This Week in Lower School 5/6-5/10, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Yom HaZikaron
Our students from grades 3rd-5th learned about the tradition of the siren and moments of silence on this special day. They learned how long two minutes in silence can be as a way to reflect and memorialize. They were able to watch how everything in Israel stops as the siren sounds, and we listened for two minutes in class. We also discussed why the day is observed right before Yom Ha’aztmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Our fifth graders also participated in a moving memorial commemoration held by our Upper School.                                
Yom Ha’atzmaut  
On Thursday, we celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.  Our preschool through 5th grade started the day with a Yom Ha’atzmaut performance by Rinat Ponponi.  We enjoyed listening to and signing along many popular Israeli songs. Our Preschool students continued their morning with a “tour of Israel”, visiting various cities as they moved from room to room throughout the morning.  They visited Jerusalem, where they built the kotel (the Western Wall); they worked on a kibbutz milking cows and feeding chickens; in Eilat, they swam at the beach and played with sand and water; visiting the shuk (market) was exciting, as our students shopped for goods as they explored the crowded and noisy environment of the Israeli marketplace.  They especially loved the Israeli cafe and the delicious pita and watermelon. K-5 students continued with an opening ceremony, which included greetings from our old/ current and next years shinshinim. PLAY VIDEO
Our assembly ended with a wonderful marching parade in the theater. It was very powerful when we sang Hatikva together with our flags raised high. The students helped decorating their own Israeli snacks at snack time, and for lunch they experienced a real taste of Israel with falaffel, hummus, vegetables, shawarma and more. Up until lunch our students were busy visiting stations which included: a taste of the Israeli Army, Israeli sports games, Israeli Bingo, and Israeli dancing. We all had a fun and educational day. VIEW PHOTOS
Hoover Dam Field Trip
Fourth grade students visited the Hoover Dam this week.  This year, students learned about Nevada state history in Social Studies and energy in Science.  The Hoover Dam was an exciting destination to see both topics of study come to life. Students were amazed by the turbines powering California, Nevada, and Arizona on the Power Plant Tour, and everyone enjoyed walking across the dam into Arizona. Students also spent time in the museum and scenic overlooks learning about the sheer size and scope of this magnificent feat of engineering.   
3rd Grade Native American Presentation
Friday was the culminating third-grade presentation which was a celebration of their social studies unit focusing on the regions of the United States. The third-grade students presented their final Native American projects to family members and students from second and fourth grades. This integrated unit included reading literature and poetry, math, art, science, technology, music, and even cooking. Through this experiential approach, students gained knowledge of history and further enhanced their social studies and language arts skills.
After learning about the tribes that lived in various regions, each student chose to study a tribe of their own. As a special treat this year, third-grader Addison Kelly chose to study the Shawnee tribe; a tribe of which she is an official member as she is 1/8 Shawnee. The projects included a student-created, three-dimensional tribal village to show habitat, environment, homes, and lifestyle of the tribe. Students created a multimedia presentation using the Prezi program, which they shared with the class. After taking an online quiz to find out their personal spirit animal, student designed a spirit animal using the program Tinkercad. The students then brought their spirit animals to life with the 3-D printers in the Startup Incubator. The student displays included an extensive portfolio and tribe artifacts. Along with their amazing projects, students shared an authentic Native American dance and song.
Many thanks go out to the Adelson staff members who helped make this presentation possible: Lisa Berg and Elizabeth Botnick for the songs and dances; Debbie Levy for the totem poles; Rachel Ziter for the technology assistance; and Susan Tecktiel for the year-long support and helping with the presentation set-up.
Summer Camp at AEC 2019
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Save the Date:

May 14, May 15 - Annie Kids musical - See flyer  BUY TICKETS
Thursday May 16 Baby Bears and Baby Pandas End of Year Program 8:15am in Beit Midrash. Refreshments in classroom to follow. -See Flyer
Friday May 17 - Project Beyond Junior “Shark Tank” 2pm in Beit Midrash. Refreshments in dining commons to follow.
Friday May 17 - 2s end of the year program 9am in Beit Midrash. Refreshments in classrooms to follow.  -See Flyer
Monday May 20 - JK End of Year program 8:30am in Theater. Refreshments in dining commons to follow. -See Flyer
Tuesday May 21- 5th grade Move Up Program. -See Flyer
Wednesday May 22 - 3s End of Year Program 8:30am in Theater. -See Flyer
Thursday, May 23rd - K-5 Field Day (Rescheduled from April 10th)
Thursday May 23 - K trip Dolphin Habitat
Friday May 24 Last day of school; 8:00am Shabbat and closing celebration for entire Lower School in the theater. -See Flyer
Early dismissal 11:15am PS ; 11:30 K-5