Weekly Newsletter – February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019  / 3 Adar 5779

Shabbat Begins: 5:03 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:12 p.m.   
Parsha: Terumah: Exodus 25:1-27:19

Lynne Altow, Sarah Tedford, Georgia Krombein, all Grade 12, Sagiv Fadida, Grade 11, and Rebecca Laskin, Grade 12, show off their outfits for "What Not To Wear Wednesday"

Staff members Jordana, Lu, and Breanne get into the spirit of "Twin Day"
Throughout the week, King David staff and students have celebrated Spirit Week – a week of themed non-uniform days accompanied by fun events in the atrium at lunch.

Organized every year by Student Council, Spirit Week is intended to raise students’ spirits, and get them involved with the school community. This year, Student Council had the extra goal of spreading chesed in the wider community, and organized a drive to collect much-needed items for The Kehila Society’s "Rose’s Angels Project". Every February, the project creates care packages and distributes them to a variety of outreach programs. 

Thank you to our Student Council for spreading the cheer, and to all the staff and students who dressed up for each theme and contributed to the item drive. 

On Thursday,our Grade 8 students had their first Wellness Workshop, where they heard from a non-profit organization from Toronto called The Get Real Movement.
Presenters Marley and Lucah spoke about sexual identity and gender orientation, compassion for all, what we are grateful for in our lives, and what is challenging to us.  Our students wrote down their thoughts and then Marley and Lucah read back some of their very insightful and mature responses. The questions that our students had for the presenters were also anonymous, which created very honest and interesting points of conversation. The Get Real Movement emphasized for our students the importance of compassion for everyone’s life experiences, however they may look or identify. 

During RAC Week last November, a group of our students had the opportunity to volunteer with Backpack Buddies, an organization that aims to fill the weekend hunger gap for children in Metro Vancouver. Every Friday afternoon, Backpack Buddies provides a backpack full of meals and snacks for children in need.

The Backpack Buddies program was featured on the online weekly magazine show, AMI This Week, with footage from RAC Week of our students and their staff chaperone, Benje Bondar.

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On Shabbat we enter into a state of rest. "Rest" sounds easy; it isn’t. It is the most unnatural activity in the universe. The universe – existence itself – is a giant perpetual motion machine. Everything in it, from galaxies to atoms, is constantly spinning, vibrating, dividing and multiplying, deconstructing and rebuilding, driving and striving. Not for a single moment does our heart stop pumping, our brain sparking, our soul yearning. Earning a living is work, running a home is work, and even vacationing with my five kids is work.
Shabbat is also an experience. In classes we spent some time this Friday learning many things that we can do to enhance and bring meaning to our Shabbat atmosphere. For example, we light Shabbat candles. In fact, if one can only afford either a Shabbat candle or wine for Kiddush, the candle is preferable because of shalom bayit – candles create a mood that promotes peace in the home. Darkness disconnects. Light illuminates and brings clarity.  We have two candles to represent the different aspects of Shabbat: one is to remember and protect its specialness, and the other is to celebrate its wonder.

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Support the Kings4Israel Club! Under the guidance of Grade 12 students Tia Sacks and Gabe Israel, the club has created Tikvah bracelets to support the Israeli organization Save a Child’s Heart.  
Each bracelet was handmade by Grade 12 King David students and are available for a minimum donation of $5. The bracelets serve as a reminder of "Tikvah" (hope), for the children treated by the heart surgeons of Save a Child’s Heart.
The Kings4Israel Club have a goal to raise $500! Show your support by purchasing a bracelet to send love and support to the children of Save a Child’s Heart.

Kings4Israel will be selling the bracelets at the entrance to the atrium on the following days:

Monday, February 11 at 3:40 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12 at 3:40 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 at 12:20 p.m.

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King David and VTT will be hosting a "Jam Night" on Thursday, February 21 at 
7:00 p.m. in the Segal Family Gymnasium at VTT. This is a musical collaboration between the schools showcasing three of King David’s superb rock and R&B bands and the amazing VTT choir, Junior and Senior Bands, and the Alice in Wonderland cast. 
It promises to be a fantastic evening!
Everyone is welcome – RSVP is required. Admission is by donation

Shabbat Shalom!


Vancouver Jewish 
Day Schools
Purim Project

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Marjorie Ingall

Sunday, February 10
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Used Book Sale
Jewish Public Library

February 10-14
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Family Life 
Education Event:
Michael Landsberg

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 p.m.

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Teaching Responsibility in the Age of Technology

Tuesday, February 19
7:30 p.m.

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Stand With Us
Campus Crash Course

Sunday, March 10
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Babysitting Course
Schara Tzedeck

Sunday, March 10

The Earl Parker Award for Jewish Film

Application Deadline April 8, 2019

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Click here for the application

Temple Sholom Dreamers and Builders Event
Honouring Susan Mendelson and Jack Lutsky

Sunday, May 5
6:00 p.m.

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