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Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, October 23, 2020
Shabbat  This week in Shabbat, our fourth grade students taught us all about Nevada as they sang “ Home Means Nevada” to a special slide show that they created after learning about our state as part of their social studies curriculum. WATCH FOURTH GRADE VIDEO   Our Shinshinim then showed our students similarities and differences between Israel and Nevada. Our fourth grade students enthusiastically led us in the Shabbat blessings and more Shabbat songs this week.   Each week, we highlight... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, October 16, 2020
Kindergarten Shabbat  Today our Kindergarten students experienced Shabbat in the Theater. They sang and danced to the song “David Melech Israel”.They also led the Shabbat blessings beautifully. Watch Video   First Grade Readers Our First grade students finished their first Hebrew Ariot (letter Lion) reading book and on Thursday Ariot the Lion came to visit the classroom and brought the students their certificates and the second Hebrew Ariot book. The first graders learn to decode letters... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Thursday, October 8, 2020
Fourth & Fifth Grade Science    As part of our Lower School science curriculum, students are engaged in active investigation of concepts in the areas of earth, life, and physical sciences. Students ask and answer focus questions, complete investigations and begin to  develop the understanding of scientific inquiry. Here are a few highlights from Ms. Garner’s fourth and fifth grade science classes.    Science has been a blast so far this year in fourth and fifth grade. Students got... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Thursday, October 1, 2020
Sukkot As Lower School students transition from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a time of reflection and atonement, we now direct their attention to the joyous festivals of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. During this short holiday week, Lower School students participated in hands-on learning as they decorated the Sukkahs we have on our campus - interactive learning with the unique understanding of why we celebrate Sukkot and what each symbol means. Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, September 25, 2020
Preschool Shabbat Curriculum The Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute has recently published an AEC preschool curriculum unit on Shabbat for their Anthology Project. The Legacy Heritage Anthology project is a culmination of curriculum works provided to Jewish day schools around the country. Guided by Morah Dina Rudaizky and Mrs. Tecktiel, our Preschool teachers participated in a rigorous two-year professional development program, where our teachers developed curriculum... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Thursday, September 17, 2020
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... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, September 11, 2020
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... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, September 4, 2020
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.   ... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, August 28, 2020
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... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, August 21, 2020
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... Read More

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