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This Week in Lower School 9/23-9/27, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

Pride in Excellence 
Kindergarten started their social studies unit of “Me on the Map.”  The students will learn about their community, city, state, and country.  To start the unit, the students have read books about community, which tied into their field trip to Albertsons this week. This field trip is an example of an interdisciplinary approach to a unit of study. The students focused on geography by learning about where different foods come from and the nutritional value that they carry. They practiced math, participated in Tikkun Olam, and learned to identify Kosher symbols when they each purchased a canned food item for Aishel Avraham; a local food pantry.
 
In Discovery Lab, our 4th grade students coded Rosh Hashanah animations using the Scratch coding program. Students coded their own animated version of an apple being eaten with honey poured on top. Students had to produce a specific code for each movement in the animation, which required great attention to detail. View Scratch Projects
 
Pride in Jewish Values 
Rosh Hashanah Seders
This week all of our students from our Baby Bears to fifth graders enjoyed Rosh Hashanah seders in their classrooms. They tasted symbolic foods, recited blessings, and sang songs to bring in the new year. Our Preschool students learned about the symbolism of apples, honey, pomegranate, and a round challah. Our K-5 students learned about more symbolic foods such as dates, carrots, beets, and pumpkin. The fifth grade students were also asked, "If you would add any symbolic food to the Rosh Hashanah seder, what would it be and why?" Some ideas were, ”A pineapple so you will not have any sharp points and a sweet new year as the juice in the pineapple."  "A KIT- KAT to break any bad things that might happen to you."  "Marshmallows, because they look like pillows and we want to get plenty of sleep in the new year." "A Ruffles potato chip with ridges, so we will not have ridges in the New Year." and "Macaroons, because they have to be fresh to eat and you need a fresh year to start.”
 
Pride in Community 
On Sunday, September 22, AEC hosted its 4th annual Lions Pride Day. There were many fun and exciting stations, which included jump houses, a train ride, dunk tank, honey tasting, soccer, ice cream making, planting, and much more. It was an exciting opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate the pride we have in our school. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who made this special day possible. View Photos
 

Save The Date 

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 
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 
10/30 - Lower School Swim Meet 
11/1 - Nevada Day Shabbat - In Theater 
11/5 - Student Council Elections -
11/6 - Lower School Parent Conferences - No School For Lower School Students 
11/8 - Veteran’s Day Shabbat - In Theater 
11/11 - Veteran’s Day Program 
11/14 - 4th Grade to Hoover Dam
11/18  - 2nd - 5th Grade to Smith Center “Earth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure”