Weekly Newsletter – October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017  / 7 Cheshvan 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 5:41 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:46 p.m. 
Parsha:  Lech-Lecha 12:1 – 17:27

These are the three words the two BC Ministry of Education Inspectors used to describe the feeling of King David during their report back to staff at the end of their two-day visit on Monday and Tuesday.

Over the course of the two days Doug and Adrienne spent time in our classrooms, met with teachers, administrators, and support staff, and took the time to review school files and policies. At the end of the evaluation, Doug told the King David staff and Board Co-President Jackie Morris, how impressed he and Adrienne were with the strong sense of collegiality and focus on professional development that existed at King David.

As a former Catholic School Superintendent, he also commented on how well the Jewish and General Studies curriculum were aligned with and complemented each other, and commended us on how well we were progressing with the implementation of the New BC Curriculum in Grades 8 and 9. Together they admitted that they were so impressed that they had "stolen, with permission" teacher and administration work to share with the Education Ministry. At the end of his report, Doug left with the comment, "If I was Jewish, I would send my kids to King David!" We are very proud to have received such a positive review!

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 the evening, families will be welcomed by our Head of School, Russ Klein, hear from students and alumni, and explore the school during an interactive tour. In our classrooms, students will be conducting science experiments, debating in Judaic Studies, and making delicious treats for you in the Foods room!

Everyone is welcome! Please share!

Today during TAG, students attended a presentation by Yahya Mahamed, a young Muslim Arab who has broken out of the cycle of Arab/Israeli hate and now works as an activist with the non-profit organization StandWithUs.

Yahya spoke to students about growing up in Umm el-Fahm, a municipality run by the Islamic Movement and filled with anti-Semitic and pro-ISIS sentiment, where he was taught to view Israel as evil. When he began working at a hotel in Tel Aviv, surrounded by Israeli Jews who were welcoming and kind, he began to question what he had been brought up to believe. Yahya explained that it was in 2014, when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas, that he felt like he needed to do something. He participated in the online campaign "Bring Back Our Boys," and soon afterward was bombarded with messages of hate, including death threats. Undeterred, he has continued to travel around the world with StandWithUs, educating young people and advocating for Israel.

Yahya stressed the importance of building bridges and forming relationships between Arabs and Israelis, and continuing to have respectful discussion in order to help move the world forward in a positive direction.

The Physics 12 students put their conceptual knowledge of projectile motion to the test by building their own ball-launching device. The teams all succeeded in turning simple designs into machines whose performance was remarkably accurate.

On Tuesday, the Grade 11/12 Art class had the opportunity to go to the Vancouver Art Gallery for the show  Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Paintings, which offered insight into two distinct modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary paintings in Canada. 

Ya’el Kastiel (Grade 12) reflects that she enjoyed "having the chance to see a number of different contemporary artworks from varying Canadian artists," and she stated that she "really enjoyed getting out of the classroom and having the opportunity to see the art that we researched in class. It really brought a different perspective to the assignment I am working on." 

Milena Markovich (Grade 12) adds, "although I was apprehensive of contemporary art at first, this exhibit really opened my eyes to the beauty and meaning behind this rather eccentric or simplistic art form." 

The students are looking forward to continuing to push the way they perceive, understand, and make art in the Art room this year! 

Our students are compassionate global citizens and feel passionately about helping those impacted by the recent storms in Mexico and Puerto Rico – so they put together a plan. With Random Acts of Chesed Week coming up in November, they decided it was perfect time to plan a benefit concert to raise funds for those in need. Ben Millman and Maya Rae will be performing, along with our King David Jazz Band and other special guests as their opening act.

We would love for you and your whole family to join us for an evening of fun, music, and snacks on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. This invitation is open to the whole community, so tell your friends and bring them along!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Shabbat Shalom!


VTLC Shabbos Project

October 27-28

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North Shore Jewish
Community Artisan Fair

Sunday, October 29
Noon – 4 p.m.

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Yitzhak Rabin z"l Memorial Evening

Sunday, October 29
6:30 p.m.

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Screening: A Heartbeat Away

Thursday, November 2
6:30 p.m.

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Kristallnacht Commemoration

Tuesday, November 5
7:00 p.m.

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Two Views from the Sylvia

November 8 – 12

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Early Years Open House
at VTT

Friday, November 17
9:00 a.m.

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Women’s Personal Safety Workshop

Sunday, November 19
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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