Weekly Newsletter – January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018  / 25 Tevet 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 4:20 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:33 p.m. 
Parsha: Va’eira: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35

We are heading into a term filled with experiential opportunities that extend the learning environment beyond the classroom. These opportunities, in addition to providing knowledge, build character. Through playing on a sports team, camping in our Outdoor Education program, taking part in the school’s theatre production, cooking for the annual Lion’s Den, volunteering in the community, or travelling to Israel or Guatemala, our students are developing excellent life skills – good sportsmanship, loyalty, leadership, resilience, persistence, independence, and interdependence, to name a few.

The continued expansion of clubs, arts and music opportunities, field trips, cultural tours, and service learning trips reflect our ongoing commitment to the belief that a student’s most powerful learning often takes place outside of the conventional classroom. 

So what lies ahead?
  • Grade 8 Trip to Israel 
32 students and 6 staff will continue to expand the gesher chai and will spend 11 days in Israel billeted with peers from Har Vagai School in the North, and then will spend three days visiting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where they get to see sites studied in the classroom.
  • Grade 10 Trip to Guatemala
This is a new service learning experience being offered to Grade 10 students this year. 14 students and 3 staff will travel to Guatemala and work on a building site with Project Somos. The students and their families have committed to raising $500 per student going, which will be donated to the build they will be working on.
  • Grade 11 and 12 Students – March of the Living to Poland and Israel
While this is not a King David-organized trip, it is one that we fully support, and this year we have 18 students participating in this impactful trip to Poland and Israel.
  • Grade 12 Jewish Canadian Youth Model United Nations Conference, Montreal
14 students and 2 staff will join Jewish high schools from across the mid-Atlantic United States, as well as Quebec and Ontario, to simulate the crises, negotiations, and resolutions of the United Nations. 
  • School Theatre Production
Rehearsals have started, so save the date for our annual theatre production -this year it’s Beauty and the Beast! April 25 and April 26!
  • Lion’s Den Restaurant
The highlight of the year in the Foods program is Lion’s Den, where our students transform our atrium into an elite kosher restaurant. For the last two years we have had a sold-out event, so mark your calendars now (February 22) and watch for the announcement of this year’s Thai culinary evening and the opening of ticket sales!
  • Athletics
We are fielding 5 basketball teams in the Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletics Association (GVISAA) with 61 students and 7 coaches involved this season! Our Spring sports season is even busier!
  • Service Learning
From volunteering as mentors in local elementary school classrooms in East Vancouver, spending time with the elderly at neighbourhood senior residences, visiting the sick, assisting at the Jewish Food Bank, or just performing acts of kindness within the school, our students are always involved in tikkun olam.

 Stay tuned – the experiences have just begun!

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!


CHW Literary Afternoon

Sunday, January 21
2:00 p.m.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, January 25
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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The Walking School Bus:
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