Lower School News

This Week In Lower School 3/27/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 27, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team

Remote Learning Week 2 
In week two of our remote learning, we have seen our community connect beyond the academic demands of our school. With the tool of video conferencing, our teachers have connected our students with their social-emotional well-being at mind. Our cheery preschool students connected for video chats for circle time, share time, and Shabbat. It was inspiring to see the joy and happiness on the faces of our youngest students as they were able to see their class together for the first time since March 12. Our Kindergarten - 5th grade students were able to participate in lunch meet-ups and other virtual socials throughout the week. There were scavenger hunts, show and tell, video hangouts, readings, and lunch socials. Through this technology, our students connected as if they were at lunch or on the playground! We also had our first K- 5th grade virtual Shabbat. It was lovely to see all our K-5 students together again celebrating Shabbat. We learned that it is essential to remain connected during this time of distancing. 
 
With our annual Good Deeds Day that was to be recognized on March 29 and has been halted due to the global pandemic, however, our Lower School is still looking for ways to deliver good deeds to our community. Fourth graders Mia Scala and Addie Kelly have also been working with Lower School Counselor Ms. Kendra. Together they have been preparing a Kindness Challenge initiative for students and families to participate. Please be on the lookout for the announcement next week. 
 
Each cast member of the Lower School production of Mary Poppins got to pick one dress-up item that their character would wear on an outing to the park. If we were still in school, we would be adding costume sets, lighting, and sound and getting close to the opening of the show. It was a fantastic rehearsal with the cast singing, dancing, and practicing their lines. The Mary Poppins cast have regular zoom rehearsals every Thursday at 3:30 pm.
 
 
From your AEC School Counselors
 
BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE.  Then... BREATHE some more.
 
There is no academic emergency right now!  These are unprecedented times and adults and children alike are working to adjust and cope with what is our new normal.
 
First and foremost, you are a parent.  Decrease the possible pressure you place on yourself to be the main educator or academic teacher at home.
 
Learning will look different than it did in in-school classrooms.
 
In order to thrive in stressful times children need supportive and stable relationships with the adults in their life.  Make time to listen and help them manage their expectations, fears, concerns and emotions.
 
Expect learning at home will be like a rollercoaster.  One minute you look around and all is going perfect, according to plan, and you feel like you have this home learning thing down.  Thirty seconds later, chaos ensues, meltdowns are happening and it is insanity. BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE. Then... BREATHE some more.
 
Model emotional control for your children.  Recognize when you need to tap out, step out or ask for help.  Practice the pause; pause before responding, pause before reacting, pause before speaking.      
 
Many parents are doing triple duty: parenting, working and teaching.  This is a huge ask on your emotional resources.  Make sure to take care of yourself and practice good self care.  Just as the airline industry says, put on your oxygen mask first before placing one on your child.
 
Lean on your support system.  Social distancing does not mean social disengagement.  These are times when social support of family, friends and community are vital to our  overall well being.
 
Reach out to AEC counselors!  We are here for students, faculty, AND parents.
 
SAVE THE DATE
Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.

This Week in Lower School 3.20.2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 20, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team

Three weeks ago, we began discussions with faculty and students about the need to prepare for an anticipated school shutdown due to the spread of COVID-19. Teachers made emergency lesson plans as well as packets and resources in the event of a school closure, and students were told to bring home all materials each day.  Thursday, March 12th, the news came to close the school, and on that Friday, teachers, administrators, and IT worked together at school and from home to prepare for remote learning set to begin on Monday.  
 
This was no small task, but true to form, our amazing educators rose to the occasion!  On Monday at 9:00 am, teachers and students greeted one another across the Internet using Google Meet or Zoom so that they could continue building our AEC community during social distancing and so that learning could continue.  Amid all the stressors surrounding this global pandemic, it has been impressive to see the great learning experiences students are having each day. Kol hakavod to our AEC faculty! 
 
 
It has been quite a week with our distance learning. All of our teachers have provided a commendable transition of the teaching and learning process to our homes. This has included pre-recorded circle time in the preschool, video math lessons in 1st/2nd grade, live read-aloud in 3rd grade, creative assignments from Hebrew and Specials teachers, and live Language Arts in 4th and 5th grade. We will continue to learn from this entire process, as we know that we have at least 2 more weeks of this learning environment. We thank our parents for their unwavering support and patience during this time of learning for all of us. 

Please continue to reach out to teachers and administration if you need anything at all during this time. We are ONE community, and we are here for you. Please be sure to join our virtual community Shabbat this evening at 6:00 pm https://zoom.us/j/537463616
 
Tips for Parents Adjusting to Virtual Learning
From your AEC School Counselors
 
BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE.  Then... BREATHE some more.
 
There is no academic emergency right now!  These are unprecedented times and adults and children alike are working to adjust and cope with what is our new normal.
 
First and foremost, you are a parent.  Decrease the possible pressure you place on yourself to be the main educator or academic teacher at home.
 
Learning will look different than it did in in-school classrooms.
 
In order to thrive in stressful times children need supportive and stable relationships with the adults in their life.  Make time to listen and help them manage their expectations, fears, concerns and emotions.
 
Expect learning at home will be like a rollercoaster.  One minute you look around and all is going perfect, according to plan, and you feel like you have this home learning thing down.  Thirty seconds later, chaos ensues, meltdowns are happening and it is insanity. BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE. Then... BREATHE some more.
 
Model emotional control for your children.  Recognize when you need to tap out, step out or ask for help.  Practice the pause; pause before responding, pause before reacting, pause before speaking.      
 
Many parents are doing triple duty: parenting, working and teaching.  This is a huge ask on your emotional resources.  Make sure to take care of yourself and practice good self care.  Just as the airline industry says, put on your oxygen mask first before placing one on your child.
 
Lean on your support system.  Social distancing does not mean social disengagement.  These are times when social support of family, friends and community are vital to our  overall well being.
 
Reach out to AEC counselors!  We are here for students, faculty, AND parents.
 
SAVE THE DATE
Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.
May we lean into the good stuff that remains.
 

This Week in Lower School 3/9-3/13, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 13, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
 
Purim
This week, we celebrated a festive Purim, as we saw students and staff dress up in their creative costumes on this joyous holiday. The Kindergarten through 4th-grade started their day with the annual Purim play put on by the 3rd-grade students, performed in English and Hebrew. Next, we listened to the Megillah reading by our Upper School students. We then fulfilled the Purim Mitzvah Matanot Leevionim (gifts for people in need) by packing the food we collected on the 100th day of school in baskets and preparing them for delivery. After performing the mitzvah, they enjoyed the carnival festivities in the main gym, which included bounce houses, crafts, sports, and face painting.   
 
Preschool students enjoyed a wonderful day filled with exciting activities. The fun started with a costume parade around school that ended up in the Beit Midrash, where they watched a fun Megillah play put on by the preschool teachers. Following the play, the children enjoyed their Purim carnival in the Lower School gym, where parent volunteers led a variety of fun stations. To add to the festivities, all Preschool students made Ra’ashanim (traditional noisemakers).
 
Our 5th-grade students helped with the Preschool/LS parades, and then joined the Middle School in their festivities as another opportunity to prepare for their transition to Middle School. We recognize all of the hard work that went into the planning of this day, and we couldn’t have done it without the vision of Morah Dina and the help of our wonderful parent volunteers! Thank you for all of your time and effort to make this a memorable day for our students. Additionally, many thanks go to chair volunteers (Vivian Levisman and Danielle Pokroy) and the Upper School band.
 
Hamantaschen Baking
This week our preschool students baked Hamentashen. Students shaped the dough into traditional triangles and added their chocolate chip toppings in this splendid sensory activity. After this, 1st grade assisted in baking the Hamantaschen. As part of Purim tradition, the 1st graders heard and discussed the story of Esther's scroll and ate Hamantashen- "Ozen Haman"- אוזן המן. To accompany the joyous occasion, the students also read the story "The Better Than Best Purim" by Naomi Howland.
 
Remote Learning
We thank you all in advance for your help and diligence in keeping your family — and our entire community — safe and strong during this difficult time. K-5 teachers will be communicating through Edsby with daily lesson plans and will be available to communicate with parents Monday - Friday 8:30am - 11:30am and 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Preschool teachers will provide daily lesson plans via Tadpoles and will be available by email Monday - Friday 8:30am - 11:30am and 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Again, we thank you for your understanding and collaboration during this time and we hope that we are back in school soon. 
 
Again, thank you for your understanding and collaboration during this time, and we hope to be back in school soon. 
 
Lower School Leadership Team
 
SAVE THE DATE
3/13 - 3/27 - Remote Learning Plan - No School on Campus
3/17 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Seaquest (Cancelled)
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym (Postponed)
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium (Cancelled)
3/26 - Curriculum and Coffee (Hebrew/ Judaics) 2:15 - 3pm in MPR  (Cancelled)
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines (Cancelled)
3/27 - Kindergarten “Me & My Place in Space” (Postponed)
3/27 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake (Cancelled)
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 10:30am - 12:30am  (Cancelled)
3/31 -4/1 - Passover Seders (TBA)
4/6 - 4/17 - Spring Break - No School 
4/20  - School Resumes 
 

This Week in Lower School 3/2-3/6, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 6, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Reading Week 
This year's Reading Week theme was "Saddle Up and Read!" We were happy to see so many of our Lower School students participate in our Western-wear dress-up day on Wednesday. Our preschool students enjoyed our numerous guest readers throughout the week. We were thrilled to bring in award-winning and esteemed authors Dori Weinstein and Terri Farley. Our kindergartners also visited the Summerlin Library, and the 1st graders interacted in our school library with furry therapy dogs as reading buddies.
 
Meanwhile, our 2nd through 5th graders participated in special enrichment workshops to close out our reading celebration Friday. The enrichment workshops included quilting, Tumblewords Improvisation, cowboy poetry, and folk music, and dancing. Despite being action-packed, there was plenty of relaxing in the Ole Readin' Barn. This feature included down-home Reading Buddy activities, dynamic presentations from our guests, all emphasizing our school's commitment to creating life-long readers. Yee-haw Lil' readers!
 
2nd Grade Virtual Reality
The 2nd grade had the opportunity to explore the Statue of Liberty through virtual reality via the Google Expeditions application. With the help of some of our Upper School Social Studies students, the 2nd graders went beyond the limitations of the classroom and explored Lady Liberty as part of their unit on American Symbols. The in-depth virtual tour allowed our students to feel like they were actually in and around this magnificent American monument. 
 
Gearing up for Purim
Our annual Purim celebration is next Tuesday, March 10th! Please remember that it is crucial to ensure that your child wears socks and a costume that will allow them to move freely about the carnival. We are also in need of more volunteers. Please use this link to register to volunteer. 
 
SAVE THE DATE
3/10 - Purim 
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/17 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Seaquest 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium
3/26 - Curriculum and Coffee (Hebrew/ Judaics) 2:15 - 3pm in MPR  
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines
3/27 - Kindergarten “Me & My Place in Space”
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 10:30am - 12:30am  
3/31 -4/1 - Passover Seders
4/6 - 4/17 - Spring Break - No School 
4/20  - School Resumes 
 

This Week in Lower School 2/24-2/28, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, February 28, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
First Grade Fairy Tale Performance

First grade’s Fairy Tale unit has come to a fun and exciting end with the Readers Theater performance and Author celebration. The unit began weeks ago as students listened to various Fairy Tales. They compared and contrasted the story elements and brainstormed their own original Fairy Tale. Next, they wrote a Fairy Tale plan where they chose their characters, identified the problem, and provided a solution in their original work as well as the setting. The students worked diligently on their rough drafts, eventually creating the published pieces they shared with parents today. During this unit, the learning was spread across different curricula. In art, the students created one of their characters out of clay. In science, the students were engaged in a STEAM project where they helped Red Riding Hood deliver cookies to Grandma using a catapult to avoid walking through the forest. In Discovery Lab, the students coded a save the date which was shared with parents using a QR code. In the classroom, the students also practiced their fluency as they read the scripts for the performance. The First graders should be very proud of their accomplishments!

Gearing up for Reading Week

We have a lot of exciting activities planned for the Lower School during Reading Week. Ms. Nails has planned numerous activities for our students which include guest authors, Reading Week themed workshops, a field trip, and reading to therapy dogs. There is also a Reading Week dress up day on Wednesday, March 4th where we are asking students to dress up in Western wear based on the theme “Saddle Up and Read.” 

Curriculum & Coffee
The Lower School leadership team held their second of four informational sessions on details about our K-5 curriculum . Parents in attendance 0had the opportunity to learn more about our K-5 math curriculum, the Life Skills curriculum, and our multidisciplinary approach to learning. We look forward to sharing more valuable information in the two remaining sessions, Language Arts on March 4th and Hebrew/ Judaics on March 26th. Please RSVP to Valerie Irizari valerie.irizari@adelsoncampus.org  if you plan on attending on March 4th and March 26th.
 
SAVE THE DATE
3/2 - 3/6 - Reading Week (3/4 Dress up day  - Cowboy/ Cowgirl or western wear). 
3/4 - Curriculum and Coffee (Language Arts)  2:15 - 3pm in MPR
3/5 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Summerlin Library 9:45am - 11:15am
3/10 - Purim 
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/17 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Seaquest 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium
3/26 - Curriculum and Coffee (Hebrew/ Judaics) 2:15 - 3pm in MPR  
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines
3/27 - Kindergarten “Me & My Place in Space”
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 10:30am - 12:30am  
3/31 -4/1 - Passover Seders
4/6 - 4/17 - Spring Break - No School 
4/20  - School Resumes 
 

This Week in Lower School 2/18-2/21, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, February 21, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
4th and 5th grade CSI Project 
Our fourth-grade CSI detectives were led through a made-up “crime scene” by our fifth graders to solve a mystery on the porch of a beach house using forensic science. Our fourth graders reviewed the crime scene, looking at evidence and jotting down notes as they attempted to gather as much vital information as possible. The detectives wore gloves and received a CSI crime scene badge for their hard work. Our lab rotation consisted of a chromatography test on a stain from the crime scene, pH tests on melted ice and cola drinks, and a thread-burning test used to identify trace amounts of materials. The rotation also embarked on testing procedures such as tape lift testing, scent, powder, and handwriting tests, and the time-tested analysis of DNA lab results, fingerprints, footprints. Not only did we come closer to solving the mystery, but we also learned how to perform the basics of forensic lab tests. Student engagement was prevalent as our young, curious, and able-minded scientists remained focused on the mission to find out what happened to Felix! When well-trained students are teaching eager young students, there is fantastic energy generated. This exercise is proof of just that. 
 
Preschool Planting 
Ms. Lisa brought her preschool classes to the preschool garden beds to plant seeds. During this garden session, students learned how seeds grow into plants and how they become fruits and vegetables. The students then successfully participated in planting carrot, pea, and parsley seeds. Once fully developed, our parsley will be on Passover Seder plates in April. 

Preschool Dental Hygienist Visit to the 3s. 
Ms. Hedi’s daughter (Kimberly), a dental hygienist, visited our 3s classes to teach the children about the importance of dental hygiene. Her discussion included maintaining healthy brushing and flossing habits daily. The students took this time to practice brushing the teeth of a stuffed dragon, focusing on brushing all surfaces of the teeth to help prevent cavities. 
 

2nd graders performed a special Presidents Day song at Shabbat on Friday. This performance was part of their unit on American symbols. We look forward to the 2nd-grade students as they prepare to host their annual Symbols Fair. The Fair will be available for viewing by friends and family on March 20th. 
 
Gershon Wolf (School Mashgiach) sends his heartfelt thank you for the 2,500 donated food items during the 100th Day of School Canned Food drive. He has already started delivering to families in need through his charity, Aishel Avraham.
 
Thank you to our Rosh Chodesh challah bake sponsors for the month of February:
Nikhman Family
Ruben Family 
Lowenstein Family 
Harouni Family 
Atlas Family 
Anderson Family 
Finkelstein Family 
Winger Family 
Perel Family 
Barshishat Family 
 
SAVE THE DATE
2/27 - 1st Grade Fairy Tale Presentation 8:15am in Beit Midrash 
3/2 - 3/6 - Reading Week 
3/5 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Summerlin Library 9:45am - 11:15am
3/10 - Purim 
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/17 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Seaquest 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium 
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines
3/27 - Kindergarten “Me & My Place in Space”
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 11am - 2pm 
3/31 -4/1 - Passover Seders
4/6 - 4/17 - Spring Break - No School 
4/20  - School Resumes 









 

This Week in Lower School 2/10-2/13, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Thursday, February 13, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
2nd Grade Field Trip 
Our Second Graders had a fantastic field trip to the Nevada State Museum on Thursday. The students had an opportunity to view exhibits about the history of Nevada. In these exhibits, the children were immersed in galleries detailing the geology of our state. Also reviewed were early settlers and their behaviors, leading to the Boomtown Era. This time helped the children understand critical history, which shaped the course of Nevada. It was a thorough program led by the museum's education curators. Our students broke off into groups and completed worksheets, helping them learn about Nevada's past. The field trip was a great success and we look forward to bringing our second graders back for next year.
 
LS Swim Team 
Congratulations to the Lower School Swim Team on an outstanding inaugural swim season! Through weekly sessions and Sunday clinics, our K-5th Grade swimmers learned fundamentals of competitive swimming. This also included their development and refinement of four competitive swim strokes, which were utilized during three competitive swim meets. The coaches and our swimmers are excited to continue the Lower School Swim Team in the Fall of 2020. 
 
Makey Makey in Discovery Lab 
This week Fourth Grade students continued utilizing Makey Makey. As a reminder, Makey Makey is an invention kit that allows students to make any conductive material act as the input device for computers. Students collaborated together, creating conductive dance mats using cardstock and aluminum foil. They then utilized their mats by dancing to different Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) songs from a Scratch Studio hand-created by Ms. Ziter. Last week, students coded projects of their own in the Scratch Studio and used different conductive materials like Play-Doh to run their codes!
 
SAVE THE DATE
2/14 - Teacher In-Service day - No School for Students 
2/17 - President’s Day - No School
2/21 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake  
2/27 - 1st Grade Fairy Tale Presentation 8:15am in Beit Midrash 
3/2 - 3/6 - Reading Week 
3/5 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Summerlin Library 9:45am - 11:15am
3/10 - Purim 
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/17 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Seaquest 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium 
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines
3/27 - Kindergarten Earth, Moon, and Sun Presentation
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 11am - 2pm 
3/31 -4/1 - Passover Seders
4/6 - 4/17 - Spring Break - No School 
 

This Week in Lower School 2/3-2/7, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, February 7, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Shabbat Performance 
We welcomed special guests Rinat and Gal, who gave us a special Tu B’Shvat performance for all three of our Shabbat celebrations this Friday. Through a set of fun songs and dances, our students learned how important it is to treat trees, plants, and flowers with respect and to recycle items to keep our planet clean in honor of Tu B’Shvat (Birthday of the trees). 
 
Police Officer Visit
Our students in the 3s program are learning about the Letter “P”  this week as part of their Letterland curriculum. The students were surprised with a visit from two Police officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday. The police officers read a book to the children and let them have an opportunity to sit in the police cruiser. The students had a fun time finding the letter “P” located on the exterior of the police cruiser. 
 
Google Expeditions
Our Lower school teachers were introduced to Google Expeditions during their Monday staff meeting. They enjoyed learning about this teaching tool that goes beyond the classroom. Through virtual reality and augmented reality, teachers can go beyond what is limited by the space of the classroom. Virtual reality lets students explore the world virtually while augmented reality brings abstract concepts to life—allowing teachers to guide students through collections of 360° scenes and 3D objects, pointing out interesting sites and artifacts pertaining to their specific needs and units of study. 
 
Jump Rope Unit 
In Physical Education our Kindergarten through 5th grade students are participating in their annual jump rope unit. Students earn a star for the star chart for jumping continuously for 1, 2, or 3 minutes. Our younger students in Kindergarten and 1st grade are credited with their total amount of jumps if they can’t meet the different minute thresholds. Our top jumper this year was 3rd grader Kyle Reid who jumped for 7 minutes and  7 seconds straight. This unit is a test of endurance and concentration and our students did a fantastic job as they improved over the course of the month. 
 
SAVE THE DATE
2/10 - Tu B’Shvat - Seders
2/11 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Nevada State Museum 9:20am - 12:30pm
2/14 - Teacher In-Service day - No School for Students 
2/17 - President’s Day - No School
2/21 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake  
2/27 - 1st Grade Fairy Tale Presentation 8:15am in Beit Midrash 
3/2 - 3/6 - Reading Week 
3/5 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Summerlin Library 9:45am - 11:15am
3/10 - Purim 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium 
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines
3/27 - Kindergarten Earth, Moon, and Sun Presentation
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 11am - 2pm 
3/31 -4/1 - Passover Seders
4/6 - 4/19 - Spring Break - No School 








 

This Week in Lower School 1/27-1/31, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, January 31, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
100th Day of School Event + Food Drive 
The 100th Day of school is highlighted by our annual canned food drive. We challenged each class to collect 100 food items to be donated to local food pantries. Along with this component of Tikkun Olam there are many other opportunities for our students to learn with the 100th day of school. Our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students teamed up for their annual 100th day of school event. They participated in math centered stations which included movement, sensory play, dancing, tracing 100 hands,  skip counting by 10 to 100 hopscotch, holding 100 orbeez, counting to 100 in Hebrew and English, estimating 100 jelly beans in a jar, and counting their 100+ cans of food to be donated. 
A huge thank you to all of our families in the Lower School who donated 2,562 food items this year. Many classes surpassed the challenge of collecting 100 cans per class. Our students will continue with this Tikkun Olam project as they will be responsible for packing all of the goods in preparation for donation to Aishel Avraham and JFSA during Purim.  

Field Trip to Smith Center 
Our 3rd - 5th grade students had the wonderful opportunity to attend Miss Nelson has a Field Day at The Smith Center. The play continues the theme that our students had last week about growth mindset from the NED assembly. The play takes place at Smedley High School were the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point. With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape. Our students had a great experience. 
 
Illan Ramon Chemical Garden 
This week our fifth and sixth-grade students commemorated the life of Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who died tragically on February 1, 2003 aboard the Columbia Space Shuttle as it made its way back to Earth. Adelson sixth graders mentored the fifth graders on how to create a chemical garden, which was one of the experiments Ilan Ramon conducted in space. Sixth graders also created a slideshow presentation to help fifth-grade students learn more about Ilan Ramon’s life, mission, and legacy. To stay connected to Israel and Judaism, Ilan Ramon brought a mini Torah he received from a Holocaust survivor, a kiddush cup, and a drawing of earth as it would be seen from the moon, drawn by a child while in a death camp. We dedicate the chemical gardens we made today to Ilan Ramon in honor of his bravery and Jewish pride
 
Summer Camp 2020
Summer Camp at Adelson Campus registration has launched.  We are excited to continue to offer the same excellent summer day camp experience, while enriching our existing programs and introducing even more thoughtful programming. Our talented staff is already planning for what will be another exciting and memorable summer at the Adelson campus. Registration is already filling up so please claim your spot today. Our early signup discount will end on Jan. 31st and Adelson students can use code “adelsonstudent” for an additional 5% off. 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE
2/10 - Tu B’Shvat - Seders
2/11 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Nevada State Museum 9:20am - 12:30pm
2/14 - Teacher In-Service day - No School for Students 
2/17 - President’s Day - No School
2/21 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake  
2/27 - 1st Grade Fairy Tale Presentation 8:15am in Beit Midrash 
3/2 - 3/6 - Reading Week 
3/5 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Summerlin Library 9:45am - 11:15am
3/10 - Purim 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium 
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines
3/27 - Kindergarten Earth, Moon, and Sun Presentation
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 11am - 2pm 







 

This Week in Lower School 1/20-1/24, 2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, January 24, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Our Kindergarten through 5th grade students had the opportunity to attend an assembly on Friday centered around growth mindset.  The assembly introduces a cartoon boy named NED who is on a very important mission: to find his mindset. Led by clues and memorable characters, he overcomes Mt. Everest’s toughest obstacles, uncovers inner-treasures on a Caribbean island, and grows his brain while repairing a sputtering spaceship. Throughout the performance, our students discovered how to activate their growth mindset to overcome social, emotional, and academic challenges. NED stands for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. 
 
In Hebrew, our 1st grade students learned about a story about a glidah (ice cream). They read a story in Hebrew, watched a video, learned vocabulary, and then they acted out the story of an ice cream lady bringing ice cream to children in her ice cream truck. Not only did the children learn about multiple components of a story in Hebrew, but the story taught about generosity and thoughtfulness.  To top it off, the Hebrew teachers surprised the students with an ice cream party. 
 
Rosh Chodesh 
This week, we recognize Rosh Chodesh (The first day of the Hebrew month). We have a tradition of rolling or braiding challah and allowing the students to bring their delicious creations home. We would like to thank the following families who sponsored this month’s challah bake.
Nikhman Family 
Ruben Family 
Perel Family 
Harouni Family 
Schwartz Family 
Atlas Family 
Wolf Family

We are less than 1 week away from the final day of the canned food on January 29th.  
To continue with our school-wide efforts in promoting Tikkun Olam, we are challenging each class in the entire Lower School to collect at least 100 cans to be donated to local food pantries. Students have been bringing in cans over the past two weeks, but we are still trying to reach our goal of 100 cans per class. 
 
Summer Camp at Adelson Campus registration has launched.  We are excited to continue to offer the same excellent summer day camp experience, while enriching our existing programs and introducing even more thoughtful programming. Our talented staff is already planning for what will be another exciting and memorable summer at the Adelson campus. Registration is already filling up so please claim your spot today. Our early signup discount will end on Jan. 31st and Adelson students can use code “adelsonstudent” for an additional 5% off. 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE
1/28 - Cubs to Lions (Informational program for rising Kindergarten families)
1/29 - 100th Day of School Canned Food Drive 
1/29 - 3rd - 5th Grade Field Trip to Smith Center 
2/10 - Tu B’Shvat 
2/11 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Nevada State Museum 
2/14 - Teacher In-Service day - No School 
2/17 - Presidents Day - No School 
2/21 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake  
2/27 - 1st Grade Fairy Tale Presentation 
3/2 - 3/6 - Reading Week 
3/10 - Purim 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 
3/27 - Kindergarten Earth, Moon, and Sun Presentation
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day)







 
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