This Week in Lower School 12/19-12/22, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

What an amazing week we’ve had!  We’ve been so busy with our last minute Hanukkah preparations and of course, what holiday would be complete without some delicious treats!  This week, we spent time in the kitchen: grating, mixing, rolling and sprinkling.  Some of us made yummy latkes while singing every latke song we knew.  Others rolled out cookie dough, cut the shapes and sprinkled blue sugar for a tasty treat for our families.  We love experiencing the many customs of Hanukkah in all areas of our curriculum.
Our Hanukkah event was truly an “Experience” and we thank you for coming and enjoying the night with us.  The children did a remarkable job performing all of their musical and movement skills.  The songs, in both Hebrew and English, helped to enhance the festive feelings of Hanukkah within us all.  We wish you and your family a peaceful, relaxing and joyful holiday vacation and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!
Notice: Report Cards were sent out this week.  Please check your child’s backpack for the envelope containing the report card.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher via e-mail (  You can expect to be contacted when we get back from vacation, on January 9, 2017.
Happy Hanukkah
The Lower School Staff

Save the Dates:

Friday, 12/23 through Sunday, 1/8- Winter Break NO SCHOOL
Monday, 1/09/17- School Resumes
Monday, 1/9/17- Enrichments Begin contact Melissa Frome for more information
Thursday, 1/19/17- 5th Grade Trip to Camp Potosi Pines with the 6th Grade.  Fifth graders will leave AEC at 8:00am and return at 8:00pm.  More details to follow.

2017 Spring Enrichments

After school enrichment courses provided by the Adelson Campus are offered in the fall, winter, and spring. For a preview of the SPRING Enrichments, click here. For a schedule, description and sign up sheet of the 2017 Spring Enrichments, click here. For the Jungle Book Enrichment, click here. Have questions? Contact

Library Lions Podcast

Greetings from the Adelson Library, and welcome to the premiere episode of our school’s own podcast, Hangin’ with the Library Lions. In an effort to expose our students to what 21st century libraries are offering their patrons, we recorded the podcast in our library. Students in 3rd and 4th grades began the process in November by reading the book Jalepeno Bagels by Natasha Wing. We then discussed how we each celebrate different traditions, given our individual cultural backgrounds. The 4th graders then wrote creatively about a family tradition, a favorite holiday, or a favorite food, while the third graders worked on creating sound effects for the podcast. Finally, we recorded and edited the podcast over the month of December. Our 4th graders are featured storytellers, and our 3rdgraders are featured Foley artists and co-hosts. We are thrilled to share with you our first episode which is entitled “The Twinado.” We hope that you enjoyHangin’ with the Library Lions, and wish you a happy holiday season and joyful new year. 


Jennifer Nails, K-12 Librarian
The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus

Weekly Focus: What is Hanukkah and why do we celebrate this holiday?

Hanukkah is an historic holiday that begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, which falls any time from late November to late December.  It lasts for eight days and nights.  Traditionally, Hanukkah is celebrated by eating foods fried in oil (latkes and doughnuts), playing dreidel, enjoying chocolate gelt (money), and lighting the Hanukkiah (menorah).

For more information about the history and customs of Hanukkah: