Weekly Newsletter – February 27, 2021

February 26, 2021 / 14 Adar 5781

Shabbat Begins: 5:33 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 6:40 p.m.  
Parsha: Tetzaveh: Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
CHAG PURIM SAMEACH!
There is a spirit of liveliness and fun on Purim that is unparalleled on the Jewish calendar. If there were ever a day to “let loose” and just be Jewish, this is it, and our students really did make the most of it today! Arriving in costumes that ranged from Ruth Bader Ginsberg to our staff in goth attire (see below), everyone was ready to have fun!

Like so much else, this year’s celebration looked a little different than usual. Instead of one school-wide celebration, students participated in a variety of activities in their cohorts. The activities included, a megillah reading, making Mishloach Manot to share with family or friends, Purim-inspired games of Kahoot and Jeopardy, and a talent show in the Atrium – we really do have talented students at King David!

The ruach (spirit) was excellent and could be felt throughout the building. A wonderful way to end the week!

Chag Purim Sameach! May your celebrations be as lively as ours!
Our gothic staff… and the Honourable Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
A PURIM MESSAGE FROM RABBI BERGER
“Venhahapoch Hu!” – “and it was all reversed!”
 
Purim is filled with reversals. This time last year, our lives were certainly very different. Wearing masks used to be about fun, merriment and laughter. This year – not so much. We are waiting eagerly for another reversal.
 
Purim is a holiday of festivity and celebration. It is often a day of indulgence. As the sages relate: Haman tried to destroy our bodies, and so we celebrate with our bodies. We drink. We laugh. We celebrate. We focus on our own joy. We focus inward, on personal happiness. This year, we do need to take care and make sure that we feel happy. We hope that you are able to experience such personal joy this Purim. But, while Purim asks us to feel great joy, it asks us to do more than this, too; it also asks us to share joy. There are two mitzvot of the day – gifts to those without, and mishloach manot, the sending of delicacies to friends. These mitzvot ask us to brighten the days of others, to add to the joy and happiness of others. We see this lesson from one of the foods that we eat on Purim — the hamantaschen.

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PINK SHIRT DAY
February 24 was Pink Shirt Day, a national day intended to raise awareness of bullying in schools and workplaces. During the day, we raised awareness for bullying, cyber bullying, and talked about how the pandemic has increased the amount of bullying we see in person and online. It was so amazing to see all the King David students and staff come in their pink clothing, kippahs and even King David-anti bullying collaboration masks that were generously donated by Danny Lipetz. During the assembly we learned about what Pink Shirt Day means to our students, watched a video portraying bullying at schools, and held class discussions with engaging questions. Thank you to everyone who helped put together the wonderful day.

~ Abbey Kape and Max Laskin, Grade 12 Student Council members

To learn what Pink Shirt Day means to our students, watch the video created by Senior Student Council below.
FUN WITH MATH
On Thursday afternoon, a group of 29 students met in the Atrium to take part in the University of Waterloo Pascal (Grade 9), Cayley (Grade 10), and Fermat (Grade 11) Math Contests. These annual contests provide an excellent opportunity for our students to solve interesting, challenging, and often fun math problems. Thank you to everyone for their participation and for putting in their best effort – well done!
FOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!
King David Student Council ran a food drive this week, encouraging all students and staff to bring a non-perishable food item to school for donation to the Jewish Food Bank. The result was overwhelming! We and Jewish Family Services are so thankful for the thoughtfulness and generosity of our King David Family.
LEARNING ABOUT ADDICTION
Sergeant Mark Steinkampf (far right) with “The Odd Squad”

This week, the Grade 11 and 12 students attended a Zoom presentation by Mark Steinkampf, who was a police sergeant and a member of the Vancouver Police Department’s division called “The Odd Squad”. Mr. Steinkampf had worked for the VPD for over 20 years walking the beat of the Downtown Eastside, helping those with severe mental health issues and addiction. His presentation was very informative and included information about drug/alcohol addiction, vaping, and the dangers of even a single use. Our students were engaged during the entire presentation, and we encourage you to ask them what their takeaways were.

A heartfelt thank you to King David grandparent, Shirley Barnett, for funding this presentation.
THANK YOU TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
COVID-19 changed our lives in many ways, and we are so grateful to be able to have our staff and students together in our school each day in a safe and healthy environment.

We are able to do this in large part due to a number of upgrades to the building’s HVAC system, as well as increased and improved sanitation practices. These additions, while necessary, have come at a monetary cost. So it is with sincere gratitude that we thank the Jewish Community Foundation for their generous grant we received in support of our COVID preparedness.

Todah Rabah!
COMMUNITY GENEROSITY
With your help, the Vancouver Jewish Day Schools Purim Project was able to deliver 200 packages to people in our community who have been most impacted by the pandemic.

Thank you!
Shabbat Shalom!
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