Weekly Newsletter – March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017  /  4 Nisan 5777
Shabbat Begins: 7:25 p.m.       Parsha: Vayikra
   Shabbat Ends: 8:33 p.m.         Leviticus 1:1-5:26 
Canada-Israel Mifgash 2017   

Since their very early morning flight last Sunday, our largest Grade 8 delegation yet (52 students and 6 chaperones) have had an exciting and activity-filled five days in the North of Israel, Vancouver’s partner region. 

On their way to the north, they stopped at Herzliya’s Hasharon Beach to unwind after the long journey, visited Rosh Hanikra, and were amazed by the beauty of the grottos and how close they were to the Lebanon border. 

L-R: Ilana W., Jasi, Moselle, Indy, Prielle, Lu, Sophie, Kalev, Ben M., and Yotam

After a good night’s sleep it was time to meet new friends at Har Vagai. This Mifgash is valued and seen as so important to the North that Giora Salz, Mayor of the Etzba HaGalil, came to welcome the delegation to the Galilee region. An excerpt from Russ Klein’s Head of School Daily Update to parents indicates that this went well! 

"Arrive at Har Vagai. Kids exit bus onto beautiful grassy area. Grass area is empty. I turn around to hug Har Vagai’s wonderful principal and poof – Israelis everywhere, and our students have disappeared into the mass of bodies and noise. Hosts were finding their new roommates and non-hosts were meeting their visitors. The vibe was excellent (so excellent it was hard to get them to stop talking and move to our first stop) and it was a very warm welcome!"

Following a morning of games to get to know each other, the group was off to the Agamon Hula Valley Bird Paradise. This was a lovely experience that was generously provided to King David by the Jewish National Fund (JNF). 

Heading to the Banding Station at the Agamon Hula Valley Bird Paradise

Day 3 saw all Canadian and Israeli students dressed in their PAC-purchased Har Vagai-King David T-shirts. The group visited the Helicopter Crash Memorial site dedicated to the 73 soldiers who lost their lives there.  

Russ says, "To sit near the stones that mark the spots where the soldiers were found is strangely powerful and moving: it is hope itself. It was also a really nice touch that the students who led our tour groups were part of this Mifgash in Grade 8, and had come to Vancouver as part of the Har Vagai Grade 9 contingent this past November."

Then it was time for the students to head off to the homes of their host families!
At the Helicopter Crash Memorial

Day 4 was a visit to the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, which is just a few minutes down the road from the school. Tel Dan is a beautiful place, with trails and streams and 4,000-year-old ruins. At the Reserve, the students were divided into groups, and during the hiking through this spectacular area the students participated in a number of activities at different stations along the way.

Most of the King David students at the Winnie the Pooh tree in the  Tel Dan Nature Reserve

For a full account of Day 1, click here.

For a full account of Day 2, click here.
For a full account of Day 3, click here.

For a full account of Day 4, click here.

Stay tuned for more in next week’s newsletter….

Literacy Awareness Day

Daniel, Michelle, Liz, Shayna, Justine, and Davina, dressed as their favourite literary characters, welcomed students this morning

On Friday, the Social Justice 12 class organized a Literacy Awareness Day, in an effort to bring awareness to literacy and access to education in developing countries. Students and staff brought in toonies and gently used books to donate, and dressed up as their favourite book characters in support of Room to Read and The Walking School Bus.
Student-created Holocaust Exhibit

As part of a Grade 11 Jewish History project on the Holocaust, each student chose and viewed a video of a Holocaust survivor’s testimony. They then chose a specific aspect of the testimony that stood out for them, something that they wanted to share with others, and chose an artistic medium with which to convey their story. Students chose among art, sculpture, music, prose, and poetry. Their original artwork is now on display on the main floor of King David. 

If you are in the area, you are welcome to view the outstanding work produced by the students.

Happenings This Week

On Monday, the Grade 10 Jazz Band gave a fantastic performance at Louis Brier.

On Tuesday, the Grade 11 Healthy Active Living class worked up a sweat at a Pure Barre class in Kitsilano.

Getting ready for Pesach! On Wednesday, the Grade 9 Boys and Girls PE classes had the opportunity to make matzah at the Chabad Lubovitch Centre.
Teaching for Tomorrow is May 17th.  
Come celebrate our school and learn together!

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Shabbat Shalom!

Community Events

Provincial Pre-Election Town Hall

Sunday, April 2
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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All Candidates Meeting

Tuesday, April 25
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

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Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Commemorative Evening

Sunday, April 23
7:00 p.m.

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Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut 
with The Jane Bordeaux Band

Monday, May 1
7:30 p.m.

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VTT’s "Big Night Out"

Sunday, May 7
7:30 p.m.

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Louis Brier Mother’s Day Tea

Wednesday, May 17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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JNF 2017 Negev Dinner

Sunday, June 4

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