MONTREAL, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Directors of
JPPS-Bialik announced today that a vote was passed at their most recent
meeting, supporting the new direction for the future of the school. In
an environment where most private schools have been challenged to keep
enrolment numbers in growth mode, the additional component of a
diminishing Jewish population in the Montreal area has been a major
concern for the Board for some time. However, after evaluating the
results of stakeholder surveys and interviews, the community made it
very clear that it not only wanted JPPS-Bialik to remain vibrant and
relevant, the community in fact needed JPPS-Bialik to fulfill a niche
that no other school in Montreal can.
In response to the community's request to draw on the strengths of the
school, the Board is proud and excited to confirm the following:
At JPPS elementary school:
S.T.I.M. program at JPPS (Sciences, Technologie, Inginiérie,
Mathématiques), a fully-integrated multi-disciplinary pedagogical
approach to building on the school's exceptional science/robotics/math
curriculum. Since S.T.I.M. is to be taught in French, the students will
be even better prepared to move on to the strongest programs of any
At Bialik High School:
International Baccalaureat Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) to be
introduced at Bialik in 2014-2015 for Secondary 1 and 2.
Reform of the Judaic Studies curriculum at Bialik to strengthen
students' Jewish identity and connection to Israel.
In support of the school's core value of graduating fully bilingual
students who can work, study, live and thrive in Québec, several
enhancements will be introduced to the French program.
A continued commitment to provide academic support services to JPPS and
Bialik students to ensure they attain their fullest potential.
''Curriculum enhancements such as these are very attractive to Jewish
families seeking the right balance of academics, athletics, Jewish
values and a variety of exceptional extra-curriculars,'' commented
Jamie Ross, current parent of two JPPS-Bialik students, and a member of
the Board of Directors.
Judaism at JPPS-Bialik
''One of the most important factors that concerns the community,
according to the responses received in our stakeholder survey, is the
need for our students to develop a strong Jewish identity, and deep
connection to Israel,'' explains Mr. Ross.. ''Our students will gain an
enhanced appreciation and understanding of the relevance of Jewish
values in our contemporary society. ''
''On behalf of the Board, I am really proud of the tremendous journey we
have taken together over the course of the past months. We identified a
niche that is not being met by any other school in Montreal, and we are
very optimistic that this will bring Jewish families back to our
schools to ensure their Jewish identity is honored, cultivated and
celebrated,'' he added.
The teaching of Judaism as inclusive, pluralist, diverse, and
intellectually open where we actively explore, debate, articulate and
draw on shared Jewish values for inspiration and influence.
The core Jewish studies curriculum will focus on topics, issues, and
themes relevant to contemporary life. It will engage our students in
debate, discussion and critical thinking about central concepts and
challenges in current-day Jewish life in the modern world. It will
strengthen our students' Jewish identity and develop their connection
to Israel. We will aim for basic competency and comprehension in
School life will be enhanced by drawing on the school's heritage of
Yiddish culture and enriched by the vibrancy of Sephardic culture.
Tuition Reduction Program
In response to the many requests from families who wanted to join the
JPPS-Bialik school system but, especially in the early education years,
would really appreciate a financial break, the Board is very proud to
confirm that, as for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, there
will be a:
Tuition REDUCTION at Kindergarten and Grade 1 levels.
Tuition FREEZE on grade levels Grade 2 through Grade 11.
Why choose a Jewish Day School?
"Jewish Day Schools develop and nurture a sense of community that
reflect the diversity that exists within the Montreal Jewish community
at large," said Professor Sara Weinberg, Director of Early Childhood
and Elementary Education at Concordia University and JPPS-Bialik Board
member. "JPPS-Bialik's Board, Administration and Teaching Staff are
working very hard to rebuild a strong, vibrant Jewish Day School that
offers core values which, I believe, will really resonate within our
The school's mission is to graduate students who :
Are excited about being Jewish and committed to Israel
Have the language and cultural skills to live and work in Quebec
Have acquired an exemplary knowledge base in all academic areas
Have developed critical thinking and sound decision-making skills that
will enable them to take their place on the world stage
Its core values are centered around the following four pillars:
In the 21st century
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