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Lower School Summer Math Links

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lower School (K-5) Math websites to practice skills over the summer:

Math Playground For the older child, this website offers fun activities to inspire math interest in the areas of algebra, trigonometry, geometry, angles, percentages, coordinates, and more. Play games and explore topics that relate to real world experiences.
 
PBS Kids The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, and Clifford are just a few of the popular characters featured on a variety of different games for young children.
 
Mr. Nussbaum Separated by grade level, Mr. Nussbaum's website has games that encourage young learners to practice graphing, rounding, multiplication, other math facts, and many more topics.
 
IXL The content is separated by grade level, from Pre-K through 8th grade, and by content area. You can easily find a specific topic for your child to practice.
 
Free Math Help Free math help for older students who are studying algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and other advanced topics.
 
Math Play Based on recent game show formats, like Jeopardy, Millionaire, and Deal or No Deal, this site will help students practice math concepts like fractions, integers, place value, and more.
 
Math Blaster Math Blaster is a high-tech, futuristic, advanced adventure to save the universe through problem solving and math skill mastery.
 
Multiplication Full of games and activities to help students learn their multiplication facts.  
 
Khan Academy Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. 
 
 

Summer Reading Preschool-High School

Date: 
Friday, May 25, 2018
 

Adelson Summer Reading Lists, 2018

 
PRESCHOOL
26 Big Things Small Hands Doby Colleen Paratore
The ABCs of mitzvot.
 
Beach Babyby Laurie Elmquist
A baby’s day at the beach.
 
Beautiful Oopsby Barney Saltzberg 
Mistakes can be messy, but sometimes they turn into opportunities. 
 
Bim! Sings the Babyby Linda Glaser 
No matter how old or young, Shabbat is for everyone. 
 
Clive and his Bagsby Jessica Spanyol
A boy who loves bags of all sorts.
 
Love You Foreverby Robert Munsch 
“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be,” says a mother to her baby, then toddler, then teenager, then adult son. Roles reverse at book’s end.
 
The Rooster Who Would Not be Quietby Carmen Agra Deedy
A brave rooster reminds the villagers of the joys of song.
 
Twenty Yawnsby Jane Smiley
Everyone is tired after a day spent at the beach. 
 
The Whale in my Swimming Poolby Joyce Wan
A boy’s solution to this problem. 
 
The Wheels on the Tuk Tukby Kabir Sehgal 
A retelling of the old favorite, set in India. 
 
K-2nd GRADE
All Kinds of Strongby Sharon Baker 
Small Sadie learns that size does not equal strength. 
 
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affairby Patricia Polacco 
What will happen when technology takes over the world? 
 
Crowne, an Ode to the Fresh Cutby Derrick Barnes (Caldecott Honor, 2018) 
There is nothing more satisfying than the feeling of a new haircut. 
 
A Different Pondby Bao Phi (Caldecott Honor, 2018)
A boy learns of his father’s struggle. 
 
Get a Hit, Mo!By David A. Adler
Mo usually strikes out, but what will happen when the pressure is on and bases are loaded? 
 
It’s Okay to Make Mistakesby Todd Parr
Readers are encouraged to make mistakes and this is where the learning takes place. 
 
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman
An unlikely musical talent emerges in the midst of a noisy, bustling metropolis. 
 
Marta, Big and Smallby Jen Arena
Marta explores opposites in Spanish and English. 
 
This is Itby Daria Peoples-Riley (local author) For budding dancers or anyone who aspires to play sports or perform, a story about self-reliance. 
 
This is My Dollhouseby Giselle Potter
A young girl’s homemade dollhouse is compared to her friend’s store-bought one.
 
3RD-5TH GRADE
A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean!,M. Shelley Coats and Kir Fox
A quirky fantasy about fitting in. 
 
Never That Farby Carol Lynch Williams
Libby deals with the loss of her grandfather. 
 
Hello, Universeby Erin Entrada Kelly (Newbery winner, 2018) 
Four storylines converge with the hunt for a missing child the catalyst. 
 
Chasing Helicityby Ginger Zee
For adventure seekers:  a girl obsessed with weather finds herself in the middle of a destructive storm. 
 
One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails
A 5thgrade chef uses cooking in an attempt to bring her broken family back together. 
 
Savvyby Ingrid Law
In this family, on the 13thbirthday of each child, a special power is revealed to him or her. 
 
Trials of Apolloseries by Rick Riordan
For fans of Percy Jackson, another awesome fantasy series from Riordan. 
 
Like Bug Juice on a Burgerby Julie Sternberg
Eleanor is sent to summer camp for the first time and does not like the food (among other things) at all.  
 
Julia’s Kitchenby Brenda A. Ferber
Through the pain of loss, Cara finds comfort in her Jewish beliefs and in the recipes from her mother’s baking business. 
 
6TH-8TH GRADE
Best Friends for NeverbyAdrienne Maria Vrettos
Friendship drama.
 
Breakoutby Kate Messner
After two inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in her town, Nora’s world may never be the same.  
 
Forget Me Notby Ellie Terry
A seventh-grader with Tourette’s syndrome struggles with fitting in, only to find out that her life is about to change, once again.
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactusby Dusti Bowling
A girl born with no arms navigates her way through her first year at a new school. 
 
Life, Afterby Sarah Darer Littman 
Argentinian Jews relocate to New York City and struggle as immigrants. 
 
Like a Riverby Kathy Cannon Weichman
Three narratives intersect in this riveting historical novel about the horrors of the Civil War. 
 
Mockingbirdby Kathryn Erskine 
An autistic girl struggles to find normalcy after a tragic shooting.
 
The Stars Beneath our Feetby David Barclay Moore 
A seventh-grader is tempted to join a gang and finds solace in building an enormous Lego sculpture with an unlikely acquaintance. 
 
Ugliesseries by Scott Westerfeld 
A world in which teens are made “pretty,” “ugly” or “special” when they reach a milestone birthday. 
 
Without Refugeby Jane Mitchell
Modern-day, coming-of-age while attempting to flee war-torn Syria into Greece. 
 
HIGH SCHOOL
All the Ways the World Can Endby Abby Sher
A young woman deals with a great loss. 
 
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The first in a new fantasy series from the author of the Spiderwick Chronicles. 
 
Far from the Treeby Robin Benway (National Book Award winner, 2017)
The story of a young woman’s adoption. 
 
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruitby Jaye Robin Brown 
A gay teen is forced back into the closet. 
 
I Have Lost my Wayby Gayle Forman
Fans of If I Staywill be glad to pick up this similar, equally thrilling title.
 
People Like Usby Dana Mele
A psychological thriller set in a competitive, girls’ private school. 
 
Rebel Seoulby Axie Oh (local author)
A fast-pasted sci-fi set in South Korea. 
 
Son of Hamasby Mosab Hassan Yousef 
(Nonfiction) The son of one of the founders of Hamas turns undercover agent for the Israeli secret service. 
 
True Believerby Virginia Euwer Wolff
During her junior year, LaVaughn struggles with pressure to join a religious cult, falls in love, and identifies her ambitions.   
 
Weregirl series by Cathleen Davit Bell
Track star turned Werewolf. 
 
 

Mila's Marie Curie Science Challenge: Jane Goodall

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Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inspired by the Marie Curie Science challenge, after reading a biography on Jane Goodall and several books about endangered animals, Mila decided to join Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots group.  This is a global youth program whose mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.  Mila applied for and was awarded a mini-grant from Roots and Shoots to complete a project she designed.  She invited friends from five different states, five different preschools and five different elementary schools to participate as "Friends of Endangered Species."  Each participant drew a picture of their favorite endangered animal and/or took a video of themselves talking about animals.  These pictures and videos were combined into this educational video.  PLAY VIDEO We utilized experts in the field including an entomologist, zoo director/big cat handler, veterinarian, five Adelson teachers and additional Adelson employee.  A portion of the grant money was spent on the symbolic adoption of two zoo animals on behalf of the Adelson science room.  The symbolic adoption encourages conservation through education and direct enrichment of the adopted animals lives.  The other portion of the grant money was donated to Adelson Educational Campus Community Pride Campaign, which goes towards to scholarships and enhanced student programing & trips.
 
 
Here is some additional information:
Lower School Adelson Lions have officially been appointed as the adoptive zoo parents from April 2018-April 2019 for Keira, the Cougar, and Vitez, the Royal While Bengal Tiger. Both animals reside at the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, Washington.
 

This Week in Lower School 5/22-5/25, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

The 2017 - 2018 school year is at an end; we have so many wonderful memories of friends and learning from a whole year of amazing events, projects, and opportunities. Thank you for partnering with us throughout this successful year of learning and growth.
 
Watch the End of Year Celebration Shabbat, PLAY VIDEO
We wish you all a wonderful and safe summer. We are here for you if you need to reach us during the summer.
 
Thank you for a great year,
 
Lilach Bluevise and the Leadership Team
 
 

Our journalism club students wrapped their last club session by offering reflections on the school year.

 
3rd Grade
By Mackenzie George, 3rd Grade
 
My favorite thing about third grade was math. I also liked the play that we did. It was really fun. I can’t wait to do next year’s play! I also liked Field Day. It was fun because we could get wet! In 3rd grade I made lots of friends. I also liked the Purim festival. I liked the Purim festival because there was a bouncy slide.
 
Something I will miss in 4th grade is Ms. Lasky. She helped me learn proper grammar, and she taught me to do multiplication.
 
What I Did This Year
By Hannah Corbin, 4th Grade
 
This year at Adelson was a great one. 4th grade was hard, but fun at the same time. This year, we read Wonder and saw the movie too. One thing that I thought was fun was going to the Hoover Dam. I also loved Willy Wonka. Another thing I’ll miss is reading Wonder and Fish in a Tree while we ate snack. We also read Holes and saw the movie.
 
Next year I’m looking forward to seeing my friends and being in the show again. I really like doing Tikkun Olam and science. I’ll really miss my friends and teachers over the summer, but I’ll look  forward to seeing you again.
 
Yearbook Memories
By Cru Wilson, 4th Grade
 
I am very sad that the year has almost ended. The memories we all share will have to move on. I hope that more good memories will appear as I move on to 5th grade. Some of my friends will be in different schools, but new students will come and I’ll be friends with them. I always liked my teachers and I will miss Ms. Romick.
 
To my teachers, I have to say you all were the best and greatest for me. You would always teach us new things and strategies to get us farther through the school year. I will always remember what you did for us.
 
Justin’s Wrap Up
By Justin Reisman, 5th Grade
 
This year my favorite subject was math, because math is very easy with Ms. Cherney. She was very nice and she’d always do something fun for us. My favorite thing about this year was Field Day and Willy Wonka, because Field Day was awesome and we made the stations. Willy Wonka was so fun because performing on stage is a treat and you only get it once a year and every year I do it. I do it every year because acting is so fun and when you are acting everyone is looking at you which can be scary for the first time but I got used to it, so I was totally fine. I won’t miss this year, because there is a new year coming up with new things.
 
 

 

This Week in Lower School 5/14-5/18, 2018

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Friday, May 18, 2018
 
The end of the school year is a special time.  We reflect on the wonderful memories and achievements of our students and celebrate their success and growth.
 
This week, we celebrated with our 3’s, who introduced us to their Letterland friends; with our JK who taught us about a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating, and with our 5th graders,  who inspired us in Tikkun Olam and leadership.  Mazal Tov to the students, parents, and teachers for these heartwarming celebrations.
 
 
This week our students saw the fruition of their great efforts as they took to the stage for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The production was the result of the incredible talents of our student cast, student artists, and production crew. Willy Wonka is the story of a young boy who joins a special tour of the fantastic Wonka candy factory. The show focuses not only on morality lessons, but also on the power of family and creativity. We are so proud of our students who joined together and took these lessons to heart. From our middle school helpers who helped lower school students learn choreography to our fifth graders who played games with kindergartener's between scenes, we saw a beautiful collaboration result in an amazing show.
 
Over 60 lower school students took part in the show, starting with auditions in January and ending on May 16th, with the final curtain. During that time our cast memorized lines, learned dances, strengthened as singers, and became comfortable performing before an audience. Our technical crew students built sets and props with incredible creativity. They designed entire backdrops, such as the beautiful and intricate Wonka factory gates, and learned how to bring sets on and off stage during a live show. The skills they gained through being in Willy Wonka are not only the practical skills of theater, but also the social skills of being part of a theater family and learning how to work as a large group with one common goal.
 
 
Being part of theater is a unique experience, which was made even more special with the help of Vanessa Yerushalmi, Chelsey Pierce, and their amazing team. They provided the cast with a wonderful  Silent Savasana yoga class before the dress rehearsal. The students really enjoyed the chance to center themselves and be reflective before getting ready for the big show.
 
The entire lower school and preschool was invited to a special show on Tuesday, allowing preschoolers to see what is to come once they enter lower school. The smiles on the faces of friends and siblings as they watched the show were priceless.
 
We are excited to have a review of the show, written by the Journalism Club’s editor, Cru Wilson.
 
Willy Wonka Review
By Cru Wilson, 4th Grade
 
In my opinion, Willy Wonka was great; it had drama, adventure, and funny laughs just like in the movie. I say that the play was a wonderful show in all ways. This play inspired me with imagination in the ways of chocolate and candy. If the Willy Wonka players are reading this, then I want to say that this is the best play I have ever seen. Congratulations Willy Wonka kids, you will now be remembered by all of us, especially me.

Upcoming Events and Programs
 
May 21st - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
 
May 23rd, 8:15 AM in the Beit Midrash -  Baby Bears end of year celebration
 
May 24th - Dress down for $1 benefiting Make a Wish Foundation
 
May 25th, 8:15 AM - Closing Celebration Assembly in the theater. All students will be treated to shows by K-5 students recapping the year; we will see performances from the dance team, choir, and the cast of “Willy Wonka”. Marie Curie Challenge medals will be presented then as well. Parents are invited to join. Preschool students will attend the performances. An ice cream party sponsored by Anderson Dairy and the Robertson Family will follow. Parents volunteers needed to scoop ice cream. Please contact Caline Schwartz to volunteer.
 
May 25th - Last Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL  (11:15 for preschool; 11:30 for K-5)
 
 

This Week in Lower School 5/7-5/11, 2018

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Friday, May 11, 2018
It is always wonderful to showcase students’ work and celebrate milestones together! Today we celebrated end of year Shabbat with our 2 year olds and enjoyed a wonderful presentation culminating their Native American study by the third graders.
 
Our Green Caterpillars and Green Frogs showed their mastery and love of books by presenting the morals and songs they learned. They continued with their colors in Hebrew and ended with a beautiful spirited Shabbat. We would like to thank their dedicated teachers for a wonderful year and a heartwarming celebration today. A special thank you to our supportive parents- we are so happy to partner with you in your children's education.
 
Third grade presentation was a celebration of Social Studies unit focusing on the regions of the United States. The third grade presented their final Native American projects for families and fellow students in second and fourth grades.  This integrated unit included reading literature and poetry, math, art, science, technology, music, and even cooking. Through this experiential approach, students gain knowledge of history and further developed social studies and language art skills in the process. VIEW PHOTOS.
 
After learning about the tribes that live in each region, students chose to study a tribe of their own.  The projects included student created three dimensional tribal village to show the habitat, environment, homes, and lifestyle of the tribe. Students created a multimedia presentation using the Prezi program which they shared with the class.  After taking an online quiz to find out their spirit animal, students designed a spirit animals using the program Tinkercad. The students especially enjoyed loading their designs into the 3D printers in the Startup Incubator where they watched their creations come to life. A QR code was included to give specific characteristics of the spirit animals.  Students shared an authentic dance and song and portfolios and artifacts were displayed. Watch the dance video.
 
Today in K-5 Shabbat we celebrated Jerusalem Day. This commemorates the 28th of Iyar - the Hebrew date on which the divided city of Jerusalem was united, symbolizing the continued historical connection of the Jewish People to Jerusalem.
 
Sending shabbat wishes and love to all the parents in our community for Mother’s Day!
 
We are proud to share another article from Journalism Club. This time Justin is proud to show his team’s dedication and sportsmanship.
 
The Middle School Adelson Soccer Team
By Justin Reisman, 5th Grade                                            
The soccer team comes off with a rough season. The soccer team only won once. The soccer team tried their best to make goals and block shots. Every game or practice everyone kept getting better at their moves: passing, shooting, and defense. All of those are things the soccer team has to master.
 
The soccer team was made up of very good players; they played really well. We had the best goalkeeper this season. He wasn't afraid to get hit in the face or anywhere else. He just went for the ball when it came to him or someone was shooting. The second to last game he got hit in the face but he was strong. Maybe next year we can go to the finals!  


Upcoming Events and Programs

 
May 15th 10:30am - Willy Wonka show for all LS students
 
May 15th 5:30pm - Lower School Musical  “Willy Wonka” BUY TICKETS
 
May 16th 2:00pm and 5:30pm- Lower School Musical  “Willy Wonka” BUY TICKETS
 
May 17th, 9:30 AM in the Theater - End of the Year Show (3’s)  - See FLYER
 
May 18th 10:00 AM - all Preschool Shabbat (note special time in lieu of regular Shabbat times)
 
May 18th, 8 AM in the Theater - End of the Year Show (JK) in the theater followed by reception in the LS Gym - See FLYER
 
May 18th - 1:45pm Shabbat for K-5 (note special Shabbat time)
 
May 18th - 1:45pm 5th Grade Move Up celebration and Shabbat, followed by a reception for 5th grade in the gym (note special Shabbat time) - See FLYER
 
May 21st - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
 
May 22nd - Shavuot Farmer’s Market at dismissal
 
May 23rd, 8:15 AM in the Beit Midrash -  Baby Bears end of year celebration, Beit Midrash - See FLYER
 
May 24th - Dress down for $1 benefiting Make a Wish Foundation
 
May 25th, 8:15 AM - Closing Celebration Assembly in the theater. All students will be treated to shows by K-5 students recapping the year; we will see performances from the dance team, choir, and the cast of “Willy Wonka”. Marie Curie Challenge medals will be presented then as well. Parents are invited to join. Preschool students will attend the performances. An ice cream party funded by Anderson Dairy and the Robertson Family will follow for our K-5 students.
 
May 25th - Last Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL  (11:15 for preschool; 11:30 for K-5)
 
 

This Week in Lower School 4/30-5/4, 2018

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Friday, May 4, 2018
May truly seems to have brought spring with it! Students are spending time outdoors as they enjoy not only our traditional Field Day, but also Lag Ba’Omer. Lag Ba’Omer is a holiday where we are encouraged to spend time outside to enjoy the beauty of the natural world and bonfires are lit in celebration.
 
Lag Ba’omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, the counting of the days between Passover to Shavuot. According to tradition, the ancient Romans refused to allow the Jews to study the Torah or pray to their God. Rabbi Akiva, a great teacher, fooled the Romans by letting his students carry bows and arrows and pretending they were hunting. It also celebrates the Revolt against the Romans, led by Bar Kochba.

Our K-5 Students have been learning about Rabbi Akiva, Bar Kochba, and enjoying spending time outdoors by singing around our “bonfires”, eating snacks and making sand art. Preschoolers sang around the “bonfire” and enjoyed the holiday by baking potatoes and eating them in a play cave next to their paper bonfires.
 
Our students see elements of Lag Ba’Omer in their classes as our kindergarten students finish their unit about the majesty and science behind the sun, moon, and stars. Earlier this year, they visited the Planetarium at CSN and watched a presentation of “The Little Star that Could” for an experiential addition to their unit. Kindergarten students have been learning all about the sun, moon, and stars through reading, writing, math,science, technology, arts, and Hebrew. They shared their knowledge in their memorable presentation on Thursday.  In addition to singing related songs by the Beatles, Jack Johnson, and Frank Sinatra, each child shared facts that they learned throughout the unit.  They were true stars!
 
After the wonderful presentation, the kindergarten students brought their families to their classrooms to share their innovative creations which included writing, math, art, science, and even a coding project using Scratch Jr. on their iPads. A focus of the unit was empowering the students to realize that they can make a difference to help save the earth.  We can all learn from the examples of the kindergarten students' ideas of making everyday Earth Day!
 
On Friday morning, students enjoyed their Field Day celebration! Our successful Field Day is not only a reward for our K-5 students for a year of hard work academically, but the chance to show them how fun and social healthy and sporty activities can be. Students took part in many activities, ranging from pool games to soccer as they went through 12 stations.
 
Our 3’s through 5th graders also got to meet Chance, the Golden Knight’s Gila Monster! The mascot came as a special surprise to help pump our students up for Field Day and being healthy. The Knights have been followed closely by many of our students since the start of the season, and having their mascot here to kick off their day was another way of showing how proud we are of their hard work this year. Seeing Chance gave students a chance to show off both school and Las Vegas spirit! As did watching the graduating seniors walk through the halls for their Pride Walk: our seniors wore their regalia and made their way through the school grounds with the marching band, waving and celebrating with our students from Baby Bear to 5th grader!
 

Upcoming Events and Programs

May 11th, 9 AM in the Beit Midrash - End of the Year Show (2’s)
 
May 11th - 3rd  Grade Native American Presentation after Shabbat (in the MPR)
 
May 15th 10:30am - Willy Wonka show for all LS students
 
May 15th 5:30pm - Lower School Musical  “Willy Wonka” - BUY TICKETS NOW
 
May 16th 2:00pm and 5:30pm- Lower School Musical  “Willy Wonka”
 
May 17th, 9 AM in the Theater - End of the Year Show (3’s)  
 
May 18th 10:00 AM - all Preschool Shabbat (note special time in lieu of regular Shabbat times)
 
May 18th, 8 AM in the Theater - End of the Year Show (JK) in the theater followed by reception in the LS Gym
 
May 18th - 1:45pm Shabbat for K-5 (note special Shabbat time)
 
May 18th - 1:45pm 5th Grade Move Up celebration and Shabbat, followed by a reception for 5th  grade in the gym (note special Shabbat time)
 
May 21st - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
 
May 22nd - Shavuot Farmer’s Market at dismissal
 
May 23rd, 8:15 AM in the Beit Midrash -  Baby Bears end of year celebration, Beit Midrash
 
May 24th - Dress down for $1 benefiting Make a Wish Foundation
 
May 25th, 8:15 AM - Closing Celebration Assembly in the theater. All students will be treated to shows by K-5 students recapping the year; we will see performances from the dance team, choir, and the cast of “Willy Wonka”. Marie Curie Challenge medals will be presented then as well. Parents are invited to join. Preschool students will attend the performances. An ice cream party funded by Anderson Dairy and the Robertson Family will follow for our K-5 students.
 
May 25th - Last Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL

 
 

This Week in Lower School 4/23-4/27, 2018

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Friday, April 27, 2018
 
At Adelson we believe in the power of an integrated curriculum. Our JK and 2nd graders have both had events this week that focus on their current units of study, units which expanded into every academic subject.
 
Our 2nd graders have been learning all about symbols; in particular symbols of the United States, Israel, and Nevada.  Symbols have a deep impact on us as a society, giving us something to rally around and something that is instantly recognizable.  Math, social studies, science, technology, writing, reading, and art were all incorporated as the unit focused on the American flag, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, and the bald eagle.  Students created a life size version of the Statue of Liberty’s foot and measured how many of their feet equaled the 25 ft foot of the statue. After learning the significance and history of each symbol, our students created and wrote about a symbol that represents themselves.  The unit culminated in a special presentation Friday morning, where students were able to show off all their hard work and shared what they learned with families and lower school students. View photos.
 
By using integrated methods of education, our 2nd grade students have learned how all encompassing a topic of subject can be. Their deeper understanding of symbols will carry them through third grade, where they will again see symbols when studying Native American tribes and American history. In Judaic Studies they will be able to appreciate Jewish symbols on a more cognitive level.
 
Our JK students have been learning about the ocean and marine life through songs, art projects, presentations, books, and finally their very special field trip on Wednesday to the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. They were able to see the dolphin habitat, learn about their diet, and observe them performing tricks with their handlers.  The students had a wonderful time seeing their underwater friends come to life!
 
During Enrichments, our Coding & Lego class had a great time using their noggins as they worked together to complete the Marshmallow Challenge. This challenge is used at every level: from kindergarten to CEOs at retreats. The challenge lies in creating the tallest structure possible with a yard of tape, a yard of strip, and 20 uncooked spaghetti pieces in 18 minutes. Not only does the structure have to stand, but it also must be able to balance a marshmallow at the top of it!
Our students worked in teams of three and four; they were purposely mixed with fellow students of different grade levels and encouraged to experiment, communicate, and enjoy the building. Many groups were successful by creating structures they saw in class (such as teepees from 3rd grade, or squares from math classes). By having them create a structure as a team in an Enrichment, they see how what they learn in class can be used in a real world situation.

 

Upcoming Events and Programs

 
April 30th - 4th Grade trip to the Hoover Dam
 
April 30th to May 3rd - 5th Grade CPT Testing
 
May 3rd 8:15am - Kindergarten Earth, Sun, and Moon Presentation
 
May 4th - Field Day (after Shabbat) - wear spirit wear and apply sunscreen
 
May 11th - End of the Year Show (2’s)
 
May 11th - 3rd  Grade Native American Presentation after Shabbat (in the MPR)
 
May 15th 10:30am - Willy Wonka show for all LS students
 
May 15th 5:30pm - Lower School Musical  Willy Wonka”
 
May 16th 2:00pm and 5:30pm- Lower School Musical  “Willy Wonka” - BUY TICKETS
 
May 17th - End of the Year Show (3’s)
 
May 18th 10:00am Preschool Shabbat (note special time)
 
May 18th 8:15am - End of the Year Show (JK) in the theater  followed by reception in the gym
 
May 18th - 1:45pm 5th Grade Move Up celebration and Shabbat , followed by a reception for 5th  grade in the gym (note special Shabbat time)
 
May 21st - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
 
May 22nd - Shavuot Farmer’s Market at dismissal
 
May 25th - Kindergarten through 5th Closing Celebration
 
May 25th - Last Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL
 
 
 

This Week in Lower School 4/16-4/20, 2018

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Our students celebrated Israel this week with Yom Ha’azmaut,  Israel’s Independence Day! Israel is celebrating 70 years since becoming an independent state in 1948, and here at Adelson we observed that with RUACH (spirit) and much joy. Students played games such as a giant Shoots and Ladders, created art, participated in Israeli dances, and learned cool trivia facts.
 
 
Classes from Preschool to Upper School created windows in a school-wide art project celebrating the talents and creativity of our school. The windows show our connection to Israel in a very creative way and definitely represents each one of our students and teachers.
 
After the opening assembly, the Preschool students enjoyed visiting the ‘beach,’ writing notes at the Kotel, shopping in the shuk, flying El Al, and eating Israeli pita with chocolate spread. The stations were well planned and beautifully executed with props and age appropriate games and assignments. Students could choose between different activities in each classroom. They were all very engaged.
 
Thank you to everyone who made the day so special - our Hebrew Department, the Shinshiniot, teachers, and so many others.
 
On April 20th, we held special Earth Day Shabbats where the choir performed an environmentally themed song and students took an active role in learning and celebrating the Earth. We invite you to watch a special video on Hiriya Recycling Park - A Mount of Change and the short video about the 3 Rs.
 
We are so excited to have our students perform at the Venetian on Sunday, April 22nd. Our wonderful 3rd-graders, Dance Club, and Choir will meet at 1:40 PM at the Adelson Booth within the Venetian. Parents are expected to chaperone their children (admission is free). The link for the event, Celebrate Israel, click here.
 
Our Journalism Club also learned more about Israel over the last two weeks; writing articles about the country’s foods, sports, technology, and about our own celebrations.
 
Israel Turns 70!
By: Jahslyn S. and Ariel A.

Wait a second, did you hear that Israel is turning 70? Yom Ha'atzmaut is a major party in Israel. They celebrate by going around on the street, having parties, and celebrating. We also celebrate by partying and having a joyful, fun time celebrating Israel and its fantastic qualities. So get your party hats on!

On April 19, 2018, we celebrated Israel by playing games doing activities both inside and on the field.  The fifth graders did a lot of special activities. In Hebrew class, the fifth graders worked on special projects for the 70th birthday. The student council also had a game, and the kids in student council helped run it. S
 
The shinshiniot and the school put a lot of hard work and dedication to this and it was an amazing time. Every kid in Lower School decorated a t-shirt with ‘70’ on it.
 
We had a wonderful time and celebrate Israel.
 
Food in Israel
By Lear E.
 
Israel has its own types of foods; there are a lot of kinds. I’m going to tell you about two foods we eat in Israel. The foods are hummus and falafel.

Hummus is made of beans blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Hummus is in grocery stores in North America and Europe. Hummus is a popular food in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Falafel is made with chickpeas, broad beans, or both. It is a deep fried ball. It is mostly liked in Egypt. It is 57 calories. It is mostly served in a pita.

My favorite is falafel. I like falafel because it is crunchy especially with the pita!
 
Israel and Sports
By Brian B.
 
There are many sports in Israel, but today I will be introducing you to the two most popular.

The most popular sport in Israel is soccer. In the UEFA cup 2001-2002. Hapoel-Tel Aviv made it to the quarterfinals. In 1967 they were the first club to win the Asian Club Championships. Israel has 12 professional teams, and about 20,000 people go to games in person.

The second most popular sport in Israel is basketball. Maccabi Tel Aviv has won the European league 6 times! They are one of the best! The years they won are 1977, 1981, 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2014.

But Israelis don't just play for Israel. They are here in the US too! Omri Casspi, who is an Israeli basketball player, has played for the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warrior, and the Israel National Basketball Team. He is one of the very few Israelis who played in the NBA.

In conclusion, while there are many Israeli sports, the most popular ones are soccer and basketball. I hope you learned more about Israeli sports in this article.
 
Waze is the Way
By Cru W.
 
Waze was first created in 2006 by an Israeli company founded by Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar, and Uri Levine. Then, in 2013, Google bought Waze for over a billion dollars. So far, Waze is one of the most popular GPS’s in the world.

I think Waze is better than Google Maps. The reason I think that is because Waze has more alerts to keep you safe and careful of where you drive. Google Maps doesn't have as many alerts that help you right away. So you might get a surprise! Waze is a great traffic map because of its unique alerts and voice commands that make noises so you don’t have to look at your phone. All you do is have a nice drive and enjoy the road.

Upcoming Events and Programs

April 23rd to April 26th - 4th Grade CPT Testing
 
April 25th - the Mob Museum visits the 4th Grade discussing artifacts and history
 
April 25th - JK field trip to Dolphin Habitat
 
April 27th - 2nd Grade Symbols Presentation in the Lower School Gym after Shabbat
 
 
April 30th - 4th Grade trip to the Hoover Dam
 
April 30th to May 3rd - 5th Grade CPT Testing
 
May 3rd 8:15am - Kindergarten Earth, Sun, and Moon Presentation
 
May 4th - Field Day (after Shabbat)
 
May 11th - End of the Year Show (2’s)
 
May 11th - 3rd  Grade Native American Presentation after Shabbat (in the MPR)
 
May 15th 10:30am - Willy Wonka show for all LS students
 
May 15th 5:30pm - Lower School Musical  Willy Wonka”
 
May 16th 2:00pm and 5:30pm- Lower School Musical  “Willy Wonka”
 
May 17th - End of the Year Show (3’s)
 
May 18th 10:00am Preschool Shabbat (note special time)
 
May 18th 8:15am - End of the Year Show (JK) in the theater  followed by reception in the gym
 
May 18th - 1:45pm 5th Grade Move Up celebration and Shabbat , followed by a reception for 5th  grade in the gym (note special Shabbat time)
 
May 21st - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
 
May 22nd - Shavuot Farmer’s Market at dismissal
 
May 25th - Kindergarten through 5th Closing Celebration
 
May 25th - Last Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL
 
 
 

Head of School Announces Retirement for June, 2019

Date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Dear Adelson Campus Families and Friends, 
 
The Board of Trustees and I are writing to you today to announce my retirement as of June 30, 2019.  At that time, I will have completed 36 years in education, and 4 years as your Head of School, which has been a major highlight in my career. 
 
The decision to retire is solely based on my desire to spend time and enjoy my husband, children and grandchildren. As some of you may already know, I was previously planning to retire back in 2015; however, the opportunity to lead a school with the reputation, vision and potential as Adelson Campus was too tempting to pass up. I was challenged and inspired to help transition the school with a new structure, sound policies, improved communications, and financial stability. Going into my final year, I remain fully committed to the success and sustainability of this great school and look back with pride on its achievements. 
 
The search for a new Head of School is currently underway. An open, collaborative partnership between a Head of School and its' Board of Trustees is vital to an independent schools success.  The Adelson Campus Board understands its role in stewardship, commitment to strategic governance and support for the Head of School.  The Board's strength in leadership speaks volumes about our school's stability, now and in the future, and will be a very attractive feature to candidates for the Head of School position.  As I prepare to bring my joyful engagement at Adelson Campus to an end, I am committed to working with the Board of Trustees and their appointed search firm in any way needed to ensure a smooth transition in leadership for the 2018-2019 academic year.
 
The Board has appointed the search firm Independent Thinking to assist in the process. Jane Armstrong and Bill Lyons, the partners, plan on visiting Adelson Campus on April 30 & May 1, to meet with the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, students and families. During this time, the search firm will host two open parent meetings, which will provide opportunities to share your thoughts about Adelson Campus and ask the team from Independent Thinking any questions you may have about the search process. Once we have the times and location for these meetings, we will send out an email next week with more information.
 
I want to express my respect and gratitude to the faculty who live our Mission each and every day.  It is a privilege to work with educators committed to excellence in the classroom, who challenge students to maximize their full potential and instill a deep sense of personal independence and social responsibility in a community of learners. I also am grateful for the professionalism, support and teamwork exhibited by our dedicated staff members, especially my Administrative Team.  I want to thank our families for entrusting your children with us and for being partners in this process of an Education for Life.  
 
I have seen my work here as important and rewarding, and I will miss Adelson Campus very much; but, I will leave knowing our culture is strong, strategically aligned to create our own future and this dynamic community will continue the legacy of this wonderful school for generations to come.
 

Sincerely,

 

Rabbi Joyce Raynor

Head of School

The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus

 

 

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