A Jewish Day School serving students in Grades TK-6.
Dear Adat Ari El Families,
In the beginning of the school year, I wrote about the beauty of Shabbat Under the Stars and the power that we have to make our community a Kehillah Kedosha. I wrote this then – not knowing just how special the community of Adat Ari El really is. As we come to the end of my first full year with the Day School, I am blown away with the dedication and love that the community here has, not only for the school, but for each other, as well.
Doesn’t a game called Hello Neighbor sound like a spin-off from Mr. Rogers or Sesame Street?
In actuality, Hello Neighbor is a frightening, online game.
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A week ago this past Saturday, we held our 2nd Annual Day School Celebration – Valley Village, 91607! And, what a celebration it was! With over 180 ADAT parents dressed in their '90s best, we had an absolute blast while raising money for our Day School scholarship fund. This fund allows families seeking Jewish education the opportunity to make an ADAT education a reality through much-needed scholarships.
Spring has sprung, and we are truly seeing our students blossom inside the classroom, on the yard and play areas, and in their interactions with peers and their teachers. Between IGD and Jump-a-Thon, as well as their regular everyday schedule, our students have been working hard! Now, it’s time for a well-deserved break.
We are reaching one of my favorite times of year-- when we gear up for our second annual day school celebration! This year we are celebrating the 90s, as well as honoring some educators and supporters who have made a huge impact in our school: Cindy Kestenbaum for her years of support as an educator at ADAT, and Chuck and Barrie Richter for their constant support, allowing us to continue to further the mission of our school.
We hope you received your invitation in the mail!
The Design Thinking process teaches many skills that we value: empathy, iteration, creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration. What makes ADAT’s version of Design Thinking unique is the way in which we explicitly teach Judaism through action. As we continue to refine the way we utilize this process with our students, we have been able to hone in on the part of the process that enables us to infuse Jewish learning into each project: “The Needs Statement”.
I have had some incredible learning opportunities in these past two weeks that I wanted to share with you. It was inspiring, and helped me focus on what is essential to continue to bring our school to higher heights. I also had the opportunity to share about our school and the work we've been doing with educators from around the continent.