Around dinner time Thursday evening as I was going home from TCW, I saw three students making telephone calls in the Admissions Office.  Each call began with something like this:

“Hi. My name is Josh.  I’m a student ambassador  at TanenbaumCHAT, and I’d like to speak to your child.  I’m calling to follow-up with them after their tour of the school and see if I can answer any other questions for them.”

“Hi. This is Ofir speaking.  I’m a student ambassador at TanenbaumCHAT and I wanted to see how you liked your tour of the school.  I see you’re interested in the Music program, and I’d be happy to tell you more about it.”

“Hi.  This is Hayley speaking.  I’m calling from TanenbaumCHAT.  I’m a student ambassador here and am just calling to see if you have any questions about TanenbaumCHAT. It’s really an amazing school, and we hope to see you here next year.”

I love seeing students making calls. I love hearing about our parent ambassadors doing the same thing. I love it because they’re doing something most of us find very hard to do.  People in every school want to believe that their school is warm and friendly.  But how many of us go beyond our peer group–whether we’re adults or children–and reach out to someone whom we don’t know?

These three students (and our student ambassadors on both campuses) and our parent ambassadors are doing exactly that.  They’re conveying to parents and prospective students that TanenbaumCHAT is like a second home…even for someone who is walking into the school for the first time; and they are here to welcome them.

When I think about the way our parent and student ambassadors reach out to families whom they’ve never met, I think of the person at a Jewish wedding who pulls people onto the dance floor when the music starts.  There’s always one enthusiastic guest who gazes outside the dance circle, sees a bunch of other guests, and grabs not just the people whose toes are touching the dance floor.  That person also goes deep into the wedding hall end zone and invites (drags?) into the dance circle the guests who stand beside their chairs trying to camouflage themselves behind the conversation they’re having with their neighbour.

Hayley, Josh, Ofir and our other student and parent ambassadors remind me of that fearless person at a Jewish wedding who wants to see every guest dancing around the bride and groom.  Our ambassadors extend a hand to people they’ve never previously met and invite them onto the “dance floor” called TanenbaumCHAT.

That’s how the dance circle widens. That’s how community is built.  That’s how we’re going to build up our school–when each of us takes on the role of the one who brings people onto the “dance floor” and makes a call, reaches out, opens our heart or even our home to one of the hundreds of prospective families who waits to be inspired by the magic of a TanenbaumCHAT education.

If you would like more information on our parent and student ambassador programs, contact Laurie Wasser at

If you or someone you know would like more information about registering for Grade 9 in 2016-17 or to schedule a private tour, please contact our Admissions Team at


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