Open House: One of the Greatest Nights of the School Year

Dear Parents:

Open House is one of my favorite nights on the school calendar. For me, our other administrators, and our teachers, there is so much joy in being able to show you the fruits of a year’s worth of your children’s hard work. And, what incredible work it was – projects, writings, new inventions, strings and guitar performances, and artwork overflowing with creativity, collaboration, knowledge, challenges, and subsequent growth. We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished, and with that, we are ready to start closing the 2017-18 school year.

On behalf of the administrative team, I want to offer an extra special “thank you” to our incredible teachers. We are blessed to have a faculty that cares so deeply about our students’ learning, and their creativity and passion was evident in each and every classroom. In a thank you note to our faculty, Ms. Q said it beautifully: “I have spent my year continuously impressed by your tenacity, your love for your work, and (most importantly) your love for our students! Last night was no exception.” Kol Hakavod to all of our faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to our students’ learning all year long and for a beautiful showcase of it last night.

Thank you, parents, for joining us last night and for taking such an active role in your children’s education. We are continuously grateful for your partnership and look forward to finishing the year off next week with a celebration of our 6th graders. For everyone else, we are excited to continue this amazing journey with you next year, welcoming new Day School community members with open arms.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shara

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 6.1.18

Leadership Blog – Open House: One of the Greatest Nights of the School Year

Dear Parents:

Open House is one of my favorite nights on the school calendar. For me, our other administrators, and our teachers, there is so much joy in being able to show you the fruits of a year’s worth of your children’s hard work. And, what incredible work it was – projects, writings, new inventions, strings and guitar performances, and artwork overflowing with creativity, collaboration, knowledge, challenges, and subsequent growth. We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished, and with that, we are ready to start closing the 2017-18 school year.

On behalf of the administrative team, I want to offer an extra special “thank you” to our incredible teachers. We are blessed to have a faculty that cares so deeply about our students’ learning, and their creativity and passion was evident in each and every classroom. In a thank you note to our faculty, Ms. Q said it beautifully: “I have spent my year continuously impressed by your tenacity, your love for your work, and (most importantly) your love for our students! Last night was no exception.” Kol Hakavod to all of our faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to our students’ learning all year long and for a beautiful showcase of it last night.

Thank you, parents, for joining us last night and for taking such an active role in your children’s education. We are continuously grateful for your partnership and look forward to finishing the year off next week with a celebration of our 6th graders. For everyone else, we are excited to continue this amazing journey with you next year, welcoming new Day School community members with open arms.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shara

P.S. Click here to view photos from our Open House.

School News & Updates

Make Your Commitment to Adat Ari El ASAP
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/

 

Inside the Classroom

The classroom pages will return in the Fall!

 

Outside the Classroom

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.

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.

Kadima

 

From the Synagogue

 
 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • June 2: Havdallah Under The Stars
  • June 5: Last day 6th grade only
  • June 6: Last day TK-5 – 12:00 p.m. dismissal
  • June 6: 6th grade graduation – 1:30 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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A Week of Special Visits

Dear Parents:

Though the year is nearly over, we were fortunate to welcome several special guests this week to campus for some important visits:

CAIS Accreditation Visit
Just yesterday, CAIS (California Association of Independent School), an organization of approximately 200 elementary, middle and secondary schools in California, came to ADAT for a scheduled visit. Among those who visited were representatives from WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges), the BJE, and of course, CAIS.

This visit was a regularly scheduled meeting during the accreditation cycle to see our school, and we had a full schedule planned for them. The team met with our teachers, administration, and board members to learn about the breadth of learning, administrative and board structure and policies, and get a progress report on all of the areas of our school (development, admissions, etc.).

At the conclusion of our visit, the accreditation team was “blown away” by the level of care our students receive from our administration, faculty, and staff. They noted that our unique approach to learning was one they hadn’t seen this way before. What’s more, they were very impressed by our pedagogic growth since their last visit in early 2014. Naturally, they also offered areas for improvement, which we plan to implement immediately. These items include developing a strategic planning process with our board and a fundraising strategy that ensures a sustainable future for our school.

Visit from Our d.school Partners
Our collaborators from Stanford University’s d.school, Devon Young and Ariel Raz, arrived this week, ready to work with our students in their classrooms on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here’s a recap of what they learned:

Our TK students learned how to give feedback that is “specific, helpful, and kind” and how to use the feedback of their peers to improve their drawings. Giving and receiving feedback successfully is a skill that is even challenging for adults! Watching our TK students give helpful feedback and applying that feedback to their drawings was wonderful to see!

Similarly, Devon and Ariel helped our 1st grade students practice the invaluable design-thinking skill of reflection. They used a “story mold” activity in order to describe what they have been learning in the ZDL all year. The students then used these reflections to complete their “Growth Mindset” sign that will be on display in the 1st grade classroom during Open House and will then move to its permanent home in ZDL 4.

Devon and Ariel led the 2nd grade through an Empathy simulation that allowed them to look at our school campus with fresh eyes and from the perspective of a head of school, a gardener, and an architect. They all said they noticed things around our school they had never noticed before. It is so interesting to watch our students step out of themselves and learn to be empathetic!

The upper grades applied their math skills to building prototypes, learned how to tell the story of their prototypes in order to gain interest from an audience, and completed a design thinking lesson conducted entirely in Hebrew by Ariel!

Our teachers shared that watching our d.school partners with our students made certain aspects of design thinking “click” for them. We are so grateful to Stanford University’s d.school for helping us to deepen our ability to implement design thinking in our classrooms and we are so inspired by their work with our students!

We are grateful to all of our faculty and staff who represented ADAT so beautifully to our guests this week. It was a wonderful week – filled with tremendous pride for our incredible school.

Wishing you a lovely and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,
Shara and Lauren

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.25.18

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents:

Though the year is nearly over, we were fortunate to welcome several special guests this week to campus for some important visits:

CAIS Accreditation Visit
Just yesterday, CAIS (California Association of Independent School), an organization of approximately 200 elementary, middle and secondary schools in California, came to ADAT for a scheduled visit. Among those who visited were representatives from WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges), the BJE, and of course, CAIS.

This visit was a regularly scheduled meeting during the accreditation cycle to see our school, and we had a full schedule planned for them. The team met with our teachers, administration, and board members to learn about the breadth of learning, administrative and board structure and policies, and get a progress report on all of the areas of our school (development, admissions, etc.).

At the conclusion of our visit, the accreditation team was “blown away” by the level of care our students receive from our administration, faculty, and staff. They noted that our unique approach to learning was one they hadn’t seen this way before. What’s more, they were very impressed by our pedagogic growth since their last visit in early 2014. Naturally, they also offered areas for improvement, which we plan to implement immediately. These items include developing a strategic planning process with our board and a fundraising strategy that ensures a sustainable future for our school.

Visit from Our d.school Partners
Our collaborators from Stanford University’s d.school, Devon Young and Ariel Raz, arrived this week, ready to work with our students in their classrooms on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here’s a recap of what they learned:

Our TK students learned how to give feedback that is “specific, helpful, and kind” and how to use the feedback of their peers to improve their drawings. Giving and receiving feedback successfully is a skill that is even challenging for adults! Watching our TK students give helpful feedback and applying that feedback to their drawings was wonderful to see!

Similarly, Devon and Ariel helped our 1st grade students practice the invaluable design-thinking skill of reflection. They used a “story mold” activity in order to describe what they have been learning in the ZDL all year. The students then used these reflections to complete their “Growth Mindset” sign that will be on display in the 1st grade classroom during Open House and will then move to its permanent home in ZDL 4.

Devon and Ariel led the 2nd grade through an Empathy simulation that allowed them to look at our school campus with fresh eyes and from the perspective of a head of school, a gardener, and an architect. They all said they noticed things around our school they had never noticed before. It is so interesting to watch our students step out of themselves and learn to be empathetic!

The upper grades applied their math skills to building prototypes, learned how to tell the story of their prototypes in order to gain interest from an audience, and completed a design thinking lesson conducted entirely in Hebrew by Ariel!

Our teachers shared that watching our d.school partners with our students made certain aspects of design thinking “click” for them. We are so grateful to Stanford University’s d.school for helping us to deepen our ability to implement design thinking in our classrooms and we are so inspired by their work with our students!

We are grateful to all of our faculty and staff who represented ADAT so beautifully to our guests this week. It was a wonderful week – filled with tremendous pride for our incredible school.

Wishing you a lovely and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,
Shara and 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

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.

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.

Kadima

 

From the Synagogue

Register Here

 
 

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 28: Memorial Day – No School
  • May 31: DS Open House
  • June 1: Buddy Playdate TK, K, 4th-6th
  • June 2: Havdallah Under The Stars
  • June 5: Last day 6th grade only
  • June 6: Last day TK-5 – 12:00 p.m. dismissal
  • June 6: 6th grade graduation – 1:30 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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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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