Weekly Newsletter – February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021 / 7 Adar 5781

Shabbat Begins: 5:22 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 6:29 p.m.  
Parsha: Terumah: Exodus 25:1 – 27:19
A FOCUS ON WELLNESS
King David’s Mental Health Awareness Club collaborated with the Peer Support Program to put on Mental Health Awareness Day this Friday. Grade 12 student, Keren Katz, who is a member of both clubs, explained that the club members wanted to dedicate the day to talking about mental health, fighting the stigma and investigating ways we can all improve our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Each grade rotated through four activities to discuss different aspects that contribute to wellness: connection, nourishment, nature and fun. We also had an incredible guest speaker during our TAG block. Jordan Boroditsky, Class of 2017, who spoke to the entire school about mental health and his new podcast Own It. He was engaging and informative and had so much to share on the topic of wellness. There were lots of great conversations throughout the day and students walked away with theme-related giveaways from each activity: postcards designed by Grade 12 student, Kyla Charach, recipes (and lentils) from Foods teacher, Hilit Nurick, wildflower seeds to support the bee and butterfly populations, and slime made by Grade 12 student, Jordana Stern. The two clubs also took the initiative to fundraise for Canadian Youth Mental Health Canada, with students and staff donating to this incredible organization. We encourage parents to ask your kids about today’s activities and keep open conversations about mental health and wellness at home. 
THE PANDEMIC AND TEENAGE MENTAL HEALTH
Dr. Lazar has willingly shared his knowledge with our Psychology class students
for many years. This photo was taken in 2018!

After speaking to our Psychology students two weeks ago, alumni parent and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Gary Lazar, was kind enough to speak to our parents about the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of adolescents. He shared interesting and relevant information about adolescent brain development and how it manifests in the variety of behaviours parents may be observing in their children during the pandemic (e.g. hours of video gaming). He emphasized the need for increased connection and communication between parents and children. We are so grateful to Dr. Lazar for being so generous with his time!

Melina Baum-Singer, parent of Zev in Grade 8, shared: “Thank you so much for arranging for such a great talk tonight. Dr. Lazar was so insightful and I simply loved his overall message. Less prescribing, more listening and greater connecting, but while still helping our teens to learn ways to positively manage the pleasure principle.”
THE SEARCH FOR THE BEST HAMENTASHEN
Do you prefer your hamentashen soft and squishy, or crispy-crunchy? Does your mouth water for traditional fillings such as dates and poppy seed? Or do you dream of lemon, raspberry and chocolate? Well, in Foods class they have been experimenting with and creating every combination! Under the brilliant tutelage of Hilit Nurick, our students have been working hard and competing with each other to find the best and most delicious Hamentash recipe!
WELCOME JILLIAN MICKIE DICHTER!
Mazal Tov to proud parents, King David teacher, Matt Dichter, and Dr. Ely Goldberg, who welcomed their first child, Jillian Mickie Dichter, on Wednesday, February 17 at 11:36 a.m.

Yesterday, Matt sent us this message to share: “Baby and mom are great! Dad is looking forward to time with family. Everyone is so happy. Can’t wait to introduce her to everyone!”

We wish Matt and Ely nothing but joy and we cannot wait to meet our future student, “Jilly”, after Matt returns from a well-earned parental leave.
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Shabbat Shalom!
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