What’s News at ADAT This Week: 3.10.18

March 06, 2018

Leadership Blog 

Dear Parents,

Our community continued to strengthen as 45 Day School families came together for our 2nd Annual ADAT Day School Shabbaton last Friday. Last year, we brought 32 families together at Camp Ramah, so with 13 more families this year, the ADAT spirit was even more powerful!

Our goal was to create a weekend that brought the community together in a casual environment – in ways that were both familiar and that were outside of one’s comfort zone and atypical. With the backdrop of the beautiful Ojai Valley, our families had an opportunity to hang out with long time friends, meet new ones, and have some quality time with their own families. We braided challah, held Kabbalat Shabbat services, took a family hike with the Camp Director, Rabbi Joe Menashe, played kids versus parents soccer, swam in the Olympic-sized pool and water slides, played GIANT games, celebrated Havdalah, and closed with fun taste and smell activities and Tikkun Olam projects to help the post-Thomas Fire Ojai/Ventura community. Our evening activities for kids and parents were a highlight with bingo, karaoke, and a talent show.

Beyond the activities and fun, perhaps the best part of the weekend was that special magic that happens at camp. The setting, the break from routine, the shared experience, and the fresh air bring out the fun and serenity we often need to “escape” to feel. We are ever-grateful to our generous donors who helped fund this memorable weekend, and to the families who sponsored and led parts of our Shabbaton. Here are just a couple of the comments from our Day School families who attended:

“Thank you SO much for allowing so many of us to come together for this lovely weekend. It was a spectacular community event, on a gorgeous campus, with all of our needs addressed, and a much-needed getaway. We appreciate you very much.”

“Thank you to ADAT for an awesome and memorable Shabbaton 2018.  Was lovely to spend time with friends and family in beautiful Ojai. Something that I know my children will remember for years to come.”

Save-the-Date in your family calendar now for our 3rd Annual Day School Family Shabbaton: October 12-14, 2018.

Shabbat Shalom,


Inside the Classroom

Classroom updates will return next week, but check out this awesome ADAT news report from our student council members.

In the Community

Invitations to our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder are coming soon, but you can register now online. Click here to register, then book your babysitter, and get ready to go back to ADAT’s future at this fundraising party!

ADAT Summer Camp


Outside the Classroom

Parent/Teacher Conferences – March 12th – Evening Conferences

Evening Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for March 12, 2018. 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).


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.

Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to our very own 6th graders Jordyn S. and Sydney S. on being chosen as ambassadors for the David Labkovski Project. They were selected from over 200 student participants to advance knowledge of the Holocaust through the art of David Labkovski utilizing his history, paintings and sketches, the project emphasizes survival, tolerance, justice, and the importance of bearing witness to history. We are so proud of you!


From the Synagogue

Who: The Entire Adat Ari El Community. This is a family friendly event.
What: A musical Shabbat service. Vegetarian/Dairy Picnic to follow. Stay to hang out together after services!
Where: Russell Hall
When: Friday, March 23, 2018
6:00 pm Service
7:00 pm Picnic Dinner
Additional Details
  • A warming oven will be available during services for you to store your picnic meal.
  • Don’t want to bring a picnic? Lasagna Dinner Meals will be available for $9.00 per person, ADVANCE PURCHASE ONLY!
  • We will not be able to accept payment at the event.




School News & Updates

It’s Still 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 continue to 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. 


Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • March 9: 2nd Grade Shabbat Dinner & Service – 5:45 p.m.
  • March 12: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 14: Coffee, Kibbitz and Connect – CANCELLED
  • March 14: Pi Day
  • March 15: 5th Grade field trip – Riley’s Farm


  • 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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