Weekly Newsletter – Sept 19, 2014

September 19, 2014
24 Elul 5774
A Successful School Retreat!

On a beautiful and sunny Tuesday morning, 150 students and 25 staff boarded the “Britannia” in Coal Harbour to cruise their way to Keats Camp on Keats Island; a two hour boat ride away from Vancouver. 

Retreat 2014

After a welcoming arrival from camp staff and a packed lunch from home, students took part in various camp activities in the afternoon. These activities ranged from archery, mountain biking, hiking, team building, canoeing, a giant swing, zip-lining and a high ropes course! It was amazing to see students trying new things and challenging themselves in a safe, fun environment. The first day ended with a great dinner followed by a campfire, music and s’mores!

After a late night, we had many tired teenagers to wake up the next day. Breakfast motivated even the sleepiest to get out of bed and the day’s activities began in the different groups. Students were excited and eager to try new things and in the afternoon participated in a school-based activity preparing for RAC (Random Acts of Chesed) Week. The rest of the day was devoted to the usual camp activities plus new evening ones like “TAG Scramble” and karaoke.

Our third day started with another yummy breakfast to fortify the many weary students and teachers! We had time for one last activity before boarding the ferry to return to Vancouver. Listening to the students talking on board, we achieved many of our goals – students at all grades felt more connected to their peers and all of our new students were firmly entrenched as part of the King David family!

Chag Sameach!

Our best wishes to you and your families for a sweet New Year.

Why Follow King David on Twitter? 

As you may have already heard, King David High School, Russ Klein, and Alex Monchamp are on Twitter!  We think Twitter is a great social platform for sharing the latest information, photos, and reminders for students, parents, and the general community. It’s designed to supplement our newsletters and parent memos.  With Twitter, we can announce surprise guest speakers mid-week, tweet on Sunday to remind students that photo day is on Monday, and share inside glimpses of life at King David every day of the week.  


We have 3 accounts associated with King David so why should you follow them all? We’ve included a breakdown of what you can expect:

  • @KDHSVancouver: this account is the school’s general account – the focus is on providing parents and students with useful, relevant information. This might be reminders to wear a formal uniform for school photo day, notices of collaborative days or early dismissals or to promote in-school activities.
  • @rkleinHOS and @amonchampDHOS: these are the Twitter accounts of Russ Klein (Head of School) and Alex Monchamp (Deputy Head of School). They will share photos and insights of what they see going on around the school in real time providing a glimpse of what goes on behind the glass doors.

In our busy lives, finding time to read emails or check online portals can be difficult. With Twitter, we’re offering parents and students another resource for important information that can be easily accessed online or on mobile devices.


If you have an account, be sure to follow us at:


Follow us on Twitter  @KDHSVancouver

Follow us on Twitter  @rkleinHOS 

Follow us on Twitter  @amonchampDHOS


If you don’t have an account, visit http://www.kdhs.org/twitter/ for our tweets.


Community Event 

Joshua Malina, actor in popular TV shows like the West Wing, The Big Bang Theory, and Scandal.


A graduate of Westchester Day School, Malina has been active in Jewish affairs for some time. He appeared in Jewish Federation of North America’s “Live Generously” campaign, and starred in a video aimed at Jewish high school students, to prepare them for the possibility that they’ll face an anti-Israel climate on college campuses.


Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


In This Issue
Candlelighting Times

Shabbat Begins: 6:59 p.m.

Shabbat Ends: 8:02 p.m.

Parsha: Nitzavim-Vayelech 
Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30

Community Events

Celebrate with Congregation Beth Israel during the Selichot weekend.
Interested in attending the 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem? Attend their drop-in Information night to learn more.
  • September 22, 2014, anytime after 7:30 p.m.
  • #204 – 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • More Information

Meet an IDF Combat Soldier
who participated in the recent Operation Protective Edge 
  • September 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m. 
  • JCC Dayson Boardroom, 950 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
  • More Information
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