Weekly Newsletter – October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020  / 21 Tishrei 5781

Shabbat Begins: 6:15 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 7:18 p.m.   
Parsha: Shemini Atzeret: Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

Sukkot is a little like Thanksgiving because it is a festival for giving thanks for many things, like food and shelter. This year in particular we have much to be thankful for, and this gratitude has definitely been felt throughout our Sukkot celebrations.
From coffee and snacks in the sukkah for staff on Tuesday morning before school, to students having classes in the sukkah, and a very special virtual Sukkot tea for our grandparents, the King David sukkah has been very well utilized this year! This was a big challenge, as we needed to ensure students were in their cohorts or family bubbles and that COVID safety protocols were followed. The weather really worked in our favour, allowing us all to spend time in the sukkah. The sukkah serves as a reminder of our connection to nature, and a little grounding in the natural world is something we all need – even more so now, at this difficult time. 

Besides spending time in our sukkah, students celebrated Sukkot with the arba minim, a group of three plants bound together with straw: the lulav (palm frond), aravot (willow), hadassim (myrtle), and the etrog (citron), The plants symbolize the various fruits of the earth but also the different kinds of people integral to a strong community. Again, this is truly representative of the strength of the King David family and the Vancouver Jewish community.

As we do every year, we hosted a Grandparents’ Tea in the sukkah. But instead of bringing grandparents to the school, the event was held remotely. The greatest benefit of hosting a virtual Grandparents’ Tea this year was the opportunity to welcome grandparents from across the globe – Puerto Rico, Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Quebec, Ontario, California, Brazil, and Vancouver! If you would like to watch the video, please click on the image below.

Grandparents' Tea

“My thanks to King David for figuring out a way for us not to miss the Grandparents’ Tea this year. Amazing how technology is able to connect us during these difficult times. The students, teachers, and Rabbi Berger were absolutely wonderful. Todah rabah, a shaynem dank to all of you.”
~ Grandparent of a Grade 12 student

On Tuesday, the Green Club had the incredible opportunity to hear from Maayan Kreitzman, the Vancouver – False Creek BC Green Party candidate. Maayan’s passion for the environment is undeniable, and she was truly inspiring. Maayan helped us understand what our priorities should be in terms of taking steps to save our planet. She explained that, besides recycling and composting, there needs to be systematic change in order to reduce the ecological damage already in place. We are truly grateful that Maayan came to talk to the Green Club this week.

This survey will close on Thursday, October 15.

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

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

We are pleased to be working with Berlineaton, a management consulting firm with extensive experience with independent schools in Canada. 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!

University application season is underway! Ella Michaeli, Grade 12, works with Post-Secondary Counsellor, Jodi Cristall, on her applications.

Our PE classes are enjoying the unusually sunny fall weather by taking their classes outside!

Keren Katz, Jared Kushner, and Casey Krombein

Our Biology 12 students had their version of “Potions” class, testing the pH levels of different liquids and guessing how they would interact with each other. 

Shabbat Shalom!


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Virtual Escape Room

October 8 – December 8

JFGV Israel Trivia Night
with host IQ 2000

Thursday, October 15
7:00 p.m.

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