What’s News at ADAT This Week: 6.2.17

May 30, 2017

Leadership Blog

Shavuot needs a new PR agent! This is THE holiday when we celebrate receiving the Torah from Mount Sinai.  We received our central text – our history, our laws … what could be more important?  Shavuot is also one of the Shlosha Regalim, the three pilgrimage festivals, when we brought our first fruits (bikkurim) to the Temple to show our gratitude for things growing as they are supposed to. This is a two-day Chag that includes synagogue, Hallel, and yummy dairy foods that do not work well with most Jewish stomachs!

Why is it that most Jews don’t make a big deal of this important holiday in our tradition? Is it the time of year – always late May to early June?  Does it get lost between celebrations of mothers and fathers and start of summer BBQs and pool parties? I will always wonder as any chance to celebrate with blintzes and cheesecake sounds like it would be wildly popular!

Here in our Day School, each class worked on a specific component of holiday learning – names of the holiday, customs, and references in Torah and Rabbinic texts.  Then some classes either participated in an art project or cooking project.  At the end of the day we all got our dairy on.

In honor of Shavuot and our dedication to community, we are asking parents to complete this Shabbat survey. We welcome your thoughts, feedback, and enthusiastic ideas for new “Friendly Shabbat” programming! The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

A special Shabbat Shalom at this special time of year,

Jodi Lasker
Director of Jewish Life & Learning

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:



1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Outside the Classroom

Shabbaton 12-17

Important Parking Lot Protocol

During morning drop off please pull all the way to the front of the line – do not stop in the middle of the line. Have your children exit quickly from your car on the school side ONLY. Rivka Kaspi is there in the mornings to facilitate a swift drop off and maintain everyone’s safety. Try to have your car unloaded in a timely fashion so we do not create a large back up of cars.  Also, whenever you exit the parking please turn RIGHT ONLY.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

****Children may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. as there is NO SUPERVISION UNTIL 7:30 a.m.****

6th Grader Spotlight

We have added a new feature to our weekly e-news – the 6th Grader Spotlight. This is an opportunity to highlight this amazing class of 6th graders who have accomplished so much during their time at ADAT, have varied interests and talents, and who will soon graduate and move onto middle school.

Learn more about them each week in this newsletter – this week is about Ryan and Jacob:

What do you do for fun outside of school?
Outside of school something I like to do is play tennis, my violin, soccer, and video games.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I like the teachers at ADAT because of how they strive to do their best and make sure everyone can have fun while learning.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
My favorite grade was 5th grade because we got the opportunity to be with two amazing teachers, Mr.Wise and Ms.Raben

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
If I had the chance to give a student a piece of advice it would be “work hard, get a good job, and live a long happy life.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I think I will miss my friends the most from ADAT because of all their support in everything I do.


What do you do for fun outside of school?
On my free time I love playing tennis and video games.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I like the teachers and students, and since all the grades are smaller than usual you get to know people better than you normally would.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
My favorite grade at ADAT was fourth or fifth,  because during 5th grade we got to have a trade fair, where we got to each represent a colony, and share the different things it produced. In fourth grade we had a lot of writing projects, and I love writing.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
Have, fun, study hard, do well.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
The teachers, and the individualized attention, since we had smaller grades the teachers got to see as you a individual.

Important Dates

Important Calendar Updates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • June 5: 3rd grade field trip –  LA Trip
  • June 6: Staff Vs. 6th grade basketball game @8:10 a.m.
  • June 7: 1st grade beach day @1:15 p.m.
  • June 7: 2nd grade field trip – Getty Museum
  • June 7: 6th grade water play day @2:15 p.m.
  • June 7: 6th grade ONLY – last day of school
  • June 8: TK-5  – last day of school – 12:00 p.m. dismissal – No Day Care Available
  • June 8: 6th Grade Graduation – 1:30 p.m.

Click here for the full calendar.  **If you would like to subscribe to the ADAT calendar click here. On the bottom right corner of the ADAT calendar, click “subscribe” and select your preferred calendar type.

From the Synagogue