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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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Kids Can be Changemakers

In my first year at Bialik, it came to me when I was speaking to a Grade 3 class. A child raised his hand and said to me, “Where are OUR student council representatives, Mrs. Greenberg?” He was clearly thinking that he wanted to have someone he knew representing HIS voice and HIS interests as […]

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Bialik — A Place I Call Home

When my son Zane started at Bialik in September 1995, I never imagined how my family life would become intertwined with Bialik — as a parent, community member and as the Executive Director for the past four years. I always knew that, at Bialik, Jewish values and a caring community were front and centre, but […]

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NEWS RELEASE: Bialik North Opens an Additional Grade 1 Class

MEDIA RELEASE Media Contact: Lydia Levin Director of Marketing and Communications Bialik Hebrew Day School llevin@bialik.ca 416-783-3346 ext. 235 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BIALIK NORTH OPENS AN ADDITIONAL GRADE 1 CLASS York Region, ON: Bialik Hebrew Day School’s Himel Branch will open an additional Grade 1 class for the 2019-20 school year. “We couldn’t be more […]

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ShinShinim – Bringing the Spirit of Israel to Bialik

“They are coming! Are they here yet?” Then, to thunderous applause “they” walk into our opening school assembly. Who could generate such excitement in school? The Boys in Blue? The Raptors? Drake? None of the above. “Who?” you ask. The ShinShinim, of course! Whoever said: “Dreams come a size too big so we can grow […]

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The Bounce-Back Factor: How Kids Learn Resilience

As parents and educators, we should never underestimate the gift of failure. I am sure you can recall a time when your child came home feeling disappointed. Perhaps they didn’t make it onto a sports team or they received a lower-than-expected grade. You, as the parent, probably felt a mix of emotions; this is natural, […]

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Anxiety in Kids and Student Wellness

On the third day of school this year, while walking a nervous and tearful JK boy into school, I did everything I could to help him feel safe, loved and supported. At the door of his classroom, the boy looked up at me, wiped his last tear away, and said: “Thank you, Gallinger.” Although he […]

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Cheshbon Nefesh: Reflecting on Rosh Hashanah and the Start of the New School Year

Welcome to our new school blog! I am pleased to launch this space where, together with other school leaders and faculty, I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas about Jewish education, pedagogy, technology, social emotional learning, and much more – and the ways that this translates into educating our Bialik students to become future […]

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