Weekly Newsletter – September 23, 2016

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 September 23, 2016  /  20 Elul 5776
Shabbat Begins: 6:49 p.m.       Parsha: Ki Tavo
   Shabbat Ends: 7:52 p.m.         Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 
Yesterday, King David was part of a global conversation with over 91,500 events happening in 124 countries around the world! 
Character Day is a global initiative that focuses on developing character strengths (empathy, grit, courage, and more) based on neurological research and studies into the science of character. Character Day was initiated by Let it Ripple, led by filmmaker Tiffany Schlain, who has produced a series of short films designed to inspire and challenge us to deeper feelings and greater action.

This event is designed to promote the qualities of menschlichkeit and empathy that King David has so successfully embedded in our classrooms and programs – and to introduce the school community to the ideas that are central to TAG (Teacher Advisory Groups) for 2016 – 2017. The central idea of character traits that is described in the film The Making of a Mensch will form the basis for TAG this year. 
Participating organizations are encouraged to create a  Character Day in their own fashion: there is no rallying cry, no fireworks, no dogma.
At the start of the first three blocks of the day, teachers shared three short films introducing some of the ideas of Character Day. 

1. The Adaptable Mind (11 minutes)
This film explores the skills we need to flourish in the 21st century.
2. The Science of Character (8 min)
This film explores the neuroscience and social science behind character development, and how we can shape who we are and who we want to be.
This film takes the science we explored in The Science of Character and reframes it through the lens of the great Jewish teachings of the Mussar tradition.
During lunch, the Atrium was filled with representatives from a variety of organizations, from Ronald McDonald House to CJPAC and the BCSPCA, all seeking volunteers. This Volunteer Fair allowed students to learn about the organizations, share experiences with the representatives and each other, and sign up for the volunteer opportunities that the school promotes in and around the community – paying it forward, the King David way!

Our gratitude goes to Wendy Oberlander for leading the day, and to Ellia Belson for bringing the Volunteer Fair to life.
And They’re Off …

Thursday was the opening hiking and camping trip for our new Outdoor Education Program. The ten Grade 9 and 10 students were prepared and set out on a two day trip which included an overnight stay in the wild.

With the hiking done for the day, it was time to set up camp. And what a great spot they have selected!

Not all problem-solving takes place in the classroom! 

We are looking forward to hearing from the group when they return today.
Todah Rabah!

We want to say thank you. Thank you to all who have supported us in the past, helping us grow into a leader of Jewish education in our community. Thank you to those who are committed to securing Jewish education for future generations.

Class of 2016 – Your Yearbooks Have Arrived!

Yearbooks are available for collection from the school office. 

If you are near, stop by to pick one up – if not, ask your parents to collect one for you.
Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Leadership Opportunities 

Sept. 21 – Dec. 14
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Interest-Free Student Loans
Hebrew Free Loan Association of Vancouver

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JCC Parents Altogether
Heart-Mind Well-Being

Tuesday, September 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Beth Tikvah
High Holiday Seats

Rosh Hashanah
October 3 & 4

Kol Nidre 
October 11

Yom Kippur
October 12

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Local Artisan Fair
North Shore Jewish Community Centre

Sunday, October 16
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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