Weekly Newsletter – December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016  /  16 Kislev 5777
Shabbat Begins: 3:57 p.m.       Parsha: Vayishlach
   Shabbat Ends: 5:10 p.m.         Genesis 32:4-36:43 
A Wonderful First Term

What a difference a year makes. It has been such a wonderful start to the school year and it is hard to believe that four months are now behind us. Having the Jewish Holidays all begin in October was so much better for getting kids and teachers into "school" – I am asking Rabbi Berger to make sure the Jewish Holidays are in October every year!
The year started off fast as we travelled to Keats Camp with our Grade 8 – 10 students. This was the first year we did not take the entire school – the blessing of having our school grow to over 230 students meant the camp could not accommodate us all. The senior students are eagerly awaiting plans for their own retreat experience. The Holidays were extremely meaningful to the students (and not just because they all fell on school days!) Sukkot was fun (despite the rain) as our PAC parents fed the students every day and warmed their hands and stomachs with always-available hot chocolate. We welcomed over 40 grandparents into our Sukkah for a delicious tea prepared by Home Economics teacher, Hilit Nurick, and her capable band of student chefs. Simchat Torah was a true celebration, with students and community members dancing together.
November’s focus was on RAC Week – our annual Random Acts of Chesed Week, where every day our students went out volunteering in the community, performing mitzvot and creating smiles. I was thoroughly impressed with our Grade 12 students who worked tirelessly to lead and participate, all the while focusing on their studies and the pressure of completing post-secondary applications. Our students have been considering character traits in their TAG groups – we have a strong belief in character, and our values make King David the school it is!
As many of you know I can go on… and on… but in the spirit of Hanukkah I will give everyone the gift of enjoying the video below that tells the story.

Happy Hanukkah – Chag Sameach. Enjoy the break and get ready for a spectacular 2017!
~ Russ Klein, Head of School

Term 1 Montage 2016
BC Education Minister visits King David

Theo Vandeweg, Ezra Shanken, Lynne, Education Minister Michael Bernier, Adam, Nico Slobinsky, and Russ Klein

BC’s Minister of Education, Michael Bernier, was accompanied by Theo Vandeweg, Inspector of Independent Schools, on visits to Vancouver’s Jewish Day Schools. King David was delighted to welcome Minister Bernier, and he was taken on a tour of the school by Lynne, Grade 10, Adam, Grade 12, and Russ Klein, Head of School. Thank you to Nico Slobinsky from CIJA and Ezra Shanken from JFGV for organizing the visit.

Minister Bernier took a moment to practice on an electronic drum set!
JFGV High School Debates

Milena, Ya’el, Jacqueline, and Inbar, Grade 11, finalize their closing argument.

What a night! King David students were outstanding on Tuesday night at the high school debates organized by the Jewish Federation. They put their hearts and minds into their debates and really showed themselves and the community what they could do. 

Teams from different Jewish High schools and Jewish after-school programs debated the following topics and issues:  
  • Non-Jewish refugees living in Israel.
  • The rights of privacy vs. security.
  • Ethical political campaigning.  
To prepare our students, the Social Studies, Humanities and Judaic Studies departments teamed up and assisted students to develop different skills, knowledge and techniques to help them master the art of debate, which is such a rich part of our Jewish heritage. 

Noa, Grade 11, and Leora, Grade 12, make notes as Magalee, Grade 11, emphasizes a point.
December 31 is almost here!

We want to say thank you. Thank you to all who have supported us in the past, helping us grow into a leader of Jewish education in our community. Thank you to those who have committed to taking us into the next decade, ensuring Jewish education for future generations.

As you consider your Tzedakah this year, we hope that you will include King David High School.

Click here to make a gift before the 2016 tax year ends.

You can choose to make your donation outright, or pledge it over a period of time. You can give online or directly, by credit card, cheque, or transfer of securities. To pledge a gift or make a monthly donation, contact our Director of Development, Esther Mogyoros, at gro.s1553192010hdk@s1553192010oroyg1553192010ome1553192010 until December 31, or by phone at 
604-263-9700 until Thursday, December 22, to maximize your 2016 charitable giving.

Every gift is an expression of confidence in the King David experience. 

For more information about the Annual Fund click here.
Tax receipts are issued for Annual Fund donations.

Applications are Open!

We are accepting applications for students entering Grades 8 -11.
Applications are due by Monday, January 9, 2017

Our enrollment has grown at all grade levels. This year we are expecting limited availability in Grades 9 and 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Appelbaum or call 604-263-9700.

Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Beth Israel Winter Coat Drive

November 20 – December 18

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A Tribute to Naomi Shemer

Saturday, December 17
8:00 p.m.

All tickets $15

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JCC Orr Vancouver Game Night Fundraiser

Saturday, January 7, 2017
6:30 p.m.

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