This Week in Lower School 10/7-10/11, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019
Pride in Jewish Values 
As our students transition from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a time of reflection and atonement, we now direct their attention to the joyous festivals of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. During this short holiday week, Lower School students participated in hands on learning as they decorated the four sukkahs we have on our campus with colorful and meaningful symbols of the holiday - interactive learning with the unique understanding of why we celebrate Sukkot and what each symbol means. Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," is one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar and refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. Lower School students learn why the sukkahs have open walls and open doors, as this encourages us to invite family, friends, neighbors, and community to rejoice, eat, and share what we have with each other.
Next week, every class in the Lower School will enjoy lunch or snack time in their decorated sukkahs. Our third graders are making mini models of sukkahs, second graders are focusing on learning the symbolism of the Arba’at haminim (four species) or lulav and etrog sets, and our fifth grade students are exploring Jewish figures that we welcome to the Sukkah by producing original skits. Preschool families will celebrate together at the Preschool Sukkot Experience on Thursday evening starting at 5pm. We  look forward to seeing you there. View Flyer
The upcoming days and weeks will give our students a deeper understanding of our Jewish values, instilling pride in our community and family. 
Pride in Community 
On Sunday, our school community joined together for our 3rd annual Tashlich event, with over 120 students, siblings, parents, and faculty. Tashlich is a ritual that many Jews observe during Rosh Hashanah. Tashlich means "casting off" in Hebrew; the ritual involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread into a body of flowing water. Just as the water carries away the bits of bread, so too are our sins symbolically carried away. Since Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, in this way, the participant hopes to start the new year with a clean slate. The event was held at Floyd Lamb park where our students and families took a nice stroll around a large scenic pond, made Tzedakah boxes and paper chains for our school sukkahs, took pictures in a photo booth, enjoyed apples and honey, and had an opportunity to earn C.H.A.M.P. Challenge points. 
Pride in Excellence 
Every Wednesday, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have enjoyed club time, an interactive experience when students explore personal interests along with their peers. The club options in the first quarter of the school year included volleyball, fitness, Israeli culture, gardening, creative writing, art, yoga, dance, badminton, and strategy games. Students have an opportunity to select a new club each quarter, giving them an opportunity to learn and grow and try new pursuits.

Save The Date 

10/14 - Sukkot - No School 
10/15 - Sukkot - No School 
10/17 - Preschool Sukkot Experience 
10/18 - Make Up Picture Day - Please confirm with classroom teacher
10/21 - Sh’mini Atzeret - No School 
10/22 - Simchat Torah - No School 
10/24 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Spring Mtn. Ranch
10/25 - Nevada Day - No School 
10/29 - 5th Grade Field trip to The Writer’s Block 
10/30 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Las Vegas Wetlands 
10/30 - Lower School Swim Meet 
11/1 - Nevada Day Shabbat - In Theater 
11/5 - Student Council Elections 
11/6 - Lower School Parent Conferences - No School For Lower School Students 
11/8 - Veterans Day Shabbat - In Theater 
11/11 - Veterans Day Program 
11/14 - 4th Grade to Hoover Dam
11/18  - 2nd - 5th Grade to Smith Center “Earth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure”
11/22 - Thanksgiving Shabbat for Baby Bears, 2s, and 3s - Beit Midrash 
11/25 - 3rd grade cranberry bread making 
11/26 - JK Thanksgiving show - Theater 8:30am 
11/27 - Rosh Chodesh Challah bake 
11/27 - Early Dismissal- Preschool 11:15, K- 5 11:30. 
11/28 - Thanksgiving Break - No School 
11/29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School