2020-2021 PARENT HANDBOOK - King David - King David High School

 
2020-2021 PARENT HANDBOOK - King David - King David High School
King David
HIGH SCHOOL

PARENT HANDBOOK
              2020-2021
2020-2021 PARENT HANDBOOK - King David - King David High School
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome..............................................................................................................................5
Role of Parents.....................................................................................................................6
Student/Teacher Communication......................................................................................6
Contact and Communication..............................................................................................6
Giving to King David...........................................................................................................8
King David Code of Conduct.............................................................................................9
Bell Schedule.................................................................................................................... 10
Student Attendance........................................................................................................... 11
The School Calendar......................................................................................................... 11
School Uniforms................................................................................................................12
General Information..........................................................................................................19
            Laptops/Electronics/Phones	������������������������������������������������������������������������19
            Video Recording.............................................................................................19
            School Photos..................................................................................................19
            Weather...........................................................................................................19
            Field Trips.........................................................................................................19
            School Supplies..............................................................................................19
            Friday 1 & 2....................................................................................................19
            Professional Mornings....................................................................................19
            Taking Online Courses at King David	��������������������������������������������������������� 20
            Report Cards.................................................................................................. 20
            Mid-Year Exams............................................................................................. 20
            Homework...................................................................................................... 20
            Homework Club............................................................................................. 20
Examinations......................................................................................................................21
Academic Standing...........................................................................................................21
Student Wellness...............................................................................................................21
Student Extra Curricular Opportunities	�������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22
Parent Volunteering.......................................................................................................... 24
School Policies.................................................................................................................. 25
Instructions for Parents to Access Moodle	��������������������������������������������������������������������� 25
Instructions for Parents to Access PCR............................................................................. 26
2020-2021 PARENT HANDBOOK - King David - King David High School
WELCOME!
                                It is our pleasure to welcome you                       which they live. To that end, we will continue to
                                to the 2020-2021 school year at                         emphasize for our students the importance of
                                King David High School.                                 leadership, tikkun olam, and mitzvot through
                                                                                        our academic programs, extra-curricular
                                We very much look forward to welcoming                  experiences, and charitable initiatives.
                                back our returning students and are pleased
                                                                                        Please feel free to be in touch with the
    KING DAVID’S VISION IS TO   to be welcoming all our new families.

                                This handbook, along with our Student
                                                                                        school and your child’s teachers.
                                Agenda, is intended to help you become                  We look forward to hearing from you,

     BE A DYNAMIC LEADER IN     well-acquainted with our school, its teachers
                                and staff, and encourage your participation in
                                your child’s school experience. If there is
                                                                                        working with you, and wish you and your
                                                                                        children the best for the upcoming school year.
                                                                                        A copy of the Student Agenda is avail-

      EMPOWERING JEWISH
                                anything you need to know, and it is not
                                available here or in your child’s Student               able in the school portal of our website.
                                Agenda, please contact the school. Similarly,           It is the responsibility of all parents
                                the King David website is updated continually

     MINDS AND ENGAGING
                                                                                        and students to be familiar with the
                                and highlights student achievements, contains           content of the Student Agenda.
                                information on school events, our school calendar,
                                and contact information for all members of staff.       We wish all our families the best

     JEWISH HEARTS FOR THE      Being a member of the King David
                                community is special.
                                                                                        for the school year.

         MODERN WORLD.          It means being part of a family which has, at its
                                core, the shared responsibility and vision to provide
                                our students with the best educational experience,
                                support, and encouragement on a journey to reach
                                their individual potentials. Please encourage your
                                child to become involved in all aspects of their
                                school, to be giving of themselves, both to the
                                Jewish community and to the greater society in

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School contact information:                                  Participation Program, the school calendar, and links        aside ample time to meet with you. Teacher emails are
    ROLE OF PARENTS                                                                                                         to useful sites and tools. Our Website is also used for      available on the school website and are set up in the
                                                               Phone: 604-263-9700
    Parents play a vitally important role at King David.       Fax: 604-263-4848                                            conveying urgent information such as school closure due      following format:
    Working together with teachers and school personnel,       Email: office@kdhs.org                                       to heavy snowfall.
    parents form an essential partnership that provides the                                                                                                                              First name initial + last name @kdhs.org
    best possible foundation for the success of each student   Administrative Staff:                                        King David Mobile App                                        (e.g. John Smith = jsmith@kdhs.org)
    and our school as a whole. To best promote a strong                                                                     The King David High School mobile app is where you’ll
                                                              Russ Klein, Head of School
    working relationship, we ask that all parents:            Alex Monchamp, Deputy Head of School                          receive notification reminders about Professional            Students are also encouraged to communicate
                                                              Rabbi Stephen Berger, Head of Judaic Studies                  Mornings, non-uniform days, field trips, access the          regularly with their teachers in person or via school
    • Read fully the Parent Handbook and Student Agenda Debbie Appelbaum, Director of Admissions and                        School and Athletics calendars, and more.                    email. To make the best of your time and your teacher’s
    • Support ongoing, two-way communication with             Communications                                                                                                             time, try to arrange meetings during non-instructional
        teachers and the school                               Ellia Belson, Director of Jewish Life                                                                                      time.
                                                              Sandy Jorgenson, Business Manager                             iPhone: The app can be downloaded by clicking here.
    • Ensure your child is on time for school each day        Esther Mogyoros, Director of Development                      Android: Search “King David High School” in the
    • Support the school’s policies and guidelines (e.g.      Tina Randhawa, Office Manager                                 “Google Play” store.                                         Contacting the Office:
        uniforms, conduct)                                    Tanvir Bhambra, Administrative Assistant                                                                                   Please be sure to contact us if your child will be late or
                                                              Breanne Rogers, Communications Coordinator                                                                                 absent from school.
    • Play an active role in the life of our school and the   Jordana Corenblum, Community Connections and                  Moodle
        experiences of your child                             Special Programs Counsellor                                   Moodle is used by your child’s individual course
                                                              Abby Remick, University and Career Counsellor                 teachers to post content and due dates related to that       If you know your child will be late or absent from school,
    • Provide us with constructive feedback                   Jodi Cristall, University and Career Counsellor                                                                            please:
                                                                                                                            class. Students and their parents can log in to each
    • Ask questions, feel free to contact us, we’re here to   Lu Winters, School Counsellor                                 course site to access upcoming test or assignment dates,
        help and clarify                                                                                                    and download course work.                                    • Contact the main office between 7:30 a.m. and
                                                              At King David, we strive to keep you informed and up do                                                                      8:30 a.m. via phone or email indicating when your
    STUDENT/TEACHER                                           date with everything happening at our school. This
                                                                                                                            Notices or Letters
                                                                                                                                                                                           child will be absent and the reason. The initial
                                                              information is relayed to our families and community
    COMMUNICATION                                             in several ways:                                              From time to time, written information such as field trip
                                                                                                                                                                                           morning contact allows us to enter your child’s
                                                                                                                                                                                           absence into our attendance system and alert our
    King David prides itself on its small class sizes and the                                                               permission letters or notices requiring a parent signature
                                                                                                                                                                                           teachers to the absence.
    commitment and availability of our teachers. Like you,                                                                  will be sent home with your child (please check your
                                                              Email                                                                                                                      • When your child arrives/returns to school, please
    our teachers want our students to meet new challenges                                                                   child’s backpack regularly). When possible, and email
                                                              Emails are an important means of communication                                                                               send a signed note or email confirming the absence.
    and reach their full potential. Repeatedly, our students                                                                notice will also be sent.
                                                              between you and the school. It is a quick, efficient means                                                                   The school must have a parent signature for each
    indicate that one of the things they like most about King
                                                              for the school to keep you up to date on all matters                                                                         student absence as this is required by the BC Ministry
    David is the one on one support they get from their
                                                              related to your child’s education. Emails will be sent        PCR                                                            of Education.
    teachers.                                                                                                               Students and parents can access a wide breadth of
                                                              directly to you from the school office. Often, these emails
                                                              will alert you to upcoming important events and dates         information through the school’s online management           Only a parent or guardian can excuse a student
    One of the necessary skills we want all students to
                                                              or special programs. Please ensure the school has your        system, PCR. Instructions for accessing PCR and              from attending school.
    develop is the ability to advocate respectfully for
                                                              current contact information.                                  creating an account will be available on the King David
    themselves in all matters related to their education and
                                                                                                                            website.                                                     Please note, you can expect the school to contact you
    learning. The teacher should always be the first point of
    contact whenever a student:                               Newsletter and Weekly Reminders                                                                                            if we do not have PRIOR contact about your child’s
                                                              The school regularly publishes an electronic newsletter,      Contacting Teachers                                          absence or lateness.
    • Is having difficulty or needs assistance of any kind in                                                               The teacher should always be the first point of contact
                                                              which provides a summary and photographs of events
        a particular course                                                                                                 in matters regarding your child’s education. Parents
                                                              at King David and information on upcoming school and                                                                       Contacting Your Child During the Day
    • Has questions about marks or assessment                                                                               should contact their child’s teachers directly regarding
                                                              community events. Each                                                                                                     Parents needing to contact their children via cellphones
    • Needs to discuss his or her particular learning needs                                                                 course curriculum and work, evaluation, student progress
                                                              Sunday, the school will send a weekly reminder to all                                                                      are asked to so during lunch time or after school.
    • Is going to miss a class                                                                                              and other school or classroom issues. Teachers can be
                                                              families detailing upcoming events and information.                                                                        Phoning or even texting your child during classes has the
                                                                                                                            reached via email, phone, or voicemail. As school days       potential to distract your child from his or her learning
    CONTACT & COMMUNICATION                                    The King David Website
                                                                                                                            are busy, teachers may not be able to respond
                                                                                                                            immediately to emails, voicemails, or messages. If you
                                                                                                                                                                                         or disrupting the learning of others. If urgent contact is
                                                               The school website contains a host of information                                                                         needed, parents should contact the school office.
    The school office is open Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m.                                                                  would like to meet with a teacher, please be sure to
    to 4:00 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.            including school programs, faculty contacts, Parent
                                                                                                                            make an appointment so that the teacher is able to set

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Visitors
    We encourage all members of our school community to come to the school. To ensure we know who is in the
    building in case of an emergency and also to improve security, visitors are asked to sign in at the front office and                             CODE OF CONDUCT
    wear a visitor tag while in the building.
                                                                                                                              PRIDE
    WHO TO CONTACT?                                                                                                           At King David, all members of our school community are responsible for creating and maintaining a school environ-
    If you have a question or concern, please use the table below to assist you in directing your enquiry                     ment that is safe, inclusive, and promotes purposeful learning for all students. The expectations outlined in our Code
    to the appropriate person.                                                                                                of Conduct reflect the high standard of citizenship we require of all members of our family, and our commitment to
                                                                                                                              the values embodied in our school’s mission and vision.
    YOUR QUESTION CONCERNS:                                                                  YOU SHOULD CONTACT:
    General information, dates, attendance                                                                   School office    The Code of Conduct applies to all students while attending school, at all school-related functions,
    Financial issues, tuition payment                                                 Sandy Jorgenson, Business Manager       travelling to and from school, off school property, at any time including evenings, weekends, or school holidays, or
    Donations, scholarship funding                                              Esther Mogyoros, Director of Development      participating in activities that may impact or influence school community members or the school environment.
    Counselling, learning support                           Jodi Cristall, Abby Remick, or Lu Winters, School Counsellors
                                                                             or Benje Bondar, Skills and Resource Teacher     ALL MEMBERS OF THE KING DAVID COMMUNITY ARE EXPECTED TO DEMONSTRATE:
    Admissions, registration                              Debbie Appelbaum, Director of Admissions and Communication

    Your student’s academic performance, behaviour,                            The course teacher via phone or direct email
    personal needs in a course or a specific class

    GIVING TO KING DAVID                                         remain a true community school so that every Jewish
                                                                 child and family can attend King David no matter
    Fundraising is vital to the success of our school and        their financial situation.
    students. As an independent, pluralistic Jewish high
    school, King David continues to benefit and grow             Imagine what we can do together....
    from the generosity of its families and friends who
    ensure that we remain a community school, accessible         To learn how you can provide support to all of our
    to every family.                                             students please visit our King David website where you
                                                                 can learn more about our Annual Fund Campaign.
    Our vision is to be a dynamic leader in                      Every gift is valued and every single one makes
    empowering Jewish minds and engaging                         a difference.
    Jewish hearts for the modern world.
                                                                 For more information, please contact
    Your support contributes to advancing our school’s           Esther Mogyoros, Director of Development:
    mission by providing outstanding teachers, enrichment        604-263-9700, ext. 109
    programs, extracurricular activities, strong                 emogyoros@kdhs.org
    academics and an expanded Jewish Life curriculum.

    Your gift enhances every aspect of
    our school life -
    from the transformative Grade 8 Israel experience, to
    the community-wide celebration of Random Acts of
    Chesed Week, from the special opportunities and
    technology that allow teachers to expand the scope of
    their teaching, to the arts, and athletic programs that
    allow students to explore their many passions.
    Your gift also makes it possible for King David to

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DAILY BELL SCHEDULES
                                            BELL SCHEDULES                                     STUDENT ATTENDANCE                                           Daily Drop-off and Pick Up
                                                                                                                                                            Each morning, the streets around our school are quite
                                                                                               Tardiness                                                    busy and our school community has an obligation to
                         Monday -       Professional                                           Students are expected to be on time for all classes.         ensure the safety of our students and neighbours. In all
                                                                    Friday Schedule            Arriving late for class demonstrates a lack of               instances, we need to be a good neighbour to those in
                         Thursday        Morning
                                                                                               consideration for other students and the teacher.            our surrounding area and this is especially vital during
        Block 1          8:45 - 9:45    10:00 - 10:50      Block 1              8:45 - 9:30    Students who are repeatedly late for a class may be          morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
                                                                                               prevented from attending the class to avoid disrupting
        Recess           9:45 - 9:55    10:50 - 11:00      TAG                 9:35 - 10:00    the learning environment. Students should arrive at          When dropping off or picking up your child, please
                                                                                               school each morning between 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.          ensure you adhere to the following:
                                                           Recess              10:00 - 10:10
        Block 2         9:55 - 10:55    11:00 - 11:50                                          to ensure they are in class and ready to learn by
                                                           Block 2             10:10 - 10:55   8:20 a.m.                                                    • Stop in safe areas only and follow all posted street
        Recess          10:55 - 11:05   11:50 - 12:00                                                                                                         signs related to parking or stopping
                                                           Recess              10:55 - 11:05   Absences Other Than Illness                                  • When using the JCC parking lot, please pull into a
        Block 3A        11:05 - 12:05   12:00 - 12:50                                          The school cannot excuse students from attending               parking stall, do not drop off or pick up in the JCC
                                                           Block 3A            11:05 - 11:50   classes. This is a parent/guardian responsibility. If a        entrance
        Block 3B        12:05 - 1:05    12:50 - 1:40                                           student does miss school, particularly for an extended       • Do not drop-off or pick-up at the Translink bus stop
                                                           Block 3B            11:50 - 12:35                                                                • Do not double park or block traffic at any time
                                                                                               period, at any time of year, the student should expect
        Recess           1:05 - 1:15     1:40 - 1:50       Recess              12:35 - 12:45   this to be reflected in his or her marks. Students who are   • Avoid making U-turns or other illegal manoeuvres
                                                                                               absent for extended periods, or for reasons not due to       • Demonstrate respect and courtesy for all other
        Block 4          1:15 - 2:15     1:50 - 2:40       Block 4             12:45 - 1:30    personal illness or family emergency, may, at the              drivers
                                                                                               discretion of the teacher, be subject to:                    • Arrive earlier in the morning to avoid congestion
        Recess           2:15 - 2:25     2:40 - 2:50       Recess               1:30 - 1:40
                                                                                               • a loss of any marks accumulated during the absence,        All students and parents, when crossing Willow Street,
        Block 5          2:25 - 3:25     2:50 - 3:40       Block 5              1:40 - 2:25      or                                                         are asked to use the crosswalk at the corner of Willow
                                                                                               • being required to make up assignments for marks            and 41st.

                                                                                               In all instances of student absence, the student holds       THE SCHOOL CALENDAR
                                          Lunch Schedule                                       the responsibility for communicating with the teacher to
                                                                                               ensure they have completed all work missed.                  The school calendar is available on our website,
                                          3A                         3B                                                                                     kdhs.org and includes a wide variety of information
                                                                                               Student learning takes place, and is best supported, in      including school events, sports schedules, and holidays
                              Grade 8 - Rm 219/220
                  Monday                                Grade 11/12 - Atrium                   the classroom. Missed instructional time can set a student   and celebrations.
                              Grade 9/10 - Atrium
                                                                                               back and compromise his/her academic success. We
                                                        Grade 8 - Rm 226/227                   ask that whenever possible, personal appointments, and
                  Tuesday     Grade 11/12 - Atrium                                             family holidays be scheduled outside of school time.
                                                        Grade 9/10 - Atrium
                              Grade 8 - Rm 219/227
                  Wednesday                             Grade 11/12 - Atrium
                              Grade 9/10 - Atrium
                                                        Grade 8 - Rm 218/226
                  Thursday    Grade 11/12 - Atrium
                                                        Grade 9/10 - Atrium
                              Grade 8 - Rm 221/220
                  Friday 1                              Grade 11/12 - Atrium
                              Grade 9/10 - Atrium
                                                        Grade 8 - Rm 220/227
                  Friday 2    Grade 11/12 - Atrium
                                                        Grade 9/10 - Atrium

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SCHOOL UNIFORMS                                                                                                              FORMAL UNIFORM: GIRLS
     The school uniform is an integral element of life at
     King David High School. It creates an atmosphere
     of equality and unity, promotes school spirit, and                                                                             Girls’ white button-down Oxford shirt with
                                                                                                                                    school logo
     encourages students to exhibit their individuality through                                                                     • Buttoned to collar and collar buttoned down
     their actions rather than their appearance. By wear-                                                                           • Not tucked in
                                                                                                                                    • Only white short-sleeved shirt without logo beneath                                   Striped school tie
     ing the school uniform, a student is demonstrating their                                                                       (not longer than Oxford)                                                                • Properly knotted
                                                                                                                                    • Sleeves may be neatly rolled if needed                                                • Worn under the sweater
     commitment to our school and a willingness to be a part
     of it. The uniform acts as a symbol of our school, and by
     proudly wearing it, students express to one another their
     commitment to the school and its values.

     Parental support is essential in maintaining
     student comportment.
     The uniform is a way for our students to develop
     a positive self-image by taking responsibility for
     their appearance.
                                                                    Items of clothing that are not part of the uniform
                                                                    are not permitted to be worn at school.
     Much of the typical disparity and peer pressure
     associated with regular dress is eliminated which, in turn,
                                                                    Clothing items for boys or girls other than those listed on
     allows our students to focus on their studies. All students
                                                                    the following pages are not permitted, including scarves,          Cambridge school pants
     must wear their uniforms every day from 8:20am to
                                                                    hats, outerwear and non-school sweatshirts or hoodies.             • Alternative pants must match colour, style and fabric of
     3:40pm according to the guidelines in the following                                                                               Cambridge pants
                                                                                                                                       • Length, to the ankle
     pages.                                                                                                                            • Worn at the waist, not too tight
                                                                    NOTE: there are two distinct uniforms. All students must
                                                                    wear either the entire formal uniform or the entire casual
     In making the decision to attend King David, students
                                                                    uniform. The two uniforms may not be blended.
     and parents have made a commitment to comply
     with, and support, the school uniform policy. Uniform
     standards must be adhered to and, in situations that are       The Formal Uniform
     unclear, the final decision will be at the discretion of the   The formal uniform must be worn every Friday and on the
     administration.                                                following occasions:
                                                                                                                                    All black, one-colour shoes
                                                                                                                                    • Heels may not be more than 1” high                                            Black socks
                                                                    •   The day school photos are taken                             • Dress shoes, casual shoes, or runners                                         • No other sock colours permitted
                                                                    •   Remembrance Day (day of the school assembly)
                                                                    •   Yom Ha-Shoah (day of the school assembly)
                                                                    •   Academic competitions (debates, Reach for the Top)
                                                                                                                                      OPTIONAL ITEMS:
                                                                    •   Other days determined by the administration (notice
                                                                        will be given)                                                      Grey Skirt                                                     Navy v-neck or cardigan with school logo
                                                                                                                                            • Worn to the knee                                             • Shirt and tie should not hang below sweater
                                                                                                                                            • Students who wear skirts shorter than required will not be   • Must be worn over top of Oxford shirt
                                                                    The formal uniform, in its entirety, may also be worn any               permitted to wear the skirt option
                                                                    day of the week.

                                                                    The Casual Uniform
                                                                    The casual uniform may be worn in its entirety on any
                                                                    day where formal uniform is not required.

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FORMAL UNIFORM: BOYS                                                                                            CASUAL UNIFORM: GIRLS
                                                        Kippa
                                                        • Must be worn at all times in the building

White button-down Oxford shirt
                                                                                                                 White or navy polo with school logo
with school logo                                                                                                 • Required each day
• Buttoned to collar and collar buttoned down                                                                    • Not tucked in
• Tucked into pants                                                                                              • Only white or grey short-sleeved shirt without logo beneath
• Only white short-sleeved shirt without logo beneath               Striped school tie                           (not longer than the polo)
(not longer than Oxford)                                            • Properly knotted
• Sleeves may be neatly rolled if needed                            • Worn under the sweater

                                                                                                                       Cambridge school pants
                                                                                                                       • Alternative pants must match colour, style and fabric of
                                                                                                                       Cambridge pants
                                                                                                                       • Length, to the ankle
     Cambridge school pants                                                                                            • Worn at the waist, not too tight
     • Alternative pants must match colour, style
     and fabric of Cambridge pants
     • Worn at the waist

                                                                    Black socks and belt
                                                                    • No other sock or belt colours permitted

                                                                                                                     All black, one-colour shoes
                                                                                                                     • Heels may not be more than 1” high                                                  Black socks
                                                                                                                     • Dress shoes, casual shoes, or runners                                               • No other sock colours permitted

                                                                                                                      OPTIONAL ITEMS:
    All black, one-colour shoes
    • Dress shoes, casual shoes, or runners
                                                                                                                       Grey Skirt                                                     School crew-neck sweatshirt or school-issued sweater, jacket,
                                                                                                                       • Worn to the knee                                             hoodie or cardigan
                                                                                                                       • Students who wear skirts shorter than required will not be
                                                                                                                       permitted to wear the skirt option
   OPTIONAL ITEMS:

   Navy v-neck or cardigan with school logo
   • Shirt and tie should not hang below sweater
   • Must be worn over top of Oxford shirt

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CASUAL UNIFORM: BOYS                                                              Kippa
                                                                                  • Must be worn at all times in the building
                                                                                                                                          The PE Uniform
                                                                                                                                          The school PE strip is required for all students taking PE. PE t-shirts and shorts are available at Kahunaverse Sports
                                                                                                                                          and can be ordered at different times throughout the year. The uniform consists of:
White or navy polo with school logo
• Required each day                                                                                                                       • Blue King David shorts
• Not tucked in
• Only white or grey short-sleeved shirt without logo beneath                                                                             • Grey King David t-shirt
(not longer than the polo)                                                                                                                • Sport socks and running shoes

                                                                                                                                          Hair, Makeup, & Jewellery
                                                                                                                                          Students are permitted to wear discreet makeup and jewellery. Hair for both boys and girls should be neat, and a
                                                                                                                                          natural colour. Boys’ hair should be off the collar, shaped close to the head, and away from the face. The school
                                                                                                                                          administration reserves the right to determine what is appropriate or discreet in terms of makeup, jewellery, body
                                                                                                                                          markings, or hair. Students who, after being informed, do not adhere to administrator requests in these areas will be
                                                                                                                                          subject to the same consequences as a regular uniform violation.

                                                                                                                                          Examples of Acceptable All-Black Shoes
                                                                                                                                          To assist in selecting shoes for your child, please have a look at the shoe examples below.

       Cambridge school pants
       • Alternative pants must match colour, style
       and fabric of Cambridge pants
       • Worn at the waist

                                                                                              Black socks and belt
                                                                                              • No other sock or belt colours permitted

     All black, one-colour shoes
     • Dress shoes, casual shoes, or runners

   OPTIONAL ITEMS:
                             School crew-neck sweatshirt or school-issued sweater, jacket, hoodie or cardigan

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Uniform Wear & Upkeep                                            washing.                                                LAPTOPS/ELECTRONICS/                                            WEATHER
                                                                    • Dry clean pants, skirts, and ties when necessary.
     It is the responsibility of the student to ensure
                                                                    • Allow ample time when ordering new items.               PHONES                                                          In the event of severe weather or heavy snowfall, classes
     that he or she has the appropriate uniform and                                                                                                                                           may be cancelled. In these instances information will be
                                                                      Cambridge usually can fill an order in 3 business       King David supports the use of technology to promote
     that all uniform pieces are clean and                                                                                                                                                    available through local radio and television news and
                                                                      days.                                                   learning and exploration, nurture overall student
     presentable.                                                                                                                                                                             the school web site. Please note: there will be no phone
                                                                    • Uniform items, especially the PE strip, should not be   development, and prepare our students to live in a
                                                                      stored in a student’s locker.                                                                                           out in the event of school closure.
     If a uniform item is worn or damaged, it is the student’s                                                                technology-based world. We have policies in which we
                                                                    • Care should be taken to ensure that formal uniform      ask our students to use technology such as laptops,
     responsibility to have it replaced in a timely fashion. If a
     student must come to school without this item, he or she
                                                                      items are ready for each Friday.                        listening devices and cellphones in a way that respects         FIELD TRIPS
                                                                    • Encourage your student to take an active part in the    the learning environment for both students and
     should have a note from a parent and provide a date                                                                                                                                      Experiential learning outside the classroom is an
                                                                      maintenance of his or her uniform.                      teachers. Should a student use these devices contrary to
     by which the item will be replaced.                                                                                                                                                      excellent way to augment course curricula and enhance
                                                                                                                              a teacher’s expectations or in a way that is disruptive to      student learning. Parent consent is required when taking
                                                                    Uniform Supplier                                          their own learning, the learning of others, or the ability of
     Non-Uniform Days                                                                                                                                                                         students on trips outside the school. Assistance is
                                                                    King David uniforms are available from the                the teacher to lead a class, the student can expect their       available for trips requiring additional expense.
     On occasion, students will be permitted to attend school                                                                 device to be confiscated and held by the school for a
                                                                    following supplier:
     in their regular clothes. On these days, students must                                                                   brief period of time. The decision for a student to have a
     ensure they arrive at school dressed appropriately.            Cambridge and Company                                     laptop or any electronic device is a family decision.           SCHOOL SUPPLIES
     Clothing should not be too tight, loose, or revealing and      #135 – 1305 Welch Street
                                                                    North Vancouver, B.C., V7P 1B3                                                                                            During the first two full days of classes, each teacher
     be free of rips or holes. Shirts must have sleeves                                                                       There is no requirement at King David for
                                                                    Tel: 604-924-9009 | Fax: 604-924-9307                                                                                     will specify any materials your child will require for
     (boys and girls), skirt length must be to the knee.                                                                      students to bring a laptop.
                                                                    Email: cambridge@cambridge-co.com                                                                                         each class. In general, students should have pens,
     Shorts may not be worn at school. Boys must wear
                                                                                                                                                                                              pencils, at least two three-ringed binders and lined
     a kippa at all times in the building.
                                                                                                                              VIDEO RECORDING                                                 paper. The school will provide all students with locks for
                                                                                                                                                                                              their lockers.
     NOTE: Typically, non-uniform days are scheduled as                                                                       It is important to respect the privacy and rights of all
     part of a charity or Student Council fundraising/spirit                                                                  individuals. Whether creating a class project, or using         Only school-issued locks may be used to secure
     activity. On these days, students are often required to                                                                  recording devices outside of instructional time (such as        student lockers.
     donate 2-5 dollars or bring donated food or clothing                                                                     phones or laptops), students must secure the consent of
     items. On all occasions, non-uniform days are optional
     and it is the expectation that if students wish to
                                                                                                                              all those involved. Any video or sound recordings               FRIDAY 1 & FRIDAY 2
                                                                                                                              captured at school or during a school activity must
     participate, they should provide their own donation for                                                                  be used in accordance with the King David                       Within our timetable system, a student’s schedule is the
     the event rather than asking their parents.                                                                              Technology Policy.                                              same every Monday through Thursday throughout the
                                                                                                                                                                                              year. Each week will end with one of two Friday
     Students are always welcome to wear their                                                                                Any student wishing to record all or part of a                  schedules, either Friday 1 or Friday 2. A full schedule
     uniforms if they do not wish to participate.                                                                             teacher’s class must first have the consent of                  of Fridays for the year is available on the King
                                                                                                                              the teacher.                                                    David website.
     Uniform Violations
     It is the expectation of the school that students will                                                                   SCHOOL PHOTOS                                                   PROFESSIONAL MORNINGS
     respect the school dress code. In cases where a student                                                                  Student photos are taken each fall and are used to              On a Professional Morning, first period will begin at
     elects to violate the school dress code, the student may                                                                 produce student Go-cards. Parents wishing to purchase           10:05am instead of the regular time, 8:20am. During
     be prevented from attending class.                                                                                       colour packages of student photos can do so through             these mornings, members of staff will have meetings
                                                                                                                              Artona Studios. Order forms are available at the school         and in-school time for professional development.
     Uniform Tips                                                                                                             office and will be sent home with each student in the first     Students will still attend all five blocks of their day, but
                                                                                                                              weeks of school.                                                in a modified schedule. Professional mornings are
     • All uniform pieces look alike. Label all of your child’s                                                                                                                               listed on the school calendar, available on the
       uniform items to ensure he or she can identify his or                                                                                                                                  King David website.
       her belongings.
     • Purchase enough of each item to allow for wear and

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TAKING ONLINE COURSES AT                                      REPORT CARDS                                                  EXAMINATIONS                                                 • Suspension from classes/school
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Being asked to withdraw from King David
     KING DAVID                                                    A formal Progress report card will be issued in October,      School examinations in core courses are compulsory for
                                                                   Term reports will be issued in December and March, and        all students in Grades 8 to 12.
     Grades 10, 11, and 12 students have the opportunity
                                                                   a Final report will be issued in June. Report cards will be                                                                STUDENT WELLNESS
     to take courses online during the regular school year.
                                                                   available through PCR. At any other time during the year,     Mid-year Examinations for students in Grades 8-11            At King David, we take very seriously our role in
     Grade 10 students complete Planning 10 online—this is
                                                                   you can contact your child’s teachers to enquire about        will be scheduled for January and Final exams will           developing the whole child and ensuring each student’s
     a graduation requirement. The Grade 10, 11 and 12
                                                                   his or her progress.                                          be scheduled for all students in June.                       well-being. Adolescence can be a challenging time and
     students can also take electives online that we don’t offer
                                                                                                                                                                                              we strive to support our students in maintaining balance
     at King David, or take courses that do not fit into their
                                                                                                                                 Please note all students must be in attendance for
     schedule. Students are given a block in their timetable       MID-YEAR EXAMS                                                Mid-year and Final exams. Special arrangements for
                                                                                                                                                                                              in all aspects of their busy lives.
     to work on their online course. Typically, students take      Mid-Year exams are essential for solidifying material         exams cannot be made to accommodate holiday plans,           Given our school size and the familial atmosphere
     the school year to finish the course. We encourage
                                                                   studied in the first half of the school year and an           travel arrangements or medical appointments. Please see      here at King David, our teachers, administrators, and
     them to keep on track, as taking an online course is          important step in preparing for Final exams. There will       the online school calendar for both Mid-year and Final       counsellors are in an excellent position to build
     mostly self-directed, except for Planning 10, which is
                                                                   be a Mid-Year exam period in the last week of January.        Exam dates.                                                  relationships and a strong rapport with your children.
     supervised. Students have an online teacher and can
                                                                   During this time, students will have an exam in the                                                                        We may be able to recognize behavioural changes that
     also seek support from King David teachers.
                                                                   morning and then follow a Collaborative Day schedule          Absence from an examination may jeopardize a                 typically characterize an emotionally distressed student.
     Students are encouraged to register early in the school       for the remainder of the day. A schedule of exams will be     student’s final standing in subject classes.                 A noticeable change to a student’s behaviour, especially
     year (mid-to-late September) so they have as much time        issued well in advance of the exam period.                                                                                 if it is inconsistent with previous observations, may be an
     as possible to complete the course. They register with                                                                      Mid-year exams will take place each morning at               inarticulate attempt to draw attention to his/her situation.
     a King David counsellor so we can ensure the correct
     course choice and information, and to allow us to track
                                                                   HOMEWORK                                                      8:20am from January 25th to 28th. Final exams will be
                                                                                                                                 scheduled from June 18th to June 24th. Students in all
                                                                                                                                                                                              Parents are encouraged to contact our counsellors if they
                                                                                                                                                                                              notice changes in their child or to share information that
     what students are taking online. The registration             Homework is an integral part of learning and is assigned      grades can expect to be scheduled for an exam during         would enable the school to better support a student.
     process takes about 10 minutes. After registration,           to further classroom learning, reinforce content, and         any of these dates.
     students need to wait for the online school to send an        practice skills. Students are encouraged to meet with                                                                      Students are encouraged to speak with our counsellors
     email back with confirmation, username, password              their teachers if they require additional support or time     A full Mid-year and Final Exam schedule will be issued       with concerns about their well-being. It is our school
     and a link to the online course. This typically takes         to complete assigned work. PCR and Moodle are useful          during the school year.                                      practice that students have the right to confidentiality.
     about 5-10 business days. While waiting, if the course        tools to keep track of all assignments and due dates.                                                                      Information students share with counsellors is held in
     requires a startup assignment, the student can begin
     working on that.                                              On average, students in Grades 8 and 9 should expect          ACADEMIC STANDING                                            confidence; otherwise, students choose not to share
                                                                                                                                                                                              information.
                                                                   one hour of homework daily and students in Grades 10          All students are expected to demonstrate their
     As part of the registration process, the online schools       to 12 should expect two hours. The amount of homework         ongoing commitment and best efforts in all their courses.    Staff members at King David were trained by the Jewish
     require a proof of residency (BC Services Card, Driver’s      for senior students will depend on their choice of courses.   This includes attending all classes, participating and       Family Services Director of Counseling and the Family/
     License, OR a bill with home address on it) AND a proof       Should no homework be assigned, students should take          contributing positively to the learning environment,         Youth Counsellor on what an emotionally distressed
     of Canadian Citizenship (Passport, Birth Certificate, OR      time to review material or preview new material.              completing all assigned work, and maintaining a              student may look like, signs of emotional distress, and
     Canadian immigration documentation). We ask students          Homework at King David will be assigned with                  passing grade in all courses. King David teachers want       what we can do to help. King David has a protocol for
     to take a photo of both documents together and email it       consideration for Jewish Holidays.                            their students to do well and offer many avenues of          early intervention with students in emotional distress in
     to the counsellor for registration.                                                                                         support to ensure students can do their best work.           the Staff Handbook which serves as a guide for staff
                                                                   AFTER SCHOOL CLUB                                                                                                          who become aware of a student who expresses
     PLEASE NOTE: students in Grade 12 taking an online                                                                          Our school recognizes all students achieve at different      emotional distress or self-harm. Our ability to recognize
                                                                   On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from
     academic course may need to finish by the end of                                                                            levels and there is no expectation that students at King     the signs and communicate concerns directly to the
                                                                   3:40pm to 5:00pm, the library is available for students
     January for UBC if they want that course to be counted                                                                      David maintain a certain overall average in their courses.   student, counsellor, administration, and parents, can
                                                                   to work on their homework. For each session, there will
     for university applications                                                                                                 However, students who do not maintain a passing grade        be an important factor to assist the student seeking
                                                                   be teacher(s) on hand to support students with their
                                                                                                                                 in all courses can expect:                                   appropriate help.
                                                                   work. Homework club is a great opportunity for students
     If you have any questions about online learning, please
                                                                   to get a head start on their homework, get help from
     contact Lu Winters, Jodi Cristall, or Abby Remick,                                                                          • Their teachers to contact home                             Please contact Lu Winters, Jodi Cristall, or Abby Remick
                                                                   teachers, or work with their peers.
     counsellors at King David.                                                                                                  • Assigned time in After School Club                         if you have questions or concerns regarding your child.
                                                                                                                                 • Administrative involvement                                 King David also has a list of resources and referrals.

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STUDENT EXTRA-CURRICULAR                                      Guiding Principles                                            Fall Season:
                                                                                                                                 • Girls’ Volleyball        Other Clubs and Activities:
     OPPORTUNITIES                                                 INCLUSION
                                                                   Participation on our school’s athletic teams is open to all   • Boys’ Soccer             • Student Council
     Along with our academic programs, King David offers           students regardless of ability or skill.
     a number of extra-curricular activities from which your
                                                                                                                                                            • Reach for the Top
     child can choose.                                             • All students are encouraged to represent our school
                                                                                                                                 Winter Season:             • Annual Debate Competition
                                                                     in athletics                                                • Boys’ Basketball         • Duke of Edinburgh
     New clubs or leadership initiatives generated by              • There are no tryouts and no students are cut based          • Girls’ Basketball        • Theatre Productions
     students are always welcome. Students must simply               on ability                                                  • Ice Hockey               • Math and Science Contests
     obtain administrative approval and a staff member to          • Students from all grades are eligible to, and will,
     sponsor the activity.                                           play                                                                                   • Tefillin Clubs
                                                                                                                                 Spring Season:             • RAC Week
     Participation in any sport or activity may require the        COMPETITION                                                   • Co-ed Track and Field    • Numerous Volunteer and
     student to commit to time before and/or after school.         King David strives to compete at the highest level            • Co-ed Softball
     Students should listen for announcements and speak to
                                                                                                                                                              Tzedekah Opportunities
                                                                   possible with exemplary sportsmanship and teamwork.           • Girls’ Soccer
     the teacher sponsor for more information. Students are                                                                                                 • Our World Club
     always responsible for communicating with their teachers      • All athletic teams play to win in a way that
                                                                                                                                 • Boys’ Floor Hockey       • EQ Club
     in advance of an absence for a school-related activity,         demonstrates the utmost respect for our opponents           • Tennis
     and must ensure they have arranged to make up any             • While an effort will be made to play all athletes,          • Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee
     assessments or homework that they may miss due to the           playing time is not equal for all players                   • Co-ed Golf
     activity.                                                     • Factors that may affect playing time include: type of
                                                                     game (league, exhibition, play-offs), skill level, age,
     Please note that King David does not participate in             attendance at practices, attitude, etc.
     activities that occur during Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
                                                                   COMMITMENT
     King David Extra-curricular Athletics                         Participating on an athletic team requires students to
     Our Athletic Department offers our students                   dedicate extra time and effort to balance their
     opportunities to participate with other local independent     achievement in both their academic and athletic pursuits.
     schools in various sports over the course of the school
     year. Any student interested in playing on a King David       • Being part of a sports team is a commitment to our
     sports team should see Mr. Amram, the school athletic           school and one’s teammates
     director.                                                     • Students should attend all practices and games
                                                                   • Students must maintain a passing grade in all courses
     Philosophy                                                    • Students must exhibit social responsibility according
     Extracurricular athletics is an extension of the education-     to our code of conduct and adhere to the highest
     al program of King David. The extracurricular athletics         level of sportsmanship
     program reinforces the mission of the school, by helping
     students reach their potential through emphasis on life-      NOTE: In an effort to ensure students are not missing
     long learning, instilling Jewish values including ethical     too many classes and can keep up with all school
     conduct and fair play, and inspiring students to excel        commitments, students participating in the Spring Sports
     and become effective leaders within our community and         season may be limited to one sport.
     beyond. King David embraces an athletic culture that
     emphasizes sportsmanship, teamwork and a competitive
     spirit to always do our best against opponents.

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PARENT VOLUNTEERING                                                                                                      SCHOOL POLICIES                                            To access Moodle and to create your own user
                                                                                                                                                                                         account, follow these steps:
     One of the most important facets of life at King David                                                                   King David High School has implemented the following
     is the role and participation of our parents. Our Parent                                                                 policies in compliance with the recommendations of the     1. Log on to moodle.kdhs.org or click on the Moodle
     Action Committee and Parent Participation Program are                                                                    BC Ministry of Education:                                     link under the parent portal on the King David
     two pivotal ways in which you can support our students                                                                                                                                 website.
     and school. There are a number of volunteer                                                                              • Supervision of Students
     opportunities including school events, fieldtrips,                                                                       • Information Communication Technology and Social          2. On the right hand side of the Moodle page follow
     fundraising and athletics. By volunteering and                                                                             Media                                                       the instructions for creating a new account under “Is
     committing your time, you can make a difference in the                                                                   • Special Needs                                               this Your First Time Here?”
     experience of our students. All PAC meeting details and                                                                  • Challenge and Equivalency
     volunteer opportunities are advertised in the weekly       Parent Participation Program                                  • English Language Arts                                    3. After receiving your verification email you will then
     “Information and Reminders” emails. All parents are        Each family with children in King David must complete         • Learning Resources                                          be able to access your account as if you were a
     welcome at PAC meetings—please join us!                    at least twelve hours of volunteer time before the last       • Appeals                                                     student and see exactly what your student sees on
                                                                day of the school year. Hours may be completed by an          • Anti-Bullying                                               Moodle on a daily basis. (If you do not receive a
                                                                immediate family member or a family designate such as         • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity                      verification email fairly quickly please email Mr.
     Parent Action Committee                                                                                                  • Protection of Privacy                                       Gorski to verify your account)
                                                                an aunt/uncle. Parent Participation hours are not
     Our Parent Action Committee (PAC) is focused               transferable between two different families.                  • Responding to Child Abuse
     on two key goals:                                                                                                        • Student Records                                          4. The first thing you will want to do is choose your son/
     • Enhancing the quality of school life for our children    Based on what you have indicated on your preference           • Admissions                                                  daughter’s courses by “enrolling” in them. The course
         and,                                                   sheet, your name will be forwarded to the chairs of           • Concussion                                                  “key” is the same for all courses: kdhs
     • Increasing opportunities for parental involvement.       the appropriate committees and activities. When               • Anaphylaxis
                                                                                                                              • Course Audit                                               A.            Click on “All Courses” to view a list
                                                                appropriate, you will be contacted to volunteer for that                                                                 		              of the King David course offerings
     Parents on this committee:                                 activity. Most volunteer opportunities, however, will be      • School Completion
     • Provide a critical link between parents, teachers                                                                      • Distance Learning                                          B.            Click on the key icon to the right
                                                                advertised in the King David Newsletter, Weekly                                                                          		              of the name of the course your
         and administration                                     Reminders or via email.                                       • Water Testing
     • Educate parents, staff, and the community about the                                                                    • Substance Use                                            		              son/daughter is taking.
         role of PAC in the school and the community                                                                          • Safe and Caring School Communities                         C.            After entering the kdhs “key” in the
                                                                Volunteer hours completed must be recorded by parents                                                                    		              space provided click on “enroll me
     • Provide parental advocacy                                either online via the school website or click here. Each      • Transportation
     • Organize and implement social events                                                                                                                                              		              in this course.”
                                                                family will have its own page to record the events in                                                                      D.            You will then be taken to the page
     • Organize or suggest topics for an education night for    which it has participated and the volunteer hours that        These policies are available on our school website.
         families                                                                                                                                                                        		              for this course.
                                                                were attained for each event. This should be an ongoing
     • Attend PAC meetings                                      process to ensure accountability for your hours. Please       INSTRUCTIONS FOR                                           5. To enrol in more courses from this page, click on “All
                                                                do not leave it to the last minute.
                                                                                                                              PARENTS TO ACCESS MOODLE                                      Courses” located on the right side of the screen in the
                                                                                                                                                                                            “My Courses” box.
                                                                It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that this   Moodle is an internet based tool for students and
                                                                information is properly recorded. If the information          parents to check homework assignments that are             6. Repeat steps B, C, D in Step 4 above for all the
                                                                on your family’s page does not indicate that you have         given in class. We have tried to make Moodle easier for       courses that you wish to enrol.
                                                                attained the minimum required hours at the end of the         parents to use. Parents are now able to create their own
                                                                school year, your cheque will be cashed.                      Moodle account which means not having to log in as a       7. You can always enrol in a course at a later date by
                                                                                                                              guest and search for each course every time you log in.       following the procedure in Step 4 above after you
                                                                At the end of the school year, your cheque will NOT                                                                         log in to your account.
                                                                be cashed (and it will be destroyed) if you meet the
                                                                requirements defined above.                                                                                              If you have any difficulties or questions you can email
                                                                                                                                                                                         our IT teacher, Dave Gorski, at dgorski@kdhs.org
                                                                If you choose not to meet these hours or have not
                                                                properly recorded your hours (and thus not meet your
                                                                family’s requirement), your cheque will be cashed.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE PARENT PORTAL IN PCR
     The Parent Portal in PCR can be accessed through the King David website. All parents can access student
     information in PCR, you do not need a password (or permission) from your child.

     To access the Parent Portal in PCR, go to the King David website. Choose “School Portal” from the top navigation.
     Then, click the “Parents” tab on the School Portal Page. Finally, choose “Click to login to PCR.”

     Your username is the email you provided to King David during your child’s admission process. Your password is
     either the password you established during the admission process, or, if you did not establish a password, your
     default password is “kdhs2021” (You may change this password after you have logged into PCR.)

     If you have any questions about the login process, or if you have forgotten your username or password, please get in
     touch with the King David office at 604-263-9700 or office@kdhs.org.

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