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This Week in Lower School 12/10-12/15, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017
The glow of Hanukkah has reached the Adelson Lower School! We have been exploring the holiday customs, origins, traditions, and songs through hands-on experiences.  While Hebrew classes have been teaching the story of Hanukkah, all of our classes have been teaching the lessons of the season through sensory play, writing, charitable work, and more.

Our Baby Bears (18-month-olds) have been reading stories together about the family aspects of Hanukkah, as well as playing with a Hanukkiah set. Older preschool students explored the book “How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah” by Jane Yolen. This inspired them in creating Hanukkah themed dinosaur footprints. In sensory play,  they dug out dreidels from white and blue rice.  Our students created Hanukkiyot and Hanukkah inspired artwork in their Hebrew classes. View photos from both Preschool Hanukkah Shabbat performances.

Our First Grade students have created a beautiful hallway mural about the story of Hanukkah. Led by Hebrew teachers in the project, it will be on display soon in the halls for students and parents to enjoy. Fourth graders have created beautiful Hanukkah poems, using both their writing and judaics skills in the process. Kindergarten also stretched their writing skills and wrote about magical dreidels! Their writing can be seen in the hallways of the school.

Our Lower School students have been using the fun of playing with dreidels to help raise money for charity! Student Council led a spin-off held on Thursday, during lunch time. Student Council led the event too much success, as well as a Hanukkah-Gram program where students were able to write notes to friends and teachers. Proceeds will be going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Technology was also part of our Hanukkah learning, as our 4th graders programed and printed 3-D Hanukkah-themed cookie cutters. Kindergarten used the cookie cutters in making holiday sugar cookies! The 5th graders programed 3D dreidels. Also, 5th and 4th graders explored concepts of probability this week through spinning dreidels and observing the frequency of outcomes. View photos

Hanukkah is a time of joy, and our students have brought us so much of it. We hope that your holidays are full of cheer and warmth.

Coming Up:

December 19th: 5:30 PM K-5 Hanukkah Show. - Students should report to their classes at 5:00pm. 
December 21st, 8:15 AM: 1st Grade Fairy Tale Experience
December 25th - January 7th: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
January 8th: School Resumes - NO 2 Infinity and Beyond morning enrichment!
January 9th: Report cards delivered
January 11th: 4th and 5th grade Philharmonic concert at Smith Center
January 15th: MLK Day - no school
January 17th 5:30pm: From Cubs to Lions - information session for parents of rising Kindergarteners VIEW FLYER
January  20th: AEC Gala BUY TICKETS
January  26th: 8:00am Tu B’Shvat Shabbat - JK students and their parents will join K-5 for Shabbat
January  30th: 8:00am to 8:00pm 5th grade trip to Potosi
January  30th: Planting for Tu B’Shvat
January  31st: Tu B’Shvat Seders in Hebrew Classes
January  31st: 100th Day of School Challenge:
Let’s see which class will bring more than 100 food items! Please send non-perishable Kosher food items from January 8th to January 31st. We will do math activities with your donated items and then donate everything to people in need.
January  31st: A joint 100th Day of School program for JK and K students.
February 16th: In Service Day (for faculty) - NO SCHOOL
February 19th: Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
March 1st: Purim Festivities  - to volunteer please contact Monica Garin and Caline Schwartz from PTO