Weekly Newsletter- March 18, 2022

March 25, 2022 / Adar II 22, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 7:15 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 8:23 p.m.  
FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
While the school focuses on mental health and wellness throughout the year, on Tuesday March 22 we held our annual Wellness Day at King David. The day was planned and executed by our Mental Health Awareness Club and our Peer Support Team. The students created a day of fun with the theme of Laughter and that is what was heard all day throughout the halls. During each block, one grade at a time went through three stations to tickle their funny bones…games, riddles, puzzles, the science of laughter, and (who doesn’t love) parachute games.

Laughter shakes off heaviness and can shift our perspective. Laughter releases stress, boosts the immune system, and eases anxiety. We made all of that a priority on our Wellness Day.
Participation is by donation with all money raised going to the Gabrielle Isserow z”l Chesed Fund.
We are excited to be joining forces with The Stunning Sequence, a virtual mindful movement practice with a focus on mental wellness, to offer a 40-minute flow led by Nikki Isserow. on Sunday, April 3 at 9:00 a.m.,

The Stunning Sequence is in honour of Gabrielle Isserow z”I – daughter, sister, niece, cousin, granddaughter, and friend and King David Alumnus. The name is rooted in mindful movement and dance – an integral part of Gabi’s life. The word ‘stunning’ was also a key part of Gabi’s vocabulary.
PREPARING SEDER PLATES FOR THE COMMUNITY
This week, the King David Chesed Club was preparing Seder plates to contribute to the Jewish Family Services’ (JFS) Seder in a Box Campaign where food bank clients will receive everything they need for a complete Passover Seder, including a hot meal. This is a shared initiative between Jewish Day Schools and the Jewish Federation. 
TEACHERS AS LEARNERS
We started off the morning on Monday with a quick team competition for a bit of fun. Teams of six or seven staff members had to work through a series of physical and mental challenges including math and language teasers and a couple of different races.

The winning team was team “Red” headed up by captain Vondracek and team members Ms. Bonnycastle, Janice, Tanvir, Mr. Gorski, and Ms. Martins (see photo at the top of the email.)

The rest of the day was spent in a more scholarly way with teachers working in department groups exploring the next stages in the school’s implementation of Standards Based Grading.
L’HITRAOT TO SANDY JORGENSON!
After 17 years of embracing King David, Sandy will be leaving both the school and Vancouver to live an Island life starting in July. Sandy has been instrumental in the growth of King David, working behind the scenes during the transition from the portables on Baillie Street to the strong school it is today. Her contributions and guidance along the way, have contributed to the financial sustainability of our school.

Sandy says, “I have enjoyed both the challenge and the perks of working at a Jewish non-profit and community school all the while obtaining a high school “Jewish Life” education of which I am very proud. I will continue to pursue interesting opportunities working and studying closer to home or traveling afar. I wish you all the best and although it is a little bittersweet, I am excited for what comes next.”

It is with gratitude that we say L’hitraot (till we meet again) to Sandy and wish her an exciting and fulfilling next chapter.
Sandy is an avid traveler and photographer. This image was captured on a visit to Oaxaca, Mexico.
What would we do without water? We certainly would have a much harder time in life, to put it extremely lightly. Unfortunately, over 2.2 billion people in the world do not have consistent access to clean drinking water. That’s 29% of the world population or almost 1 in 3 people worldwide. In Canada, a first-world country surrounded by oceans and filled with lakes, you would think that we would not need to worry about that, right…? Sadly, no.

To claim that everyone in Canada has equal access to drinking water would be false. There are numerous communities, especially Indigenous Reserves, without drinkable tap water. Yes, in Canada! So really, we are actually quite lucky to have access to so much clean water. The next time you’re cooking, drinking water, showering, or brushing your teeth, be sure to remind yourself about how fortunate you are to be able to do so. 

Happy World Water Day,
The Social Justice Club
You’re invited to King David’s Second Annual Golden Thread Gala being held at Congregation Beth Israel on May 12, 2022!

To purchase tickets, find out more about our exciting evening, and learn about our guest speaker, Aaron Friedland, Class of 2010, head to goldenthreadgala.com.

SHABBAT SHALOM!
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Ice Skating Party
BBYO

March 26 8:30– 10:30 p.m.
at Kitsilano Rink


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Jewish National Funny Comedy Show
JNF Pacific

Thursday, March 31
7:30 p.m.

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Free Fencing Class
JCC

Contact [email protected] to register for your free trial. 

Shabbat Dinner with Rav Gav
Schara Tzedeck

Friday, April 8
6:00 p.m.

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Making a Life of Meaning with Rabbi Eliezar Diamon
Beth Israel

Below are the fascinating lectures to look forward too!

Addiction & Judaism
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

The Power of Gratitude
Friday, April 29, 6:00 p.m.

Seeking & Granting Forgiveness Saturday, April 30 9:30 a.m.

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Lunch in support of Ukraine

Hey Teens – Let’s unite for Ukraine! For April 8th, please consider ordering a lunch item (BCK Certified) in support of Ukraine. $5 from each meal will be donated towards relief efforts. This BBYO fundraiser is in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, and JDC.

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