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Social Action in Action

When I was a child, I remember going grocery shopping with my mom and we would often see homeless people outside asking for money or food. I would turn to my mother and ask her what we could do. As we grocery shopped for our family, she allowed me to pick out foods that I […]

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Lessons on Jewish Identity from My Grandfather

Today, May 2, we mark Yom HaShoah. It is a day set aside each year to remember a time in the lives of the Jewish people when it was not safe to be who you were; when a fundamental part of your identity put a target on your back. As the grandson of a Holocaust […]

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The Importance of Learning ‘Ivrit’ (Hebrew)

“Shalom Yeladim!” This is how teachers greet their students. In Ivrit (Hebrew), we say “Hello” with the word “Shalom”. It means “hello” and it also means “peace.” Imagine how many times a day we wish each other “peace!” And we are hardly aware of doing it. Down the hall, we hear a teacher saying “Kol […]

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NEWS RELEASE: Exciting Expansion News

Dear Bialik Families and Friends, Even as we look forward to opening our beautiful new wing at our Himel Branch in fall 2019, we are keeping our focus on the bigger picture — the future educational needs of our Jewish community in Vaughan. To meet the growing demand, Bialik will require even more space and […]

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Chag Pesach Sameach!

Dear Bialik Families and Friends, I know it’s a little hard to believe, but it’s spring! In my native Washington DC, the cherry blossoms are blooming, hayfever sufferers are sneezing, and winter coats have long since been safely stored away. As I write this message, the kids outside my window at recess are shedding their […]

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Thank You for the Many Ways You Give

As Bialik’s Director of Development, I am going to start off by telling you right out of the gate that I am NOT asking you for any money, so you can breathe a sigh of relief and read on… Every day at Bialik, the children are celebrated. Today, I would like to celebrate you and […]

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Executive Functioning at School and at Home

Your child comes home and tells you about a homework assignment which is almost due, but the required books and materials are nowhere to be found at home. Suddenly, your child remembers that they were about to pack them at the end of the school day when they were distracted by a friend inviting them […]

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How to Create a Trusting, Positive and Collaborative Relationship with Your Child’s School

My colleagues are often shocked to hear that I was a difficult student in elementary school, spending many hours in the Principal’s office. As the fourth child in a family of five children, I would do (almost) anything to gain attention. Throughout my behavioural struggles at school, I remember feeling frustrated that my mother always […]

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NEWS RELEASE: The STEM Magic You’ve Been Waiting For

Dear Bialik Families, We are thrilled to be able to share some exciting news with you about our new STEM Learning Commons. Some may call this the best, worst-kept secret in the history of the school! It will likely come as no surprise to you that we are now announcing the launch of our Vision […]

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The Coming of Age of Technology in Education

It’s 2019 and for the first time in my 23-year career as an educational IT leader, I can finally say that technology — for the classroom — has come of age. What technology delivers has gone beyond automating human actions, it is now changing modes of education — the pedagogy — and has reached a […]

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