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This Week in Lower School 3/18-3/22, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 22, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
 
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. The Kindergarten - 4th grade started their day with the annual Purim play put on by the 3rd grade students, which was performed in English and in Hebrew. Following the play, we listened to the Megillah reading by our Upper School students. We then continued on to fulfill 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 on the soccer field, which included bounce houses, crafts, sports, and face painting.   
 
 
Preschool students enjoyed a wonderful Purim filled with exciting activities. The day 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 high school students and parent volunteers led a variety of fun stations.
 
All of our Preschool through 5th grade students made Ra’ashanim (traditional noise makers).
 
On Tuesday, our preschool students baked hamentashen with Ms. Miri. Students were able to shape the dough into the traditional triangle shapes and add their chocolate chip toppings in this delicious sensory activity.
 
Our 5th grade students helped with the Preschool parade and then joined the middle school in their festivities, as another opportunity to prepare for their transition to Middle School.
 
We recognize that there was a lot of 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. Thank you to the Purim chair volunteers (Vivian Levisman and Danielle Pokroy) and the Upper School band.
 
We are now getting ready for Passover, and are looking forward to share a model Seder with our parents. Preschool Seder Flyer | Lower School Seder Flyer
 
We are excited for our second annual “Good Deeds Day” hosted by the Summer Camp at Adelson Campus. On Sunday, April 7th, from 10:30am - 1:30pm, join us for another exciting community event showcasing values, partnership, and coming together for a good cause. At camp, we will continue with the important community service values (Tikkun Olam) that we uphold during the school year at Adelson. Please mark your calendar for Summer Camp at Adelson’s “Good Deeds Day” event at the Adelson Sports complex on Sunday, April 7th from 10:30am - 1:30pm.
 
Note: If you are signing up for the relay, please fill out the attached registration form and return it with payment to Dan Kelly or Becky Lamph. If you wish to attend, but do not want to participate in the relay, please RSVP to camp@adelsoncampus.org.     See Good Deeds Day Camp Event Flyer  |. Registration Form
 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful weekend,
 
Lilach Bluevise and the Lower School team
 
 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade -  click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of the Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.  
 

Save the Date:

Wednesday March 27 -  Kindergarten+ Ms. Lower's class- trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten+ Ms. Lower's class  Earth Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
Thursday, April 4 - Fairy Tale experience 1st grade (rescheduled from February)
Friday, April 5 - Good Deeds Day  for K-5- 4th and 5th grades presentations during Shabbat
Sunday, April 7 - Camp for Good - AEC camp open house and Good Deeds - See Flyer
Tuesday, April 9 - 8:10-9:10am - Seder for K +1
Tuesday, April 9 - 10:00-11:00 - Seder for grades 2+3+4
Tuesday, April 9 - 11:30-12:30 - Seder for grades 5+6
Wednesday, April 10 - 8:30-9:00 Seder for Baby Bears, Baby Pandas and 2’s
Wednesday, April 10 - 9:30-10:15 Seder for 3’s
Wednesday, April 10 - 10:45-11:30 Seder for JK’s
Wednesday, April 10 - Field Day K-5
Thursday, April 11 - 4th grade assembly - Learning from Artifacts
Monday, April 15 to Friday April 26- No school, Passover break
Monday, April 29 - School resumes

 

This Week in Lower School 3/11-3/15, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 15, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
At Adelson we believe in the power of an integrated curriculum. Our 2nd graders had a Symbols Fair this week to culminate their social studies unit. Our 2nd graders learned all about symbols; in particular, symbols of the Nevada, the United States, and Israel.  Symbols have a deep impact on us as a society, giving us something to rally around and something that is instantly recognizable. Math, social studies, science, technology, writing, reading, Hebrew, music, and art were all incorporated into the unit that focused on the American and Israeli flags, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, and the bald eagle.  Measuring and creating life sized versions of the Statue of Liberty’s foot, the wingspan of a bald eagle, and an eagle’s highlighted the unit. They now have an appreciation of scale after this experiential project. View Photos
 
Pi Day activities - Our 3rd through 5th grade students celebrated Pi Day on Thursday 3/14 by participating in a festive math event put on by the high school math classes. Our students had the opportunity to visit 16 different math themed stations which included math bingo, math jeopardy, factor relays, math board games, matching games, Pi twister, a Pi day mural, and other fun math activities. Our high school students put in a lot of hard work and preparation for this thoughtful event and our  lower school students had a wonderful and enriching time celebrating this annual day of math. View Photos
 
Lower School Science In Action
 
Landform Science Projects - Grade 4
Our Grade 4 scientists have been studying landforms as part of our earth science unit. They have been making and investigating different types of maps and using stream tables outdoors to recreate the formation of the Grand Canyon. To culminate this unit and dig a little deeper, these ambitious fourth graders went above and beyond building very impressive  3-dimensional models of specific landforms on Earth using a variety of materials. Additionally, students chose one of the following presentation ideas to share what they learned:
  • Engaging and informative slide show
  • Student produced video of a demonstration
  • Engaging demonstration in front of the class
  • Colorful/informative poster  
These replicas of landforms like the Grand Canyon, Mt. Fuji, Mt. Hood, Mt. Etna, Bonneville Salt Flats, Nile Delta, etc. are all on display on the Upper School landing just passed the Dining Commons. Stop the “Landform Museum” and learn more about these amazing features of our Earth.
 
Moon Camp Challenge - Grade 5
Our Grade 5 scientists and designers have now completed the Moon Camp Challenge. This learning-by-design challenge is an educational and inspirational project offered by the European Space Agency and Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk. Students worked in groups of three to design their own Moon Camp using Tinkercad as their 3D modeling tool. This was an amazing opportunity for them to put their technology and designing skills to work on an exciting project. Additionally, students had to explain their work by completing extensive sections of writing. They answered questions and described where their Moon Camp would be located, how many astronauts it would accommodate, how large it would be, what Moon resources they would use, how they would power and protect the camp, where their water and food would come from, and what their mission would be while they lived there. As they worked through their earth science unit, they deepened their understanding of our moon and became familiar with space exploration and astronaut's needs while living beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Students also brainstormed all the amazing experiments and areas of study they could investigate while living on the Moon. Last Friday, each group presented their Tinkercad Moon Camp design in front of their parents and shared their explanations and justifications based on their studies.
 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful weekend,
Lilach Bluevise and the Lower School team
 
 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade -  click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.  
 

Save the Date:

Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah flyer
Wednesday March 27 - Kindergarten+ Ms. Lower's class-  trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten + Ms. Lower's class  Earth Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
Thursday, April 4 - Fairy Tale experience 1st grade (rescheduled from February)
Friday April 5 - Good Deeds Day  for K-5- 4th and 5th grades presentations during Shabbat
Sunday April 7 - Camp for Good - AEC camp open house and Good Deeds
Wednesday, April 10 - K-5 Field Day
Thursday April 11 - 4th grade assembly - Learning from Artifacts
Tuesday- Thursday April 9-11 Passover Seders 
Monday April 15 to Friday April 26- No school, Passover break
Monday April 29 - School resumes
 

Lower School Science: Landforms & Moon Camp

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 15, 2019 Byline:  Cheri Garner
Grade 4
Landform Science Projects
 
Our Grade 4 scientists have been studying landforms as part of our earth science unit. They have been making and investigating different types of maps and using stream tables outdoors to recreate the formation of the Grand Canyon. To culminate this unit and dig a little deeper, these ambitious fourth graders went above and beyond building very impressive  3-dimensional models of specific landforms on Earth using a variety of materials. Additionally, students chose one of the following presentation ideas to share what they learned:
  • Engaging and informative slide show
  • Student produced video of a demonstration
  • Engaging demonstration in front of the class
  • Colorful/informative poster  
  • These replicas of landforms like the Grand Canyon, Mt. Fuji, Mt. Hood, Mt. Etna, Bonneville Salt Flats, Nile Delta, etc. are all on display on the Upper School landing just passed the Dining Commons. Stop the “Landform Museum” and learn more about these amazing features of our Earth.
 
Grade 5
Moon Camp Challenge
 
Our Grade 5 scientists and designers have now completed the Moon Camp Challenge. This learning-by-design challenge is an educational and inspirational project offered by the European Space Agency and Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk. Students worked in groups of three to design their own Moon Camp using Tinkercad as their 3D modeling tool. This was an amazing opportunity for them to put their technology and designing skills to work on an exciting project. Additionally, students had to explain their work by completing extensive sections of writing. They answered questions and described where their Moon Camp would be located, how many astronauts it would accommodate, how large it would be, what Moon resources they would use, how they would power and protect the camp, where their water and food would come from, and what their mission would be while they lived there. As they worked through their earth science unit, they deepened their understanding of our moon and became familiar with space exploration and astronaut's needs while living beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Students also brainstormed all the amazing experiments and areas of study they could investigate while living on the Moon. Last Friday, each group presented their Tinkercad Moon Camp design in front of their parents and shared their explanations and justifications based on their studies.
 

This week in Lower School 3/4-3/8, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 8, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
This year’s Reading Week theme was:  Find your Superpower: Read! In many ways throughout the week, we found our superpowers. On Monday, “Jewish Superheroes” day, we welcomed three panelists to our Middle and Upper School (a cantor, a poet, and a rabbi) who spoke about the ways in which their Jewish upbringing and ideals have influenced their careers and life choices. Tuesday was “Green Superheroes” day, during which our Lower School students engaged in story time in the garden followed by a planting session with PTO volunteers. Wednesday was our dress-up day (“Career Day”) in celebration of “Community Heroes” day, during which we hosted a panel of three community heroes (a therapy dog team, a registered nurse, and a corrections officer) who shared with our Lower School students the duties in their daily lives and how their roles support our community.
 
 
Thursday was “I am my Own Superhero” day, and we welcome to the school local author/illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley who presented her book This is It to JK-5th grade students. Ms. Daria spoke about the power of autonomy, self-reliance, and the importance of following your passion. The week culminated on Friday, when we celebrated “Reading Superheroes” day with therapy dogs as Reading Buddies, cross-divisional buddy activities, and Super Sessions, which were a variety of STEAM workshops lead by AEC faculty as well as parent volunteers. Other highlights throughout the week include preschool baking day, the kindergarten field trip to the Summerlin Library, and guest author and current LV Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson, who presented to the Middle and Upper School. It has truly been an exhilarating week, and we have all emerged as Reading Superheroes.
 
We would like to thank our volunteer readers- parents, friends, and older students- it has been a pleasure watching you interact with the LS students.
 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a nice long weekend,
Lilach Bluevise and the Lower School team
 
 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade -  click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.  
 

Save the Date:

Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade Symbol Fair and sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah  flyer
Wednesday March 27 - Kindergarten+ Ms. Lower's class-  trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten+ Ms. Lower's class  Earth Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
Thursday, April 4 - Fairy Tale experience 1st grade (rescheduled from February)
Friday April 5 - Good Deeds Day  for K-5- 4th and 5th grades presentations during Shabbat
Sunday April 7 - Camp for Good - AEC camp open house and Good Deeds
Wednesday, April 10 - K-5 Field Day
Thursday April 11 - 4th grade assembly - Learning from Artifacts
Tuesday- Thursday April 9-11 Passover Seders 
Monday April 15 to Friday April 26- No school, Passover break
Monday April 29 - School resumes
 

This week in Lower School 2/25-3/1, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, March 1, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
Think back to when you were in school. What is your fondest memory? Was it a field trip to attend a concert or theater performance? Was it playing a part in a class play, singing in the choir, playing an instrument or having your work of art exhibited at school? The arts experiences are often the fondest and most vivid memories of our school days.
 
We are so fortunate to benefit from the mission of the Smith Center to build similar lifetime memories by offering high-quality arts experiences for students, teachers, and the community. This week we enjoyed another great show at the Smith Center:
 
Our 1st and 2nd grade had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Smith Center to see Underneath a Magical Moon on Tuesday. A performance based on the story of Peter Pan where the characters wonder about how they actually feel about growing up and what they will remember about being a child. Our students were thoroughly engaged and well behaved as the actors put on a creative and entertaining show. Our students reflected on how exciting it was to ride on a “big” bus and watch a “fun” show together
 
Our students love to watch shows but also love to perform and take part in the production process of shows. The Lower School Annie is coming together beautifully under the leadership of our dedicated performing arts team. As part of their experience, they will visit behind the scenes of Addams Family, the Upper School musical, will talk to the actors, and will enjoy the show performed by their older peers. The Annie cast and crew can’t wait to take part in this 3rd annual Behind the Scenes VIP experience on March 14. Tickets for Addams Family are on sale now! To purchase tickets, click here.
 
It is nice to have our Shinshiniot back from Israel! We were so excited to learn that they took the notes that our Kindergarteners wrote and put them in the Western Wall. The tradition says that wishes that are put in between the stones of the Kottel (The Western Wall) will come true.
 
It was exciting to learn about Beresheet, the Israeli robotic lunar lander that was sent to the moon. We will continue to watch its journey in the coming weeks. The Beresheet was launched last week from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, kicking off an eight-week journey to the moon's surface.
 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a nice long weekend,
 
Lilach Bluevise and the Lower School team
 

Save the Date:

March 4 to March 8 NV Reading Week - Find Your Superpower - Read!
Tuesday, March 5 - Kindergarten to Summerlin Library
Wednesday, March 6 - Preschool Super Baking day for Reading Week
Thursday, March 7 - Author Visit:  Daria Peoples-Riley (This is It, Harper Collins, 2018)
Thursday , March 7 -  6:00pm- In Pursuit of Excellence Gala
Friday, March 8th - Challah Bake for Rosh Chodesh
Friday, March 8 - 2nd-5th grade Super Sessions for Reading Week
Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade Symbol Fair and sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K + Ms. Lower’s class trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten - Earth Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
Thursday, April 4 - Fairy Tale experience 1st grade (rescheduled from February)
Friday April 5 - Good Deeds Day  for K-5- 4th and 5th grades presentations during Shabbat
Sunday April 7 - Camp for Good - AEC camp open house and Good Deeds
Wednesday, April 10 - K-5 Field Day
Thursday April 11 - 4th grade assembly - Learning from Artifacts
Tuesday- Thursday April 9-11 Passover Seders  - move from the chart to here after Dina approves
Monday April 15 to Friday April 26- No school, Passover break
Monday April 29 - School resumes

 
 

This Week in Lower School 2/19-2/22, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, February 22, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
Thursday brought a marvelous surprise to our area and to our curious and excited students - snow! At the Lower School we made sure to connect the learning to this wonderful nature exhibit of white and fluffy snow, which is a rarity in our area. View Photos
 
Our students were engaged in scientific explorations, art inspired creations, writing, and even math activities such as graphing, temperatures, and measurements. Group work and collaboration were instrumental as the students were engaged in designing and building snowmen (from snow and from other materials too). From our youngest Baby Bears to our 5th grade leaders, they were all engaged in an exciting day of meaningful learning and connecting learning skills to a real life phenomena. We would like to share some of the highlights of the day.
 
In Ms. Garners science classes,  we had an amazing day learning about the science of snowflakes. Earth science couldn't have been more engaging! Did you know you need a speck of dust or pollen to form a beautiful snowflake? Did you know that a snowflake has a hexagonal shape with six branches that form out from each point? We observed snow directly by gathering snow samples and even cut out our own original snowflake paper models. Third grade used snow instead of the lab ice cubes to chill their cold water for an experiment investigating the difference in density between cold and hot water. While you are enjoying this outrageous desert surprise, don't forget to think about how nature creates such tiny original beauties that accumulate to form this gorgeous white blanket over our valley.
 
Writing was enhanced by the snow as the 4th Graders took in the morning views of the winter wonderland outside and wrote snow-inspired Haiku poems, a Japanese poem that uses a specific syllable count and are often inspired by nature.
 
Second graders explored the snow with their senses, organized their impressions in a graphic organizer, and then wrote down their thoughts and impressions. They were proud of their “how to build a snowman” step by step guide. Do you think we will have a chance to use it in the near future?
 
First graders made lists about fun snow day activities, and the students wrote down their own personal experiences with the snow.
 
Our younger students enjoyed snow inspired literature like The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to guide their snow explorations and experiences. They looked out the windows to watch the snow fall , and even brought in some snow to experience it first hand. The children heard the crunching of the snow just like the little boy in the story. Ms. Katherine threw snowballs at the classroom window to show how soft the snow was. They talked about how we wear scarves, hats, and mittens when it’s snowy and cold outside, and practiced wearing mittens before playing with the snow.
Paper snowflakes were cut and colored and  snowmen were built from different materials as well as real snow collected and brought into the rooms. Snow was even used to paint with watercolors.
 
As Ms. B. reminded us the famous words of princess Elsa: “The Snow Never Bothered Us Anyway!” In fact, it enhanced our learning and helped us celebrate and appreciate the wonders of nature.
 
 
We hope that you will join us to cheer on the Adelson Campus Boys Varsity basketball team as they play their first game of the Division 2a Southern Regional Playoffs today at 3:00pm
NEW LOCATION: SLAM Academy, located at 1095 Fielders St., Henderson, NV 89015. For directions, click here.
 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a nice long weekend,
 
Lilach Bluevise and the LS team
 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade -  click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.  
 

Save the Date:

Tuesday, February 26 - 1st and 2nd to Smith Center for Underneath a Magical Moon (UPDATED)
Friday, March 1- 1st grade sing on Shabbat
March 4 to March 8 NV Reading Week - Find Your Superpower - Read!
Tuesday, March 5 - Kindergarten to Summerlin Library
Wednesday, March 6 - Preschool Super Baking day for Reading Week
Thursday, March 7 - Author Visit:  Daria Peoples-Riley (This is It, Harper Collins, 2018)
Friday, March 8 - 2nd-5th grade Super Sessions for Reading Week
Thursday , March 7 -  6:00pm- In Pursuit of Excellence Gala
Friday, March 8th - Challah Bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade Symbol Fair and sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K + Ms. Lower’s class trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten+ Ms. Lower's calss  Earth Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
Thursday, April 4 - Fairy Tale experience 1st grade (rescheduled from February)
Friday April 5 - Good Deeds Day  for K-5- 4th and 5th grades presentations during Shabbat
Sunday April 7 - Camp for Good - AEC camp open house and Good Deeds
Wednesday, April 10 - K-5 Field Day
Thursday April 11 - 4th grade assembly - Learning from Artifacts
Tuesday- Thursday April 9-11 Passover Seders
Monday April 15 to Friday April 26- No school, Passover break
Monday April 29 - School resumes
Wednesday April 30 to May 10 - Standardized testing for fifth grade
 

 
 

This Week in Lower School 2/11-2/14, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Thursday, February 14, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
AEC education is education for life! Our teachers and administrators are lifelong learners and tomorrow they will immerse themselves in a day of learning.  Highlights of the workshops include: Project Based Learning, Rabbinic Text Studies, Math workshops, Learning through the senses, etc. We are appreciative of this special time to learn as a community and to further develop our knowledge. It is meaningful for our students to understand that their teachers are students too and that learning is happening all the time.
At AEC, we value professional development and encourage our teachers to grow in their profession, to pursue courses and advanced education, and to share their knowledge with others by sharing in school and by presenting at conferences.
 
Who knew the farm can teach us so many things? - Junior Kindergarten students have been learning about the farm in an integrated approach: The students are learning about all the fun things that happen on a farm,  the work that is being done there, the animals, and how farms look. They are learning interesting facts about cows, horses, and hens, enjoying painting their own red barns, and even dressing up like farmers in dramatic play. Language arts and math is incorporated through counting and graphing farm animals, and exploring the classic story “Rosie’s Walk” by Pat Hutchinson. Retelling the story together in circle time allows them to practice reading comprehension and inspires creative writing at the writing center.  
 
AEC FACULTY PRIDE
In March, Robin Pence, Rachel Ziter, Cheri Garner and Camille McCue will all be presenting in the SITE Conference (SITE 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the 30th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education). Also, Robin Pence recently graduated from Full Sail University with a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology with Honors, and received two awards - Valedictorian and Advanced Achievement. Robin graduated with the highest GPA in her degree program. Mazel Tov!
 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of the 5% early sign up discount valid through January 31st and the Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org.
 
Wishing you a wonderful long weekend,
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

Save the Date:

Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 26 - 1st and 2nd to Smith Center for Underneath a Magical Moon (UPDATED)
Wednesday, February 27, 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
Friday, March 1- 1st grade sing on Shabbat
March 4 to March 8 NV Reading Week - Find Your Superpower - Read!
Tuesday, March 5 - Kindergarten to Summerlin Library
Wednesday, March 6 - Preschool Super Baking day for Reading Week
Thursday, March 7 - Author Visit:  Daria Peoples-Riley (This is It, Harper Collins, 2018)
Friday, March 8 - 2nd-5th grade Super Sessions for Reading Week
Thursday , March 7, 6:00pm- In Pursuit of Excellence Gala
Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten Earth Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
Thursday, April 4 - Fairy Tale experience 1st grade (rescheduled from February)
Friday April 5 - Good Deeds Day  for K-5- 4th and 5th grades presentations during Shabbat
Sunday April 7 - Camp for Good - AEC camp open house and Good Deeds
 
 
 

This Week in Lower School 2/4-2/8, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, February 8, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
 

 

2nd Grade Shabbat Performance
Our 2nd graders have been learning about George Washington & Abraham Lincoln in preparation for President's Day.  After learning about both presidents, the students engaged in conversation about which was the best president. Although they still haven’t come to a conclusion, all agreed that both were great influential men that helped form the America of today.  During Shabbat the Lower School enjoyed watching the students who were dressed up as the two presidents and sang songs about the attributes and contributions of each president. View Photos
 
Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series Program
This week, 3rd and 4th graders attended the Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series Program at the Smith Center. Our students were able to learn about the six featured composers, two of whom happened to have been Jewish, in class before being introduced to their work in a live performance. The Philharmonic performed their pieces flawlessly and gave the students a lot to aspire to in terms of their own musical interests. Favorite pieces included singing This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie along with the orchestra and getting to clap along to a wonderfully lively performance of the “Can Can” by Jacques Offenbach. However, the number one favorite was certainly when a young Bassoon player was the featured soloist of a surprise concerto. He was able to share with the students how he had started playing the clarinet in 6th grade, changed to bassoon in 7th, played diligently for 6 years, and impressively performed his music. This sparked great conversations among the students in terms of learning to play instruments and the dedication that goes into being really good at it. The students seemed to have a great time and were thankful for the experience. 
 
2nd grade field trip
Our 2nd graders had a wonderful field trip to the Nevada State Museum on Thursday. They had an opportunity to view exhibits about the history of Nevada. There were galleries on the geology and early settlers and leading up to the Boomtown and what shaped the course of Nevada. It was a thorough program lead by the museum education curators. They had our students break off into groups and complete worksheets that helped 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.
 
Conservation Caper
The National Theatre for Children and NV Energy gave our Kindergarten - 4th grade a wonderful performance on energy conservation. They had two actors who acted out an educational program teaching our students about how they can conserve energy in their everyday life. It was a fun and interactive program, which had our students engaged throughout the entirety of the program.
 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of the 5% early sign up discount valid through January 31st and the Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org.
 
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat,
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

Save the Date:

Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Monday, February 25 - 1st and 2nd to Smith Center for Underneath a Magical Moon
Wednesday, February 27, 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
Friday, March 1- 1st grade sing on Shabbat
March 4 to March 8 NV Reading Week
 
Tuesday, March 5 - Kindergarten to Summerlin Library
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, March 6-8, 1st Grade Therapy Dogs
Wednesday, March 6 - Preschool baking day
Thursday , March 7, 6:00pm- In Pursuit of Excellence Gala
Friday, March 8 - 2nd-5th grade Super Sessions
Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten Each Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
Friday April 5 - Good Deeds Day  for K-5- 4th and 5th grades presentations during Shabbat
Sunday April 7 - Camp for Good - AEC camp open house and Good Deeds
 
 
 

This Week in Lower School 1/28-2/1, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, February 1, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
5th Grade Shadow Day
Moving from Lower School to Middle School can be both an exciting and a challenging experience for students academically, emotionally, and mentally. However, here at The Adelson Education Campus,  we have several programs implemented throughout the year to help prepare our fifth-grade students for a smoother transition. Since the beginning of the year, students have been placed as Tikkun Olam Leaders of the school, have been given more independence with their own lockers, multiple class schedule, and have created lasting friendships with the sixth graders at a day trip to Mount Potosi and through participating in the 5th and 6th grade athletics program, and “growing” together their Chemical Gardens earlier this week. To further prepare them, our fifth graders were graciously hosted to spend the day shadowing the middle schoolers. They spent time with Middle School students in their classes, at Town Hall, lunch and Kabbalat Shabbat.
 
The day began with High School student, Liahm Blank, telling about his own middle school survival kit he received as a fifth grader at AEC five years ago.  Over the years, the survival kit has grown from three items (Tootsie Roll, paperclip, and sponge) to more than ten items! Mr. Koch, Upper School Assistant Principal, and Mrs. Paxinos, Director of Student Development, presented each student with their own kit reminding them of the skills they have already from their time in the Lower School and the skills they will develop as they transition into middle school.  
 
 
The first classroom experience for the day was in sixth grade Earth Science.  Sixth-grade students played host and guide for fifth graders as they thought critically to tackle STEM instant challenges.  The fifth graders had a lot of fun building a “bridge to nowhere,” determining how many water drops can fit on a penny, and how much weight a boat can hold.  These instant challenges, developed by middle school teachers Mrs. Garrett and Ms. Page introduced the fifth graders to the inquiry centered experiences that middle school science provides.
 
During Town Hall, fifth-grade students were presented with a special gift, a t-shirt designed by the middle school student council, and invited to join the student council members during lunch and at Kabbalat Shabbat.   The middle school student council members worked closely the past month with the Director of Advancement and Admissions, Ms. Abrahamson and the Director of Marketing and Communications, Mr. Boland, to design the t-shirt.
 
The second classroom experience for students was in middle school humanities where a combined English and Ancient Civilizations lesson took place.  Fifth graders joined the sixth graders in exploring how Greek mythology is used in the modern world for marketing purposes. In combined teams, they created a slogan and logo to market a modern product using a story, theme, or figure from Greek mythology.  Once developed, they had to pitch the product to the “head marketing team,” the teachers of the course Ms. McKannon and Mrs. Peterson.
 
At lunch, fifth graders joined middle school students for conversation and Q and A.  They also participated in the middle school Kabbalat Shabbat, led by Ms. Blit, where they joined the sixth graders in reciting the blessing.  The middle school students are excited for the current fifth graders to make the transition into middle school and join them as peers in the coming school year.

Chemical Garden and Ilan Ramon commemoration - 5th and 6th  (Cheri Garner and Paula Garrett)
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. View Photos
 
100th Day Celebration Kindergarten
In Kindergarten we celebrated the 100th Day on January 30th, 2019.
We had a blast engaging in many different activities revolving around the number 100.
We tally marked to 100 (counting by 5’s), filled in a hundred number chart with a friend, counted cereal in groups of ten and strung them together, built a cup sculpture using 100 cups, and counted our 100+ food items for donation.
 
 
In writing, our students drew a picture of themselves as they would look as a 100-year old. They wrote about what they would have, be, and eat at 100 years old.  For our journal entry this week they wrote and drew about what they would do with 100 dollars. Kindergarten visited the JK 100 Item Museum.  The JK students presented to the Kindergarteners what they counted and grouped together.
Kindergarteners love 100th Day of school!
 
It was exciting to see the different activities in other classrooms - collecting, counting, sorting, art work, writing, and even exercising.
 
A huge thank you to our generous families for bringing in 1889 cans and food items! We challenged our Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade to bring in 100 cans per class in recognition of the 100th day of school. We had an overwhelming amount of food donations with many classes surpassing that 100 can mark. Some classes doubled and tripled that total. 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. Please feel free to continue to donate non-perishable items up until Purim on March 21st. We are proud of the top 3 classes for collecting the most food items:       Ms. Botach 369, Ms. Lasky 311, Ms. Cherney 257
 
Challah Baking
The new Hebrew month of Adar is here! We had a fun challah baking for Rosh Chodesh this morning. Thank you to the following families for sponsoring this month’s challah baking in honor of their students: Maman family, Nikhman family, Potashnick family, Schwartz family, Kelly family, and Winger family.  
 
AEC Runners Club
We have had much excitement and participation with our new morning enrichment The Adelson Runners Club. Kindergarten -5th grade students are invited to run laps on our track every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 7:35am - 7:50am. Runners are able to earn bracelets as the reach different lap milestones. The goal is to run an entire marathon over the course of the semester (222 laps).

 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of the 5% early sign up discount valid through January 31st and the Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org.
 
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat,
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

Save the Date:

Wednesday, February 6 - Conservation Caper K - 4th grade.
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, 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
Friday, March 1- 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday , March 7, 6:00pm- In Pursuit of Excellence Gala
Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten Each Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
 
 
 

This Week in Lower School 1/21-1/25, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, January 25, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team

We had a wonderful short week at the Lower School! Today, during Shabbat, our wonderful and talented Kindergarten students performed a dance to teach us about colors and led the Lower School throughout the entire Shabbat experience. WATCH THE VIDEO
 
Our 4th and 5th graders enjoyed an engaging show at the Smith Center on Thursday - Innovation Nation Live! Based on the two-time Emmy Award-winning CBS Saturday morning TV show, this  production brings to life world-changing innovations. The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation - Live! inspires students with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and innovators – highlighting major turning points in the past and present technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice. We are looking forward to more shows at the Smith Center in the near future.
 
The Seniors and Junior Kindergarten worked together on Thursday morning in the Lower School gym for a bonding event.  Each senior was paired with two to three Junior Kindergarten students. They interviewed each other asking questions like their favorite color, favorite things to do, and favorite movies.   They then drew each other’s portraits and each student was able to keep their booklet about their buddy. The “big kids” and “little kids” had big smiles and gave hugs to their new friends. The bonding activities will continue with a Field Day just for the Junior Kindergarten put on by the Seniors in early April. VIEW PHOTOS
 
It was wonderful to see so many Lower School students and their families at the High School basketball games on Tuesday. We are also proud of the achievement of the younger Middle School teams, which include our 5th graders as well- GO LIONS!
 
100th Day of School
Please bring cans and non perishable food in honor of 100th Day of School. Food will be donated to Aishel Avraham and JFSA.
 
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of the 5% early sign up discount valid through January 31st and the Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org.
 
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat,
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

Save the Date:

Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
Wednesday, January 30 - Cubs to Lions information session about K for JK parents | See flyer
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Wednesday, February 6 - Conservation Caper K - 4th grade.
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, 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
Friday, March 1- 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday , March 7, 6:00pm- In Pursuit of Excellence Gala
Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten Each Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
 
 
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