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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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NEWS RELEASE: The STEM Magic You’ve Been Waiting For

Dear Bialik Families, We are thrilled to be able to share some exciting news with you about our new STEM Learning Commons. Some may call this the best, worst-kept secret in the history of the school! It will likely come as no surprise to you that we are now announcing the launch of our Vision […]

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The Coming of Age of Technology in Education

It’s 2019 and for the first time in my 23-year career as an educational IT leader, I can finally say that technology — for the classroom — has come of age. What technology delivers has gone beyond automating human actions, it is now changing modes of education — the pedagogy — and has reached a […]

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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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How to Help Your Kid Develop a Growth Mindset

One evening my parents and I were sitting around my living room watching my 2-year-old son put together a puzzle. After days of working on the same puzzle, he finally finished it and clapped for himself. “He’s brilliant. I knew he would be smart,“ my dad said. Of course his saba thinks his grandson is […]

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3 Things to Look Out For to Help Kids Understand How They Learn!

I played baseball for over 16 years, mostly as a catcher. Throughout my playing career, I was often successful because I was able to quickly recognize my strengths and, more importantly, my weaknesses. For example, I may not have been able to hit a home run, but I knew how to get on a base. […]

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