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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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Head of School’s Graduation Address

Dear Bialik Graduates of 2021, Mazal tov to you all! .כל הכבוד על המאמץ, העבודה, הנחישות, והאכפתיות שהביאו אתכם לרגע הזה   Completing your time at Bialik represents a wonderful accomplishment, one which should give you and your families a tremendous sense of pride. This is true of every graduating class, of course, but all the […]

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Pesach is Coming!

!שמחה רבה שמחה רבה אביב הגיע פסח בא Great joy, great joy, spring is here, Pesach is coming! This classic Pesach song is just one of many that ring through Bialik’s hallways, most years, as Pesach approaches. In fact, we begin hearing these songs almost as soon as the Purim costumes are put away! These […]

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Recess Matters

Like many of our students, one of my favourite “subjects” at school was — and remains — recess. As a kid, recess was both “me time,” an opportunity to literally and figuratively shake off the morning, and “we time,” a much-needed opportunity to build friendships. Recess was the class where I was the one who […]

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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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Grateful Beyond Words: Reflections on the Day of Giving

While there is much that we don’t know this year, there is one thing we do know, and that is that the Bialik community is one of a kind. What a Day of Giving we have just had!  We are absolutely inspired by the 791 families who donated to our 26-hour fundraiser, bringing in a […]

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Chanukah Greetings from Our Head of School

As our Chanukah celebrations draw near, I’ve been thinking about the challenges Jewish educators have in teaching children about our holidays. And specifically, how can we make the story of the Maccabees and ancient Chanukah rituals relevant to our young students, living in secular society in the 21st century? This year, of course, there is […]

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On Becoming a New Bialik Parent…

The start of school felt very different this year for me personally. In my role as Vice Principal, Primary Division, I always look forward to welcoming the students on the first day of school, in particular our new JK students. This September, I saw it from another perspective when I sent my own child off […]

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Shana Tova from Our Head of School

  Dear Bialik Community,   .ורחובות העיר ימלאו ילדים וילדות משחקים The squares of the city shall be filled with boys and girls playing. Zechariah 8:5 So far, the school year that promised to be like no other has not disappointed! The first days of school have been filled with many adjustments — to new […]

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