This Week in Lower School 1/14-1/18, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019
On Wednesday our 5th graders took a joint field trip with our 6th grade to Camp Potosi Pines. This was a wonderful opportunity for our two divisions to come together for a great day of activities.  Our students enjoyed a multitude of team building and Tu B‘ Shvat activities. They participated in archery, art, shelter building, sports and games, and reflection exercises. Thank you to the 6th grade for an amazing day on the mountain.  View Photos
Our 5th graders are looking forward to more activities with 6th grade students and staff as they get ready to transition to Middle School.
Tu B’ Shvat Seders
This week Lower School students celebrated Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, which is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.  At this time in Israel, fruit bearing trees wake from their sleep and begin to bloom, thus commencing their cycle of growing fruit.  It is very common to plant trees or collect money to have trees planted in Israel. On Tu B’Shevat there is a custom of eating some of the seven species, described in the Torah as growing abundantly in Israel.  These foods are: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. Our students had the opportunity to try some of the traditional Tu B’Shevat seder foods during their class seders. Students recited the blessing, enjoyed the food and played bingo, Kahoot and other quiz games related to Tu B’shvat to enhance their knowledge. Thank you PTO for preparing the fruit trays for the classrooms.
3rd quarter clubs started on Tuesday. Our 3rd - 5th grade students are enjoying basketball, gardening, dance, sewing, yearbook, and Israel club. Clubs occur each Tuesday for the duration of each quarter. This is another opportunity for our students to experience new activities led by our amazing staff members and to expand the circle of friends as they are teamed with students from other grades.  
MLK Shabbat
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this Monday, all of 5th grade, created a video and wrote an “I Am” poem through the perspective of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to present at Shabbat. Given that their driving question for their study of American History is: “When should one question authority”, students made poignant connections between the injustices citizens experienced during both the  Revolutionary War and the Civil Rights Movement.
Watch the Video made by fifth graders to present the connection of civil rights, justice, equality and the students’ lives.
100th Day of School
Please bring cans and non perishable food in honor of 100th Day of School. Food will be donated to Aishel Avraham and JFSA.
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of the 5% early sign up discount valid through January 31st and the Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link:
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat,
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team

Save the Date:

Monday, January 21 - MLK Day - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, January 22 - Spirit wear to show our school pride. Don’t forget to come cheer on the High School basketball games after school!
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
Wednesday, January 30 - Cubs to Lions information session about K for JK parents | See flyer
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Wednesday, February 6 - Conservation Caper K - 4th grade.
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27, 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
Friday, March 1- 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday , March 7, 6:00pm- In Pursuit of Excellence Gala
Thursday , March 14th - Pi Day celebration for 3rd - 5th grade
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten Each Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip