This Week in Lower School

 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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