Weekly Newsletter – September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020  / 15 Elul 5780

Shabbat Begins: 7:30 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 8:34 p.m.   
Parsha: Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

What a different summer this has been! The weather has been wonderful – with many days filled with sunshine providing wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities and with limited travel opportunities due to the pandemic, we have all been in BC enjoying it! We hope this welcome email finds you, your family, and your friends well and ready for a new year.

Throughout the summer, the administration team has been working diligently to ensure a safe and successful start to what promises to be a very different school year. Our King David community has shown its strength over the past months and I have already seen faculty, staff, students, and families coming together, ready to move forward with hope and optimism. Planning the year has certainly kept us busy – thinking outside the box is exciting, though sometimes I do indeed long for the familiarity of the box! This week, our faculty returned and we have had three days together preparing for our students’ return next week and ensuring that we are all well versed in the many new safety and health protocols. 
As the new school year begins, we are thrilled to welcome back our current families and, together, welcome all new families to the King David community. Below you will also find some information on new staff we are delighted to welcome to King David this year. 

Here is a little data for you. This year we have: 
  • 55 new students with 41 students joining in Grade 8 and 14 students in Grades 9-11. 22 of our incoming students are siblings!
  • 183 families in total with a current student population of 230.
  • 2 new staff members (and one late introduction).
Last year, the pandemic caught everyone off guard and although things are still in flux, we are all better prepared to move forward. We have received incredible support from the Jewish Federation and our donor community, allowing us to ensure that all of our families can continue with their Jewish education. We have needed to adjust the way we do everything – wearing masks, walking only in one direction in hallways and on stairwells, and having two lunch periods that resulted in us adjusting our day to start a little bit later (we do not anticipate the students being too upset by this change!). We look forward to keeping you informed on how things are going. As we have said many times to our parents and students, we are all in this together and it really does take an entire community. We feel blessed to be part of this extended King David and Jewish community family.

The beginning of a school year always holds such excitement and promise, and on behalf of all of us at King David, I extend my best to you for a healthy 2020-2021 school year!
~ Russ Klein, Head of School

Justine Folk – Development Assistant

Justine first moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 2008 after receiving her Diploma in Event Planning. When she arrived in Vancouver, she helped to operate a successful event planning business. For the past several years, Justine has been kept busy being a mother to three young boys. Justine joined King David during our last school year as a Staff Assistant and she is very excited to start her new position with the wonderful Development team at King David High School.

Clare Ripley – English Teacher

Clare was very excited to move to Vancouver this summer to join King David. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and obtained both her B.A. in English with Distinction and her B.Ed. from the University of Calgary. She has since worked in many jobs rooted in creativity, such as acting, producing, directing, and script writing for small television segments. When she was very young, Clare fell in love with the creative arts; reading authors like J.R.R. Tolkien during her childhood inspired her to develop her own writing skills and style. In her spare time, Clare enjoys everything from camping to drawing and gaming. She really does hope to inspire her students to discover new depths and to question everything in her English classes. She knows she will also learn a lot from her students, and can’t wait to work with our King David students and families! 

Michele Zychlinski – Development Assistant

Michele was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to Vancouver with her husband 23 years ago. Michele went to a Jewish Day School from preschool to Grade 12 and strongly believes that Jewish education is vital for a thriving community anywhere in the world. After 11 years of working in Jewish education, Michele feels passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with the community. Michele is also a proud King David parent.

Michele has three teenage boys and loves spending time hiking and watching them play sports. She appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the “at work” King David family.

Stay tuned … the year is just beginning!


Jewish Federation Annual Campaign Opening

Tuesday, September 8
5:00 p.m.

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Because Students Matter
Virtual Event with Mayim Bialik

Wednesday, September 9
4:30 p.m.

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