Weekly Newsletter – September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019  / 20 Elul 5779

Shabbat Begins: 6:57 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 8:00 p.m.   
Parsha: Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

On Thursday, students and staff participated in a Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research. 

Before the run, everyone gathered in the atrium for an assembly, led by Mr. Amram, who explained that Terry Fox was a young man who, after being diagnosed with cancer, had his leg amputated. Instead of giving up, Terry Fox went on to start his Marathon of Hope, where he planned to run across Canada. He made it from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 143 days, inspiring the nation as he ran. Once there, he discovered that his cancer had spread from his legs to his lungs, and he needed to return home. He passed away in 1981, just one month before his 23rd birthday. His first Marathon of Hope raised more than $24 million – to date, more than $750 million dollars has been raised for cancer research in his name.

Mr. Amram also explained how our efforts to raise awareness of, and fundraise for, cancer research in Terry Fox’s memory fulfills, in part, the mitzvah of pikuach nefesh – saving a life

With cheers and excitement, the school took off on the 2.7 km run/walk, where they passed staff members applauding, holding provincial flags, and explaining what part of Canada they represented. Finally, they ended up back at the school, where yet more staff members cheered them to the finish line.

Many thanks to Mr. Amram for leading the school in a meaningful assembly and getting the students excited, and to Miss Lane, who organized every detail of the event, putting up posters and organizing the route (including some very precise mathematical work, with each marker mapped to scale!) And thanks of course to all those who participated and raised money for a worthy cause. So far we have $800 raised of our $1100 goal! If we reach our goal by the end of the day on Monday, Mr. Amram will dye his hair with school colours!

Congratulations to our fastest runners, who all received a Terry Fox t-shirt for their excellent performance: Arel Steen and Taya Asadurian, both Grade 8, and Barak Lapid, Grade 10!

At the very beginning of the year, Art students in all grades designed an individual feather. In this quick project, they exercised free choice in creating their feathers to reflect their personality. Styles ranged from collage, painting, drawing and sketching, to a combination of each. The feathers were then arranged together to create a beautiful collaborative mural. This project proves that we can create beautiful things individually, but when we combine our talents together, we build something truly extraordinary.

Today, three members of the Class of 2019 paid us a visit. Thank you (L-R) Hannah Marliss, Ellie Khalifa, and Georgia Krombein – we love seeing you and catching up on your news!

Shabbat Shalom!


Hebrew Free Loan Association

Interest-free student loans

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Jewish Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive

September 19 – October 9

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Federal Pre-Election Town Hall

Sunday, September 22
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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High Holidays 
Cemetery Service

Sunday, October 6, 2019
11:00 a.m.

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The Federal Election, 
the Jewish Community and You

Sunday, October 6, 2019

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Vancouver Gap Year Fair

Sunday, November 24
5:00 p.m.

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