What’s News at ADAT This Week: 10.20.17

October 16, 2017

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


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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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


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!



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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