Weekly Newsletter – October 16, 2015

October 15, 2015  / 3 Cheshvan 5776
Our Hearts are with Israel

School-wide Assembly

In light of the ongoing attacks in Israel, we came together as a school for an assembly and prayer led by Ma’ayan, Grade 12, and Michelle, Grade 11. May the memories of the victims be for a blessing. 

Student-initiated Israel Club

Ma’ayan, Adi, and I initiated the Israel Club for all grades to provide a student-led platform to inspire further involvement in Israel and connection to the Jewish State. We want students to be able to have discussions and learn from their peers. At our first session, we had 35 students come during their lunch block. Dorin Eilon-Heiber was happy to be the teacher sponsor for our club and is excited to see what is to come in the Israel Club this year, as are we!
~  Michelle, Grade 11

Partnering with Parents

Parents play an essential role in helping their teens manage anxiety. When healthy coping skills and problem solving are encouraged and role-modeled in the home, children and teens can learn to face their fears, take risks, and ultimately gain confidence – all are important life skills!

The workshop was facilitated byShana Lund and Sarah Mellett, are Advanced Practice Nurses in the area of child and youth mental health. Both hold Master’s degrees and are faculty at Douglas College in the Department of Psychiatric Nursing. In May, in a very straight-forward, engaging and entertaining way, Shana and Sarah spoke with our current Grade 12 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. They learned how to use a problem solving cycle, and healthy coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety.

In order for the student workshop to be successful and for the teens to be able to create positive steps toward well-being, we invited parents to participate in this discussion. Last night, at the workshop for parents, Shana and Sarah discussed the feedback from the student groups and reviewed the developmental challenges for this particular age group. Parents were given strategies to support their teens and received a booklet of valuable resources before leaving.  

Homework Before You Go Home

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:40 to 5:00pm, the library is a hive of activity with students completing their homework with support from teachers. All students are welcome to come to Homework Club – it’s a great place to do work before going home, to review with peers, or get some help. 

Ms. Kasirer works with Anastasia, Grade 12
 Elle and Yuval, Grade 11, review work together
Kol Hakavod to Our Senior Boys’ Soccer Team!

Yesterday our Senior Boys’ Soccer team advanced to the next round of the playoffs with a spirited 3-1 win. They team came back from being a goal down early in the game. It was a great team effort! The Lion’s next challenge comes on Monday October 26th as they look to advance forward past the next playoff round.

Our Lions let out a roar to start the game!
Parsha Noach
~  Rabbi Stephen Berger

Today in Judaic Studies class, we learned that something as slight as a change of order of names in the Torah can teach us ideas of tremendous importance and value. When G-d tells Noah to enter the ark He says to Noah: "You, your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives." The men separately and the women separately. According to Rashi this teaches that marital relations were suspended during the time they were on the ark. "It was a time that the world was engulfed in tragedy." The Torah hints that it would have been totally inappropriate for Noah and his family to carry on life as normal, complete with all its pleasures and intimate relations, at a time where destruction rained upon the world. Noah and his family are forbidden to ignore the suffering of those around them. In some way they share their lot. 

The Shabbat Project
Will you be keeping TOGETHER AGAIN?

To host and be hosted, e-mail Linda Civkin and she will do her best to match hosts with those who want to be hosted…whether it be for Shabbat dinner, Shabbat lunch or the duration of Shabbat.

  Thursday, October 22                                            Saturday, October 24
Registration Required
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Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Getting Back in Charge of Electronics

October 20 at 7 p.m.

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Limmud Van

You are invited to present at LimmudVan’16. 

Submit your proposals by October 18

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Beth Israel

Whistler Shabbat Retreat

November 27- 29, 2015

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