This Week in Lower School 9/16-9/20, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019
Pride in Excellence 
First grade went on a fun and engaging field trip to The Natural History Museum.  Students explored the prehistoric life, marine life, and wild Nevada galleries. The students learned about the different habitats as well as how animals adapt to their environment.  Many of the first graders were asking when they can visit the museum again.
Our first grade authors had the opportunity to share their first published narrative pieces with parents and guests at their Author Celebration on Friday after Shabbat.  Students proudly read their stories to the visitors and collected notes of reflection on their writing. The sense of accomplishment in their work was felt as the students shared the writing process and how they edited their rough drafts into their final published pieces.  We look forward to celebrating writing with the first grade as they explore different genres throughout the year.   
Pride in Jewish Values 
Legacy Heritage  
As part of ongoing professional development, this week our Preschool teachers participated in a two day course.  Along with our consultant, Rabbi Sheryl Katzman we continued developing a multisensory hands-on unit for the holidays and Shabbat .  The teachers began as learners of several Rosh Hashanah texts and transformed them into lessons and activities for our youngest learners.  Making the holidays come alive through discovery and play is a goal in each of our classrooms. As a faculty, we have chosen to focus on holidays, values, and loving kindness.  The teachers have been enjoying learning and working collaboratively and creating curriculum for our students to experience as they grow. 
As Rosh Hashanah approaches, our preschool teachers have been incorporating aspects of the holiday into much of their curriculum. Our Baby Bears took a “field trip” to our very own pomegranate tree on campus. After looking at how the fruit grows, they had an opportunity to look at the seeds on the inside. The two year old classes read “Rosh Hashanah is Coming,” as part of their literature based approach to learning.
Our elementary students are preparing for the holidays in an engaging and interactive manner. Kindergarten students learned about the symbolic foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah. Our first graders learned about the importance of the Shofar and what to think about when listening to the shofar blast. As part of a discussion of the symbolism of pomegranates,  our second grade students brainstormed ways to do mitzvot and how to recognize their friends when observing them doing good deeds. The third graders worked diligently to learn a song about the Jewish months. Our fourth graders wrote wishes for the new year for their family and friends on tiles in art class . Fifth grade learned about the relationship between the moon and the Jewish calendar. The fifth graders decorated canvas  with the phases of the moon to show the lunar cycle.
Pride in Community 
Splash and Dash - The 6th annual Splash and Dash was a great success this past Sunday!  With over 70 competitors from kindergarten through 12th grade,  it was our most well attended to date. We even had alumni and parents enter the event too. New this year was an expanded number of relay distances, so that all ages could choose to race alone, with a friend, or both. This was a great way to be active together as a community and it was nice to see the amazing support from our families. View Splash and Dash Photos
Lions Pride Day - This Sunday, September 22, our school will be hosting our annual Lions Pride Day. The event will have many stations and fun games for families to enjoy. We hope to see you and please feel welcome to bring your friends who are not AEC families.
Shabbat - We welcomed 6th grade to our Shabbat today. As the older students in the Upper School are on a field trip, we extended an invitation to our former 5th graders to spend Shabbat with K-5. It was wonderful to see them back with us this morning. VIEW TODAY'S SHABBAT PHOTOS

Save The Date 

9/22 - Lions Pride Day View flyer
9/25 - Preschool Rosh Hashanah seders (for students only)
9/26 - K- 5 Rosh Hashanah seders 
9/24 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Albertsons 
9/27 - Rosh Chodesh (Round Challah Bake) - Rosh Hashanah
9/30 - Rosh Hashanah - No School 
10/1 - Rosh Hashanah - No School
10/3 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to Springs Preserve 
10/6 - Tashlich Event for families (Floyd Lamb Park) 10:00am - 11:30am  View flyer
10/8 - Yom Kippur - No School 
10/9 - Yom Kippur - No School 
10/11 - End of Quarter 1
10/11 - 2nd grade performs at Shabbat (Theater)
10/14 - Sukkot - No School 
10/15 - Sukkot - No School 
10/17 - Preschool Sukkot Experience - Details to follow
10/21 - Sh’mini Atzeret - No School 
10/22 - Simchat Torah - No School 
10/24 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
10/25 - Nevada Day - No School 
10/29 - 5th Grade Field trip to The Writer’s Block 
10/30 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Las Vegas Wetlands 
11/6 - Lower School Teacher-Parent Conferences - NO SCHOOL (all day)