Weekly Newsletter – November 6, 2020

November 6, 2020  / 19 Cheshvan 5781

Shabbat Begins: 4:24 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:31 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayeira: Genesis 18:1 – 22:24

Open House 2020

Watch the video above to see what life is like at King David!

On Thursday evening, King David had another new experience – our very first virtual Open House!

Though we had to adapt our program to fit an online setting, the event was a great success. We may not have been able to show off our school in a physical way, but through videos and speakers, we managed to show our audience what makes King David the place to be.

The evening was kicked off by our student speakers, Grade 12 students Max Laskin and Ella Michaeli. Max and Ella talked about their different experiences at King David. Ella, who came to King David in Grade 8 from RJDS, talked about how, despite coming from a much smaller class, the transition to high school at King David was an easy one due to the kindness and friendliness of our students and staff. Max, who attended VTT and initially chose a public school after Grade 7 before coming to King David in Grade 10, talked about an opposite shift – what it was like to come from a large school where no one really knew who you were to a school where personal relationships really thrive. 

The students then introduced a video montage of what a regular week at King David looks like. The video, created by King David teacher Matt Dichter, can be viewed by clicking on the image above.

Alex Monchamp, our Deputy Head of School, then took our viewers through the journey our students take from Grade 8 to Grade 12, and how we help them develop into resilient, hard-working, and socially responsible adults, prepared for life after high school. 

We didn’t want people to just take our word for it – so we showed the video below, where some of our students talk about why students and parents should choose King David.

Why Choose King David?

Some of our students talk about what makes King David special

A large part of what we instill in our students is a strong Jewish identity, and Rabbi Berger took some time to talk about our Judaic Studies curriculum and the ways in which Jewish values are at the core of what we do. We then heard from King David alumna, and current VTT teacher, Samantha Levin, who talked about how her time at King David helped her become the person she is today. You can watch her video by clicking here

A driving force for staff at King David is our belief that our students are on the path to becoming conscientious, empathetic, and adaptable leaders for change. Our Head of School, Russ Klein, talked about how this is a better measure of success than grades – though we also have a robust academic program and our students consistently do well in our classes and on post-secondary campuses. King David takes a holistic approach to teaching our students, weighing values and student wellness as equal to academic success.

To close out the presentation, we heard from alum Gabe Stern, who talked about the acceptance he found at King David. You can watch his video by clicking here

A huge thank you to Ella and Max, and to parents Diane Friedman and Elliot and Megan Laskin, who stayed through the end to answer all the questions our prospective families had. Thanks also to Matt Dichter, Samantha Levin, Gabe Stern, and our students for making and taking part in our wonderful videos!

And, of course, thanks to everyone who joined us!

This week, orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 11 for pick up on Friday, November 13. 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

Virtual Kristallnacht Commemoration

Monday, November 9
7:00 p.m.

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VTT Early Years Open House

Sunday, November 15
2:00 p.m.

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Masa Gap Year Virtual Fair

Sunday, November 15
5:30 p.m.

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Hillel College Fair

November 22 – 14

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