Weekly Newsletter- October 29 2021

October 29, 2021 / Cheshvan 23, 5782
Shabbat Begins: 5:37 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 6:43 p.m.  
REFLECTING ON THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
Photo left to right: Adie Huberman’s grandmother, Joy Kropman, sharing her expertise with the knitting club, Tina and Tanvir selling orange ribbons at the front desk, students showing their solidarity by wearing orange.
This week was King David’s recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Week, and students (and staff) spent the week understanding and reflecting on various aspects of Residential Schools and First Nations in Canada. The school community learned something new each day by watching informative video clips on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning. One of the impactful stories included Gord Downie’s Secret Path, which tells the heartbreaking story of Chanie Wenjack, a First Nations boy who died while trying to escape his residential school. We also viewed an excerpt from Phyllis Webstad, the creator of Orange Shirt Day. 
This important week of learning culminated with our school’s Orange Shirt day on Thursday, when we had a non-uniform day and collected donations for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society – a charity chosen by Ms. Cameron’s Social Justice Class. Orange Shirt Day also included a special schoolwide “Azoombly” where we got to virtually meet two Indigenous voices: Alina Pete, artist and writer from Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan, and Senaqwila Wyss, drummer and singer of Squamish nation.
In addition to these special schoolwide events, certain classes utilized their curricular knowledge to engage in meaningful learning activities related to Indigenous knowledge and culture. The Language teachers collaborated to create four different variations of the Medicine Wheel using our school’s four languages: English, Hebrew, French, and Spanish. Some of the Social Studies classes incorporated lessons on Land Acknowledgements, and other classes paid tribute to Indigenous artwork by creating their own adaptations or writing personal reflections.
Thank you to all our staff and students who embraced the many learning opportunities this week. Miigwech!
Azoombly featuring Indigenous guests, Alina Pete and Senaqwila Wyss and student hosts Jennifer Tkach and India Harris, both Grade 12.
FURTHER READING
The King David Learning Lab/Library has a wide selection of graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art books by Indigenous authors exploring the history of First Nations People on Turtle Island.
CLUB FAIR
On Wednesday during lunch the atrium was filled with balloons and music. There was a wonderful festive feel and all students took some time to check out the offerings. Each club leader promoted the benefits of joining their club and many new members were enlisted. There are currently 20 different clubs for students to choose from, most taking place at lunch, but there are some that run before or after school. The clubs are based on student interest and range from Reach for the Top to Robotics and Mental Wellness.
CURIOUS ABOUT KING DAVID? Join our Virtual Open House!
Register for the Virtual Open House on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Hear from the leadership team and students.
Sign-up for a Group Tour. Limited spaces are available.
Walk through the building to see where your children can be every day!
STUDENTS AS TEACHERS
In Ms. Bailey’s Hebrew 8 class, her students used the whiteboard to demonstrate
their mastery of conjugating verbs in the past tense!
KEEPING ACTIVE THIS WEEK
Our Senior Boys Soccer Team came in second place at GVISAA Championships!
Well played, Lions! Thank you to Coaches, Amram, Metcalfe, and Neary!
Zach Fisher and Yael Grunau playing badminton in PE10.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO MENTOR ONE OF OUR STUDENTS?
Mentoring high school students has been proven to make a difference in overcoming future challenges with confidence and optimism.
SUPPORT THE FEDERATION’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
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.
Please GIVE TODAY
Shabbat Shalom!
COMMUNITY EVENTS
21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival
November 4- 24
The 21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival will include concerts, comedy, new dance works, film, theatre, and storytelling, paired with stimulating conversations and opportunities to interact with creative artists.
Friday Night Dinner with Dr. Eli Shapiro: “Taming the Beast” Taking Control of Our Lives while Living with Social Media
Congregation Schara Tzedeck
Friday, November 5
5:30- 9:00 p.m.
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Choices 2021 with Guest Speaker, Jill Zarin
Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
Sunday, November 7 5:00 p.m.
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Welcome Tour for New Canadians
BeyachadBC
Vancouver- November 10
Coquitlam- November 18
Langley- November 24
If you arrived in Canada within the last three years, BeyachadBC is here to engage and empower you and the different Jewish newcomer groups in Metro Vancouver by delivering social and cultural programs infused with your own unique cultural practices and traditions to ease your way into feeling at home in the community.
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Virtual Open House
Talmud Torah
Sunday, November 14
11:00 a.m. (JK)
12:30 p.m. (SK)
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Human Library
The Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library
Sunday, November 21 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Meet our local human books and join in an inclusive conversation with the opportunity to talk to people from all walks of life, including those in society that face prejudices, stigma, discrimination or taboo.
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