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This Week in Lower School 12/4-12/8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017
Have you noticed a nip in the air? Winter is really settling in, just in time for Hanukkah and the new year! As the seasons transition, our students are getting ready for their own transitions.

Fifth graders took their first step towards becoming middle schoolers during their Shadow Day. Our students attended a day of middle school, experiencing many classes and events during their time there. In addition to attending classes with the 6th grade, they joined the Middle School Town Hall meeting. They enjoyed being part of school news and decisions in a hands-on manner. Particularly popular was Ms. Garrett's science class where students learned about minerals and even had the opportunity to meet Geo the Bearded Dragon!  During English class, students experienced journaling and learned about the 6 Essential Elements of Middle School; including prioritizing and decision making. It was great to learn with middle school teachers and to get familiar with some of the classes and experiences of middle school.  Visiting Middle School enabled the fifth graders to have some new experiences. Fifth grade is designed to be a transitional year, so our students are already familiar with some things they saw in the Middle School format.  In the Lower School our 5th graders are already using lockers, having subject-based teachers, taking band, and joining clubs. During periods like lunch, PE, clubs, and extracurricular sports, they are getting the chance to work with their 6th grade peers. This helps create enriched peer relationships and broadens their social circle with the students they will work alongside next year.  Our students are becoming proficient with laptops, Google Classroom, and the Startup Incubator. Their current leadership roles in the Lower School and learning opportunities are getting them ready to become Adelson Middle Schoolers.

Fifth grade isn’t the only class getting a taste of next year: on January17th, we are excited to invite junior kindergarten families to our From Cubs to Lions Event. Families will learn about our kindergarten program, meet the kindergarten team, and participate in a Q & A session. Babysitting is available for the event, but you must RSVP with Ms. Natalie ( Our JK classes will join with our kindergarten for the 100th day of school events and other exciting celebrations. JK students and parents are invited to K- 5th grade Tu B’Shvat Shabbat on January 27th at 8:00 AM

As the seasons change, so do our kids! It is so exciting to see them grow and develop. A quick reminder to make sure that your children are layered and bundled up for the cold weather: it’s chilly out there! Jackets, pants,leggings, tights, gloves, and hats are all important! Don’t forget to label each item with your child’s name.


December 15th: Preschool Hanukkah Shabbat
  • 8AM - 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
January 8th: School resumes (NO 2 Infinity and Beyond morning enrichment)
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 (flyer)
January  20th: AEC Gala (flyer )
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. (Planting for Tu B’Shvat)

January  31st Tu B’Shvat Seders in Hebrew classes,
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.
A joint 100th Day of School program for JK and K students.
February 16th: No School - in service day for faculty
February 19th: Presidents Day - No school