Lower School News News

Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, March 13, 2020
  Purim This week, we celebrated a festive Purim, as we saw students and staff dress up in their creative costumes on this joyous holiday. The Kindergarten through 4th-grade started their day with the annual Purim play put on by the 3rd-grade students, performed in English and Hebrew. Next, we listened to the Megillah reading by our Upper School students. We then fulfilled the Purim Mitzvah Matanot Leevionim (gifts for people in need) by packing the food we collected on the 100th day of... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, March 6, 2020
Reading Week  This year's Reading Week theme was "Saddle Up and Read!" We were happy to see so many of our Lower School students participate in our Western-wear dress-up day on Wednesday. Our preschool students enjoyed our numerous guest readers throughout the week. We were thrilled to bring in award-winning and esteemed authors Dori Weinstein and Terri Farley. Our kindergartners also visited the Summerlin Library, and the 1st graders interacted in our school library with furry therapy dogs... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, February 28, 2020
First Grade Fairy Tale Performance First grade’s Fairy Tale unit has come to a fun and exciting end with the Readers Theater performance and Author celebration. The unit began weeks ago as students listened to various Fairy Tales. They compared and contrasted the story elements and brainstormed their own original Fairy Tale. Next, they wrote a Fairy Tale plan where they chose their characters, identified the problem, and provided a solution in their original work as well as the setting. The... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, February 21, 2020
4th and 5th grade CSI Project  Our fourth-grade CSI detectives were led through a made-up “crime scene” by our fifth graders to solve a mystery on the porch of a beach house using forensic science. Our fourth graders reviewed the crime scene, looking at evidence and jotting down notes as they attempted to gather as much vital information as possible. The detectives wore gloves and received a CSI crime scene badge for their hard work. Our lab rotation consisted of a chromatography test on a... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Thursday, February 13, 2020
2nd Grade Field Trip  Our Second Graders had a fantastic field trip to the Nevada State Museum on Thursday. The students had an opportunity to view exhibits about the history of Nevada. In these exhibits, the children were immersed in galleries detailing the geology of our state. Also reviewed were early settlers and their behaviors, leading to the Boomtown Era. This time helped the children understand critical history, which shaped the course of Nevada. It was a thorough program led by the... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, February 7, 2020
Shabbat Performance  We welcomed special guests Rinat and Gal, who gave us a special Tu B’Shvat performance for all three of our Shabbat celebrations this Friday. Through a set of fun songs and dances, our students learned how important it is to treat trees, plants, and flowers with respect and to recycle items to keep our planet clean in honor of Tu B’Shvat (Birthday of the trees).    Police Officer Visit Our students in the 3s program are learning about the Letter “P”  this week as part... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, January 31, 2020
100th Day of School Event + Food Drive  The 100th Day of school is highlighted by our annual canned food drive. We challenged each class to collect 100 food items to be donated to local food pantries. Along with this component of Tikkun Olam there are many other opportunities for our students to learn with the 100th day of school. Our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students teamed up for their annual 100th day of school event. They participated in math centered stations which included... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, January 24, 2020
Our Kindergarten through 5th grade students had the opportunity to attend an assembly on Friday centered around growth mindset.  The assembly introduces a cartoon boy named NED who is on a very important mission: to find his mindset. Led by clues and memorable characters, he overcomes Mt. Everest’s toughest obstacles, uncovers inner-treasures on a Caribbean island, and grows his brain while repairing a sputtering spaceship. Throughout the performance, our students discovered how to activate... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, January 17, 2020
  The 5th grade students joined the 6th grade for a day on Mt. Potosi. The day started with a morning hike at Calico Basin where Mr. Koch spoke about TuB’Shvat and had the students draw metaphorical connections about the seeds that their parents and grandparents have planted for them. The trip continued on to Mt. Potosi where students participated in a plethora of activities that included TuB’Shvat tree building, improv, archery, origami, and a growth mindset activity. Students also had free... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, January 10, 2020
Attorney General Visit This week, our 5th grade students had two very special visitors. As part of their unit on government, Nevada Attorney General and former Nevada State Senator Aaron Ford and his First Assistant Kyle George (father of 5th Grade student Mackenzie) spent time with our 5th graders. They spent an hour discussing the U.S. Constitution and the branches of power that make up our government.    Preschool Igloo In Preschool, our classes are learning about the Winter season.... Read More