This Week in Lower School 10/15-10/19, 2018

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 about the foundation and announced that we will be sponsoring a “Wish” for a special child through the foundation. The 5th graders will serve as leaders to the JK - 4th grade on our project of raising funds to grant this child her wish. Students will raise money by donating $5 for a star to fill our giant Hannukia and proceeds from the dreidel spin off will also go towards the wish as well. This is the second year that our school has participated and volunteered with Make a Wish Foundation, and we are excited to do even more in fulfilling a special wish for a “Wish Kid.” Students may donate $5 for a star and they will add it to the Hanukkia that will be located in the theater lobby. Each grade level will have a designated candle and once 100% participation in the grade is met, the candle at the top of that grade’s section will be “lit.” Please be the light in another’s life by donating a star (or more).
Following our Shabbat service, the Garin family (Joseph, Monica, and Alexa) shared their story with other parents in our community about their “Wish” experience with Alexa. It was a touching and emotional presentation that inspired those who were in attendance. We thank the Garin family for their time, support, and serving as an inspiration for this cause.  A big thank you to Granny Jaye and Ms. Levy for creating this wonderful Hanukkia.
This week our second graders enjoyed a wonderful field trip to the Clark County Wetlands Park. Students hiked the DragonFly Trail and explored the Nature Center to learn more about this amazing habitat in our desert that is fed by over 200 million gallons of reclaimed water that pass through it each day. Students were able to search for evidence of a large variety of plants and animals like quailbush, cattails, saltgrass, screwbean mesquite, willow, and cottonwood trees, beavers, coyotes, raccoons, and many species of birds from hummingbirds to hawks. Students were able to make connections to the water cycle, conservation efforts, and living systems and structures. A highlight of the trip was standing on the Big Weir Bridge and listen to the roar of the water passing by underneath. Many of our student/scientists would love to return to the Wetlands Park and guide their family through the trails and further explore the learning exhibits. 
Shabbat shalom from the Lower School team

Save the Date:

Monday, October 22nd - Kindergarten field trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
Thursday, October 25th - Parent/Teacher conferences; Progress Reports distributed during conferences.
Early dismissal (PS 11:15, K-5 11:30am); no aftercare and after-school programs
Tuesday, October 30th - Summerlin Library assemblies for JK-5th
Sunday, November 4th: Cardboard Boat Races - 12pm-2pm. See Flyer
Friday, November 9th: PTO Startup Incubator project - 10:30 - 11:45am
Friday, November 16th: 18 month and 2’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9am
Friday, November 16th: 3’s Thanksgiving Shabbat Celebration 9:40am
Tuesday, November 20th: JK Thanksgiving Show - 8:15am
Tuesday, November 27th – Tuesday December 4, 2018  Book Fair
Sunday, December 2nd - PTO Hanukkah Book Fair event for families
Thursday, December 6 -  K-5 Hanukkah Show @ Theater 5:30pm
Friday, December 7th - 18 month and 2’s Hanukkah Shabbat 9am
Friday, December 7th - 3’s and JK Hanukkah Shabbat 9:40am
Friday, December 14th - 4th grade “Wax Museum” - biography presentation