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This Week in Lower School 10/12-10/16, 2020

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 and vowels through the Tal Am Ariot reading program supported by the online  iTal Am reading program.
 
Second Grade Highlights
As part of their word study/grammar unit in Language Arts, our Second graders continued with their grammar studies from nouns and adjectives to verbs. The students spent the week identifying verbs and discussing which verbs they experience in different locations. For example, in the classroom students sit, read, write, draw, eat, and discuss; whereas at recess they play, run, jump, and skip. As a culmination to our grammar unit, the students also created Sentence Buddies. This project brought together all of the elements of a sentence that we have been studying this year—including capitalization, punctuation, nouns, verbs, adjectives, subjects, and predicates—in a fun, creative manner! 
 
In math, the students extended their learning from writing and shading fractions to writing fraction number sentences that equal a whole. Each Second grader had the opportunity to work with a partner to discover how fractions with different denominators, such as halves and quarters, could be added together to create a whole. With the help of fractional part manipulatives as well as white boards, each partnership came together to discover how to add fractions together that equal one whole. 
 
Rosh Chodesh
This coming Monday 10/19  is Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan (The new Hebrew month Cheshvan begins). 
 
We will mark Rosh Chodesh this Monday 10/19 with a free dress up day. We are asking that the students dress up in the color blue to represent the rain. This is finally a month without any holidays, but how should we mark this Rosh Chodesh when we can’t bake Challah this year? We have decided to connect this month to a prayer we started reciting last week on the holiday of Shemini Atzeret. We say the prayer everyday up until Passover.
 
The blessing is:
״משיב הרוח ומוריד הגשם״
"Mashiv haruach umorid hageshem”
 
״Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall"
 
The reason for this prayer being recited at this time is because the winter months are the rainy season in Israel (the life of the country depends on the rain), and if the rain comes down in the due season, the soil will produce the vegetation and fruits that the country needs. The first rain is called “Yorre” in Hebrew and the Hebrew word for rain is “geshem.”
 
Kid Reviewer Book Club 
Third grade student Mila Richards, was selected as one of six students to be a part of esteemed author Grace Lin’s “Kid Reviewer Book Club!” Ms. Lin chose only six children from hundreds of applicants, and Mila is one of those six! As mentioned on the book club website, the goal of the book club is to bring more attention to books that feature diverse characters and authors . Congratulations, Mila! 
 
Teacher Professional Development 
On Friday, October 9th our teachers came together (virtually) for a day of learning and professional development. Teachers had the opportunity to meet across grade levels and subject areas to learn from one another. It was an opportunity to participate in and celebrate the collegial and professional learning environment amongst the Lower School staff. Teachers presented artifacts that represented best practices in their teaching which allowed for insight and a sharing of ideas for all of our educators.  Here are a few quotes and pictures from our teachers on this rewarding day of professional development.
 
“It was inspiring to see the innovative and student-centered activities that every AEC teacher is implementing into their lessons, despite the Covid limitations put upon staff this year. It is amazing to be a part of this inspirational community of educators!”
 
“Thanks so much for a meaningful morning. We can all learn so much from the teachers on our campus. What a creative bunch of committed educators! So many strengths!”
 
“It was very meaningful to hear from teachers of different age groups. I also enjoyed observing different teaching styles through the sharing of our proud teaching moments. Thank you!”
 
T-Shirt Design Contest 
Over 50 submissions were collected this week for our annual T-shirt design contest. We are hard at work determining the winning design and we make the announcement in next week’s Etone on October 23rd. Stay tuned! 
 

Important Dates: 

10/15 - End of Quarter 1 
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences and progress report distribution - No School for Students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School 
11/03 - Student Council Elections (Grades 3-5)
11/11 - Veterans Day program K-5
11/19 - JK Thanksgiving show (virtual)
11/20 - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Shabbat (virtual)
11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving - No School 
12/13 - Virtual Gala - More information to come.
12/11 - PS Hanukkah Shabbat (virtual)
12/18 - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1 
12/21 - 1/1 - Winter Break - No School
1/04 - School Resumes -Beginning of Q3