Weekly Newsletter – November 27, 2015

November 27, 2015  / 15 Kislev 5776
Shabbat Begins: 4:01 p.m.           Parsha: Vayishlach
Shabbat Ends: 5:12 p.m.              Genesis 32:4-36:43
RAC Week Keeps on Giving

Last week our students volunteered at 17 different organizations and touched the lives of many people in the community, both young and old. The students prepared an extensive two-hour program centred on acts of kindness for the elementary schools. They did an outstanding job of adapting their lesson plans to cater to children in Kindergarten to Grade 7. They led icebreaker games, read to students, demonstrated and carried out art lessons, and finished with an activity in sharing kindness within the classroom. They also played with students outdoors at recess.  

"I went back into the school a week later, and the students still have their "bucket" on their desk. They loved the work your students did. I was really impressed with their leadership skills. I welcome any other opportunities of collaboration with your school. Your students displayed outstanding behaviour, manners, and kindness! A big thank you from Cook Elementary!"
~ Manjit Torrance, Literacy Teacher, District Learning Services, Vancouver School Board
"I wanted to tell you that the teachers were thrilled with your Grade 9 students today. They said they were very organized, the story was well told, and the activity afterwards was well done. Thank you."
~ Susan Reardon, Principal, Jamieson Elementary School

In addition to elementary schools, our students lifted the hearts of the elderly at retirement homes around the city. Each day, students were prepared to play card games, do puzzles, talk to elders about their personal histories, and perform music and singing recitals.

"I just wanted to send a HUGE thank-you to the students of King David. I just got back from my vacation today and the first thing the residents wanted to talk about were the students! They absolutely loved having them come and do activities (especially the singing) and were really overjoyed that they chose to come to Legacy. On behalf of all of us here I really hope that they know it touched a lot of people’s hearts. Please feel free to come back whenever."
~ Julie Demers, Resident Program Manager, Legacy Senior Living

These are just a few of the sentiments sent to us since RAC Week, and they keep coming! Over and over again, King David students amazed us with their leadership qualities, and made a huge positive impression on the Vancouver community as a whole.

Several students also volunteered at alternative organizations such as Quest Food Exchange, Dress for Success, and Street Soccer.

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all parents and volunteers for driving our students during this very busy week. It could not have happened without you!
Feeding the Faculty!

Alumni parent, Deborah Youngson, and Head of School, Russ Klein, organized a kitchen crew to cook a nutritional and delicious breakfast for the King David staff on Monday morning as a start to the Collaborative Day meetings. Well done and thank you, team!

Mr K. scrambles eggs as well as he does Math
Ellia looks the part as she grates cheese
Mr. Mo makes mean 
 hash browns
2015 Scholarship Award Recipients

We’re proud to share that four graduates from our Class of 2015 have been awarded a Graduation Program Examinations Scholarship. This scholarship from the BC Ministry of Education recognizes students’ academic excellence across the suite of graduation provincial exams and has an award value of $1250. 

Mazal Tov to:
  • Sara Biegel-Evans (University of Toronto)
  • Daniel Milton (Derech Institute, Jerusalem)
  • Isaac Pekeles (Queen’s University)
  • Tal Tanne (University of British Columbia)
November brings Movember! 

The end of November is finally here! This means we can say goodbye to all of the moustaches at King David – unless there are a few teachers who really like the look….
Thank you to the teachers and students who participated in our Movember competition, and to all those who placed coins in the jars to vote for their pick of the best moustache! We’re proud to announce that Mr. Knapp was voted the winner.

A total of $410 was raised and will be donated to The Movember Foundation.

Mr. Knapp before
Mr. Knapp after

King David Launches its Second Annual Fund Campaign

The King David High School of today is the result of a community that understands the vision and value of a Jewish education. This year, 207 students are on the road to graduating with the knowledge, principles, and sense of community that will enable them to create extraordinary futures.

As we launch our second Annual Fund Campaign we ask you to sustain that shared vision by making a gift to the Annual Fund that is meaningful and within your means. Thank you for your continued support.

L’hitraot from Kristy Watson

It’s never easy to say goodbye to family. As teachers, we always talk about how we watch our students grow within our walls, spread their wings and take off from home base. Upon departure, students usually speak about how much they’ve learned from their teachers, their family, and their peers. It’s time I echo their sentiments. In the past 11 years at this school, I’ve learned so much from my peers, my students, and my own family. Eleven sets of Grade 8 students have come, ten sets of Grade 12’s have gone, and then as alumni they grace us with visits. We’ve catered, cooked, baked, burned, set afire, boiled, sautéed, fried, and deep fried our days away. We’ve laughed together and cried together. We’ve seen a handful of students go off in the culinary world in both the workforce and post-secondary education. It has been my absolute pleasure to share room 131 with the families of King David High School. Every single one of you has left a stamp in my lifetime passport.    
Ms. Watson, Max, Marc, Josh and Shmuel with a plate prepared for the 2014 Lion’s Den

I’ve been given an opportunity to delve into a passion of mine in the fitness industry. I have been a part-time Personal Trainer for 18 years and it’s time to give it a go full-time. My clients, both male and female, range in age from teenagers to seniors and we explore the idea of fitness within a holistic approach.  

I want to thank the 2004-2015 King David family for welcoming me with open arms and supporting me along the way. Nathan, my son, and I cherish our time here and we promise to keep in touch. If by winter break we haven’t said goodbye or if anyone wishes to be in contact, please email the school and they will forward my contact information to you.  

King David Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting of the King David Board provided an opportunity for us to extend sincere appreciation to the outgoing members of our board, Tracy Ames and Reisa Schwartzman, who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the school, and to welcome incoming Board member Brian Levinkind.

Tracy and Reisa served as Chairs of the Judaics and Recruitment Committees for many years. Their support of, and commitment to, King David has contributed to its growth in both size and programming! Todah Raba!
Run/Jog/Walk – And Change a Child’s Life 

Do you want to create a Vancouver Team?

At King David we love helping out in the community and we would like to support SHALVA – an Israeli organization devoted to helping children with special needs. SHALVA offers an amazing opportunity for high school students throughout North America and the U.K. to partake in an unforgettable experience running in Jerusalem. Students who choose to participate (either in the full marathon, half marathon, 10 km, or 5 km tracks) get to experience Jerusalem in a unique way, form a bond with runners from other schools, and, most importantly, make a huge difference in the lives of the children and families SHALVA supports. The program also welcomes runners of all ages – so all are welcome! If you are interested in learning more, click here.

Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Free Tutoring by UBC & SFU students

Tues., Wed., Thurs. 
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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

October 29, 2015 – April 6
7:00 p.m.

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JCC Poker Tournament

November 28 
 6:30 p.m.

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Congregation Beth Israel

Whistler Shabbat Retreat

November 27- 29

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Parents Altogether

Jewish Community Centre

December 3, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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Family Shabbat Dinner

Schara Tzedeck Synagogue

December 4 – 5, 2015

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