place receipt of their OSSD in jeopardy. • Additional copies of the following guidelines are available from the Community Service Coordinators at each Campus Office. • Parents can be very helpful in ensuring that their children do not fall behind in their Community Service hours. Encourage your child to complete their Community Service requirements early in the year. A good target is to complete half the requirement by the end of the first Semester. Staff professional development days, of which there are several during the year, and on which there is no school for students, are a good opportunity to do Community Service. 16.3

Community Service Hours - a comprehensive guide

“The world stands on three values: On Torah, on the service of G-d; and on acts of kindness” – PIRKEI AVOT 1:2 “All of us are responsible for one another” – TALMUD: SHAVUOT 39A

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Ministry regulations require every student to complete forty hours of volunteer Community Service during their high school years. To encourage acts of kindness in our everyday lives, students at TanenbaumCHAT are required to volunteer a minimum of eighteen hours per year, totalling seventy-two hours during the four years of High School. We see this enhanced contribution to the welfare of others as part of the educational curriculum of TanenbaumCHAT, and an essential part of the school ethos. 16.4

Community Service Coordinators

TCK Mrs. Marsha Domb (Campus Office) Tel: 905-787-8772 x2304 / Fax: 905-787-8773 mdomb@tanenbaumchat.org TCW Ms Debbie Climans (Campus Office) Tel: 416-636-5984 x223 / Fax: 416-636-7717 CommunityServiceTCW@tanenbaumchat.org 16.5

What activities are eligible for Community Service hours?

To count toward community service hours, volunteer hours must be done: • In a student’s free time, out of school hours • Not on Shabbat or Jewish holidays, unless it is an approved activity connected with a Synagogue. • on a completely unpaid basis, and without reward • under the sponsorship of a non-profit organization, a registered charity, an institution that is listed on the community service bulletin board, or one that has been approved by the Community Service Coordinator There are some other limitations on community service hours: • Camp work does not qualify for community service hours. Some exceptions may be made for work with special needs children or adults, or for volunteer work at not-for-profit day camps. All such exceptions must be approved in advance, or the hours cannot be counted. • Overnight hours cannot be accepted. If you are in doubt about a planned community service activity – ask in advance. The community service year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. It is strongly recommended that you complete your community service hours early so as not to compete with your year- end activities and exams (especially in Grade 12). Summer work hours are permitted in all grades including incoming grade nine students. All requirements listed in this pamphlet remain in effect during the summer months. 16.5.1 Examples of volunteer activity There are many agencies and organizations, including many in the Jewish community, who will be happy to use your help. Common activities include: • Volunteer tutoring in Hebrew or other subjects, arranged through a school or other organization (eg JIAS) 28


• Visiting or helping the sick or elderly, arranged through an organization (cannot be a private arrangement) • Helping run youth activities at your synagogue. • Volunteering for UJA Federation – helping at events or helping at Telethons • Helping in the office or administration of a charity • Helping to provide meals for the homeless You do not have to volunteer all of your hours at one location or on one project. You may divide your time among as many projects as you like, as long as you contribute at least eighteen hours of volunteer time by the end of the school year. 16.5.2 How do I find out about available opportunities? Both campuses have community service bulletin boards, where listings are posted of agencies and institutions seeking volunteer help. New listings appear frequently. Each listing describes the assignment and include a contact name and phone number. Rules, supervisor forms and volunteer opportunities are posted on Edline. TCK The community service bulletin board is located across the hall from Room 108. Please speak with Mrs. Domb (Campus Office) to receive approval on volunteer programs or to discuss any questions you may have. TCW The community service bulletin board is currently located outside the Guidance Office. Please speak with Ms Climans (Secretary to VPs – in the Main office) to receive approval on volunteer programs or to discuss any questions you may have. 16.5.3 Can I find my own project? If you hear of any agency or institution that needs volunteers, you must first discuss the position with the Project Coordinator at the agency/organization, and also receive approval from the school before volunteering. It is your responsibility to be sure that the volunteer project is approved in order to be able to count the volunteer hours. 16.5.4 The Supervisor’s Form This form may be downloaded from Edline or obtained from the community service co-ordinators. The Supervisor’s Form is the only documentation that will be accepted as proof of your volunteer work. You must be sure to take a form with you to your volunteer assignments. Have the supervisor of your volunteer project complete a Supervisor‘s Form when you have completed your volunteer assignment, including where possible the charity/not-for-profit registration number. The person who signs your Supervisor’s Form must not be a relative. Return the completed Supervisor’s Form to the School Office. Forms should be handed in within two weeks of completion. Your completed Supervisor’s Form will be filed and your listing of hours will be updated as received. Your report card will show the number of hours completed. Failure to submit forms in a timely manner may result in the hours not being accepted; it is the student’s responsibility to check the due dates on Edline. • You must keep a COPY of all forms submitted, so that you have proof of the work you have done. 29


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Getting the best out of your volunteer experience

Take your responsibility seriously. Those with whom you are working are depending on you to do your job well. Make sure you know beforehand exactly what it is you are expected to do. Speak to the contact person at the agency you are serving and make certain that you understand what is required of you, where you are supposed to be and when. Feel free to ask questions. Arrive on time and prepared for your assignment. Your contribution is needed and it will be appreciated, so do the best you can. This will help you to take pride in the work you do and to enjoy it as well. Quite a number of TanenbaumCHAT students find that Community Service introduces them to causes or organizations with which they develop a long term personal and even professional relationship.

17 ASSIGNMENTS, TESTS, MARKS, EXAMS, REPORT CARDS To avoid unseemly arguments – often months after the case – students MUST keep dated copies of all work submitted. The onus is on the student to prove the date of submission. A student who has handed in an assignment that is then not returned at the same time as work handed in by the rest of the class, must advise the teacher immediately. 17.1

Late assignment policy for all courses

• These revised policies are based on Ministry guidelines On receiving an assignment, students are to note the due date in their agenda books. Their responsibility for the assignment includes submitting it by the time and date specified by the teacher. Teachers should promote the timely submission of assignments in multiple ways. Especially in the case of major assignment due a number of weeks in the future, teachers must monitor the progress of students’ work. If a student submits an assignment after the announced due date, and has not obtained an extension (see below) the following shall apply: • The assignment will be accepted up to two weeks after the announced date. Ten percent (10%) will be deducted the first day after the due date. A further ten percent (10%) will be deducted beginning on the eighth (8th) day. • After two weeks, the assignment will no longer be accepted, and a mark of zero shall be recorded. • Under special, extenuating circumstances, the teacher may at their discretion decide to accept the assignment late without penalty. 17.1.1 Extensions Students may, for justifiable reasons, request an extension provided that the extension is requested in advance of the due date. An extension cannot be requested after the due date. The extension shall be granted at the discretion of the teacher. If an extension is granted, an Assignment Extension Form will be issued by the teacher and signed by the student indicating the new due date. A copy will be forwarded to the Deans’ Office, and the teacher must write a ‘Concern Memo’ to the parents informing them that the student has been late with an assignment and has been granted an extension. 30


Barring exceptional circumstances, which must be approved by Administration, only one extension can be given for any single assignment. • If the student does not submit the assignment by the extended due date, a mark of zero shall be recorded. 17.1.2 Submitting assignments All assignments should be submitted directly to the teacher. An assignment may be submitted to the school office, where the secretary will record the time of submission and place the assignment in the teacher’s box. Under no circumstances shall students attempt to place an assignment directly in a teacher’s box. 17.2

Test, Exam and Final Performance Schedules

• See Section 9 for procedure to be followed if a student is absent for a test or exam. Test schedules are published each year. Specific periods are assigned for testing each day of the week. Permission from the campus principal is necessary to vary test days or assignment due dates. A student cannot be required to write more than two tests on any one day (refer to Guidance in case of difficulty). Tests will not be set for the day immediately after a Yom Tov (Jewish festival), and reasonable sensitivity will always be shown to the timing of tests and assignments in relation to the Jewish calendar. Please note that the pressures on the examination timetable may mean that in some years exams may be unavoidably scheduled for the day following Shavuot. No tests may be given, nor may major assignments fall due, less than one week prior to exams. Exams will be given at the end of the school year, normally in June. An exam schedule and, where applicable, Final Performance schedules will be posted well in advance. Exams count for 30% of a course mark, depending upon the course and departmental policy. 17.3 Reporting to Parents Assessment is continuous throughout the year. The assessment procedures used to monitor student progress may include, but are not limited to, quizzes, tests, exams, assignments, project work, seminars and class participation. Students should be advised at the beginning of the year of how their course assessment will be calculated. Please note that all marks are percentages – letter grades are no longer part of our system.

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The annual reporting cycle is intended to communicate the achievement to date of students and will proceed as follows; Date

Issued to

Name of report

Content/Follow-up

October

Grade 9 only

Grade 9 Interim

Preliminary indications as to whether Grade 9 students are adjusting to each of their high school courses.

November

All students

Interim Progress

How well each student is meeting Course expectations on a 1 (highest) to 4 (lowest) rating, plus important teacher comments on strengths, challenges, and necessary ‘next steps’. Followed by the first parent–teacher interviews, arranged by appointment.

December

All students

First Edline posting

Calculated marks to date electronically posted. No comments included

February

All students

Midyear

Traditional report card with marks and comments. Followed by second ParentTeacher interviews.

April

All students

Second Edline Posting Calculated marks to date electronically posted. No comments included

June

All students

Final

Traditional report card with marks and comments.

17.4 Marks “Marks are earned, not given”. Students who feel that a mistake has been made in a mark or grade received for a test, exam or assignment must speak to their teacher within ten school days of receiving the mark/grade. No representations will be entertained after this time limit. If a genuine mistake has been made in calculating a mark, it will be corrected. However, appeals regarding the teacher’s assessment are at the discretion of the teacher and the Administration. TanenbaumCHAT will not normally review marks of Graduates in order to meet minimum requirements for University/course prerequisites, or to meet minimum eligibility criteria for scholarships, prizes or awards. At the school’s complete discretion, the Campus Principal may round up fractional marks and averages to the next integer. 17.5

Exam review day

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Courses taken outside TanenbaumCHAT

While there may be good reasons for taking credits outside the school, parents are warned to check that they provide students with a credible educational experience. The school reserves the right to determine whether external credits are recognized by the school as constituting sufficient prerequisites for TanenbaumCHAT courses, or whether they entitle students to drop school courses. We also may indicate on references and other appropriate school documents that courses were taken outside the school. Coding on transcripts will follow Ministry requirements. Students should note the following important policies: • The school reserves the right to determine whether external credits are recognized by the school as constituting sufficient prerequisites for TanenbaumCHAT courses, or whether they entitle students to drop school courses. • It is compulsory to take English and Math at TanenbaumCHAT in Grades 9, 10 and 11. The school regards this as an integral part of our educational program, contributing significantly to the overall training of our students and preparing them for University, in all subjects. Even if credits have been obtained elsewhere, no spares may be taken in these subjects, and students are expected to fulfil the overall TanenbaumCHAT requirement of being assiduous in their studies. • Every student must take four Jewish Studies courses each year at the school. To gain a TanenbaumCHAT Diploma, a student must pass sixteen Jewish Studies courses.

18 PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING 18.1

Expectations and consequences

TanenbaumCHAT expects every student’s work – at all levels and at all times – to be his/her original work, or part of an approved group project. Plagiarism is a serious offence at TanenbaumCHAT. Plagiarism or cheating in any manner on an assignment test or exam will result in a zero mark (even if the student is allowed to complete the work) and may result in further discipline to the student. Facilitating another student’s plagiarism or cheating is deemed to be exactly equivalent to plagiarizing or cheating, and will attract the same consequences. 18.2

Definition of plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a student submits the thoughts, writings, inventions, work etc. of another as his or her own. A student is guilty of plagiarism when he or she: • fails to acknowledge with quotation marks and appropriate attribution material copied directly from other sources, including digital and printed sources; • fails to acknowledge paraphrased material (someone else’s ideas even when such ideas are rephrased); • uses others’ work as one’s own; • presents as original or new an idea or product derived from an existing source; or • uses unattributed, downloaded material or ‘cuts and pastes’ from the Internet or from another student’s e-file. 33


Students suspected of plagiarizing will be required to demonstrate that the work is their own by providing examples of the research and the appropriate draft copies. Students are STRONGLY advised to save separate digital files of the draft stages of all computer-based work, including text and media. 18.3 Cheating Cheating is deemed to be the use of any unfair or dishonest means to gain advantage (or allow another student to gain advantage) in any school program, assignment, quiz, test or exam. A presumption of cheating or intent to cheat may be made without further process when a student is found with notes, other unauthorized information, or means of communication in an exam or test environment. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that ALL notes– including notes held in electronic or digital form – and communication devices are left OUTSIDE an exam or test room, and that they have nothing in their possession that may compromise the integrity of the examination or test.

19 AWARDS, PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIPS 19.1

Academic Awards

Each year in the late fall each campus holds annual Academic Awards ceremonies. Parents and families are warmly invited to attend. These events recognize academic achievement in the previous year’s courses, and therefore involve Grades 10 (awards from Grade 9), Grade 11 (awards from Grade 10) and Grade 12 (awards from Grade 11). To gain an Academic Award certificate, a student must have achieved an average of at least 80% in all eleven subjects taken at TanenbaumCHAT (Grades 9 and 10), and in the top nine courses taken at TanenbaumCHAT (Grade 11). Only current students may participate in the ceremony. 19.2

Graduation Awards

At the annual graduation ceremonies, there are several different categories of awards, prizes and Scholarships. A list of special awards is normally circulated to grade 12 students well in advance of graduation. The number and amount of awards and scholarships may vary from year to year, depending on criteria of endowed or donated gifts, fund yields and other circumstances. Awards, prizes and scholarships are not only a reflection of marks or academic excellence. Award winners should reflect the values of our school community in an exemplary fashion, and be worthy of the honour and respect of their peers. To be eligible for any award, prize or scholarship (including academic or scholastic awards), a student must have been conscientious in their studies in all subjects, and must have shown that they are exemplary students in all respects. • The school at its complete discretion may deem a G12 student who has been in breach of the provisions of the School Handbook ineligible for any award, prize or scholarship, whether the conduct in question is directly related to the award or not.

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• A student who may have achieved a pass mark on a course, but has not fulfilled all course requirements (eg failed to submit an assigned Final Summative Task or failed to write an exam) is considered not to have been conscientious in their studies. Such a student cannot receive an academic, scholastic or other award or prize at graduation, irrespective of whether the course in question is part of the computation relevant to that award. Parents or friends of the school wishing to donate prizes are invited to contact the Advancement office. Within policy guidelines set down by the school, a range of opportunities is available. 19.3

Academic and Scholastic Awards at Graduation

Scholastic Awards are given to students whose average is 90% or higher, based on the six highest Grade 12 credits taken at TanenbaumCHAT. Academic Awards are given to students whose average is 80% or higher for the eight best courses taken at TanenbaumCHAT in Grade 12 during the academic year.

20 SCHOOL LIBRARY 20.1 Expectations The school library is designed to have a quiet, friendly atmosphere where curriculum support resources and instruction on how to access these resources are provided – a place where students can research and study on their own or in small groups without disturbance, providing a supportive environment helping students to achieve success in their courses. Students should respect their peers who are reading, researching or studying by maintaining proper library decorum and by speaking softly at all times. Library books and equipment lent to students must be returned before the start of exams. Books not returned by the last return date at the end of the school year will be deemed to be lost, and parents will be invoiced for the cost of replacement, plus an administrative charge. In order to avoid overdue fines, students are expected to return books on time or renew them if extended periods are needed. Fines for overdue books are 10¢ per day for 2 week loan books and 25¢ per day for 3 day loan books. Any item borrowed from the library should be returned in the same condition as it was taken. If books are marked up in any way, the student will be responsible for their replacement. Food and drinks are not permitted in the library with the exception of bottled water. Use of the school library signifies acceptance of school rules and policies, including our ‘Acceptable Computer Use’ document. Student use of the library facility may be limited and/or forfeited if the above expectations are not adhered to.

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21 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND YOUR STUDIES We wholeheartedly encourage students to become involved in extracurricular activities, which are an enormously valuable and important part of our program, and a dimension of school activity of which we are very proud. However, participation in extracurricular activities, including sports, is conditional on maintaining a record of good behaviour and a passing grade in every subject. If a student’s mark in any subject drops below passing or if he/she is the subject of a disciplinary report, the student may be required to drop some or all extra-curricular activity until he/she demonstrates improvement. A student should not participate in more than one major team or activity per season.

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PART 3 - Additional information for Parents 22 BEING A TANENBAUMCHAT PARENT 22.1

How you can help

As a parent - welcome to this new school year! TanenbaumCHAT is one of the leading High Schools in the Toronto area, and one of the world’s leading Jewish schools. Our school is committed to giving every student the best education we possibly can, in both Jewish and General Studies. To achieve our goals, we count on your cooperation as our partners, in several vital areas. They include: • sharing and supporting the overall philosophy and aims of the school, and being an ambassador for TanenbaumCHAT in the wider community. • supporting the faculty and Administration in the enforcement of school rules. • giving our faculty feedback regarding your child’s progress as you perceive it, and ensuring that the school is fully informed about any factors – medical, social, family or otherwise - that may affect your child’s school life. • ensuring that the school office always has updated records of the names, address, email, and telephone numbers of students and parents, at home and, where applicable, at work. • supporting our Advancement Office projects in raising additional funds to help the school. 22.2

Your first responsibility …

The school regards the first duty of a parent as ensuring their child’s attendance at school on every school day, except if there is a valid medical reason for absence or if the student has prior permission from the school to be absent. 22.3

Your reward ...

Having a child at TanenbaumCHAT should be a tremendous experience for you as a parent. We hope that – together with your child - you will also have many opportunities to gain from the TanenbaumCHAT experience, and that you, too, will form a rewarding attachment to our school.

23 THE TANENBAUMCHAT ETHOS Our Jewish program is the raison d’être of the school. We aim to graduate informed, educated, and, hopefully, inspired young Jewish men and women. Within the limits of teenage world-view, we take the spiritual search very seriously; and we hope that we are planting seeds for lifelong Jewish engagement. We do this in a distinctively pluralistic mode, in accordance with our mandate as the Community High School. We welcome questioning and critical dialogue, and try and encourage intellectual curiosity in every discipline. We place a high value on Ivrit, and on a commitment to Israel.

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TanenbaumCHAT is a university preparation school, placing the highest importance on our students’ academic programs. Unless a student, supported by his or her parents, takes his/her studies seriously and conscientiously, they may not succeed at TanenbaumCHAT. Yet our school values extend way beyond and above the academic. But none of the above can really be achieved unless our school community places honest, ethical and menschlich behaviour – consideration for others, decency, a willingness to share and to be part of a larger group – at the very foundation of our educational mission. And that is what we try to do.

24 COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS

24.1

Ongoing contact

TanenbaumCHAT sees parent-teacher contact as an important part of our educational process and philosophy. Teachers may call parents at any time that they have concerns (or compliments!), and parents may contact teachers by email or voicemail – see the instructions at the beginning of this Handbook. In addition, Guidance staff are always available to speak to parents, and further enquiries may be directed to Administration. 24.2

Progress reports

Teachers will frequently mail or email TanenbaumCHAT progress reports, indicating individual student progress – either a Complimentary Report to Parents or a Special Report to Parents, indicating concern. These are important documents, which are also monitored by the school. Copies are kept in each student’s school record. We encourage parents to discuss these ongoing reports with their children, and, if appropriate, with the originating teacher. 24.3 Report Cards • See Section 17.3 24.4

Curriculum Night

Each year we hold a Curriculum Night at the beginning of the school year. This is designed to familiarize parents with their son/daughter’s course of study, their teachers, and – in a rudimentary way – with their timetable. Over the course of an evening, parents follow a typical day’s classes, according to individuallyissued timetables. Each teacher briefly explains the course and the curriculum to be followed. Curriculum Night is lot of fun, and, more importantly, is very informative for parents. Please note that Curriculum Night is not an occasion where teachers can address individual concerns. 24.5

Parent-teacher interviews

Parent-teacher interview opportunities are given twice a year, normally in November and February. They are an opportunity for parents to meet with each of their son’s/daughter’s teachers for two-way discussion and feedback regarding progress and concerns. It is a valuable opportunity for brief, but important consultation. Parents should make every effort to attend. If possible, they should come prepared, and discuss beforehand with their son/daughter any issues that are likely to come up. Appropriate and timely communications on an ongoing basis between teachers and parents – in both directions – should ensure that parent-teacher interviews do not contain surprises for either party, but constitute stages in a step-by-step deepening of understanding. 38


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TanenbaumCHAT Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association serves as an advisory group to the Administration, and also publishes the Parents’ Association newsletter from time to time. There are separate groups for each campus. Parents who would like to volunteer to help with PA activities are invited to contact the school Advancement Office.

25 MESSAGES We cannot guarantee to pass messages to students, except in emergencies, and with the agreement of an Administrator. See Section 1 for instructions regarding messages for Staff.

26 HEALTH AND SAFETY 26.1

Student health

• See Section 3 26.2

Environmental health and safety

The school has an active Health and Safety Committee at each campus. As a school, we are also subject to periodic inspections by the statutory authorities, including the City of Toronto, the City of Vaughan and the Fire Service. Parental concerns or comments should be directed to the School CFO/ Executive Director, Ms. Rhona Birenbaum.

27 SCHOOL RECORDS, REGISTRATION AND RE-REGISTRATION 27.1

Student’s Address

Please ensure that the School Office has updated records of the names, address, email, and contact telephone numbers of students and parents A student’s registered address must be that of his/her permanent family domicile. The school reserves the right to request documentary evidence to confirm the address of the permanent family domicile. Where a change of address involves a change of school campus, the parent must fill out the appropriate form which may be obtained from the School Office. All changes of branch are at the School’s discretion, must be approved by the Acting Head of School, and may only be implemented at times that will cause least problems to the student’s academic program. 27.2 Registration and Re-Registration 27.2.1 New students TanenbaumCHAT offers placement to eligible students for whom it can provide a course of study, subject to constraints of space. Registration of new students and re-registration of returning students must be made by the closing dates. This allows the school to plan and budget in a timely and efficient manner for the following school year, ultimately benefitting our students and parents. Acceptance of late applications is entirely at the school’s discretion, and subject to a late application/late registration fee. Admission to TanenbaumCHAT is subject to the guidelines laid down in our recruitment literature. No new applicant is accepted at TanenbaumCHAT until an Offer of a Place at TanenbaumCHAT has been issued and returned, properly signed. The school may withdraw or modify an Offer of a Place at TanenbaumCHAT if 39


incomplete or inaccurate information has been submitted at the time of registration, or if there is a material change of circumstances affecting the student at any time up to the beginning of the school year. An Offer of a Place at TanenbaumCHAT may be conditional on additional documentation or other information being provided, or on a student’s end-of-year performance in Grade 8. Students may be accepted on probation, subject to satisfactory academic and/or disciplinary performance. Admission to higher grades is at the school’s discretion, and applicants are assessed individually. 27.2.2 Children of separated or divorced parents Where an application is being submitted for a child of separated or divorced parents, the school will act in accordance with documented legal agreements or rulings. It is helpful if copies of relative documentation are submitted at the time of application. Further legal documentation may be required, and the school may seek legal opinion before accepting a student. 27.2.3 Returning Students Current students must re-register each year, and the school reserves the right, at its discretion, to decline re-registrations. Re-registering students must meet the pre-requisites for his/her intended courses, and must have a satisfactory attendance and disciplinary record. Re-registration may be conditional or probationary, subject to satisfactory academic and/or disciplinary performance. Students who re-register late may find that some classes are full, and that their course preferences cannot be filled. 27.2.4 Course placement As clearly stated in the school application form, admission to the school acknowledges acceptance of the school’s right to determine course placement in all subjects. 27.2.5 Re-Registration For Graduates At their discretion, Administration may on rare occasions allow students to re-do courses after they have completed Grade 12. Applications are considered on an individual basis, and must be approved by the Acting Head of School. Tuition fees are on a per course basis. In such cases, all relevant provisions of the Handbook are in force. Students in this category are considered as having already graduated; they do not participate in graduation exercises a second time, nor are they eligible for any prizes, awards or scholarships. 27.3

CAMPUS ASSIGNMENT

TanenbaumCHAT is one school, providing access to Jewish high school education to the Greater Toronto Jewish Community at two locations – our Wallenberg campus (TCW) on Wilmington Avenue in Toronto, serves the central and southern community (south of Steeles Avenue), and the Kimel Family Education Centre on the Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan (TCK) serves the northern community (north of Steeles Avenue). TanenbaumCHAT cannot guarantee students or parents that a student will be educated at the campus of his/her choice. TanenbaumCHAT reserves the right to assign students to either campus, or to provide courses or activities at either campus of the school, according to the needs of the school. Offers of place at TanenbaumCHAT indicate the campus at which the offer is tenable, but the school reserves the right to modify that offer if there are significant changes in the circumstances of the applicant, or of the school, at any time up to the beginning of the school year, or even subsequently. The Acting Head of School must approve exceptions and changes.

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28 INSURANCE ISSUES • See Section 13.1 regarding insurance for student possessions 28.1

Insurance provided by the school

TanenbaumCHAT students are covered by a student accident insurance policy during the school day, supplementing provincial and private health insurance. This covers injuries sustained while participating in school activities. The benefits associated with the blanket plan include coverage while students are travelling to and from school, and while they are participating in supervised school trips and sporting events. Benefits are payable as long as the student is treated by a physician or dentist within 30 days of the injury. Benefits payable for dental are the excess of expenses payable or insured under any other dental plan or policy. If the student is entitled to reimbursement benefits from any other insurer or plan, the benefits payable under this policy shall be coordinated so that the total benefits from all insurers or plans shall not exceed the actual loss incurred. • Parents wanting more extensive coverage, either year-round or 24 hours a day on school days, may wish to purchase additional insurance. Applications for the Voluntary Plan are available by completing an application, which can be found on Edline. 28.2

Travel in private vehicles for school activities

Students, parents and staff should be aware that whatever the circumstances, the insurance responsibility for a vehicle and its passengers rests with the driver’s insurance. The school discourages the use of student and staff autos to transport students. The conditions under which this is permitted, with parental permission, are outlined in the first part of this Handbook, Section 16.5, which all parents should read. Parents who do not want their sons/daughters to drive other students (or who do want them to accept rides from other students) under any circumstances must instruct them accordingly.

29 STARTING THE SCHOOL YEAR 29.1

Our August Mailing

In the second half of August every student who has completed the registration/re-registration process, whose family is in good standing with the Tuition Office, and, in the case of re-registrations, whose community service hours are up to date, receives a comprehensive packet of school information, including the student’s timetable for the upcoming year. It is extremely important that students and parents take the time to read the information carefully. • See Section 31.3 regarding requests for timetable/course changes. 29.1.1 Student/Family Information Update sheet The Student/Family Information Update sheet is included with the August mailing. This records the essential information held by the school for each student, including family information and address, email, emergency contacts, and medical information.

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Parents must carefully check the information recorded. The form must be returned to school at the beginning of the school year (normally at the Book Sale), with any corrections or changes clearly marked. In particular, it is essential that the school have full medical information regarding every student. 29.2

Book Sale week and orientation

All students must be available in the week before school starts to attend the Book Sale and for new students, the Grade 9 Orientation program. 29.3

Admittance to class

Students cannot receive a timetable, nor be admitted to class on the first day of the school year unless parents are in satisfactory financial standing with the tuition office. 29.4

Absence at the start of the year

A student who is absent from school for the first three days of the school year without prior consent from the school is deemed to have withdrawn his/her registration, and his/her timetable may be cancelled. A full month’s tuition fees will be charged. A student absent from school for the first two days or more of the school year may only be admitted to school after an interview and parental interview with an Administrator. 29.5

School scheduling changes at the beginning of the school year

The school reserves the right to reassign classes and make timetable adjustments in the first few weeks of the school year (or thereafter) in accordance with the operating needs of the school. 29.6

Additional costs and charges

During the course of the school year, especially at the beginning, parents should anticipate a number of additional expenses. Textbooks for both General Studies and Jewish Studies need to be purchased. A General Studies booklist is circulated before the summer vacation, and the books may be purchased at any educational bookstore. At both campuses there is a used book sale in June. Books for Jewish Studies are sold at the school book sale in the week before school opens, according to the timetables and arrangements described in the August mailing. For administrative convenience, several compulsory items are charged to all students with their Jewish Studies books. These include (but are not necessarily limited to) a student agenda/ SAC card charges/ combination lock, and pre-payment of the school yearbook. Parents are informed of charges for compulsory school trips and other approved school charges linked to various courses and activities either on the book sale form or as they occur. It is difficult to give estimates, as these charges vary enormously according to grade, course and students’ choices regarding extracurricular activities. Overall, charges including books may amount to several hundred dollars in the course of a year. Textbooks, calculators and the like can be extremely expensive items. Students must mark them clearly with their names, and must take care of all personal possessions. 29.7

Assistance with purchase of books and charges for extracurricular activities

Within available resources, no student at TanenbaumCHAT is prevented from participation in any school activity because of inability to pay. Students who have difficulty in purchasing textbooks or other essential school equipment or supplies, or who have difficulty in paying charges for activities or trips, should refer in complete confidence to his/her Campus Principal or to a Guidance Counsellor. 42


30 PROJECT SUPPORT, REMEDIATION AND TUTORING Reasonable extra help is offered by all TanenbaumCHAT teachers at no extra charge, and before embarking on expensive outside tutoring parents should check that their children are taking advantage of this facility. • See also Section 17.6 - Courses taken outside TanenbaumCHAT 30.1

Project Support

A feature of TanenbaumCHAT is the regularly scheduled extra help period during fourth period every Wednesday, known as Project Support. This is an opportunity for teachers to offer extra help to groups or individuals. A teacher may require a student to attend. In addition, our faculty is frequently available during lunchtimes to help students with particular problems. We are also very proud of our Peer Tutoring program, where students offer each other help, usually during lunch. Details are available from the Guidance Counsellors. 30.2 Remediation The Remediation Department offers students support in all subjects. Referral is through a teacher, Administration or Guidance. Where necessary, our Remediation department also arranges special accommodations and conditions during tests and examinations for individual students. For ongoing Remediation support, the school requires an up to date psycho-educational assessment. While Remediation is offered as part of the school’s support for students, it is very expensive. Parents will be charged $50 if a student is scheduled for Remediation and does not keep the appointment nor inform the school of his/her absence at least 2 hours before the scheduled appointment. 30.3

Outside tutoring

Arrangements between parents and tutors (and other organizations offering formal courses) are entirely private, and outside the control or responsibility of the school.

31 ATTENDANCE, ABSENCE AND CALENDAR The school rules regarding Attendance and Absence are set out in Section 8. Ensuring attendance is the first and most basic duty of a TanenbaumCHAT parent. Academic studies are a priority at TanenbaumCHAT. 31.1

Attendance and absence – basics for parents

• A parent cannot, on their own judgment, give a student permission to miss school. Allowing your child to leave school, just because they say they want to, is disrespectful and unfair to our teaching faculty and damaging to the students’ education. In such cases our faculty is under no obligation to provide remediation or to make up assignments or missed work. The school reserves the right to ask for documentation regarding absences. In case of emergency, parents should contact the Attendance Secretary or the Administration. We expect parents not to support their children’s decision to skip school. 43


All school activities and programs which take place during the school day are part of the education TanenbaumCHAT provides, and we expect students to be present for them. We do not expect parents to call school at their child’s request to try and enable a student to skip a school activity. Parents are asked to try and schedule non-urgent appointments for times that do not conflict with lessons or school programs. The school will not generally accept telephone requests for students to sign out, except in emergencies. • Whatever the reason, it is a student’s responsibility to make up work for all classes missed. 31.2

The school day

We have four ‘regular’ daily timetables: BEGINS … Regular 8:25AM Friday (Summer) 8:25AM Short Friday (Winter) 8:25AM Short Day 8:25AM Lunchtime Dismissal 8:25AM

ENDS … 4:30PM 3:25PM 2:25PM 3:08PM 12:40PM

Students must be at school by 8:25AM, and in class at 8:30AM. 31.3

Timetable and course changes

Students having legitimate reasons to request a change of course / timetable may do so on the designated day of their grade Book Sale, the week before school opens. Changing a student’s allocated course is entirely at the school’s discretion. We regard learning to be adaptable and flexible as an integral part of high school experience. Parents are asked to exercise their own judgment, and not to encourage their children to make capricious requests for changes.

32 SCHOOL GOVERNANCE 32.1

The Board of Directors The President of TanenbaumCHAT is currently Ms. Cecile Zaifman and the Chair of the Board is Mr. Les Fluxgold. The Annual General Meeting of the school takes place in December. At that time, new officers will be elected to the Board.

TanenbaumCHAT is governed by a Board of Directors, most of whom are appointed from our current or past parent body. Each year the Board invites nominations from parents for vacancies on the Board and its subcommittees. Faculty, students and alumni are also represented on the Board, as are a number of life members. The Board normally meets six times each year. An Executive Committee is drawn from the Board membership. Sub-committees of the Board include Budget and Finance, Education, Development, Personnel, Communications, Tuition, Health and Safety, and other committees struck for specific purposes. The Board issues an Annual Report to parents, alumni and friends of the school.

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School Finances

TanenbaumCHAT’s policy is to be fiscally responsible and prudent, while maintaining the very high standard of educational program of our school. Apart from our internal budget review process (see following), we are subject to audit and review by UJA Federation, and of course by independent auditors. In the school year 2012-2013, TanenbaumCHAT’s budget will be approximately $24,000,000, excluding capital improvements. Our Budget and Finance Committee, chaired by the Treasurer, oversees all financial affairs of the school. Most of our operating income (94%) derives from tuition fees. Each year we receive a substantial grant from UJA Federation, helping to cover the fees of students who receive tuition assistance, and helping with the cost of various specific educational and special needs. 32.3

Determining the Tuition Fee

Each year the Budget and Finance Committee, together with School Administration, draws up the Budget for the coming year. This process usually begins in February. The budget is exhaustively reviewed by the Committee and then independently by the Executive Committee. On the basis of these forecasts, the budget is then presented to the Board of Directors and the tuition fee for the coming year is recommended to the Board. The Board has to approve the fee, normally at its March or April meeting. The budget also has to meet the oversight approval of the Centre for Jewish Education of UJA Federation. 32.4

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is granted according to the guidelines laid down by the Centre for Jewish Education of UJA Federation for all Jewish Schools in the Greater Toronto area. The process is completely confidential and entirely separate from the academic Administration of the school. As much as possible, we believe that no student is ever prevented from attending the school because of financial reasons, provided that the parents comply with the disclosure requirements of the Tuition Assistance Committee, and that tuition is allocated an appropriate priority in family expenditures. 32.5

How your tuition dollar is spent (see our ‘Annual Report’ for exact figures):

• 80%

Salaries and wages

• 8%

Rent and plant operation

• 12%

Educational programming and general operations

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33 SCHOOL ORGANIZATION 33.1

The School Administration and senior staff

CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION Acting Head of School

Rhona Birenbaum, M.B.A. TanenbaumCHAT’s senior professional, responsible to the Board for all aspects of the operation of the School.

Director of Jewish Studies

Samuel Kapustin, M.A., M.Ed.

Responsible for the administration of the Jewish Studies program of the School.

Chief Financial Officer/ Rhona Birenbaum, M.B.A. Executive Director

Responsible for financial and plant operations.

Director of Advancement

Responsible for Fundraising and Development.

Frances Bigman, B.A. CFRE

TanenbaumCHAT - Wallenberg Campus Principal Helen Fox, B.A. Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Wallenberg Campus. Vice Principal, Jory Vernon, B.A. (Hons.),M.Ed. Responsible for the General Studies General Studies program. Vice-Principal, Rabbi Eli Mandel, B.Ed. Jewish Studies

Responsible for the Jewish Studies program.

Director of Ivrit

Ilana Shapira, M.A., ACTFL

Responsible for the Ivrit program of the School.

Deans of Students

Bradley Mittelman, B.Sc.,B.Ed. (Hons.) [Acting Dean of Students] Heather Weinstock, B.A., B.Ed. Simon Wolle, B.A., LL.B [Leave of Absence]

Responsible for student compliance with school rules and attendance.

Head of Guidance

Margaret Klompas, B.A., T.H.E.D., L.T.S.D.

Responsible for the Guidance program.

Operations Coordinator Rochelle Goldberg, B.A.(Hons.), Responsible for operations and plant. M.B.A.

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TanenbaumCHAT – Kimel Family Education Centre Principal Jonathan Levy, Ph.D. Vice-Principal, General Studies

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Kimel Centre.

Renee Cohen, B.A. (Hons.), Responsible for the General Studies M. Ed. program.

Vice-Principal, Rabbi Moshe Yeres, M.A., Ph.D. Responsible for the Jewish Studies Jewish Studies program. Director of Ivrit

Ilana Shapira, M.A., ACTFL

Responsible for the Ivrit program of the School.

Deans of Students

Janice Rose, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed. Responsible for student compliance Ran Salamon, B.A. (Hons.) B.Ed. with school rules and attendance.

Head of Guidance

Richard Stoll, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. Responsible for the Guidance program.

Operations Manager

Linda Newstead, B.Ed.

Responsible for operations and plant.

33.2 Guidance The Guidance Department offers a full range of Academic and personal guidance and counselling. TanenbaumCHAT has a very large Guidance Department, indicative of our investment in individual students, and our awareness of the complexity of life at TanenbaumCHAT. Guidance counsellors also give University, College and career advice, and advise on post-school study programmes in Israel. A full account of the services available from Guidance may be found in the Course Calendar. Guidance Counsellors are available and accessible to students and parents. In many cases, it is the appropriate ‘first address’ for parents who feel that their son/daughter is having difficulties at school; and it is the first address for parents to advise the school of family, emotional or medical issues of which the school should be aware. Guidance can be instrumental in discreetly arranging special considerations and arrangements in school for students under stress. The school works with Jewish Family and Child Services (‘JF & CS’), with Jewish Vocational Services (‘JVS’), and with other statutory and community agencies where necessary. Private tutoring may not take place during the school day, nor, except with the exceptional written permission of Administration, on school premises at any time. Students may not be privately tutored by any of their current teachers.

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34 SECURITY, SAFETY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, PARTIES 34.1 Security and safety The safety and security of the school is our first priority. Safety and security routines are outlined at the beginning of the Handbook. In addition to the video monitoring system referred to, the school has recently installed a number of other safety and security measures at both campuses. We continue to consult and liaise with appropriate agencies. 34.2 Student Behaviour Code The standards of behaviour required of all students and the procedures and expectations that are followed in the day to day operation of the school are set out in the second part of this booklet. 34.3 Evenings, weekends, drugs, parties, alcohol and similar issues Parents have to be aware of the prevalence of substance abuse among teenagers – certainly including our own Jewish Community. Every year, the school runs a number of programmes, both teacher-led and peer-led, to educate our students about substance abuse. We are extremely conscientious about this, but are also aware that school based programmes can have only limited impact. Teenagers can agree with what is said to them in a classroom on a Tuesday morning, but may act very differently in the excitement of a party on a Saturday night, in an informal setting under strong peer pressure. We are increasingly concerned and aware of an apparently rising wave of alcohol consumption and abuse – especially among lower Grades (9 and 10). In some cases, parents have served alcohol to their children and their friends – for example, in ‘pre-parties’ before school dances and other school events – knowing that students are under-age, and knowing that they are then getting into cars to go to the event. Our concern – and experience - with early-teen alcohol abuse has led us to limit the Grad dance to Grade 12 students only. The school’s attitude to drugs and alcohol is clear – both are absolutely forbidden on school premises, in the vicinity of the school, or at school events. We take the strongest measures against students who transgress these rules, including involving the police. Under Canadian law, schools have extensive powers of search of lockers and possessions, which we exercise without warning. However, the school cannot be responsible for what happens out of school hours, away from the school, or in private homes. That is a parental responsibility. 34.3.1 Parties – as hosts and as guests There are a few simple guidelines that parents should observe: • Never – under any circumstances - allow your sons or daughters to have an unsupervised party. The adult supervision should be present in or near the “action”, and not absent in some other part of the house. Make clear to your children the standards of behaviour that you expect. • If ‘uninvited guests’ turn up – call the police immediately. • Take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of guests leaving the party. • if your children are invited to a party or event at someone else’s house – including pre-Prom parties, and Grad events, but also at any time during the year - call the host parents beforehand and satisfy yourself about the supervision and safety. Ask if adults will be present, and ask whether alcohol will be served. If you are not satisfied with the answers – don’t allow your child to attend. (You may be unpopular with your child, but you will have a better sense of their safety, and you also will have sent a message to the community.) 48


• if you are going out-of-town, do not leave teenagers at home by themselves. Another fully responsible adult must be in the house. If your children are staying elsewhere while you are out-of-town, and they have access to your house, make it clear to them that they cannot and must not invite others into the house in your absence. 34.3.2 Things to look out for Be concerned regarding changes in your son’s / daughter’s behaviour, moods and school performance that go beyond the normal “roller-coaster” of adolescence. The following questions may also point to other warning signs: • is your son / daughter spending more and more time out of the house at odd times? • is your son / daughter receiving phone calls from unidentified callers? • do their clothes show any signs or odours associated with alcohol or drugs or smoking -- or signs of any attempt to hide those odours? • are they always avoiding you when they return from an evening out? • have you discovered any unexplained, possibly substance-associated objects in their room or around the house (including the garage)? • do they seem to need (or, alternatively, possess) more money than previously? Should parents wish to have further discussions with the school on substance abuse issues, please contact our Guidance Department. A useful resource for parents is the Toronto-based ‘Parent Action on Drugs’ website, now covering parent and teen concerns around drugs, alcohol and tobacco, at: http://www.parentactionondrugs.org 34.4

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY

If a party takes place at a private home, and a person attending leaves with their faculties impaired through drugs or alcohol, and is then involved in an accident, the owner of the premises (including a private house) may be held responsible at law (“social host liability”). There may be a duty to prevent such a person leaving the premises. We strongly advise parents to be aware of this potential liability.

35 GRAD BANQUET / PROM We look forward to each Graduating Class celebrating their Graduation safely, enjoyably, and with dignity. Some parental thought is recommended! • The only year-end events under school supervision are the Grad Banquet/Dance, at the announced times and venues for each campus, open to Grade 12 students and their approved guests. •

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• The school has neither control, supervision nor responsibility for events before the banquet, at private houses or elsewhere, nor for further events and celebrations after the school-sanctioned banquet and dance are finished, nor for any events involving other grades. Every parent must inform themselves of their son’s/daughter’s plans for that evening, and satisfy themselves that he/she is doing nothing that will endanger his/her personal safety, or the safety of others, and that he/ she will be acting in a responsible manner. 35.1

Events (Proms) for other Grades

The school NEVER organizes, supervises, endorses or approves of external events, especially at downtown venues, for other grades. Parents should show appropriate common sense and parental responsibility, and if in doubt, should check with the school. The use of the school name, or logo, by organizers of unauthorized events is strictly forbidden, and the school will take legal action if necessary to safeguard the use of its name. Promotion, distribution and/or sale of tickets for such events directly or indirectly through the school is prohibited.

36 TANENBAUMCHAT ALUMNI The TanenbaumCHAT Alumni Association wants to keep an up-to-date mailing list of all of our graduates, and is always happy to publish naches notes in the CHATTER magazine. Please contact our Alumni Affairs desk at 416-636-5984 x333, or hgutmann@tanenbaumchat.org 36.1.1 Professional Mentorship for Graduates Graduates interested in joining our mentorship program as mentors or mentees should contact Heather Gutmann at 416-636-5984 x333, or hgutmann@tanenbaumchat.org.

37 THE ADVANCEMENT OFFICE Our Advancement Office is instrumental in enabling us to realize our dreams and ambitions for TanenbaumCHAT. Our fundraising initiatives include: • The Together capital campaign, which has made the construction of a new Science wing and extensive improvements to our Wallenberg Campus its first priority • Our Annual Fund, which offers opportunities to dedicate gifts to current school programs • In addition, special gifting programs exist for Alumni; for the dedication of prizes, scholarships and awards at graduation; and for other funds dedicated to special programs and purposes. Gifts may be made in a variety of ways. • Naming and endowment opportunities are available at both of our campuses. Our Advancement Office and Campaign Committee will be happy to hear from any parents who are willing to help us in any way. For information about giving opportunities please contact our Director of Advancement, Frances Bigman at 416-636-5984 x 230 or fbigman@tanenbaumchat.org

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TanenbaumCHAT Kimel Family Education Centre Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus 9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8 Tel: 905.787.8772 | Fax: 905.787.8773 Email: info@tanenbaumchat.org

TanenbaumCHAT Wallenberg Campus 200 Wilmington Avenue, Toronto, ON M3H 5J8 Tel: 416.636.5984 | Fax: 636.7717 Email: info@tanenbaumchat.org


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