Weekly Newsletter – May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017  /  16 Iyar 5777
Shabbat Begins: 8:28 p.m.       Parsha: Emor
   Shabbat Ends: 9:45 p.m.         Leviticus 21:1-24:23
Only 5 Days until Teaching for Tomorrow!

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Digital Zoo: Science Engineering Fun! 


Grade 8 students began their week by GEERing Up and participating in a high school science and engineering workshop! With input and assistance from two enthusiastic instructors, they applied newly acquired knowledge of the real world to programming: specifically, object-oriented design. They started with a blank page and finished with a simple animation of a zoo containing the animals they had programmed during the workshop!
Camping in the Rain!

Rakeea, Shayna, Adina, Dalia, Braden, Leah, and Mr. Dichter 
brave the elements at Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge

On Thursday, the Outdoor Education group braved the rain for the Introduction to Camping trip. Six Grade 11 and 12 students ventured to Golden Ears park in Maple Ridge for one night of camping. The students worked on their tarp and knot tying skills, tent setup, stove use and camp cooking. It was a great outing, and everyone enjoyed getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and cellphones to enjoy a day of damp relaxation. Thanks to Mrs. Valdiri and Mr. Dichter for leading the expedition.

Working together under the tarp!
Post-secondary Planning

Zahra Rasul outlines the many options available

On Monday evening, King David hosted a post-secondary information evening for parents of students from Grades 9 -11. The general information session, led by Zahra Rasul of Rasul Learning Group, outlined the many options and paths available for students after high school, including universities, colleges, trade programs, and gap year programs. Zahra also highlighted "unique" programs offered by a variety of universities and colleges. Along with this information, parents were encouraged to start early by having open and honest conversations with their children about goals, passions, and interests, rather than focusing on specific programs or careers. The evening also highlighted the changing landscape of education – that the jobs and industries of the future will require our students to have highly developed "soft" skills rather than a set knowledge base.

The session was very well-received by parents, and there were many questions. A common feeling amongst the parent group was how much the landscape has changed since they were the ones making decisions for their post-secondary journeys.
Alumni Pay It Forward!

Throughout their years of high school, our students are involved in activities of tikkun olam. These values are embedded and many of our alumni continue paying it forward after graduation. If you know of an alum doing some great work please let us know as we would love to feature them in our newsletter.

Three of our alumni – Maya Rosenkrantz, Aaron Friedland, and Shane Golden – are all leading projects that are improving the lives of children and families locally and globally. As a school we continue to support their work, and would like to give you the opportunity to do so as well!

Project 1 – Nepal

Maya Rosenkrantz
Class of 2012
This summer, Maya, 
along with seven other UBC medical students, will be travelling to under-served communities in rural Nepal to screen for Sickle Cell Disease as part of a screening project that began in the summer of 2015. 
 
Maya says, "Sickle Cell Disease is a very serious and debilitating chronic condition that has been found to be prevalent in Indigenous populations of rural Nepal. If left unmanaged, the disease has up to a 90% child mortality rate. Our group aims to screen up to 1,000 patients, and continue with the implementation of a management and awareness campaign in remote communities in the province of Dang, where access to healthcare is incredibly limited. We aim to use our findings to lobby the Nepalese government into implementing a widespread screening program for Sickle Cell Disease across Western Nepal."
 
For more information and to support the project, click here.


Project 2 – Uganda
Aaron Friedland
Class of 2010
Aaron 
developed his passion for economic development and education while working and researching abroad. He recognized that students in places such as Uganda, South Africa, and India who struggled academically would often fall into the poverty trap. His personal experiences opened his eyes to myriad barriers to education, including distance to school and lack of nutrition. These experiences, in conjunction with his work at UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-profit, taught him a great deal about education in developing countries and gave him the foundation to create an organization called The Walking School Bus, which aims to help students worldwide access education. In addition to founding the organization, he serves as the Executive Director.

Aaron says, "Every day, over half a million students in Uganda alone walk over 5 km both to and from school to attain an education. Walk with us on May 28 at 9:00 a.m. to gain a better understanding of the barriers millions of students face when accessing their education, while helping us achieve our aim of empowering access through literacy by raising much-needed funds to build two classrooms in rural Uganda this summer. Register, donate, or start your own fundraising team today."

For more information, click here.

Project 3 – Canada

       Shane Golden       
Class of  2010
Shane is co-founder of Potential Apparel, which is now a charitable society whose main focus is to launch charity golf tournaments across Canada (starting in Whistler with the Whistler Invitational with the help of many professional athletes).

Shane says, "To accomplish this goal we have partnered with the Breakfast Club of Canada (BCC) and the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), and after a successful inaugural Whistler Invitational in 2016, we are taking 2017 off to regroup with newer, bigger, and better sponsorships, partners, and professional athletes for 2018. We have our dates set – July 27-29 2018; we have our location – the Fairmont Chateau Whistler; we have our charities – Breakfast Club of Canada (BCC) and the Canucks Autism Network (CAN). Now we’re just locking in our new sponsors and partners and cannot wait to bring a whole new level of charity golf tournament to Whistler, British Columbia!" 

For more information, click here.

Shabbat Shalom!

Community Events

JCC Festival Ha’Rikud

May 11 – 14
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 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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Israel Advocacy Symposium

Sunday, May 28
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Celebrating Israel & Canada

May 2017

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