Weekly Newsletter – December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 / 6 Tevet 5776
Shabbat Begins: 3:57 p.m.         Parsha: Vayigash
   Shabbat Ends: 5:10 p.m.          Genesis 44:18-47:27
What a Great First Term!

It has been a wild ride so far this year – and not just because of all the excitement of the new Star Wars movie. The school calendar has been unique; we started school on the latest day possible, following Labour Day on September 7. Our first month back was jam-packed with five and a half days of Jewish holidays in addition to three days of a school-wide retreat – and we have been running uphill ever since. Next year has no Jewish holidays in September – Baruch Hashem!

Joking aside
, it has been a great first term. With over 200 students we’ve paid it forward, and in all directions, with a very successful Randon Acts of Chesed Week. I can still hear the sound of the hundreds of people pounding dough at our Sara Briman-led Challah bake at the BI. Our Student Council infused our school with spirit and made teachers and students alike get itchy again for Movember. Almost half of the students have already volunteered on the downtown eastside at The Door is Open, and we have visited and made buckets with elementary public school children and with seniors from Louis Brier and Legacy – it seems everybody appreciates adolescents singing songs and giving out Challah! Oh yeah, and our athletic program has exploded with 12 different boys and girls teams playing volleyball, soccer, and basketballOn top of doing well, our volleyball and soccer teams were recognized in their end of season tournaments as the Most Sportsmanlike Teams. I am verklempt, to say the least!

This kind of momentum requires an incredibly dedicated staff, and I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the King David faculty and administration team for making King David
a nurturing and exciting learning environment. Of course, none of this would be possible were it not for the support and guidance of the King David Board of Directors and the support of our PAC and parent volunteers. 
I wish to thank our students for making every day interesting and fun! You are the heart of the school and your enthusiasm for learning makes us strive to do better and provide more. 
Finally, to all those in the community who support King David financially, your generosity is inspirational, and I thank you on behalf of all current and future students who will be beneficiaries of your support.
Have a wonderful winter break. See you all in 2016!

Russ Klein
Head of School
Happenings at King David

Ephram Markovitch, recording artist and King David Alumnus, treats the
Grade 11 Music class to a songwriting seminar.

The Grade 12 Biology students spent time at the Michael Smith Lab on the UBC campus doing a DNA replication lab.

Zoe, Grade 9, (on the right) correctly guessed the number of Hanukkah gelt coins (144!) in the jar. She asked Dina, also Grade 9, to be in the photo with her
as she had helped her estimate correctly!

Har Vagai teacher Yardena, Yael in Grade 9, and Shinshiniot Ophir and Lian
light the candles at the Grade 9 Shabbat dinner last week.

King David administration, staff and students bid a sad farewell to Kristy Watson (pictured here with Justine, Grade 11) at a school-wide assembly on Thursday.
Ms. Watson, you will be missed!

Our Grade 11 Students’ Journal in French!

Our Grade 11 French class has been hard at work over these past four weeks, and Mme. Miller-Bouchard is pleased to share their efforts with you! Stemming from a unit on the arts and various forms of expression, students decided to create a magazine called Bouchard Journal, which illustrates the connections between nature and the French culture. 

To promote an environmentally-friendly ideology, students presented the magazine through an online program: click here to take a look! The authors of this fabulous production are Amanda, Josh B., Felipe, Aimee, Katrin, Leora, Anthony, and Sophie. Enjoy! 

Thank you, Rachelle!

In Psychology class, as part of a unit on motivation, we were lucky to have guest speaker Rachelle Pullmer talk to the students about motivational interviewing. A King David alumna, Rachelle is working on a PhD in psychology at S.F.U. She taught the students how patients can be guided through an interview process to find effective ways to make positive changes in their lives. The class participated in an engaging activity which put each student in the role of either a patient or a counsellor. We are grateful that Rachelle took time out of her schedule to teach us about motivation! 
Applications Open for 2016-2017

We hope you are considering King David as the high school for your child for next year!

New Student applications are completed online and are due by January 11, 2016.  

New Families: Click here to begin  
Current Families Enrolling a Sibling: Please use your existing Parent Portal PCR username and password to log in. You will be able to create a new application that will be linked to your current household information by clicking on Add New Sibling.

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office

Support Jewish Education: Give to our Annual 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.

Shabbat Shalom!
Have a wonderful winter break!
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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Weizmann Institute of Science
Summer Science Scholarship

Applications due March 1, 2016

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