Weekly Newsletter – October 31, 2014

October 31, 2014
7 Cheshvan 5775
RAC Week 2014 is here!

Today, King David students gathered together to kick off our annual RAC Week – a week of Random Acts of Chesed in the Vancouver community.
Fanning out throughout the lower mainland, groups of students, parents and teachers participated in a Chesed (Kindness) Hunt. With the focus this year on creating connections while doing acts of kindness, students spread out throughout the city ready to notice possibilities and respond. 

Watch this video to see chesed in action!
RAC Week Video - Kick Off Event
RAC Week Video – Kick Off Event

Next week, Students will give back by volunteering their time at organizations such as Canuck Place, Union Gospel Mission, Dress for Success, and many others. 

We look forward to sharing RAC Week stories from students and teachers in next week’s newsletter!
Visit King David to Discover Why Parents and Students Choose Us!

If you or someone you know has a child who will be in Grade 8 through 11 next year – 
this evening is not to be missed! We ask that you invite them to join us to experience the difference that is King David on November 13, 2014 @ 7 p.m.

The King David Open House is one of the best opportunities for prospective parents and students to discover why our families choose King David. During this event, families will be welcomed by our Head of School, Russ Klein; hear from current students and alumni; and explore the school during an interactive tour. In our classrooms, students and teachers will be conducting science experiments, debating in Judaic Studies, and in the Foods room, students will be making delicious treats for you! 

Everyone is welcome to attend! Please share!


A Successful Book Drive

In last week’s newsletter, we introduced the book drive for the Aboriginal Mother Centre that our Grade 12s were organizing as part of RAC week. Through the book drive’s donations, we will provide at-risk families with the joy of brand new books. 

We’re delighted to share that the
 bulk of our fundraising dollars came from the students themselves! 
Barbie and Adi, Grade 11, support the
book drive
Students organized a non-uniform day in exchange for a $3 donation to the book drive. Nearly 95% of our students turned up in casual clothes and contributed to this amazing project. From just one day of fundraising, roughly $500 was raised for the book drive! To top it off, the National Council of Jewish Women Vancouver will match a donation of up to $500 for the cause as well.

We’re continuing to fundraise until November 7th and if you’d like to be involved in our fundraising efforts, there are a number of ways to do so! 
  1. Bring in new children’s books (age 8 and under) to King David High School
  2. Bring in a monetary donation to King David High School 
  3. Buy a book online here
Thank you for your support! 
Using Talent to Spread Kindness! 

egg. magazine was started by three best friends -Jack Pekarsky, Ella Pekarsky  and Talia Shugarman – on a summer break in 2012. Since then they have released four issues and are now sold at Walrus, Vancouver Special and The Circle in Whistler. Their social media has exploded all over Instagram, Twitter and Vine. We are so proud of what three talented kids can do!

Jack has donated copies of two editions – Winter 2013 and Summer 2014. They sell for $7 and 50% of the proceeds will go to the Grade 12 Book Drive. Thank you, Jack, Ella and Talia!  

If you would like to buy an issue, please email Debbie Appelbaum


Created and published by Jack, Grade 9, Ella, and Talia.

King David is Hub for Teacher Learning

Last Friday, as part of the Provincial Professional Development Day, we hosted a learning opportunity for Hebrew teachers from local Jewish Day Schools, facilitated by Orna Kaplan, our NETA Hebrew Program consultant. Teachers from Richmond Jewish Day School, Shalhevet, Vancouver Talmud Torah, and King David studied together and shared ideas to increase the impact of Hebrew in the classroom.
Orna guides the learning

Learn more about NETA by clicking here
Our Parents Participate in RAC

We believe that RAC Week is a great opportunity to build connections now and give back to the Vancouver community in the future. One of our King David parents is an example of someone who continues to donate their time to our school as well as programs like Operation Dress-Up through the National Council of Jewish Women.

In the Oct 31st issue of the Jewish Independent, Sarah Marel Schaffer, one of our committed parents, was featured as a stand-out volunteer and member of the community. Sarah has been integral to several volunteer initiatives with the Council, specifically with Operation Dress-Up which has been in operation for the past 20 years. Sarah and fellow volunteer Sandy Hazen are currently spearheading the project to provide inner-city children with new and gently-used clothing.

If you are interested in donating to Operation Dress-Up, please contact Sarah or Sandy here 

Visit the Jewish Independent for the full article.

The Sports Corner

Photos from this week’s sports activities!
Mini-Golf with the Junior Girls’ PE class
Junior Girls’ Volleyball 
Social Emotional Learning in Grade 8 Boy’s PE Class
In This Issue
Candlelighting Times

Shabbat Begins: 5:34 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 6:40 p.m.

Parsha:  Genesis 12:1 – 17:27
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Community Events

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 

Stay inside and enjoy a selection of movies during the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.
  • November 6 – 13, 2014
  • Fifth Avenue Cinemas
  • Tickets available online, by phone, and at the door 
  • More information
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