Weekly Newsletter – October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015  / 17 Cheshvan 5776
Shabbat Begins: 5:37 p.m.           Parsha: Vayeira
Shabbat Ends: 6:42 p.m.              Genesis 18:1-22:24
Cocktails and Conversations
Sam Khalifa, Class of 2014, Liza Kalb, Class of 2011, and Adam Sanders, Class of 2014 
started the conversation by sharing their post-secondary journeys

Planning for life beyond high school brings a feeling of anxiety for both parents and students. Deciding what the next step is, achieving the marks required to get there, and completing university applications is the focus of many conversations amongst our Grade 12 students and their teachers and parents.  

Last night, Grade 11 and 12 parents were invited for an evening of Cocktails and Conversation to discuss graduation and post-secondary planning. To begin the discussion, we invited three alumni to share their stories. Sam is a second-year Engineering student at UBC, Liza completed her Nursing degree at UBC Okanagan, and is working at Children’s Hospital in the NICU as well as specializing at BCIT, and Adam is a second-year student at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. The three had some great advice for the students:

  • Remember that many roads lead to the same destination – don’t be stressed if your original ideas need to be revised.
  • Don’t be afraid to apply to and then defer university to have a gap year experience. Alumni have done that and settle back into university well.
  • Speaking with alumni who are beyond high school provides an added level of support.
  • Be open to looking at all options – find a program and school that works for you rather than going where your friends are.
  • All agreed that Grade 12 was far more stressful than first year university, and they all felt well prepared and able to meet the challenge of their demanding programs.
Their advice for parents was to acknowledge how difficult post-secondary planning and making career choices can be, and to avoid focusing on a top university choice. It is important to have other options to meet a variety of outcomes. 

At King David we inform parents and students of a variety of options for life after high school. University is the right choice for some students but not all – gap years, apprenticeships, and college programs may be a better fit. We really think it is important to encourage our students to make a choice for the right reasons, and for them to be flexible – students rarely define themselves for the rest of their life when they’re 18 years of age (though they think they do). We have a post-secondary counsellor whose role is to help students get ready for their next exciting adventure.  

Jordana Corenblum, King David’s Post-Secondary Course and Career Counsellor, introduced parents to a new program we are rolling out this year. Currently, Grade 12 students all have access to myBlueprint, a web-based program that has students engaged with setting goals, recording activities and planning their futures. Soon the Grade 11 students will also have access, as will parents. 

The goal for the evening was not only to provide parents with this information but also to create the understanding that what they are experiencing is not unusual, that there is support from the school, and that while students will get to their destination, they may detour along the way!

Lyora Nifco, Mike and Reesa Pawer, Lisa Boroditsky and Lori Balshin

High Intensity Fun!

The PE 9 Girls’ class had the opportunity to try out some very fun and high-intensity training at Raincity Athletics Crossfit with Mrs. Yaxley. The group participated in a variety of agility, speed and strength drills with dynamic and professional instructors. The feedback was very positive .
"It was the most challenging thing we’ve ever done. And it felt good to sit on the bus and relax on the way back!" 
~ Georgia K.
"Crossfit was a really good change from our usual activities in the gym." 
~ Lynne A.
This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to see a high level of fitness to complement our traditional team sports and school PE activities. We plan to go back again next year!
Same Desk, New Challenge!

We are delighted to announce that Esther Mogyoros has accepted the role of Director of Development. Esther has a long history with King David; she is the mother of two alumni – Marcos, Class of 2008, and Alex, Class of 2011 – and has been a member of the administration team for 18 months, working in development and with parents and alumni. Esther is looking forward to this new challenge and to your continued support to secure the financial sustainability
of our school.

Esther, Marcos – Class of 2011, and Luis at King David’s 10-Year celebration

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

Commemorating Rabin

Temple Sholom

November 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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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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Israeli Consular Representative Visit

December 2 – 3, 2015

Submit appointment requests by November 6, 2016.

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Winners Take All

Presented by Vancouver USY, Richmond USY, & Camp Solomon Schechter

November 7, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

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Kristallnacht 2015

Congregation Beth Israel

November 8, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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Richmond Kadima Laser Tag

November 14, 
2015 at 6:00 p.m.

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Richmond USY Movie Night

November 15, 
2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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Centre for Judaics
Young Lamplighters Award Nominations

Please submit your nominations by November 22, 2015

The Janusz Korczak Lecture Series
"How to Love a Child"

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

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Congregation Beth Israel

Whistler Shabbat Retreat

November 27- 29, 2015

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JCC Poker Tournament

November 28, 
2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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