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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 2.2.18

Leadership Blog – Parents in Charge

Dear Parents,

It is not news that parents are in charge of their children.  For the moments when our little negotiators cause us to question who is really in charge, we have the sage advice of Dr. Bruce Powell and Lori Getz, M.A. to guide us.

Using the acronym PAVES, Dr. Powell gave parents an easy-to-remember tool for raising ethical children, last Tuesday night.

P – Parental

A –  Actions

V – Values

E – Expectations

S – Supper

Parents in attendance at last Tuesday’s program appreciated Dr. Powell’s deep understanding of the challenges parents face in today’s world. He confirmed that parents can and should say, no, when it is warranted. He cautioned parents to be aware that children will mimic their actions and will absorb the values clearly displayed in the family. Children wish for and respond to parental expectations, so parents should take the time to think about the goals they assume for them and examine the priorities that are emphasized. Lastly, Dr. Powell sited research proving the benefits of family supper (without devices) in raising successful adults.

In October, Lori Getz reminded parents that the cyber world children join requires strict oversight.  “Letting your child be on the world wide web without supervision is like letting them walk out of the house to go anywhere they want by themselves,” she admonishes. We shouldn’t be misled by children’s apparent skill in navigating the internet by equating it with an understanding of its complexities and risks.

We, at ADAT, relish the opportunity to support parents in their challenging endeavors. By bringing distinguished speakers and being available to reassure and guide families, we get to be a part of the village that makes ethical, knowledgeable, strong grown-up people.

Sincerely,

Sari

 

Inside the Classroom

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TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Outside the Classroom

Intergenerational Day 2018 is February 15th!

Please click below for tickets to IGD.

DAYTIME PERFORMANCE

 

EVENING PERFORMANCE

 

 

Shabbaton – NEW Date!

In The Community

By now, you should have received your save-the-date to our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder in the mail! Mark your calendars, book your babysitter, and get ready to go back to ADAT’s future at this amazing fundraising event.

 

Around Campus

 

 

 

School News & Updates

13 more weeks of FLU SEASON – keep up the precautions!

It is flu season, and California is among the states that are reporting a surge in cases of the flu. At school, we are implementing the following procedures:

1- We will go over hand washing with students:  Get hands wet, rub in soap for at least 20 seconds (or the time it takes to sing one verse of “Happy Birthday”.) Rub the soap in between fingers and on the backs of hands.  Rinse.  Wipe with paper towel (not on shirt or pants).

2 – Use “Dracula arm” to stop cough germs.

3 – Use a tissue to cover mouth for sneezes or coughs. Throw tissue away immediately.

4 – Use hand sanitizer after covering your mouth with your hand or blowing your nose, or before using a keyboard.

5 – Specialists will give students a squirt of hand sanitizer to rub in before they enter their classroom.  (This is important to prevent the spread of germs from grade to grade.)

6 – Teachers will wipe down classroom door handles with antiseptic wipes in between every teaching block.

7 – Remind students to avoid touching their mouths, noses, or eyes without a tissue.

Teachers whose rooms are closest to bathrooms will wipe down the entrance door handles of the bathrooms periodically.

Families must also participate to minimize the spread of infection.

1 – Keep children home if they are sick.

2 – Keep children home for 24 hours after their fever has gone away without the use of fever reducing medication.

3 – Keep children home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting.

4 – If your child complains to us of not feeling well, we will take his/her temperature. If our thermometer registers 99.8 degrees or above, you will be called and expected to pick up your child. The soonest the child can return to school is in 2 days.

We do not wish any child to miss school. These procedures help avoid or minimize the absences of students and staff.

We appreciate the teamwork required to keep children healthy. 

6th Grader Spotlight – Ben A.

How long have you been at ADAT?
This is my 7th year, but I left and came back this year.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to play video games.

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
ADAT has amazing teachers. I have loved all the teachers that I have had here.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
3rd and 6th. My favorite teacher was in 3rd grade, and this year, I have a great teacher and I’m enjoying meeting new people.

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

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
I have learned that teachers can be fun!

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Working in groups and being able to work as a team has helped me in a lot of ways.

From the Synagogue


Friends,

Did you know that there is an organization specifically dedicated to supporting Jewish women and families who are affected by cancer? Sharsheret, which means “chain” in Hebrew, provides resources to anyone in our community that is confronting breast or ovarian cancer. I cannot stress enough how important it is to support this cause.

As a Sharsheret Supports Partner, Adat Ari El is proud to participate in Sharsheret Pink Day on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This is a worldwide initiative to raise awareness about breast and ovarian cancer, and cancer genetics.

Please join the clergy, staff, and schools of Adat Ari El by wearing pink as a way to generate conversations, mark the day, and honor a special person in our own lives who has been personally affected. On our campus, we will have informational brochures available for you to learn more about Sharsheret, and the very important work that we are helping them do. For more information, please visit www.sharsheret.org.

Jonathan Bernhard

Rabbi

Adat Ari El

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • February 6: Kadima Lunchtime Lounge (Grades 4-6)
  • February 6: PA Meeting – 7:30 p.m.
  • February 7: Dress Code Task Force @Coffee, Kibbitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
  • February 15: IGD Daytime & Evening Performances
  • February 16: No School
  • February 19: President’s Day – No School
  • February 28: Purim Carnival – 3:30 – 8:00 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: 12.8.17

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

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Inside the Classroom

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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: 11.11.17

Leadership Blog

 

 

Save the Date

Inside the Classroom

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Classroom pages will return next Friday!

 

Outside the Classroom

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.

From the Parent Association

 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • November 16: Moms Night Out
  • 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

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

 

In The Community

RSVP Here for Ramah Focus Group

 

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Be Our “Street Team”

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

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.7.17

Leadership Blog

Dear Parents:

“Roots to grow, wings to fly…”

As we are just weeks away from celebrating our 2017 Gala celebrating lifelong learning at Adat Ari El, I can think of no better phrase to represent our honorees and our School.  On Sunday, May 21, we will join together as an Adat Ari El community to celebrate the incredible educators of ADAT – Jeri Dubin, Rabbi Mark Goodman, Julee Snitzer Levine, Shulamit Levitch, and our very own, Robin Solomon. These educators define what it means to nuture the roots that allow all learners to grow and, eventually, soar! I have seen first-hand the impact Robin has had on our current Kindergarten, all of her former students who think back fondly to her class, our 5th grade through her leadership with our Israel Twinning program, and also on our entire school through our weekly Oneg Shabbat celebrations.

I know you will want to come celebrate Robin, as well as the other honorees, at what promises to be a fun evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. But, I hope you will also take a moment to consider what your participation means for our community. First, it symbolizes your commitment to nurturing and growing our community right here at ADAT. Second, it represents the importance of education and lifelong learning in your life and that of your children. And lastly, it celebrates the future of ADAT by adding another layer of roots to help our community continue to flourish.

To encourage your participation, Adat Ari El Synagogue is offering a discounted rate of $100 per ticket for Day School parents. Submit your RSVP card or contact Jerry Krautman in the Development Office.

We hope – whatever your reason – that you will join us on this very special evening for Adat Ari El, our wonderful honorees, you, and your children.

Shavua Tov,

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

OPEN HOUSE FLYER 2017

Book Fair

Our Spring 2017 Book Fair is coming!!!!  Please contact Sarah Schultz @818-766-4992 x214 or sschultz@adatdayschool.org if you would like to help.

We need volunteers!

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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 middles school.

Learn more about them each week in this newsletter – this week is about Nicole:

How long have you been at ADAT?
Since I was one.

What was your favorite grade?
I really liked all the grades, but my favorites were 5th and 6th. We did a lot of fun activities and the learning style was a little bit different, because Mr. Wise taught more interactively. We acted out events in social studies, which was pretty fun. And, since I really like reading, I love how we get an option to “free read”! My two favorites subjects are social studies and reading.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to act and sing and do ballet. I love movies and musicals, especially Wicked and Annie. I saw Wicked when I was 6 and that’s where my love of music and acting started. I like anything artistic. I also like to bake, cook, swim.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I like how all the kids are very nice and there’s never been a bullying problem or anyone being mean to anyone. We’re all very welcoming and when we got a new student, it didn’t feel any different – it felt like we were adding a new friend to our community. I also like how the learning styles are different for each teacher. It’s not like learning from a plain, boring textbook.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I’m definitely going to miss my friends and teachers. Some of us are going to Jewish schools, but if I don’t go to a Jewish school, I’m going to miss the Jewish identity part – learning about my heritage and being proud of being Jewish. It’s also good for me to go to a school without only Jewish kids, so that I can learn about diversity and be in a bigger community where I learn more about other people.

Important Dates

Important Calendar Updates

ERB week for students in grades 3 – 6 will be May 16, 2017 – May 19, 2017.  All testing will be in the morning.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 5: 4th Grade Shabbat Dinner
  • May 12: 1st Grade Kabbalat Ha’Siddur with 2nd Grade
  • May 12: Maccabea Games – 12:00 p.m. dismissal
  • May 22-26: Day School Book Fair
  • May 25: Day School Open House

Click here for the full calendar.  **If you would like to subscribe to the ADAT calendar click here. On the bottom right corner of the ADAT calendar, click “subscribe” and select your preferred calendar type.

In The Community

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CI 2017 Save the Date

Spring is in the air which means that our community’s largest event, Celebrate Israel Festival is right around the corner! This year is especially unique as we will be celebrating 50 Years to the Unification of Jerusalem. With your help, this will surely be the largest Jewish happening in North America!

Sign up for the Celebrate Israel Festival using the URL code below!

ADAT’s unique URL is:    https://www.Purplepass.com/celebrateisraella2017?SID=AdatArielDaySchool

Party Book is here!!!

www.adatarieldayschool.onlinepartybook.com

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Click here for Gala tickets

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From the Synagogue

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 3.31.17

Leadership Blog

Passover Reading – Haggadot and More!

I was like a kid in a candy store this past weekend. Instead of chocolate bars and gummy bears, I was surrounded by books and teaching materials. The ASCD Conference (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in Anaheim offered presentations on the latest research in education and I ate it up. I know I bought more books than I can possibly read at once, but I couldn’t help myself. For me it’s like trying to eat just one M&M. To create a plan for dealing with this, I have focused my Pesach break reading on The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance. It seems like an odd choice for vacation reading, but I love this stuff.

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What are you reading over the Pesach break? This is one of the questions I want you to ask your child. The other question is, “What book(s) do you want me to read to you?” There is much to be gained from a conversation about books and an opportunity to develop the idea that vacations are for reading. The concept of choosing a book is key. We read more and with better focus when we get to choose what we read. Pesach is a time for reading (the Haggadah) and asking questions (4 of them). It makes sense to extend these acts during the time we have away from school.

When we are back together on April 24, I look forward to hearing about your reading adventures. Maybe you will even read about candy and chocolate! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolate Fever, and The Chocolate Touch are some good ones.

Warmly,

Sari

Inside the Classroom

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TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

 

Outside the Classroom

Hello Parents,

Jump-a-Thon 2017 is just around the corner and scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 8:30 AM. This biannual fundraising tradition started in the early ’80s to help meet our school’s needs in various departments.

Over the years, we raised some $350,000. The PE department has been a major recipient of this support, where practically everything you see outside was made possible by this event. Additionally, new tech equipment in the classrooms was funded from the J-A-T and so was one of the classrooms of our redesigned school building and much more. This is a goal-oriented project with specific objectives that the students discuss and work to achieve.

This year’s goal is a new Judaic Studies Lab as described in the flyer that your child took home today (Friday). Please read the flyer and sponsor page and help us make this the best Jump-a-Thon we have ever had!

You can help by:

-helping your child get sponsors.

-get corporate sponsors from your business/family network.

-help count jumps on the day of the J-A-T

-provide interesting prizes for our after J-A-T raffle.

Please click on the link below for the video from J-A-T 2015.

Thank you for your help and support

Haim

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Click here for a video of the 2015 Jump-A-Thon

Around Campus

Last week, I shared that we re-instituted our Day School Governing Board. On a macro level, the role of the Board is to support our professional staff in carrying out our School’s mission (for more information, see NAIS‘s Principles of Good Practice). The Day School Governing Board will also consist of committees, such as: Finance, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications, Admissions, and Development, to advance our efforts in these specific areas.

The ideal composition of an independent school board is 50% current parents and 50% other members of the community who have vested interests in the institution. On our new Board, we have a strong presence of alumni parents, alumni, and vested community members – and we would like to see more of our current parent body involved. In doing so, you will have the ability to directly contribute to our “village”, and to positively impact our community and your child’s and future children’s education. If you are interested in becoming involved as a lay leader, I invite you to indicate your interest by completing the following Board Interest Form: https://goo.gl/forms/ra1mWD4X3R7yztVk2.

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.

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 middles school.

Learn more about them each week in this newsletter – this week is about Jadyn and Oren – check out their interviews below:

Jadyn

How long have you been at ADAT?
Since Kindergarten

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I love to dance – all types of dance.

What do you like best about ADAT?
The teachers, friends, and all the programs. I especially love Jumpathon – we get to get fit and in the process donate to the school. Last year, we got the new grass, and we all love having the grass on the field. This year, if everyone donates, we get to do something crazy to Mr. Wise (in addition to whatever the school will do with the money).

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
5th Grade – it was the first time I had Mr. Wise and Ms. Raben. It was my favorite because they’re such welcoming and great teachers.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
Everything – splitting up from my friends. And, the teachers.

Oren

How long have you been at ADAT?
I have been at ADAT since I was two or three. It was the first school I ever went to.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to play tennis, go to movies, and play video games.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I like the teachers the best. I love how they listen to your thoughts and ideas and encourage you to share.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
That would be tough, but Kindergarten was probably my favorite! I liked having older buddies when I was little. And, now that I’m an older buddy, it’s a lot harder than it looked like when I was in Kindergarten!

What will you miss most about ADAT?
The friends I’ve made because we might go to different schools.

In the Community

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Rsvp directly to kadima@adatariel.org

Party Book is here!!!

www.adatarieldayschool.onlinepartybook.com

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From the Synagogue

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Important Dates

Important Calendar Updates

ERB week for students in grades 3 – 6 will be May 16, 2017 – May 19, 2017.  All testing will be in the morning.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • April 7: Last day of school before Passover Break – 3:00 p.m. dismissal – no day care
  • April 10-21: Passover Break
  • April 24: School Resumes

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: 11.18.16

Inside the Classroom

Grade Level Curriculum Nights – 7:00 p.m.

November 29, 2016 – Kindergarten

December 1, 2016 – TK

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

The weekly updates will be emailed home before Thanksgiving!

 

Outside the Classroom

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for December 7, 2016 and December 12, 2016.* 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.

*Some teachers are only scheduled for conferences on December 7, 2016.

 

In the Community

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From the Synagogue

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Important Dates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • November 23: Thanksgiving Feast – 12:00 p.m. dismissal
  • November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break – no school
  • December 1: Prospective Parent Open House #2
  • December 6: Hanukkah Boutique
  • December 7: Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
  • December 12: Parent/Teacher Conferences – Evening

Click here to view the full school calendar

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What’s News at ADAT This Week: 11.4.16

Leadership Blog – Grading Update

Dear Parents,

Believe it or not, enough of the school year has passed this year that it’s already time for our first grading period! I wanted to take a moment to explain some slight changes to report cards this year.

In the past, report cards were sent home three times per year, and our year was divided into trimesters. Each report card contained number/letter grades (depending on the student’s grade-level), plus a narrative report.

We decided that it would be beneficial to communicate more frequently about your child’s progress. This year, we divided the year into four quarters instead of three trimesters, and plan connect with you four times about your child’s learning and growth.

Of course, our door is always open, and you can talk with your child’s teacher whenever you think it’s necessary to check in about his/her progress. That being said, here is the calendar of our formal grading communication:

  • November 15: Quarter 1 Progress Report
  • December 7 & 12: Winter Conferences
  • January 31: Semester 1 Detailed Report Card with Narrative Comments
  • March 15 & 20: Spring Conferences
  • April 4: Quarter 3 Progress Report
  • June 12: Semester 2 Detailed Report Card with Narrative Comments

We hope that with this new grading calendar, you are able to check in on your child’s progress more frequently. As always, we feel fortunate to be your partners on your child’s educational journey. We are confident that this grading calendar will provide an additional layer of support for our wonderful ADAT students!

Shabbat shalom,

Shara

 

 

Inside the Classroom

Grade Level Curriculum Nights – 7:00 p.m.

November 7, 2016 – 3rd Grade

November 10, 2016 – 2nd Grade

November 16, 2016 – 1st Grade

November 29, 2016 – Kindergarten

December 1, 2016 – TK

Click here to view the Classroom Pages:

TK

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Outside the classroom

Congratulations to our Adat soccer team for being undefeated at the half season mark. Our team scored 38 goals in 5 games utilizing skills and teamwork, showing amazing comradery and great sportsmanship. We should all be very proud of them  and how they represent our school in public.

Many thanks to the parents who drive us and those who come to cheer us.

Go Lions!

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In the Community

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From the Synagogue

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Important Dates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • November 6: Mitzvah Day
  • November 11: Veteran’s Day – no school
  • November 23: Thanksgiving Feast – 12:00 p.m. dismissal
  • November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break – no school

Click here to view the full school calendar

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Focus on ADAT’s Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you who attended Back to School Night last week. We are grateful to you for being our partners in educating your children, as well as for your valuable feedback on the evening itself.

Some of the questions we heard related specifically to the curriculum, and how we will continue to meet the academic needs of every child, while we integrate Design Thinking principles into our work everyday at school. I’m glad a few of you raised this with me because it gives me an opportunity to both reiterate and reassure you about the education your children are currently receiving, and about the readiness that they will have for the next phase of their education and life.

First, let me provide you with a valuable resource – our Curriculum Guide – which was created and introduced to you last year, serves as the foundation for academic standards in the classroom. This guide, the first in ADAT’s history, was developed to outline the curriculum for every grade level and every subject within every grade level. While Design Thinking is integrated into our core curriculum and specialist subjects, it does not take the place of these core academic expectations for every student. Rather, Design Thinking enhances every subject by providing real-life, applicable skills to the learning process.

The expansion of our administrative team this year was designed with a very specific purpose in mind. Our new Curriculum and Instructional Strategist Shara Peters, as well as Jodi Lasker, the Director of Judaic Life and Learning, are examples of my desire to bring experts in their respective fields to elevate the level of academic learning taking place at our school. They, along with me and the rest of the administration, are working together to bring the academic program and Design Thinking to the next level – that has yet to be seen in a secular or Jewish Day School in Los Angeles.

Lastly, we will be hosting curriculum nights for every grade level, to share with you in greater detail the standards for the academic subjects, how we weave Design Thinking methodologies into the core curriculum, our plans for the future, and of course, to allow plenty of time for you to ask questions and get answers. Our 5th Grade Curriculum Night is on Thursday, September 22 at 7 PM  and our 6th Grade evening is on Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM. We will send out invitations for the other grades’ evenings in the coming weeks.

This blog is intended to be a forum for detailed communication, please come back weekly for more information from your administrative team.  In the coming weeks, we plan to address our emerging homework philosophy, digital portfolio initiatives, and the launch of Keyboarding Without Tears.

I look forward to connecting with all of you tomorrow at Shabbat Under the Stars!

Johannah

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