Weekly Newsletter – February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018  / 1 Adar 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 5:16 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:24 p.m. 
Parsha: Terumah:  Exodus 25:1-27:19

Left: Rebecca Laskin, Grade 11, reads to students at Tillicum Elementary
Right: Avichai Mattuck, Izack Kastiel, and Vincent Viragh, all Grade 11, volunteer at Admiral Seymour

King David’s Service Learning Chesed program has grown again, and it brings joy to our students and the communities in which they volunteer.
We have set up routine volunteering opportunities at two neighbourhood schools in East Vancouver: Admiral Seymour Elementary and Tillicum Elementary. Under the supervision of King David Staff Assistant Gil Talmaciu, our students have been going out two or three times per week. All students have the chance to sign up to volunteer, either at local elementary schools or at the Door is Open, a soup kitchen at the First United Church on Hastings Street. 
These schools have expressed their appreciation for the program. A teacher reported that our students were "very flexible and helpful!" and another said that our students "were really helpful, and engaged well with the younger students." 
This is what our students have to say about their volunteering experiences at the schools:
"It was very inspiring to see the kids and how they built a relationship with us."
~Rachel Cantor, Grade 11
"It was amazing to see how enthusiastic they were about learning and how they allowed us to help them. There was one girl who was really quiet. At first she didn’t want me to help her, but eventually she did."
~Megan Isserow, Grade 11
"The teacher is really amazing. It was such a great experience, and the kids are beautiful little 6 year olds. I want to go into working with children and there is a wide variety of students with different learning styles. I got a lot out of it; even though it was only my second time going, they remembered me, and I feel like we have a relationship now."
~Dina Ferera, Grade 11
"There was a friendly vibe – we got the kids to write some letters and then we did art with them. It was a lot of fun. When we left they asked us to come again."
~Avichai Mattuck, Grade 11

Next week, February 19-23, we are celebrating a new King David initiative called Wellness Week! We are kicking off the week with our keynote speaker, best-selling author Dr. Shimi Kang, who will speak to students about the essential elements to living an awesome life! In her customized presentation, Dr. Kang, a noted psychiatrist and neuroscientist, will unpack the science of adaptability and provide practical "prescriptions" that can be used every day. She will specifically focus on applying these tools for teenagers. King David parents are invited to join us for the presentation at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 19.

Each day, different grades will take turns participating in various activities to promote wellness in their lives. Our activities will be structured around "Play, Communication with Others, and Downtime" based on Dr. Kang’s book The Dolphin Way.

We are excited to see what will unfold during the week and hope to inspire our staff and students to work on prioritizing and recognizing wellness in their lives.

"The longest study of human success revealed that the ability to turn "lemons into lemonade" was a key to a healthy, happy, and successful life. How are you doing, turning lemons into lemonade and adapting?"
~ Dr. Shimi Kang

This past week, Student Council has been selling flowers, chocolate, and candy for the students to give to their friends and teachers. This is a Student Council event to spread love and happiness around the school. To finish the day off, we had Kabbalat Shabbat with the whole school. Happy Shabbat of Love!

What an exciting week of basketball it was for our King David Lions teams! Congratulations go out to the Junior Boys Basketball team for winning the GVISAA Junior Boys Basketball Championship on Thursday. The boys kept their composure and played as a wonderful and sportsmanlike team. Oliver Munt, Grade 9, was named the tournament’s MVP, and Izzy Freedman, Grade 9, was named our team MVP. 
Congratulations go out to the Senior Girls Basketball team for winning their first round GVISAA playoff game this past Wednesday, advancing to the GVISAA quarter-finals.
Congratulations also go out to the Senior Boys Basketball team for winning their quarter-final GVISAA playoff game. The team has advanced to the semi-finals.

Great job, Lions!

The Grade 10 Girls PE Class had an excellent time bowling on Wednesday!

Shabbat Shalom!


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