Weekly Newsletter – January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018  / 3 Shevat 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 4:30 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:42 p.m. 
Parsha: Bo: Exodus 10:1 – 13:16
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

It has been well-researched and documented that screen use affects our well-being. On Thursday, we showed the film Screenagers to all King David students and staff.  

The film’s creator probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development, and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. The film also pointed out that many adults are too connected to their screens and are in fact not always acting as good role models for their children.

After seeing the film, we split into small groups, by grade, to debrief and let the students voice their opinions…

"I agreed and disagreed with different parts of the movie. It’s a lot to think about."

"I liked the marshmallow test clip. It shows how even little kids need to use self-control over what they want."

"My friends and I are going to try to use Snapchat less."

"Communication is important between parents and kids. Enforcing a contract won’t work, but talking about rules can."

Parents are invited to join us for a screening of the movie on Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. RSVP here.

Rabbi Stephen Berger and Ellia Belson were both selected to participate in the Teacher Institute Program. This is a one-year program designed to provide professional development to teachers through an intensive training program during the summer, followed by year-long mentoring on a project for introduction into the classroom the following year. Rabbi Berger and Ms. Belson are grateful for being chosen to participate in the Teacher Institute Program, and look forward to sharing with our community how this program impacts our students and teachers.

Rabbi Berger and Ellia Belson at the the Teacher Institute in Israel.

Students in the Foods Program are busy preparing delicious desserts for a very special Havdalah on Saturday evening. They are delighted to be creating sweet treats to celebrate Russ Klein’s 10 years as King David’s Head of School!

The Grade 10 PE classes went snowshoeing at Cypress on Monday, and had a great trip. The students learned about different types of trees, the geography around Cypress Bowl, how to snowshoe, and different pieces of equipment for overnight camping survival. A big thank you to Ms. Neuman, Mr. Amram, and Alex Klein for leading the snowshoe hike!

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:
Searching for Jugaard

Searching for inventive and scalable grassroots ideas that can empower communities to face and solve the educational challenges in their own backyard. 

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Parents Altogether
Winter Series

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