What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.21.17

May 16, 2017

Leadership Blog

Another wonderful week is in the books at ADAT, and we’ve got another exciting week ahead. We look forward to you joining us next Thursday for Open House – to visit your children’s classrooms and seeing first-hand the breadth and depth of learning they are engaged in every day at our School.

As many of you know, we spent the last week celebrating our amazing teachers, but this week, we want to pay a special tribute to our very own Linda Spivack, who will be retiring at the close of this year. Here is an interview we conducted with Linda – our beloved teacher, colleague, and friend to give everyone a chance to learn a little bit more about her:

Tell us about your background in education –  When did you start teaching, and what made you decide to become a teacher?
B.S. in Education from Temple University
M. Early Childhood Ed. from Florida International University
CA Clear Credential

I began teaching 1971 in NJ and then MD, FL, and since 1982 in CA. I loved working with children and becoming a teacher was my goal since high school.

How long have you been teaching at Adat Ari El?
When we moved to LA, I taught in our ECC 1982-1986. I returned to teaching as a Teaching Assistant in the Day School in 1995.

What grade/s and subjects have you taught? Which was your favorite and why?
I’ve enjoyed working in K, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade. I’ve also been responsible for planning all our school trips for the past 10 years as well as substituting in most grades.I enjoy teaching in the lower grades. Seeing children’s glee and recognition that they can read a book or write a story is magical. It’s so rewarding to see their growth through each grade.

What will you miss most about ADAT? Why?
I’ll miss my Adat friends most when I retire. We have the most capable and supportive staff. We help each other through the hard times and rejoice together in the joyous ones.

How do you plan on spending your retirement?
The first thing I’ll do when I retire is turn off my alarm clock. After that my #1 task is to declutter my house. My husband and I also have some travel plans too.

If you could give any advice to teachers new to the profession, what would you tell them?
Adat is the perfect school for new teachers. Their innovations and creativity will be welcomed. They’ll also have experienced teachers available for guidance. I hope they pack flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor in their backpacks as they begin their teaching careers.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher?
The most rewarding moments of being a teacher at Adat occurs on Shabbat mornings when I see our former students become Bar or Bat Mitzvahed. Those moments combine the skills they’ve learned in our general studies and Judaic studies programs. It brings families into our Adat community and puts our students on the path of continuing Jewish traditions. I love seeing my former 1st graders who are now college graduates and successful professionals. One of them is even a Teaching Assistant at Adat now. Teaching at Adat has been a wonderful professional and personal experience.

Thank you, Linda, for all you have given to Adat Ari El during your time here. We are so grateful to you for your years of service, hard work, and dedication to our students – past and present. We wish you lots of luck and fulfillment in the years to come and hope you will visit often!
Shavua Tov,

Inside the Classroom

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Outside the Classroom




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!


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 middle school.

Learn more about them each week in this newsletter – this week is about Milan and Shahar:


What do you do for fun outside of school?
I love to dance – every style!

What do you like best about ADAT?
I love all my teachers and friends. I also really like the Jump-a-thon because it keeps you fit and you donate some money to the school so the next generation can have an extra addition.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?

My favorite grade was 6th grade.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
A piece of advice I would give to a new ADAT student is just that you would have so much fun here at ADAT. You learn to be a great student and person. Here at ADAT, you learn to be a great student and person, and you learn how to make a difference, so you can use it in the future. I am so sad to be leaving! 🙁

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss my awesome teachers and friends the most.


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

What do you like best about ADAT?
What I like is I can get help learning the English language (since I come from Israel).

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?

My favorite and my only grade at ADAT is 6th grade.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
Have fun!

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss the Hebrew part the most.


Important Dates

Important Calendar Updates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 21: Adat Ari El Gala
  • May 22-26: Day School Book Fair
  • May 25: Day School Open House – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • May 29: Memorial Day – No School
  • May 31-June 1: Shavuot – No School

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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Genocide Symposium-FINAL

Party Book is here!!!




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