This Week in Upper School 11/18-11/22, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019
Pride in Jewish Values
Lead by Student Council in conjunction with National Honors Society, 28 high school students volunteered their after school time this Tuesday evening to pack over 4500 bags of food for Las Vegas’s children in need through Three Square’s Backpack for Kids program.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, where we focus on expressing our thanks, gratitude and shift our thoughts to thinking of others less fortunate than us, we took time in Kabbalat Shabbat to hear from a homeless woman from the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. The Las Vegas Rescue Mission helps hundreds of men, women and children with food, shelter and needs of daily living.  This woman spoke about her experience of her and her high school aged daughter being homeless. At the end of Shabbat, AEC raised money and presented this family with a gift card for the upcoming holiday. Let us all remember to say todah and thank you during this holiday season. 
Pride in Excellence
On Tuesday, nine select students-three 8th graders, two 9th graders, and four 10th graders- participated in a Design thinking workshop led by Laura Deisley, an educational consultant and CEO of Lab Atlanta.  This workshop is the first of many opportunities these students will have to learn Design Thinking and apply it not only to their personal lives, but also to our school context. These students will comprise our first Design Team and will tackle complex problems related to the student experience at Adelson.  They enjoyed the workshop and are excited to have the opportunity to become empathetic leaders who serve their school in this way. They will also help Ms. Deisley and the Faculty Design Team facilitate professional development day in February. 
This week, high school students selected from a variety of clubs to enhance and expand their horizons. Some clubs are competition based, such as Solar Rollers and Mock Trial while other clubs help students take a deeper dive into areas of interest, such as Historical Film Club, Break Stuff/Make Stuff Club, and Medical Ethics Club.  Students also selected from clubs related to the arts, such as Creative Writing Club, Ukulele Choir, Rhythm Section Methods Club, and Stage and Screen Club. LEARSI: Different Looks at Israeli Reality Club was started by three sophomores who want to dive into discussions about modern Israel and learn advocacy. While Philanthropy Club, Kabbalat Planning Committee, and Torah Study Club provide students opportunities to connect to their Jewish identity and values, all clubs provide students the opportunity to host activities/events for the benefit of our community while also allowing students to lead in these spaces. 
Pride in Community
This week the High School Student Council did a wonderful job organizing 1950’s themed activities to promote school spirit through dress-up days and activities. The pep rally showed the students’ leadership abilities through its well-performed script, PTO hosted games, and celebration of the Fall sports. To conclude this exciting week, students designed, decorated, and attended the Homecoming Sock Hop Dance on Saturday night.
Shabbat Shalom
11/27                Early dismissal at 11:30 am
11/28, 29          Thanksgiving break
12/2-10             PTO Book Fair- Beit Midrash
12/9 & 12/10   Fall Play Performance
12/16-19          Semester exams, early dismissal at 12:30 pm
12/23 - 1/5      Winter Break