Lower School News 2021-2022

Friday, September 24, 2021

Hakafot Shabbat

Celebrating Hafakot Shabbat

Today our Lower School students met for Shabbat as a large group for the first time this school year. In a celebration led by Morah Dina, Ms. Kearns, and our Shinshinim, we were so grateful to come together for Hafakot Shabbat on the soccer field. As we finish up festive activities in our Sukkahs, we move into Simchat Torah, during which time we celebrate the commencement of reading the full cycle of the Torah and beginning our lives anew. This morning, after reading from the Torah, Tavor and Leya paraded throughout the field holding the Torah, dancing and raising homemade flags with all students. Highlights from the morning included lively choreography from Ms. Kearns and Leya, the fifth graders’ mature leadership during our Shabbat prayers, and the joy of coming together as a community for the first time in quite a while. After the celebration, students enjoyed grape juice and challah in their classrooms. 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, September 10, 2021

 

Tashlich Lower School 2021 

 

Tashlich 

Traditionally performed on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, tashlich -- which, translated, means “to cast off” -- is the sacred act of reflecting on the past year of our lives, then deciding what we’d like to bring into our next year and what we’d like to release. After this reflection, we write down the things that we’d like to let go of, and throw them into the water. This week in the Lower School, students experienced this self-reflective tradition. Students discussed some of the things that they’d felt sorry for over the course of the past year, or mistakes wrote them down, and let them go. As we prepare for Yom Kippur, this ritual can encourage all of us to remember that renewal lies ahead and that the new year has all of the potential to be bright. 

 

 

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Friday, September 3, 2021

 

 

 

Challah Baking

Challah Bake is Back

This week, we were thrilled to bring back one of our favorite traditions here at AEC:  The Challah Bake. Students gently pounded, flattened, rolled, twisted, and kneaded fresh dough into creative shapes and designs. Faculty members then handed off the trays of our students’ creations to our kitchen staff. The scent of baking bread emanating from the cafeteria all day was mouth-watering. Students were given their challah at the end of the day to bring home to share with their families over the holidays. Thank you to our administration and to Aubrey and our supportive kitchen staff for all of their assistance in ensuring that our students thoroughly enjoyed the Challah Bake.

 

Jewish Holidays

Celebrating the Holidays 

On Wednesday and Thursday, students celebrated Rosh Hashanah with stories, apples and honey, and special activities. Today, all students received a honey stick to take home provided by the PTO. We are so grateful to our parents for the time and effort spent preparing all of the honey sticks and seders for our Lower School community of students. We could not have enjoyed such enriching celebrations this week without all of your support. 

 

Nevada PS I Love You Postcard Project

Over the past few weeks, students in grades 3rd-5th have designed postcards with the shape of our state on the front, and a poem on the back sharing details regarding what they love about growing up in Nevada. The postcards are anonymous (students’ names do NOT appear anywhere on each card) and will be sent by NV Humanities to local addresses all across the state of Nevada as part of the NV Humanities’ PS I Love You Postcard Project

 

We Wish You Well

We send you and all of your families and friends our best wishes for a peaceful L’shanah Tovah, a Happy Jewish New Year. We hope that your weekend is full of love and joy, as well as time spent reflecting, enjoying one another, and anticipating a sweet new year. 

 

Picture Day

Picture Day is coming on Friday, September 10. Please make sure students are wearing their Shabbat uniform and to bring their best smile. Masks may be removed briefly while taking the photo. Pictures will be taken in large open areas (gym/theater) and the photographers have been vaccinated and will be wearing masks at all times.

 

 

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Friday, August 27, 2021

 

Shofar

Our Annual Shofar Factory

The pandemic did not stop our 3rd graders from engaging in one of our favorite traditions here at the Adelson School:  the Shofar Factory. The program began with a Zoom presentation which included history about the instrument, the tools needed to build one, and a Kahoot game. Students also discovered which animal horns can be used to make a shofar, as well as the process of constructing the instrument. Following the Zoom, students met outside, socially distanced and masked, for the annual workshop led by Rabbi Metal. The rabbi demonstrated drilling the hole, cutting the edge, and sanding down the horn. Every third grade student sanded and created their own Shofar.

 

During Shabbat, our Shinshinim, Leya and Tavor (and Shoko), facilitated a lively Shofar-themed game in the Beit Midrash. Third graders then ventured outside, formed a circle in the front of the school, and at six feet apart blew their Shofars. It is a tradition to blow the Shofar every day in the last month of the Jewish calendar Elul. This prepares us for the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). 

 

High Holiday Schedule 

On Wednesday September 1st, our Preschool students will celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey will be provided. On Thursday September 2nd,  our K-5 students will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in the Hebrew classes. They will sample symbolic foods like apples, honey, pomegranates, carrots and dates. On Friday, September 3rd, all students will receive a honey stick to take home, provided by the PTO.

 

Important Dates:

9/1 - Back to School Night K-5 (Virtual)

9/2 - Back to School Night Preschool (Virtual)

9/6 - 9/8 -  Labor Day/Rosh Hashanah - No School

9/10 - Picture Day

 

 

 

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Friday, August 20, 2021

 

AEC Library

 

Students visit the AEC Library 

We are thrilled that we are able to meet once again in the actual library space this year. Over the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to check out books during each visit and to work together on various activities that will enhance their understanding of a specific text, of one another, of themselves, and ideally, of their place in their communities and the greater world. Over the last two weeks, all JK-5th grade students have had the opportunity to visit the library, and these visits will continue all year each week. We will dive into stories and novels, projects and writing contests, and overall, spend time among friends and books in the library, one of the best spots in the school!

 

Lower School Shabbat Service

Shabbat Service

This week during Shabbat, Morah Dina reminded our second graders that Rosh Hoshannah is nearing, and encouraged them to carry forward the vitality that they brought with them to Shabbat service into the holiday next month. Contributing to that positive energy, and supported by the talented Ms. Kearns, our Shinshinim Leya and Tavor danced, sang, and entertained our students, as well as introduced all of us to their furry friend, Shoko. Shoko is new to Las Vegas, like many of our students are new to Adelson this year. We are looking forward to welcoming Tavor and Leya (and Shoko) into our classrooms to engage with students in activities and enriching programming in the coming weeks. 

 

Enrichments are back!

Students are energized by the offerings in our enrichment programs this year. We began this week, and are pleased to offer Swim, Tennis, Art, Tech, and Homework Club. We are grateful to our enrichment faculty, who, after a fulfilling day working with students, bring their best to these after-school programs to further enhance the learning for our students, to create social bonds among the children, and to support our AEC families. Please note:  Theater (Lion King production) with Coach Lisa, and tennis will begin in October. Stay tuned for details.

 

Important Dates:

9/1 - Back to School Night K-5 (Virtual)

9/2 - Back to School Night Preschool (Virtual)

9/6 - 9/8 -  Labor Day/Rosh Hashanah - No School

 

 

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Friday, August 13, 2021

 

First Week AEC Lower School

Welcome Back to School!


This week the Lower School welcomed 431 students to campus. It was nice to see the glow in the eyes of our children as they made their way through the halls. They started their new routines in their new classes and students played with old friends and new. The dining commons was filled with students once again as we welcomed back our lunch program. We are excited to be back in session and are ready for another wonderful school year.  Please enjoy some of the action shots from the first week back to the 2021 - 2022 school year. VIEW PHOTOS



After School Enrichments:

Enrichments begin on Monday, August 16th. (Remember that Tennis and Lion King do not start until October). After School Enrichment information

After Care Registration

 

Important Dates:

9/1 - Back to School Night K-5 (Virtual)

9/2 - Back to School Night Preschool (Virtual)

9/6 - 9/8 -  Labor Day/Rosh Hashanah - No School

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