This Week in Lower School

 

K-5th Grade Closing Ceremony 

Like many of our programs this year, our K- 5 closing ceremony was recorded on video for our students to enjoy. The benefit from creating it this way is that we can share the recording with our families. Please enjoy the closing ceremony for the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

Summer Reading

Our librarian, Jennifer Nails has compiled summer reading and activities for our students. Please refer to the AEC Library Website for details. 

 

 

Farewell to Lilach Bluevise

On Behalf of the entire Lower School, we would like to thank Ms. Bluevise for five amazing years as the Lower School Principal. We wish you the very best in the next chapter of your life. Please enjoy the tribute video from our students. 

 

AEC High School Student Tutors:

Please see the flyer for “Precision Tutors.” As part of their business class. High school students created this tutoring business to help Lower School students in their academics. Please see the flyer for more details. 



 

 

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Friday, May 21, 2021

 

 

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Final Shabbat of the School Year

This Friday, the Lower School enjoyed their final Shabbat celebration of the school year. It was another exciting time together as a division before we break for summer. Our 5th grade students led the school in blessings and students had an opportunity to say goodbye to our Shinshinim. We also recognized our Principal Lilach Bluevise, as this was her final Shabbat with our school as our leader and we sang her favorite song; The Adelson School Fight Song. 

 

Today was also our last Shabbat in preschool. Thank you parents for sending the students in their fancy Shabbat attire. It helped make our Shabbat more festive and special.

 

View Shabbat Photos

 

 

Preschool End of Year Shows 

In a traditional year, we have many opportunities for our families to come onto campus for Holiday celebrations, milestone events and end of year celebrations. We cherish these opportunities to come together as a community. Although we were limited with having these celebrations together this year , our students and teachers worked very hard to bring the celebrations to our community in the form of videos. Each preschool class sent their individual End of Year Celebration video links to families this week. It is our hope that parents enjoyed these wonderful celebrations. Student’s portfolios will be sent home as well to showcase the wonderful work of our preschoolers.

 

Creative Writing Project

This school year, three of our 1st graders were part of a creative writing project. They worked on descriptive language (especially sensory details)  talked a bit about personification and various literary techniques, and most importantly, they read and wrote stories together, keeping in mind that there are components that must be in place in order to make a story interesting:  essentially, there must be a problem or a conflict, and there must be some sort of resolution.

 

We would like to congratulate Ella Dadon, Addison Henry, and Zara Morris  on their creative writing skills over the course of the year. We are very proud to share our e-book with our community: Bella the Unicorn:  The Sleepover Series, Books 1-3. Please enjoy and share the link with family and friends.

 

 

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5th/6th Transition

Preparing for our 5th to 6th grade transition has been a thoughtful and ongoing process to prepare our 5th graders for the move up into middle school. Our fifth graders are the leaders of the Lower School, such that they were leading our K-5 division with holiday and Shabbat celebrations, Tikkun Olam, Good Deeds Day, and the LS show.  Their learning is  structured to allow them some of the middle school experiences, yet they are guided and supported with every step. They have lockers, they are more independent during transitions, they have more teachers during the school day, and are using more technological tools. Our school counselors (Ms. Kendra and Ms. Maria) along with their homeroom teachers and the upper school team, had a series of activities designed to share information about 6th grade and get them excited about the move. We continue to support our fifth graders during the summer as they are gearing up for middle school. We will miss their leadership and smiling faces, and we are excited for their next step, as they are ready and poised for middle school.

 

AEC High School Student Tutors:

Please see the flyer for “Precision Tutors.” As part of their business class. High school students created this tutoring business to help Lower School students in their academics. Please see the flyer for more details. 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Many grade levels are already full. For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

5/25 Tuesday - PJ day 

5/26 - Last Day of School  -

Closing Celebration K-5 students only

Early dismissal PS 11:15am; K-5 11:30am

 

6/7 - AEC Summer Camp Begins 

7/23 - AEC Summer Camp Ends

8/6 - Student Orientation - Time TBD

8/9 - 2021-2022 school year begins 




 

 

 

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Friday, May 14, 2021

 

Fifth Grade Move Up Ceremony

 

Fifth graders participated in a right of passage today, in the form of a moving up ceremony where they were presented with a Tanakh.  During their Move Up ceremony, our fifth graders shared a personal connection they made with a part of the Torah, whether it was a character, value or a certain Mitzvah.

 

The Fifth graders will continue to explore the Torah as they move up to Middle School. In addition to the five books of the Torah, the Tanakh includes the Book of Neveeim- Prophets and the book of writings-Ketuvim.

They led us in the pledge and Hatikva, sang the shehecheyanu blessing and led us in Shabbat. Additionally, they shared highlights from their fifth grade school year.

 

We have enjoyed watching them grow and further develop into young people who care so much about the world around them.  We are very proud of our fifth graders and are excited to see all of the amazing things they do as they transition into middle school. After the ceremony, the celebration continued with a pool party! Once settled in their classrooms, students shared their latest and greatest creations...informational text magazines. Despite this year’s challenges, the fifth graders wholeheartedly agree that they had a fruitful, fun-filled year of growth.

 

View Ceremony Photos

 

Watch the Ceremony



LS Broadway Review

Lower School Broadway Review

While this year has definitely posed some challenges, we still wanted our students to have the opportunity to participate in our wonderful Adelson Performing Arts program; The show must go on! We determined that a safe way to hold a production while maintaining all COVID protocols was to piece it together as a Broadway Review styled show.“Seussical” was the initial theme for this year's show, so with that, we decided to create a musical based on the book  “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” 

 

Each class had participants that rehearsed, recorded vocals, and filmed separately. We then put all of it together in the editing room to create the final product “Oh the Places You’ll Show!” We wanted the students to experience the final product first, so we hosted the “Red Carpet Premiere” our K- 5th grade students who joined us for a fun viewing party. Our little actors were given the star treatment as they walked the red carpet which was accompanied with paparazzi, autograph seekers, interviewers, and a proper step and repeat. Students continued on to their classrooms and enjoyed popcorn while they watched the recorded production. 4th and 5th grade students were able to watch the show in the theater.  In a year with many limitations, it was amazing to see the creativity and attention to detail of our performing arts program in giving our students an opportunity to perform once again. A special thank you to Lisa Berg and Jenni Kearns for all of their hard work in producing this one of a kind production. 

 

Watch the LS Broadway Review Show



LS Math Olympiad Awards

Math Olympiad

Lower School finished off its year-long Math Olympiads programs with an award ceremony this week. Each student received a certificate of participation and the top scorers for each of the three teams received a trophy. Students scoring within a specific range receive a gold or silver MOEMS (Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School) pin. This year’s top scorers were Noam Fuss (5th grade), Emilia Tsai (4th grade), and Oscar Morris (3rd grade). Second place scores went to Sivan Barshishat (5th grade), Solomon Dumont (4th grade), and Juliana Levisman (3rd grade).

 

MOEMS is an enrichment program designed to build and enhance problem-solving skills in mathematics. Students commit to weekly meetings where various problem solving strategies are introduced and practiced. The monthly contests are very challenging and each student has only 30-minutes to solve five complex and difficult problems. Our Lower School math superstars exceeded all expectations for our first year in the program.

 

One student achieved a goal reached by only 0.23% of all participants from 35 different countries (nearly 170,000 students). Emilia Tsai, 4th grade, was able to answer all 25 contest problems correctly, receiving a PERFECT SCORE. The George Lenchner Award was present to Emilia on Thursday for this remarkable accomplishment. Congratulations, Emilia. You deserve this very prestigious recognition for your hard work, determination, and extraordinary math skills.

 

Our other Math Olympiads include: Jacob Ruben, Mia Scala, and Shai Weiss (5th grade); Lior Goren, Sabrina Harouni, Jacob Kahn, Elliot Khavkin, and Kyle Reid (4th grade); and Ethan Burda, Nairah Halawany, Evan Markowitz, and Daniel Schwartz (3rd grade).

 

View Math Awards Photos




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Rosh Chodesh Donation Update 

Back in March, the Lower School raised over $1,200 for Passover Packages for Jewish soldiers around the world. We received notice from the Jewish Soldiers Project that our contributions helped fund nearly 100 Passover care packages to Jewish soldiers serving in the military this year. 

 

This week we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Sivan with a dress down for $1 day. We collected over $800 and the money will go to the charity of choice of the 5th grade.




AEC High School Student Tutors:

Please see the flyer for “Precision Tutors.” As part of their business class. High school students created this tutoring business to help Lower School students in their academics. Please see the flyer for more details. 

High School Tutors

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Many grade levels are already full. For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

5/17 - 5/18 -  Shavuot - NO SCHOOL

5/19 - End of Year - 3’s - Students Only 

5/21 - End of Year - 2’s - Students Only 

5/26 - Last Day of School  - 

Closing Celebration K-5 students only 

Early dismissal PS 11:15am; K-5 11:30am



 

 

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Friday, May 7, 2021

 

 

AEC LS Field Day 2021

Field Day Returns!

Field day is an annual event put on by our Physical Education team to promote physical activity, teamwork, sportsmanship, and exercise with our students. Each year, the physical Education team decides on a theme for the event. This year, we chose Jerusalem as the theme for field day to honor Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) which is on May 10th. Students took a fun trip around the city of Jerusalem, as each station was inspired by different locations in the city.  They completed an obstacle course that led to the Jerusalem Gates while blindfolded and guided by the voice of a friend. They imagined they were in Hezekiah’s Water Tunnel by passing a wet sponge overhead in a relay race and they built the Western Wall from foam blocks and enjoyed ice pops at the Machne Yehuda Market. They also had a scooter relay with the goal of collecting items worth 70 points to symbolize the 70 names of Jerusalem. Students also participated in classic field day favorites such as basketball and Sploosh.  Thanks to the work of the PE department, the specialists, and leadership team who helped out at the stations. This was a fun filled day for the Lower School students.

 

Field Day 2021 Photos

 

AEC third grade Native American

Third Grade Native American Integrated Unit

As part of the 3rd grade learning about the 5 themes of geography; location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region,  The third graders have spent the year studying different regions of the United States and some of the most prominent Native American tribes that called these lands home often prior to the inception of statehood. Per our AEC tradition, each third grader is tasked with an end-of-year project that requires them to pick a tribe that has not been previously studied and complete several related tasks to research and apply these geography skills. Students research their selected tribes extensively, create a diorama depicting life-like representations of tribal habits and environments, and present their projects virtually using new technological learning and techniques. To showcase with families this year, they created a virtual presentation that they will share at home. 

 

This project integrates social studies, music, art, reading, writing and technology as students prepared a Native American song and dance in Music class to present to the school and made 3-D prints of their traditional Native American spirit animals in Discovery Lab. Students worked hard both at home and in school on the different parts of this year-long project and are proud to show off their work and learning!

 

Native American Songs

 


AEC LS Community Shabbat
Community Shabbat

We enjoyed another Shabbat as a K-5 community on the field today. Our Third graders presented their Native American Songs and helped lead Shabbat.

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem day on Monday 5/10 our Shinshinim lead us in dancing to a classic song about Jerusalem- Sisu et Yerushalayim.

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

5/10 Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day during HB classes

5/11 - Opening Night Red Carpet - LS Show

5/12 - Rosh Chodesh - Dress Down $1

5/13 - End of Year Show - Babies/JK - Students Only 

5/14 - 5th Grade Move Up/Shavuot Shabbat -Students Only 

5/17 - 5/18 -  Shavuot - NO SCHOOL

5/19 - End of Year - 3’s - Students Only 

5/21 - End of Year - 2’s - Students Only 

5/26 - Last Day of School  - early dismissal PS 11:15am; K-5 11:30am

 

AEC LS Red Carpet Event







 

 

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Friday, April 30, 2021

 

 

 

Lower School Shabbat Outdoors 

Shabbat Together, Again! 

 

This Friday, we celebrated Shabbat as a community for the first time this year. We sang  the Shehecheyanu blessing, which is a blessing that we recite when we do something for the first time.  While keeping COVID protocols our students enjoyed the same wonderful Shabbat celebration that we are all used to, but outside on the soccer field. The Shabbat theme was Lag B’Omer and our Shinishinim lead us in a song and dance about the colors of the traditional Lag B’ omer bonfires Fifth grade students led us in the Shabbat blessings. In addition, we sang and danced to some of our favorite Shabbat songs. We were very appreciative and excited for this experience again.

 

VIEW PHOTOS


Good Deeds Day

Every year, the Adelson 5th graders exercise their leadership skills while planning Good Deeds Day for the Lower School. Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. Started in Israel, and now all over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. 

 

In the past, our school has partnered with a variety of organizations to spread their tikkun olam (repairing the world). Due to obvious limitations this year, the fifth graders decided to create good deeds for their very own community. Kindergarten and first grade were treated to a sensory path. A sensory path is a series of guided movements for kids to follow, shown by markings on the ground or walls. As students follow the path and complete the movements, they work off excess energy, develop their gross motor skills, and follow specific directions. The young students were then introduced, via video, to the Good Deed Superheroes! 

 

The second through fourth graders were treated to a “Level Up” extravaganza, a tricky obstacle-course that “leveled them up” to next year’s grade level. At various stops in the course, students were confronted with a physical challenge and an academic review question. At the end of the course, students were introduced, via video, to the current teachers who are a grade level above. 

 

All grade levels were encouraged to exercise their Tikkun Olam by completing a Good Deeds Bingo Board. The fifth graders truly enjoyed a project-based learning experience while also participating in doing a wonderful mitzvah during  Good Deeds Day.

 

VIEW PHOTOS


London Portor Kids Flaunt It Contest winner

Scholastic Kids Flaunt Contest Winner

Third grade student London Porter has been selected as a Special Recognition recipient for the 2020 Scholastic Kids Flaunt Contest. She was one of 21 submissions from AEC and she had the winning essay.  You can read her essay on the “Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It” website. She also had the opportunity to read the essay to her 3rd grade classmates. 

 


Israeli River of rocks

Israeli River of Rocks

A few weeks ago when we celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut our students decorated blue and white rocks. This week our students placed the rocks in the river rock by the Beit Midrash. We will name it our Israeli river of rocks, and it will remind us of our connection to Israel.

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

5/6 - K-5 Field Day - More details to follow

5/7 - 3rd Grade Native Americans Shabbat

5/10 Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day during HB classes

5/11 - Opening Night Red Carpet - LS Show - Details to follow. 

5/12 - Rosh Chodesh - Dress Down $1

5/13 - End of Year Show - Babies/JK - Students Only 

5/14 - 5th Grade Move Up/Shavuot Shabbat -Students Only 

5/17 - 5/18 -  Shavuot - NO SCHOOL

5/19 - End of Year - 3’s - Students Only 

5/21 - End of Year - 2’s - Students Only 

5/26 - Last Day of School 




 

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Friday, April 23, 2021

 

 

Kindergarten Space Moon Sun

My Place in Space 

Our Kindergarten students completed a six week long unit on the earth, sun, moon, recycling, and the water cycle. The students developed this unit into a culminating virtual presentation to share with friends and family. The students enjoyed researching, reading books , and singing songs about these topics while integrating the subjects of Hebrew, art, music, writing, social studies, science, character traits, and technology into this unit. 

 

 

As part of our Shabbat celebration to round out the week, the Kindergarten students sang Fly Me to the Moon, I am the Earth, and the Hebrew songs  Le'olam Be'Ikvot Hashemesh and Geshem Geshem Mishamayim.

 

View Pictures of My Place in Space unit.

 

Junior Kindergarten Art Music

Junior Kindergarten visits the Music Room and Art Room 

As part of our transitional process from preschool to Kindergarten, our Junior Kindergarten students have started to visit the specialist rooms that they will enjoy next year as Kindergarteners. All classes will visit these spaces over the next few weeks: in Ms. Levy’s art room, students are doing a lesson on painting “squishy bugs.” Ms. Kearns’ music room provides an opportunity for students to explore many different instruments. 



Fourth grade Kindness Project

Kindness Rocks

Ms. Morris’ 4th grade class has been devoting a considerable amount of time to the theme of kindness this semester. The students have been able to earn an additional recess each week whenthey displayed kindness to each other and to their teachers.  This week, students decided to use the time of their extra recess to write quotes and decorate rocks with the goal to spread kindness to others. The colorful rocks are on display in the landscaping near the Lower School main entrance . Great job Ms. Morris’ class. Please view the pictures here.

 

Swim Unit

Lower School Swim Unit

Students are having a blast swimming in our state-of-art natatorium! It has been quite some time since our students had the opportunity to swim at school, due to COVID, and we are excited to bring some of our programs back while keeping COVID protocols. The P.E. swim unit will finish next week. Please see the flyer for additional details. We can’t wait to swim during our summer camp and for the return of swim units and the LS swim team next school year!

 

Swim Unit Flyer

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Summer Camp at AEC

 

Important Dates:  

4/29 - Good Deeds Day 

4/30- Lag Ba’Omer

5/6 - K-5 Field Day - More details to follow

5/7 - 3rd Grade Native Americans Shabbat

5/10 Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day during HB classes

5/11 - Opening Night Red Carpet - LS Show (More Info Coming Soon)

5/12 - Rosh Chodesh - Dress Down $1



 

 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

 

Yom

Yom Hazikaron 

Our 4th and 5th grades students learned about how Israel holds an expectation for their citizens to commit to serving their country in the Israeli Defense forces and the connection of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut.  The 4th grade students learned about the remembrance symbol of Yom Hazikaron - Dam Hamakkabim (Blood of the Maccabees) as it represents fallen soldiers and reflects that the Maccabees are one of the early defenders of the Jewish people. The 5th grade students learned the significance of the moment of silence siren which sounds in the evening and morning in Israel and represents the fallen soldiers who have protected Israel.

 

Yom Ha’atzmaut 

We had a very festive and joyous Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration in our preschool through 5th grade. Our preschool students focused on experiencing different cities and landmarks in Israel. The activities included; taking an airplane to visit israel using passports, tickets and stamps, visiting the beach in Tel Aviv and Dead sea, noticing the salty water makes objects float ,milking the cows in the Kibbutz, putting notes in the Wetern Wall in Jerusalem, Dance party in Tel Aviv, waterplay and fishing in Eilat and much more. The students all made flags and had fun parading to Israeli music.

 

Our Kindergarten through 5th grade students had a wonderful celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut. They Decorated visors and made Israeli flags for their celebration. Students gathered on the field at different points of the day to March with the Shinshinim, decorated rocks for the Israel rock garden, and played traditional Israeli outdoor games (Israeli Matka, gummi jumping, Shalosh Maklot, foosball and soccer). Students also enjoyed the Israeli snack Bisli to get a “taste” of Israel. Our specialist and general studies  teachers integrated the Yom Ha’atzmaut holiday into their curricula for this special day.  

 

View Pictures 

 

 

Start-up Nation 

For Yom Ha’atzmaut, our 4th and 5th graders met an Israel entrepreneur as part of the Shinshinim curriculum “Startup Nation.” Chen Levanon, who is also an AEC parent, met with our students virtually and spoke about her journey of launching start-up technology companies. She spoke to our students about learning from failure in order to be successful. She attributes her experiences as a competitive track and field hurdler as preparation for her success and learning the skills of what it takes to overcome obstacles to achieve professional and personal goals. Chen was impressed with the high level of understanding and questions from our students. We are grateful for the opportunity to hear from successful Israeli entrepreneurs like Chen. Chen started companies such as Clicksmob, Noa 18, and Kumbaya 



 

Lower School Swim Unit

We are very excited to announce that we will be having a P.E. swim unit over the next two weeks. The Physical Education team has been preparing for this unit with care and attention to detail regarding our safety and COVID protocols. Please see the attached flyer for time and dates. 



Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

4/23 - Kindergarten Earth Day Presentation 

4/29 - Good Deeds Day 

4/30- Lag Ba’Omer

5/6 - K-5 Field Day - More details to follow

5/7 - 3rd Grade Native Americans Shabbat

5/10 Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day during HB classes

5/11 - Opening Night Red Carpet - LS Show

5/12 - Rosh Chodesh - Dress Down $1



 

 

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Friday, April 9, 2021

 

LS

Second Grade Symbols Fair 

 

Adelson’s Second Graders have worked diligently this year to learn about our great nation through the study of four major American Symbols: the American Flag, the Statue of Liberty, the Bald Eagle, and the Liberty Bell. This study has been incorporated into every facet of the student’s learning, extending into all areas of study: Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology, Music, Science and Hebrew. 

 

The students began the unit in January by discussing the definition of a symbol and learning to recognize symbols that are present in the world around us. The students quickly learned to identify common symbols such as hearts, four-leaf clovers, and doves. They learned what each of these symbols represented. Then, the students set out on a journey to discover which symbols represent America. 

 

American Flag

The first symbol that the second graders studied was the American Flag. The classes began with an introduction to Betsy Ross and the first American flag. We learned about the thirteen stars and stripes, their representation of the Original Thirteen Colonies, and the symbolism of the colors on the flag. This unit also extended into Discovery Lab and Art, as the students used tinkercad.com to create a virtual 3-D model of the current American flag and as they learned about artistic renditions of the American and Israeli flags by three famous artists, namely Jasper Johns, Yaacov Agam, and Joe Everson. Finally, we concluded our study of the American Flag at home, where students worked with their parents and siblings to create a Family Flag featuring important colors, symbols, and designs representative of their respective families. 

 

Statue of Liberty

Then, the Second Grade set off to study the Statue of Liberty! This was an incredible experience for the students because they were able to learn about the Statue of Liberty in so many ways: in Art, Science, Writing, and Math. The Second Graders made chalk drawings and standing paper models of the Statue of Liberty; they conducted an oxidation experiment on a penny, recording their observations daily; and they even were to measure and create life size replicas of Lady Liberty’s hands, feet, and crown. Second Grade concluded their study with a virtual Field Trip to Liberty Island. Their guides: Adelson’s own High School History Students! 

 

Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is one of America’s most unique and fascinating symbols! With wingspans up to eight feet long, the students really enjoyed measuring their own wingspans and comparing the relative size-differential between an eight-year-old child and a Bald Eagle! They also were able to go out into nature during this unit, utilizing the twigs and leaves local to Adelson Campus in order to create clay models of an eagle’s nest. Overall, the students’ favorite aspect of this unit was observing and recording the birth of a baby eaglet! Observing the eagles in their natural habitat was a truly rewarding and memorable experience for us all!

 

Liberty Bell 

Our last symbol, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the Liberty Bell! Cast in August 1752, the Liberty Bell is even older than the American Flag and the Statue of Liberty. It has stood the test of time as a symbol to our country. We completed many fun projects learning about the Liberty Bell, but one that the students especially enjoyed was making a paper copy of the bell and then affixing multiple clappers with the bell with questions and answers on either side. They loved quizzing themselves and each other in order to learn more about this famous bell. Another fun aspect of this study was incorporating music as we discussed the note that the bell makes when it sounds, an E-flat. We concluded the unit with a model of the Liberty Bell that even rings! 

 

Israeli Flag

In 1948, after nearly two thousand years of exile, the State of Israel was reestablished as the Jewish homeland. The new flag of the modern state was unfurled at the United Nation in 1949. The flag has been a symbol of the proud return of the Jewish nation to its homeland.

 

In Hebrew class our students learned about the flag of Israel and they learned the Hebrew terms of the symbols on the flag. They wrote a description of the flag in Hebrew and recorded their description orally. Our Second graders learned about the Israel seal symbol with our Shinshinim and then created the symbol using recycling materials. In art class the students made their own Israeli flags 

 

Our 2nd grade students also performed the songs Grand Old Flag and a song about the Israeli flag “This Flag is your flag”. Watch the videos:

 

American Flag dance video

 

Israel Flag dance video

 

 

We are very proud of each student’s accomplishments that were gained through this comprehensive and enjoyable unit. Way to go Second Grade!

 

 

6 million Steps 

To memorialize the victims of the Holocaust, our 5th grade students participated in a program called 6 Million Steps. The challenge is to walk or run to reach 6 million steps a week for Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) And to eventually reach 18 millions steps, which  symbolizes good luck and the Hebrew letter equivalent, “chai” – or life. One lap around our school track is equal to 250 steps. Our students from 5th grade and up, as well as our staff members participated in this symbolic effort to memorialize Holocaust victims and to bring attention to the unfortunate ris ein antisemitism. As a community, we have completed 473,974 steps this week! This includes faculty/staff, as well as students in grades 5-8. If possible, it would be great to have it mentioned in the Etone this week. The 6 millions steps challenge is in remembrance of Holocaust victims.  The worldwide event ends this Sunday.

 

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5th Grade Yom Hashoah 

Behind every one of the six million names, lies a story. Fifth graders learned about the Holocaust through the eyes of a living survivor. Esther Morgenstern, Mrs. Oshins’ aunt, shared her story through a video interview.

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 

 

 

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Important Dates:  

4/14- Yom Hazikaron commemoration for grades 4-5 in Hebrew class

4/15- Yom Ha’azmaut celebration - wear blue and white

4/23 - Kindergarten Earth Day Presentation 

4/29 - Good Deeds Day 

4/30- Lag Ba’Omer

5/6 - K-5 Field Day - More details to follow

5/7 - 3rd Grade Native Americans Shabbat

5/10 Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day during HB classes

5/11 - Opening Night Red Carpet - LS Show

5/12 - Rosh Chodesh - Dress Down $1

 

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Friday, March 19, 2021

 

Preschool Pesach

Celebrating Pesach

Over the past few weeks, all our students in the Lower School have been learning about the upcoming Holiday of Passover. All students enjoyed Passover model seders in their classrooms this year. 

 

As part of the passover learning units in Preschool each class created an art piece that they use for the model seders from placemats, afikoman bags, seder plates, Elijah’s cup, Matzah covers, and Matzah holders.The students sang Passover songs, danced, discussed the items on the Seder plate, and enjoyed eating Matzah and drinking grape juice.

 

During our K-5th Passover units, we saw how the Passover curriculum is spiraled from to grade to grade. Our Kindergarten students learned about the fourteen orders of the Seder and were introduced to many songs from the Haggadah. They learned about the symbolism of each item on the seder plate and created their individual seder plates in art classOur Kindergarten students proudly sang the “Ma Nishtana” (the Four Questions). First graders were able to follow along in the actual Hagaddah, as they have started to become more proficient Hebrew readers. Our Second graders learned the full Passover story through experiential learning as they acted out the story in their classes. 

 

One of the focuses of third grade was B’chol Dorr Vadorr: In every generation, everyone should see themselves as if they left Egypt. The art project that the third graders completed was a mirror to symbolize that phrase from the Hagaddah.

 

Our Fourth grade students had leading parts in their classroom model seders. Each student led their class through different parts of the Hagaddah giving short narratives.

 

Lastly, our 5th grade students participated in a student-led Seder as an interactive Seder experience. The students each researched one part of the Hagaddah. They found multiple commentaries on why and how we each part is done. They then created a presentation and shared it during our Seder.

 

All classes enjoyed reciting the blessings, dancing and singing the Passover songs as well as drinking the four cups of grape juice and eating the Matzah.

 

Passover pictures 2021



Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam in the 3’s

The 3’s classes have been taught that giving Tzedakah (charitable giving) is a Mitzvah since the beginning of the school year. The Red Dragonflies, Ladybugs, and Butterflies have been collecting Tzedakah each week during Shabbat. This week, all of the money collected over the course of the year was donated to Aishel Avraham, which is a charitable organization that provides food for Shabbat dinners for families in need. On Friday, the students  had the opportunity to send their money off to families in need, just in time to help these families for Passover meals. 

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

3/22 - 4/2 - Spring Break - No School 

4/5 - School Resumes

4/8 - Yom HaShoah - commemoration for grade 5

4/9 - 2nd Grade Symbols Fair 

4/14- Yom Hazikaron commemoration for grades 4-5 in Hebrew class

4/15- Yom Ha’azmaut celebration - wear blue and white

4/23 - Kindergarten Earth Day Presentation 

4/29 - Good Deeds Day 

4/30- Lag Ba’Omer



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Friday, March 12, 2021

 

Lower School projects

Fun explorations in K - 3rd grade science

 

Recently kindergarten students investigated what causes an object to move. Students explored pushes and pulls and learned that forces are what moves objects and that you can change the way an object moves by changing the force. They also learned that some forces cannot be changed easily, like gravity. Students had a great time using slopes and balls to manipulate the forces of pushes, pulls, and gravity. 

 

View Motion pictures

 

 

Our first grade scientists have been investigating how air interacts with objects. They have learned that objects can be moved by air but objects can also resist air’s force. To further investigate the phenomenon known as air resistance, students participated in a fictitious supply delivery to some hungry firefighters trapped in a meadow in the forest, surrounded by fire. They used parachutes to deliver much needed supplies. They learned that a parachute is a system that uses many parts to resist air and slow the system down while traveling to the earth’s surface. 

 

View Parachute Pictures 

 

 

Our second graders began an engineering unit in science in which they are exploring the work of engineers. Students are learning that engineers use technology to solve problems. They are also investigating the engineering process which sometimes has many failures before successes surface. Students have learned about the engineering of bridges to prepare them for their first challenge which is building a bridge that can hold pennies that only uses two sheets of paper. 

 

View Bridge Pictures 

 

Our third graders have been busy investigating skeletal systems. They counted the bones of the human body and learned the names of many of them. They even compared their own bones to the bones of rodents by dissecting owl pellets. Students discovered skulls, femurs, ribs, teeth, and much more in the discarded pellets of California Barn Owls. They then worked to reassemble the bones to their original structure. 

 

View Bone Counter Pictures

 

 

View Owl Pellet Pictures

 

 

 

LS Garden

Garden Update

Spring has sprung and the Lower School gardens have started to bloom. Back in November, our young farmers planted a variety of vegetable seeds and now the plants are growing nicely. Some of the plants include swiss chard, kale, snap peas, lettuce, carrots, parsley, radish, and marigolds. Our K-5 students also planted strawberries and mint with our Shinshinim during Tu B’Shvat. Some of our preschool students have had the opportunity to examine their harvested vegetables and will have more to pick in the coming weeks with warmer weather on the horizon. 



$ Dress Down Day - Tikkun Olam 

Thank you to all of our Lower School families who participated in $ dress down day. The Lower School raised $1,204 for Passover packages for Jewish soldiers around the world. 

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

3/22 - 4/2 - Spring Break - No School 

4/5 - School Resumes

4/8 - Yom HaShoah - commemoration for grade 5

4/9 - 2nd Grade Symbols Fair 

4/14 Yom Hazikaron - commemoration for grades 4-5

4/15- Yom Ha’azmaut celebration - wear blue and white

4/16 - Good Deeds Day 

4/23 - Kindergarten Earth Day Presentation 

4/29- Lag BaOmer



 

 

reading week

Nevada Reading Week 

Masking-wearing, social distancing, and cohorting did not prevent our school community from celebrating reading, storytelling, and the written word during this year's Nevada Reading Week! Our theme was Change Your World: Read! Over the course of the week, we hosted esteemed author Julie Sternberg via Zoom, during which time she shared insight into her process as well as the ways in which she became inspired to write her newest novel, SUMMER OF STOLEN SECRETS, which will be published in May, 2021. 

 

The novel centers on a young girl from Louisiana who learns the truth about her Jewish identity. Ms. Sternberg also saved time to answer many of the questions that our curious students posed. During Library sessions, students explored the picture book HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY in which award-wining author and illustrator Uri Shulevitz shares the story of his father bringing home to his impoverished family a map as opposed to bread. After overcoming his disappointment and anger, the young Shulevitz begins to spend hours in front of the map, imagining and drawing, transporting himself from his hunger and misery, and propelling himself into an award-winning career in children's literature. Students began to understand that no matter where we come from, what we look like, or our economic status, we all have the ability to change our circumstances and change the world. 

 

Later in the week, we participated in a lively and informative Zoom with two exceptional Youth Librarians from the Summerlin Library which included a virtual tour, finger-dancing, a book talk and a read aloud. We also enjoyed dressing as our favorite book characters on Wednesday. Thank you to our students, faculty, administrators, and parents for their support of our school library and NV Reading Week. Please check out this video with some of the highlights from Nevada Reading Week  LS Video for 3.5.21

 

We would like to thank all of our Classroom Resource Coordinators for their time and effort with the door decorating. They were very creative and our students really enjoyed seeing them all week.

 

 

 

Congrats to our Librarian, Jen Nails!


AEC Librarian Jen Nails has been selected to present a workshop this June as part of the American Library Association's annual conference. The largest of its kind in the country, the conference brings together thousands of educators, authors, publishers, librarians, and booksellers in order to discuss and share new research, innovations, and educational programming for schools and libraries. Ms. Nails is thrilled to have been selected and to represent AEC this summer. 

 

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 




Important Dates:  

3/8 - 3/19 - Optional spring conferences- please contact your teacher to schedule a Zoom call

3/12 - Rosh Chodesh Nissan - Dress down for $1 - All proceeds will go to the Passover care packages to Jewish Soldiers via the Jewish Soldiers Project. 

3/22 - 4/2 - Spring Break - No School 

4/5 - School Resumes

 

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Friday, February 26, 2021

 

 

 

Purim

 

Purim:

This week, we celebrated a fun and festive Purim. It was exciting to see the students and staff dress up in their creative costumes on this joyous day. Although altered for this year, students still enjoyed a parade, traditional Purim songs, carnival games, the 3rd grade Purim play of the Megillah story, a performance by Nik Nak and Mishloach Manot bags that were sent home. All of the students made their very own groggers for their parades and the 5th grade made virtual groggers. The Middle School provided a recording of the Megillah reading (scroll of Esther). The 5th grade students recorded “talk shows” as the different characters of the Purim story. 

 

Purim Play - Our 3rd grade tradition is for our students to act out the story of Purim in Hebrew and English. They worked on reading the story in Hebrew, understanding character personalities, learning lines, acting and creating props and costumes. This year,  they learned all of this as well as learning to do video “takes” as it had to be filmed for the Lower School to enjoy in their individual classrooms. The 3rd graders were resilient, as one class had to quarantine prior to filming and much of the prep work had to be done at home for that class. Even with these challenges, the play was pulled together to keep our tradition of the 3rd grade Purim play alive. The link was shared with the Lower School students, as they were able to view it as  part of their Purim festivities. Please enjoy the 3rd grade Purim Play.

 

Thank you to the PTO for packing all of the Mishloach Manot for our students to enjoy. A special thank you to Morah Dina and all of the Hebrew teachers for making this celebration of Purim a success. 

 

PURIM PICTURES 


AG 5th grade
Attorney General Virtual Visit: 

The 5th grade students had an amazing treat this week. On Monday, our 5th grade welcomed guest speakers NV State Attorney General, Aaron Ford, and his First Assistant, Kyle George, through Zoom. After completing their Constitution Unit, fifth graders had the wonderful learning opportunity to learn about General Ford’s career, his past experiences as a State Senator, and made connections to our Social Studies curriculum. 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 



Important Dates:  

3/1 -  3/5 - Nevada Reading Week (3/3 Dress up as your favorite book character)  

3/8 - 3/19 - Optional spring conferences- please contact your teacher to schedule a Zoom call

3/22 - 4/2 - Spring Break - No School 

4/5 - School Resumes



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Friday, February 18, 2021

 

first grade fairy tales play

First Grade Fairy Tales 

First grade is very excited to have had their Fairy Tale Celebration!  They have worked very hard throughout this entire unit. The first graders began reading, listening to and comparing fairy tale stories at the start of the unit.  They identified story elements unique to Fairy Tales and began planning their very own original Fairy Tale story.  After weeks of brainstorming, drafting, editing and revising, the students have created published original works that contain the very story elements they studied.  Also included in this unit is a “Readers Theater” where the students engage in a fairy tale performance. This unit has incorporated reading, writing, coding in Discovery Lab, science and art as they created a character from their story out of clay. In Hebrew the students learned the song Malkat Haksamim (Queen of Magic by Ofra Haza) and the students performed the song with magical dance moves.  Hats off to the amazing first graders on a unit well done!

Hebrew Song video.



Purim Mitzvah 

It is said that during 356 BCE in ancient Persia, the Jews were saved by the Brave Queen Esther and Mordechai. To give thanks for being saved, the Jews are supposed to fulfill Mitzvot on Purim. An important Mitzvah is Matanot La’evyonim - (Gifts to the less fortunate). This can be performed by giving food items or money to those in need.

 

Many of you remember the 100th day of school food drive when we collected more than 3100 food items for those in need. Our students helped sort and pack the food they collected and it was donated to Aishel Avraham https://aishelavraham.com/


The Aishel Avraham charity will distribute the food on Purim to many less fortunate families. We are proud to be able to take part in this important Purim Mitzvah. Next Friday 10/26 we will have our annual Purim celebration. Please see the flyer on right for more information. 

 

 

Summer Camp at Adelson Campus 2021 (June 7th - July 23rd)

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is live. Spots are already filling fast. 

For dates, times, pricing, and registration please visit our camp website 

(Adelson Students receive a 5% discount. Use code: Adelsonstudent during registration). 

 

 

Important Dates:  

2/26 - Purim Flyer 

3/1 -  3/5 - Nevada Reading Week (3/3 Dress up as your favorite book character)  

3/8 - 3/19 - Optional spring conferences- please contact your teacher to schedule a Zoom call

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