Weekly Newsletter – February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020  / 12 Shevat 5780

Shabbat Begins: 5:01 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:10 p.m.   
Parsha: Beshalach: Exodus 13:17 – 17:16

Thursday was Wellness Day, an annual event dedicated to improving the lives of our students by exploring different forms of self care. This year, our theme was "Sleep – because we all need more of it."

Before first block, students and staff gathered in the atrium to hear from Tony Ho, a registered social worker who has a local counseling practice with a specialty in sleep difficulties and insomnia. He gave a keynote talk, called "Why Sleep is Your Super Power, and Other Reasons to Stop Texting in Bed." He explained that most of us are getting less sleep than we think, and definitely not as much as we need. He also discussed the different circadian rhythms of people in different age groups, and that teens’ desire to sleep late on weekends has nothing to do with laziness.

Throughout the day, Tony also did "Sleep Lab" workshops with each grade, and gave tips and tricks for getting a better night’s sleep.

The Psychology Class (L-R): Aelan Rosner, Jasi Layton, Keren Katz, Maya Cantor, Indy Layton, Luke Weinberg, Isaiah Confiss, Micah Shiff, Teah Bakonyi, Nicky Scher, and Mattea Lewis with guest speaker Suzanne Ferera, parent of Jack, Class of 2012, Alex, Class of 2014, and Dina, Class of 2019

"On Wednesday, the Psychology 11/12 class was fortunate enough to have guest speaker Suzanne Ferera discuss her successful career. As an occupational therapist, Suzanne deals with children who have behavioural issues, and helps parents devise an appropriate parenting style that best fits the child. She spoke about the four core parenting styles, including Authoritarian, Authoritative, Permissive and the Uninvolved Parent. She emphasised the importance of the statement that "kids will do well if they can, not if they want to". Suzanne focuses on what underlying issue is getting in the way of children becoming their best selves. She stressed how crucial it is for parents to put their own negative emotions "on the shelf" while conversing with their children, as well maintaining tentative language and reflective listening. Suzanne remarked how "descriptive praise" is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with your child; positive conversation in turn causes positive behaviour. Finally, she expressed how as a parent, you are simultaneously a therapist. Increased levels of depression and anxiety in the younger generations does not make parenting any easier, so it is necessary to understand the foundational aspects of being the best parent you can be."

~ Keren Katz, Grade 11

This week, Ms. Neuman’s Social Studies 9 classes gave presentations on the French Revolution. Students were assigned a topic critical to the French Revolution, and tasked with teaching their peers how it played a pivotal role in history. The presentations were complemented by creative posters and projects.

Back Row (L-R): Jonah Lazar, Arel Steen, Gilad Jankelowitz, Coach Amram, Coach Dichter, Sidney Tolensky, Max Kimel, Jesse Millman
Front Row (L-R): Ari Altow, Micah Sacks, Ethan Dreyshner, Chad Beron, Noah Bakonyi, Oliver Kraft, Chase Dodek

Congratulations to the Junior Boys Basketball Team for an incredible season thus far! These boys, who are in Grade 9 (with one Grade 8 student), are playing in the GVISAA Grade 10 league and have received a first-round buy into Round 2 of the playoffs. They have also qualified to play for an invitation to the Sea to Sky Highway Zone Championships, which includes schools of all sizes. Kol Hakavod, boys!

Shabbat Shalom!


Host Families Needed
Hockey Academy of Israel
JCC Program

March 5 – 13

Isaac Waldman Library Used Book Sale

February 9 – 13
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Using Our Voices
Interactive Choir Experience featuring Choir! Choir! Choir!

Sunday, February 23
7:00 p.m.

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Optimism and Hope
Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Homelessness

Wednesday, February 26

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Limmud Vancouver 2020
Festival of Jewish Learning

February 29 – March 1

Click here for the schedule

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Beth Israel Casino Night

Thursday, March 5
5:30 p.m.

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