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This Week in Lower School 11/12-11/16, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, November 16, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
We had a heartwarming and enriching week at the Lower School! Today we enjoyed wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations with our younger students and their families. Our students celebrated the holiday through dancing, singing, and eating traditional foods. It is a culmination of the fall and Thanksgiving unit and we are thankful that we get to celebrate with our families. We are looking forward to the JK Thanksgiving show on Tuesday November 20, 2018. See photos.
 
Third grade students expressed their gratitude to all of the non-teaching staff by delivering freshly baked cranberry bread. They made the bread from scratch, just like in the book Cranberry Thanksgiving by: Wende Devlin while practicing teamwork and some math. They made the staff really happy with their yummy bread!
 
Our week started with Veterans Day program: We had the wonderful opportunity to welcome 10 active and former members of the United States Military to our Lower School in honor of Veterans Day. Each guest was assigned a class from JK - 5th grade, where they spoke about their experiences in our armed forces. Many of our guests brought in pictures, artifacts, and personal keepsakes to share with our students. We thank all of our guests for their time and their service to our country.  
 
The Junior Kindergarten had a special visit from Ms. Castille’s Nephew, Mr. Ensley. He brought the entire Junior Kindergarten together and showed them all of his military equipment.  He also took them on a very fun military march around the campus. The kids were very proud to march with a soldier.
 
The Kindergarten classes had visits from Ms. Cannon and Mr. Griswold, who also happen to be parents of kindergarten students. The students experienced Veterans Day through artifacts. Mr. Griswold passed around coins that represented the tours that he had participated in and Ms. Cannon brought in different helmets for the kids to try on. They also has a special power point presentation to give the kids a visual of the different places they have been deployed and the jobs that they perform.
 
Ms. Correll’s class was fortunate to hear from another staff member and military veteran. Luis Rivera, from our very own security team, is a former Marine. Luis brought in his uniform and talked about what it takes to become a Marine. The students asked a lot of questions about why he chose the Marine Corps and what his best experiences were in the military. Liam P. said, “I think it is important to celebrate Veterans because they defend our country and protect our freedom.”
 
Ms. Novak’s class was visited by Mr. Seltzer, an Air Force pilot who is currently active and is a parent of a 1st grade student. He spoke about the jet that he flies and the different tours that he has taken while in the military. He also told the students all of the different things that he had to accomplish in order to become an Air Force pilot. The kids were amazed that he actually knows how to fly a jet.
 
Ms. Botach and Ms. Newman’s classes were visited by Alyson and Kevin Clyde. Both of whom are in the U.S. Air Force. Both brought in very interesting artifacts and memorabilia from their many deployments. They showed pictures of the types of aircraft that they have flown and places that they have been while in the Air Force. They also had some really neat helmets and patches that they have acquired over their years of service. The students enjoyed the interactive discussions and having the opportunity to hold the different artifacts.  
 
Addison K. in Ms. Lasky’s class never knew that Mr. Morales from our security team was a Veteran. “He looked very different in his uniform. It was so cool to get to pass around his armor vest and to hold his helmet. I’m very proud that we have a veteran who works at our school. It makes me feel safe”
 
Annie D. in Ms. Cherney’s class said, “It was neat to see all of the equipment that Mr. Hollingshead brought in. It was cool to learn about the day to day life and the different survival methods he used during his service. We are grateful for his service to our country.”
 
Nathan N. in Ms. Winberg’s class said, “It was cool to learn about Mr. Sherman and his job of working with satellites in the Air Force. He has a lot of responsibility and I admire his courage to serve our country and the difficulty to be away from his family.”
 
Niv K. in Ms. Oshins’ class had the opportunity to hear from one of our Upper School staff members, Mr. Browne. “He had a really special job in operation Desert Storm. He was a linguist who has to learn many different languages and interview and interrogate people. I never knew that he was a veteran and it’s really cool that he works at our school. Thank you for your service to our country.”
 
On Thursday, the Adelson fourth grade class was full of excitement as they participated in their first ever Mystery Google Hangout! During the Hangout the class connected with another fourth grade classroom from around the globe to guess their “Mystery Location”.  Students took turns asking each other yes and no questions, using geographical references, in order to narrow in on their location. Students had to quickly research with maps, globes, and Google Maps as they developed each question. Both classes were able to successfully guess and then locate one another on the world map! The students will continue to interact with one another through a Flipgrid Video State & City Exchange Project in the coming weeks.
 
We would like to wish all our students a wonderful Shabbat, and to share our thanks and gratitude with our families.
 
Shabbat Shalom and Todah,
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

SAVE THE DATE

 
Monday, November 19th: PS and K to watch JK Thanksgiving dress rehearsal
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show @ Theater 8:15am; refreshments to follow in Dining Commons | SEE FLYER
Wednesday, November 21th, early dismissal: 11:15 Preschool; 11:30 K-5 (No after care, no enrichments)
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Thursday, November 29th - Kindergarten & 4th grade bake Hanukkah cookies together.
Friday, November 30th- K-5 Shabbat in the theater and PS in MPR (due to Book Fair in Beit Midrash)
Sunday, December 2nd 3:00pm - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families 
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm (students need to be dropped off in classrooms at 5:00pm)  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am; refreshments in classrooms from 8:15  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am; refreshments to follow  3’s will be in classrooms and JK will be in the dining commons.   | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - Baby Pandas Hanukkah/ orientation 10:45-11:30am  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
 
JANUARY, 2019
Monday, January 7 - school resumes
Friday, January 11 - report cards distributed
Friday, January 11 - 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Wednesday, January 16 - 5th grade trip to Mt. Potosi (8:00am to 8:00pm)
Friday, January 18 - 5th grade sing on Shabbat
Monday, January 21 - No school MLK Day
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
 
FEBRUARY, 2019
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - No school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27 8:15am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
 
Please donate to the PTO Hanukkah Toy Drive! See Flyer
 

This Week in Lower School 11/5-11/9, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, November 9, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
This past month, 19 students in 3rd-5th grade, embarked on a journey to campaign for an officer position in Adelson’s Student Council. These students decided they wanted to make a valuable contribution, to be involved, and be leaders and role models to their peers. Our candidates woke up early Monday mornings to learn valuable lessons. Students discussed what it means to be a leader, wrote essays on their qualifications, created slogans, designed catchy speeches, practiced presentation skills, designed creative and eye-catching posters, and learned to share their passion and inspire others through example. What was most impressive through this entire process was watching our leaders introduce themselves at lunch to other grade levels, hand out campaign items, and share with others how they were going to make our school an even better place to learn and grow. Overall, all of us at AEC were beyond impressed by the quality of work and dedication of our students and their parents’ support.
 
Finally, we decided to follow the same democratic process as our country by hosting our elections on Election Day. After students recited inspiring and humorous speeches, we briefly discussed the beauty of a democracy and the right to vote. Then the students were sent off to the “Voting Booth”. Now that every child exercised their right to vote, the results are in!
 
Let’s introduce our new leaders of Adelson’s Student Council:
President and 5th Grade Representative: Niv Kaufman
Vice Presidents and 5th Grade Representatives: Zachary Coneh and Elliott Harouni
Secretary and 4th Grade Representative: Ethan Cohen
Public Relations Officer and 4th Grade Representative: Annie DeLeon
3rd Grade Representative: Sivan Barshishat
3rd Grade Representative: Noam Fuss
 
Congratulations to all of the candidates!  Remember, there's always another race to run, goal to shoot for, mountain to climb. No matter the outcome, the process is always worth celebrating!
PTO Startup Incubator project
It was wonderful seeing parents learn with and from our Start Up Incubator team today! Parents volunteers spent time learning how to laser etch, and created beautiful signs for LS classrooms. What a lovely way to spend time together while learning something new and benefiting our school! Thank you to our PTO and Si team for organizing and executing such a fun event. We hope to do more events in the Si in the near future.
 
This Friday at Shabbat, our 3rd grade students recognized Veterans Day by reading the poems Veterans Day Was, Veterans Day Is, and Say Thank You to a Veteran. They also sang Grand Old Flag and America (My Country tis of thee). We are honored that representatives from Kline Veteran Fund spent Shabbat with us. On Monday morning, we will observe Veterans Day by participating in a flag raising ceremony at our flag poles and our Kindergarten - 5th grade will have the opportunity to listen to current members and veterans of our armed forces. All of our guest speakers are affiliated with our school in some capacity and we look forward to honoring them on this special day.
 
Our military guests for Monday 11/12:
Anthony Griswold, Human Resources U.S. Air Force
Aimee Cannon, JAG U.S. Air Force
Mike Seltzer, Pilot U.S. Air Force
Luis Rivera, Former Marine
Dr. Kevin Clyde, Pilot U.S. Air Force
Alyson Clyde, Pilot U.S. Air Force
Mike Morales, Former Infantry U.S. Army
Derek Hollingshead, Former Special Forces Communication U.S. Army
Frank Browne, Former Linguist U.S. Army
Michael Sherman, Weapons Instructor U.S. Air Force
 

Tikkun Olam
As we get closer to the Book Fair and Hanukkah, our fourth graders are excited to dedicate their Tikkun Olam efforts to collecting books to be donated to kids in need. In their weekly Tikkun Olam sessions, they have learned about the importance of reading and literacy, brainstormed how they can help fight illiteracy in our community, and planned a well-organized book drive. They also buddy with JK students to read them books and even helped load books onto the Spread the Word NV truck yesterday.  Please begin to collect new and slightly used children’s books to support this wonderful initiative. The book drive will begin after Thanksgiving break.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Lower School Leadership Team
 

SAVE THE DATE

Monday, November 12th: Veterans Day (Guest Speakers in classrooms)
Wednesday, November 14th: 3rd grade makes cranberry bread to give thanks
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am 
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am 
Wednesday, November 21th, early dismissal: 11:15 Preschool; 11:30 K-5 (No after care, no enrichments)
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair opening day 
Thursday, November 29th - Kindergarten & 4th grade bake Hanukkah cookies together
Sunday, December 2nd: PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6:  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm - See Flyer
Friday, December 7th: 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am - See Flyer
Friday, December 7th:  3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am - See Flyer
Friday, December 7th: Baby Pandas Hanukkah/ orientation 10:45-11:30am - See Flyer
Friday, December 14th: 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
December 24th to January 4: Winter Break, no school
Monday, January 7: School resumes
Friday, January 11:  Report cards distributed
 
Please donate to the PTO Hanukkah Toy Drive! See Flyer
 
 

This Week in Lower School 10/29-11/2, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, November 2, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
Audrey Kammerer from the Summerlin Library gave a presentation to our JK - 2nd grade and our 3rd - 5th grade students on Tuesday morning. She read “Don’t Take Your Dragon to the Library,” and shared information about all that the library has to offer and the special events that take place at our local libraries. Each child should have received a programs calendar in their communications folder to keep you up to date on the Summerlin library programs for the remainder of 2018.  
 
Our Kindergarten classes had a special visit from Officer Deavers and Officer Johnson from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. This was in conjunction with our Kindergarten unit on communities. The officers taught them about what they do for our community and what it takes to become a police officer. The students learned about the special equipment that an officer carries on their belt and they even had the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of the patrol car.
 
Our K- 5th grade students braided challah for Rosh Chodesh. We would like to thank our November sponsors:
Eric and Ying Anderson for Barbara in Kindergarten.
Michael and Irina Nikhman for Mia in Kindergarten, Jacob in 4th, and Nathan in 5th grade.
Ben and Jill Super for the Rachel’s birthday in 5th grade.
Jamie and Alli Abrhampson for Liv’s birthday in the 2nd grade.
 
Thank you to all of the parents who participated in parent conferences on October 25th. We value the opportunity to work together in helping our students succeed. It is our hope that the conferences served as an adequate update as to how your children are doing thus far for this school year. We look forward to continuing to work together for the remainder of the school year.
 
Our Student Council Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6th. Our 3rd - 5th graders have been campaigning over the past month vying for a position within our student council. We are very proud to see the excitement and energy that our students have exhibited throughout this process. Our students have displayed courage, respect, and determination through this experience and we are excited to tally the votes on election day!


SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, November 4th: Cardboard Boat Races - 12pm-2pm. See Flyer
Friday, November 9th: PTO Startup Incubator project- 10:30 - 11:45am - email pto@adelsoncampus.org to RSVP
Wednesday, November 14th: 3rd grade makes cranberry bread to give thanks.
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show @ Theater 8:15am
Wednesday, November 21th, early dismissal: 11:15 Preschool; 11:30 K-5
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair opening day
Thursday, November 29th - Kindergarten & 4th grade bake Hanukkah cookies together.
Sunday, December 2nd - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
Monday, January 7 - school resumes

 

This Week in Lower School 10/22-10/25, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Thursday, October 25, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
Today, our second graders presented their floor plan designs for a doll house project in art class. The students were surprised by a special guest to help give advice and positive feedback. That guest was Jon Sparer, the current president of AIA (American Institute of Architects) Nevada.
 
Lower School students are excited to light our Hanukkiah while bringing light to others! The 5th graders are leading us in raising funds for Make a Wish of Southern Nevada to grant a child her wish. Students are raising money by donating $5 for a star to fill our giant Hanukkiah. This is the second year that our school has participated and volunteered with Make a Wish Foundation, and we are excited to do even more in fulfilling a special wish for a “Wish Kid.” Students may donate a minimum $5 for a star and they will add it to the Hanukkiah that is located in the theater lobby. Each grade level has a designated candle and once 100% participation in the grade is met, the candle at the top of that grade’s section will be “lit.” Please be the light in another’s life by donating a star.
*Money should be sent to the homeroom teachers
**Donations larger than $5 are welcome too
 
 
On Monday, our Kindergarten enjoyed a wonderful field trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch. The students had the opportunity to learn about different animals and vegetation by going on a nature hike led by a park ranger. The children were able to see cows, donkeys, a Mountain Bluebird, and learned about sheep, goats, and snakes. The ranger also taught the kids about the different species of plants that the animals and early settlers survived on when the area was first inhabited. We toured the historic ranch house that was home to many important figures in Nevada and saw the different types of furniture and ways people lived in homes in the 1940’s. The children also toured the first structures that were constructed in the late 1800’s in the area. The children learned about how the very first settlers made everything by hand including their homes. We concluded the field trip with nice picnic lunch and enjoyed the fresh brisk air.
 
Lower School students had the opportunity to do herb planting during recess on Thursday. They had the option to take their planted seed cups home or keep them at school. If the students chose to keep them at school, they will care for them during recess until they reach the maturation point to where they can be transplanted. They will transplant their herbs to the garden for the entire lower school to enjoy. The herbs planted were sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley, basil, oregano, lavender, tarragon, and catnip.


SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, October 30th - Summerlin Library assemblies for JK-5th in the theater
Sunday, November 4th: Cardboard Boat Races - 12pm-2pm. See Flyer
Friday, November 9th: PTO Startup Incubator project- 10:30 - 11:45am - email pto@adelsoncampus.org to RSVP
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show @ Theater 8:15am
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair opening day
Sunday, December 2nd - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
 
 

This Week in Lower School 10/15-10/19, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, October 19, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
We had a busy and exciting week, and it culminated in wonderful Shabbat services.
Next Friday is Nevada Day, and since we will be off, we were celebrating it today with a beautiful song and presentation from our 4th grade class: Home Means Nevada by Bertha Raffetto
 
During our Shabbat service our 5th grade students kicked off their Tikkun Olam initiative in partnership with the Southern Nevada chapter of Make a Wish foundation. Their event coordinator, Taylor Palmer, spoke to our kids about the foundation and announced that we will be sponsoring a “Wish” for a special child through the foundation. The 5th graders will serve as leaders to the JK - 4th grade on our project of raising funds to grant this child her wish. Students will raise money by donating $5 for a star to fill our giant Hannukia and proceeds from the dreidel spin off will also go towards the wish as well. This is the second year that our school has participated and volunteered with Make a Wish Foundation, and we are excited to do even more in fulfilling a special wish for a “Wish Kid.” Students may donate $5 for a star and they will add it to the Hanukkia that will be located in the theater lobby. Each grade level will have a designated candle and once 100% participation in the grade is met, the candle at the top of that grade’s section will be “lit.” Please be the light in another’s life by donating a star (or more).
 
Following our Shabbat service, the Garin family (Joseph, Monica, and Alexa) shared their story with other parents in our community about their “Wish” experience with Alexa. It was a touching and emotional presentation that inspired those who were in attendance. We thank the Garin family for their time, support, and serving as an inspiration for this cause.  A big thank you to Granny Jaye and Ms. Levy for creating this wonderful Hanukkia.
This week our second graders enjoyed a wonderful field trip to the Clark County Wetlands Park. Students hiked the DragonFly Trail and explored the Nature Center to learn more about this amazing habitat in our desert that is fed by over 200 million gallons of reclaimed water that pass through it each day. Students were able to search for evidence of a large variety of plants and animals like quailbush, cattails, saltgrass, screwbean mesquite, willow, and cottonwood trees, beavers, coyotes, raccoons, and many species of birds from hummingbirds to hawks. Students were able to make connections to the water cycle, conservation efforts, and living systems and structures. A highlight of the trip was standing on the Big Weir Bridge and listen to the roar of the water passing by underneath. Many of our student/scientists would love to return to the Wetlands Park and guide their family through the trails and further explore the learning exhibits. 
 
Shabbat shalom from the Lower School team
 

Save the Date:

Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten field trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; Progress Reports distributed during conferences.
Early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
Tuesday, October 30th - Summerlin Library assemblies for JK-5th
Sunday, November 4th: Cardboard Boat Races - 12pm-2pm. See Flyer
Friday, November 9th: PTO Startup Incubator project - 10:30 - 11:45am
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show - 8:15am
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Sunday, December 2nd - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
 

This Week in Lower School 10/8-10/12, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, October 12, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
This week is another great example of how experiences outside the classroom enrich our students’ learning. Meaningful learning occurs when students are able to make real world connections to their studies.
 
As a part of our social studies curriculum, the kindergarten studies their community. The students went on a field trip to our neighborhood Albertsons grocery store this week to add an experiential component to the unit. On the bus ride to the store, students went on a "scavenger hunt"  looking out the window to find as many different parts of the community as they could. Upon arriving to the store they were taken on a tour of all of the different departments. In each section, a different person spoke to the children about their job and explained about the foods of each area. The students especially enjoyed visiting the bakery and watching a demonstration of a cookie cake being decorated. After the tour was complete, the students moved on to the most important task of the day. In preparation for the trip, the classes collected tzedakah to spend on food for the needy. Students learned about a hecher/kosher symbol and set out to find kosher food to purchase which would later be donated. The children unanimously decided it was easy to find kosher food. After the selections were placed in the cart, each student had a turn to place the food on the conveyor belt, and some even got a chance to be the cashier!  During Shabbat, our kindergarten students enthusiastically presented the food to Mr. Gerson. They are proud to help him provide meals for Shabbat to so many families in need. The students enjoyed experiencing their curriculum coming alive and learned that they can make a difference in the world, even at a young age.
 
This week, our third grade students went on a field trip to Springs Preserve.  To begin their year-long study of Native Americans, the students started by learning about the Paiute tribe who are indigenous to Nevada.  While at Springs Preserve, they had the opportunity to see a Paiute village and learn more about the culture and daily life of this tribe. They began their tour by learning about how the natural spring on that site brought life to the desert and later created the city we now inhabit.  As the students explored the museum, with clipboards in hand, they searched for the answers to guided questions about each exhibit. The students had a fantastic time exploring the many different exhibits. One traveling exhibit that the students particularly enjoyed was: Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze which is an interactive activity that explains the mathematical patterns in the natural world.  They also learned about: flash floods, desert animals, Hoover Dam, and so much more. Upon returning to school they were very excited to share their favorite experiences.
 
Shabbat shalom from the Lower School team


Upcoming Programs & Activities:

Sunday, October 14th - Splash and Dash | Flyer
Wednesday, October 17th - Second grade field trip to  the Clark County Wetlands
Friday, October 19th 4th grade sing in Shabbat
8:30am- Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat in MPR
Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten field trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; Progress Reports distributed during conferences.
Early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
Tuesday, October 30th - Summerlin Library assemblies for JK-5th
Sunday, November 4th: Cardboard Boat Races - 12pm-2pm. | Flyer
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show - 8:15am
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Sunday, December 2nd - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
 

This Week in Lower School 10/3-10/5, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, October 5, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
On Simchat Torah we celebrated the completion of reading the Torah and beginning reading it all over again. This week we learned about the days of creation. Kindergarten learned what was created each day and made a mobile of the seven days of creation. First grade made a book of creation in Hebrew.. Second grade discussed the opportunities we have to be thankful for everything that was created. Third grade explored the connection of the Kiddush cup to this this week’s Torah portion, they learned that a part of the Friday night Kiddush is written in this portion and it talks about how God created something the first 6 days and rested- Shavat (striked) on the 7th day. Fifth graders discussed how we continue to take care of the world that was created.
 
Our students and staff are excited to be back to full schedule!  The full schedule brings more exciting opportunities to the Lower School: we are gearing up to start the morning enrichment courses, and we kicked off the election process for Students Council for grades 3-5. We will vote for our new council on election day.
 
We are also spending more time outdoors in our wonderful garden and on field trips. The cooler weather has allowed for some of our students to work and learn in our school garden. Students from Jr. Kindergarten to 2nd grade had the opportunity to work with our farmer from Garden Farms during their recess on Thursday. They learned how to harvest green beans, eggplant, okra, and banana peppers. They also learned how to clear plants that are out of season and to make space for new planting.  Parents, please send a sweater to keep in school in case it is cooler outdoors or indoors.
 
K - 5 students had the opportunity to braid challah for Rosh Chodesh. They will continue to braid challah each Rosh Chodesh throughout the school year. It is a really fun time for our students and teachers, as the children can express their own creativity in how they braid their challah dough while celebrating the beginning of the new Jewish month. We would like to thank our Challah sponsors for this week. For 2nd grade, the Schwartz family donated in honor of their son Rueben’s birthday. For 1st grade, the Ravizza family donated in honor of their daughter Ambra.
 
Shabbat shalom from the Lower School team

Upcoming Programs & Activities:

Monday, October 8th - Morning enrichment courses for K-5 start
Sunday, October 7th - Family Fun Day. 10am-1pm  | See flyer
Tuesday, October 9th - 3rd Grade field trip to Springs Preserve
Tuesday, October 9th - Music Together Sing Shalom - 9:00am
Wednesday, October 10th - Kindergarten field trip to Albertson’s
Sunday, October 14th - Splash and Dash | See flyer
Wednesday, October 17th - Second grade field trip to the Clark County Wetlands
Friday, October 19th 4th grade sing in Shabbat .8:30am- Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat
Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten field trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; Progress Reports distributed during conferences.
Early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
Tuesday, October 30th - Summerlin Library assemblies for JK-5th
Sunday, November 4th: Cardboard Boat Races - 12pm-2pm | See Flyer
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show - 8:15am
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Sunday, December 2nd - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
 

Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake!

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Thursday, September 27, 2018 Byline:  Lynn Wexler
In the spirit of this year’s COMMUNITY, CARING & CONNECTION theme, Lower School grades K through 5 will celebrate Rosh Chodesh each month with a fun challah bake directly following Kabbalat Shabbat – on Shabbat Mevarchim. The next Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake will be on Friday, October 5th.
 
The Jewish calendar is rooted in the cycles of the moon. Rosh Chodesh means the head of the new month and is the start of the new lunar month. The Shabbat before the start of the new month is known as Shabbat Mevarchim – at which time a special blessing is recited marking the new month. The Jewish nation is often compared to the moon. Throughout history, their light has waxed and waned but has never been extinguished, thus the celebration of each new moon.
 
Families are invited to sponsor the Rosh Chodesh Challah Bakes for their child’s grade for a $36 donation. This sponsorship opportunity is a wonderful way to recognize a birthday, a grandparent’s visit, an anniversary, a newborn in the family, or any occasion your child will enjoy celebrating with his or her grade. 
 
Multiple families are welcome to sponsor each grade. Anyone feeling especially celebratory can sponsor all six grades for $180. Each sponsor-family’s name will be announced during Kabbalat Shabbat Mevarchim and in the Friday Newsletter in appreciation for their contribution and in recognition of the occasion being celebrated.
            
2nd grader Reuben Schwartz and the Schwartz family will sponsor the upcoming Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake on Friday, October 5th in honor of Reuben’s 8th birthday. Additional families are welcome to sponsor the 2nd grade as well as the other lower school grades. 
 
Attendance at the Challah Bakes are for students only. Challah Bake dates for the balance of the school year are: 
November 2
December 7
February 1
March 8
April 5
May 3
 

To participate as a sponsor, please call or email PTO President Caline Schwartz at 858-342-8778 or pto@adelsoncampus.org; or Lower School Office Manager Valerie Irizari at Valerie.irizari@adelsoncampus.org. Please let Caline or Valerie know by the Monday before the Challah Bake that you wish to sponsor in order to be included in the Friday Newsletter. Proceeds, after expenses, will go to Judaics Programming and PTO Community Events. Thank you for being a part of this Community, Caring and Connection program. Because of you, we can!

This Week in Lower School 9/24-9/28, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, September 28, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
LS students fulfilled the mitzvah of sitting in the Sukkah while enjoying snacks and lunch.
 
Many of our preschool families enjoyed our wonderful Sukkot Experience on Thursday night. Each grade level had the opportunity to sing songs and dance with their teachers in front of friends and family. We said the blessing and shook the 4 species(Lulav, Etrog, arava, hadas) together as a community, and had interactive stations, which included arts and crafts, story time, building blocks, and planting in the garden. The stations were led by our preschool teachers, the Shinshinyot, and our farmer from Garden Farms. Families also enjoyed pizza and cookies, while we listened to Sukkot themed music. Our Sukkah was decorated with paper chains made during our Tashlich event and with decorations made by some of our preschool classes this past week. Thank you to all of the families and staff members who attended this great event!
 
Today we celebrated Simchat Torah, the holiday that marks the completion of reading the 5 books of the Torah and starting all over again, with a joyful Hakafot ceremony. Our students, teachers, and parents danced with the Torah, after hearing the students from National Junior Honor Society explain about the Simchat Torah celebration, chanting from the Torah the last verses of the last Torah portion, and the first ones from the first Torah portion. Our Shabbat was enhanced by the AEC band who played beautifully- it is always special to celebrate together with our older peers.
 
We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday,
 
Lower School Leadership Team
 

Upcoming Programs & Activities:

Friday, October 5th - 1st grade sings in Shabbat
Challah Baking for Rosh Chodesh - K-5 students, see more information
Monday, October 8th - Morning enrichment courses for K-5 start, see more information.
Sunday, October 7th - Family Fun Day. 10am-1pm
Tuesday, October 9th - 3rd Grade field trip to Springs Preserve
Tuesday, October 9th - Music Together Sings Shalom - 9:00am
Wednesday, October 17th - Second grade field trip to  the Clark County Wetlands
Friday, October 19th 4th grade sings in Shabbat - 8:30am- Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat
Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten field trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; Progress reports distributed during conferences.
Early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
Tuesday, October 30th - Summerlin Library assemblies for JK-5th
Sunday, November 4th: Cardboard Boat Races - 12pm-2pm
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show - 8:15am
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Sunday, December 2nd - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6th -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation

 
 

This Week in Lower School 9/17-9/21, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, September 21, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
After Yom Kippur, our students started their experiential learning about the next Holiday coming up, Sukkot. Our first graders learned what is needed to construct a Sukkah, they enjoyed building Sukkahs from our blocks on the playground. Our fourth graders learned about the locations you can and can not build a sukkah- Did you know you can build a Sukkah on a bike, on a boat, and on the play structure? Inviting guests to the Sukkah is an important part of Sukkot- our fifth graders are studying about the special seven guests, Ushpizin, that are visiting in the Sukkah. During Kabbalat Shabbat we said the blessing and shook the four species (Lulav-Palm, Etrog-citrus, Arava-willow, Hadas-myrtle), in second grade we learn that each of them represents a body part, our third graders will learn the special senses related to the four species and they will be able to locate where in Israel we can find the four species. Also during Kabbalat Shabbat, our amazing Shinshiniot inspired our Lower School teachers to get into the Sukkot spirit, watch video.
This past Sunday, Lower School families participated in Tashlich at Floyd Lamb Park. This has become a beautiful tradition for the AEC community, when families and staff come together to celebrate the new Jewish year, and participate in the Tashlich event. Our group of 107 people had a nice walk around the ponds, where we reflected on the past year and casted out our sins. Adelson senior Dana B, read a wonderful story titled “New Year at the Pier” to the entire group. Additionally, our families had arts and crafts, played soccer, horseshoes, danced, and ate apples and honey under the leadership of our wonderful seniors, Ore I., Elizabeth C., and Dana B. We created chains for our Lower School Sukkah and made our very own Tzedakah boxes. A special thank you to all of the volunteers and families who joined us to make this event a success.  View photos.
 

Upcoming Programs & Activities

 
Thursday, September 27th 5:30pm - Sukkot Experience for PS families
Friday, September 28th- Hakafot during Shabbat K-5
Friday, October 5th - K-5 students Challah Baking for Rosh Chodesh
Monday, October 8th - Morning enrichment courses for K-5 start
Sunday, October 7th - Family Fun Day. 10am-1pm
Tuesday, October 9th - 3rd Grade field trip to Springs Preserve
Tuesday, October 9th - Music Together Sing Shalom - 9:00am
Wednesday, October 17th - Second grade field trip
Friday, October 19th - Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat
Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten field trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; early dismissal
(PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
Sunday, November 4th: Card Board Boat Races - 12pm-2pm
Tuesday November 27 – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Sunday December 2, 2018 - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday December 6, 2018-  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation

 
 
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