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Our Parents’ Farewell Address

At our Pre-Graduation Zoom Ceremonies, we were privileged to hear from two alum parents, Joanna Sugar’84 at our Viewmount Branch and Melita Sager’95 at our Himel Branch. Both their heartfelt addresses to the Class of 2021 spoke of the impact Bialik has made on their lives and those of their families.  ———————– Viewmount Branch Good […]

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Our 2021 Valedictorians Speeches

As a school that teaches four languages, it is a treasured Bialik graduation tradition to hear addresses in each language from our four valedictorians at our Graduation Ceremonies.  Kol Hakavod to Katie Ossip, Yiddish Valedictorian, Corey Bensky, French Valedictorian, Jacob Mann, Hebrew Valedictorian and Abby Mandelcorn, English Valedictorian. We are proud to share excerpts of […]

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This Tu Bishvat, What Will You Plant?

Tu Bishvat — the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat — is a perfect holiday for educators!  It is a one-day festival on the Jewish calendar that can become the focus of an entire unit in the classroom. Tu Bishvat lends itself readily to teaching about how and why we celebrate birthdays, how […]

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Helping Your Child Gain Independence while Learning Remotely

One of my favourite lines about child development comes from Dr. Alex Russell, a psychologist who specializes in supporting families and educators. He says — and I’m paraphrasing slightly — children need a healthy dose of “non-catastrophic, painful failure.” Now, I should note that the last few times I attended a speaking function where he […]

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Presenting Our 2020 Valedictorians

It is a time-honoured Graduation tradition to hear from not one, but four Bialik Valedictorians — one for each language taught. We were so moved by their speeches at our Virtual Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony. Despite having had to deliver their addresses to a camera lens instead of an audience of their loving family and […]

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6 Ideas for Parents to Get Kids Reading

According to a research study from 31 countries, homes that have 80 or more books have a positive impact on childhood literacy. This begs the question, should we be loading up our homes with books? Do e-books count? What if we own the books, but have never read them? While there may be merit to […]

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Demystifying ADHD: A Guide for Parents

When we hear the term ADHD, it is common to think of a child zipping around the playground like the Road Runner from Looney Tunes or an Alvin and the Chipmunks character, sitting at the back of the class, daydreaming, and “bored.” While these behaviours may capture some children with ADHD, they do not accurately […]

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The Power of Yet

When I was teaching in the Elementary Division, I would work with my students each day to “retrain their brain.” I would get the students to call out thoughts that represent a fixed mindset. They found this easy and I’d hear statements such as “I can’t do it,”  “I’m not good at that,” “I’m not […]

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How Parents Can Become ‘Minding’ Parents

In his recent blog, Jake Gallinger talked about facilitating the development of adaptive anxiety in your child, as proposed by psychologist Dr. Alex Russell when he visited Bialik this fall. Dr. Russell suggests that one of the strategies for accomplishing this goal is the concept of “minding” one’s children and becoming a “minding parent.” What […]

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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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