Weekly Newsletter – December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019  / 8 Kislev 5780

Shabbat Begins: 3:57 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:09 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayeitzei: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3

Grade 12 Holocaust Studies students Jayson Armstrong, Jake Finkelstein, 
David Clark, Sagiv Fadida, Ilay Paz, Zevi Kline, Ella Pekarsky, Teah Bakonyi, 
and Jordana Gaerber with Jack Micner

"On Monday, we were honoured to have Jack Micner come to speak to the Grade 12 Holocaust Studies class. He shared his parents’ survivor testimonies, as well as his experience as a second-generation survivor of the Holocaust. Personally, I found this presentation very impactful, as I can relate it to my own family’s story. My grandfather lived in Poland during the war, and I know that many of my classmates can relate to this as well. Hearing Mr. Micner’s story, along with his views on post-war trauma, was very insightful as it gave me a deeper understanding of a survivor’s experience."

~ Jordana Gaerber, Grade 12

On Tuesday morning, our Music 8 students put on their Term 1 Mini Concert for an audience of students and staff. They showed their talents on (edited) songs like "Otherside" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Incredible Thoughts" by The Lonely Island, and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by the Beastie Boys. Most of the students performed after having only 13 weeks (interrupted by Jewish holidays!) of musical training, so their performance was truly astounding!

"Eldad Haber, a King David parent, was invited to speak to the Grade 12 Israel Advocacy class on Monday. He provided a new Israeli perspective on the complicated current political tension in Israel, and shared useful tools with the students to help decipher reliable sources of information on such topics. His presentation offered a new viewpoint on the subject and was greatly appreciated by all the students."

~ Ana Clara Feldman, Grade 12

This week, Social Studies 9 students started their unit on the French Revolution. The class was divided into groups and given a reading to discuss with each other and highlight the details they felt were most important to understanding the events of the period. Each group became an expert on their reading.

Once they were comfortable, the students were then able to share their knowledge with members of the other groups, and learn from each other. 

Thank you, Movember participants! L-R: Isaiah Confiss, David Clark, Ethan Axler,
and Jake Finkelstein, all Grade 12, Aviv David, Grade 11, and Josh Switzer 
and Sagiv Fadida, both Grade 12

With November over, Student Council, with the help of Grade 12 student Jake Finkelstein, arranged a  non-uniform day ($2 to dress in blue) with a presentation in the atrium to discuss the Movember Project and the importance of talking about men’s physical and mental health. Students then made donations to enter a draw to have the honour of shaving their peers’ mustaches! All the money raised will go to the Movember Project.

"On Monday, a King David graduate, Dahlia James (Class of 2009), came in to speak to our Law class about her journey to law school. She told us about how she chose her undergraduate courses, explained what the questions on the LSAT are like, and talked about her experiences in law school. Hearing about law school and the LSAT from a King David graduate was really helpful for everyone in the class who is planning on going into law."

~ Emily Miller, Grade 12

Elements Academy of Martial Arts instructor Mysha Dewar-McClelland came to the JCC to teach self-defense to our PHE 8, 9 and 10 classes. Students learned how they can defend themselves or de-escalate a dangerous situation.

On Tuesday, Grade 8 and 9 students heard a presentation from Safer Schools Together as part of the Ministry of Education’s anti-bullying program, ERASE. The presentation was tailored towards online safety and cyber bullying, teaching students how to create a positive digital footprint and protect themselves online. We welcomed the RJDS Grade 7 class for this important learning opportunity.

As we head into Shabbat and prepare to light Shabbat candles tonight, we would like to thank those who have already made gifts – King David shines brightly because of your generosity!

Join us in illuminating our students’ futures and make your gift today. Make a gift

"One man’s candle is light for many."

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Shabbat Shalom!


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