What’s News at ADAT This Week: 3.2.18
Another joyous week is in the books at Adat Ari El Day School … and the Shabbaton hasn’t even started yet!
Purim was celebrated and felt all around campus on Wednesday. Students in colorful and creative costumes were greeted with music and dancing at drop off; we joined the ECC for a Purim song session, story, and parade through each Adat Ari El building; fun was had by students, faculty, and staff alike at our Purim Carnival. Thank you to everyone who made this day possible and for getting into the Purim spirit!
Today, we leave for our 2nd Annual Shabbaton at Camp Ramah, and the excitement around campus is palpable. We have an incredible weekend planned for nearly half of our Day School families, including games and activities, Shabbat, family time, adult time, and just plain old fun! We’ll miss those of you who couldn’t come this year, but hope you’ll be able to make it next year!
Last, but certainly not least, we have had an exciting and productive week receiving the majority of our re-enrollment contracts from you, our current families. Remember, our deadline for submitting the re-enrollment contracts via Parent Locker without penalty is today! If you’re leaving for the Shabbaton, please make sure to get it in before you leave. If you will be home, it is important to complete it by the end of day today. Nothing would make this week sweeter than to know that 100% of our families have recommitted to ADAT for the coming school year. I hope to be able to count every one of you as part of our Day School community again next year.
It was a full and fun week at ADAT and there is so much more to come! I wish you all a restful Shabbat and a wonderful weekend.
School News & Updates
Enrollment Contracts Due Today
Security Firm Announcement
We have officially signed a contract with Picore International – an international private security firm – which will serve as our new security team at Adat Ari El.
We have long been aware of Picore International’s impressive reputation in the local and global community. Their philosophy is to provide a unique blend of security, behavioral sciences, and threat assessment services to their clients. In addition to their on-the-ground expertise, we will also benefit from Picore’s strategic approach to security and their years of experience in a number of different industries, including the Getty Center Museum here in Los Angeles.
As we continue to see a rise in violence in schools across the country, security and protecting our children is ever more top of mind. So, when the opportunity arose to find a new security company, we knew that Picore would be an incredible fit for our community – elevating the caliber of security personnel, surveillance, and safety that our students, teachers, and staff so deserve.
As you enter campus, feel free to introduce yourself to our new officers and welcome them to our community. We will continue to share updates as Picore International gets acclimated to our community and implements improvements to ensure that our campus and all who inhabit it every day are protected at the highest level.
It’s Still Flu Season – Keep Up the Precautions!
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 continue to 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.
We appreciate the teamwork required to keep children healthy.
Inside the Classroom
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In The Community
Invitations to our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder are coming soon! In the meantime, mark your calendars, book your babysitter, and get ready to go back to ADAT’s future at this amazing fundraising event.
ADAT Summer Camp
Outside the Classroom
Parent/Teacher Conferences – March 7 and March 12
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for March 7, 2018 and March 12, 2018. We are using an on-line scheduling service from Ptcfast.com. This system is VERY user friendly. Just click on the link below or copy and paste the link into your web browser to set up a time for your conference(s).
Select your child’s teacher from the list of teachers. If you have more than one child, select each child’s teacher. Follow the simple instructions on the screen. You will be prompted to add your name and a VALID email address. Next, you will be sent an email verifying your information. Click on the link in the email and you will be directed back to a list of available time slots for your child(ren). Once you have selected and submitted a conference time, you will receive an email confirmation from Ptcfast.com. It is that simple! *Please DO NOT click on the link in the box for returning parents unless you have already registered for conferences for this session.
6th Grader Spotlight – Elijah L.
How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve basically been at ADAT since I was born, because I used to come pick up my sister when she was in school here. But, I’ve been coming here for school since Mommy and Me.
What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to play video games and I like to do tricks on scooters.
What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
I like the ZDL the best because it’s a place where you can create a lot of different projects with all the materials they have inside it.
What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
My favorite grades were either 3rd or 6th. In 3rd, I liked the teacher a lot and we read a really good book that our whole class loved. 6th grade is great because Mr. Wise is really fun to learn with and so is everyone in the class.
What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
I think I’ll miss the ZDL the most!
What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
I actually learned today how to multiply a 2-digit number by 11. I learned a special trick to do it!
What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
I think it’s that you get to create projects, but it’s not just about creating it. You have to think about it for a while first. I love to build things, and I also get to use my imagination.
From the Synagogue
Mark your calendars for these important dates:
- March 2-4: DS Shabbaton @Camp Ramah
- March 7: Daytime & Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences – no school
- March 8: Kadima Lunchtime Lounge Grades 4-6 – 12:30 p.m.
- March 9: 2nd Grade Shabbat Dinner & Service
- March 12: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
- 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.