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.
From the Synagogue
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.
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.
Outside the Classroom
ADAT Enrichment Classes
Inside the Classroom
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The classroom pages will return next Friday!
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.
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