Weekly Newsletter – December 18, 2020

December 18, 2020  / 3 Tevet 5781

Shabbat Begins: 3:57 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:11 p.m.   
Parsha: Miketz: Genesis 41:1 – 44:17

Is it possible to write anything these days that does not make reference to life in the shadow of this pandemic? It is an understatement to say that this year is unlike any other; in so many ways everything is different. Yet, I am blessed to work with adolescents whose energy, light, kindness and laughter create a sense of “normal”, of hope, of what awaits life beyond COVID. I am choosing in this wrap-up newsletter for 2020 to celebrate our students and staff who have, through their positivity, made this a year to remember.

When school reopened in September, we did not know what to expect; we did not even know what our attendance would be. Were we in for a surprise! After missing school for almost five months, our students returned in force with crinkly eyes revealing smiles and joy under their masks. In fact, we have never had such excellent attendance in my 13 years at King David; our students have brought a fresh perspective to being in school. Our academic program continues with challenges and support, our sports teams are practicing hard, getting ready for future competition, our lunchtime and after school clubs, both in-person and online, are thriving, and our students are leading through Spirit Week, Hanukkah, celebrations, volunteering, and peer counselling. You can get a glimpse of the incredible first few months of school in the video below.

What a Wonderful Term 1!

For everything in our world that has changed, King David continues to be the same amazing, warm and vibrant community that it has always been. I wish you could feel the appreciation and respect I have for our staff in the way they have stepped up for our students and for each other. Their flexibility, warmth and caring is so heartwarming for all of us. I cannot imagine a better place to be than with our staff and students. I would also like to thank our parents and community members. The King David family has never been more supportive and more together. 

We wish you all a wonderful Winter Break and a new year filled with hope, health and happiness.

~ Russ Klein, Head of School

As students and staff head off to Winter Break, the King David Staff wanted to wish everyone a safe and healthy new year. We hope that everyone takes the time to refresh, rejuvenate and reflect on 2020. These past months have brought many challenges, but they have also shown us how resilient we are as a school, staff and students alike. We wanted to send you off with a few ‘COVID’ quotes to allow you to reflect on the past few months and come back excited and ready for 2021.
C – Constant kindness can accomplish much
O – One for All and All for One
V – Values become your destiny
I – I am responsible for you and you are responsible for me
D – Do to others as you want done to you
We can’t wait to see you all in 2021!

Grade 11 and 12 Music students performed at the Hanukkah candle lighting

King David continued to have student-led candle lightings for each day of Hanukkah, all livestreamed into classrooms. Our Grade 9 – 12 Music students, led by Johnny Seguin, played “Maoz Tzur” and were accompanied by our singers, Ethan Doctor (Grade 12) and Tal Pretli (Grade 11). The musicians then ended the celebration with a song of their choice!

Students in each grade prepared video presentations that were shared each day:
Grade 12 students Noam Guralnick and Vida Sussman shared an illuminating D’Var Torah about the meaning of the Hanukkah miracle, which you can watch here. 

Grade 11 English and Social Studies students put on an incredible production of four different instances of persecution and forced assimilations over the course of history. You can watch their video here. 

In addition to our daily Hanukkah presentations, and amazing musical performances, we also had fun! Senior Student Council recognized the opportunity to spread kindness and led students in a Mystery Moses Card exchange where each student received a card with special kind messages and a clue about the anonymous writer. The cards were secretly delivered into the lockers of each student.  

Thank you to our wonderful PAC for providing delicious sufganiyot for students last week, and thanks again to Marat Dreyshner for providing the chocolate gelt! A special thank you to Ellia Belson, Johnny Seguin, Kathy Zhang, Matt Dichter, and Clare Ripley for their work in making this unusual Hanukkah special for everyone. 

Shabbat Shalom!

COMMUNITY EVENTS                                      STUDENT SERVICES

Domain Procrastination in Adults 
with Dr. Meirav Hen

Sunday, December 20
11:00 a.m.

Dog Walking
by Kyla 

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