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Posted by Sage Dining on Thursday, October 19, 2017
On Monday, SAGE Dining Services® set up a RAW vegetable tasting bar to show the many amazing vegetable options and how fresh and delicious there are. We offer two kinds of fresh-cut fruit every day, serve fresh fruit salad every Friday, and offer fresh fruit as an alternative to sugary dessert items. We serve fresh vegetables daily, including one plain steamed veggie, as an accompaniment to our main entree. We also offer grilled and raw veggies for sandwiches and wraps, and to accompany our... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
K-5 grade enjoyed a wonderful Hakafot Ceremony for Simchat Torah this morning, where we celebrated the ending of the reading of the Torah and starting again. Our Upper School band and National Junior Honor Society joined us in this wonderful and festive celebration. Each grade level prepared a song as the as the Torah was paraded around the Beit Midrash.  Many parents were in attendance and they had an opportunity to parade with the Torah as well. View images, click here.   Preschool Pizza... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
  SUKKOT IS HERE Our students have been learning about the traditions and lessons of Sukkot. This holiday brings our students together under the sukkah and invites them to celebrate the end of the harvest in Israel. It is customary to build and sit in a sukkah, and to decorate it festively. People pray in the sukkah using the four species. We are brought together as a community during this time. The afterschool Sukkot event on October 2nd was rescheduled to take place during classes. Our K... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Thursday, September 28, 2017
  September brings the fall, and with fall comes many holidays! Our students celebrated Rosh Hashanah with honey and apples, as well as practicing seders and baking challah. This week we observe Yom Kippur, a time of reflection, repentance, and forgiveness. Next week we will have the joys of Sukkot with events on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 10th. To view pictures from the Preschool seders, click here.   This week our preschoolers learned the tale of Jonah and the Whales.... Read More
Posted by Lower School Judaics on Friday, September 15, 2017
As we teach important values, Tikkum Olam shines as a major responsibility our students are proud of. The fifth grade Tikkun Olam council decided to support flooded Jewish schools in Houston after hurricane Harvey and initiated a drive to aid students with much needed supplies. Over the past several weeks, AEC families in Lower School have been donating school supplies, books, board games, Hebrew items, etc.   The fifth grade students, the leaders of Lower School, went in to every classroom... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Friday, September 15, 2017
Debbie Levi as Paul Cezanne The lower school hallways and classrooms are alive with the spirit of the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashana.  Our baby bears listened to the book Happy Birthday World and then created shana tova cards for their families.  The two year old classes read Apple Tree Discovery as part of their literature based approach.  Many unique apple themed projects were created by the children.  After reading Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashana, our three year olds made their own... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Friday, September 8, 2017
  At AEC we believe that our educational journey should include academics, values, community, and even swimming. We are teaching to the whole child; we provide opportunities to learn and develop life skills alongside rigorous academic abilities and achievements.   Our students are learning to swim figuratively and literally during their time at AEC  - swimming in the pool and navigating life. It is our responsibility to offer them many opportunities to develop and be ready for a healthy,... Read More
Posted by Lower School Judaics on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
On Wednesday, September 6th, Rabbi Meital joined the 3rd grade class to do a Shofar factory. The Rabbi gave a presentation on the history of the Shofar and how it's made. Students then learned the process from cleaning to the final polishing. They gained new insights on the significance of the shofar leading into Rosh Hashana. The Shofar factory was set up outside the Lower School gym and each student had the opportunity to create their own shofar.  See photos. On Friday, the hard work paid... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Friday, September 1, 2017
Students working and learning together is one of the many aspects that makes our school so special. This week we got to see the start of our clubs, exciting projects connecting Math and STEM. We announced our new Lower School garden and we will also be embarking on a huge drive to benefit students of Jewish schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. This is being led by our 5th grade students. Choir for grades 3-5 will begin on Friday, September 8th with Ms. Lucy.   On Tuesday our 3rd, 4th, and... Read More
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR FACULTY Camille McCue. PhD LEAD SPEAKERS AT NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS AEC Director of Technology Innovations Camille McCue and Lower School STEM teacher Rachel Ziter have been selected to present at the 2018 NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.  Their presentation is entitled, "Random Thoughts: Fun, Easy-to-Code Math Models from Flipping Coins to Wandering Aliens." Proudly representing... Read More