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 winter hats and mitts and playing outdoors with great abandon.
Down the hall, the sounds from the music room confirm that we are definitely moving on to a new season and new opportunities. The children are all preparing for Pesach and singing the same sweet melody I learned when I was a child:
!שמחה רבה שמחה רבה, אביב הגיע פסח בא
Great joy, great joy, spring is here, Pesach is coming!
The Jewish calendar makes it clear that the seasons have changed and Passover preparation is the order of the day.
On the seder plate, the parsley and egg symbolize spring and the circle of life. Indeed, the whole Haggada narrative tells Jews of our birth as a people and springtime is, after all, a time of rebirth and growth.
At Bialik, spring is bringing another kind of exciting growth.
You could say that at our Viewmount Branch, a “STEM” Learning Commons is sprouting up, getting ready to flower and bloom! Three years ago, we started our STEM endeavours with nothing more than inspiration and a small innovation lab. So, it is very gratifying that our STEM facilities will soon grow into a spacious, state-of-the-art learning commons that is fully able to house our expanding program of problem- and project-based learning.
And, equally exciting, our Himel Branch expansion is blossoming, getting ready to meet the needs of a burgeoning student body. We will cut the ribbon of our beautiful, spacious new wing in the fall, as we welcome some 100 new students to Himel. The students will enjoy the great new classrooms, the new STEM Lab, and large gymnasium and auditorium.
Even as our facilities grow, we remain focused on the development and maturation that really matters — that of our students. Just as the Haggada describes four children with different learning profiles, so too, do our teachers and staff support students with a wide range of strengths and challenges. Every day, Bialik educators focus their efforts on your children, helping each one of them reach their full potential.
At this time, as we clean chametz out of our homes — and watch the last ice melt on our driveways — may we all revel in the changing seasons and the optimism that springtime brings.
Please accept my personal wishes for a season of warmth and growth for everyone. Happy Spring and Happy Pesach. May we all grow and bloom together.
!חג פסח שמח