Weekly Newsletter – September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015  /  11 Tishrei 5776
Looking at Ourselves through Selfies
King David’s Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) program has begun again this year. The program is based on social emotional learning and aims to help students appreciate how each of our relationships affect who we are as individuals and how we act and react to particular situations. 

"I have found that meeting kids from other grades during TAG makes our school stronger. I also feel closer to the teachers and when feeling stress or needing help, I feel comfortable going to them for support."
   ~ Jordan, Grade 11

The first TAG session of this school year was aimed at grounding the students in the idea that we are who we are because of the people, places and experiences that surround us. The activities and discussions introduced the idea that environment plays a role in explaining how we behave and how we see the world. Without seeing ourselves as part of a larger context we will not develop the skills or have the experiences that help us grow throughout our lives.

One of the activities, "Selfies vs Context," had students moving through the building to find a context that was meaningful to them and then take a selfie. The students discovered that at first glance the context is pretty hard to determine – the photo is simply a picture of themselves, and it doesn’t provide much meaning. But once they are able to look past themselves and notice the people or things in the background, the photo takes on an entirely new meaning.

Ms. Lane joins the conversation
We trust that by mentoring students in cross-grade groups their self-exploration will improve the way they understand, foster, and maintain various relationships in their lives, both inside and outside the school context.

Shmuel and Thiago, Grade 9, deep in 
conversation during TAG on Thursday
What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful.

L’Dor V’Dor 
From Generation to Generation

Parents, grandparents, and family members are all welcome! 

The King David community invites you to join us
on Friday, October 2nd. at 1:00 p.m.
for a celebration of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

Come fulfil the mitzvah of sitting in the Sukkah and enjoy a nosh as King David students lead you in the blessing of shaking the lulav and etrog, followed by a school-wide celebration for Simchat Torah.

The event is an opportunity to welcome our Grade 8 students and new Grade 9 – 12 students into the King David family as we celebrate Torah from generation to generation in our community.

Please RSVP to gro.s1545158927hdk@s1545158927oroyg1545158927ome1545158927 or 604-263-9700 ext.109

Have you ever felt that you need more current knowledge about Israel and the Middle East when discussing it with others?

King David runs a course for our students on Israel Advocacy and is excited to offer an abridged version for adults in our community. It’s a refresher, a brain-workout, and an opportunity to learn from experts alongside your peers.

When: Sunday evenings,
October 18 & 25
November 8, 15 & 29

Time: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Where: King David High School

The Goal: Leave this course armed with more information to position Israel objectively and accurately.

20 spots offered for the course this year.
A suggested minimum donation of $300 payable to King David per attendee.

For more information contact: Russ Klein, Head of School
Chag Sukkot Sameach!
Community Events
Hebrew Free Loan

HFLA provides new interest-free loans to those who are Jewish and need a hand up not a hand-out

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Hebrew University Drop-in Info Night

Date: October 1
Time: From 7:30 p.m.

Find out more about opportunities at Hebrew U

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Camp Bilium Canada

Date: September 27
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Information session.

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McGill University

Date: October 15
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

An evening celebrating McGill University with guest speaker, Gil Troy,
Professor of History at McGill University, and author of new book,
The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s

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