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When Educators Learn from Architects…

A young student in a wheelchair was unable to enter school due to a heavy snowfall the night before that covered the accessibility ramp. The custodian came outside and began shovelling the snow off the stairs,  adjacent to the ramp, which were also covered in snow. When the boy asked if the custodian could shovel […]

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Empowering Your Child to Hold The “Worry Ball”

Consider the following two hypothetical Bialik students: Arnold is a kind and bright boy in Grade 6. He loves to play sports at recess and is the captain of his double A hockey team. His favourite aspects of the school day are gym and lunch. In Senior Division, he struggles to stay on top of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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