This Week in Lower School

This Week in Lower School

Friday, January 27, 2023

Preschool Updates

Cubs faculty presented an excellent workshop for families this week around the beginning stages of teaching our young ones to read. Texts featured included picture books with more illustrations than text which are effective tools to jump-start the process of matching images with sight words. Image-heavy stories also begin to solidify for young learners the awareness of basic literary elements including setting, character, and plot. We are grateful to our talented and creative preschool faculty and administration for reaching out to families to encourage this bond and partnership. 


Lower School Updates

Hebrew students continue to strengthen their knowledge of the language through art. This week, in preparation for Tu B’shvat, second graders learned about the basic elements of a tree, from roots to blossoms. Introducing new vocabulary through the process of building art strengthens comprehension and emboldens students to use the vocabulary actively as they create.

We gathered as a Lower School community in the theater to celebrate Shabbat this week. It was a thrill to witness all kindergarten through fifth grade students and faculty swaying, singing, and clapping along. Fifth grade representatives announced the success of our (undefeated!) boys basketball team. They also reminded students that this Monday is the 100th day of school. In addition, we were entertained by a warm video shared by our Shins, who are visiting family in Israel, as well as a performance from the Kindergarten classes. 

In celebration of reading, Lower School students joined across grade levels for a Reading Buddies event this week in order to bring together students from all classrooms and books of all genres. Students shared books from the Pete the Cat series, Dr. Seuss classics, high-interest Pokémon chapterbooks and tons more. Our third, fourth, and fifth graders displayed positive leadership skills, and our younger Lions became collaborative partners. It was exciting to join as a Lower School community in celebration of literacy. We thank classroom teachers and administrators for curating the event, and it is an excellent precursor to upcoming Nevada Reading Week (February 27-March 3)! 

Upcoming Events

  • 1/30/23 - 100th Day of School
  • 2/2/23 - 2nd Grade Field trip Nevada State Museum 
  • 2/6/23 - Tu B’Shvat
  • 2/6/23 - 5th Grade Mount Potosi day trip 
  • 2/15&16/23 - First Grade Fairy Tales Celebration 
  • 2/27-3/3/23 - Nevada Reading Week