What’s News at ADAT This Week: 1.19.18

January 16, 2018

Leadership Blog 

Dear Adat Ari El Day School Parents,

Over the course of this school year, the K12 Lab Network has been hard at work training and coaching the teachers at Adat Ari El Day School in an innovative methodology called design thinking. Since that work has taken place largely behind the scenes in trainings, phone calls, and video hangouts, it’s a special pleasure to have the opportunity to write to you, the ADAT community, and brag about the great work your teachers are doing to make your child’s school more student-centered and innovative.

If you’re curious about design thinking, there are a number of great resources available online, including the Stanford d.school website where you can also read about the work we do in the K12 Lab Network. Design thinking is a human-centered creative process used to solve problems and overcome challenges, and leans heavily on collaboration, navigating through ambiguity, and biasing towards action. Design thinking asks you to take an empathetic approach to problem solving, which means you look to understand how problems manifest in people’s lives, and combine that with a bias towards building solutions that can help improve those problems. In that way, design thinking integrates nicely with Jewish ethics, especially the attitude put forward by Tikkun Olam.

At ADAT, teachers have been exploring this intersection with Jewish education by invigorating stories we’ve been telling for eons with a creative mindset, like having students imagine how Noah’s Ark would be redesigned. 2018 has been especially energized: teachers have paired up and developed incredible lessons and projects that blend content knowledge with design thinking and maker activities in the ZDL. We’ve been continually inspired and impressed by the vigor with which your Day School’s educators across grade levels and content areas have collaborated in order to get creative projects up and running.

For the rest of the school year, each grade is exploring a different design challenge. In TK, they are building a house with blocks. Each room in the house will solve specific needs. Kindergarten is redesigning the Biblical Garden behind the DFC with their 6th Grade buddies. First Grade is exploring the question, “how can something small change the world?” Second Grade is getting ready for the transportation unit. This unit focuses on redesigning the transportation experiences of their parents. Second grade will also explore the modes of transportation in the bible like chariots and camels. Third grade is deeply immersed in their project to beautify our campus, and fourth grade is gearing up for their design of a California mission later in the year. Fifth grade will begin a project about community and what it means to have a “home,” while sixth grade will design a new “ancient” civilization that would support their specific personalities. As Adat Ari El teachers prepare to launch and refine these projects, they are working closely with us to create experiences that will engage their students’ curiosity, enlist their unique problem solving skills, and empower them to improve their world.

We will continue our work with ADAT over the next few months, and cannot wait to see the outcomes of these incredible projects. We think that the best is yet to come.


Ariel & Devon
K12 Lab Network @d.School

Health Update: Flu and Lice

Although they are unpopular topics, flu and lice are health concerns that currently need addressing. 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.

Now on to the topic of lice: Usually we do not deal with lice during the winter. The unseasonably warm weather, however, has made lice more of a year-round annoyance. We will be checking children at school for lice. Parents should also check their children’s heads regularly for lice. People may not feel itchy until after having lice for a week or two, which gives the critters a lot of time to multiply.

“Checking” means visually observing the hair and combing it with a fine-tooth metal nit comb. Nits look like flakes of dandruff or droplets of hair spray. The difference is that dandruff or hair spray will come off easily when the hair shaft is shaken, whereas nits are very difficult to remove.

If you see lice or nits on your child’s hair, call your health care provider for advice of treatment. If your child has a kippah at home, please wash it in hot water before returning to school.

On Facebook, we posted a link to a website for information on preventing the transmission of the flu. Here is a link to information on lice prevention and treatment.  https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.h

We appreciate the teamwork required to keep children healthy. 

Inside the Classroom

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1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade


Outside the Classroom

Intergenerational Day 2018 is February 15th!

Please click below to fill out the IGD Guest Form if you have not done so already.

Click here for the IGD GUEST FORM

ADAT Spring Enrichment


Shabbaton – NEW Date!

Hot Lunch Session 3


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

6th Grader Spotlight – Eytan F.

How long have you been at ADAT?

I came to ADAT this year. I love it here and all the kids are really nice to me. I was here in Kindergarten, but I’m happy to be back now.

What do you do for fun outside of school?

I love to play basketball and XBox.

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

The computer class. I like working with computers and it’s fun coding because I can make things happen – for example, in a video game, making something stop or start moving.

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

Probably my hilarious teacher, Mr. Wise. He’s always funny and makes everyone happy. He listens to what we have to say and is just really nice.

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

Playing at recess with my friends, playing knockout, laughing, and having fun.

From the Synagogue


Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • January 22: Spring enrichment begins
  • January 22: New hot lunch session begins
  • January 22-24: Grade 5 Field Trip – Astrocamp
  • January 23: Kindergarten Parlor Meeting
  • January 25: 3rd Grade Parlor Meeting

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