Weekly Newsletter – February 9, 2017

February 9, 2018  / 24 Shevat 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 5:05 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:13 p.m. 
Parsha: Mishpatim:  Exodus 21:1-24:18

L-R: Maya Kallner and Giovanna Markman, both Grade 11, with alumni Noy Mika, 
Zack Ross, David Kaye, Jordan Grubner, Oliver Philipp, and Becky Glotman

On Thursday, a group of six King David alumni came to the school to host Q and A panels with our Grade 11 and 12 students. Our current students were given the opportunity to get a first-hand perspective on life after high school, including post-secondary learning, changes and challenges, living away from home, and more. The Grade 11 and 12 students asked excellent questions, and our alumni were honest, offering insightful suggestions for our senior students to help ease their way during the transition from high school life to post-secondary education and beyond.

Queen’s University offers 50 Chancellor’s Scholarships, valued at $36,000, to students chosen on the basis of superior academic ability, creative and original thinking, involvement in school or community activities, and proven leadership abilities. This year, King David student Maytar Fadida was selected as one of the 50 recipients, out of more than 1000 nominees.

As part of her application, Maytar detailed her extraordinary dedication to the community, including her internship with Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, her involvement in a community mentorship program, her continued work with NCSY, and her role as Co-President of Student Council, among many others.

Parallel learning – parents and students learn about stress and the "red zone"

On Tuesday, both students and parents had the opportunity to learn with two psychiatric nurses – Shana Lund and Sarah Millett. Shana and Sarah work as a team to teach children, youth, and parents about stress and anxiety and how to manage the personal impact when experiencing stress. 

Our Grade 9 class was divided into three groups to allow smaller group discussion and learning. Part of the workshop was a discussion about communication styles, how to be assertive, and how to get your needs met. Shana and Sarah also gave two true-to-teenage-life scenarios which the students wrestled with together. 

The presentation was extended to parents on Tuesday evening. Parents heard similar facts and research about stress and were challenged to look at their roles in feeding the stress their children were experiencing. They left the workshop with tools and strategies to develop the coping mechanisms for themselves and their children.

L-R: Sara Bauman, Adi Gortler, presenter Marley Bowen, Rachel Seguin, 
and presenter Max Denley

Our Grade 8 class heard from an organization based out of Toronto called The Get Real Movement. They aim to create inclusivity, promote unity, break down prejudices, and foster compassion in the world. Their workshop is LGBTQ2S+ focused, and engaged our students in leadership development and self-knowledge through an advocacy and inclusion lens. The Grade 8s communicated openly during this workshop and gave it a 10/10!

L-R: Noam Guralnick, Adi Shapira, and Casey Krombein, all Grade 9, Olivia Zanotto, Georgia Krombein, Lynne Altow, and Arielle Zabek, all Grade 11

The Coding Club has been picking up steam at King David. On alternating Mondays and Thursdays, 20 students have been learning about the field of coding. Using the online platform codehs.com, students have learned the basics of computer programming. With the basics under their belts, they are now moving on to learning the language "Python". The club’s goal will be to bolster the students’ knowledge of programming, and then to try to use that knowledge, along with design thinking, to create a program that could be useful to the school community. 

This week, presenters from "Geering Up: UBC Engineering and Science for Kids" did a workshop with our Grade 8 Social Studies classes. This workshop had Engineering students from UBC teaching our students about the coding language "Python". 

L-R: Keren Katz and Alex Scher, both Grade 9, and Romy Ashkenazy, Grade 10

Chesed Club members volunteered their time on Wednesday night at the Jewish Federation’s telethon. The students called donors to thank them for their contributions.

Clockwise from left: Ro’i Jankelowitz, Samson Levy, Solly Khalifa, and Noah McNamara

This week some of our Grade 11 boys were given to opportunity to volunteer at the Door is Open, making sandwiches for those in need.

Shabbat Shalom!


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