What’s News at ADAT This Week 1.12.18
Celebrating MLK, Jr.: The Ripple Effect
On Monday, Ms. Abronson asked her First Grade class, “can you change the world if you are only six years old?” After a brief discussion, she read a story about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was a child. The young Dr. King was told that he could not play with a neighbor because of the color of his skin. When the class reacted to the story with shock and anger, Ms. Abronson explained how Dr. King grew up to fight for civil rights and that his efforts changed the world. As the class examines how sound travels with Mr. Abelson in Science, Ms. Abronson is working to help her students understand that small things, like sound waves, can ripple and get bigger. Dr. King is a tangible example of the design challenge that the First Graders are exploring: “How can something small change the world?”
In Fifth Grade, Mr. Wise discussed the history of segregation, the many people who influenced Dr. King (including Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi), and Dr. King’s impact on the Civil Rights Movement. The class examined Dr. King’s belief that there are three evils in the world: poverty, racism, and militarism. They learned that Dr. King is commemorated not only for his role as a leader in social justice, but also as an advocate for peaceful solutions. While the First Graders learned that Dr. King’s influence had a positive ripple effect, the Fifth Graders discussed the warning in Dr. King’s teachings: inaction can also ripple. As Dr. King said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
In Transitional Kindergarten, the students engaged in an empathy exercise that allowed them to experience segregation themselves. One day after recess, they encountered signs that indicated that people with long hair could only work in some of the areas in the classroom and people with short hair could only work in others. The students were sad and disappointed that they did not have the freedom to use the entire classroom or to work with their friends. After a short time, the whole class discussed their experience. Through this lesson, the TK students were able to relate to Dr. King and to understand how his fight for equal rights relates to them.
As we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday this Monday, it is an opportunity to reflect upon the incredible contributions of an American hero and also a moment to remember our own commitment to Tikkun Olam and social justice as a Jewish People. When discussing Dr. King’s efforts in the Civil Rights Movement, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “I call upon every Jew to hearken to his voice, to share his vision, and to follow in his way.” When we ask our students if they believe in their own power to change the world, we are grateful to look to Dr. King as an example in teaching them to confidently respond, “Yes!”
Dr. King and Abraham Joshua Heschel marching for civil rights
Health Update: Flu and Lice
Although they are unpopular topics, flu and lice are health concerns that currently need addressing. It is flu season, and California is among the states that are reporting a surge in cases of the flu. At school, we are implementing the following procedures:
1- We will go over hand washing with students: Get hands wet, rub in soap for at least 20 seconds (or the time it takes to sing one verse of “Happy Birthday”.) Rub the soap in between fingers and on the backs of hands. Rinse. Wipe with paper towel (not on shirt or pants).
2 – Use “Dracula arm” to stop cough germs.
3 – Use a tissue to cover mouth for sneezes or coughs. Throw tissue away immediately.
4 – Use hand sanitizer after covering your mouth with your hand or blowing your nose, or before using a keyboard.
5 – Specialists will give students a squirt of hand sanitizer to rub in before they enter their classroom. (This is important to prevent the spread of germs from grade to grade.)
6 – Teachers will wipe down classroom door handles with antiseptic wipes in between every teaching block.
7 – Remind students to avoid touching their mouths, noses, or eyes without a tissue.
Teachers whose rooms are closest to bathrooms will wipe down the entrance door handles of the bathrooms periodically.
Families must also participate to minimize the spread of infection.
1 – Keep children home if they are sick.
2 – Keep children home for 24 hours after their fever has gone away without the use of fever reducing medication.
3 – Keep children home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting.
4 – If your child complains to us of not feeling well, we will take his/her temperature. If our thermometer registers 99.8 degrees or above, you will be called and expected to pick up your child. The soonest the child can return to school is in 2 days.
We do not wish any child to miss school. These procedures help avoid or minimize the absences of students and staff.
Now on to the topic of lice: Usually we do not deal with lice during the winter. The unseasonably warm weather, however, has made lice more of a year-round annoyance. We will be checking children at school for lice. Parents should also check their children’s heads regularly for lice. People may not feel itchy until after having lice for a week or two, which gives the critters a lot of time to multiply.
“Checking” means visually observing the hair and combing it with a fine-tooth metal nit comb. Nits look like flakes of dandruff or droplets of hair spray. The difference is that dandruff or hair spray will come off easily when the hair shaft is shaken, whereas nits are very difficult to remove.
If you see lice or nits on your child’s hair, call your health care provider for advice of treatment. If your child has a kippah at home, please wash it in hot water before returning to school.
On Facebook, we posted a link to a website for information on preventing the transmission of the flu. Here is a link to information on lice prevention and treatment. https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.h
We appreciate the teamwork required to keep children healthy.
Inside the Classroom
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Outside the Classroom
ADAT Spring Enrichment
Shabbaton – NEW Date!
Intergenerational Day 2018 is February 15th!
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Hot Lunch Session 3
6th Grader Spotlight – Brianna
How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve been at ADAT since mommy and me.
What do you do for fun outside of school?
I’m a gymnast, so I train at the gym everyday for 4.5 hours. I love it!
What do you like best about ADAT or what makes ADAT so special?
I like that our teachers are flexible – they’ll give us time to do homework and projects to make it easier for my schedule.
What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
So far, my favorite grade is 5th or 6th. 5th Grade, Ms. Raben is really nice and she’s funny. I loved that we had her for reading and other subjects. For 6th grade, I love that we have her again for reading. And, Mr. Wise is great and always makes jokes to keep our learning fun.
What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
I’ll miss my teachers and my friends the most. It’s hard to let go of what you have had for so long.
What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
ADAT taught me to be kind and to be a better person. I’ll always remember that.
What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Design Thinking has helped me know that I need to go through the different stages of the process before I get to build. It taught me not to rush and that there’s a process that is helpful to follow in everything we do.
In The Community
By now, you should have received your save-the-date to our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder in the mail! Mark your calendars, book your babysitter, and get ready to go back to ADAT’s future at this amazing fundraising event.
From the Synagogue
Mark your calendars for these important dates:
- January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
- January 18: TK parlor meeting – 7:30 p.m.
- January 19: Fall enrichment ends
- January 22: Spring enrichment begins
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