What’s News at ADAT This Week: 1.26.18

January 22, 2018

Leadership Blog – Tu BiShevat: L’Dor V’Dor

One of my favorite things about Adat Ari El’s campus is all of the foliage. It is a singular joy as I walk my son, Ryan, in and out of the school. Ryan is a little over a year old and is only now a sturdy enough walker to step jovially from the parking lot and into the courtyard of ADAT. Along the way, he stops and points at all the roses, leaves, trees, and other plant life on our way to the ECC. After dropping him off on Monday mornings, I usually stop to take care of the plants in Tower Gardens (which have moved from the outdoor chapel to our lunch area).

Last week, this routine changed, when the Kindergarten class started to take over my responsibilities of these gardens. As part of a larger project, our Kinder “Garden” has started monitoring the growth of the herbs and lettuce that are growing. As they grow, our students will harvest them and will prepare salads and other treats for the rest of our community. The Kindergarteners are also revitalizing our Biblical Garden (the garden behind the DFC) with their Sixth Grade buddies. Similarly, Morah Mali is planting parsley with her First and Second Grade classes and the students are monitoring its growth. The First and Second Graders hope that their parsley will be ready to be dipped in salt water by Passover.

I cannot wait to see the impact these projects will have on our students. It is a miraculous experience to take care of a living thing, watch it grow, and have it – in turn – take care of you through the nourishment it can provide. The symbiotic relationship that humans can have with plants is a powerful one. This is why Tu BiShevat is a very special holiday to me. It is a reminder to be grateful to the trees for all that they offer us and a reminder of the responsibility we have to take care of them.

At the Rabbi’s minyan on Wednesday, Rabbi Bernhard read a story to our students that teaches the importance of taking care of the Earth for the next generation. This idea is most tangible to me when I walk my son to school. I watch him enjoy the splendor of the nature that I often miss because it hits him just at his eye-level. He stops and points, and I get to see the leaves or the flowers that I usually rush by, as if for the first time. When this happens, I am full of gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us here at ADAT and in the world. I am also aware of the awesome responsibility to protect our Earth for the next generation.

I wish you a wonderful and reflective Tu BiShevat. L’dor V’dor and Shabbat Shalom.


Lauren Quient

Inside the Classroom

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Outside the Classroom

Intergenerational Day 2018 is February 15th!

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ADAT Spring Enrichment


Shabbaton – NEW Date!

Hot Lunch Session 3

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.

Around Campus

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. 

6th Grader Spotlight – Shanee M.

How long have you been at ADAT?
I have been at ADAT since Kindergarten.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to dance jazz.

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
The best part of ADAT is the teachers. They are so kind and want to make us feel at home.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
My favorite grades were 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th so far. I liked these the best because when we got into the older grades, we were more used to the school, and the teachers were all so great.

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
I will miss the people and the place in general because I have been here for so many years. It feels like a second home to me.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
I have learned that you always have to be respectful and kind to each and everyone.

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Let’s say you have a project, the ZDL makes you feel so creative because there’s so much around you to work with and to get your hands on. I always think to myself, ‘wow, I can be so creative because I have so much around me to use, and maybe I can make my project even better’ – all because of this space.

From the Synagogue


Did you know that there is an organization specifically dedicated to supporting Jewish women and families who are affected by cancer? Sharsheret, which means “chain” in Hebrew, provides resources to anyone in our community that is confronting breast or ovarian cancer. I cannot stress enough how important it is to support this cause.

As a Sharsheret Supports Partner, Adat Ari El is proud to participate in Sharsheret Pink Day on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This is a worldwide initiative to raise awareness about breast and ovarian cancer, and cancer genetics.

Please join the clergy, staff, and schools of Adat Ari El by wearing pink as a way to generate conversations, mark the day, and honor a special person in our own lives who has been personally affected. On our campus, we will have informational brochures available for you to learn more about Sharsheret, and the very important work that we are helping them do. For more information, please visit www.sharsheret.org.

Jonathan Bernhard


Adat Ari El


Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • February 2: 3rd & 4th Grade Shabbat Dinner
  • February 6: Kadima Lunchtime Lounge (Grades 4-6)
  • February 15: IGD Daytime & Evening Performances
  • February 16: No School
  • February 19: President’s Day – No School


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