Weekly Newsletter – September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021 / Tishrei 18, 5782
Shabbat Begins: 6:47 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 7:50 p.m.  
Sukkot is a little like Thanksgiving because it is a festival for giving thanks for many things, like food and shelter. This year in particular we have much to be thankful for, and this gratitude has been felt throughout our Sukkot celebrations.
From beverages and snacks on Thursday and Friday morning before school to classes in the sukkah, and a very special virtual Sukkot tea for our grandparents, our King David sukkah has been well utilized despite the few days school has been in session! The weather worked in our favour! The sukkah serves as a reminder of our connection to nature, and a little grounding in the natural world is something we all need – even more so now, as we navigate our way through the pandemic.
Besides spending time in our sukkah, students celebrated Sukkot with the arba minim, a group of three plants bound together with straw: the lulav (palm frond), aravot (willow), hadassim (myrtle), and the etrog (citron). The plants symbolize the various fruits of the earth but also the different kinds of people integral to a strong community. Again, this is truly representative of the strength of the King David family and the Vancouver Jewish community.
As we do every year, we hosted a Grandparents’ Sukkot Tea. However, instead of bringing grandparents to the school, the event was held remotely again. The greatest benefit of the virtual celebration has been the opportunity to welcome grandparents from across the globe – Quadra Island, Mexico, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Vancouver. Our thanks to Rabbi Berger, Ellia Belson, and the Development team for coordinating this event.
We are grateful to Kevington Building Corporation and Renee and Jonathan Katz for the generous donation of the sukkah.
Chag Sukkot Sameach to you all!
Elective and PE teachers with Russ Klein, Alex Monchamp, and Anne Bonnycastle
On Thursday at 6:00 p.m., 100+ people logged on to King David’s Meet the Teacher Webinar. Alex Monchamp and Russ Klein managed the program, but the stars of the show were our amazing group of teachers! While we may have missed out on Hilit’s tradition of honey cake in the Foods room, we were welcomed into the homes of King David staff. From the feedback we received, families enjoyed the opportunity to put faces to names and to hear a little about each teacher’s family and teaching philosophy.
We appreciate the positive feedback from families. It was not our usual Meet the Teacher evening, where parents follow their child’s daily schedule; however, we did get to meet all the teachers in each department and we look forward to the day we can welcome you back into the building!
The Soccer season was off to a good start for our Senior Boys’ Soccer team
who won their first inter-school game!
After only a few practices, our Junior Girls’ Volleyball team had fun participating
in an all-day tournament on Thursday.
Thank you to all the parents who came out to cheer on our Junior Boys’ Soccer team!
They won their first game!
Community is built on solid partnerships like the one between King David 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.
Just type in “King David” on the donation form when you make your gift online.
We are counting on the Federation’s Annual Campaign “plus gifts” to support our work.
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!

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