Weekly Newsletter – October 23, 2015

October 23, 2015  / 10 Cheshvan 5776
Shabbat Begins: 5:49 p.m.           Parsha: Lech Lecha
Shabbat Ends: 6:53 p.m.              Genesis 12:1-17:27
Bringing in Shabbat Together

Welcome to the King David Family!

Last Friday, we welcomed our Grade 8 families to King David with a wonderful Shabbat dinner. The Atrium was filled with tables dressed in blue and white, and signs made by students and parents decorated the walls. It was wonderful being together – we sang, heard stories, listened to students recite their inspiring poetry and ate delicious food. It all ended with a rousing Birkat Hamazon and everyone left with a smile on their face.

Ready for Shabbat
Sagiv, Grade 8, spends a moment reading the poems

Sharing Creativity

The poems prepared by the Grade 8 students began with the students reading and examining various kinds of published poetry. They were guided to look at non-formulaic poetry, and encouraged to write without following any particular set of rules. The process involved looking at literary devices, and how and why they are used within the poems. Students were then encouraged to incorporate these devices into their own poetry. The theme of the dinner was "Shoes," inspired by a poetry project created for, and inspired bya group of immigrant women. These women used poetry to describe their physical and emotional journeys, and the memories and symbolism of a particular pair of shoes. With this in mind, the students identified a pair of shoes that held some kind of significance for them, and communicated in their poems an emotional connection to their shoes.
Continuing the Chesed

On Wednesday, students in Grades 8 and 9, as well as some of our senior classes, were treated to a presentation about King David’s ongoing projects that partner our community with the Abayudaya, a group of Jewish Ugandans who coexist and work collectively with their Muslim and Christian neighbours. 

Alumnus Aaron Friedland shared his experiences traveling and volunteering in Uganda; Aaron’s friend, Ally Sekora, spoke about growing up in Rwanda after his parents were killed in the Rwandan Genocide. Ally and Aaron’s presentations focused on the difficult and dangerous journey that many African students take to get to school. Ally recounted an incident in which he was bitten by a snake on the way to school; he had to take the next month off to recover. Ally’s inspiring talk reminded our King David students how fortunate we are to be able to consider our education a right instead of a privilege.

Later in the year, project-based learning opportunities related to this community will be offered to the Marketing and Biology classes in order to provide an added real-world motivation to student learning. These projects hope to build a connection between the Jewish community in Vancouver and the interfaith communities of which the Abayudaya are a part. 
Ally shares his incredible journey for an education
Aaron inspires the group 

Learning Democratic Responsibility
Eli, Shayna, Leora, and Katrin, Grade 11, 
wait their turn as Mr. Rosenberg looks on
Josh M. votes as Adam S. Eytan, Adam C., and Matanya, Grade 11, get ready
On Monday, October 19th, the Grade 11 and 12 students, as well as the faculty at King David, took part in a secret ballot election!  In Social Studies 11, students learn about the Canadian political system, the different political parties, and the importance of democracy. During September and October, the students and staff have had the opportunity to hear presentations from three of the candidates in the Vancouver-Granville riding: Conservative candidate Erinn Broshko, Liberal candidate Jody Wilson-Raybould, and NDP candidate Mira Oreck. Our King David students listened, and asked the candidates excellent and challenging questions about issues that are important to them. Then on Election Day they cast their ballots for the candidate of their choice! It was a really interesting experience, and the discussions in class about both our King David Election results as well as the Canadian Federal Election results have been very animated, thoughtful, and engaged. The election gave students an opportunity to participate in democracy firsthand, and the overwhelming response is that they are planning on voting the first chance they get!  
We Day

Our King David contingent in the stands
Oren and Matt, Grade 12, are ready to be inspired
On Wednesday, October 21st, 30 King David students, from Grades 8 through 12, joined around 18,000 students from across the lower mainland at Rogers Arena. It was We Day! The event featured speakers and performers who work to inspire young people to get involved and make a difference in their local and global communities. The atmosphere in Rogers Arena was packed with excitement. There was an astronaut, the Fonz himself, and The Barenaked Ladies (don’t worry parents – just the musical group.) There was even a special presentation by Lorne Segal celebrating the history and spirit of philanthropy embodied by his father, Joe Segal, who was also present. 

Students in various classes completed assignments at We Day, with the Creative Writing class interviewing other We Day participants about their experience and the Social Justice class critically reflecting on the value of events like We Day. 

"I didn’t know what being an ‘imagineer’ meant before coming to We Day. Being an innovative and helpful thinker… isn’t that the whole point?"
~ Leora, Grade 11

"The Free the Children foundation is a driving movement of change for many young people in our generation."
~ Josha, Grade 12

Overall, everyone had an inspiring time and is ready to give back to the King David community. So look out!

Sports Highlights

Mr. Dichter (coach), Barbie, Izzy, Leora, Yuval, Ashley, Justine, Amanda, Sarah, Shayna, Elle and Michelle – our Senior Girls’ Volleyball team.

Huge kudos go out to the Senior Boys’ Soccer team for winning their quarterfinal playoff game against the Regent Christian High School Royals last week by a score of 3-1. The Lions advance to the semi-finals on Monday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. at Oak Park versus the Ecole de Pionniers Lynx. Good luck boys!

Congratulations to the Junior Boys’ Soccer team, who won their preliminary playoff game against Deer Lake on Tuesday in a very exciting fashion. The final score was 2-1 with the game being decided by penalty kicks. Great job!
The Senior Girls’ Volleyball team played two great matches this past Tuesday against the St. John’s Eagles and Bodwell Bruins, and lost by a small margin in both competitive games. The Lions have entered the Lower Mainland Zone F Senior Girls’ Championships taking place at Ecoles Jules Verne on November 18 and 19. Best of luck the rest of the season, girls! 
The Junior Girls’ Volleyball team played two fantastic matches this past Tuesday against the St. John’s Eagles and Bodwell Bruins, defeating them both. The team beat the Eagles 2 sets to 0 and beat the Bruins 2 sets to 1. We wish them ongoing success as the season continues!

King David Open House

King David Open House

It’s your time! Are you ready?

If you or someone you know has a child entering Grade 8 through 11 next year this evening is not to be missed! Invite them to join us to experience the difference that is King David.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
7 p.m.
The King David Open House is one of the best opportunities for prospective parents and students to discover why our families choose King David. During the evening, families will be welcomed by our Head of School, Russ Klein, hear from students and alumni, and explore the school during an interactive tour. In our classrooms, students will be conducting science experiments, debating in Judaic Studies, and making delicious treats for you in the Foods room!
Everyone is welcome to attend! Please share!

Supporting the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver

Federation Donation to KDHS
Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Parents Altogether

Presented by King David PAC and The Inclusion Services Department of the JCC

November 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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Kristallnacht 2015

Congregation Beth Israel

November 8, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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Centre for Judaics
Young Lamplighters Award Nominations

Please submit your nominations by November 22, 2015

JCC Poker Tournament

November 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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Congregation Beth Israel

Whistler Shabbat Retreat

November 27- 29, 2015

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The Janusz Korczak Lecture 
"How to Love a Child"

October 29, 2015 – April 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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