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This Week in Lower School 1/7-1/11, 2019

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, January 11, 2019 Byline:  Lower School Team
We were so happy to see all our friends back from Winter Break and we are off to a great start to the second semester. We are fortunate to grow our school during the second semester. We welcomed our new Baby Pandas class, our new students who transferred from the Schechter school, and even students from NJ and LA - welcome to AEC! 
 
At AEC we believe that education is not just about academics, but is about supporting our students in their journey in becoming good people- mensches- who care about others, and reach out a helping hand when needed. Jewish values guide our school, and today was a wonderful example of how we live by our values: our Student Council elected officers, as well as the students who ran for office but were not elected, prepared a warm welcome to our new students as they arrived to school this morning. They welcomed them with signs and gifts and showed them to their new classrooms. They continued to assist during lunch, recess and even in carline rooms. They created a wonderful atmosphere to welcome new friends to our AEC family- Kol Hakavod!!
 
Eliana Light was our special guest singer during our Shabbat celebration this week. Eliana is an author, founded The G!D Project, and is the recipient of the Jewish Education Young Pioneers award in 2017. She sang in all three Shabbat celebrations this morning and led us into shabbat in a fun and festive way. Thank you Eliana!  VIEW PHOTOS
 
CSI CLUB 2019
CSI Club prepared a crime scene investigation experience for our 2nd graders. Our young agents were challenged to find out “Who Borrowed Mr. Bear.” This was another example of experiential education, leadership, working together, and real life application. Mr. Todd, our Chief of Security and former police officer, spoke to the children about how investigators use science to solve crimes. A big thank you to Mrs. Garner and the CSI Club for this exciting experience for our 2nd-grade classes.
 
On Wednesday, club members lead 2nd graders through a prepared crime scene and challenged them to observe it closely for clues. Then they presented the back story as a readers’ theater. On Thursday, club members prepared and lead 2nd graders through ten forensic science labs and encouraged them to record their results on their suspect boards. Everyone had a great time using their science and higher-level thinking skills to piece together and solve this fun mystery. VIEW PHOTOS
 
SUMMER CAMP AT AEC
Registration for Summer Camp at Adelson Campus is open. We are offering programs for preschool - 5th grade click here for more information about programming. Take advantage of the 5% early sign up discount valid through January 31st and the Adelson student discount valid with code “adelsonstudent”. Please see registration link: https://adelsonsummercamp.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.
 
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat,
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 
 

Save the Date:

Wednesday, January 16 - 5th grade trip to Mt. Potosi (8:00am to 8:00pm)
Friday, January 18 - 5th grade sing on Shabbat
Monday, January 21 - no school MLK Day
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
Wednesday, January 30 - Cubs to Lions information session about K for JK parents
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Wednesday, February 6th - Conservation Caper K - 4th grade.
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
Friday, March 1- 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, March 15- 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Thursday March 21 - Purim celebration; 3rd grade act out the Megillah
Wednesday March 27 - K trip to planetarium
Friday, March 29 - Kindergarten Each Day program performance
Friday, March 29 - 3rd grade Clark County Museum trip
 
 
 
 

 

This Week in Lower School 12/17-12/21, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, December 21, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team

 

AEC 4th graders are thankful to AEC community for donating so many books to their book drive. Today they completed sorting and cleaning the books to be donated. Ms. Sara Silverberg, Sivan Bar Shishat’s  mother, joined them for the final activity of Tikkun Olam for this semester. Ms. Silverberg works at Gragson Elementary School to which the books will be delivered.

This week the third and fourth grade Native speaking Hebrew class read a story called “Hasikah” from the Haverim B’ivrit curriculum. The story was about a Shuk/market day at a school and all the proceeds went to a charity organization. Our students made the story come alive by planning a Shuk/market for their fellow classmates. Each student chose something to sell and made signs for their booth. As the customers walked through the Shuk, the sellers were competing in selling their products by screaming in Hebrew just like the real Shuk in Israel. The fourth grade winners will also choose an organization to donate the money they collected.

Our 5th grade Tikkun Olam leaders are wrapping up the campaign for Make-a-Wish Foundation. It included selling stars for our Hanukkah, VIP seats for the Hanukkah show, dreidel spin off, and   Dress Down for $1 day. We have collected approximately $5,000, which is enough funds to grant a wish for a sick girl to go to Disneyland !
 
The Lower School escape room is a scavenger hunt style activity that includes six interactive challenges related to social skills, including personal space, following directions, sharing, listening, proper greetings and having a positive attitude. Students work together to solve a variety of puzzles and challenges in order to discover the secret phrase to unlock the door and win the challenge in a specified amount of time. All of the grades participated in this activity within the last two weeks.
 
Last week we announced open registration for the Spring After School Enrichments & Programs. To see the Spring enrichments, click here. Space is limited. Registration is open from Dec. 3rd - January 4th. To register click on this link: https://adelsonafterschool.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.
 
Shabbat Shalom from Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 
Save the Date:
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
Monday, January 7 - school resumes
Friday, January 11 - report cards distributed
Friday, January 11 - 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Wednesday, January 16 - 5th grade trip to Mt. Potosi (8:00am to 8:00pm)
Friday, January 18 - 5th grade sing at Shabbat
Monday, January 21 - no school MLK Day
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
 
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
 
 

2019-2020 UPPER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ANNOUNCEMENT

News Type:  Alumni News Lower School News Upper School News Startup Incubator News Date:  Thursday, December 20, 2018 Byline:  Rabbi Joyce Raynor, Head of School
LILACH BLUEVISE PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL OF BOTH LOWER AND UPPER SCHOOL - 2019-2020
 
The Adelson Educational Campus is pleased to announce Lilach Bluevise will serve as the Principal of both Lower and Upper Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. For the past 3 years, Lilach has served as the Lower School principal and has done a wonderful job developing teacher excellence, an integrated and rigorous curriculum, establishing trust among parents, and supported student leadership/empowerment. Lilach has amazing school spirit and prides herself on building a strong leadership team, revitalizing the performing arts program, building an organic garden, and establishing a sense of community with Tikkun Olam projects and Jewish values. Lilach also has a lifelong passion for integrating Jewish values and General Studies across all disciplines, which fits perfectly with AEC’s mission and academic program.
 
Lilach will be working closely with the new Head of School, Dr. David Portnoy, and the leadership teams for both Lower and Upper School to create a smooth transition for our students and faculty. David is extremely excited about his partnership with Lilach and I know that their collaboration will enable our school to flourish. During the second semester, Lilach will be involved in planning so that we are in a strong position next year. 
 
Lilach has an extremely experienced and well-functioning leadership team in the Lower School and she will still be an integral part of running things, focusing on strategical thinking, providing guidance and mentorship. Lilach builds very strong teams and works collaboratively with them. She will do the same in Upper School working closely with Milly Joyner, Ben Koch and Maria Paxinos to continue the new initiatives we launched this year in project based learning, integrated humanities and targeted majors. 
 
I have worked with Lilach for nearly 15 years and before she joined AEC the majority of her work has been done with Upper School students. Lilach was the recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for excellence in Jewish education (2008), leading her staff in professional development and promoting excellence in teaching. Lilach holds a B.A. in Political Science and Special Education, a teaching certificate, and a master's degree in Educational Policy and Organization from Tel Aviv University. She was a fellow in cohort 3 of Project SuLam for leadership in Jewish education (by RAVSAK), she is a NETA Hebrew curriculum master teacher, and an expert in Israel Education.
 
Lilach’s 20 years of experience in both Lower and Upper Schools will provide a streamlined educational experience for our students with natural and comfortable transitions throughout their years at Adelson.  Additionally, it provides opportunities for improved communication throughout our school.  Lilach will provide increased collaboration and a close knit community of students, parents and faculty.
 
Join me in congratulating Lilach and feel free to contact her with any questions.
 
 
Rabbi Joyce Raynor
Head of School

 

AEC Announces New Head of School 2019-2020

News Type:  Alumni News Lower School News Upper School News Startup Incubator News Date:  Thursday, December 20, 2018 Byline:  Lynn Wexler
WELCOMING OUR NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL!
 
The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus (AEC) is pleased to announce Dr. David Portnoy as its new Head of School as of July 1st, 2019. He will take the reins from the current Head, Rabbi Joyce Raynor, Ph.D, who retires at the end of this school year following four years of dedication and leadership at AEC.
 
Dr. Portnoy brings to the Adelson school a wealth of leadership experience in Jewish and independent school education, outstanding academic credentials, and the enthusiasm and vision to take AEC to its next level of excellence.
 
“I am thrilled to be joining The Adelson Educational Campus at this time of exciting growth,” says Portnoy, who was impressed, from the moment he stepped on campus, by the vitality, passion, and warmth of the students, teachers, and parents.
 
“And the facility… it is truly breathtaking. The architecture, the light, the colors, the Jerusalem stone and the quotes from Jewish tradition. What a beautiful and inspirational place to come to each day,” he adds.
 
He is also impressed with AEC’s exceptional campus security, “the importance of which can’t be overestimated,” he says.
 
Dr. Portnoy grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated Cum Laudefrom Baltimore’s prestigious Gilman School - a leading boy’s independent college preparatory K-12 school. There he served as president of the Debate Club and the Lancers Boys Club of Baltimore City. He lettered in Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Golf, starting on a Gilman team that won the Maryland Scholastic Golf Championship in 1979. It was at Gilman that Dr. Portnoy got his first taste of close harmony a cappella singing – where the tradition of wearing his now-signature bow tie claims its origins. But more on that later.
 
In 1983 he graduated from Yale University, again Cum Laude, with degrees in Economics and Political Science.  He completed the Yale Teacher Preparation Program; played soccer and lacrosse; sang in a close-harmony a cappella singing group; and was involved in the Yale Jewish Appeal. (Since graduating from Yale, he has chaired six of his seven 5-year class reunions.) 
 
Dr. Portnoy proceeded to earn a Juris Doctor Degree from UCLA School of Law, an M.S.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D from Seton Hall University. He practiced law and managed a family business, but his heart was always in education. He has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, principal, and head of school.
 
He taught at the distinguished Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. He worked in Undergraduate Admissions at The University of Pennsylvania.  He served as Upper School Head and Associate Head of School at Beth Tfiloh Community School in Baltimore for a decade before becoming Head of School at Emery Weiner School in Houston and Yavneh Academy of Dallas (both ranked among the Top 10 National Jewish Schools by Niche.com ), where he is currently serving in his seventh year.  
 
Married for 33 years to Rabbi Dr. Shira Lander – a Professor and Director of Jewish Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas - Dr. Portnoy and his wife are the proud parents of two married sons and grandparents to a one-year old granddaughter.
 
An avid cyclist, singer, lyricist and reader, Dr. Portnoy is looking forward to discovering the biking trails at the Red Rock Mountains. 
 
He’s also looking forward to leading the AEC team in building on what he believes is already a very solid foundation of accomplishment. 
 
“I’ve been fortunate to lead schools in Maryland and Texas that have achieved levels of excellence and prominence,” he says. “The Adelson school strikes me as an institution on the verge of attaining that same stature.”
 
Dr. Portnoy is also attracted to the mission and culture of the school – particularly its dedication to Jewish ethics, diversity, and, under the leadership of Dr. Miriam Adelson, to student health and wellness. 
“As an experienced educator, parent of two grown sons, and as a new grandfather, I believe there is nothing more important than our children’s safety and well-being.”
 
As to the iconic sartorial accessory that he has proudly donned for nearly forty-years – it started with the close harmony singing group he belonged to in high school. Their uniform was the classic button-down collar shirt, khaki pants, vest, and of course the bow tie. He’s been dressing that way ever since. “It’s actually very practical attire for a man. When you lean over for instance, the bow tie doesn’t get in your soup or in the way of grading papers,” he shared in good humor. 
 
Dr. Portnoy will visit the school from time to time between now and July of next year – something he looks forward to. 
 
Be sure to say hi and welcome him to the community. You’ll know him by his classic and elegant style, his broad smile, the twinkle in his eye, the energy in his step, a warm outstretched hand and – of course – that signature bow tie. If you’re lucky to catch him with a moment to spare, he might even give you a lesson in how to tie it! 
 
 

This Week in Lower School 12/10-12/14, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, December 14, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
WAX MUSEUM PROJECT
For the past month in fourth grade, we have learned about reading and writing informational texts.  Students read biographies and researched famous people throughout history. As part of the project, students created timelines of their lives, made displays of important events, and wrote essays about their famous figures.  Today, the fourth graders dressed up to become their famous people for a living Wax Museum. Each student created an “exhibit” and gave their presentations from a first person perspective. They did an outstanding job!
 
FIREMAN VISITS PRESCHOOL
Firefighter Nate visited our Junior Kindergarten and our 2’s classes on Wednesday. He read Firefighter Pete of the Pete the Cat series. After the story, he showed the children all of his firefighter gear and talked about how his equipment keeps him safe. He also taught them about how a firefighter maneuvers their way through a building with all of their gear. The children even had the opportunity to to touch and feel some of the really heavy gear.  
 
SPECIAL SHABBAT
This week our High School students welcomed the JK & 2nd graders to the Friday High School Shabbat for singing, dancing, and a fun time! We were fortunate to have DJ Sinai from Temple Beth Sholom lead all of our students in a sing along. The Lower School students brought their noise makers and scarves, and gave the High School students a taste of a Lower School  Shabbat looks and feels like. We love having our older friends with us and we are looking forward to more opportunities to have fun and grow together. We would like to thank the Upper School students and teachers for a memorable Shabbat.
 
Please remember to support the 4th grade book drive - you can bring books until 12/17. Watch the video, which was 100% produced by 4th grade students.  PLAY VIDEO
 
Hello Parents,
In 4th Grade Tikkun Olam we will be running a book drive to donate books. Please encourage your kids to bring new or gently used books to school. The book drive will be run from November 27th-December 17th. We will donate the books to Gragson Elementary School.
 
Don’t forget!
What: gently used or new children’s books
When: November 27th-December 17th.
Surprise: you may get a bookmark for your donation
 
On Monday, we announced open registration for the Spring After School Enrichments & Programs. To see the Spring enrichments, click here. Space is limited. Registration is open from Dec. 3rd - January 4th. To register click on this link: https://adelsonafterschool.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.
 
Shabbat Shalom from Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 
Save the Date:
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
Monday, January 7 - school resumes
Friday, January 11 - report cards distributed
Friday, January 11 - 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Wednesday, January 16 - 5th grade trip to Mt. Potosi (8:00am to 8:00pm)
Friday, January 18 - 5th grade sing on Shabbat
Monday, January 21 - no school MLK Day
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
 
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
 

3D DREIDAL SPIN OFF

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, December 7, 2018 Byline:  Robin Pence

Over the past month, 5th grade students were involved in designing their own 3D Dreidel from start to finish in their Discovery Lab and Incubator Technology class. 
Students had to first draw out their designs, then transfer their ideas into a 3D Design using the program Tinkercad. Students carefully measured and problem solved their iterations, and then brought them to life as they were 3D printed into reality, with final assembly by hand. Along with this design process, students’ dreidels were judged for best design and/or longest ability to spin. This video captures the process students went through, as well as the spin-offs that took place leading up to this morning’s final Ultimate Spin off between the two 5th grade spin finalists - Matthew Bannister and Nathan Nikhman. And the winner is....Matthew Bannister! 
 
In addition, the finalists for best design were Noam Tal-Or and Hannah Corbin. And the winner is...Hannah Corbin! 
 

This Week in Lower School 12/3-12/7, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, December 7, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
Thank you all for celebrating Hanukkah with us! It was a pleasure learning the Hanukkah story, and enjoying the songs, dances, and foods together. We would like to thank our amazing teachers for putting such great programs together: Coach Lisa, Ms. Botnick, Mr. Philippus, Morah Miri, Morah Dina, Ms. Valerie, Ms. Kay, the Hebrew teachers, and our amazing homeroom teachers - Todah And Happy Hanukkah!
 
Lower School Hanukkah Show Video | Photos
3’s & JK Hanukkah Show Video | Photos
Baby Bears, Pandas & 2's Shabbat Hanukkah Celebrations Photos
 
We had a very successful book fair and a wonderful family Hanukkah lighting event. The book fair was the most successful one yet! We fulfilled all of the teachers' book fair wish lists and also gifted them with $100 to provide Scholastic books and enrichment materials for each of their classrooms.
 
Thank you PTO, Caline Schwartz, Mark Danner, Robin Hooton, Jaye Hooton, Tia Danner, Jennifer Garshofsky, Rachel Allen, Francesca Bodner, Kim Cooper Cohen, Leah Silva, Christina Groff, Sonya Finkelstein, Danielle Richards, Vivian Levisman, Jillian Potashnick, Meredith Wolf, Carol Tsai, Monica Garin, Shoshana Floyd, and Shelly Schnitzer for all your hard work and dedication. The PTO was able to fulfill our classrooms wish lists and we are so thankful!
 
Our dedicated volunteers also made latkes with our preschool classes this week - it turned out so yummy and the kids enjoyed helping. Thank you to: Rachel Allen, Jaye Hooton, Robin Hooton, Francesca Bodner, and Arlessia Herrera - your latkes smelled good and were delicious!
 
Please remember to support the 4th grade book drive - you can bring books until 12/17. Watch the video, which was 100% produced by 4th grade students.  PLAY VIDEO
 
Hello Parents,
In 4th Grade Tikkun Olam we will be running a book drive to donate books. Please encourage your kids to bring new or gently used books to school. The book drive will be run from November 27th-December 17th. We will donate the books to Gragson Elementary School.
 
Don’t forget!
What: gently used or new children’s books
When: November 27th-December 17th.
Surprise: you may get a bookmark for your donation
 
On Monday, we announced open registration for the Spring After School Enrichments & Programs. To see the Spring enrichments, click here. Space is limited. Registration is open from Dec. 3rd - January 4th. To register click on this link: https://adelsonafterschool.campbrainregistration.com
 
If you are interested in the AEC Family Trip to Israel this summer, please email lilach.bluevise@adelsoncampus.org. To view the flyer, click here.
 
Shabbat Shalom from Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

Save the Date:

Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
Monday, January 7 - school resumes
Friday, January 11 - report cards distributed
Friday, January 11 - 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Wednesday, January 16 - 5th grade trip to Mt. Potosi (8:00am to 8:00pm)
Friday, January 18 - 5th grade sing on Shabbat
Monday, January 21 - no school MLK Day
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
 
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27 8:15 am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
 

This Week in Lower School 11/26-11/30, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, November 30, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
We have been enjoying unicorns, fairies, gnomes, magical trees and so much more in our Enchanted Forest Book Fair this week. We thank our amazing PTO volunteers for a wonderful book fair, and we invite you to enjoy the book fair and light the Menorah with the PTO on Sunday at 3:00pm. See Flyer
 
When we buy books for our own kids, we also reminded by our 4th graders  to help others in need. Please support the 4th grade book drive:
 
Hello Parents,
In 4th Grade Tikkun Olam we will be running a book drive to donate books. Please encourage your kids to bring new or gently used books to school. The book drive will be run from November 27th-December 17th. We will donate the books to Gragson Elementary School.
 
Don’t forget!
What: gently used or new children’s books
When: November 27th-December 17th.
Surprise: you may get a bookmark for your donation
 
Hanukkah is coming soon! Our students are learning about the holiday, the traditions, songs, and origin through different activities and experiences. Our fourth graders created their own 3D printed cookie cutters, and they baked cookies with their Kindergarten peers on Thursday. Please enjoy Dr. McCue’s blog post about the integration of Jewish traditions and technology.
 
Happy Hanukkah!
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, December 2nd 3:00pm - Family Menorah Lighting & Scholastic Scavenger Hunt, Book Fair & Used Uniform Sale. SEE FLYER
 
Thursday, December 6th - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm (students need to be dropped off in classrooms at 5:00pm)  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am; refreshments in classrooms from 8:15  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am; refreshments to follow  3’s will be in classrooms and JK will be in the dining commons.   | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - Baby Pandas Hanukkah/ orientation 10:45-11:30am  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
Monday, January 7 - school resumes
Friday, January 11 - report cards distributed
Friday, January 11 - 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Wednesday, January 16 - 5th grade trip to Mt. Potosi (8:00am to 8:00pm)
Friday, January 18 - 5th grade sing on Shabbat
Monday, January 21 - no school MLK Day
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - no school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27 8:15am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
 
Please donate to the PTO Hanukkah Toy Drive! See Flyer
 

This Week in Lower School 11/19-11/21, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team

We would like to wish all of our students, families, faculty, and staff a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are so fortunate to have been working with such dedicated and loving staff, and to share the joy of educating our wonderful students with their supportive and loving families. Thank you! Toda! תודה
 
Our Kindergarten - 12th grade students were treated with a visit from six members of The Lion King show, which is currently playing at The Smith Center. Our students were inspired by this professional group of performers, while we drew connections to our own theater arts program. The cast members of Annie were invited on stage to learn a dance number from the show’s “Dance Captain.” The cast members told us about their backgrounds and their journey of becoming professional performers. It was a wonderful treat for the entire K - 12th grade.
 
 
Project Chessed teamed up with the first graders for a sidewalk chalk activity.  The 10th graders helped the first graders write thankful messages on the sidewalk in front of the lower school building.  The students were also aided by their teacher, Ms. Novak and Ms. Levy their art teacher.
 
As our wonderful PTO volunteers are getting ready for the book fair, we would  like to spread the fun and love of reading to kids who are less fortunate than us. 
 
Please support the used/new book drive of 4th grade:
 
Hello Parents,
In 4th Grade Tikkun Olam we will be running a book drive to donate books. Please encourage your kids to bring new or gently used books to school. The book drive will be run from November 27th - December 17th. We will donate the books to Gragson Elementary School.
 
Don’t forget!
What: gently used or new children’s books
When: November 27th-December 17th.
Surprise: you may get a bookmark for your donation
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

SAVE THE DATE

 
Monday, November 19th: PS and K to watch JK Thanksgiving dress rehearsal
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show @ Theater 8:15am; refreshments to follow in Dining Commons | SEE FLYER
Wednesday, November 21th, early dismissal: 11:15 Preschool; 11:30 K-5 (No after care, no enrichments)
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Thursday, November 29th - Kindergarten & 4th grade bake Hanukkah cookies together.
Friday, November 30th- K-5 Shabbat in the theater and PS in MPR (due to Book Fair in Beit Midrash)
Sunday, December 2nd 3:00pm - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families 
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm (students need to be dropped off in classrooms at 5:00pm)  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am; refreshments in classrooms from 8:15  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am; refreshments to follow  3’s will be in classrooms and JK will be in the dining commons.   | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - Baby Pandas Hanukkah/ orientation 10:45-11:30am  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
 
Please donate to the PTO Hanukkah Toy Drive! See Flyer
 

This Week in Lower School 11/12-11/16, 2018

News Type:  Lower School News Date:  Friday, November 16, 2018 Byline:  Lower School Team
We had a heartwarming and enriching week at the Lower School! Today we enjoyed wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations with our younger students and their families. Our students celebrated the holiday through dancing, singing, and eating traditional foods. It is a culmination of the fall and Thanksgiving unit and we are thankful that we get to celebrate with our families. We are looking forward to the JK Thanksgiving show on Tuesday November 20, 2018. See photos.
 
Third grade students expressed their gratitude to all of the non-teaching staff by delivering freshly baked cranberry bread. They made the bread from scratch, just like in the book Cranberry Thanksgiving by: Wende Devlin while practicing teamwork and some math. They made the staff really happy with their yummy bread!
 
Our week started with Veterans Day program: We had the wonderful opportunity to welcome 10 active and former members of the United States Military to our Lower School in honor of Veterans Day. Each guest was assigned a class from JK - 5th grade, where they spoke about their experiences in our armed forces. Many of our guests brought in pictures, artifacts, and personal keepsakes to share with our students. We thank all of our guests for their time and their service to our country.  
 
The Junior Kindergarten had a special visit from Ms. Castille’s Nephew, Mr. Ensley. He brought the entire Junior Kindergarten together and showed them all of his military equipment.  He also took them on a very fun military march around the campus. The kids were very proud to march with a soldier.
 
The Kindergarten classes had visits from Ms. Cannon and Mr. Griswold, who also happen to be parents of kindergarten students. The students experienced Veterans Day through artifacts. Mr. Griswold passed around coins that represented the tours that he had participated in and Ms. Cannon brought in different helmets for the kids to try on. They also has a special power point presentation to give the kids a visual of the different places they have been deployed and the jobs that they perform.
 
Ms. Correll’s class was fortunate to hear from another staff member and military veteran. Luis Rivera, from our very own security team, is a former Marine. Luis brought in his uniform and talked about what it takes to become a Marine. The students asked a lot of questions about why he chose the Marine Corps and what his best experiences were in the military. Liam P. said, “I think it is important to celebrate Veterans because they defend our country and protect our freedom.”
 
Ms. Novak’s class was visited by Mr. Seltzer, an Air Force pilot who is currently active and is a parent of a 1st grade student. He spoke about the jet that he flies and the different tours that he has taken while in the military. He also told the students all of the different things that he had to accomplish in order to become an Air Force pilot. The kids were amazed that he actually knows how to fly a jet.
 
Ms. Botach and Ms. Newman’s classes were visited by Alyson and Kevin Clyde. Both of whom are in the U.S. Air Force. Both brought in very interesting artifacts and memorabilia from their many deployments. They showed pictures of the types of aircraft that they have flown and places that they have been while in the Air Force. They also had some really neat helmets and patches that they have acquired over their years of service. The students enjoyed the interactive discussions and having the opportunity to hold the different artifacts.  
 
Addison K. in Ms. Lasky’s class never knew that Mr. Morales from our security team was a Veteran. “He looked very different in his uniform. It was so cool to get to pass around his armor vest and to hold his helmet. I’m very proud that we have a veteran who works at our school. It makes me feel safe”
 
Annie D. in Ms. Cherney’s class said, “It was neat to see all of the equipment that Mr. Hollingshead brought in. It was cool to learn about the day to day life and the different survival methods he used during his service. We are grateful for his service to our country.”
 
Nathan N. in Ms. Winberg’s class said, “It was cool to learn about Mr. Sherman and his job of working with satellites in the Air Force. He has a lot of responsibility and I admire his courage to serve our country and the difficulty to be away from his family.”
 
Niv K. in Ms. Oshins’ class had the opportunity to hear from one of our Upper School staff members, Mr. Browne. “He had a really special job in operation Desert Storm. He was a linguist who has to learn many different languages and interview and interrogate people. I never knew that he was a veteran and it’s really cool that he works at our school. Thank you for your service to our country.”
 
On Thursday, the Adelson fourth grade class was full of excitement as they participated in their first ever Mystery Google Hangout! During the Hangout the class connected with another fourth grade classroom from around the globe to guess their “Mystery Location”.  Students took turns asking each other yes and no questions, using geographical references, in order to narrow in on their location. Students had to quickly research with maps, globes, and Google Maps as they developed each question. Both classes were able to successfully guess and then locate one another on the world map! The students will continue to interact with one another through a Flipgrid Video State & City Exchange Project in the coming weeks.
 
We would like to wish all our students a wonderful Shabbat, and to share our thanks and gratitude with our families.
 
Shabbat Shalom and Todah,
 
Lilach and the Lower School Leadership team
 

SAVE THE DATE

 
Monday, November 19th: PS and K to watch JK Thanksgiving dress rehearsal
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show @ Theater 8:15am; refreshments to follow in Dining Commons | SEE FLYER
Wednesday, November 21th, early dismissal: 11:15 Preschool; 11:30 K-5 (No after care, no enrichments)
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Thursday, November 29th - Kindergarten & 4th grade bake Hanukkah cookies together.
Friday, November 30th- K-5 Shabbat in the theater and PS in MPR (due to Book Fair in Beit Midrash)
Sunday, December 2nd 3:00pm - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families 
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm (students need to be dropped off in classrooms at 5:00pm)  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am; refreshments in classrooms from 8:15  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am; refreshments to follow  3’s will be in classrooms and JK will be in the dining commons.   | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - Baby Pandas Hanukkah/ orientation 10:45-11:30am  | SEE FLYER
Friday, December 7th - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation
December 24th to January 4 - Winter Break, no school
 
JANUARY, 2019
Monday, January 7 - school resumes
Friday, January 11 - report cards distributed
Friday, January 11 - 1st grade sing on Shabbat
Wednesday, January 16 - 5th grade trip to Mt. Potosi (8:00am to 8:00pm)
Friday, January 18 - 5th grade sing on Shabbat
Monday, January 21 - No school MLK Day
Thursday, January 24- grades 4+5 to watch Innovation Nation Live at Smith Center
Wednesday, January 30 - 100th Day of school - JK and K
 
FEBRUARY, 2019
Friday, February 1 - K-5 Challah bake for Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, February 7 - 2nd grade Nevada State museum trip
Friday, February 8 - 2nd grade sing on Shabbat
Friday, February 15 - No school for students, PD for teachers
Monday, February 18- No school, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 27 8:15am- first grade Fairy Tale program in theater
 
Please donate to the PTO Hanukkah Toy Drive! See Flyer
 
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