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This Week in Lower School 11/12-11/17, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017
It’s starting to feel like fall! As the days get a little cooler, Adelson students are enjoying the fall season with learning, projects, and special Shabbat for Baby Bears, 2’s, and 3’s. Our Kindergarten students presented several Thanksgiving songs both in English and Hebrew to K-5 students and families during Shabbat. We hope you enjoy watching our JK classes showing off their singing and performing skills as they tell the delicious story of the first Thanksgiving this coming Tuesday.  They are eager to show what they learned.  Our students have spent time reflecting on all we have to be thankful for and have focused on friendship, family, and community.  
Our third graders enjoyed baking cranberry bread on Wednesday. The third grade works up to the event through integrating the process of baking with their curriculum. Our third graders read the book Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin.  It teaches of tradition and a family recipe passed down through generations.  The main moral, however, is one of hachnassat orchim, welcoming guests.  The grandmother in the story surprises herself by feeling grateful to a member of her community whom she has just become acquainted.  Connecting to the theme of being thankful, the class brainstormed a list of people in our school community for whom we are grateful.  The list was lengthy and included specialty teachers, security, secretaries, administrators, custodians, etc.  Included in the book is grandmother’s famous cranberry bread recipe.  To demonstrate the Jewish value of being thankful, we created cards of thanks, baked cranberry bread loaves, and distributed them as tokens of our appreciation prior to Thanksgiving.
Fourth graders have been enjoying the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio in class, and on Thursday many of our families went to the theater for the opening night of the film. This movie was a great way for our readers to enjoy this wonderful story in a different light. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The movie Wonder, which officially premieres tonight, was amazing!  In the spirit of the films message, Gabriel donated the proceeds from ticket sales to a local family who suffered a devastating loss during the October 1 shooting. We continue to be inspired by Gabriel's strength, humor, friendship and his passion to spread the message of kindness. Watch the video on Gabriel and his family discussing the movie and his journey. PLAY VIDEO.
All students and families are invited and encouraged to join us in our food drive for underprivileged families. Kosher food can be dropped out in the lobby of the Lower School in our yellow food collection bin for Thanksgiving and year round.  The food goes to families who need help putting food on their Shabbat tables. Please consider donating non perishable, kosher foods for the Thanksgiving season

Coming Up:

November 21st: Thanksgiving Celebration (JK), 9 AM - 10:30 AM in the Theater
November 22nd: Early Dismissal
  • 11:15 AM, Preschool
  • 11:30 AM, K-5
November 23rd & 24th: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
November 28th: Library Assemblies
November 28th* - December 5th: Book Fair - *Please note this is a change of date
December 5th: 5th Grade Shadow Day in Middle School- During normal school hours
December 15th: Preschool Hanukkah Shabbat
  • 8AM (new time)  - Baby Bears and 2’s Hanukkah breakfast followed by Shabbat
  • 9:40 AM - 3’s and JK
December 19th: K-5 Hanukkah Show - 5:30 PM
December 21st: 1st Grade Fairy Tale Experience - 8:15 AM
December 25th - January 7th: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL