This Week in Lower School 10/8-10/12, 2018

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"  looking out the window to find as many different parts of the community as they could. Upon arriving to the store they were taken on a tour of all of the different departments. In each section, a different person spoke to the children about their job and explained about the foods of each area. The students especially enjoyed visiting the bakery and watching a demonstration of a cookie cake being decorated. After the tour was complete, the students moved on to the most important task of the day. In preparation for the trip, the classes collected tzedakah to spend on food for the needy. Students learned about a hecher/kosher symbol and set out to find kosher food to purchase which would later be donated. The children unanimously decided it was easy to find kosher food. After the selections were placed in the cart, each student had a turn to place the food on the conveyor belt, and some even got a chance to be the cashier!  During Shabbat, our kindergarten students enthusiastically presented the food to Mr. Gerson. They are proud to help him provide meals for Shabbat to so many families in need. The students enjoyed experiencing their curriculum coming alive and learned that they can make a difference in the world, even at a young age.
This week, our third grade students went on a field trip to Springs Preserve.  To begin their year-long study of Native Americans, the students started by learning about the Paiute tribe who are indigenous to Nevada.  While at Springs Preserve, they had the opportunity to see a Paiute village and learn more about the culture and daily life of this tribe. They began their tour by learning about how the natural spring on that site brought life to the desert and later created the city we now inhabit.  As the students explored the museum, with clipboards in hand, they searched for the answers to guided questions about each exhibit. The students had a fantastic time exploring the many different exhibits. One traveling exhibit that the students particularly enjoyed was: Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze which is an interactive activity that explains the mathematical patterns in the natural world.  They also learned about: flash floods, desert animals, Hoover Dam, and so much more. Upon returning to school they were very excited to share their favorite experiences.
Shabbat shalom from the Lower School team

Upcoming Programs & Activities:

Sunday, October 14th - Splash and Dash | Flyer
Wednesday, October 17th - Second grade field trip to  the Clark County Wetlands
Friday, October 19th 4th grade sing in Shabbat
8:30am- Make-a-Wish parent event after Shabbat in MPR
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. | Flyer
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