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Valedictorian Speaks about Her Bialik Quilt

Anna Aquino writes, “In your life, the people become like a patchwork quilt, Some leave with you a piece that is bigger than you wanted and others smaller than you thought you needed… You leave pieces with some, and they leave their pieces with you. All the while each and every square makes up a […]

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A Parent’s Farewell to Our 2019 Graduates

Dear Honoured Guests, Bialik Staff, Family of our Graduates, and, most importantly, the Graduating Class, My name is Edit Rosenstein, otherwise known as ema to the Grade 8 class. Each year, a Bialik parent, with their final child graduating, is asked to speak. It is my honour to represent this group tonight.  Jonathan and I […]

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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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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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Choosing A Jewish Day School Is A Journey

Twenty years ago, I had never considered a Jewish education for my own children. Fast forward to today: my three children are all Bialik graduates and I’ve been the Director of Admissions at Bialik for the past nine years! What happened, you may ask, and how did I do a full 180 to become an […]

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Tips on Raising Kids Who Love to Read

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss Thinking back on my childhood, I recall many positive experiences reading with my parents, grandparents, teachers and friends. I remember looking at picture books, getting excited about being able to read […]

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Changing the Narrative on Jewish Day Schools

Much has been made about the “crisis” of enrolment at GTA Jewish day schools and I want to acknowledge the concerns in our community about this state of affairs. Yet, while it is true that several schools are closing their campuses, the exaggerated narrative we hear is that the Jewish day school system in Toronto […]

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