What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.26.17

May 22, 2017

Leadership Blog

Plug That Summer Learning-Leak!

Just like a drippy faucet, parents must find a way to plug the crack that forms when children leave school for a long break. The fact that academic and social-emotional learning “leaks out” over the summer is held up by much research.

It is essential to make sure children read. Every year I give a special gift to students in grades 3 through 6 who read at least two books over the summer. I am always surprised when a few students return to school telling me they did not have time to read at all over the ten-week break. That means those students have to spend a great deal of time at the beginning of the academic year playing catch-up instead of being able to move forward with others in the class.

As always, I will be providing a suggested reading list for summer. There are also summer reading programs at local libraries. In fact, the children’s librarian from the Studio City Library came to our school this week to introduce herself and explain the program to our students.

I am sometimes asked why ADAT does not assign specific books for reading during the summer. The answer is that we at ADAT know from experience that students will be more willing to read and will read more when they are allowed to choose their books. Once again, research backs this approach up. Erin T. Kelly, M.D. writes, “Is that going to be the best literature in the world? No. But if it’s something that the children will actually read, then it’s going to lead to positive outcomes.”


Now what about math? There is no equivalent of a summer reading list or summer library programs for math. It is easy to understand why less enticing packets for summer math practice often go undone. I challenge you to recognize the math in every day life and include your children. For example, decide with them how much time you should put in the parking meter and figure out when is it time to get back to the car. Children can help you look for an address. Even numbers are on one side of the street, odd on the other. The grocery store is my favorite math classroom. Think about letting your child count out 5 bananas, doing price comparisons, noting grams of sugar per serving, checking change from the cashier (if you pay in cash). There are also many computer games and apps that review and teach math.

Much social-emotional growth has taken place during the school year, and it’s important to continue that throughout the summer months. Promote continued growth with camp, playdates, and family trips. Provide challenges like trying new experiences or taking on a new hobby. Is your child interested in learning a new instrument or advancing with the one they are playing? How about making time to tinker in the garage? Summer can be an ideal time to take on something fresh.

Instead of letting learning fade, make the sunshine of June, July, and August be months that gleam with momentum. In a blink your children will be back here at school and we will be ready for them to blast off to the next quest.


Inside the Classroom

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The last weekly updates of the year will be available next Friday!

We hope you enjoyed seeing all the students’ fabulous work at Open House!

Outside the Classroom



Shabbaton 12-17


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 Solomon, Abby, and Tomer:


What do you do for fun outside of school?
The things that I do outside of school are baseball and bowling.

What do you like best about ADAT?
I think the best thing at Adat is archery in PE.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
My favorite grade at Adat was 6th grade

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
I would tell them to do your Greece reports for 30 minutes a day when you are in sixth grade.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss all the teachers and all my friends. I will also miss the yard.


How long have you been at ADAT?
I have been at ADAT my whole life. I have never been at another school.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
Out of school I enjoy practicing all dance styles.

What do you like best about ADAT?
At ADAT I love how caring everyone is and I love being apart of such a small community because then I kn0w everyone.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
I don’t think I can answer this question because all my years at ADAT were amazing in all their own ways.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
That when you come always try as hard as you can even when you are learning something you aren’t so interested in because you never know, you may grow to like it.  

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss my old teachers (of course) but I will also miss the smaller community.


How long have you been at ADAT?
I just came this year.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to play Judo, video games, and watch TV.

What do you like best about ADAT?
That I get to keep learning Hebrew.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT?
6th grade, but it was the only one I have had here.

If you could give a piece of advice to a new ADAT student, what you tell them?
Enjoy yourself and invest yourself in the community and learning.

What will you miss most about ADAT?
I will miss having less homework than when I was in Israel.

Important Dates

Important Calendar Updates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 29: Memorial Day – No School
  • May 30: Wear white to school in honor of Shavuot
  • May 31 & June 1: Shavuot – No School
  • June 7: 6th Grade ONLY – last day of school
  • June 8: TK-5  – last day of school – 12:00 p.m. dismissal – No Day Care Available
  • June 8: 6th Grade Graduation – 1:30 p.m.

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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