Lower School News

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.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Jennifer Nails, Adelson Campus Librarian/Media Specialist
 

SUMMER READING SITES TO CHECK OUT

 
 

AEC Summer Reading Lists, 2020

 
PRESCHOOL
 
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. 
 
 
GRADES K-2nd 
 
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. 
 
WATCH VIDEOS
 
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 
 

This Week in Lower School 5/1/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, May 1, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team Tags:  <div><strong><span style=
 
Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut
This week, our 5th grade students had the opportunity to join our Upper School students in a meaningful ceremony that observed and highlighted Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day). Thank you to the Upper School for leading this moving program. The following day, the entire school had the opportunity to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) with our friends Gal and Rinat! They led us in celebrating this exciting day with singing, dancing, flag waving, and showing our pride for Israel. It was nice to see our community wearing their blue and white clothing!
 
Remote Learning Week 5
Thank you to our amazing teachers and students for another successful week in remote learning. We are seeing our students continue to learn in this alternative learning  environment while staying safe! We understand the many challenges that there are in remote learning and we thank the parents and appreciate their continued support of our school and allowing the process to work for us. Speaking of appreciation. Next week is teacher appreciation week. Please look for the virtual background image sent via Edsby from Mr. Kelly. Please have your children set their background with this image as a surprise to our wonderful teachers. 
 
Kindness Initiative 
Continuing with our kindness initiative. Ms. Kendra has recorded a read aloud of the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today.” Please allow your children to view this wonderful message of kindness by clicking the link. You can subscribe to other read alouds on her channel. Also please work on the Kindness Bingo Challenge
 
Movement with Coach Lisa
Sitting around all day at home? Get some exercise by watching Movement with Coach Lisa
 
Challah with the Tecktiels
Please enjoy this step-by-step Challah bake video by Ms. Tecktiel in honor of Rosh Chodesh. The end result is delicious! Watch Video
 
Challah Recipe
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bread machine directions:
Put wet ingredients in first, followed by dry.  Mix on dough setting.  When complete put on counter, cover, and let rise for 30 minutes.  Braid (may need to add a bit more four) and cover the dough again. Let rise for at least 45 minutes.  Brush with egg wash made of 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon on water.  Top with seeds of your choice.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  ENJOY!
 
Save The Date:
5/4 - 2:30-3:15pm, Lion’s Pride (car) Parade, Celebrating the Class of 2020 at AEC – invitation below
5/15 - Student Placement Forms Due 
5/18 - 2s End of Year Show 8:45am - More info. to come!
5/18 - 3s End of Year Show 11:00am - More info. to come! 
5/18 - 5th Grade Move Up 1:00pm - More info. to come!
5/19 - Baby Bears and Pandas End of Year Show - 8:45am - More info. to come! 
5/19 - JK End of Year Show - 11:15am - More info. to come!
5/20 - Pick up for Preschool Student Belongings - More info. to come 
5/21 - K- 5 Closing Ceremony 9:00am - 9:30am - More info. to come
5/21 - Pick up for K- 5 Student Belongings - More info. to come  
 
 
 

CAMPUS HEROES AMID THE COVID CRISIS!

News Type:  Alumni News Lower School News Upper School News Startup Incubator News Date:  Friday, April 24, 2020 Byline:  Lynn Wexler
 
 
AEC has seen its share of heroes since the COVID 19 crisis hit the world and impacted our school community. Among them are AEC faculty, students, and parents who continue to work - since the close of school - to assist those in the greater Las Vegas community who are in need of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as they work to save lives. Their efforts and dedication tell a story of community caring and pride!
 
Startup Incubator and Innovation Lab 3D Printing team leaders Tobin Herringshaw and Robin Pence, along with Rachel Ziter, Gil Mayron, Milly Joyner, former Startup Incubator Coordinator Leon Wilde, and newly appointed Upper School Head Dr. Camille McCue identified coding files for medical face shields and mask clips; organized and mobilized twelve 3D printers and filament to be delivered to homes by campus security; and assisted 3D printing students via Zoom and Edsby with the printing process.
 
Students Theo Cooper, Jeri Weiss, Daisy Shuper, Harris Lin, Jack Kim, Jacob Roiter, and Ash Abrahamson continue to 3D print devices in between their virtual classes and homework.
 
PTO President Rachel Allen, PTO parents Melanie Lewis, Milenne Aldana, and Emily Litt, and the entire Hafter family -  mom Jackie, and students Gabe, Judah and Aviva - are working diligently to assemble over 250 face shields by attaching elastic and transparency sheets to the 3D printed headbands.
 
Art Specialist Debbie Levy continues to lead a team of volunteers making much needed (and beautiful) cloth masks. Many thanks to Jillian Potashnick, Milenne Aldana, Rachel Allen, and Tiffanie Zuttermeister. 
 
AEC parent Dr. Avi Weiss and Development Director Lynn Wexler are working to get the word out to the greater Las Vegas medical communities about AEC’s PPE efforts and to deliver finished products to those in need. The response for devices continues to be overwhelming. 
 
Our school’s dedicated team of volunteers has thus far worked to print, assemble, and deliver over 250 shields, 75 mask clips, and 100 cloth masks as between Centennial Hills Hospital, Clark County Medical Society, First Responders (AMR ambulance and Clark County Fire Department), a senior-living home, synagogue, hospice, and Native American Pueblo. They have also collaborated with 3D printing volunteers from the Clark County Library Systems, Children’s Discovery Museum, and Jewish Nevada.
 
The need for PPE continues. The efforts to help continue. The AEC team cannot print, assemble, and sew fast enough. More volunteers are needed. Please reach out if you can to tobin.herringshaw@adelsoncampus.orgor Debbie.levy@adelsoncampus.org.
 
The AEC community is proud of and thankful for its Campus Heroes in this time of COVID 19 crisis.
 

This Week in Lower School 4.24.2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, April 24, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
 
Remote Learning Week 4
Although altered, we hope that families had an opportunity to have a meaningful Passover. We were excited to welcome our students back (virtually) to school from Spring Break this week. As per the school communication on Wednesday 4/22, we will continue remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Over Spring Break, our teachers have prepared for more meaningful and interactive ways to meet the academic needs of our students. There has been an increase in live communications in preschool - 5th grade and opportunities for small group work in our K- 5th grade. We continue to analyze, research, and reflect on best practices in the realm of remote learning. We are extremely pleased with how well the students are responding to this learning environment. 
 
Yom Hashoah 
This Tuesday marked a very important day of the year (Yom Hashoah). Yom Hashoah is when we take time to remember and  honor those who survived and those who perished in the Holocaust. Our 5th graders and Lower School staff had the opportunity to participate with the Upper School in a meaningful ceremony commemorating those affected by this historic tragedy. We were able to hear from Holocaust survivors as they told their story hope to our 5th - 12th grades students. View the Yom Hashoah Resource page
 
Kindness Initiative 
Continuing with our kindness initiative. Ms. Kendra has recorded a read aloud of the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today.” Please allow your children to view this wonderful message of kindness by clicking the link. You can subscribe to other read alouds on her channel. Also please work on the Kindness Bingo Challenge
 
Movement with Coach Lisa
Sitting around all day at home? Get some exercise by watching Movement with Coach Lisa
 
Challah with the Tecktiels
Please enjoy this step-by-step Challah bake video by Ms. Tecktiel in honor of Rosh Chodesh. The end result is delicious! Watch Video
 
Challah Recipe
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bread machine directions:
Put wet ingredients in first, followed by dry.  Mix on dough setting.  When complete put on counter, cover, and let rise for 30 minutes.  Braid (may need to add a bit more four) and cover the dough again. Let rise for at least 45 minutes.  Brush with egg wash made of 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon on water.  Top with seeds of your choice.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  ENJOY!
 
Many of our students are still earning CHAMP Challenge points. Please use the links below for more information. 
Lower School CHAMP Challenge:

 
Save The Date:
4/28 - Yom Hazikaron - 5th Grade 11:50am. Teachers will send links 
4/29 - Yom Ha’atzmaut Ceremony K- 5 9:00am, Preschool 11:00am. Teachers will send links.
5/4 - 2:30-3:15pm, Lion’s Pride (car) Parade, Celebrating the Class of 2020 at AEC 
 
 
 

This Week in Lower School 4/3/2020

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, April 3, 2020 Byline:  Lower School Team
Staying Active
More important than ever, Coach Lamph, Coach A., Coach Lisa, and Coach McGinnis have been finding ways to keep our community active! Physical activity is one of the best stress reducers and avenues for mental clarity. Coach Lisa has been conducting live Zoom movement classes for our preschool students. The children love to jump, hop, and do many of the same exercises that they are used to doing while at school. Coach Lamph, Coach A., and Coach McGinnis have done live zoom workouts for grades 3rd - 5th, which have been excellent for students to take a break and release some energy.  They have also put together a challenge for all Lower School students to send in photos or videos of them being active. As the students submit additional activities, they continue to rack up sticker tallies to show their work done so far. It’s a fun and easy way to stay in shape in these cooped up times. 
 
Wacky Wednesday
Our K- 5 students were about to have a little fun on Wednesday, April 1st. They had an opportunity to be “wacky.” Students could bring their best interpretations of wacky wear, or they could have wacky hair or a wacky hat to display to their classmates on their live Zoom calls. It was a fun and light moment during this difficult time.   
 
Passover Seders
Our traditional school Passover Seders are curtailed as we are away from school, but it hasn’t diminished our spirit. We did have pleasant Passover-themed Shabbats from Preschool to 5th grade. Additionally, we have a nice Passover resource to share with our community called AEC SHARES PASSOVER 
 
Spring Break Activities
AEC faculty have compiled a number of activities for parents and children to do together:
 
 
 

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.
 
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