Weekly Newsletter – June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020  / 20 Sivan 5780

Shabbat Begins: 9:01 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 10:26 p.m.   
Parsha: Behaalotecha: Numbers 8:1-12:16
ANOTHER FANTASTIC YEAR END CELEBRATION!

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Watch the full Year End Celebration by clicking the image above

On Wednesday evening, we hosted our annual Year End Celebration, where we acknowledge the accomplishments of our students.

This year, unable to host it live in our school Atrium, we held it virtually over Zoom. Recognition was given to outstanding student achievements in all grades and across all disciplines. As a school, we define outstanding in many ways, which are not limited by the narrow definition of a student with the top mark in a course. While recipients may be academically strong, teachers are encouraged to give additional consideration to other characteristics such as effort, improvement, positive contribution to the learning environment, resilience or perseverance, to name a few.

The 200+ audience was also entertained with a variety of videos created by staff and students in the Fine Arts Department. Foods students made a video of the preparation of shakshuka and pita, Art students displayed their work from the year, and our Music students created some incredible music videos, including original songs!

Even though circumstances meant we had to have our celebration in a different format this year, it was just as spectacular as always! We’re so proud of our students and faculty as, despite having to switch to emergency remote learning for the last three months of the school year, they displayed flexibility, resilience, persistence and continued to learn and achieve great things!
CAPSTONE PROJECTS


Top L-R: Hannah Casseres shared her Dutch family history and some favourite family recipes, Zevi Kline presented on the process of music composition and shared an original song he wrote during the pandemic, and Marlowe Zimmerman presented on the health implications of dance
Bottom L-R: Sagiv Fadida shared his journey of training for and running a half marathon, and Jessie Miller created a pamphlet on self-advocacy in women’s health

This was the first year at King David that we implemented Career Life Connections 12, a new mandatory course from the BC Ministry of Education. Part of this course is a self-directed Capstone Project, highlighting their lifelong learning journeys and their personal interests and passions. We are more than halfway through the presentations, and we are so incredibly impressed by the quality of work and the diversity of topics. So far, students’ projects have focused on:
  • Teaching Israeli Dance
  • Self-Advocacy in Women’s Health
  • Competitive Skiing
  • Vegan Cooking
  • Dance Costume Design
  • ACL Surgery and Recovery
  • The Barriers Faced by Refugee and Immigrant Women
  • The Greed of the NCAA
  • A How-To Guide for Celebrating Shabbat in University
  • Family Tree Through Traditions and Recipes
  • Fundraising for Yaffa House
  • Representation of High School Years Through Art
  • Art Journey and Development
  • Entrepreneurial and Socially-Conscious Jewelry Making
  • Travelling as a Teenager
  • Cooking with Family 
  • A Personal Story of Anti-Semitism
In this video, Camille Millman explores the therapeutic power of nature. The video features images, sounds, and poetry all captured and created by this talented student.

It has been such an honour to witness these projects come to life and to see the growth and engagement of each of our students. We’re looking forward to all the presentations still remaining!

~ Jordana Corenblum, Community Connections and Special Programs Counsellor
PROJECT-BASED LEARNING


Max Forman presents his project on the Columbian Exchange

Social Studies 8 concluded the year with students presenting their final projects. The class was given the opportunity to pick a question from five major themes presented throughout the year. They researched and chose how they would like to explore the topics more in depth. The students then became the teachers and gave a hybrid presentation based on their research to their peers both in class and at home. 
IN-SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY


Our World Club had its second-to-last meeting this week. They were given the opportunity to hear from Bill Menzo, a teacher of sustainability. Bill led his club at Silverthorn Secondary in the Ontario school district and helped them win the Etobicoke School Secondary Award in 1994. The club donated the award money to the whole school to improve their school’s computer systems. 

Bill shared with our students many new ideas for how to grow the club for next year that would make a huge impact on our King David community. With over 25 years of experience in teaching sustainability, Bill was able to answer every question students had and give a number of tips on how to make the club successful. King David’s Our World Club looks forward to taking all of the information Bill shared and putting it into use next year to create a more impactful and fun club! 

Shabbat Shalom!

COMMUNITY EVENTS


Build Your Own Jewish Musical 
Summer Program for Students

Multiple Sessions





ALUMNI CORNER




Tutoring with Jacob and Landon 
1st Grade to 1st Year

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BBQ Busters
Barbecue cleaning services from Aaron Casseres and Jack Tritt

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