Weekly Newsletter – June 17, 2016

June 17, 2016 / 11 Sivan, 5776
Shabbat Begins: 9:03 p.m.       Parsha: Naso
   Shabbat Ends: 10:28 p.m.         Numbers 4:21 – 7:89
L’hitraot Lian and Tomer!

Lian and Tomer – Todah Rabah for a wonderful year!

"We were lucky to meet you all and share this amazing journey of ours with you. We want to believe that this goodbye is not permanent. We will keep you updated with future milestones in our lives and will make sure to hear about yours as well. "
~ With much love and appreciation, Lian and Tomer

For the first time King David has proudly hosted two ShinShiniot from Israel this year. Short for "shanat sherut," a ShinShin(it) is an Israeli high school graduate who defers military service for one year to serve as an emissary in Jewish communities across North America and Europe. 

As we near the end of the school year, we are sad to say goodbye to Lian Swissa and Tomer Tetro. Lian and Tomer lit up our lives every Tuesday and Thursday. As they entered the school at the beginning of each day they were greeted with hugs and smiles from our appreciative students. 
As Israeli emissaries, their mandate was to bring Israeli life and culture to King David and they more than succeeded at this task. Their programs within the classrooms were fun and engaging. They had students dancing to Israeli music during lunch and their Yom HaZikaron program was especially moving and meaningful. It has created a new tradition for us and we will work to keep the recognition of this day as deep and significant going forward.

Lian and Tomer brought the Shinshin program to King David and as pioneers in new waters, they have been an amazing addition to our school. We will miss them both and wish them every success in their upcoming army service.

Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver for providing support and managing this program.

Making an Impact

This term, the Social Justice 12 class explored self-directed projects. Students each had fifty dollars, generously donated by PAC, and whatever resources they could gather to create some sort of Social Justice event or campaign that would impact our local community. Here’s a little of what they accomplished:

Rachel and Ashley’s project aimed to reduce the stigma against women in sports. By creating a video that demonstrated the wide range of sporting activities that women in our community participate in, they hoped to make sports more gender inclusive. As a result of their video, Ashley and Rachel hoped women would feel safe to step outside their comfort zones and try new sports that they might have otherwise felt they could not play.

Talia and Neeve’s mission with their ‘Get Fit’ advocacy project was to raise awareness about Canadians’ inactive lifestyles. This awareness aims to foster a society that can take action and implement more physical activity into daily routines. They handed out creatively designed flyers containing fun workouts and information on health, while talking about making healthy changes to daily routines and lifestyles.

Oren and Matt wanted to spread awareness about disabilities. They held relay races in which students were assigned limitations to simulate various disabilities. Matt and Oren hoped that these relay races would have an impact on participants and help everyone empathize with people who have disabilities and understand the struggles that this comes with.

Joelle and Gabi conducted an event at the Weinberg Residence where King David students spent time with residents. The students and residents played games of scrabble, chatted about their interests and lives, and made strong connections that they all hope to continue. Next year King David will be conducting visits more often, building deeper relationships between the residents and students.

Aria and Rina created a simulation activity that related to the issue of malnourishment in developing countries. This activity showed the students how hard it is to maintain good health with the little bit of food that people living in developing countries consume on a regular basis. Experiencing that feeling of hunger for one lunchtime has inspired, and will hopefully continue to inspire, participants to take further action.

For their project, Dara and Maya brought coffee and donuts to the square outside the Canada Line station at Oakridge to offer to people, along with facts about mental health awareness on slips of paper. The objective of their project was to promote mental wellness and facts about mental health.

Rosie and Bella compiled a short video of different individuals within the King David school community discussing what they have conquered. This provided a platform for people to share their accomplishments, big or small. The video helped to de-stigmatize mental health and start a conversation about it, showing that even a small detail in one’s daily routine may be a big accomplishment for someone else.

Kol Hakavod to the Graduating Class of 2016!

Graduating Class of 2016 – June 9, 2016

We would like to acknowledge the success of our graduates, many of whom have received multiple scholarships for their post-secondary plans. 

University Entrance Scholarship Recipients:

Hana Balshin, Oren Balshin, Nufar Berko Gabay, Barbie Clark, Ma’ayan Fadida, Dara Festinger, Noga Goldman, Shmuel Hart, Noah Kallner, Yannay Kaplan, 
Izzy Khalifa, Neeve Mathews, Ashley Morris, Talia Ocean, Rachel Pekeles, 
Josha Rafael, Gabi Rosengarten, Adi Rosenkrantz, Shane Rozen-Delman, 
Liam Sasky, Joelle Schaffer, Maya Shapira and Bella Silverman

2015/16 Dogwood District/Authority Award 
(from The Ministry of Education and The Ministry of Advanced Education))

Izzy Khalifa, Rachel Pekeles, Joshua Rafael, Shane Rozen-Delman and 
Liam Sasky
2016 Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) scholarship.

Shmuel Hart  Read more

Click here for awards received at Celebration 5776 and Graduation

Shabbat Shalom!
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