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Our CommUNITY Gives with Open Hearts

Fundraising at Bialik has faced the challenges of the pandemic and not only adapted, but thrived, thanks to you — our exceptional Bialik CommUNITY.   We are bursting with gratitude after wrapping up our sixth annual Day of Giving. We are overwhelmed that we raised a total of $536,729  gifts from 724 donors. There was […]

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How We Carefully Cultivate our Student Leaders

“As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”  Bill Gates.  Did you know that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and is now a six-time NBA champion, five-time NBA MVP and four-time NBA all-star? Did you know that Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper […]

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Understanding Differences and Exceptionalities

Imagine being told to tie your shoelaces while wearing oven mitts. How about trying to understand someone speaking to you in a language that you do not speak? Imagine trying to hear a song while wearing noise-cancelling headphones.  While this may all sound like a round of the game “Minute to Win It”, learning feels […]

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JDAIM: Striving for Inclusion!

How do we create inclusive communities where diversity is celebrated?   Bialik has joined synagogues, schools, camps and not-for-profit organizations to mark JDAIM — Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month. Established in 2009, the Jewish Special Education International Consortium spearheaded this initiative to take place each February. The aim is to unite Jewish communities worldwide […]

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When Is a Mistake Not a Mistake?

When my sons were learning to walk and they fell down, I cheered loudly, giving them the confidence to get up and try again. And then, when they were building their LEGO and one of them accidentally bumped into it and broke the other’s creation, I would always jump in with, “Oops! No big deal. […]

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The A-B-Cs of Early Literacy

In two classrooms, just a few minutes walk from each other, a JK and a Grade 8 student are putting the beginning and ending touches on their literacy journeys.  In the JK classroom, Rachel is meeting another new friend — Oscar Orange — who is introducing her to the letter sounds that will later translate […]

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The Courage of Heroes

Dear Bialik Community Members, Each year, when our students learn about Chanukah, we focus on the themes of bravery, courage and heroism. Particularly during the pandemic, these themes have great resonance in our modern lives.  It is interesting that students can understand the themes differently as they progress through the grades and grow in maturity. […]

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From Remote to In-Person…Executive Functioning Reboot

A favourite part of my day occurs when students knock on my door and want to give me an update of how they are feeling and what they are up to. The latest chatter was amusing: “I have to wake up so early, just to eat breakfast, get dressed and get here on time.” A […]

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The Search for Questions: An Introduction to Moreshet

Much of my workday is spent seeking answers to questions like, are our learners accomplishing all the goals we have set out for them? What’s the status of this new unit, and where are we with the implementation of that new curriculum? In the fast-moving school environment, it is easy to become absorbed in the […]

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Every Child Matters – A Canadian Jewish Perspective

On September 30, Bialik students and staff commemorated Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation or Orange Shirt Day, as it is known. This was a day to celebrate and honour Canada’s Indigenous peoples and develop a greater appreciation for Indigenous culture, customs, beliefs and traditions.  One might think that in sending our children […]

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