Bialik athletes who compete in the GMAA (Greater Montreal Athletic Association) circuit have demonstrated that they are worthy of our support. The basketball teams won six medals among them last year. Just as uniforms help to engender that team spirit that leads them to the championship games, a bus with a capacity to get a team to an outside game and hold their equipment is essential. The outlay of small change on an ongoing basis for taxis (not to mention the risk of students going astray) cries for investment in a vehicle for Bialik. It makes cents! After all, you see other smaller independent school buses proudly carrying the schools’ names, and often more than not, the donor’s name. It’s high time for Bialik to have one to call their own, and to have a team, travel as a team. This opportunity that offers significant visibility in the Montreal area for both Bialik and the donor is available for $100,000.
A centrally located state-of-the-art library/media centre is an essential resource for any school. While the library will be refurbished in the course of the Bialik Expansion, including with new paint and carpeting, more is needed to ensure that it is a key resource for students. For a relatively modest investment of $50,000, Bialik’s library will be updated to reflect the increase in on-line resources, starting with OPAC (the library’s on-line catalogue) and adding state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, including LCD projectors and CD/DVD players, and camera equipment, including video and digital. Bialik’s librarian also envisions flexible study areas to facilitate both group and individual work, with new furnishings as well as additional much-needed storage space. Recognition of the donor’s support will be made on a plaque prominently displayed inside the entrance of the library.
Ironically, while Bialik boasts two annual drama productions that compete with the Saidye on the level of performances, it doesn’t have a strong music program, let alone a band. While the music teacher is keen on dedicating more time to Bialik’s pursuit of music, expanding it from guitar ensembles and the choir, he requires musical instruments first and foremost. Percussion instruments, in particular, represent costly investments and we can hardly expect parents to absorb this cost. This is especially the case when you consider that their child may ultimately choose another instrument! And yet, exposure to a variety of instruments paves the way for a life-long love of music, not to mention stronger academic performance, particularly in mathematics. A naming opportunity will be made available for a donor investing a minimum of $50,000. A plaque in the music room will recognize this donor.
Six of the 25 SMART Boards required for each classroom at Bialik have already been named thanks to the hard work of the 2004-2005 Bialik Fundraising Committee, the Class of 1995 and the Class of 1981. Capturing the computer screen on a white-surfaced board, SMART Boards respond to the touch of a finger as well as to digital ink markers. And, any notes written on the boards can be saved for later use. Combining the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer, they are fast becoming an indispensable tool for teachers to engage students in the classroom. For students, it literally means “learning at their fingertips.” Interactivity is taking on a whole new meaning! The SMART Boards will carry signage along the bottom edge to clearly recognize the donors. This “engaging” opportunity will be made available for the actual cost of the purchase and installation of a SMART Board, that is, $6,000.
Three mobile laptop carts carrying 20 laptops each are dedicated to serve Bialik’s Junior High, that is, 250 students in grades seven and eight. By Grade nine, each student will have his/her own. The laptop program at Bialik will soon render the static, cumbersome desktop computer lab obsolete. Instead, grades seven and eight students and teachers will have the opportunity to reserve their laptop for a classroom activity as required. As with any new technology, a continual program of renewal is planned, and therefore the purchase of replacement laptops, which, for 20, can cost upwards of $40,000. Nevertheless, a naming opportunity of the laptop cart will be made available for $30,000 and remain on the cart for at least three to five years, at which time, the donor’s name will move to a wall-mounted plaque in an appropriate school location.
Equipped across the board with new whiteboards, desks, and chairs, a number of our classrooms are just waiting for a patron! In fact, once it’s adopted, we will make the classroom truly state-ofthe-art with the addition of a SMART Board and an LCD projector. Memorializing a loved one or a former teacher is within reach, at $100,000. There are a limited number of classrooms like this available.
Cheer Bialik’s Bulldogs, and even our JPPS Pugs, from the sidelines in comfort. Two tiers of fold-away benches need to be installed along one wall of Bialik’s new Helen and Sam Steinberg Gymnasium to accommodate nearly 75 spectators with loud voices! Have your voice heard, or at least your name on a plaque on the wall, for $5,000, the cost of acquisition and installation!