This Week in Upper School 10/28-11/1, 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019
Pride in Community
It is with great anticipation and excitement that we send members of our high school community, both students and faculty, to Budapest, Hungary, to work in partnership with the Javne Lauder Jewish Community School.  What a tremendous opportunity for both communities to come together and share such an experience.  We encourage all of you to follow their experience this upcoming week. These updates will be available on the blog,  or on Facebook.
In honor of the upcoming Veteran’s Day holiday, AEC Upper School is participating in a fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on November 7th.  For a $1 donation, students can wear jeans and also help raise money for this important organization. Read more about the Wounded Warrior Project.
Pride in Excellence
Middle School forensics students were challenged to solve a “crime scene” on campus this week.  Forensics students turned their knowledge into action by securing and processing the “crime scene,” collecting, bagging and properly labeling their collected evidence, and then comparing their collected evidence with the actual evidence to solve the mystery!  What an excellent hands-on learning opportunity for our students!
On November 1st, the Hispanic culture celebrates the "Day of the Dead." In this celebration, families honor the memory of loved ones who have died. For the past three years, the Spanish students have developed a project around this celebration. The entry event to this custom is the viewing of the wonderful movie "Coco."  Students had great discussions about the cultural topics clearly seen in the movie of family relations (including pets), death and what happens after death, the importance of music and pursuing dreams in the future. Spanish students researched a Hispanic celebrity who had an impact on the Spanish culture and the US. The students engaged in developing a multifaceted project to show the legacy of their celebrity and presented this to classmates as well as faculty.
Pride in Jewish Values
We are happy to acknowledge that more families are coming to our morning Minyan when their child celebrates his Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Today, Kabbalat Shabbat was dedicated to our students and teachers that are traveling to Budapest, Hungary. We blessed them with “Tefilat HaDerech” the Traveler’s Prayer, to go in peace and return in peace. Our  Middle School Performing Art students took the lead in their Kabbalat Shabbat performing the story of Noah and the Arc. 
Shabbat Shalom


11/3-10         Student Trip to Budapest, Hungary
11/7              Hofstra University College Visit at 1:45 pm
11/11            Technion International College Visit at 10:00 am
11/16            High School Homecoming Dance, 8:00-11:00 pm
11/18-20       Slam Poetry workshop during Pride with NV Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson
11/21            Poetry Slam during Pride
11-27             Early dismissal at 11:30 am
11-28, 29       Thanksgiving
12/23 - 1/5   Winter Break