Weekly Newsletter – November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018  / 1 Kislev 5779

Shabbat Begins: 4:20 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:28 p.m.   
Parsha: Toldot: Genesis 25:19-28:9

On Tuesday evening an atrium full of prospective families attended our annual Open House to discover the King David difference. Through our presentations and interactive tours, our guests experienced how King David is filled with students who love to learn, imagine, challenge themselves, and create community; how the school nurtures the qualities that make them individuals, and how we help them find opportunities for excellence in the classroom, on sports fields, in the kitchen, in the art studio, and as mensches. 

This year, in addition to the Jewish life offered at King David, we focused on academics, external rankings, and the success of our graduates in their post-secondary endeavours. Danna Marks, parent of two King David alumni as well as a current Grade 11 student, shared her experience as a King David parent and about the success her two older children are having at university. Lynne Altow, Student Council Co-Chair, spoke about academic rigour, teacher support, leadership opportunities, and how prepared she feels to take on life beyond high school. This year, while doing the presentation for parents, visiting students had the choice to join a session in the Learning Lab where they heard more about King David programs and experiences and had the chance to have their questions answered by current Grade 8 and 9 students.

To conclude the evening, everyone had the opportunity to do some hands-on learning with our teachers. One of the highlights of the King David Open House is the delicious food prepared and served by students from all grades in our Foods program!

Open House marks the kick-off of our 2019 – 2020 enrollment cycle for which we will be accepting applications for Grades 8, 10 and 11. This year, we have a wait pool for Grade 9.

Our key dates for online application and processing are listed below:

New Student Applications Open: Monday, December 3
Applications Due: Friday, January 11
Tuition Assistance Applications Due: Friday, January 11

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Appelbaum in our Admissions office.

Romy Ashkenazy, Marlowe Zimmerman, and Eva Dobrovolska, Grade 11, lead the ceremony

On Friday, we had our Remembrance Day ceremony, organized by our Grade 11 Socials Studies classes and their teacher, Amanda Cameron. The King David Choir sang "O Canada", before Eva Dobrovolska, Romy Ashkenazy, and Marlowe Zimmerman spoke to the assembly of staff and students, reading excerpts from Laurence Binyon’s poem, "For the Fallen." The students also explained the significance of the bugle call "The Last Post", and how it is now used to remember the dead. The ceremony concluded with a minute of silence for those who have served in the military. After the assembly, students and staff were encouraged to tour the Remembrance Museum exhibits posted around the atrium, which were created by the Social Studies class and explore various military moments in Canada’s history.

The King David Choir sings "O Canada"

Grade 11 students Jessie Miller, David Clark, and Romy Ashkenazy with Stephanie Kaye

"Last Wednesday, we were honoured to have guest speaker Stephanie Kaye, a Holocaust educator from Yad Vashem, visit our Grade 11 Jewish History class. She did a presentation on the Righteous Among the Nations. She told many stories of heroic actions that are often overlooked. One highlight was hearing about the village of Chambon in France, and how a whole community came together to save Jews. It was one of two places that have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, an honour usually reserved for individuals."

~ Ella Pekarsky 

Congratulations to our Senior Girls Volleyball team for their amazing zone championship run on Thursday at Vancouver Christian School. Our team qualified for the semifinals of the Lower Mainland "A" Senior Girls Volleyball Championships for the first time in King David history, and finished in fourth place! Special thanks to coaches Ms. Vondracek and Mr. Amram, and to the team for their leadership, sportsmanship, and positive attitude throughout the entire season.

Our students are compassionate global citizens and feel passionately about helping others, so they put together a plan. With Random Acts of Chesed Week coming up this month, they decided it was the perfect time to plan a benefit concert to raise funds for Save a Child’s Heart in Israel and Kids Up Front in Vancouver. The evening will feature two King David bands – "Sunday at Six" and "24/7".

We would love for you and your whole family to join us for an evening of fun, music, and snacks on November 18 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. 


King David is partnering with Congregation Schara Tzedeck to host a free community Havdalah service on Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature music from Moshe Storch, a Bicoastal singer and guitarist.

To RSVP, please click here.

For more information about the event, please email Rachael Lewinski.

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

Campus Crash Course

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

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Naale Elite Academy
Open House

Monday, November 19
7:00 p.m.

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Financial Workshop for Women

Sunday, November 25
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Forum: The Changing Landscape

Tuesday, November 27

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