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!

Warmly,

Sari

 

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.18.18

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!

Warmly,

Sari

School News & Updates

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
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

Click here to watch this week’s news from Student Council

Adat Ari El has a new website that we invite you to check out!
https://adatariel.org/
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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddNcAH4ghjk0HHSEEvCXNvGG_hfpujUvOATUYlf1r_-CmMRg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Around Campus

Save-the-Dates:
Volunteer Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, May 23
7:30PM
RSVP via the Evite.

Havdallah Under the Stars
Saturday, June 2
6:30PM
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

 

Calendar

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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Our Visit to the d.school

Dear Parents,

Last week, our 6th graders visited Stanford University’s d.school K12 Lab. This is the lab that our beautiful Zebrack Design Lab was modeled after. There, our students met up with our d.school partners, Ariel Raz and Devon Young, who led them through a design challenge and asked them to define the following design thinking terms: “Empathy,” “prototype,” “iteration” and “process.”

The following is what our students said in response:

Empathy is thinking about other people and their emotions. It is seeing things from a different perspective.”

“A prototype is like a beta version, a model, or a first draft.”

Iteration means doing something again. It is how you find success.”

“A process is when you have to follow steps and as you finish each step, your idea becomes more and more complex.”

“You have to go through multiple steps and stages in your process to see what works and what doesn’t.”

Ariel and Devon shared that seeing our students “embrace design thinking during their time at the d.school was incredible – their bias toward action, their willingness to fail and try again, and their focus on human-centered design came through. [They] left the session feeling doubly inspired to return to Adat Ari El later this month!”

It was so gratifying to see our 6th graders embody that which we hope to instill in all of our students in their own words and in a new environment. I cannot wait to see their final work at ADAT showcased at open house!

Shabbat Shalom,

Lauren

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.11.18

Leadership Blog – Our Visit to the d.school

Dear Parents,

Last week, our 6th graders visited Stanford University’s d.school K12 Lab. This is the lab that our beautiful Zebrack Design Lab was modeled after. There, our students met up with our d.school partners, Ariel Raz and Devon Young, who led them through a design challenge and asked them to define the following design thinking terms: “Empathy,” “prototype,” “iteration” and “process.”

The following is what our students said in response:

Empathy is thinking about other people and their emotions. It is seeing things from a different perspective.”

“A prototype is like a beta version, a model, or a first draft.”

Iteration means doing something again. It is how you find success.”

“A process is when you have to follow steps and as you finish each step, your idea becomes more and more complex.”

“You have to go through multiple steps and stages in your process to see what works and what doesn’t.”

Ariel and Devon shared that seeing our students “embrace design thinking during their time at the d.school was incredible – their bias toward action, their willingness to fail and try again, and their focus on human-centered design came through. [They] left the session feeling doubly inspired to return to Adat Ari El later this month!”

It was so gratifying to see our 6th graders embody that which we hope to instill in all of our students in their own words and in a new environment. I cannot wait to see their final work at ADAT showcased at open house!

Shabbat Shalom,

Lauren

School News & Updates

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
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 Ari El has a new website that we invite you to check out!
https://adatariel.org/
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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddNcAH4ghjk0HHSEEvCXNvGG_hfpujUvOATUYlf1r_-CmMRg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Around Campus

Save-the-Dates:
Volunteer Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, May 23
7:30PM
Evite to follow soon!

Havdallah Under the Stars
Saturday, June 2
6:30PM
Picnic dinner, Havdallah as a community, giant games, singing, Israeli dancing, and more!
Evite to follow soon!

 

 

NEW!!!!   All School Yearbook

6th Grader Spotlight – Brandon W.

How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve been at ADAT since 4th grade.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to play sports – baseball, soccer, and basketball. 

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
What I like best about ADAT is that everybody knows each other and it’s such a nice community.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
4th grade was my favorite year because we got to go to Sacramento and I learned how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. We also played some fun games!

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
I’ll miss hanging out with all of my friends and the amazing community.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
I think one thing I learned that will stay with me forever is how to problem solve – by thinking about what I need to do first and then executing on it.

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Design Thinking is a scientific process and I’ve learned how to plan what I’m going to do, research it, design, and then actually build it.

In the Community

Dear Families,
In honor of Mother’s Day, give yourself a break this summer.  Send your kids to Camp Adat.  For one day only, on Sunday, May 13 to Monday, May 14, registration for camp will be 10% off.  It promises to be a summer full of fun, friendship, and great times.  If you have questions, need registration forms or information, please contact Amy George (ageorge@aaeds.org.)
Thanks and have a lovely Mother’s Day…and every day.
Amy

ADAT Summer Camp

 

 From the Synagogue

Important News Regarding Your Membership Dues

Adat Ari El is embarking on an entirely new membership structure we call our “Sustainability Model.”  This completely replaces traditional membership dues.  In lieu of dues we ask you to make an annual financial contribution – at the highest level you are able – so that, together, we will ensure Adat Ari El continues to thrive. Each member household has been sent an e-mail and letter about this new model earlier this week. The letter and e-mail both include links to access our new online membership renewal form where you will be able to pledge your annual contribution.

In order to accurately plan for our coming fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) we ask that you pledge your annual contribution now.  Going forward, we will do this each spring for the coming fiscal year.

Please visit our updated and improved website to learn more about the Sustainability Model, review FAQ’s and access the membership renewal form.

Anyone who has difficulty using our online system, or would like any assistance in doing so, is welcome to contact Jessica Biber, our Director of Community Relations, at 818-766-9426 ext. 257.

RSVP HERE

Dear Friends,
Please join the N’ranena Band and me for a fulfilling musical service on Friday, May 11, 2018. We will be joined during services by members of The Miracle Project, a fully inclusive theatre, film, and expressive arts program for children, teens, and adults with autism and of all abilities.
Bring a vegetarian or dairy meal, and a dessert to share with others after our service. A warming oven will be available for you to store your picnic meal.
The N’ranena service begins at 6:00pm in Russell Hall. I look forward to seeing you!
B’Shalom,
Cantor Judy Dubin Aranoff
Adat Ari El

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 11: 1st Grade Kabbalat Ha’Siddur – 5:45 p.m.
  • May 14 – 17: ERB Testing – Grades 3-6
  • May 21: Shavuot – No School
  • May 28: Memorial Day – No School
  • May 31: DS Open House

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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Admissions Update for 2018-19

Dear Parents:

As bittersweet as ending a school year can be, we are also excited for the 2018-19 school year. Since it’s May, we wanted to provide you with a recap of our admission season thus far:

For the 2018-19 school year, we are proud to welcome:

  • 14 new TK students
  • 5 new students entering our already amazing Kindergarten class.  
  • 109 total students so far, and we expect that numberto grow over the summer
  • 15 6th graders to the graduating class

In addition to all of this, we keep getting phone calls every day! Sarah has more tours lined up each week in May. Every tour that comes through has the potential of turning into an ADAT family.  

We have a new Parent Ambassador Program with parents who have been trained about ADAT and will continue to help our school grow. We are also starting a new buddy family program this year, where new families are paired with existing families to make the transition seamless for our new families.

It’s been a record year of inquiries, tours, and applications to ADAT, and we are thrilled with the result – a new group of committed, mission-aligned members of our community. I know you will join me in giving them our warmest welcome when the time comes. Until then, if you have any friends or family who are looking for a new school, always feel free to send them my way.

Warmly,

Sarah Schultz
Director of Admission and Community Relations

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.4.18

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents:

As bittersweet as ending a school year can be, we are also excited for the 2018-19 school year. Since it’s May, we wanted to provide you with a recap of our admission season thus far:

For the 2018-19 school year, we are proud to welcome:

  • 14 new TK students
  • 5 new students entering our already amazing Kindergarten class.
  • 109 total students so far, and we expect that numberto grow over the summer
  • 15 6th graders to the graduating class

In addition to all of this, we keep getting phone calls every day! Sarah has more tours lined up each week in May. Every tour that comes through has the potential of turning into an ADAT family.

We have a new Parent Ambassador Program with parents who have been trained about ADAT and will continue to help our school grow. We are also starting a new buddy family program this year, where new families are paired with existing families to make the transition seamless for our new families.

It’s been a record year of inquiries, tours, and applications to ADAT, and we are thrilled with the result – a new group of committed, mission-aligned members of our community. I know you will join me in giving them our warmest welcome when the time comes. Until then, if you have any friends or family who are looking for a new school, always feel free to send them my way.

Warmly,

Sarah Schultz
Director of Admission and Community Relations

School News & Updates

A great article about our Annual Celebration was featured in The Israeli Weekly Magazine
Adat Ari El has a new website that we invite you to check out!
https://adatariel.org/
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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddNcAH4ghjk0HHSEEvCXNvGG_hfpujUvOATUYlf1r_-CmMRg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Inside the Classroom

The classroom pages will return next week!

Around Campus

NEW!!!!   All School Yearbook

6th Grader Spotlight – Leah S.

How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve been at ADAT since Kindergarten – for 7 years. 

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to dance – I do ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary. And, I also like swimming and spending time with my family.

What do you like best about ADAT or what makes ADAT so special?
I think one of the things that makes ADAT special is that it’s a smaller school. You can get special attention if you need help and because we all know each other, everyone is kind and cares about one another.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
Kindergarten was my favorite grade because I had a great teacher and it’s when I met all of my friends who I have now been friends with for seven years.

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
I will miss the teachers and the community the most when I go to Middle School because of their personality, the way that they teach, and how they care for everyone.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
At ADAT, I learned that if I try, I can succeed.

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Through Design Thinking, you get to experiment and get to have fun while you’re learning.

In the Community

Please join ADAT Day School and Adat Ari El community, as well as the rest of our Los Angeles Jewish community to celebrate 70 years of Israel’s independence! May 6, 2018 From 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Rancho Park. More than 15,000 people will mark the occasion with music, performances, food (including a Mega Challah Bake), art, culture, and fun activities for the whole family. It is sure to be an amazing day!

ADAT Summer Camp

 

From the Synagogue

Important News Regarding Your Membership Dues

Adat Ari El is embarking on an entirely new membership structure we call our “Sustainability Model.”  This completely replaces traditional membership dues.  In lieu of dues we ask you to make an annual financial contribution – at the highest level you are able – so that, together, we will ensure Adat Ari El continues to thrive. Each member household has been sent an e-mail and letter about this new model earlier this week. The letter and e-mail both include links to access our new online membership renewal form where you will be able to pledge your annual contribution.

In order to accurately plan for our coming fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) we ask that you pledge your annual contribution now.  Going forward, we will do this each spring for the coming fiscal year.

Please visit our updated and improved website to learn more about the Sustainability Model, review FAQ’s and access the membership renewal form.

Anyone who has difficulty using our online system, or would like any assistance in doing so, is welcome to contact Jessica Biber, our Director of Community Relations, at 818-766-9426 ext. 257.

 

RSVP HERE

Dear Friends,
Please join the N’ranena Band and me for a fulfilling musical service on Friday, May 11, 2018. We will be joined during services by members of The Miracle Project, a fully inclusive theatre, film, and expressive arts program for children, teens, and adults with autism and of all abilities.
Bring a vegetarian or dairy meal, and a dessert to share with others after our service. A warming oven will be available for you to store your picnic meal.
The N’ranena service begins at 6:00pm in Russell Hall. I look forward to seeing you!
B’Shalom,
Cantor Judy Dubin Aranoff
Adat Ari El

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 8: Kadima Lunchtime Lounge – grades 4-6
  • May 10: Coffee, Kibbitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • May 11: 1st Grade Kabbalat Ha’Siddur – 5:45 p.m.
  • May 14 – 17: ERB Testing – Grades 3-6

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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Our Celebration Was a Blast … From the Past, Present, & Future

Dear Parents:

This past Saturday night, we had a blast – from the past, present, and future – with over 300 Day School parents, alumni, ECC, Synagogue, and community supporters joining us for our Day School’s 1st Annual Celebration – Back to ADAT’s Future. With a DeLorean and an ’80s theme as the backdrop, the vibrancy of our community was in full effect – dressed in ’80s costumes, noshing on delicious food, and having a blast dancing to the tunes of the Spazmatics cover band and a DJ. Check out the pictures here!

Among the highlights of the evening was a chance to showcase our new video showing our students living our mission everyday at ADAT. This is just one more piece of our year-long roll-out of creating, adopting, and integrating our mission into every aspect of school life. We hope you enjoyed it and will share it, comment, and like it on social media.

Of course, the evening was made even more special by honoring Haim Linder and his many accomplishments at ADAT over his 37-year career here. Haim’s impact has also been felt beyond the walls of Adat Ari El. As a dedicated volunteer in the Jewish community and, particularly, Israeli organizations, Haim has dedicated his life’s work to education, Judaism, and Israel. We were thrilled to meet and welcome so many of Haim’s friends in the Israeli community to ADAT and to celebrate Haim in this meaningful way.

On another note, I wanted to make sure that all of you have your calendars marked for the Celebrate Israel Festival – which will take place on Sunday, May 6, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. I will be there with my family, and I encourage all of you to join me for a day of fun, live entertainment, activities for kids, food, and community, celebrating Israel, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Learn more here.

If you come to the festival, please make sure to wear your ADAT clothing to show that our community is there in support!

Thank you all for making our 1st Annual Celebration a true success in every way. We couldn’t have done it without you or our incredible co-chairs Natalie Sirin and Anat Duvdevani. Your presence, spirited costumes, and energy made it an incredibly memorable evening for me, and I hope for you, as well. We cannot wait for what next year’s celebration will bring!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

Shara

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 4.27.18

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents:

This past Saturday night, we had a blast – from the past, present, and future – with over 300 Day School parents, alumni, ECC, Synagogue, and community supporters joining us for our Day School’s 1st Annual Celebration – Back to ADAT’s Future. With a DeLorean and an ’80s theme as the backdrop, the vibrancy of our community was in full effect – dressed in ’80s costumes, noshing on delicious food, and having a blast dancing to the tunes of the Spazmatics cover band and a DJ. Check out the pictures here!

Among the highlights of the evening was a chance to showcase our new video showing our students living our mission everyday at ADAT. This is just one more piece of our year-long roll-out of creating, adopting, and integrating our mission into every aspect of school life. We hope you enjoyed it and will share it, comment, and like it on social media.

Of course, the evening was made even more special by honoring Haim Linder and his many accomplishments at ADAT over his 37-year career here. Haim’s impact has also been felt beyond the walls of Adat Ari El. As a dedicated volunteer in the Jewish community and, particularly, Israeli organizations, Haim has dedicated his life’s work to education, Judaism, and Israel. We were thrilled to meet and welcome so many of Haim’s friends in the Israeli community to ADAT and to celebrate Haim in this meaningful way.

On another note, I wanted to make sure that all of you have your calendars marked for the Celebrate Israel Festival – which will take place on Sunday, May 6, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. I will be there with my family, and I encourage all of you to join me for a day of fun, live entertainment, activities for kids, food, and community, celebrating Israel, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Learn more here.

If you come to the festival, please make sure to wear your ADAT clothing to show that our community is there in support!

Thank you all for making our 1st Annual Celebration a true success in every way. We couldn’t have done it without you or our incredible co-chairs Natalie Sirin and Anat Duvdevani. Your presence, spirited costumes, and energy made it an incredibly memorable evening for me, and I hope for you, as well. We cannot wait for what next year’s celebration will bring!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

Shara

School News & Updates

Mazal tov to our 6th Graders who received acceptances to the following Middle Schools:

Heschel Day School
Milken Community Schools
Buckley School
Campbell Hall
Sierra Canyon
Westridge

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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddNcAH4ghjk0HHSEEvCXNvGG_hfpujUvOATUYlf1r_-CmMRg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

6th Grader Spotlight – David G.

How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve been at ADAT 6 years – since 1st grade. 

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I love playing trumpet. I’ve been playing for 3 years.

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
My favorite part about ADAT is learning about our religion. I love that you get to sing songs and learn about Judaism, which you wouldn’t be able to do at other (secular) schools.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
I loved 4th Grade. It was the first time that we got to go into the chapel and have services and it felt very special.

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
I will miss my friends and the community we have here at ADAT.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
I learned how to be a good sport and a better person. I learned everything here, basically.

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Design Thinking prepares us all for different jobs that we will be able to have in the future.

In the Community

 

ADAT Summer Camp

 

From the Synagogue

Dear friends,

Firstly, huge thank you to Jade Abronson for launching the first Prayground experience back in February when I was away in England. I am back in town and am looking forward to personally being there for our next Prayground event, on Saturday April 28th!  Please mark your calendars and invite others (especially families with elementary school aged kiddies) that you think would be excited to experience a Shabbat program that is fun, playful, and creative.  (And runs parallel to regular services!)

Our hour long experience begins at 10:45am in the Deiber Chapel and will include a few core Shabbat morning blessings, songs, stories, out of the-box-learning, and activities. Afterwards (around 11:45), we will join the community for Kiddush lunch.  Then, after getting the chance to chat and nosh, we’ll lead the community in making sandwiches and assembling care packages for those in need.

Hope to see you there (tell your friends!)

Rabbi Jessica Yarkin

 

RSVP HERE

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • April 27: grade 6 Shabbat Dinner and Service
  • April 30: grade 5 field trip – Riley’s Farm
  • April 30 – May 1: grade 4 field trip – Sacramento (no school May 2 – grade 4 ONLY)
  • May 1-3: grade 6 field trip – San Francisco
  • May 4: Maccabiah Games –  12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • May 8: Kadima Lunchtime Lounge – grades 4-6
  • May 10: Coffee, Kibbitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • May 11: 1st Grade Kabbalat Ha’Siddur – 5:45 p.m.

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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Instilling a Love for Israel on Yom Ha’atazma-ut and Everyday

Dear Parents,

Yesterday, Thursday, April 19, we celebrated the Independence Day of the State of Israel. This small country that is so near and dear to all of us is now 70 years old!

Preparing for this special day, I thought about what would be the best way to convey the importance of this day to our learners.

I decided that the learning about Yom Ha’atzma-ut should not only happen on the day itself, but in the weeks leading up to it, as well. I also wanted our students to take real ownership of the activities of the day.

Research shows that the best way to teach second language acquisition is through the use of authentic materials. These materials will help our students understand the richness of the language, the Israeli culture, and most of all, that Hebrew is not only the language of our history but a living language spoken in Israel today.

I want our students to love the Hebrew language and the culture and country of Israel. I also want them to understand that language and culture go together.

The authentic study of Hebrew and Israel does not not only occur between the classroom walls, but also in all the events that are held at our school and wherever they engage with the language.

Therefore, our preparation for Israel’s Independence Day involved engaging our students in the authentic study of Israeli culture. The students worked on projects related to Eretz Israel, which included: the places, the innovations and inventions, the poetry and singers, the army and Israel’s important personalities. Learning about Israel was driven by curiosity and resulted in a discovery of self. In the end, we presented everyone’s work in an exhibition.

Additionally, 5th and 6th grade students designed and ran stations for our celebration with the entire community. They had a chance to take a leadership role and, in so doing, the responsibilities associated with it. Everyone had a great time and the campus was buzzing with a deep sense of community and connectedness here and abroad.

Yom Ha’atzma-ut is a very special day in our calendar, and even more so on this momentous 70 years. We hope that this day, and every other day of our school year continues to instill a love of the land of Israel, its culture, and its language in our children’s hearts.

 B’Shalom,
Hava Gabay
Hebrew Subject Head
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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 4.20.18

Leadership Blog – Instilling a Love for Israel on Yom Ha’atazma-ut and Everyday

Dear Parents,

Yesterday, Thursday, April 19, we celebrated the Independence Day of the State of Israel. This small country that is so near and dear to all of us is now 70 years old!

Preparing for this special day, I thought about what would be the best way to convey the importance of this day to our learners.

I decided that the learning about Yom Ha’atzma-ut should not only happen on the day itself, but in the weeks leading up to it, as well. I also wanted our students to take real ownership of the activities of the day.

Research shows that the best way to teach second language acquisition is through the use of authentic materials. These materials will help our students understand the richness of the language, the Israeli culture, and most of all, that Hebrew is not only the language of our history but a living language spoken in Israel today.

I want our students to love the Hebrew language and the culture and country of Israel. I also want them to understand that language and culture go together.

The authentic study of Hebrew and Israel does not not only occur between the classroom walls, but also in all the events that are held at our school and wherever they engage with the language.

Therefore, our preparation for Israel’s Independence Day involved engaging our students in the authentic study of Israeli culture. The students worked on projects related to Eretz Israel, which included: the places, the innovations and inventions, the poetry and singers, the army and Israel’s important personalities. Learning about Israel was driven by curiosity and resulted in a discovery of self. In the end, we presented everyone’s work in an exhibition.

Additionally, 5th and 6th grade students designed and ran stations for our celebration with the entire community. They had a chance to take a leadership role and, in so doing, the responsibilities associated with it. Everyone had a great time and the campus was buzzing with a deep sense of community and connectedness here and abroad.

Yom Ha’atzma-ut is a very special day in our calendar, and even more so on this momentous 70 years. We hope that this day, and every other day of our school year continues to instill a love of the land of Israel, its culture, and its language in our children’s hearts.

 B’Shalom,
Hava Gabay
Hebrew Subject Head

Inside the Classroom

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Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

6th Grader Spotlight – Jordyn S.

How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve been at ADAT since Mommy and Me, but I took a couple breaks while my family lived in Japan. But, I never missed a full year!

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I love to play soccer, hang out with my friends, and have sleepovers with them. 

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
What I like best about ADAT is how all the teachers are very calm, and if you have a question, they take the time to go over it with you and follow through on what they say they’ll do. 

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
6th grade has been my favorite year so far because it’s my last year and I get to do more than I’ve been able to do in previous years – from challah baking, to having parties, to going on field trips with my class. 

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
My friends and my teachers.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
My friends – I don’t think I’ll ever forget them or who they are. I hope I’ll see them too!

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Being able to work in the lab is a really cool working space. You don’t just sit there, you have access to different resources than you would have in a regular classroom. Plus, there are five rooms, so there is so much to do in every room.

In the Community

Back to ADAT’s Future – Tomorrow, Saturday, April 21
Our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder is tomorrow and we’re so excited for an incredible evening spent among our community. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and going “Back to ADAT’s Future” with you!

La Maida Institute

Healing Families Through Connection 3-Week Series

Mondays, April 16-307-8:30PM

Are you wanting more of a connected, harmonious flow in your home?
Healing Families Through Connection 3 week class is designed to help families connect and live from their core values, innate resiliency, and inner wisdom. Learn simple, practical tools that will help heal the common struggles of the modern family.
This workshop will help families:
  • Unlock the patterns of disconnection and understand how those patterns impact resilience and mental health
  • Discover family exercises to connect more authentically through mindfulness and relational practices
  • Learn how to “not lose it” through self-regulation techniques to manage stress in the nervous system
  • Discover core values that support the integrity of the family while increasing its capacity for resilience
  • Restore healing through harmonious communication with wise speech and easy-to-use strategies
Families with single or multiple children (ages 7-17) welcome!

 

ADAT Summer Camp

School News & Updates

Check out this week’s ADAT News Report from our Student Council here.

From the Synagogue

 

RSVP HERE

 

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • April 27: grade 6 Shabbat Dinner and Service
  • April 30: grade 5 field trip – Riley’s Farm
  • April 30 – May 1: grade 4 field trip – Sacramento (no school May 2 – grade 4 ONLY)
  • May 1-3: grade 6 field trip – San Francisco
  • May 4: Maccabiah Games –  12:30 p.m. dismissal

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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