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This Week in Lower School 9/17/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Each week, we will highlight a specific grade level and a special in the Lower School. It is our goal to give a snapshot of the many wonderful things that are happening in all of our grade levels and specials. 
First Grade Highlights
As part of the year-long social studies focus on habitats, our 1st grade students have begun the unit on desert habitats. We start with desert habitats because it is the most relatable to us living in Las Vegas and we have loved hearing the students' stories of their own explorations in our surrounding desert! The students have participated in directed drawings of both wildlife and plant life, where they have to hone their listening skills and follow directions to complete their artwork. They then put together a printed book filled with details and drawings about desert habitats. This week they are creating their own books filled with details about the Desert Cotton Tailed Rabbit. The students explore the classroom libraries where we have books on different animal species, plant life and other interesting facts about habitats. Our favorite fact by far has been something interesting that Jack Rabbits do to conserve your own research or ask a first grader...they will love to share!!!
In 1st grade, we have also focused a lot on kindness. You may have heard your child talking about bucket filling (or dipping). We have engaged in this project from the beginning of the year.  It has been a great way to have the students learn about their peers and teachers while being heard and validated. The idea of bucket fillers is based on a book by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, “How Full Is Your Bucket?”  The premise of the book is that everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings.  When our bucket is full we feel great.  When our bucket is empty we feel sad.  This concept has been a framework for how we treat others to encourage a community of kindness and a way for the students to express their feelings.
Discovery Lab Highlights 
Students in Kindergarten are gaining computational thinking skills by learning how to navigate through the different levels of the “Code Spark” app on their iPads. They are learning coding principles such as sequencing, loops, and conditional statements to help move through the different levels. Shhh don’t tell them they’re learning to code, they think they just get to play games all class! 

First graders are transitioning from the pre-reader Scratch Jr. app they used in Kindergarten last year, and learning how to code with the regular code blocks of Scratch to create a game! 
Second grade students are using their knowledge of different types of communities from class to code a presentation. 
Third graders have learned how to code characters to move using arrow keys to control them. They are putting that knowledge to work this week when they started working on a game that ties into their social studies unit. 
Fourth grade students have been busy this year, working on animations that go along with Onomatopoeia words and now starting on a game for Sukkot! They are using stylus pens to draw the different leaves and backdrops for their Sukkot project, and learn advanced codes to get their games working. They will be ready in time for Sukkot. 
Fifth grade students have been challenging themselves this year by creating a game by using only pseudo code. Pseudo code is like a brainstorm of the actual code, however the students did not have the chance to copy down the code from the board, like in previous years. They used their coding knowledge to make two awesome versions of a game. Soon they will put that knowledge to the test and make their very own game for the upcoming holidays. 
Sweet Treat for Rosh Hashanah 
Our students in Preschool - 5th grade enjoyed the traditional Rosh Hashanah treat of apples and honey. Each student was provided with their own package of apple slices and individual packages of honey as we look forward to a sweet new year. 

Important Dates

9/18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah - No School 
9/28 - Yom Kippur - No School 
10/2 - Sukkot - No School 
10/9 - Professional Development for Teachers - No School For Students 
10/15 - End of Q1
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences and Progress Report distribution - No School for students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School 
11/3 - Student Council Elections (Grades 3-5)
11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving - No School 

This Week in Lower School 9/11/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, September 11, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Each week, we will highlight a specific grade level and a special in the Lower School. It is our goal to give a snapshot of the many wonderful things that are happening in all of our grade levels and specials. 
5th Grade Highlights: 
As part of the 5th grade Social Studies unit on colonization, our students were able to see how history can come alive through experiential education. Our 5th graders joined with their fellow colonists for a colonization simulation. Students rolled dice to see why they were sailing to the new land. Was it to earn money for investors, sail for the government, or seek religious freedom?  After that, colonists created flags and pledges to join them on their journeys.  As explorers to the new world, students loaded their cargo and will set sail next week.  Since this generation is accustomed to Disney Cruise Lines, we felt it important to sketch the actual size of their colonial ships on the playground.  They were cramped and tiny!  With only a certain amount of wealth, students needed to choose and provide cargo for all three of their ships.  Loans will be taken out for any outstanding debt.  
In Language Arts, the fifth grade students were given the opportunity to write about their snack from different perspectives. The first time, they viewed their snack from across the room and realized how little they could explain about it.  After that, students touched, smelled, tasted, and experienced their snack.  Using vivid verbs, figurative language, and attention to the five senses, students were able to describe their snack in a way that made the reader’s mouth water.  This exercise is preparation with use of writing strategies to craft their first descriptive narrative. 
Music Highlights K-5: 
Students from Kindergarten to second grade Music class are using the Kids Music Factory app to learn how to play piano, read and play music with play along songs, learn solfege, learn how to write music, and learn melody and harmony. Students in Grades 3-5 are using the Garage Band app to learn basic piano, music theory concepts such as chord progressions and harmony, how to create multi-track songs, and also how to use the DJ feature.
Music Highlights Preschool:
The 3’s and JK students are singing, moving, and learning rhythms in music! The students are able to have music in the classroom, as well as, moving to the outside classroom for music and fresh air.  18 months 2’s are able to follow Ms. Kearns YouTube channel for preschool video sing-alongs!
Rosh Hashanah Cards:
One of the customs for the Hebrew month of Elul - the last month before the holiday of Rosh Hashanah is to write Shana Tova cards wishing others a happy new year. This year our older students from 3rd to 5th grade learned the importance of not only wishing our family and friends a happy new year but also elder people in our community. They wrote and decorated beautiful Rosh Hashana cards for Holocaust survivors in our community- this was in partnership with the IAC. The cards will be added to Rosh Hashana baskets for the survivors.
First Grade Shabbat Performance:
First grade have learned about the meaning of the Shofar blasts- as well as the names of all the different blasts. In art they created and decorated their own mini shofars out of paper. In addition they learned about the importance of wishing your family a Happy New Year- Shana Tova. During Shabbat they sang a song about wishing your family Shana Tova and how you bring in the new year as we blow the shofar.
During our Shabbats today our Shinshinim wished us Shana Tova by showing us how they celebrate Rosh Hashanah this year. In conjunction we spoke about how we celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a different but safe manner. Watch video

Important Dates: 

9/18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah - No School 
9/28 - Yom Kippur - No School 
10/2 - Sukkot - No School 
10/9 - Professional Development for Teachers - No School For Students 
10/15 - End of Q1
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences and progress report distribution - No School for Students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School 
11/3 - Student Council Elections (Grades 3-5)
11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving - No School 

This Week in Lower School 9/4/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, September 4, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Back to School Nights 
Thank you to all of the parents who joined us virtually for our Back to School Nights this week. Although in a virtual setting, we achieved the same goals as always of highlighting the educational work and sharing the structure and philosophy that drives the educational process here at AEC. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you were unable to attend the session. They will be able to share the recording/slides or answer any questions that you may have. 
Each week, we will highlight a specific grade level and a special in the Lower School. It is our goal to give a snapshot of the many wonderful things that are happening in all of our grade levels and specials. 
Third Grade Highlights: 
All three third grade classes are learning about using a storyteller’s voice in Writers’ Workshop. We are discussing how a storyteller’s voice shows  vs. tells. In their own personal narratives, they are working on learning to include descriptions of actions that take place, describing images, using dialogue, and describing what they saw, smelled, tasted, or felt. Third graders have also been working hard reviewing important addition and subtraction concepts in math, playing around with place value games and problem solving with missing addends. Students are already showing some great work habits and eagerness to learn more!
Physical Education Highlights: 
This year PE looks a little different than we’re used to, but the students are working hard & having fun! We are still able to utilize the track and gym for a physically distanced warm up, stretching & games. We have begun the Lower School Olympics where each student in grades K-5 is given a country to represent and have been competing in different events to earn points! Events include a sprint, running long  jump, softball throw and endurance run. During these events, students are working on the gross motor skills of balance, coordination, body awareness, and strength. Students learned about proper running, throwing, and jumping form to maximize their results. The body motion for each event was broken down and analyzed to help our students understand which parts of the body create and execute the desired movements. Our students are working hard while maintaining a healthy competitive spirit. 
Preschool Movement Highlights:
Our Preschool students are having a blast in movement. Students are learning and creating fun warm up and cool down exercises as part of their movement class routines. We have started the year off with practicing fundamental ball skills. The balls used in movement class are sanitized before each class and students are given their own individual ball. Our Baby Bears and Pandas are learning and practicing rolling and kicking balls. Our 2s classes have been learning to kick and stop balls with their feet and hands. The 3s classes have been learning to dribble balls with their hands and feet, while the Junior Kindergarten work on shooting basketballs into a mini hoop and learning to toss and catch lighter activity balls. It has been wonderful to see our students exercise and work together while practicing these skills.

Important Dates: 

9/7 - Labor Day - No School 
9/11 - Rosh Hashanah Shabbat 
9/18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah - No School 
9/28 - Yom Kippur - No School 
10/2 - Sukkot - No School 
10/9 - Professional Development for Teachers - No School For Students 
10/15 - End of Q1
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences and progress reports distribution- No School for Students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School 

This Week in Lower School 8/28/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, August 28, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Fourth Grade Highlights 
Ms. Cherney and Ms. Morris’ classes have hit the ground running. In language arts, fourth graders have been exploring how writers make words come alive with figurative language. Students have practiced identifying idioms, similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification through the use of mentor texts, poetry, and songs. In social studies, students have kicked off their study of our state and learned geography concepts by making physical and political maps of Nevada. Finally, in math students have been working hard in the Saxon curriculum to review important foundational concepts including place value and number sense, multiplication, multi-digit subtraction, solving for missing factors in multiplication problems, and writing equations from word problems. The year is off to a great start! 
Art Highlights 
This school year,  Ms. Levy is bringing “art on a cart” to the Lower School. Here are a few highlights from the first few weeks of school.  In Kindergarten, the classes read “The Hair of Zoe Fleffenbacher Goes to School,” by Laurie Halse Anderson and the students created their own wild hair drawings. 1st grade students read “The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” by Keith Haring and they drew people in motion. Second grade worked very hard on their still-life paintings of fruit baskets. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students have all been diligently learning how to draw faces. Third grade drew faces using oil pastel in the style of Paul Klee.  Fourth grade drew cartoon inspired faces using markers and colored pencils. Fifth grade drew soft pastel faces inspired by the artist Jennifer Main.We look forward to the many artistic adventures with Ms. Levy this school year!
Third Grade Shabbat 
Our 3rd grade students have been learning about the Hebrew calendar and the holidays associated with each month. This week, the 3rd grade students sang songs that emphasized the last month before Rosh Hashanah, the month of Elul. Our 3rd graders did a great job getting us in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah as we look forward to celebrating next month. 
Tikkun Olam 
The fifth grade students serve as the  Lower School leaders of  Tikkun Olam. What has become a tradition, our fifth grade students made our annual Tzedakkah boxes for each classroom, from Kindergarten thru fifth grade in Art class. Each week, students are encouraged to bring Tzedakkah (money for charity) and it is the job of the fifth grade students to count the money and allocate it as donation. Our fifth grade students also plan activities to educate the rest of the Lower School in Tikkun Olam opportunities throughout the school year. 

Important Dates: 

9/2 - K-5 Virtual Back to School Night 5:30pm
9/3 - Preschool Virtual Back to School Night 5:30pm
9/7 - Labor Day - No School 
9/11 - Rosh Hashanah Shabbat 
9/18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah - No School 
9/28 - Yom Kippur - No School 
10/2 - Sukkot - No School 
10/9 - Professional Development for Teachers - No School For Students 
10/15 - End of Q1
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences - No School for Students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School 

This Week in Lower School 8/21/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, August 21, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
It was a fantastic week in the Lower School. Students are settling into their daily routines and are acclimating nicely to our new safety protocols. We can see that our students are focused and excited to be in the classroom. Our teachers are working diligently to deliver quality instruction and programming in creative ways and we look forward to a wonderful year together. We would also like to thank our parents for your commitment to helping us launch a successful start to the school year. 
Ilan Ramon STEAM Challenge 
For this year’s STEAM challenge, we are LAUNCHING the Ilan Ramon Challenge. Here are our fourth-grade students having a BLAST shooting off our favorite water rocket to honor and remember how Ilan Ramon left his imprint on modern history, as the first Israeli pioneer to reach the new frontier: Outer Space as an astronaut in the space shuttle, ​Columbia​. WATCH VIDEO
Ramon went to space carrying with him symbols of Jewish history and with the broadcast of prayers that have been uttered by our Jewish forefathers for centuries. Ramon ensured that the Jewish heritage will be continued even in humankind’s exploration of space.
As a second generation Holocaust survivor, Ilan Ramon carried with him a copy of ​Moon Landscape drawn by 14-year-old Auschwitz victim, Petr Ginz. The journey of this symbolic drawing in a spaceship is symbolic of the rise of the People of Israel from the ashes of the Holocaust.
Israeli aviation history is full of exceptional national heroes. Ilan Ramon was one of those heroes who participated as an F-16 pilot in the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor Tammuz 1 near Baghdad, and in many untold missions.
Ilan Ramon's symbolic actions bear unforgettable testimony that he understood his unique role in opening a new chapter in the history of our nation. This year, more than any other year, we are encouraging students to make science and STEAM a part of their lives inside, and outside of our school building. 
Science can and will change the world. From the search for vaccines, to developing new forms of energy, to exploring the universe beyond our solar system; the students at Adelson, one day, will change the world!  
At Adelson, we want to ignite the spark of curiosity and wonder which will empower students to become ambassadors of their own science potential. This challenge will allow students and families to participate in science and STEAM activities at home or during their free time at school. Some challenge tasks will ask students to master foundational science and STEAM content and skills. Other challenges will ask students to follow their curiosities to new places. 
This Challenge is OPTIONAL but strongly encouraged! While no grades will be given and no student will be assigned Challenge tasks for homework, the Challenge is a way to keep students engaged in the content, processes, and excitement of scientific discovery. 
This year’s Challenge is a Mission which includes 3 Levels of Mastery.  Mastering all 3 levels will earn students the grand prize: an Ilan Ramon STEAM Challenge Medal. Good luck to everyone! Please email Ms. Page, Ms. Garner, Ms. Grant, or Ms. Levy if you have any questions about this year’s exciting STEAM challenge. To view the challenge click on the links below:
Annual 3rd Grade Shofar Factory
This week, our 3rd graders had the opportunity to make their very own shofar led by Rabbi Metal and the Shofar Factory. They learned about which animal horns can be used to make a shofar, as well as, the process of how to make a shofar. The presentation was all done on Zoom and included a fun Kahoot game that our 3rd graders played with each other. Rabbi Metal demonstrated drilling the hole, cutting the edge, and sanding down the horn to make the shofar. 
The following day, our students were able to meet Rabbi Metal in person. He set up his Shofar Factory outside of the Lower School main entrance and every third grade student sanded their own Shofars.
It is a tradition to blow the Shofar every day in the last month of the Jewish calendar Elul- this prepares us for the upcoming holiday Rosh Hashana (The Jewish New Year). 

Important Dates 
9/2 - K-5 Virtual Back to School Night 5:30pm
9/3 - Preschool Virtual Back to School Night 5:30pm
9/7 - Labor Day - No School 
9/9 - Flu Shots for Faculty 
9/11 - Rosh Hashanah Shabbat 
9/18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah - No School 
9/28 - Yom Kippur - No School 
9/30 - Parent Conference Sign Up (SignUpGenius)
10/2 - Sukkot - No School 
10/9 - PD For Teachers- No School For Students 
10/15 - End of Q1
10/26 - Progress Reports Printed For Teachers 
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences - No School for Students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School 

This Week in Lower School 8/14/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, August 14, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team

In our first week back to school in five months, students and teachers united together for in-person learning while wearing masks and social distancing. We are so proud of how everyone has embraced the new procedures and the positive attitudes our students and faculty showcase on a daily basis.
Last year, our Wild About Reading program resulted in nearly 200 additional books being read by our Kindergarten through 5th grade students. For each book read, students submitted creative art projects, interesting vlogs, or insightful critiques. Our Wall of Readers outside the library was overflowing with incredible submissions. Our top readers for the 2019-20 school year were eligible to receive a gift certificate for $50.00 donated by Barnes and Noble. The lucky winner was Jacob Rubin. Our other top readers were Ethan Cohen, Zenn Danner, Amelia Kartasynska, Elena Kartasynska, Oscar Morris, Aleen Ozana, and Mila Richards. With the start of a new school year, we will soon be announcing our second annual Wild About Reading program. This year will be slightly different to allow us to adhere to safety protocols and social distancing guidelines. Get ready to pick up your favorite book and start reading. More to come….
Our fifth grade class (Ms. Oshins and Morah Nofar’s class) led this week’s Shabbat in the Beit Midrash. They led us in the Shehecheyanu blessings. The Shehecheyanu blessing is a blessing we say every time we do something new for the first time. This is a perfect blessing for the beginning of the new school year and the first Shabbat. WATCH VIDEO
Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-noi E-loi-hei-nu
Me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-chee-ya-nu v'ki-yi-ma-nu
vi-hi-gi-ya-nu liz-man ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and
enabled us to reach this occasion.
The fifth grade class also led us in a song about new friendships. What a special way to welcome new friends who joined our school community.
The song is called New Beginnings by Musical Playground. WATCH VIDEO

All other classes enjoyed Shabbat in their classrooms, singing Shabbat songs, reciting the blessings, and having a wonderful class community time.


2020 Lower School Summer Reading

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Byline:  Jennifer Nails
Thank you for taking on the task of becoming teaching partners over the last two months. Every day was a new challenge, and some were much smoother than others, but it feels like we came together to provide an effective learning environment for the students. I have loved serving as Librarian this year (from on campus and off), and I am looking forward to next year. 
What follows are book recommendations (these are not mandatory summer reads) for all grade levels. These lists were compiled with the assistance of School Library Journal, PJ Library, the Horn Book, the ALA, and various publishers’ websites.
Parents, one bit of advice from your friendly, neighborhood librarian:  take some time out this summer to hold an actual book in your hands and get lost in a story, if you can. I think that we’ve all come to appreciate the positive ways in which technology can unite us, solve issues, present opportunities, and continue the educational momentum that began last August. But taking a break from the screen can only do us all some good, especially now that we find ourselves at the end of the school year. Read alone in the hammock, with your families by the pool, perhaps while relaxing by the ocean, or by flashlight in the tent on the mountain. 
I wish you all a relaxing and joyful summer break. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with your children throughout the year.
Jennifer Nails, Adelson Campus Librarian/Media Specialist



AEC Summer Reading Lists, 2020

Jack at Bat by Mac Barnett
Jack the rabbit attempts baseball. 
No More Naps by Chris Grabenstein 
Annelise gets sleepy after refusing to take her nap.
There’s an Alien in your Book by Tom Fletcher 
Our alien friend teaches readers about acceptance and diversity. 
Such a Library by Jill Ross Nadler
Retelling of a Yiddish folktale.
Bim! Sings the Baby by Linda Glaser
No matter how old or young, Shabbat is for everyone.
My Book, No Yours! By Ben Saunders
A retelling of the tortoise and the hare. 
You and Me by Rebecca Kai Dolitch
Navigating sibling relationships.
Littles:  And How they Grow by Kelly DiPucchio
Celebrating key moments of growth. 
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Dad does his daughter’s hair. 
Five Elephants by Kevin Henkes
The author of dozens of picture books delights again in this colorful exploration into the elephants’ journey. 
The Bug Girl by Sophie Spencer
Based on the author’s hobby, a little girl embraces her love of creepy-crawlies. 
How to Read to a Grandma or a Grandpa by Jean Reagan
The grandkids are in charge. 
Yasmin the Writer by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin is challenged with writing about a hero. 
The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard (nonfiction)
A 116-year-old woman learns to read.
Dozens of Donuts by Carrie Finison
A bear learns to share her donuts.
Boxitects by Kim Smith
A creative girl becomes an architect using cardboard boxes.
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman
An unlikely musical talent emerges in the midst of a noisy, bustling metropolis.
Flying Beaver Brothers series by Maxwell Eaton
Two wacky brothers get into trouble.
Don’t Sneeze at the Wedding by Pamela Mayer
Will flower girl Anna’s sniffles cause her to interrupt what’s going on under her aunt’s chuppah? 
GRADES 3rd-5th 
New Kid by Jerry Kraft  
Kraft’s debut won the 2020 Newbery Medal. 
The Cryptid Keeper by Lija Fischer (sequel to the Cryptid Catcher) 
Clivo Wren’s work of catching mythological beasts continues.
Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies
A brother/sister lemonade stand rivalry.
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie series by Julie Sternberg
This 3-book series centers on Eleanor as she moves through the pain of losing a loved nanny, the awkwardness of summer camp, and the nervousness of participating in a play.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Three sisters set off from New York City to San Francisco to spend the summer with their poet mother during the 1960s race riots.
One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails
A fifth-grade grade chef uses cooking in an attempt to bring her broken family back together.
Stanley will Probably be Fine by Sally J. Pla
Struggling to fit in, Stanley creates an imaginary friend named John. 
The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo
Brother and sister parrots navigate the challenges of living in a pet store. 
To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Twelve-year-olds and Bett and Avery discover that their dads are dating. 
Winger by Jerry Spinelli
An animal lover is terrified of the day that he will be asked to remove pigeon carcasses following his town’s summer shooting festival.

This Week in Lower School 5/21/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Thursday, May 21, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Thank you for a wonderful year. 
Thank you students, parents, and teachers for a wonderful school year in the Lower School. It was a challenging end to the school year, but our students rose to the occasion and continued to learn with great effort. Thank you to our parents for your support and thank you to our teachers for delivering distance learning at an exceptional level. However, we cannot forget the excellent year of learning that occurred in the school building. Our students learned with curiosity and joy and er are all so proud of them. We plan to see everyone again in the Fall and we hope that the summer is one of health and wellness. Please enjoy the videos from our closing ceremony. 
CHAMP Challenge Winners 
Ilan Burda, Gita Erlichman, Tilly Finkelstein, Keith Godfrey, Grace Hall, Simon Lowenstein, Rafi  Meyers, Sasha Malley, Bella Misle, Moises Perel, Jade Schnitzer, Nicole Smilovitz, Anabelle Tsai
Ryan Allen, Barbara Anderson, Phillip Byun, Teagan Cohen, Sadie Griswold, Jasmine Meyers, Amit Shafshak, Elliot Zargari
Giani Alayev, Ethan Burda, Giulia Cacciapuoti, Adriel Drake, Hanna Erlichman, Zachary Ezra, Leila Floyd, Simon Gold, Elya Guedj, Elena Kartaszynska, Amelia Kartaszynska, Eli Malley, Evan Markowitz, Helena Morales, London Porter, Leo Potashnick, Ambra Ravizza, Mila Richards, Layla Schnitzer
Adriana Aizenstat, Ella Bluevise, Chloe Clyde, Lilah Cohen, Alexa Garin, Lior Goren, Yulie Harel, Olivia Kagan, Jacob Kahn, Elliot Khavkin, Yali Maman, Ema Puckett, Kyle Reid, Lior Shafshak
Zenn Danner, Noam Fuss, Sophia Hahamy, Braden Mulkey, Amy Prives, Jacob Ruben, Mia Scala, Raya Winchell
Owen Atlas, Maya Bazak, Ethan Cohen, Bronson Feldman, Ido Goren, Samy Hahamy, Yael Izkhakov, Armineh McTarian, Jacob Nikhman, Joseph Winger
Save The Date: 
5/22 - No school 
6/5 - Progress reports sent electronically to families
8/12 - First day of school

This Week in Lower School 5/15/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, May 15, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Week 7 of Remote learning

It has been a long journey of remote learning, and we are very proud of our students for their resilience and determination through this entire process. AEC teachers have delivered live and pre-recorded lessons daily, and students have met the challenge and continued learning in these unprecedented times. Our specialists have continued to deliver projects, experiments, and lessons that have enriched our students beyond their general studies classrooms. Although - it’s impossible to duplicate the in-school experience in a remote setting, our community has made the best of a difficult situation. 

Student Achievement
Mila Richards
  • A $200 grant from Jane Goodall's children’s organization, Roots and Shoots,
  • Academic Excellence Award for Grade 2 through the Las Vegas Review Journal.  $500 for Mila and $500 for the school.
Mary Poppins

Thursday, May 14th, marked the last day of our Lower School production of Mary Poppins. Although unable to perform, our current remote learning situation has not broken the spirits of our young performers. The cast has been hard at work, and are producing a neat surprise for friends and families to be presented at our closing ceremony.  

Closing Ceremony 
Please join us for our closing ceremony on Thursday, May 21st, at 9:00 am. We will have one last chance to say goodbye to each other before the Summer break. The ceremony will include the Mary Poppins video showcase, next year’s Lower School production announcement, CHAMP Challenge acknowledgments, Family Fitness challenge winners, and a farewell to our Shinshinim.
Students' personal belongings pick up schedules.
Save The Date: (Teachers will send information for each event)
5/15 - Student Placement Forms Due  
5/18 - 2s End of Year celebration 8:45am 
5/18 - 3s End of Year celebration  11:00am 
5/18 - 5th Grade Move Up 1:00pm 
5/19 - Baby Bears and Pandas End of Year celebration - 8:30am 
5/19 - JK End of Year celebration- 11:15am 
5/20 - Pick up for Preschool Student Belongings 
5/21 - K- 5 Closing Ceremony 9:00am 
5/21 - K - 5 Final Classroom Zoom Meeting 10:00am 
5/21 - Pick up for K - 5 Student Belongings 
5/22 - No school 
6/5 - Progress Reports Sent electronically to Families 

This Week in Lower School 5/8/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, May 8, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Shinshinim Shabbat
What an amazing Kabbalat Shabbat this week featuring our Shinishim! The Shinshinim reviewed the poll results from each grade discussing their favorite part from the school year.  The 3rd grade also presented their Israel projects using one of their favorite songs “Eretz Israel sheli yafa”. We also watched a video from the past featuring the 5th grade perform our school's fight song. Watch the videos: Shinshinim Shabbat | 3rd Grade Presentation | 5th Grade Fight Song
Teacher Appreciation 
Thank you to our amazing teachers and students for another successful week in remote learning. This week was teacher appreciation week, and many parents as well as PTO volunteers made it a memorable week for our excellent teachers. Volunteers went the extra mile (literally) and delivered gifts to the homes of many of our teachers. We want to take a moment and thank our teachers for the fantastic work that they have done in restructuring their teaching practices and continuing to engage our young learners during this unprecedented time. We are proud and grateful to have such stellar and committed teachers at the Adelson Educational Campus. 
Fitness Bingo
Twelve students in our Lower School completed the Fitness Bingo Challenge. Fitness Bingo was designed as a year-long challenge aimed to promote staying active with your family. The challenges included running a 5k, walking/running a mile, family swim, bike riding, family hikes, climbing wall, winter activities like skiing or ice skating, playing at a park, eating a healthy dinner, outdoor activities, and jump rope. Coach Lamph hand-delivered fitness swag baskets for the students who completed it. The students who completed the challenge were:
Owen Atlas, Myra Ravizza , Ambra Ravizza, Elliot Zargari, Talia Zargari, Ido Goren, Lior Goren, Zenn Danner, Rafi Meyers, Jasmine Meyers, Leo Potashnick, Gita Erlichman, Hanna Erlichman 
Junior Kindergarten to Outer Space!
The JK students embarked on a journey to outer space! Our students learned about space and astronauts through many fun books and activities. Each student made their very own space helmets. 
Save The Date: (Teachers will send information for each event)
5/15 - Student Placement Forms Due  
5/18 - 2’s End of Year celebration - 8:45am 
5/18 - 3’s End of Year celebration  - 11:00am 
5/18 - 5th Grade Move Up - 1:00pm 
5/19 - Baby Bears and Pandas End of Year celebration - 8:45am 
5/19 - JK End of Year celebration- 11:15am 
5/20 - Pick up for Preschool Student Belongings 
5/21 - K- 5 Closing Ceremony 9:30am - more details to follow
5/21 - K - 5 Final Classroom Zoom Meeting - 10:00am 
5/21 - Pick up for K - 5 Student Belongings 
5/22 - No school 
6/5 - Progress Reports Sent electronically to Families 
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