Weekly Newsletter- February 18, 2022

February 18, 2022 / Adar 17, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 5:20 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 6:28 p.m.  
For the past month, Ms. Belson’s Grade 9 students have been working on a project, called, “A Day in the Life.” The premise of the project is for students to develop an adult character who lives a full life with a career, hobbies, and a family. Students then imagine that this character infuses their daily life with Jewish practice. These might include keeping kosher, Shabbat, and daily tefillah (prayer). While doing this, students are asking questions and then searching for answers. They might ask how does my character, who is a flight attendant, keep Shabbat while flying through different time zones? How does my character, who is an actress, keep kosher while on set? What about a doctor, can they perform surgery on Shabbat? In this way, students imagine the myriad ways that one can live in the world and still infuse their life with Judaism.

For our first period Gallery Walk, we invited staff and Dorin Eilon-Heiber’s Judaic Studies 9 class to see and discuss our projects and then join us for refreshments to start our day on the right foot!
Mazel Tov to our Senior Girls Basketball team who have won their second straight zone championship banner to qualify for Provincials! This young team has shown immense character and growth over the season to come out on top of the Vancouver Sea-to-Sky Zone Championship. Next week, these young women will face off in the GVISAA Semi-Final as the Number 2 seed, before heading to Kelowna on March 1st. Kol Hakavod!
In Tuesday’s Calculus 12 class, my classmates and I were given the pleasure of listening to an alumnus from our school, Albert Cohen (Class of 1993). Albert, who is an expert in data analysis, graciously volunteered his time. Initially, there was a palpable tension amongst my classmates as Albert began his discourse on foreign topics like “excel packages” and the programming software “R”. It wasn’t until a bold student decided to ask a question that the ice was able to melt. Soon enough, the whole class was engaged in a lively murmur, excited about the content and anxious to explore our own sets of data. In a Q&A, students would wait to ask a question pertinent to their own field of interest, with topics ranging from Fantasy Hockey to Hospital Administration. The conversation even shifted at one point to a more philosophical debate, where we began to discuss how important a role data should play in our daily lives. Albert answered every question in a thoughtful and challenging manner and insisted on meeting up one-on-one with some students to further explore their topics. All in all, the presentation was immensely thought-provoking from a content perspective, and masterfully aided through Albert’s charm and expertise.
~ Eitan Sasky, Grade 12
Members of the Chesed Club encourage donations to their food and toiletries drive for Rose’s Angels. Items will be picked up next Wednesday so you still have time to help out with this mitzvah! Help them reach their goal of collecting 750 items!
Over the last few weeks, we have been piloting a morning PA announcement project to build community and keep students and teachers in the loop with school events and projects. Pictured above are Erica Forman and Maya Miller sharing our two-minute information update.
Y Mind

Y Mind is a free 7 week YMCA program for teens experiencing symptoms of anxiety

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Shabbat Kids Club
Congregation Schara Tzedeck

Every Shabbat
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

BBYO is going
Lazer Tagging!

Friday, February 26
7:00- 10:00 p.m.

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Teen Game Night
The Kollel

Sunday, February 27
6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Community JDAIM Event
for families with neurodiverse children

Monday, February 28
7:00-8:30 p.m.

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