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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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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. 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.

From the Synagogue

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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.

From the Synagogue

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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

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

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

RSVP here for yoga

 

RSVP here for Sukkot Synagogue Dinner

 

 

 

 

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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

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

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

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

 

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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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 9.8.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all of the faculty and staff, thank you for attending Back to School Night and for your active partnership in your child’s education.

Judging from the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the evening, we hope you are as exhilarated by Back to School night and these first two weeks of school as we are! We are off to a tremendous start and know there is so much more goodness to come!

Enjoy a restful weekend and I look forward to connecting even more at Shabbat Under the Stars next Friday.

Shabbat Shalom,
Shara

News and Updates

The hurricane devastation in Houston calls upon us to act now. We encourage you to purchase a gift card to Target and clearly label the amount on the envelope as a way of giving helping those affected by this disaster. We will be collecting these at Back to School Night, and will send them to the Jewish Federation of Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund along with all tzedakah collected over the next few weeks. You may also donate directly to them through this link JFGH Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. As we recognize how grateful we are for our health and safety, we come together to help others who are not as fortunate right now. “If not now, when?”
Todah Rabah,
Jodi
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.

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

 

ADAT Enrichment Classes

begin 9.18.17

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • September 12: T-shirt Tuesday (wear your ADAT t-shirt)
  • September 12: Coffee, Kibitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • September 15: Shabbat Under The Stars – 5:30 p.m.
  • September 18: Fall Enrichment begins

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

Join us 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.

Tuesday, September 12

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.

In the Community

Youth:

RSVP to kadima@adatariel.org

 

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From the Synagogue

Do you want to learn to blow shofar? 

  • Do your kids love to try it…or can they actually make a sound?!? 
  • Do you want to hear some terrific shofar blowers?

Come this Sunday, September 10th  @  10:00 am to our Shofar Blowing Workshop….and bring your kids!!

Want breakfast first?  Come at 9:30am! See our flyer below for more details and to RSVP, and…

BRING A SHOFAR IF YOU HAVE ONE!

 

RSVP here for the Shofar Blowing Workshop

 

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What’s News at ADAT This FIRST Week: 9.1.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents,

I am thrilled to officially welcome you back to school for the 2017-18 school year … and what an incredible first week it has been! Campus is finally back to how it should be – buzzing with excitement, filled with the sounds of young voices, teachers excited to meet their students and begin anew, and freshly-designed classrooms to spark your children’s curiosity and promote collaboration! We have a wonderful year planned for you and cannot wait to tell you all about it at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 6. We look forward to seeing you there and to launching the year together with an informative and celebratory evening.

Speaking of celebratory evenings, last week, we held our d.school K12 Lab Network Collaboration Launch Party in the ZDL. With over 60 people from the synagogue, ECC, and of course, Day School, it was so exciting to introduce this new collaboration to our community. Naturally, there was time spent explaining what this collaboration is and what it means for our school. (By the way, it is a collaboration with Stanford University’s d. school, which is the foremost institution in the field of Design Thinking. Their K12 Lab Network brings Design Thinking to schools through professional training and ongoing consulting services, so we are consistently learning from the BEST in this field and sharing that knowledge with our children.)

But, perhaps the best part of the evening was a Design Thinking project that every attendee had the chance to engage in … and they really did! Innovation and excitement was pouring out of the ZDL, and we could not be more proud of this collaboration and of all the attendees who were able to experience Design Thinking and its benefits first-hand. If you were not able to make it, don’t worry, we video recorded the whole event to share with you and you can check out some photos below. Throughout the year, you will also have a chance to hear more from our friends, Ariel and Devin, from the K12 Lab Network.

 

 

In the meantime, I want to say, on behalf of the entire administrative team, we are so happy to have you back! We spent much of the summer planning and getting ready for you to be here, and are excited to now share with you all of our plans to make the 17-18 year a truly memorable and successful one!

I hope it was a fantastic first week of school for your children and you!

Shabbat Shalom,

Shara

News and Updates

The hurricane devastation in Houston calls upon us to act now. We encourage you to purchase a gift card to Target and clearly label the amount on the envelope as a way of giving helping those affected by this disaster. We will be collecting these at Back to School Night, and will send them to the Jewish Federation of Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund along with all tzedakah collected over the next few weeks. You may also donate directly to them through this link JFGH Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. As we recognize how grateful we are for our health and safety, we come together to help others who are not as fortunate right now. “If not now, when?”

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

ADAT Enrichment Classes

begin 9.18.17

REGISTER HERE FOR FALL ENRICHMENT

 

Shabbaton 12-17

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.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

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

Important Calendar Updates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • September 4: Labor Day – no school
  • September 5: T-shirt Tuesday (wear your ADAT t-shirt)
  • September 6: Back to School Night – 7:00 p.m. – parents only
  • September 12: Coffee, Kibitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • September 15: Shabbat Under The Stars – 5:30 p.m.
  • September 18: Fall Enrichment begins

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What’s News at ADAT This Last Week of School: 6.9.17

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Dear Parents,

For one last time this year, I wanted to extend my thanks and gratitude to you for a wonderful school year. Though not without its challenges, I am thrilled that our students’ school year was arguably one of the best yet (according to those who have been here a LOT longer than I have!). And, I’m even more excited that the year has ended on such a positive note for all parents, students, and faculty alike! With that, I hope you will go into the summer with enthusiasm for the year that just closed and for all that is still to come in 2017-18. I will check in with you again over the summer, but until then, I hope you have a wonderful, restful, and safe summer break – filled with fun, family, and even a little learning, in whatever capacity that may be!

One last thing – yesterday we celebrated the graduation of our 6th grade class – a class that was truly extraordinary in many ways. Though for many of you, graduation is several years away, I wanted you to have a chance to read the words I shared with this wonderful class, as we bid them farewell (see below).

B’Shalom,

Shara

Head of School Graduation Address

Sixth graders, I like to think of our school as a nest (I know that we have THE Nest, but no, I’m not talking about the babies in the ECC). Your teachers have been here for you in every way you’ve needed as you’ve grown up, here to give you a hug when you had a bad day, to help you learn from choices you made what weren’t the best (although you didn’t have many of those). And as you’ve grown up, your teachers have slowly scaled back their support and protection, so that by the time you have reached today, you are ready for the first step you’re going to take on a middle school campus as a 7th grader. I have confidence in you. You’ve got this. And I have some advice to continue to help guide you, so please, please remember what I’m about to say.

You all have a very strong sense of right and wrong. Some people call it a moral compass. Please, always listen to your moral compass, even if it doesn’t seem like the popular thing to do. You have to trust yourself— if you are uncomfortable about something that’s happening, whether it be choices being made by people around you, or words that someone is saying that leaves you with an uneasy feeling in your stomach… or something that should be happening that isn’t— if someone isn’t being included, if no one is saying thank you, if no one is helping someone who is struggling… BE THE PERSON who steps in to help. Be the person who stands up for others. Because you know what’s right.

I want you to take a moment and reflect on the humongous gift your parents have given you by providing you with this education. You do know that there are schools out there in this world that are free! But your parents wanted a particular type of childhood for you. I’m going to describe some of this to you because, if you have been here your whole life, you might not realize how truly special this place is in comparison to some other schools in the world.

Your parents wanted you in a place where you wouldn’t be just a name on a roll sheet, but where you would be known. Where teachers had small enough classes that they were able to give you any help you ever needed— even if that meant that they were writing back to your emails at 9PM so that you wouldn’t stress out about the test the next day. Your parents wanted a community for you that was steeped in Judaism. Where you would learn about your heritage in a way that would allow you to truly understand what it means to live a meaningful, Jewish life. Your parents didn’t just want a school for you, they wanted you to feel like you were being raised in a village by a community that looks out for each other, and that’s not easy to find in a place as big as Los Angeles. Your parents sacrificed to make sure that you were able to have this, and you should thank them. Not just today— today is an obvious day to thank them— but every time, in the future, you find yourself thinking of a lesson you learned here, thank your parents. Every time you think about this community as an example of what community can be, thank your parents. Every time that you hear that moral compass pointing you in the right direction, thank. your. parents.

Just because you have graduated, does not mean that this connection is over. You want to make any of your teachers really happy? E-mail them with a question from a 7th grade math class, for help studying for an 11th grade US History test, or to ask one of them to edit your college application essay. They will be honored that you thought of them, and thrilled to hear from you. Stay connected with the synagogue for our B’nai Mitzvah and teen programs. Come by and visit when you’re in the neighborhood because you’re home visiting from college.

Know that we are here for you forever. We’re proud of you always. And we miss you. Already.

School News & Updates

Now that the school year is over, we want to know how we did, so that we can continue to improve in all areas. Please take two minutes (really!) to fill out our brief Day School End of Year Survey – click here.

Around Campus

Adat Ari El Day School is excited to announce our collaboration with the Stanford University d.school’s K12 Lab Network!

Design Thinking, a thought process that is grounded in empathy and revolves around inventive thinking to improve the lives of others, is a spot-on embodiment of the values we hold dear at Adat Ari El Day School. As you know, we have built our 5-room Zebrack Design Lab to give our students a space perfectly suited to working in this way, and we have reimagined our curriculum to be funnelled through this thought-process. It was one of the main parts of the school that attracted me, as a professional, to want to join this team. In my new role, I have been considering ways to take this Design Thinking endeavor to the next level.

Every time that I engage in Design Thinking with students or faculty, Stanford University’s d.school is never far from my mind. The founders of the d.school, which is formally referred to as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, are credited as being the first to bring this inventive thought-process to business (previously, Design Thinking was something found mostly in design and engineering circles). Our ZDL was inspired by the d.school’s facilities at Stanford University.

The K12 Lab Network, housed at the d.school, was formed to help educators bring Design Thinking to their schools. We have used many of their online resources with our students, and sparked many discussions based on articles that their faculty members have published.

This is why our administration, faculty, and board is thrilled that we will be entering into a collaboration with the K12 Lab Network. Our engagement with them will run throughout the 2017-2018 school year and focus on bringing the Design Thinking process taught to Stanford University students to Adat Ari El.  We are especially pleased to focus this work on exploring the intersection of innovation with Tikkun Olam in order to foster a culture of making at Adat Ari El that is authentic to our community and aligns with our values.

Faculty from the d.school’s K12 Lab Network will be visiting us over the summer, coaching our faculty and students throughout the school year, and will visit again in the summer of 2018.

More information will be coming out soon regarding what this collaboration will mean for our students, faculty, and community—but please book your babysitters now for the evening of August 23! The visiting K12 Lab Network team will be hosting a parent information night, and we hope for a full house. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Inside the Classroom

Classroom updates are complete for this year, but will return in the Fall! Have a great summer!

6th Grade Spotlight

We are so proud of our graduating 6th grade class and the amazing individuals they are. We wish them lots of good luck as they move on to the following middle schools:

The Buckley School
Brentwood School
Campbell Hall
Geffen Academy
Heschel Day School
Milken Community Schools

Outside the Classroom

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 Important Calendar Updates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • August 23: K12 Lab Network parent information meeting
  • August 29: First Day of School 2017-2018

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: 6.2.17

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Shavuot needs a new PR agent! This is THE holiday when we celebrate receiving the Torah from Mount Sinai.  We received our central text – our history, our laws … what could be more important?  Shavuot is also one of the Shlosha Regalim, the three pilgrimage festivals, when we brought our first fruits (bikkurim) to the Temple to show our gratitude for things growing as they are supposed to. This is a two-day Chag that includes synagogue, Hallel, and yummy dairy foods that do not work well with most Jewish stomachs!

Why is it that most Jews don’t make a big deal of this important holiday in our tradition? Is it the time of year – always late May to early June?  Does it get lost between celebrations of mothers and fathers and start of summer BBQs and pool parties? I will always wonder as any chance to celebrate with blintzes and cheesecake sounds like it would be wildly popular!

Here in our Day School, each class worked on a specific component of holiday learning – names of the holiday, customs, and references in Torah and Rabbinic texts.  Then some classes either participated in an art project or cooking project.  At the end of the day we all got our dairy on.

In honor of Shavuot and our dedication to community, we are asking parents to complete this Shabbat survey. We welcome your thoughts, feedback, and enthusiastic ideas for new “Friendly Shabbat” programming! The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

A special Shabbat Shalom at this special time of year,

Jodi Lasker
Director of Jewish Life & Learning

Inside the Classroom

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4th Grade

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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.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

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

6th Grader Spotlight

We have added a new feature to our weekly e-news – the 6th Grader Spotlight. This is an opportunity to highlight this amazing class of 6th graders who have accomplished so much during their time at ADAT, have varied interests and talents, and who will soon graduate and move onto middle school.

Learn more about them each week in this newsletter – this week is about Ryan and Jacob:
Ryan

What do you do for fun outside of school?
Outside of school something I like to do is play tennis, my violin, soccer, and video games.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I like the teachers at ADAT because of how they strive to do their best and make sure everyone can have fun while learning.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
My favorite grade was 5th grade because we got the opportunity to be with two amazing teachers, Mr.Wise and Ms.Raben

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
If I had the chance to give a student a piece of advice it would be “work hard, get a good job, and live a long happy life.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I think I will miss my friends the most from ADAT because of all their support in everything I do.

Jacob

What do you do for fun outside of school?
On my free time I love playing tennis and video games.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I like the teachers and students, and since all the grades are smaller than usual you get to know people better than you normally would.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
My favorite grade at ADAT was fourth or fifth,  because during 5th grade we got to have a trade fair, where we got to each represent a colony, and share the different things it produced. In fourth grade we had a lot of writing projects, and I love writing.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
Have, fun, study hard, do well.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
The teachers, and the individualized attention, since we had smaller grades the teachers got to see as you a individual.

Important Dates

Important Calendar Updates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • June 5: 3rd grade field trip –  LA Trip
  • June 6: Staff Vs. 6th grade basketball game @8:10 a.m.
  • June 7: 1st grade beach day @1:15 p.m.
  • June 7: 2nd grade field trip – Getty Museum
  • June 7: 6th grade water play day @2:15 p.m.
  • June 7: 6th grade ONLY – last day of school
  • June 8: TK-5  – last day of school – 12:00 p.m. dismissal – No Day Care Available
  • June 8: 6th Grade Graduation – 1:30 p.m.

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.26.17

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Plug That Summer Learning-Leak!

Just like a drippy faucet, parents must find a way to plug the crack that forms when children leave school for a long break. The fact that academic and social-emotional learning “leaks out” over the summer is held up by much research.

It is essential to make sure children read. Every year I give a special gift to students in grades 3 through 6 who read at least two books over the summer. I am always surprised when a few students return to school telling me they did not have time to read at all over the ten-week break. That means those students have to spend a great deal of time at the beginning of the academic year playing catch-up instead of being able to move forward with others in the class.

As always, I will be providing a suggested reading list for summer. There are also summer reading programs at local libraries. In fact, the children’s librarian from the Studio City Library came to our school this week to introduce herself and explain the program to our students.

I am sometimes asked why ADAT does not assign specific books for reading during the summer. The answer is that we at ADAT know from experience that students will be more willing to read and will read more when they are allowed to choose their books. Once again, research backs this approach up. Erin T. Kelly, M.D. writes, “Is that going to be the best literature in the world? No. But if it’s something that the children will actually read, then it’s going to lead to positive outcomes.”

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Now what about math? There is no equivalent of a summer reading list or summer library programs for math. It is easy to understand why less enticing packets for summer math practice often go undone. I challenge you to recognize the math in every day life and include your children. For example, decide with them how much time you should put in the parking meter and figure out when is it time to get back to the car. Children can help you look for an address. Even numbers are on one side of the street, odd on the other. The grocery store is my favorite math classroom. Think about letting your child count out 5 bananas, doing price comparisons, noting grams of sugar per serving, checking change from the cashier (if you pay in cash). There are also many computer games and apps that review and teach math.

Much social-emotional growth has taken place during the school year, and it’s important to continue that throughout the summer months. Promote continued growth with camp, playdates, and family trips. Provide challenges like trying new experiences or taking on a new hobby. Is your child interested in learning a new instrument or advancing with the one they are playing? How about making time to tinker in the garage? Summer can be an ideal time to take on something fresh.

Instead of letting learning fade, make the sunshine of June, July, and August be months that gleam with momentum. In a blink your children will be back here at school and we will be ready for them to blast off to the next quest.

Warmly,
Sari

Inside the Classroom

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The last weekly updates of the year will be available next Friday!

We hope you enjoyed seeing all the students’ fabulous work at Open House!

Outside the Classroom

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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.

Thank you in advance for following our parking lot protocol.

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

6th Grader Spotlight

We have added a new feature to our weekly e-news – the 6th Grader Spotlight. This is an opportunity to highlight this amazing class of 6th graders who have accomplished so much during their time at ADAT, have varied interests and talents, and who will soon graduate and move onto middle school.

Learn more about them each week in this newsletter – this week is about Solomon, Abby, and Tomer:

Solomon

What do you do for fun outside of school?
The things that I do outside of school are baseball and bowling.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I think the best thing at Adat is archery in PE.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
My favorite grade at Adat was 6th grade

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
I would tell them to do your Greece reports for 30 minutes a day when you are in sixth grade.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss all the teachers and all my friends. I will also miss the yard.

Abby

How long have you been at ADAT?
I have been at ADAT my whole life. I have never been at another school.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
Out of school I enjoy practicing all dance styles.

What do you like best about ADAT?
At ADAT I love how caring everyone is and I love being apart of such a small community because then I kn0w everyone.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
I don’t think I can answer this question because all my years at ADAT were amazing in all their own ways.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
That when you come always try as hard as you can even when you are learning something you aren’t so interested in because you never know, you may grow to like it.  

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss my old teachers (of course) but I will also miss the smaller community.

Tomer

How long have you been at ADAT?
I just came this year.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to play Judo, video games, and watch TV.

What do you like best about ADAT?
That I get to keep learning Hebrew.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
6th grade, but it was the only one I have had here.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
Enjoy yourself and invest yourself in the community and learning.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss having less homework than when I was in Israel.

Important Dates

Important Calendar Updates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 29: Memorial Day – No School
  • May 30: Wear white to school in honor of Shavuot
  • May 31 & June 1: Shavuot – No School
  • June 7: 6th Grade ONLY – last day of school
  • June 8: TK-5  – last day of school – 12:00 p.m. dismissal – No Day Care Available
  • June 8: 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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