What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.18.18

May 15, 2018

Leadership Blog – What Will You Be Reading This Summer?

Hi Parents,

What are you planning to read this summer?  For my annual summer reading letter, I am addressing you, because you are the ones who set the culture of your children’s summer.  Making it known that you are exploring books, especially choosing that special one for “Summer Reading” sends a positive message about reading to your children. The message is that reading is an enjoyable activity – one that is savored, even more so during breaks and vacations.

If you want suggestions, there are many places to find them. Magazines, such as People and Costco highlight a few books in each issue. Book reviews are available at the LA Times, New York Times, and NPR. If you get a chance, Barnes and Noble bookstores have selections for summer out on tables to whet your literary appetite. (Tip: the B&N store at the Grove validates parking with a purchase.)

Are you an e-book or audiobook reader? Amazon and Audible (an Amazon app with a monthly fee) have innumerable choices. My new go-to ebook/audiobook reader is OverDrive, an app that enables you to borrow books from the public library, for free!  I have it on my phone and am happy to show you how it works.

There is, of course, the public library, an innovation of our country’s founders.  My favorite is the Beverly Hills Library. Residents of Los Angeles can get a Beverly Hills Library card. The interior of the library is beautiful and just walking in makes me feel sophisticated.

This summer, the ADAT Administrative Team members are reading and discussing the book, Radical Candor, while the faculty will be reading The Courage to Teach. My personal choice for summer fiction reading will be The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger. Nell was my student when I taught second grade and this is her third novel.

I am interested in hearing about your summer reading and how you chose your book or books. Bring your children along on your quest for a book and make sure to ask them, “What are you planning to read this summer?”

Happy reading to all!



School News & Updates

Adat Ari El’s New Membership Sustainability Model

Adat Ari El is embarking on a new, inclusive, and innovative model for membership. Our new Membership Sustainability Model asks our families to partner with us to the best of their ability each year to sustain our community. Please click here to visit the Membership Sustainability Model section of our newly redesigned website for all the information you need to know about this important endeavor. There you will find: a complete description of the Sustainability Model, frequently asked questions that will help guide you as you consider how best to partner with us, suggested giving levels, and links to forms to complete your membership profile. This is an exciting change for Adat Ari El and we thank you in advance for your commitment and generosity in partnering with us to create a strong, diverse, and thriving community for years to come. We are here to help you navigate our new membership model and If you have any questions, please contact our Community Outreach Director Jessica Biber: jbiber@adatariel.org or 818.766.9426.

ADAT Newsroom

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Adat Ari El has a new website that we invite you to check out!
Important Survey for Future Family Education Programming

Please provide us with your answers by clicking the link below and filling out the Google form by Friday, May 25:


Inside the Classroom

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3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Around Campus

Volunteer Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, May 23
RSVP via the Evite.

Havdallah Under the Stars
Saturday, June 2
Picnic dinner, Havdallah as a community, giant games, singing, Israeli dancing, and more!
RSVP via the Evite.



6th Grader Spotlight – Lauren S.

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?
When I’m not at school, I like dance – hip hop, ballet, and jazz.

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
One of the best parts about ADAT is that because we’re a smaller school, we know everyone and we’re friends with everyone. We also go on a lot of fun field trips. Sacramento was my favorite!

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
I can’t choose my favorite grade because they have all been great and the teachers are really nice.

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
When I move on to middle school, I will miss a lot of things – my friends, the teachers, and the Design Lab.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
I learned a lot about engineering and mathematics during my time at ADAT and think I’ll remember it forever.

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
With Design Thinking, we get to do things with our hands and get to use the five-step process. In room 4, we get to make stuff and I really like doing that. It’s just a different way to apply what we are learning.

In the Community

ADAT Summer Camp

Get ready for a summer of fun at Camp ADAT – a unique, values-centered, design thinking summer camp, where we nurture empathy, encourage ideas, and let kids go wild! Register today by contacting Amy at ageorge@aaeds.org or 818.766.4992 or click here for more information.

From the Synagogue

Havdallah And Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Teen Shavuot Program

Restorative Shabbat Yoga

Date and Time:
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 10:30am



Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 21: Shavuot – No School
  • May 23: Volunteer Appreciation Reception
  • May 25: Book Fair begins today
  • May 28: Memorial Day – No School
  • May 31: DS Open House
  • June 2: Havdallah Under The Stars

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.


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