Weekly Newsletter – May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020  / 14 Iyar 5780

Shabbat Begins: 8:22 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 9:39 p.m.   
Parsha: Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23

With weeks of emergency remote learning behind us, word in the community indicates we are doing well! We continue to hear from parents, students and faculty that this new medium, while filled with many challenges, has created many opportunities. Teachers and students are being innovative, and a number of new initiatives have been created keeping students engaged, connected, and learning. From Student Council starting King David Connects to parents sharing their areas of expertise and talents during remote learning classes, great things are happening every day!

We do not take this success lightly and continue to survey parents, students and faculty to ensure we keep the positive momentum going. 

Joel Guralnick, parent of Noam in Grade 11, says, "Doing the survey gave me a few minutes to reflect – and having chatted with enough friends in various provinces and states, I have come to realize how truly incredible a job King David has been doing during these times. No one anywhere had a plan for a global shutdown, but the way you have quickly gotten up and running and the amount and tone of your communication has been incredibly impressive."

Appropriately, this week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers have always gone above and beyond for our students, and in this transition to remote learning, they have truly been extraordinary.

Even The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon showed his appreciation for teachers around the world, with his original song "Teachers Should Make a Billion Dollars". Check it out here

We secretly reached out to our parents and students to ask if they had anything they wanted to share with our teachers. Did they ever deliver! Hear what our extended King David family had to say to our staff by watching the video below.

We are so grateful to our faculty for all that they do, and extend sincere thanks to our parents and students for taking the time to share their words of support with us.


Teacher Appreciation Week

The Anatomy and Physiology 12 class learns about Jewish contributions to medicine

King David parent, Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, was generous enough to join both a Science 8 and an Anatomy and Physiology 12 remote learning class this week. Dr. Leipsic is Chairman of the Department of Radiology for Providence Health Care, Vice Chairman of Research for the UBC Department of Radiology, and a Professor of Radiology and Cardiology at UBC, to name but a few titles. 

During his visit, Dr. Leipsic shared his research and experience from his radiology medical practice to teach our Science 8 class about the heart, lungs, and the power of CT scanning technology to improve healthcare outcomes. The Science 8 class is learning about the electromagnetic spectrum and how we can use different types of light, such as X-rays, to create tools that allow us to investigate nature and human health. The Anatomy and Physiology 12 class is currently investigating the different organ systems of the human body with a focus on the causes of disease. 

Dr. Leipsic discussed the historic influence of Jewish contributions to hand hygiene practices and how health starts with personal habits. With advances in science, medicine, and imaging technology, we can now understand personalized risks for coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and a variety of illnesses that were previously unknown. Using the combination of modern science, medicine, and engineering, we can create less invasive interventions for treating damaged heart valves or blocked arteries. 

Another King David parent, Yoni Gordis, spoke to our Grade 11 and 12 students about Encounter, a nonpartisan educational organization cultivating more informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their programs inspire new perspectives, new conversations and new approaches to the conflict and they aim to reach a diverse Jews across religious and political lines. He told stories of the interactions and the challenges and preconceptions that both sides have against the other.

"I enjoyed Mr. Gordis’s talk. After going to Israel many times, it is apparent that there is a separation between Jews and Palestinians. I feel like what he is doing is very important and it is crucial that we start learning about each other and growing bonds on both sides."

~ Ezra Tischler, Grade 12

Thank you Mr. Gordis and Dr. Leipsic for your willingness to share your expertise with our students at King David. This was a great opportunity to connect our classroom with our parent community!

On Thursday, we held our latest event in our ongoing virtual program, King David Connects. The program is a Student Council initiative to bring together staff, students, and community members in student-run discussions and lessons. 

This week, it was a post-Survivor episode recap and discussion, led by Grade 12 students Emily and Jessie Miller. Attendees discussed which contestants they liked, who they thought would win, and more. It was a wonderful way to connect with each other about something extracurricular.

King David Connects will return next week, so don’t miss out!

Tuesday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. – Curly Hair Care with Marlowe Zimmerman and Jessie Miller

Shabbat Shalom!


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