Weekly Newsletter – June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019  / 11 Sivan 5779

Shabbat Begins: 9:01 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 10:27 p.m.   
Parsha: Naso: Numbers 4:21-7:89

The atrium was filled with music and laughter during lunch today as our graduates celebrated the end of their high school journey. A group remained in the atrium after lunch and captured a final photo!

As our Grade 8-11 students head into final exams, our graduates head into their summer break. We hope they have a wonderful summer, and wish them all the best of luck as they begin their next chapter.

L’hitraot, Class of 2019! Don’t forget to visit!

Last week, our staff and students gathered in the atrium for our annual Heart of a Lion assembly, which recognizes our many student athletes for all of their achievements in sports over the course of the school year. Approximately 69% of our student body participates on at least one school team, and their dedication and commitment to their teams while maintaining their academic studies is inspiring.

The Heart of a Lion is given to a student athlete who demonstrates excellent sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, competitive spirit, integrity, respect for opponents, officials, fans and coaches. Recipients are athletes who illustrate the true spirit of friendly competition while showing King David values of PRIDE on and off the court, and being a role model in the classroom as well. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Click here to view this year’s Heart of a Lion recipients. 

We would also like to recognize Grade 12 student Devin Gorski, who was awarded the Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association Scholarship of Merit. This award recognizes third year Midget RJMHA players who demonstrate exemplary performance in the areas of academics, community involvement, and leadership within hockey. Mazal tov, Devin!

An enormous thank you goes out to the many faculty and parent volunteers who donated their time to coach our students: Mr. Amram, Mr. Dichter, Mr. Gorski, Mr. Levy, Mr. Metcalfe, Mr. Mymko, Ms. Neuman, Mr. Shpanya, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Vondracek, and King David parents Noah Cantor, Joel Kallner, and Liza Rozen-Delman.

Grade 12 students Rebecca Laskin and Lynne Altow thanked our staff

At King David, we know that our teachers and are a fundamental part of our success. Each year, we acknowledge staff members who have been with us for five, ten, and fifteen years – and hopefully beyond!

Staff members who reached a milestone this year:
  • Ellia Belson – 5 Years
  • Jordana Corenblum – 5 Years
  • Matthew Dichter – 5 Years
  • Janice Liknaitzky – 5 Years
  • Ashley Miller-Bouchard – 5 Years
  • Esther Mogyoros – 5 Years
  • Rabbi Stephen Berger – 10 Years
  • Julie Lane – 15 Years
We want to extend a sincere thank you and congratulations to them all –  their commitment to the school and dedication to our students is much appreciated.

EQ Club members Rebecca Laskin, Yael Toyber, and Hannah Marliss

This week, our EQ Club – which meets throughout the school year to discuss a variety of social issues, including racial and gender inequality in addition to LGBTQ+ discrimination – arranged a week to promote the visibility of and allyship toward the various groups within the LGBTQ+ community. Posters were placed around the school with prominent LGBTQ+ celebrities and ways that we can all be better allies. 

On Thursday, club members Rebecca Laskin, Hannah Marliss, and Yael Toyber, all Grade 12, arranged an assembly with our Grade 11 and 12 students to talk about the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention efforts for youth in the LGBTQ+ community. 

The club reminded our students to always be aware of how language choices and certain behaviours can be derogatory and damaging without us even realizing it, and how important it is to be supportive of our peers – whether LGBTQ+ or not.

King David student, Zachary Bordan, Grade 8, is a competitive swimmer with the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club. In the beginning of June, he competed at the Lower Mainland Regionals swim meet and qualified for Provincials, which will take place at the end of the month in Chilliwack. Kol Hakavod, Zachary!

Ofir and Or with Andrew Baron, Micaela Buchman, and Romy Ashkenazy, all Grade 11

At the end of the day on Thursday, we gathered for a school-wide assembly to send off our shinshinim, Or and Ofir. We are so grateful to them both for the time they have spent at King David, teaching our students more about their Israeli culture. They came to Vancouver without knowing a soul, and made it into a second home. Or and Ofir devoted themselves to their mission, bringing the culture of Israel to life through the relationships that they have formed with our students. And they did it all with a great attitude, flexibility and always a smile! Todah rabah to them both: we’ll miss them!

On Tuesday, our Grade 8 Music students held their end of term mini concert, performing for staff members and their peers. They chose a diverse collection of songs, including "Middle Child" by J. Cole, "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "What’s Up" by the 4 Non Blondes and "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen.

Today, our Drama 8 students hosted their end of term "Dramafest" to show what they had learned in class and perform original skits they had created in groups with the theme of time travel. They worked extremely hard, and the results were both impressive and hilarious!
King David Annual Campaign 2019
It’s not too late! The clock is ticking down to the end of the school year, but 
there’s still time to contribute to the Annual Campaign. YOU make a HUGE impact on the lives of our students.

Give because you believe in King David. Give because you want to support our faculty. Give to the possibilities King David provides for our students. Give by June 30, 2019.

We appreciate all donations, no matter the amount. It’s only thanks to you and your continued support that we are able to offer endless possibilities for extraordinary futures!

Shabbat Shalom!


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