Weekly Newsletter – October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014
30 Tishri 5775
Educating Hearts and Minds

This week an article in the Vancouver Sun, “B.C. Schools Focus on Educating Hearts”, (click here to read) confirmed that other schools are now beginning to focus on what we have been doing for two years at King David.
To demonstrate how Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs have a positive effect on children, a 2011 meta-analysis of 213 studies, concerning more than 270,000 school-aged children, showed numerous benefits in student attitudes and behaviour in addition to a dramatic 11-percentile-point gain in academic performance. Evidently, teaching children to thrive socially and emotionally pays big dividends academically as well.

British Columbia is a world leader in the area of social and emotional learning, according to Kim Schonert-Reichl, interim director of the Human Early Learning Partnership at the University of British Columbia, a research group specializing in childhood development.

In the article, a group of researchers, led by Joseph Durlak at Loyola University, cited a wealth of research suggesting that educating the heart can improve mental health for years, reduce suicide rates, and reduce substance abuse & violence among teenagers.

Read more to discover how King David implements SEL programs for our students. 

From “Me to We”

On Wednesday, October 22, 20,000 youth, educators, and volunteers gathered together to celebrate actions they have already taken and will take in the future to enact change and positively impact society. Rogers Arena turned into a massive classroom for change where some celebrity teachers joined in to make it even more inspiring!

Zoe and Ellie, Grade 8, were members of the special King David contingent that attended We Day. Both students said that attending 
We Day was a very moving experience. 

“We both felt that the day made an impact on our daily lives and we now feel passionate about making a difference. We Day taught us many different ways of making change. To start making a change, you have to believe in yourself first, because that will give you a positive attitude and an open mind. “Me to We” has so many meanings that help us remember how to make a difference that can be pursued in the world. We look forward to making a difference, no matter how big or small.”           
Talya, Liz and Michelle, all Grade 10, with inspirational   We Day speaker, Spencer West
Grandparents’ Tea

As part of our Sukkot celebrations, we welcomed 
our grandparents to King David for tea. Rabbi Berger led the traditional shaking of the Lulav and the Etrog. Afterwards, grandparents had the opportunity to perform the mitzvah with their grandchildren.  A delicious tea, prepared by our Food students, was served in the atrium.

Mia, Grade 12, with her grandmother.
Max, Grade 12, shares a hug.

Strategies for Managing Stress

Noting the stress and anxiety that teens experience everyday trying to achieve the grades required for university, fitting in socially, managing time, and maintaining a balance in life, Grade 11 students participated in a workshop last year led by Shana Lund and Sarah Mellett – two Advanced Practice Nurses in the area of child and youth mental health. In a very direct, engaging way, Shana and Sarah spoke with the students about anxiety; what it is, identifying when it is a problem, why people have it, what happens when we experience it, and what we can do about it. Students learned how to use a problem-solving cycle, and healthy coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety.

To support their children master these strategies, parents were invited to participate in a discussion on Wednesday evening. Weaving research data into the feedback from the students, parents were provided with a glimpse into the adolescent brain and stress triggers. Parents left with practical ways to support their teens as they journey through high school. During a question/answer period, it was evident that many parents were experiencing similar challenges.

“The presentation offered to King David parents on Teen Stress was excellent as it offered parents user-friendly ways to help their child recognize and manage stress. Stress is inevitable and this presentation provided many tools and insights that my family will be able to use to avoid the negative effects that stress can cause.”

              ~ Lisa, Parent of Grade 10 student


“The seminar helped me to understand how best to support my children when they are feeling stressed. I thought it was excellent, well worth coming out on such a rainy night.” 

             ~ Mindy, parent of Grade 12 student  
Chesed continues … 
           RAC Week 2014 is here!

At King David, we are all about tikkun olam – making the world a better place. Tying in with educating the heart, at the centre of our chesed (Kindness) program is our annual Random Acts of Chesed (RAC) Week. Four years ago, our community was deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved student Gabrielle Isserow z’l. Through the leadership and dedication of the staff, students, and alumni, our school came together to inaugurate RAC Week. Inspired by Gabrielle, whose actions represented the true spirit of chesed. RAC week brings together students and alumni from Jewish day schools for a week-long celebration of community kindness and volunteerism.

A variety of community organizations including Canuck Place, SPCA, Union Gospel Mission, Bagel Club Catering, Kerrisdale Paintout, Dress for Success, Vancouver Food Bank and many others, partner with us during RAC Week to allow students to develop meaningful connections while volunteering in their community.

This year, RAC week is November 3-7, 2014. Look out in the community for King David students involved in acts of chesed while making connections!
Help Us Pay It Forward

The  Grade 12 students have been busy with putting together a book drive as a part of RAC Week to provide the children at The Aboriginal Mother Centre with new books. We have chosen this specific project since we know how vital books are to a child’s development and education and we want a part in helping them achieve that. The reason we are requesting new books is because it isn’t often that at-risk families get the pleasure of having something new, and we would love to provide them with that luxury. You can learn more about this organization by watching this short videoThe new books will go to the children in both the Transformational Housing and Daycare programs.
       ~ Marissa, Grade 12

Read more for ways you can get involved.
Visit King David to Discover Why Parents and Children Choose Us!

Everyone is welcome! 
Thursday, November 13th, 2014
7 p.m.
In This Issue
 Join us at our Open House!

November 13, 2014
7 p.m.

Candlelighting Times

Shabbat Begins: 5:47 p.m.

Shabbat Ends: 6:51 p.m.

Parsha:  Genesis 6:9-11:32
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Community Events

The Shabbat Project

“Keeping It Together”

Celebrate Shabbat with 340 cities in 35 countries around the globe.
Welcome to the Shabbat Project 2014

 Havdallah Unity Service

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 

Stay inside and enjoy a selection of movies during the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.

  • November 6 – 13, 2014
  • Fifth Avenue Cinemas
  • Tickets available online, by phone, and at the door 
  • More information 
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