What’s News at ADAT This Week: 3.23.18

March 19, 2018

Leadership Blog 

Dear Parents,

In only a week’s time, I traveled to Chicago as part of the Day School Leadership Institute retreat, returned home to ADAT, where our classrooms were buzzing with excitement at our s’darim and Pesach celebrations, and everyday, we are adding more students to our community as newly-accepted families enroll at ADAT. Each of these activities holds special significance for me, as they represent the past, present, and future.

In Chicago, I participated in DSLTI, a program of which I have been a part for almost two years. Heads of School in Jewish day schools are guided by mentors to provide engaging experiential learning opportunities, cutting-edge leadership development, ongoing mentoring, and the chance to collaboratively problem-solve with cohort colleagues. While I certainly miss my family during these trips away, what I gain is immeasurable. I have the chance to work with peers, learn all day long, and be truly present in this important work of developing myself for the betterment of ADAT.

Upon arriving to school on Wednesday, I was transported to the past and the honoring of our tradition as our students celebrated Passover in a variety of ways. Morah Solomon led Kindergarten & 6th Buddies and their parents in a festive celebration with songs and skits for everyone, while TK hosted their 5th grade Buddies for a special Pesach experience, discussing and singing the 4 Questions, playing Bingo, creating buildings and puzzles, reading Pesach stories, and sharing the symbolism of Seder foods before eating them! It is one of the greatest joys to watch our students celebrate our holidays and customs in unique and developmentally appropriate ways.

Lastly, I am particularly excited about our future. We have been through a lot together, and to have an admissions season that brought in record numbers of applicants, and to now witness the fruits of that labor in students who enroll is so exciting – for all of us. It shows me that the great work we are doing is getting noticed, so thank you for the role you play as parent ambassadors, and I know you will join me in welcoming our newest contingent of ADAT families when the time comes.

In the meantime, I want to wish you all a wonderful and meaningful Passover together, as well as a restful, safe, and enjoyable Spring Break. I can’t wait to see you all when we return to school on Monday, April 9 – when we will be just weeks away from joining together in the party of the year, Back to ADAT’s Future (register below or when your invitation arrives in the mail).




I would like to take a moment to let you know that Jodi Lasker, our Director of Judaic Life and Learning, will not be returning to ADAT for the next school year. We appreciate all that Jodi has helped build here – founding our family camp Shabbaton at Camp Ramah, reviving our class Shabbat dinners, creating our Student Council program, and making meaningful connections with her 6th grade students – and we are grateful to have had her as a part of our Leadership Team and Faculty. Next year, Jodi will be working much closer to home as an executive functioning coach for high school students.
We are in the final stages of choosing a candidate to follow in her footsteps, and plan to announce who our next Judaic leader will be when we return from Pesach break. Jodi, we wish you the best of luck on all your future endeavors!

Inside the Classroom

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1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade


In the Community

Invitations to our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder went out this week, but you can register now online. Click here to register, then book your babysitter, and get ready to go back to ADAT’s future at this fundraising party!

ADAT Summer Camp

Adat Ari El Day School Lay & Professional Leaders Receive Extensive Training Through BJE

Members of our lay and professional leadership team participated in a series of programs on fundraising, board development, and leadership last week, facilitated by BJE: Builders of Jewish Education. The programs were conducted by Rae Ringel, a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership.

Topics of the programs included: fundraising and the role of the Head of School and the Board and The Language of Leaders: Using Influence and Communication for Impact. It was an incredible two days of collaborative learning, between schools across the broad cultural and religious spectrum served by BJE.

School News and Updates

ADAT News Report – From Student Council

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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. 

From the Synagogue

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Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • March 23: Spring Break begins today at 3:00 p.m.
  • March 30: Passover Begins
  • April 9: School Resumes

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