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Our Parents’ Farewell Address

At our Graduation Breakfasts at each of our branches, we were privileged to hear from two parents — Alisa Daly’95 at our Himel Branch and Ilana Graben at our Viewmount Branch. Both their heartfelt addresses to the Class of 2022 spoke of the impact Bialik has made on their lives and those of their families.  […]

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Reflections by Our 2022 Valedictorians

At Graduation on June 16, 2022, we were very proud to honour seven students — chosen from both branches — as Valedictorians. Congratulations to the three emcees who led us flawlessly through the ceremony — Cameron Goldstein, Max Herczeg and Eidan Kastner — and to the four who addressed the audience in all the languages […]

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Adi Barel Interviewed by Tali Lipkin-Shahak for Galat

Bialk’s Associate Director of Jewish Studies, Adi Barel, was interviewed on the Israeli radio station, Galei Tzahal (known as Galatz), by renowned broadcaster, Tali Lipkin-Shahak. They discussed the way Bialik teaches students about the Holocaust, antisemitism and rising above hate. Below, we are pleased to share a recording of the interview, together with an English […]

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Becoming Digital Mensches at Bialik

Changes in technology are a permanent reality for all of us, like it or not. From my first PalmPilot in 1997 (yeah, I’m that old) to my latest iPhone 13, my career in IT has tracked along with this generational change. Over that same period, I have been amazed to see some head-turning changes in […]

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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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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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