This Week in Upper School 12/9-12/13, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019
Pride in Excellence:
Congratulations to the AEC Fine Arts Department! Turnout for the Upper School Fall Production, The World of Sholom Aleichem far exceeded expectations. The courageous cast and crew, most of whom had never worked on a non-musical production before, rose to the unique challenge and delivered two powerful performances this week. View photos!
Upper School Exam Information: Semester exams will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting December 16.  There is no school for Upper School students on Friday, December 20, unless a student is making up a semester exam due to an emergency/illness, which requires appropriate documentation. Please remember that school is dismissed at 12:30 pm each day of exams.  Students may stay for lunch, but after 1 pm, all students need to be picked up or attending teacher scheduled study periods/work times. Please email Ms. Kaufman indicating that your child may leave at 10:00 if they do not have a 10:30 exam. 
Click the links below for grade-specific schedules:
6th Grade   |   7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   9-12 Grades
Pride in Community:
Our Upper School community is excited to Spark Joy during exam week!  Our PTO, Middle and High School Student Councils, Library, and Upper School faculty have wonderful and exciting activities planned for students before school, at breaks, and after exams during the week.  
Pride Jewish Values:
Due to the finals next week, we are celebrating Hanukkah this Friday. Maimonides said: “The commandment to light the Hanukkah candles is an exceedingly precious one.”  Indeed, our 6th grade students led the entire celebration during Kabbalat Shabbat. They lit the candles and sang Hanukkah songs. The performance included a beautiful dance called “light conquers darkness”, which ended with students ending by creating Jewish stars. They continued with a Festival of Lights that sparks the divine in all of us which is made in God’s image (Suzanne Fields). A big part of the Hanukkah story was that children hid in the Judean mountains to study Torah. Studying Torah was forbidden under Greek law, and children were forced to hide in caves, high in the hills and far from home.They were in genuine danger because Greek troops patrolled these mountains. We, in America and at the Adelson Campus, are free to study Torah and to live Jewish life freely.
Happy Hanukkah

Save the Date:
12/16-19       Semester exams, early dismissal at 12:30 pm
12/20/19       Make-up exams only
12/23 -1/5    Winter Break
1/6/20          School resumes
1/20/20        No school, MLK Day observed
1/27/20        National Holocaust Remembrance Day
2/14/20        No school - faculty in-service day
2/17/20        No school, President’s Day observed