I am delighted and honoured to be the Head of School of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School. Paul Penna DJDS offers the opportunity for an inclusive, innovative and relevant Jewish education in the heart of Toronto. Our school serves the educational needs of a diverse group of students coming from many different parts of the city. What they all have in common is a desire to be part of a warm and welcoming school community that incorporates Jewish tradition and rigorous learning into multiple areas of school life. Above all else, Paul Penna DJDS provides a dynamic and nurturing environment for children to grow, learn and experience Jewish life as an integral part of their formative school years.
Paul Penna DJDS has been on a tremendous growth trajectory over the last 5 years. The Pandemic years provided us an opportunity to build our unique community in many different ways and further strengthen our place in the downtown Toronto community. We are proud of the innovative ways we have pivoted, and know our learning from these years will continue to strengthen our school going forward. We are also so excited about the expansion of our school to offer Grades 7 and 8, ensuring our students are ready for high school and spend these middle school years in an inclusive Jewish environment focused on the core values of social action and excellent learning. Our unique middle school program has been a draw for new families, which has allowed us to broaden our school community to students choosing Jewish education at different points in their academic journey.
Being at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day school feels like coming home. I am deeply connected to the downtown Toronto Jewish community that I grew up in. I have the good fortune of engaging with a dedicated group of faculty and fellow administrators who work hard each day to make the school experience the best it can be. Paul Penna DJDS is building upon the strength of our history and extended community and moving forward into our 25th year with innovation and energy.