Weekly Newsletter – November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019  / 10 Cheshvan 5780

Shabbat Begins: 4:22 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:29 p.m.   
Parsha: Lech-Lecha: Genesis 12:1 – 17:27

On Tuesday evening, an atrium full of prospective families attended our annual Open House to discover the King David difference. Through a video (click here), 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 the success of our graduates in their post-secondary endeavours. Click here for a glimpse into the post-secondary successes of graduates. Andrew Altow, parent of two King David alumni  and two current students, shared his experience as a King David parent and the role the school played in ensuring the success his two older children are having at Queen’s University. He then introduced a video his daughter, Lynne (Class of 2019), had prepared highlighting her transition from high school to university. Click here for her video. Our Head of School, Russ Klein, spoke about the way King David helps students to balance values, wellness, and academic success. Click here to hear Aaron Friedland (Class of 2010) summing up the value of his King David education.

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 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! Our thanks to everyone who took time out of busy schedules to join us!

Open House marks the kick-off of our 2020 – 2021 enrollment cycle. 

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

New Student Applications Open: Monday, December 2
Applications Due: Friday, January 17

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

On Friday, students and staff gathered in the atrium for our Remembrance Day assembly. Grade 11 students Ben Mizrahi and Connell Simkin-Watt led the ceremony, which began with our King David Choir singing the national anthem. Ben and Connell each read excerpts from the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon, with the audience responding, "We will remember them," in honour of those who died in war. To close the ceremony, we heard "The Last Post", used to commemorate the dead, before having a minute of silence.

Afterwards, the Grade 11 students stood around the atrium in front of their Remembrance Day projects, which explored various aspects and sacrifices of war, explaining why they chose their topics and answering student and staff questions. 

"This past Monday, the Psychology 11/12 class was thrilled to listen to the incredible story of Nitai Weinberg, a 22-year-old stroke survivor. Nitai began his story by explaining to us the intense series of events that led to his stroke, and eventually to anxiety and depression. At only 18 years old, during his first year at UBC, Nitai awoke one morning with the feeling of numbness and imbalance. After being examined by skeptical paramedics, he received a brain scan, which showed he had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Following his stroke, Nitai struggled with thought formulation, coordination, and dexterity. In turn, he was unable to reply to the dozens of get-well messages he was receiving, which caused him to feel overwhelmed. After attending a rehabilitation centre where he went through extensive physio, speech, and occupational therapy, Nitai began to experience common symptoms of anxiety, although he did not realize it at the time. He explained that he began to fear social settings, but more importantly, he feared being judged by those around him. Nitai emphasized that not speaking to anyone about what he was feeling led to suicidal thoughts. He pointed out that simply talking to a trusted adult about your worries and struggles can make all the difference. 

Nitai then asked the class meaningful questions surrounding mental health that created a fascinating conversation. Nitai’s unique journey brought attention to the fact that mental health issues, although stigmatized, should be thought of as a problem that we have the solution to. To document his experiences and discuss the issue of mental health stigma, Nitai created a blog entitled ‘The Silent Warrior’, which can be found here."

~ Keren Katz, Grade 11

For the first time in King David history, our Lions have formed an ice hockey team! 
Last Friday, our team played its first game ever, coming back from a 4-1 deficit to win the game 5-4. Mazal Tov, Lions! Thanks to parent volunteer Jon Lazar for supporting our team, and teacher Marie Vondracek.

On Thursday, our Junior Girls Volleyball team headed off to Burnaby to compete in the GVISAA Championship. Coach Vondracek discusses game strategy and reminds the team to enjoy the experience!

Click here to purchase tickets

Shabbat Shalom!


Shabbat Dinner with Yola Reitman

Friday, November 22

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Vancouver Gap Year Fair

Sunday, November 24
5:00 p.m.

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The Changing Landscape:
Housing Choices of the Future

Tuesday, November 26
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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