Weekly Newsletter – October 26, 2018

October 26, 2018  / 17 Cheshvan 5779

Shabbat Begins: 5:43 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:48 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayeira: Genesis 18:1-22:24

Congratulations to our Junior Boys Soccer Team for winning their first ever GVISAA championship – in the rain, no less! The boys had an unbelievable run this year, demonstrating spirit, sportsmanship, and competitiveness! A huge thank you to everyone who made this possible, and to our great coaches Ms. Neuman, Mr. Metcalfe, and Mr. Levy.

Yael Toyber and Rebecca Laskin, Grade 12, present at the Orange Shirt Day assembly

While Orange Shirt Day is usually commemorated across Canada on September 30, due to Jewish holidays, we opted to postpone our own commemoration to October 26. 

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. It is also a chance for us to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying programs for the school year. 
The Social Justice 12 class spent a number of classes researching different aspects of Canada’s history of residential schools, as well as the impacts of racism and colonialism, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and the Highway of Tears, and the stereotypes that persist about indigenous people. Facts from their research are posted all over King David on bright orange sheets of paper. Grade 12 student Yael Toyber also created a provocative series of art pictures meant to draw attention to how negative stereotypes can erase the humanity and individuality of indigenous people.
Social Justice students also helped to plan and craft an educational assembly, including the videos linked below, which the whole school attended on Friday. Rebecca Laskin and Yael Toyber led the presentation, with support from the rest of the Social Justice class. 

To learn more about Phyllis Webstad’s story, please click here.
To learn more about Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, please click here.
To hear from Senator Murray Sinclair about the importance of honouring residential school survivors, please click here.

Arielle Zabek and Yael Toyber, now Grade 12, look through the 2017 yearbook
Every year, the arrival of the yearbook is the highlight of the first few weeks of school! It is a book of memories created by students for their high school peers. Our Yearbook class works hard all year, taking photos at school events, creating artwork and layouts, and writing articles to create a wonderful collection of memories from the school year.   
Yearbook covers from past years reflect the many themes.
Last year’s Yearbook team, Ellie Khalifa, Georgia Krombein, Hannah Marliss, and Ross Wolfe, current Grade 12 students, created a beautiful yearbook with an "Under the Sea" theme. Ross captured many of the images, and Ellie, Georgia, and Hannah created the layouts as well as taking photos. Art teacher, Ms. Margulius, guided the  process and assisted the students in acquiring new skills as they used new software programs for design and layout. The team and one of the amazing layouts they created are featured below.

Hannah, Ross, Georgia, and Ellie – last year’s creative Yearbook team.

Students and alumni who have not received their yearbooks from last year can still get theirs from the school office, and parents are encouraged to have a look!

On Thursday, our Girls PE 10 class participated in their first Crossfit session. The CrossFit program was adapted specifically for our PE classes, and has been made part of the PE 10 curriculum because it helps the students develop strength and allows them to explore the different methods of movement for their body.  It also helps them create a positive mindset and prove to themselves that they can do things they didn’t think were possible. The girls had a wonderful time, and are looking forward to the next session!



Our sincerest thank you for all the kind, caring messages that are sent out within the community to celebrate simchas, share your thoughts in difficult times, and just to say you are thinking of others in both good and trying times. 
It’s so wonderful for us here at King David to see how much everyone cares for each other, and we are grateful to be a part of it by offering Tribute Cards.
Have a look at our Tribute Card Page for more information.

Shabbat Shalom!


Jewish Family Services
Volunteer Driver Needed

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Every other Thursday

JACS Support Group

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
October 16 – December 18

Film: Who Will Write our History?

Thursday, November 1
7:00 p.m.

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Project Somos Fundraiser

Sunday, November 4
1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

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Kristallnacht Commemoration

Thursday, November 8
7:00 p.m.

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Campus Crash Course

Sunday, November 18
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Forum: The Changing Landscape

Tuesday, November 27

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