November 5, 2021 / Kislev 2, 5782
Shabbat Begins: 5:26 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 6:32 p.m.  
On Wednesday evening, King David hosted its second virtual Open House! We may not have been able to show off our school in a physical way, but through videos and speakers, we managed to show our audience what makes King David the “journey you want to take!”
The evening was kicked off by our student speakers, Grade 12 students Liam Greenberg and Maddy Stern. Liam and Maddy spoke about their different experiences at King David. Liam, who came to King David in Grade 8 from RJDS, talked about how, despite coming from a much smaller class, the transition to high school at King David, while a challenge, was a growth opportunity supported by the kindness and friendliness of our students and staff. Maddy, who attended VTT and a public school before coming to King David in Grade 8, shared how she was encouraged to celebrate her learning style and be proud of who she is, and this strengthened her confidence. Click here to hear their introductions.
They introduced a short video of a typical day at King David. The video was created by Anne Bonnycastle, King David’s Assistant Head of School: Director of Teaching and Learning.
Alex Monchamp, our Deputy Head of School, then took our viewers through the journey our students take from Grade 8 to Grade 12, and how we help them develop into resilient, hard-working, and socially responsible adults, prepared for life beyond high school. 
We don’t want people to just take our word for it – so we showed the video below, where some of our students talk about why students and parents should choose King David.
A large part of what we instill in our students is a strong Jewish identity, and Rabbi Berger took some time to talk about our Judaic Studies curriculum and the ways in which Jewish values are at the core of what we do.
Our newest member of the Administration team, Anne Bonnycastle discussed our academic program emphasizing the shift from instruction and memorizing content to the acquisition of competencies and skills to enable students to become critical thinkers able to analyze and present information in a variety of ways.
A driving force for staff at King David is our belief that our students are on the path to becoming conscientious, empathetic, and adaptable leaders for change. Our Head of School, Russ Klein, talked about how this is a better measure of success than grades – though we also have a robust academic program and our students consistently do well in our classes and on post-secondary campuses. King David takes a holistic approach to teaching our students, weighing values and student wellness as equal to academic success.
To close out the presentation, we heard from King David alumna, and current VTT faculty member, Samantha Levin, who talked about how her time at King David helped her become the person she is today. You can watch her video by clicking here
A huge thank you to Liam and Maddy, and to parents Debra Miller and Howard Kallner, who stayed through the end to answer all the questions prospective families had – and there were many! To hear the responses to some of the questions received, please click here
Thanks also to the administration team, faculty, and our students for making and taking part in our wonderful videos!
And, of course, thanks to everyone who joined us!
Eric Zychlinski (in-person) and Leah Weidman (via Zoom) visited the Grade 12 class to share their Jewish experiences on campus and how they have stayed connected to the Jewish community. They detailed how they have both built a connection with other Vancouver Jews at Western University, where they both attend, and how they come together for Shabbat dinners and high holidays. This was done as a way to prepare the Grade 12 class and give them some insight and advice as to what Jewish life might look like as they move away from King David. Their honesty sparked a lively discussion and insightful questions by the class. Thank you, Eric and Leah! 
~ Olivia Levsky
Shane Rozen-Delman, Class of 2018, shared some guidance on post-secondary paths. Shane shared information about the mentorship program he has developed. His aim is to pair our students with a mentor who has similar interests and professional goals to help students navigate life after high school. Shane is so passionate that he has turned it into a business.
Foods 12 this week was exploring dumplings of the world and learning about the different methods of cooking dumplings.
Mr. Mymko’s Anatomy and Physiology 12 class present their biological molecule projects on proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids.
This week, Ms. Ripley’s Composition 11 classes completed their presentations on Elizabethan and Jacobean England. To contextualize our studies of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, students explored topics of their choosing such as Shakespeare’s life, the Globe Theatre, Elizabethan fashion, and Jacobean hygienic practices! Engaging skits, rap songs, and reenactments created many informative and engaging presentations. 
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.
Shabbat Shalom!
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