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Spirituality is Non-Binary

Let’s play the association game. I say “Jewish Studies at Bialik” and you say….. You might say what many of our families say, “Hebrew and academic excellence,” and you would be right, of course. The Jewish Studies program at Bialik is cutting edge. It meets the needs of our students by implementing best practices. But, […]

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L’Shana Tova to Our Community

The new school year at Bialik is off to a great start, as we celebrate the wonderful new facilities at both our Viewmount and Himel Branches and classes filled with more than 1,200 students busy learning and growing. We’ve also had almost a full month of continuous learning, as this year, Rosh HaShana only begins […]

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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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Head of School’s Message to Our Grade 8 Graduates

Dear Bialik Graduates of 2019, Mazal tov to you and your families!  You have completed your tenure at Bialik on a high note, demonstrating excellence in the classroom, through the arts, and in athletics. You have represented Bialik in the community in the best way possible and we are very proud of all your accomplishments. […]

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School’s Out for the Summer… How Will My Child Remain Engaged in Learning?

As the end of the school year approaches, a question parents always ask us is how they can keep their child’s mind active over the summer so they do not lose what they’ve learned during the school year. “I don’t want my child to be in front of the TV, on the iPad, on social […]

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What Do You Do When Your Child Says, ‘I’m Bored’?

When a child says, “I’m bored,” many of us immediately feel a moment of dread. We assume that they don’t have enough to do or whatever they are doing isn’t engaging or is too easy or too difficult. Worst of all, we might simply think that we have not fulfilled our role as parents or […]

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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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