Weekly Newsletter – October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020  / 5 Cheshvan 5781

Shabbat Begins: 5:48 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:52 p.m.   
Parsha: Noach: Genesis 6:9 – 11:32

Mr. Bondar and Mme. Neary’s TAG group play “Telestrations” on the theme of self care
Research shows that adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental wellbeing. At King David, we are committed to our students’ wellbeing and, over the past eight years, we’ve been developing and refining our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program to ensure it meets the needs of our students. This is especially important during the unusual circumstances created by the current pandemic.

While SEL tools are used by all teachers, our Wellness Counsellor, Lu Winters, manages and runs three programs: 
  1. TAG – Teacher/Teen/Team Advisory Groups take place every Friday, and students meet in cross-grade groups to provide them with the opportunity to connect and build relationships with peers at all grade levels with activities focusing on building resilience and character. 
  2. Wellness Workshops – A series of relevant speakers (via Zoom this year) for each grade, all geared towards helping students grow to become mentally healthier and happier people. 
  3. Open Parachute, purchased by our PAC, is being introduced this year. With differentiated junior and senior programs, Open Parachute programs focus on mental health, resilience, and the thought/feelings/behaviours cycle. Other topics include peer awareness and cultural awareness, with a focus on Canadian Indigenous culture and experiences. The program provides practical tools to help students cope with adversity and encourages personal growth. The Open Parachute Program supports both teachers and parents as well with videos and discussion points. It has been created to fit into the BC curriculum in terms of the core competencies each student is required to learn about and demonstrate. 
If you’re curious about our wellness programs, please feel free to contact Lu Winters.

The Science 8 students are learning about the components of plant and animal cells. This week, they created and presented their cell projects. Each group used their creativity to make colourful models of different types of cells!

The Anatomy and Physiology 12 students were also tasked with making 3D projects. Groups researched and created models to learn the structure, function, and location of different biomolecules in the everyday world.

This week, the Grade 8 Judaic Studies students were given the task of researching detailed stories about our Judaic beginnings. They then created brochures on their chosen Tanach heroes – Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka, and Yaacov, Leah and Rachel – and presented them to the class. 

Athletics at King David look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean our students stop playing! This year, in order to make sure our athletes are safe, there are no inter-school games – instead, our teams will compete against each other. On Tuesday, our Junior Boys team held their practice, along with coaches Mr. Metcalfe and Mr. Dichter. 
Don't Miss Open House!
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This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold our traditional King David Open House. However, we still want you to have the opportunity to experience our special school and are excited to host an innovative and informative virtual event that will allow you to learn more about who we are and what we offer.

Register now by clicking here, so we can send you all of the information you’ll need to participate.

Questions? Email Debbie Appelbaum or call 604-263-9700.

This week, orders must be placed by Wednesday, October 28 for pick up on Friday, October 30. Click here to place an order. 
Community is built on solid partnerships like the one between King David High School and Jewish Federation. Working together enables us to do more.
When you support the community through the Federation Annual Campaign, you can direct 75% of your new gift or increase to King David High School. Just type in “King David High School” on the donation form when you make your gift online.
We, along with many other local community organizations,  are counting on Federation Annual Campaign “plus gifts” to support our work. 


Shabbat Shalom!


The Israel Challenge
Virtual Escape Room

October 8 – December 8

BBYO Fall Kickoff
Outdoor Escape Room

Sunday, October 25
2:45 – 6:00 p.m.

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Krav Maga
with Israeli Champion Niv Gofman

Monday, October 26
6:30 p.m.

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VTT Early Years Open House

Sunday, November 15
2:00 p.m.

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