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This Week in Lower School 9/12-9/14, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, September 14, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team

The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called Aseret Yemei Tshuva- the ten days of repentance. During these days we reflect on our actions and behaviors. Our fourth graders have studied the seven steps of repentance and applied them to daily life situations.
 
In Kabbalat Shabbat they shared the steps with us.
Understanding:  We understand that we did something wrong/bad.
Stop: We stop the bad behavior.
Regret: We regret and reflect and think about how it was not a good choice.
Sorry:  We are sorry and are asking forgiveness from God, friends, and family.
Decision:  We make a decision not to do it again.
Promise:  We promise God, friends, and family that we will not repeat the bad behavior.
Success:  We achieve the goal of not repeating the bad behavior.  
 
As we get closer to Yom Kippur and Sukkot we learn about these holidays: the minhagim (customs), the blessings, and the connection to our personal lives.
 
We are excited to meet with our AEC community for our second annual Tashlich trip on Sunday 9/16. Please join us for a story and art in nature, a stroll and picnic, and even an opportunity to  symbolically cast our sins to the water. See Flyer.
 
1st grade had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum as part of the introduction to their study of habitats. The classes were able to view different habitat exhibits such as the African savanna, Nevada desert, marine, and prehistoric life. The guided tour led them on an adventure, where they learned about the different terrain and animals that inhabit those ares.. There were life size displays of giraffes, lions, dinosaurs, live snakes, hyenas, bighorn sheep, live stingrays, a variety of birds, and many more.
 

Upcoming Events & Programs:

 

Sunday, September 16th - Family Tashlich Event at Floyd Lamb Park

Friday, September 21st- 2nd grade will sing on Shabbat

Thursday, September 27th 5:30pm - Sukkot Experience for PS families

Friday, September 28th- Hakafot during Shabbat K-5

Friday, October 5th - K-5 students Challah Baking for Rosh Chodesh

Monday, October 8th - Morning enrichment courses for K-5 start (more details coming Monday, 9/17)

Wednesday, October 17th - second grade field trip

Friday, October 19th - Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat

Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten Field Trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch

Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs

Tuesday November 27 – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair

Sunday December 2, 2018 - Hanukkah Book Fair event for families by PTO

Thursday December 6, 2018-  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm

Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation

 


 
 

 

 

 

This Week in Lower School 9/4-9/7, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, September 7, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
The Lower School hallways and classrooms are alive with the spirit of the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah.  All of our students participated in Rosh Hashanah seders and had the opportunity to taste many foods that are special for the holiday.  
 
Our baby bears took a “field trip” to our very own pomegranate tree on campus. After looking at how the fruit grows, they looked at the inside. The two year old classes read Rosh Hashanah is Coming as part of their literature based approach.  Many unique apple themed projects were created by the children.  After reading Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashanah, our three year olds made their own new year cards  in addition to other hands-on projects to help bring the new year in with a sweet note.  The JK classes have been learning about bakeries and this week focused on round challot. They enjoyed reading the book Apples and Honey as well.
 
Our older students are preparing for the holidays in an engaging and interactive manner. Kindergarten students learned that there are more symbolic foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah .  Our first graders learned about the importance of the Shofar and what to think about when listening to the shofar blast. As part of a discussion of the symbolism of pomegranates, second graders brainstormed ways to do mitzvot, and how to recognize their friends when observing them doing good deeds.  The third graders worked diligently in learning a song about the Jewish months. Fourth graders wrote wishes for the new year for their family and friends on tile in art class . Fifth grade learned about the relationship between the moon and the Jewish calendar. The fifth graders made cards with the phases of the moon to show the lunar cycle.
 
All of our students enjoyed Rosh Hashanah seders in their classrooms. They tasted symbolic foods, recited blessings, and sang songs to bring in the new year.
 
At kabbalat Shabbat we felt the holiday atmosphere with shofar blowing, singing and dancing to the traditional Israeli Rosh Hashanah song Bashanah Haba’ah. Our Shinshiniot prepared a fun dance video we all loved. WATCH THE VIDEO. K-5 students baked a round challah which they will bring home today.
 
Shanah Tovah from the Leadership Team,
Lilach and the LS Leadership Team.
 

Upcoming Events & Programs:

  • Thursday, September 13th - 1st grade field trip to Natural History Museum
  • Friday, September 14th- 4th grade will sing on Shabbat
  • Sunday, September 16th - Family Tashlich Event at Floyd Lamb Park, See Flyer.
  • Friday, September 21st- 2nd grade will sing on Shabbat
  • Thursday, September 27th 5:30pm - Sukkot Experience for PS families
  • Friday, September 28th- Hakafot during Shabbat K-5
  • Friday, October 5th - K-5 students Challah Baking for Rosh Chodesh
  • Monday, October 8th - morning enrichment courses for K-5 start (more details to follow)
  • Friday, October 19th - Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat
  • Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten Field Trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
  • Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
  • Tuesday November 27 – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
  • Sunday December 2, 2018 - Hanukkah Book Fair event for families by PTO
  • Thursday December 6, 2018-  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
  • Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
 

This Week in Lower School 8/27-8/31, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, August 31, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
We are so proud of our student leaders, who are modeling Tikkun Olam to our younger grades! 5th graders have taken the lead during Shabbat by inspiring our parents and students to give Tzedakah. They created beautiful Tzedakah boxes to collect the weekly Tzedakah.
 
As part of their Tikkun Olam, they are learning about different not for profit organizations, and  learning skills to support them. They are learning to manage their collection and distribution of Tzedakah money, such as managing a project, Excel sheets to manage the donated funds , presentations and public speaking, and leadership skills that will help them in guiding their younger peers.
 
They will continue with supporting Make a Wish of Southern Nevada and guide the entire school in learning about the organization and being active in supporting it.4th graders were excited to discover the organization that they will support this year through an interactive scavenger hunt that taught  them about literacy and the work of the organization that they will support, Spread the Word Nevada. We are excited to start our work in support of this organization, as well as, modeling  the love of reading to our younger peers by reading with them occasionally. We owe a big thanks to Ms. Nails for taking part in this journey with us.
We can’t wait to bring the volunteer spirit to our friends and help in repairing the world.
 
Shabbat Shalom and enjoy the long weekend,
 
Lilach and the LS Leadership Team.
 

Upcoming Events & Programs:

  • Friday, September 7th - 3rd grade will sing on Shabbat
  • Friday, September 7th - K- 5 students Challah baking for Rosh Hashanah
  • Thursday, September 13th - 1st grade field trip to Natural History Museum
  • Friday, September 14th- 4th grade will sing on Shabbat
  • Sunday, September 16th - Family Tashlich Event at Floyd Lamb Park
  • Friday, September 21st- 2nd grade will sing on Shabbat
  • Thursday, September 27th 5:30pm - Sukkot Experience for PS families
  • Friday, September 28th- Hakafot during Shabbat K-5
  • Friday, October 5th - K-5 students Challah Baking for Rosh Chodesh
  • Monday, October 8th - morning enrichment courses for K-5 start (more details to follow)
  • Friday, October 19th - Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat
  • Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten Field Trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
  • Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
  • Tuesday November 27 – Tuesday October 4, 2018  Book Fair
  • Sunday December 2, 2018 - Hanukkah Book Fair event for families by PTO
  • Thursday December 6, 2018-  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
  • Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
 

This Week in Lower School 8/20-8/24, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, August 24, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
 
The Lower School students are excited to greet the new year soon. We have been learning about the traditions, foods, and customs of Rosh Hashanah. During the Hebrew month of Elul (the last month of the Jewish calendar) we reflect and prepare for the upcoming holiday and year. The Shofar is blown every day during Elul.
 
This week we focused on the Shofar when our 3rd graders experienced making real Shofars. They learned about the process of how to make a shofar: from which animal horns you can use to make a shofar to drilling the hole, cutting the edges and sanding it. They worked hard and each one of our third graders made a beautiful Shofar. We all enjoyed them blow this morning in Kabbalat Shabbat. Our JK students, Kindergarten, First and Second grade students all attended a preview of the shofar factory. They learned about the shofar and heard the sounds of the three different blows.They can’t wait until they will create their own Shofar in third grade. In Shabbat all the Preschool students sang and danced a special shofar song teaching all the blows.
 
Shabbat Shalom from Lilach and the LS Leadership Team
 

Upcoming programs and events:

REMINDER: Lower School (K-5) students will be swimming during PE next week, the week beginning August 27th. Your child will swim on both of their PE days. Please send them with a suit (one piece for girls), towel, plastic grocery bag for wet items, and goggles are helpful but not required.

Wednesday, August 29th 5:30pm - K- 5 Back to School Night

Friday, August 31st - PICTURE DAY (all Preschool and Lower School students)

Friday, September 7th - K- 5 Challah baking for Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 13th - 1st grade field trip to Natural History Museum

Sunday, September 16th - Family Tashlich Event at Floyd Lamb Park

Thursday, September 27th - Preschool sukkot Experience

Friday, October 5th - K-5 Challah Baking for Rosh Chodesh

Monday, October 8th - morning enrichment courses for K-5 start (more details to follow)

Friday, October 19th - Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat

Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten Field Trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch

Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after school programs

This Week in Lower School 8/13-8/17, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, August 17, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
 
Welcome Back!
 
First week of school was a very successful with smooth transitions occurring throughout each grade! Students are getting comfortable with their daily routines and getting used to their new classrooms and academic expectations. They are motivated and excited to discover what the new school year brings. We are looking forward to supporting their love of learning, curiosity, and academic growth throughout the entire school year. The leadership team would like to thank our dedicated teachers and staff for making the start of this school year a great success.
 
We are excited to continue the wonderful collaboration with our PTO, its dedicated board members and the many parents volunteers. Together we are partners in our students’ educational journey, and we will continue to grow from strength to strength.
 
Shabbat Shalom from Lilach and the LS Leadership Team
 

Upcoming programs and events:

Wednesday, August 22nd 5:30pm - Preschool Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 29th 5:30pm - K- 5 Back to School Night

Friday, August 31st - PICTURE DAY (all Preschool and Lower School students)

Friday, September 7th - K- 5 Challah baking for Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 13th - 1st grade field trip to Natural History Museum

Sunday, September 16th - Family Tashlich Event at Floyd Lamb Park

Thursday, September 27th - Preschool sukkot Experience

Friday, October 5th - K-5 Challah Baking for Rosh Chodesh

Monday, October 8th - morning enrichment courses for K-5 start (more details to follow)

Friday, October 19th - Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat

Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten Field Trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch

Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after school programs

Lower School Summer Math Links

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Thursday, June 14, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Staff

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

News Type:  Lower School News Upper School News 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

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Byline:  Cheri Garner, Science Specialist K-5

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

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, May 25, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Staff

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

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, May 18, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Staff
 
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)
 
 
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