Weekly Newsletter – April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021 / 11 Iyar 5781

Shabbat Begins: 8:00 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 9:12 p.m.  
Parsha: Acharei-Kedoshim: Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27
This year’s RAC Week will go down in history for its Grade 12 leadership and innovation, amazing speakers, and student engagement. The school was decorated from top to bottom and every day was filled with meaningful and fun activities.

Each grade had its own day to participate in RAC activities. Students took part in a mural project, headed up by Judaic Studies teacher, Elana Freedman. The mural was made up of individual square canvases, decorated by each student, that together created a mural symbolizing King David as a community. Each canvas included a symbol of their own identity and feelings of resilience. Stay tuned for the reveal when the mural is complete!

The service-learning component did not get lost even though we were not able to go out and volunteer in the community at organizations this year. Students spent time researching and then presenting information about non-profit organizations that help both our Jewish community and the broader Vancouver community as a whole. 

We did manage to include a COVID-safe field trip! Students went to the beach in small groups led by staff and spent time picking up garbage to help clean up the beach areas. Once this was done, they relaxed for an informal picnic and sports. We were so fortunate with the weather!

We concluded each day with a presentation related to this year’s theme “Your Mind is a Garden”, where Grade 12 led mental-health mini-presentations. The school was divided and decorated into the four seasons. Winter symbolizes our need to retreat and hunker down when we are feeling blue. Spring is the idea that we can self-renew and have a fresh start. Summer represents the feelings of happiness and freedom, while Fall represents the idea that we all transition through these mental states.
All of this would have been enough, but we also held our annual Benefit Concert, with an added fashion show this year. Musicians and singers were rehearsing all week long! They did an incredible job, tirelessly guided by our Music teacher, Johnny Seguin. With everything depending on technology this year, a huge thanks goes to our IT wizard, Gabriel Bacelar.
The fashion show models and organizers worked long hours sourcing out sponsors, making repeated visits to stores, choosing outfits and assigning them to the correct models. Thank you to Grade 12 student, Lola Belzberg, for all her hard work on this project.

This year we raised $1200 for the BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital in Israel.

Finally, a major thank you to the Isserow-Collis Family for all that they give us, from inspiration to the ongoing support of RAC Week for our students!
Mr. Mymko’s classes have been very busy this week!

Science 8 students explored how waves of light and sound behave with changes to their frequency, wavelength, and amplitude.

The Life Sciences 11 students presented their invertebrate projects and activities on sponges, cnidarians, and arthropods.

Meanwhile, the Science 9 students designed their stages of mitosis projects to demonstrate how cells divide to multiply. 
Our Grade 12 students received virtual visits from Chabad and Hillel to introduce them to what Jewish life on campus will be like when they begin their post-secondary journeys. We were fortunate to see some familiar faces, too!

Thank you to Michelle Nifco, Class of 2017, Tia Sacks, Class of 2019, Avishai Infeld, Class of 2019, and David Rosenblatt, Class of 2015 (not pictured), for taking the time to share their experiences and offer guidance to our students.
Last week, Ms. Uzan took her Physics 11 students out to learn in the beautiful sun!
Our PE teachers have had to adapt their usual programming to keep our students safe during the pandemic, and so the classes spend as much time outside playing games and doing activities as possible. This week, the Grade 9 Boys played Spikeball on the hardtop outside the school!
Shabbat Shalom!
Youth Power Hour
at the JCC

Tuesdays and Thursdays
April 6 – June 17

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Moving Beyond Covid-19
A Year of Upheaval

Sunday, April 25
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Moving Beyond Covid-19
Growth After Trauma

Monday, April 26
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

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Volunteer with JFS
Tech support for seniors

Ongoing – Every second Tuesday


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