This Week in Lower School 9/30-10/4, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019
Pride in Excellence 
3rd grade Field Trip to Springs Preserve 
This week, our third grade students went on a field trip to Springs Preserve  to enhance their year-long study of Native Americans. While at Springs Preserve, they had the opportunity to see a Paiute village and learn more about the culture and daily life of this tribe. They began their tour by learning how the natural spring on that site brought life to the desert and later created the city we now inhabit.  As the students explored the museum, with clipboards in hand, they searched for the answers to guided questions about each exhibit. One traveling exhibit that the students particularly enjoyed was Backyard Adventures. In the exhibit, the students learned that the backyard is full of science, from the biological interactions between plants and insects, and the zoology of nocturnal animals, to the horticultural know-how that goes into growing giant vegetables and the mathematical genius needed to lay pavers. They also learned about flash floods, desert animals, and Hoover Dam.  Upon returning to school they were very excited to share their favorite experiences.
Battle of the Books is a new morning enrichment this year that is led by our librarian, Jen Nails, and our curriculum coordinator, Susan Tecktiel. The 4th and 5th grade students who joined this enrichment have the opportunity to read 8 books and compete in jeopardy-style battles against each other. There are 70 other schools in Las Vegas that are reading the same books and are participating in similar activities within their schools.  Ms. Nails and Ms. Tecktiel meet with the participants every other week to check on their progress. During these meetings, students will share their reactions to each text, create and answer trivia questions regarding details from the text, identify and discuss key elements of the story (plot, character, setting, etc.), and participate in activities surrounding each book. 
Pride in Jewish Values 
The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called Aseret Yemei Tshuva- the ten days of repentance. During these days, we reflect on our actions and behaviors. Our fourth grade students have studied the seven steps of repentance and applied them to daily life situations. 
Understanding:  We understand that we did something wrong/bad.
Stop: We stop the bad behavior. 
Regret: We regret and reflect and think about how it was not a good choice.
Sorry:  We are sorry and are asking forgiveness from God, friends, and family. 
Decision:  We make a decision to not do it again.
Promise:  We promise God, friends, and family that we will not repeat the bad behavior. 
Success:  We achieve the goal of not repeating the bad behavior.  
Pride in Community 
As we get closer to Yom Kippur and Sukkot we learn about these holidays: the minhagim (customs), the blessings, and the connection to our personal lives.
We are excited for our AEC community to gather for our third annual Tashlich event this Sunday. Please join us for a story, art in nature, a stroll and picnic, and an opportunity to symbolically cast our sins to the water. View Flyer

Save The Date 

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 
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”