Weekly Newsletter – October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020  / 14 Tishrei 5781

Shabbat Begins: 6:45 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 7:47 p.m.   
Parsha: Sukkot: Leviticus 22:26 – 23:44

On Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., 140 people logged on to King David’s Meet the Teacher Webinar. Alex Monchamp and Russ Klein managed the program, but the stars of the show were our amazing group of teachers! While we may have missed out on Hilit’s tradition of honey cake in the Foods room, we were welcomed into the homes of King David staff. From the feedback we received on Thursday, families enjoyed the opportunity to put faces to names and to hear a little about each teacher’s family and teaching philosophy. Meeting their pets was a hit too!

We appreciate the positive feedback from families. It was not our usual Meet the Teacher evening, where parents follow their child’s daily schedule; however, we did get to meet all the teachers in each department and we look forward to the day we can welcome you back into the building!

I thought everyone did a wonderful job at last night’s Meet the Teacher Webinar. I know it was challenging and probably not what the teachers had hoped for, but they all came across as very sincere. It was nice to get a “sense” of their individual personalities as they let us into their homes with their pets and shared other interesting tidbits. I felt grateful to have two kids at King David after listening to such an amazing group of teachers last night who all truly care about what they do. Great job!”

~ Parent of Grade 9 and Grade 11 students

In our Grade 8 Directed Judaic Studies class, students got right into the spirit of Sukkot by making decorations to beautify our school Sukkah. Following the activity, students were tasked with using their math and ratio skills by designing their own creative Sukkah to scale. They were challenged to see how creative they can be with their Sukkah while still maintaining Kosher Sukkah laws.

To start the year in Social Studies 11, the class selected the “big ideas” of the course that they would like to explore over the duration of the year. The students indicated their interest in exploring the idea that examining questions in Philosophy allows people to question their assumptions and better understand their own beliefs.

After a few lessons learning about creating logical arguments, the students were ready to discuss some big questions, like the nature of reality of things – ones you can see, like a chair, and ones you can’t, like oxygen. The class took the discussions outside to use the Sukkah and apple orchard space. They were encouraged to use the debate techniques learned in class. 

It was wonderful to see the students looking at multiple perspectives and practicing their core competency skills of critical thinking and communication.

In French class, Grade 9 students are exploring the cultures of francophone communities from around the world. Students were tasked with researching and discussing some of the countries that have French as an official language – including Canada!

We are very excited to be embarking on a process to renew our Strategic Plan.

As an important part of this process, through a variety of methods, we are seeking the input of our stakeholder communities about your experiences with King David High School and your expectations for the future. We are pleased to be working with Berlineaton, a management consulting firm with extensive experience with independent schools in Canada.

We invite all members of the King David High School community to provide your input through this online form.

This survey will close on Thursday, October 15.

Berlineaton will also be holding a variety of Stakeholder Focus Groups. If you would be interested in participating, please let us know by completing this online form.

Berlineaton will be analyzing the data and will share consolidated results with King David High School. We will share the key findings from this survey with the school community.

We look forward to hearing from you all as we collaborate to shape King David High School’s future together!

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!


JFGV Israel Trivia Night
with host IQ 2000

Thursday, October 15
7:00 p.m.

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