Weekly Newsletter – May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016 / 19 Iyar, 5776
Shabbat Begins: 8:47 p.m.       Parsha: Behar
   Shabbat Ends: 10:09 p.m.            Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2
Celebration 5776 Rocked the Building!

"Thank you for a wonderful evening celebrating our children. The atmosphere was electrifying and energizing, and, of course, super entertaining. Had a blast! Looking around and experiencing that honest, down-to-earth, from-the-heart kind of aura just felt RIGHT. We could not have chosen a better place for our children. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
~ Grade 9 Parent

As the school year draws to an end, we gather together to celebrate the heart of King David: our students. On Wednesday evening, parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends joined us for this special event where we featured student art, musical performances, and delicious food from our culinary program. We proudly showcased the work our students and teachers do each day in the classroom, and recognized our students for their attributes and values, which are at the core of our identity as a school. 

When selecting award recipients, we consider not only academic excellence; we also recognize effort, improvement, overall contribution to the learning environment, positive influence and approach, tenacity or perseverance, and other elements that are specific to individual classroom settings. 

Along with the distribution of awards, the audience was treated to musical numbers prepared by all grades. From Adele’s "Rolling in the Deep" to Led Zeppelin’s "Black Dog," the musicians brought the house down! The Home Economics students prepared delicious sweet and savoury treats that were enjoyed by all, and the Art students displayed many creative pieces along the walls of the Atrium, as well as some stellar films, along with a music video created by the Grade 8 Drama students.
 Perusing the art gallery

Sagiv, Grade 8, points out which delicious treat his father should try
Green Day 2016
Two weeks ago, the Geography 12 class started to organize King David’s second annual Green Day, which will take place on Thursday, June 2. The day is designed to encourage all things green; physical fitness, community, environmental awareness, waste reduction, calls to action, etc. There will be a friendly competition amongst the TAG groups to see which one has the most students coming to school with a GREEN action/mindset!
As part of this initiative, the Green Club will start an electronics recycling drive from Monday, May 30 to Thursday, June 2. For this purpose, they will place boxes on the bench opposite reception, clearly labelled with the name of the different TAG groups. The TAG group that brings the most recyclables will earn points for the Green Day competition.
How else can your team earn points? Check out the following video:

Geography 12 Green Day Video
You can find more details on the rules of the competition and other ways to earn points by clicking hereMay the greenest team win!

                                         Stay tuned … 

Experiencing Mindfulness

Over the course of four months, students in the Grade 9 Accelerated Science class engaged in a Mindfulness practice, with Lu Winters and Tess Gardiner as facilitators. The practice included a one minute, guided, mindful meditation that included listening to chimes, eating kosher food, walking, listening to music, practicing yoga movements, repeating mantras, and using an app called Head Space. The goal was to give the students a variety of ways that they could use mindful meditations in their daily life. They learned about brain function and how stress affects the brain. The practice of Mindfulness and meditation has been researched and proven to lower stress levels, which allows the brain to function.  This in turn allows learning, focusing, and decision-making to happen without the interference of stress.

Every few weeks, the students answered a questionnaire, which monitored their general stress level and current stress level. To read more about the Mindfulness practice, and the students’ findings, please click here.
EQ Club Leads Anti-homophobia Day

"Today at King David, we celebrated the international day against homophobia and transphobia. (The actual day is May 17th which marks the day in 1998 that homosexuality was removed from the international classification of diseases.) Throughout the week, around the school there have been pictures of actors, artists, pioneers, characters, and a rabbi. Today, we decorated them with rainbow-coloured bowties, hats, and sashes to mark the one thing they have in common- that they are all on the LGTBQ+ spectrum."
~ Talia, Grade 9

During the lunch hour, students were invited to the Foods room to enjoy rainbow smoothies prepared by Mrs. Nurick and her Foods students.

Vancouver’s New Group of Israeli Emissaries

As the school year draws to a close our current group of Shinshiniot, Lian, Tomer, and Ofir, are preparing to transition from our Jewish day schools to summer camps for the final weeks of their time in Vancouver. Their energy and passion for all things Israel have added so much to our programs, and they will be missed!

We are so fortunate to be welcoming a new group of Shinshiniot in September. They have prepared the video below to introduce themselves to the community.

Vancouver Shinshiniot 2016-2017

Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

JCC Orr Auditions

Sunday, May 29
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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RJDS and Beth Tikvah Golf Day

Monday, May 30

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"Berlin Identities" by Ira Hoffecker
Opening Reception

Thursday, June 2
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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"Sandwich Generation"
Jewish Family Service Agency

Monday, June 6
7:30 p.m.

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Parents Altogether Workshop
Social Skills 101

Thursday, June 9
6:30 p.m.

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Camp Shalom

July 4-29
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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CFHU Summer Event

Sunday, July 17
7:30 p.m.

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Game Design Classes

July and August

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