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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 12.8.17

Leadership Blog – Celebrating the Heroes/Heroines in Our Midst

I have always known that we have outstanding teachers and administrators. Our faculty go above and beyond for our students every single day. They go home thinking about how to better support the growth of your children; they talk to each other in the parking lot about the new ideas they have planned for the day. But when you see something day in and day out, it’s easy to take it for granted.

Every once-in-a-while, extraordinary circumstances arise that give me reason to pause, look around, and appreciate. This week provided us Angelenos with many extraordinary circumstances, and at every turn, I was humbled and heartened by the menches who come to Adat Ari El every day to shape our children.

When I drove home from a long Thursday of logistics organization, contingency planning, news watching, air quality monitoring, and checking in on those from whom I had not heard, I became overwhelmed with pride and affection for the faculty with whom I work. So, as I write to you today, it is because I realized that it would have been selfish to keep this to myself; our community deserves to hear about the little actions our teachers do to show their deep devotion to our school, to their craft, and to your children.

A teacher whose car was stolen from her driveway in the middle of the night Tuesday night FaceTimed into her parent-teacher conferences from the police station and then the rental car facility so she wouldn’t miss an opportunity to update parents on her students’ progress.

An administrator who put over a hundred hours into planning every detail of our Shabbaton came to terms with what it might mean to reschedule this core bonding opportunity for our community; our community continues to hold its breath as we look to Ojai with hopes of safety.

Three children of faculty members came to ADAT with their parents today because their own schools were closed, and their parents – your teachers – are dedicated to your children’s success.

A teacher whose husband is in Ojai fighting the fires and whose children’s schools were closed made other childcare arrangements, so she could be with her students this morning; not because she had to, but because she wanted to be there for her students.

A member of our support staff worked from home to cancel and reschedule appointments, made sure to keep our community updated, and thought ahead about all the details that go into making sure our school operates smoothly.

A teacher whose children’s daycare was threatening to close on Wednesday stayed for as many parent-teacher conferences as possible until he finally had no choice but to leave.

An administrator who lives on the other side of the Skirball fire spent all day Thursday on the phone ensuring that we had enough substitute teacher coverage, so that we could reopen our school today.

The few teachers who needed to stay home today made every single effort possible to be here, and are sorrowful that they need to stay home (though we reassured them that their classes would be well cared for).

Four faculty members with asthma are keeping their inhalers closeby.

A teacher who cared so deeply about our ability to reopen on Friday volunteered to supervise 40 children at once if needed (don’t worry, it wasn’t needed).

A teacher who, when she received the notice that we were closing Thursday, called in the morning to see if there was anyone she could help, any extra classes she could take on Friday, or anyone in the community who needed anything.

Not. One. Complaint. And these are only some of the stories.

We have a group of educators who arrive each day to teach your children, who believe wholeheartedly in what they do, who care deeply for your children, and who are committed to each other. I have seen many schools with lovely faculty cultures, but none like this. I can assure you that they teach your children how to be a caring community member because they lead by example. I am awed by them and am honored to work alongside them.

While we, at ADAT, have so much to be grateful for, those who are suffering throughout our city are not far from our thoughts. We pray for the safety of all members of our greater community affected by these tragic fires and for the men and women who are so valiantly risking their own lives to save those of others.

There are heroes and heroines in our midst every day. Some are right in our classrooms, and others are on the front lines saving lives. For each and every one of them, I thank you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shara

From the Synagogue

What: All Schools Chanukkah Dinner
When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Jacoby Social Hall
RSVP: shalom@aaeds.org by Monday, December 11, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
Payment options: Bring payment to DS Office (cash-check or credit card) or pay at the door (credit card only) on 12/13/17.

Around Campus

6th Grader Spotlight – Ariel C. 

How long have you been at ADAT?

Since Gesher (TK)

What do you do for fun outside of school?

I like to play soccer and have been playing my whole life.

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?

Everyone cares about one another, we have amazing teachers who care about the students, and it’s fun hanging out with your friends at recess and lunch.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?

5th grade – because it’s really fun with Ms. Rabin. And now, she is our reading teacher, too.

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?

I’m going to a middle school that’s very similar to ADAT, but the teacher I’ll always thank and appreciate is Haim. To me, he’s pretty much like a grandpa – he’s fun, and he really wants people to improve, learn new sports, try new things, pull ups, push ups, etc. and being fit and healthy.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?

My favorite subject is math and I like working with numbers and doing fractions, multiplication, divisions, etc, but my love for math will stay with me for a long time.

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?

Room 4 is so creative and I’m not the greatest at art and design, it has helped me train my mind a little bit more to start thinking in those terms – designing and building. And, there’s so much we can do in there because there’s so much space.

In The Community

Check out this article from Kehilla Magazine, where Adat Ari El is featured for our work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Cool Shuls

The Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program turned 20 this year! Join hundreds of Twinning alumni, families, and educators to celebrate this milestone on Sunday, December 10th.

The evening’s interactive format will allow guests to share your memories about this powerful program that connects students and communities in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius. Let’s proudly acknowledge Twinning’s meaningful impact on thousands of young adults and their families over the past 20 years.

During this special evening, we will also recognize Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School, de Toledo High School, for 20 years of leadership and encouragement of Twinning.

Who: Global Teen Twinning Program of The Jewish Federation
What: Twinning 20th Anniversary Celebration with our Israeli Educators
When: Sunday, December 10, 2017; 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles 90077 Cost: $36

In honor of our Israeli twins, cheese, dates, and authentic Israeli wines will be served. Dietary laws observed.

RSVP HERE

Outside the Classroom

We are selling special coupon booklets featuring dining, treats, entertainment, Kosher dining options and many more merchant discounts. The booklets are for $10 each and available for purchase in the Day School office. There are some fabulous coupons in there for Granvile, YumYum Donuts, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Castle Park, and many more great places. 50% of ALL proceeds go to help support the Wildlife Learning Center, and 50% of the proceeds support ADAT Day School! It’s a win-win for all!
ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

The classroom pages will return next Friday!

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • December 11: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 12: Coffee, Kibbutz and Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • December 13: All School Chanukkah Party – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • December 15: Winter Break begins – 3:00 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’s News at ADAT This Week: 12.1.17

Leadership Blog – ADAT Participates in a Week of Code

Week of Code is an international event during which educators pledge to teach coding to their students for one hour during the week of December 2nd.

Coding is a skill that is in line with many of our values – problem solving, creativity, and turning ideas into something real. Moreover, coding prepares students for the future.

Students who graduate college and are fluent in a coding language earn 40% more than the average college graduate.  

There are currently 500,000 job openings in computer science and that number grows every year.

In the following interview with our technology teacher, Daniel Shiriwastaw, Daniel explains how Adat Ari El Day School will be participating in this exciting event!

What does “coding” mean and why is it important for students to know how to code?

“Coding” is the language a person can use to tell a computer what to do and when to do it. This is important for students to know because it builds problem solving skills, critical and logical thinking skills, and it is becoming increasingly important in today’s society. I would even go as far as to say that coding literacy is its own class of what it may mean to be literate in the near future.

What does the coding education look like at Adat Ari El Day School?

At Adat, we use MIT’s coding programs Scratch and Scratch Jr., as well as Kodable and Sketch Nation. Scratch and Scratch Jr. use block coding. Block coding is a scaffolded type of coding in which students drag and drop puzzle pieces that provide instructions for the computer. In these programs, our students customize their own animation or interactive videos by telling the computer how they want the characters within the program to move. Block coding lays the groundwork for students to understand how to communicate with and direct machines. We also use Ozobots and the Lightbot App with our younger grades in order to build foundational skills and concepts that will prepare them to use more advanced programs.

Why is it important for Adat Ari El to participate in “Week of Code” if there is already an ongoing coding program on campus?

Coding is a new and emerging means of communication. As such, it is important for our students to know that other schools and organizations value coding and for them to connect coding to something larger than our school community.

What will “Week of Code” look like at ADAT?

Each class will have a different coding experience during their designated technology class time. I will introduce this experience with an explanation of “Week of Code,” I will share the image above and this video with the students before we begin. This way, they will understand their place on the international stage of coding.

How does coding relate to ADAT’s mission statement:

Coding allows students to “know themselves” by providing a new language in which to express themselves and helps them to communicate their thoughts in a new way. It allows students to “serve others” by facilitating their ability to invent or create new solutions to problems. Coding also empowers our students to “act to improve the world” by not only using new technologies and innovations but by creating them.

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

 

Outside the Classroom

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for December 6, 2017 and December 11, 2017. We are using an on-line scheduling service from Ptcfast.com. This system is VERY user friendly.  Just click on the link below or copy and paste the link into your web browser to set up a time for your conference(s).

        http://ptcfast.com/schools/Test_School_1

Select your child’s teacher from the list of teachers. If you have more than one child, select each child’s teacher. Follow the simple instructions on the screen. You will be prompted to add your name and a VALID email address. Next, you will be sent an email verifying your information. Click on the link in the email and you will be directed back to a list of available time slots for your child(ren). Once you have selected and submitted a conference time, you will receive an email confirmation from Ptcfast.com. It is that simple! *Please DO NOT click on the link in the box for returning parents unless you have already registered for conferences for this session.

If you have any questions or need help scheduling your conference, contact Debra in the Day School office.

We are selling special coupon booklets featuring dining, treats, entertainment, Kosher dining options and many more merchant discounts. The booklets are for $10 each and available for purchase in the Day School office. There are some fabulous coupons in there for Granvile, YumYum Donuts, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Castle Park, and many more great places. 50% of ALL proceeds go to help support the Wildlife Learning Center, and 50% of the proceeds support ADAT Day School! It’s a win-win for all!
ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

From the Synagogue

What: All Schools Chanukkah Dinner
When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Jacoby Social Hall
RSVP: shalom@aaeds.org by Monday, December 11, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
Payment options: Bring payment to DS Office (cash-check or credit card) or pay at the door (credit card only) on 12/13/17.

In The Community

The Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program turned 20 this year! Join hundreds of Twinning alumni, families, and educators to celebrate this milestone on Sunday, December 10th.

The evening’s interactive format will allow guests to share your memories about this powerful program that connects students and communities in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius. Let’s proudly acknowledge Twinning’s meaningful impact on thousands of young adults and their families over the past 20 years.

During this special evening, we will also recognize Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School, de Toledo High School, for 20 years of leadership and encouragement of Twinning.

Who: Global Teen Twinning Program of The Jewish Federation
What: Twinning 20th Anniversary Celebration with our Israeli Educators
When: Sunday, December 10, 2017; 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles 90077 Cost: $36

In honor of our Israeli twins, cheese, dates, and authentic Israeli wines will be served. Dietary laws observed.

RSVP HERE

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • December 6: Parent/Teacher Conferences – no school – day care available
  • December 11: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 12: Coffee, Kibbutz and Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • December 13: All School Chanukkah Party – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • December 15: Winter Break begins – 3:00 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’s News at ADAT This Week: 11.22.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents,

It has been an amazing week at ADAT! Last week, our 6th Graders had an incredibly immersive experience at Pali Camp, and returned home taller (maybe), with great memories, and having grown from being fully engaged in ropes courses, squid dissections, archery, and bonding – together! A few days after that, I received a beautiful e-mail from Amy George (3rd grade teacher) to her students’ parents. In reference to the time of year and taking stock of her blessings, she writes:

“So far this year has exceeded expectations in every regard, and mine were very high. The class is not just a class; we are a family … They are eager learners, avid participants, good helpers, and friends. They are a tightly knit group, and we have all bonded together in a way that is deep, real and heartwarming to see. Due to the gift of our smaller numbers, we are able to move through the material at a quicker pace, while making sure the kids understand what they are learning … We are ahead of where we should be for this time in the school year. I know the kids are challenged … I also know they like coming here; many are the days when I have to remind them they have to leave school–over a chorus protesting, ‘We want to stay.’  For me, that is a first…”

This is just a glimpse (in just a couple of days) of what happens every single day at Adat Ari El Day School. To say that these examples make me burst with pride is a complete understatement. But, what it does remind me – time and again – is how grateful I am to experience these and other moments, both big and small, every day.

I am so thankful to be in a position to witness, much less have a hand in shaping the kind of school where students are learning in hands-on, meaningful, and deep ways, alongside peers who support, challenge, and show love and compassion for each other. I am honored, humbled, and appreciative to work alongside an administrative team that helps me tremendously, while doing distinct and significant jobs that make this school run so smoothly. Then, there’s our teachers from whom I learn and for whom I am thankful. From the teacher who has been here just a few months, to the ones who have been here for decades, and everyone in between, we have much to gain from them as teachers and as people.

To you, our parents, I am thankful to you for entrusting me and our team with your most precious gifts. I am grateful that you have chosen ADAT as your day school, as your community, and as your home away from home. Most of all, thank you for creating these beautiful children who make me laugh, help me focus on what matters, teach me to look at various issues through their uniquely innocent and innovative lenses, and allow me to do what I love everyday!

This Thanksgiving, I have so much for which to be thankful – and so much of it comes from you and this wonderfully vibrant community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving and a weekend full of gratitude and blessing.

B’Shalom,

Shara

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

 

Outside the Classroom

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for December 6, 2017 and December 11, 2017. We are using an on-line scheduling service from Ptcfast.com. This system is VERY user friendly.  Just click on the link below or copy and paste the link into your web browser to set up a time for your conference(s).

        http://ptcfast.com/schools/Test_School_1

Select your child’s teacher from the list of teachers. If you have more than one child, select each child’s teacher. Follow the simple instructions on the screen. You will be prompted to add your name and a VALID email address. Next, you will be sent an email verifying your information. Click on the link in the email and you will be directed back to a list of available time slots for your child(ren). Once you have selected and submitted a conference time, you will receive an email confirmation from Ptcfast.com. It is that simple! *Please DO NOT click on the link in the box for returning parents unless you have already registered for conferences for this session.

If you have any questions or need help scheduling your conference, contact Debra in the Day School office.

 

We are selling special coupon booklets featuring dining, treats, entertainment, Kosher dining options and many more merchant discounts. The booklets are for $10 each and available for purchase in the Day School office. There are some fabulous coupons in there for Granvile, YumYum Donuts, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Castle Park, and many more great places. 50% of ALL proceeds go to help support the Wildlife Learning Center, and 50% of the proceeds support ADAT Day School! It’s a win-win for all!
ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

 

From the Synagogue

In The Community

The Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program turned 20 this year! Join hundreds of Twinning alumni, families, and educators to celebrate this milestone on Sunday, December 10th.

The evening’s interactive format will allow guests to share your memories about this powerful program that connects students and communities in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius. Let’s proudly acknowledge Twinning’s meaningful impact on thousands of young adults and their families over the past 20 years.

During this special evening, we will also recognize Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School, de Toledo High School, for 20 years of leadership and encouragement of Twinning.

Who: Global Teen Twinning Program of The Jewish Federation
What: Twinning 20th Anniversary Celebration with our Israeli Educators
When: Sunday, December 10, 2017; 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles 90077 Cost: $36

In honor of our Israeli twins, cheese, dates, and authentic Israeli wines will be served. Dietary laws observed.

RSVP HERE

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • November 22: Thanksgiving Feast – 12:30 p.m. dismissal – no day care
  • November 23 & 24: Thanksgiving – no school
  • November 28: Chanukkah Boutique
  • November 28: PA Meeting
  • December 6: Parent/Teacher Conferences – no school – day care available

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.

Around Campus

 

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 11.3.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents and ADAT Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my decision to hang up my shoes and retire from teaching at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

We’ve come a long way since I started teaching at ADAT in 1981: from a couple of classrooms by the gift shop to a state-of-the-art school building, from teaching PE on a boiling asphalt parking lot to the amazing Sybil and Manny Kaplan Sports Pavilion (which keeps our students 20 degrees cooler on hot days!). We’ve added the one-of-a-kind Zebrack Design Lab, a soccer field, and many other great innovations.

For me, ADAT Ari El is like a home away from home. It is not just a workplace but a lifestyle, spiritual shelter, and moral compass. ADAT has been with me at my happiest times as well as my hardest, like a safety net ready to rescue me and other community members whenever the need arose. It is that, and much more, that makes ADAT a unique place to belong to and to work for.

My gratitude and thanks goes to the Heads of School that took ADAT to higher and higher grounds over the years. I especially want to thank Lana Marcus, who carried the weight for 28 years, and Shara, who jumped in, grabbed the reins, and immediately steered us in the right direction. I am confident that between Shara, and our new Temple Executive Director, Eric, and our amazing staff, the best is yet to come.

Our Heads of School gave me the room and space to design a program suitable to our school. They supported and encouraged me to stay creative, bring the latest and best in health and physical education to our students, and backed me up when I needed support.

My utmost admiration and respect goes to you, the parents, for your commitment to providing your children the ADAT education, and most importantly for trusting me and my colleagues by putting in our hands your most precious possessions: your children. One of the keys to a successful school is supportive parents.

I wanted to let the school know about my decision as early as possible, so that we have the time to find the right replacement to head the Physical Education program.

I am not sure how my separation from the students will go – after all, 37 years of fun (most of the time) and professional satisfaction are hard to separate from. But don’t worry, I will not disappear at the end of the school year. To ensure a smooth transition, I’ll stay involved as Physical Educator Emeritus, and help my replacement to continue and improve the program.

And it goes without saying that in the future, if you need any help or advice with your kids, I am here for you.

I am looking forward to seeing you in future celebrations at ADAT this year and years to come.

With much appreciation and love,

Haim                   

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Outside the Classroom

Book Fair
The 2017 Fall Book Fair started today!
If you are able to volunteer, please click here to sign up.
ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

Around Campus

 

School News & Updates

Important Parking Lot Protocol

During morning drop off please pull all the way to the front of the line – do not stop in the middle of the line. Have your children exit quickly from your car on the school side ONLY. Rivka Kaspi is there in the mornings to facilitate a swift drop off and maintain everyone’s safety. Try to have your car unloaded in a timely fashion so we do not create a large back up of cars.  Also, whenever you exit the parking please turn RIGHT ONLY. Children may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. as there is NO SUPERVISION UNTIL 7:30 a.m.

Please note: Handicapped parking is reserved exclusively for individuals with a handicapped placard. Parking in these designated spots without a handicapped placard is prohibited.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

In the Community

 

Mitzvah Day is Coming – Sunday, November 5
We are so excited for this year’s Mitzvah Day, so mark your calendars today! Among the many ways to participate in tikkun olam that day, our 3rd and 4th Grade are doing something truly spectacular – fusing our Design Thinking methodology with Judaic Studies with the ultimate goal of performing mitzvot. You won’t want to miss it!

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • November 3: Book Fair begins
  • November 3: TK Shabbat Service & Dinner
  • November 5: Mitzvah Day
  • November 7: Language Arts Night – 6:30 p.m.
  • November 8: Coffee, Kibbitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • November 10: Veteran’s Day – No School

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.

From the Synagogue

 

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 10.27.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful week! For those of you who receive financial aid, I would like to share an important change we’re making to our financial aid process based on feedback we have heard from you. Click below or here to watch my video message about this policy change.

This week’s message is short because there is much to read about below – our community is buzzing with excitement inside and outside the classrooms, and all over campus!

Wishing you a meaningful and restful Shabbat.

B’Shalom,
Shara

 

 

School News & Updates

Important Parking Lot Protocol

During morning drop off please pull all the way to the front of the line – do not stop in the middle of the line. Have your children exit quickly from your car on the school side ONLY. Rivka Kaspi is there in the mornings to facilitate a swift drop off and maintain everyone’s safety. Try to have your car unloaded in a timely fashion so we do not create a large back up of cars.  Also, whenever you exit the parking please turn RIGHT ONLY. Children may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. as there is NO SUPERVISION UNTIL 7:30 a.m.

Please note: Handicapped parking is reserved exclusively for individuals with a handicapped placard. Parking in these designated spots without a handicapped placard is prohibited.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

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

 

Outside the Classroom

 

In ONE week (even with the Jewish holidays), we received an overwhelming number of registrations for this year’s Family Shabbaton! We have filled all 25 subsidized spots. After opening 10 more spots, we are proud to share that those are also now full! Registration is still open for any and all who want to join this wonderful weekend with the ADAT community (excluding the discounted rate).

Register here for the Shabbaton

ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

In the Community

Mitzvah Day is Coming – Sunday, November 5
We are so excited for this year’s Mitzvah Day, so mark your calendars today! Among the many ways to participate in tikkun olam that day, our 3rd and 4th Grade are doing something truly spectacular – fusing our Design Thinking methodology with Judaic Studies with the ultimate goal of performing mitzvot. You won’t want to miss it!

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • October 29: Buddy Playdate TK, K, 4th – 6th Grade – 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • October 31: Picture Day
  • November 2: Prospective Parent Open House – 9:30 a.m.
  • November 3: Book Fair begins
  • November 3: TK Shabbat Service & Dinner
  • November 5: Mitzvah Day
  • November 10: Veteran’s Day – No School

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.

From the Synagogue

RSVP here for yoga

 

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 10.20.17

Leadership Blog

Last week, I watched the pick-up rush as our students left us for the last of many start-of-year short weeks due to our holiday schedule. The students were full of all the joy that, seemingly, only a short day of school ahead of a long weekend could bring.

I marveled at the fact that I have had the privilege of watching them exude a similar zeal during an actual school day.

The moments when they have the most zeal is when they have the chance to make something. I caught a glimpse of the same light in their eyes that comes at the precipice of two and a half days off when our 5th graders worked to create a ping-pong table and a “resting nook” for our Sukkah and when our 1st graders were creating lunch bag puppets to demonstrate what it looks and feels like to be a good friend. Adat Ari El kids are makers. When they are making, they are in their element.

The work before the making- that is the hard part. Our teachers began to explore how to better engage our students in making with meaning during our meeting with Devon and Ariel from Stanford’s d.School. We want to inspire them to have the same joy and curiosity when listening to others, gathering data, and finding human-centered needs as they do when solving problems during the making process.

Devon and Ariel have taken this into consideration and have developed an empathy planner for us. Last week, our Math, Hebrew, and Third Grade teachers engaged with this planner to develop experiences that will inspire deep empathy in our students.

Ideas from this session included monthly math labs, sharing our Hebrew vocabulary more regularly with homeroom teachers to foster better collaboration, and (my favorite) the chance to allow students to make something first and then use their prototypes as a way of gaining empathy and gathering data.

These ideas are the spaghetti we have thrown against the wall, looking to see what sticks. I am looking forward to joining our staff as we continue the pursuit of finding more moments of learning that inspire the bright-eyed joy of a four-day weekend.

Click HERE to view the Empathy Planner

B’Shalom,

Lauren Q.

School News & Updates

Important Parking Lot Protocol

During morning drop off please pull all the way to the front of the line – do not stop in the middle of the line. Have your children exit quickly from your car on the school side ONLY. Rivka Kaspi is there in the mornings to facilitate a swift drop off and maintain everyone’s safety. Try to have your car unloaded in a timely fashion so we do not create a large back up of cars.  Also, whenever you exit the parking please turn RIGHT ONLY. Children may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. as there is NO SUPERVISION UNTIL 7:30 a.m.

Please note: Handicapped parking is reserved exclusively for individuals with a handicapped placard. Parking in these designated spots without a handicapped placard is prohibited.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

Inside the Classroom

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Around Campus

 

Outside the Classroom

In ONE week (even with the Jewish holidays), we received an overwhelming number of registrations for this year’s Family Shabbaton! We have filled all 25 subsidized spots. Today, after opening 10 more spots, we are proud to share that those are also now full! Registration is still open for any and all who want to join this wonderful weekend with the ADAT community (excluding the discounted rate).

Register here for the Shabbaton

ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

In the Community

 

Mitzvah Day is Coming – Sunday, November 5
We are so excited for this year’s Mitzvah Day, so mark your calendars today! Among the many ways to participate in tikkun olam that day, our 3rd and 4th Grade are doing something truly spectacular – fusing our Design Thinking methodology with Judaic Studies with the ultimate goal of performing mitzvot. You won’t want to miss it!

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • October 24: Parent Education with Lori Getz – 8: 00 a.m.
  • October 27: 5th Grade Shabbat Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
  • October 29: Buddy Playdate TK, K, 4th – 6th Grade – 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • October 31: Picture Day
  • November 2: Prospective Parent Open House – 9:30 a.m.
  • November 5: Mitzvah Day

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’s News at ADAT This Week: 10.11.17

Leadership Blog: Be Our “Street Team”

Dear Parents,
As Admission season is in full swing, we, at Adat Ari El Day School are so excited and proud to welcome the next set of potential Day School families to our school. As I walk around campus in preparation for these tours, I’m in awe of the energy and excitement exuded by the faculty, students, and families. Whether I see a whole class working together in the Design Lab, or a teacher sitting with a student one-on-one, I’m am so proud and excited to share all that ADAT has to offer! I know you share my enthusiasm, as well, so here are some ways that you can make a difference in spreading positive word of mouth about our school and, in particular, our Prospective Parent Open Houses coming up on November 2 and January 10:
  • One of the newest opportunities is our Parent Ambassador Program.  This new program was created to engage parents in our effort to grow our Day School community. We are looking for parents who are passionate about Adat Ari El and want to share that passion with prospective families, as well as the greater community. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved with the marketing and admissions effort. Parent Ambassadors will attend Prospective Parent Open Houses, give school tours, and help spread the word about ADAT throughout the community. Training will be provided.
  • Word of mouth is the number one reason people choose to attend (and stay at) a school. Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors … people want to hear the authenticity of our families! You never know who may be looking for a Jewish Day School or realize after speaking with you that they want to be a part of our community! (We’re happy to provide you with postcards to distribute to anyone to whom you are speaking.)
  • Social Media is such an important way of communicating in today’s world. Post ADAT happenings on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, or share other people’s posts about our School.  We want to share with anyone and everyone all about what we are doing here, so post, tag, and hashtag your images that exemplify the beauty of our school, whether it is a buddy playdate, a social action activity, or a picture of your family in a Sukkah.
  • Get involved and volunteer!  When others see your involvement, they will follow. And, an involved, active community only adds to our strength.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. If you or someone you know is interested in attending our upcoming Prospective Parent Open House, click here to RSVP.

Warmly,

Sarah

School News & Updates

Added Security to ADAT Campus
We wanted to give you some fabulous news! Thanks to a Homeland Security Grant, we were able to update our security cameras around the entire campus. The grant allowed us to install cameras around all outdoor spaces, which allows us to see what is happening outside at ALL TIMES and can be easily monitored from the Day School office. Over the year, you will continue to see many improvements in emergency protocols, as we continue to prioritize your children’s safety and security while on our campus.

 

Student Council

Take Our Survey
One way that we can continue to learn more from you and ensure alignment with our community’s values is to gain your feedback on a variety of topics surrounding our school. To that end, we would appreciate you filling out a very brief survey – seeking your valuable input on Shabbat Under the Stars, as well as two ongoing conversations in the Day School – 6th Grade Israel trip and school uniforms. It will take just a couple minutes to complete, but will play an integral role in our planning for the future. Thank you in advance!
Important Parking Lot Protocol

During morning drop off please pull all the way to the front of the line – do not stop in the middle of the line. Have your children exit quickly from your car on the school side ONLY. Rivka Kaspi is there in the mornings to facilitate a swift drop off and maintain everyone’s safety. Try to have your car unloaded in a timely fashion so we do not create a large back up of cars.  Also, whenever you exit the parking please turn RIGHT ONLY. Children may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. as there is NO SUPERVISION UNTIL 7:30 a.m.

Please note: Handicapped parking is reserved exclusively for individuals with a handicapped placard. Parking in these designated spots without a handicapped placard is prohibited.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

Inside the Classroom

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Outside the Classroom

In ONE week (even with the Jewish holidays), we received an overwhelming number of registrations for this year’s Family Shabbaton! We have filled all 25 subsidized spots, but have already reached out to our sponsors to see if we could open up 10 more spots. We are thrilled to report that as of today, 10 more spots are available to you with a $250 discount per family, so register soon to take advantage of this incredibly generous opportunity! Registration will continue to be open (excluding the discounted rate) until October 20 when deposits are due.

Register here for the Shabbaton

ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

In the Community

Sherman Oaks Street Fair This Sunday!
Come show your support and visit the ADAT booth at the Sherman Oaks Street Fair this Sunday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Also, click on the button below for more update in the community!

Around Campus

Mitzvah Day is Coming – Sunday, November 5
We are so excited for this year’s Mitzvah Day, so mark your calendars today! Among the many ways to participate in tikkun olam that day, our 3rd and 4th Grade are doing something truly spectacular – fusing our Design Thinking methodology with Judaic Studies with the ultimate goal of performing mitzvot. You won’t want to miss it!

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • October 12: Shemini Atzeret – no school
  • October 13: Simchat Torah – no school
  • October 17: Look Alike Day
  • October 18: Coffee, Kibbitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • October 24: Parent Education with Lori Getz – 8: 00 a.m.
  • October 27: 5th Grade Shabbat Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
  • October 29: Buddy Playdate TK, K, 4th – 6th Grade – 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • October 31: Picture Day

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’s News at ADAT This Week: 10.4.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents:

We are in the midst of the busiest month of the Jewish calendar. A year ends and another begins, soul searching becomes intense and apologies are made and forgiveness is given, the Torah culminates and begins anew, and finally, Sukkot are built and dining al fresco becomes all the rage.  For many of us, this is a beautiful and exhausting time. We are granted the gift of time – time to be together with family and friends who are our chosen family, time to sit in shul to pray and think, time to have meals with everyone we’ve ever met and extra time at home with our families if we get to disengage from school and work. This is a luxury and can be overwhelming at the same time. Once the holidays pass, we welcome the mundane and yet feel the let down of it, as well.

Are we making meaning during this celebratory time? Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf has said, “Jewish holidays are rendezvous that incorporate not only the dimensions of time and place, but spiritual dimensions that go to the heart of the Jewish understanding of history, the soul, God, and what it means to be a Jew.”  Here at Adat Ari El Day School, we are trying to harness all of this. We are learning the special t’filot, the special readings like Yonah and the big fish, the themes like starting over, being better people, not making the same mistakes, bringing sweetness, freedom and temporary dwellings.

I hope you will get to either build a sukkah or at least enjoy a few meals in one. Perhaps this is the year for a Sukkot sleepover!

Speaking of time outside with your family celebrating, join our community at Camp Ramah for our 2nd Annual Day School Family Shabbaton on December 8-10. Registration is open now through October 27.  We had an awesome weekend together last year with 32 families and look forward to even more this year.

Wishing you a special end to this holiday season.

Chag Sukkot Sameach,

Jodi Lasker
Director of Jewish Life and Learning

News and Updates

Talking to Your Children About Tragedy

Dear Parents,

Children’s positive emotional growth necessitates a feeling of safety and a belief that daily life is predictable.  Frequent tragedies (natural and man-made) are invading the lives of our children.  Children’s comprehension of the world is very different than that of adults.  This news can effect them deeply in ways we adults may not understand.

The latest horror in Las Vegas hits close to home for many of our students who have been to Las Vegas.   Because of this, I am going to shout to you – TURN OFF THE TV, KEEP THE CELL PHONE ALERTS AWAY AND DO NOT TALK ABOUT THESE EVENTS IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILDREN.   and READ THIS ARTICLE AND VIEW THE VIDEO from Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids

Sincerely,
Sari

Take Our Survey

One way that we can continue to learn more from you and ensure alignment with our community’s values is to gain your feedback on a variety of topics surrounding our school. To that end, we would appreciate you filling out a very brief survey – seeking your valuable input on Shabbat Under the Stars, as well as two ongoing conversations in the Day School – 6th Grade Israel trip and school uniforms. It will take just a couple minutes to complete, but will play an integral role in our planning for the future. Thank you in advance!

Inside the Classroom

The next weekly update will be available next week!

Outside the Classroom

Register here for the Shabbaton

ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • October 11: Erev Shemini Atzeret – 12:30 p.m. dismissal – no day care
  • October 12: Shemini Atzeret – no school
  • October 13: Simchat Torah – no school
  • October 18: Coffee, Kibbitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • October 24: Parent Education with Lori Getz – 8: 00 a.m.
  • October 27: 5th Grade Shabbat Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
  • October 29: Buddy Playdate TK, K, 4th – 6th Grade – 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • October 31: Picture Day

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’s News at ADAT This Week: 9.29.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents,

As we enter into one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, I am particularly reflective of the past year. I am so grateful for all of you, all that I have learned, and all that I know we will continue to learn from each other in the year to come. One way that I can continue to learn more from you and ensure alignment with our community’s values is to gain your feedback on a variety of topics surrounding our school. To that end, I would appreciate you filling out a very brief survey – seeking your valuable input on Shabbat Under the Stars, as well as two ongoing conversations in the Day School – 6th Grade Israel trip and school uniforms. It will take just a couple minutes to complete, but will play an integral role in our planning for the future.

Wishing you and your families a meaningful Yom Kippur and g’mar chatimah tovah.

B’Shalom,
Shara

Inside the Classroom

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TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Outside the Classroom

ADAT Enrichment Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • October 3: Parent Association Meeting (all parents welcome) – 7:30 p.m.
  • October 4: Erev Sukkot – 12:30 p.m. dismissal – no day care
  • October 5 & 6: Sukkot – no school
  • October 8: Day School Sukkot PJ Dinner – 5 p.m.
  • October 11: Erev Shemini Atzeret – 12:30 p.m. dismissal – no day care
  • October 12: Shemini Atzeret – no school
  • October 13: Simchat Torah – no school
  • October 24: Parent Education with Lori Getz – 8 a.m.
  • October 27: 5th Grade Shabbat Dinner – 6 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.

Around Campus

Thank you for joining us at our first Coffee, Kibbitz, and Connect. Save-the-dates for these monthly opportunities right after morning drop-off (8:15 a.m.) to connect with our Leadership Team in an informal setting. We will be discussing topics, from curriculum, to child development, to life as an Adat Day School family. Light refreshments and coffee will be served.

Wednesday, October 18

Wednesday, November 8

Tuesday, December 12

Wednesday, January 17

Wednesday, February 7

Tuesday, March 13

Wednesday, April 11

Thursday, May 10

Located in Newman Meeting Room.

News and Updates

Important Parking Lot Protocol

During morning drop off please pull all the way to the front of the line – do not stop in the middle of the line. Have your children exit quickly from your car on the school side ONLY. Rivka Kaspi is there in the mornings to facilitate a swift drop off and maintain everyone’s safety. Try to have your car unloaded in a timely fashion so we do not create a large back up of cars.  Also, whenever you exit the parking please turn RIGHT ONLY.

****Children may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. as there is NO SUPERVISION UNTIL 7:30 a.m.****

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

From the Synagogue

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 9.15.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents,

We are so looking forward to celebrating Shabbat with you this evening … “under the stars”!

While we hope to see you all face-to-face next week, in case we don’t, I want to wish you and your families a healthy, happy, and fulfilling new year, on behalf of the administrative team. May it truly be a Shanah Tovah for you, our entire ADAT community, and the greater community in Los Angeles and the world.

B’Shalom,
Shara

Inside the Classroom

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TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

d.school K12 Lab Network Collaboration

Walking into the ZDL, my colleague Devon and I exchanged smiles as we took in the bright charm of the place. The two of us love creating learning experiences for teachers– no moment is greater when you arrive, set the space and let the magic begin. We’re chronic over-preparers, Devon and I, the type of educators who create a graphic organizer 10 different ways so we can see which one feels right, and there’s nothing more liberating when preparation is over, and it’s time to do.

At the d.school, we believe in doing above all else. One of our designer mindsets is being biased towards action: the impetus to build and test ideas and concepts rather than talk about them. Our first workshop with Adat Ari El was crafted to model action by running the teachers through their own design workshop in three hours, and they performed with energy and enthusiasm– owning what it means to act and think like a designer.

When our work with the teachers ended for the day, Adat Ari El opened the ZDL to the entire community, and we were moved by the volume of interested parents and stakeholders who arrived to hear us speak about our work. Of course, being biased toward action, we couldn’t help but run the community group through a rapid design session, so they could experience for themselves what it was like to learn from a design perspective.

As the night came to a close, it dawned on us that the day was just the beginning of a relationship that would continue to yield great learning experiences for teachers and students. We arrived ready to work with a few teachers, and we left feeling like members of a community.

Ariel Raz
LEARNING EXPERIENCE DESIGNER, K12 LAB NETWORK

Outside the Classroom

ADAT Enrichment Classes

begin 9.18.17

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From the Parent Association (PA)

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • September 18: Fall Enrichment begins
  • September 19: T-shirt Tuesday (wear your ADAT t-shirt)
  • September 20: Erev Rosh Hashanah – No School
  • September 21-22: Rosh Hashanah – No School

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.

Around Campus

Thank you for joining us at our first Coffee, Kibbitz, and Connect this week. Save-the-dates for these monthly opportunities right after morning drop-off (8:15 a.m.) to connect with our Leadership Team in an informal setting. We will be discussing topics, from curriculum, to child development, to life as an Adat Day School family. Light refreshments and coffee will be served.

Wednesday, October 18

Wednesday, November 8

Tuesday, December 12

Wednesday, January 17

Wednesday, February 7

Tuesday, March 13

Wednesady, April 11

Thursday, May 10

Located in Newman Meeting Room.

News and Updates

Important Parking Lot Protocol

During morning drop off please pull all the way to the front of the line – do not stop in the middle of the line. Have your children exit quickly from your car on the school side ONLY. Rivka Kaspi is there in the mornings to facilitate a swift drop off and maintain everyone’s safety. Try to have your car unloaded in a timely fashion so we do not create a large back up of cars.  Also, whenever you exit the parking please turn RIGHT ONLY.

****Children may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. as there is NO SUPERVISION UNTIL 7:30 a.m.****

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

From the Synagogue

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RSVP here for creative writing with Rabbi Yarkin

 

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