Weekly Newsletter – February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019  / 15 Adar 5779

Shabbat Begins: 5:14 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:22 p.m.   
Parsha: Tetzaveh: Exodus 27:20-30:10

On Thursday, Grade 9 Accelerated Science students were treated to a presentation and workshop from two UBC Engineering students as part of Geering Up – a program dedicated to promoting science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) to youth across BC. Jacqui Nash and King David alumnus Eitan Nifco, Class of 2014, gave a demonstration on how to use chemistry to create mini rockets. The students had a blast – pun intended – testing out various ratios of hydrogen, oxygen, and water and lighting them with an electric spark to see which combination caused a reaction and propelled their rocket the furthest.

Author Tilar J. Mazzeo speaks to King David and VTT students

On Monday morning, the Grade 6 students from Vancouver Talmud Torah and King David’s Grade 9 students had the opportunity to listen to New York Times best-selling author and Holocaust historian, Tilar J. Mazzeo, speak about her book Irena’s Children. The non-fiction book is about Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who, during the Holocaust, saved 2500 Jewish children from the death camps at Treblinka and Auschwitz by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, giving them fake identities, and hiding them with Christian families. Tilar explained that she was compelled to tell Irena’s story because she wanted to give a historically accurate account of Irena’s life, and she also wished to give her readers a personal look at what it was like living through the rise of Nazism in Poland and in the Warsaw Ghetto. It was a very engaging presentation, with the students asking some very insightful questions and attentively listening to the story of individual bravery against seemingly insurmountable odds, and Irena’s depth of humanity in a time and place that encouraged the opposite.

On Thursday, our Senior Boys won their first ever Senior Boys Basketball GVISAA Championship! Go Lions!

Alex Gillis and Stephanie Mrakovich from SiMBi with Grade 8 students 
Emma Silber and Haylee Topp

On Monday, our Grade 8 Creative Writing class was given a presentation for SiMBi, an app designed to encourage kids around the world to practice and fall in love with reading. This is part of our partnership with The Walking School Bus.

On Wednesday, Our Grade 8 PE classes took full advantage of the snow and went to Cypress for a fun day of snow tubing! Now that’s a "snow day" even parents can love!

Juliette Sandler and Jordana Stern, both Grade 10, and Ross Wolfe, Grade 12, volunteered at The Door is Open Food Bank on the Downtown Eastside. Our students came prepared with supplies to make sandwiches, and then helped hand out the lunches to clients.

This month we continue to focus with our students on Integrity. It is always upsetting when someone does not demonstrate this quality and lies to you. It is not as upsetting that they lied to me, as it is that from now on I can’t believe them. All relationships are based on trust. A lie destroys that relationship, whether it be between friends, from a husband to a wife, from a parent to a child, or a student to a teacher.

In Jewish tradition, every liar is a thief – a type of Gneivat Daat (stealing one’s mind). Every person has a right to know the truth, and we have no right to steal that truth by lying. A teacher I once knew used to make up stories to illustrate his points. The stories helped the students’ understanding, but they were not true and the students believed them. My teacher Rabbi Avraham Brussel believed this was damaging to the students. "The truth is one of the most precious things we can own, and no one has the right to steal our minds and take that truth away from us."

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

Sunday, May 5
6:00 p.m.

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