This Week in Lower School 11/28-12/2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016
Did you know that we LOVE reading in the lower school?  This week we embark on one of the most exciting events of the year for our emerging and experienced readers!  We’ve been counting down the days and the Scholastic Book Fair is finally here!  Beginning today until Thursday, 12/8, the book fair will be open from 7:30am until 4:30pm.  All students in the 3’s through 5th grade will have a chance to visit the book fair with their classes and check out all of the great choices.  

This week, we had the privilege of meeting Meaghan Martin from Disney Channel’s Camp Rock.  She read to students and shared her love for reading. She read the short story Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans and discussed her travels from Las Vegas to Europe.  Her favorite authors are JK Rowling and William Shakespeare. One of her favorite quotes from JK Rowling about reading is, “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” Meaghan is the first cousin of our very own fourth grade teacher Kendal Martin.
Books and stories continue to come alive in the next few weeks as our students prepare for various events and presentations:
  • On Monday, 12/5, all Baby Bears through JK students and their families are invited to a story hour at the book fair.  Some of our favorite classic stories will come to life with the help of teachers and upper school students dressed in character costumes. 
  • On Wednesday, 12/7, all K-5th grade students and their families are invited to participate in a literature themed adventure!  Clues will be based on events and characters in favorite storybooks and novels and will be hidden around the campus.  Will our students be able to locate and solve all the clues to find the hidden pirate treasure?  We’ll let you know next week.
  • On Thursday, 12/15, please join the fourth graders at the 4th Grade Wax Museum.  Students will act in character to share information about what they learned in researching their biography selections. 
  • On Friday, 12/16, 1st graders will be presenting their very own Fairy Tales!  After studying and reading different fairy tales, first graders wrote their own.  They will read, act out and share their creations with you.
Of course, we can’t wait for the story of Hanukkah to come alive on Tuesday, 12/20 at our Hanukkah Experience Night!  Children and families will sing songs, light the candles, hear stories, share delicious treats and have fun as we bring in the festive holiday of Hanukkah together.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Reading
The Lower School Staff

Save the Dates:

Friday, 12/2 – Thursday, 12/8- Scholastic Book Fair in the Beit Midrash.  This year’s theme is Bookaneer- Hook into a Good Book!  The Book Fair will be open from 7:30am – 4:30pm daily (except on Friday, 12/2 when it will close at 4:00pm).  If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair, please contact Elliot Frome.
Monday, 12/5- Preschool Character Story Hour 4:30-5:30pm. 18 month- JK students and their families are invited to story hour at the Book Fair.  Characters from our favorite classic children’s stories will read to the children, giving parents an opportunity to shop.  Milk and cookies will be served (gluten and dairy free options will be available)!
Wednesday, 12/7- Lower School Pirate Themed Treasure Hunt 5:30-6:30pm.  Students in K-5th grade and their families are invited to join us for an amazing treasure hunt!  Students can come in pirate (or other related) costumes and will be split in groups for literature themed treasure hunts.  The clues will be based on characters and themes from well-known stories they’ve read.  Join us on a journey to find the hidden treasure!  Chips Ahoy and Pirate Booty will be served! 
Wednesday, 12/14- PTO Meeting in the Dining Commons at 8:15am.
Thursday, 12/15- 4th Grade Wax Museum in the Lower School Gym from 8:15-9:15am. Parents are invited to visit the fourth grade Wax Museum where characters come to life and share their personal stories.
Thursday, 12/15- Fill the Fire Truck Part 1 Firefighters will be here to explain the program and ask students to bring in toys/gifts for children in need.  If you would like to purchase something ahead of time, the firefighters are collecting toys for lower school age children.  Gifts should be unwrapped and will be held in the classrooms until the firefighters return to school on 12/20.
Friday, 12/16- 1st Grade Fairy Tales Shows in the first grade classrooms at 8:45am. Parents are invited to listen as children share their very own fairy tale creations.
Friday, 12/16- Baby Bears and 2’s Chanukah Shabbat with Parents 9:00am in the Beit Midrash.  Parents are invited to join.  Live streaming during the event will be available.  More details to follow. 
Friday, 12/16- 3’s Hanukkah Shabbat with Parents 10:00am in the Beit Midrash.  Parents are invited to join.  Live streaming during the event will be available.  More details to follow. 
Tuesday, 12/20- Fill the Fire Truck Part 2 Firefighters will come back to campus with their truck to collect unwrapped gifts student have brought in.  Lower School students will present their gifts to the firefighters and get to tour the fire truck. 
Tuesday, 12/20- Hanukkah Experience for JK-5th Grade 5-6:30pm.  Families will enjoy a taste of our Judaic curriculum and Hanukkah shows by students.  Latkes and doughnuts will be served.  Please have students wear dark bottoms and a white top.
Friday, 12/23 through Sunday, 1/8- Winter Break NO SCHOOL

Important notes for Lower School parents:

  • You may want to send a jacket as students are going outside daily.  Please remember to label your children’s clothing.  If you are missing anything, please stop by our Lost and Found in the Lower School.
  • Parent key cards for access to the dome and Lower School entrances are ready to be picked up (2 per household).  Please check with Ms. Carla at the dome.
  • We are proud to join our mashgiach, Gershon Wolfe, in his Tzedakah organization, Aishal Avraham, which provides Shabbat meals to needy families in Las Vegas.  Please send kosher, boxed food in every Friday.
  • Please remember to send tzedakah in with your child on Friday mornings. The money collected will go towards the 5th grade service project.