Weekly Newsletter – December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017  / 20 Kislev 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 3:56 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:08 p.m. 
Parsha: Vayeishev: Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 

Despite the cold and fog, a warm welcome awaited our guests as they 
arrived at King David!

The gesher chai (living bridge) that was started last year when King David’s Grade 8 students visited Israel continued in Canada yesterday with the arrival of 24 Har Vagai students and two teachers. Tonight the 25th student and a third teacher will join the group. This is the largest delegation of students to visit Canada! These students hosted King David students, and the Canadian families are thrilled to be able to reciprocate their hospitality. They will be with us for seven days, and their itinerary is full for the time they spend in Vancouver!

Thank you to the staff and parents who collected our guests from the airport and brought them to the school to meet the excited Grade 9 students, who waited outside in the fog with Israeli music blaring to ensure our visitors received a warm welcome!

The Grade 9 students are so excited to be welcoming their peers from Israel. They all agree that it is their turn to show them Vancouver and to treat them as well as they treated us! We hear that families are excited to meet them, too!

Showing the Har Vagai students a photo of them from our trip to Israel that is on display in the school.

Creating this connection would not be possible without the 
support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Gesher Chai program that links Canada and the Galilee Panhandle.

Eva Dobrovolska and Neev Mizrachi, both Grade 10, pay close attention while Kathleen Muir shares her experiences as a social worker

On Thursday, the whole school participated in our third annual career fair. This year we offered 11 different careers to learn more about: social worker, high tech entrepreneur, family doctor, realtor, physiotherapist, child psychologist, doula, farming teacher, cellist, lawyer, chef, and pastry chef. We want to thank all of our volunteer presenters for providing our students with a perspective on the vastly different career possibilities.  Our students chose two career presentations to attend and enjoyed hearing about the variety of paths to take in life.

Some interesting comments from students:

"I saw the social worker and the psychologist. It was interesting to learn that when the psychologist opened her own practice, she didn’t realize that she would have to take business courses as well to know how to run it."

"The lawyer went to university for Acting and then used his courses to take the LSAT to become a lawyer – I had no idea that you could take that path to Law!"

"I’m really glad that I went to hear the farmer. His job is so different. He takes care of so many animals and grows so much food…I had no idea!"

Our Grade 9 students attended a Wellness Workshop on the topic of Positive Body Image on Wednesday. Renae Regehr, the founder, researcher, and director of
Free to Be Talks spoke with us about how deeply society and social media influence our impression of our own body image through a constant shower of messages that are not always true. She demystified the notion that both gender models are "flawless" and discussed how dishonest the media’s messages are to people. Renae also gave the students tools to build upon their own resilience to look at themselves with love, acceptance, and confidence. For more information, please visit her website.

BC Achievement Scholarships recognize the top 8000 graduates in the province (this total represents about 13% of BC Provincial graduates). The Ministry determines recipients based on achievement in Grades 10, 11, and 12 courses by calculating a cumulative average percentage. Recipents receive a $1250 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.

Over the past 5 years, 26% of our graduates have received this award and we are proud to say Mazal Tov to the 13 graduates who received the scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year.

Josh Altow, Queens University
Justine Balin, Dalhousie University
Josh Bugis, University of British Columbia
Adam Clark, McGill University
Yuval Daniel, University of British Columbia
Eli Friedland, IDF
Lis Grinfeld, York University
Eytan Grubner, University College of London
Aimee Lutrin, University of British Columbia
Katrin Maliatski, McGill University
Benjamin Munt, McGill University
Michelle Nifco, Bar Ilan Israel Experience Gap Year Program
Leora Schertzer, McGill University

On Tuesday evening, King David’s Parent Action Committee (PAC) sponsored a parent workshop on the topic of substance and process addictions. Rebecca Denham, Director of JACS Vancouver (pictured left) and her colleague Nikki Lee Belleheumer, a registered clinical counsellor, guided us through what addiction and misuse means, the trajectory of how addiction occurs, tools to help those loved ones struggling with addiction, and community resources for immediate help. The workshop was informative and produced many questions and rich conversation from parents of adolescents, many of whom are concerned about the upcoming legalization of marijuana. For any questions about this topic, please visit the JACS website.  

Mazal Tov to the King David Junior Boys Basketball team for their strong game in the final of the 2017 Pinetree Grade 9 Christmas Classic. Seeded 6th of 8 teams going into the tournament they played well, displaying great sportsmanship, and finishing in second place. Great job, Lions!

Thank you to everyone who came out on a stormy night to support our students’ efforts to raise funds for disaster relief in Mexico and Puerto Rico. They raised $1,895 and have sent it to Cadena, an organization working in both areas!

Members of the Chesed Club, Shira Charach, Megan Isserow, Giovanna Markman, and Rachel Cantor, all Grade 11, spent the evening baking cookies that will be sold at the Bead for Life fundraiser at the JCC on Sunday, December 10. All profits from the bake sale will go towards supporting Bead for Life, an organization that empowers women in Uganda by sending them to school to learn business skills and lift themselves up from poverty. 

Interested in applying? Click here

Applications are completed online and are due by January 12, 2018.

If you have any further questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact Debbie Appelbaum.


King David, with Vancouver Talmud Torah, is hosting a screening of Screenagers, a film about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance.

An evening for parents will be held at King David High School on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Attendance is by donation: $10 recommended

Please RSVP by clicking here.

The trailer can be viewed below:

Shabbat Shalom!


Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 10
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Dina Goldstein Exhibit

Reception: December 14
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Exhibit runs to January 20, 2018

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Limmud Vancouver

Workshop Proposal Deadline: December 15

Festival: April 14 & 15, 2018

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