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Posted by Lower School Team on Thursday, October 25, 2018
Today, our second graders presented their floor plan designs for a doll house project in art class. The students were surprised by a special guest to help give advice and positive feedback. That guest was Jon Sparer, the current president of AIA (American Institute of Architects) Nevada.   Lower School students are excited to light our Hanukkiah while bringing light to others! The 5th graders are leading us in raising funds for Make a Wish of Southern Nevada to grant a child her wish.... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, October 19, 2018
We had a busy and exciting week, and it culminated in wonderful Shabbat services. Next Friday is Nevada Day, and since we will be off, we were celebrating it today with a beautiful song and presentation from our 4th grade class: Home Means Nevada by Bertha Raffetto   During our Shabbat service our 5th grade students kicked off their Tikkun Olam initiative in partnership with the Southern Nevada chapter of Make a Wish foundation. Their event coordinator, Taylor Palmer, spoke to our kids... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, October 12, 2018
This week is another great example of how experiences outside the classroom enrich our students’ learning. Meaningful learning occurs when students are able to make real world connections to their studies.   As a part of our social studies curriculum, the kindergarten studies their community. The students went on a field trip to our neighborhood Albertsons grocery store this week to add an experiential component to the unit. On the bus ride to the store, students went on a "scavenger hunt... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, October 5, 2018
On Simchat Torah we celebrated the completion of reading the Torah and beginning reading it all over again. This week we learned about the days of creation. Kindergarten learned what was created each day and made a mobile of the seven days of creation. First grade made a book of creation in Hebrew.. Second grade discussed the opportunities we have to be thankful for everything that was created. Third grade explored the connection of the Kiddush cup to this this week’s Torah portion, they... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, September 28, 2018
LS students fulfilled the mitzvah of sitting in the Sukkah while enjoying snacks and lunch.   Many of our preschool families enjoyed our wonderful Sukkot Experience on Thursday night. Each grade level had the opportunity to sing songs and dance with their teachers in front of friends and family. We said the blessing and shook the 4 species(Lulav, Etrog, arava, hadas) together as a community, and had interactive stations, which included arts and crafts, story time, building blocks, and... Read More
Posted by Lynn Wexler on Thursday, September 27, 2018
In the spirit of this year’s COMMUNITY, CARING & CONNECTION theme, Lower School grades K through 5 will celebrate Rosh Chodesh each month with a fun challah bake directly following Kabbalat Shabbat – on Shabbat Mevarchim. The next Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake will be on Friday, October 5th.   The Jewish calendar is rooted in the cycles of the moon. Rosh Chodesh means the head of the new month and is the start of the new lunar month. The Shabbat before the start of the new month is known as... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, September 21, 2018
After Yom Kippur, our students started their experiential learning about the next Holiday coming up, Sukkot. Our first graders learned what is needed to construct a Sukkah, they enjoyed building Sukkahs from our blocks on the playground. Our fourth graders learned about the locations you can and can not build a sukkah- Did you know you can build a Sukkah on a bike, on a boat, and on the play structure? Inviting guests to the Sukkah is an important part of Sukkot- our fifth graders are... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, September 14, 2018
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... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, September 7, 2018
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.  ... Read More
Posted by Lower School Team on Friday, August 31, 2018
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... Read More

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