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This Week in Upper School 1/6-1/10, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020
Pride in Jewish Values:
Every year, on the 10th of Tevet in the Jewish calendar, we are fasting to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temple. Our Kabbalat Shabbat was dedicated to this event in our Jewish history. Our students council led by Mrs Moyal and Mrs Levi-Agami put together a unique and detailed presentation, teaching us about these historical events when several Empires were trying to destroy our Jewish “Emunah” our Jewish faith. Mr. Samuel Hochman, working at the School Maintenance Department, gave a beautiful gift to the school...a new Torah cover! Thank you Sam. Our students danced with the Torah and the new cover sending a message  to those Empires “You can destroy a building, you can not destroy our faith and our spirit”
Shabbat Shalom!
Pride in Excellence:
In order to support middle school students in their academics, we offer a weekly Homework / Study Skills Club on Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 with Dr. Baker.  This is an excellent place for middle school students to work on their homework, organization, and preparation for upcoming projects, quizzes, tests. To learn more about this opportunity and sign up, see this flyer.
Each new semester brings new semester electives to the Middle School. Middle School students returned from break and immediately dove into five brand new electives:  Space Science, Robotics, Theatre and Cinema Arts, Ceramics, and Filmmaking! This is the first time these electives have been offered and join returning electives Band, 2D Art, and Music Collective.  We're thrilled that students have shown such a strong interest in these brand new offerings and look forward to sharing about students' accomplishments this semester. See the video of the Space Science class activity filmed and edited by middle school student Matthew B.
Pride in Community:
The 9th & 10th grade Life Skills classes enjoyed a guided yoga meditation this week. After the guided practice, students watched a TEDtalk titled “Growing up stressed or growing up mindful” and discussed how simple mindfulness exercises not only physically change our brain for the better, but also help with one’s response to stress.
AEC’s pre-law students and interested 8th graders heard from Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford on Friday. Mr. Ford joined students to share experiences he has had along his career path, and provided advice for students interested in pursuing careers in law or public office. 
Save the Date:
January 20            MLK Day - NO SCHOOL
January 27            National Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 14         Faculty In Service- NO SCHOOL
February 17         President’s Day - NO SCHOOL
February 22         High School Sadie’s Hawkins Dance at AEC from 8-11pm
March 10             Purim
March 22             Junior/Senior Prom
April 6-17            Spring Break