Weekly Newsletter – March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016 / 1 Adar II, 5776
Shabbat Begins: 5:54 p.m.       Parsha: Pekudei
   Shabbat Ends: 7:01 p.m.            Exodus 38:21 – 40:38
Sneak Peak – Little Shop of Horrors

Sneak Peak - Little Shop of Horrors
Thank you to Gabe S., Grade 9, for making the video

Two Shows Only! 
Come out and support the students!

Purchase tickets online here, or click here for a printable form. 
Adult: $10   Students: $8

Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 
7 p.m.
Norman Rothstein Theatre

Life-Long Learning

On Thursday, we had a King David first in many ways. It was the first time we acknowledged members of our staff for their service to King David at an assembly with our students. We hope to make this an annual tradition where together we recognize staff for every five years of dedication to our school family. In the photo below are the teachers we recognized, with their years of service (as of last June) noted in brackets.

Back Row (L-R): Jess Sabado (12), Wendy Oberlander (10), Julie Lane (11), Dorin   Eilon-Heiber (12), Alex Monchamp (14), David Kedar (21), Debbie Appelbaum (7)
Front Row (L-R): Sandy Jorgenson (10), Lorna McRae (8), Lu Winters (5), David Amram (9), David Gorski (8), Monica Mackie (8) and baby Ayla, Anna-Mae Wiesenthal (9), Giselle Lawrence (8). 
Missing: Lisa Stibravy (10), Rabbi Stephen Berger (6) and Johnny Seguin (5)

Another first at this assembly was for Russ Klein, Head of School, to talk to the students about our school goal of developing life-long learners. He challenged the students to think about what drives them, and to reflect on their strengths, optimism, and motivation. This was then put into context by reflecting on how we recognize student achievement. During the first half of the assembly the school philosophy was shared, and in the second half the students separated by grade into different classrooms to meet with Student Council representatives to discuss the following questions:
  1. Is there a way for the school to make students focus more on learning, not marks (including the way we structure awards)?
  2. Do you want more or fewer "Unique Awards"? What would you add or take away?
  3. Do you agree with the way Year-end Celebration awards are determined and allocated? Are we valuing what you want? How would you change them?
  4. Do you agree with the approach to Honour Roll and Principal’s List? Should we continue to have this recognition? Should we change it?
We look forward to engaging the students in more of these conversations and applying their wisdom to ensure students have a role in shaping their school.
Where is our Senior Girls Basketball Team?

They are in Duncan, BC playing in the BC Provincials for the first time in Lions history!

Back Row (L-R): Sarah, Hanah, Izzy, Aria, Noga, Noa, Rachel, Ms. Bauck (Coach)
Front Row (L-R): Liza (Coach), Lynne, and Naomi (Coach)

Making new friends between games!

To make our girls feel more at home while away from school, a Kindergarten class "adopted" our team for the duration of the tournament, and even came out to cheer for them during their first game!
Happenings This Week

Science 9

The students were challenged to create a "vehicle" from recyclable materials that is operated by balloon power. Recognition was provided for the most creative design and for the "vehicle" that travelled the farthest.

Ally and Zoe show their delight as their vehicle begins to move forward

Volunteering in Neighbourhood Elementary Schools

Each week, a group of our students volunteer in local elementary schools. They connect with the younger students and the feedback has been so positive. It is a learning experience for both groups of students!

Leah, Grade 11, listens carefully
Yael, Grade 10, connects through blocks

March of the Living (MOL)

This morning, our Grade 10 and 11 students had an opportunity to hear from Roberta Malam, Director of MOL CTC and Eli Rubinstein, National Director of MOL. Roberta and Eli shared information about attending MOL in spring 2017. They also showed our students the beautiful story of Max Iland, a Holocaust survivor who, at 82 years old, finally celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at the top of Masada with a MOL group.

Grade 8 Art, Foods, and Music 

Today, as Term 2 ends, we were treated to videos created by the students in Art and a music performance by the group in Music. Delicious plates of cookies were passed around – a yummy snack baked by the group in Foods. Such a pleasure to see, hear, and taste your hard work this term! Thank you!

Save the Date!

Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

he Next Einstein Competition

Submission Deadline: 
March 16, 2016

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Daniel Pipes Lecture

Monday, May 9
7:00 p.m.

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RJDS and Beth Tikvah Golf Day

Monday, May 30

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