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This Week in Lower School 12/18-12/22, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017
This week we were honored to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with our kindergarten - fifth grade families.  Our 5th graders put together a Charlie Brown’s Hanukkah show. This culminating project integrated the learning of Jewish studies, art, music, drama, and Hebrew.
Each grade level, our new choir, and performing arts enrichment were represented on stage. Our students sang, danced, and performed songs honoring Jewish traditions and values. View Photos | Watch the full performance on our Youtube channel
The play was possible through the hard work of our students, our Hebrew teachers, Morah Dina, Coach Lisa, Ms. Levy, Ms. Dingle, Ms. Lucy, and the entire faculty of K-5th grade. Our fifth graders shined on stage as they led the show dressed as various Peanuts characters, including Snoopy himself! We thank all of our parents for their support with this show. Our theater was standing room only,, and the students were so proud to share this show with their families and friends. Our Preschool enjoyed a private showing before the big night as well.
We appreciate spending the holidays with our Adelson students; their excitement and joy while performing traditional and new Hanukkah songs helps build up our community and create memories for everyone. Enjoy these with your family:

Dinosaur knocking at my doorZoom gali gali |  Bim Bam |  David Melech Israel |  Mitzvah goreret mitzvah |  Od yavo shalom. |. I have a shabbat feeling

We would like to thank our dedicated PTO and its president, Caline Schwartz, for all the wonderful support and all their hard work. Their dedication and commitment to our school definitely adds daily light to our lives in the Lower School. The preschool enjoyed yummy latkes that were fried by our parents: Rachel Allen, Aimee Cannon, Jaye Hooton, Robyn Hooton, and Caline Schwartz.  Each student received a dreidel and gelt from the PTO, and each classroom was given fun and educational gifts from the PTO. We are honored and thankful to partner with such an amazing group of volunteers.
Our first grade culminated their Fairy Tale unit with a Readers’ Theater presentation for friends and family. The students, divided into small groups, presented modern twists on known stories while practicing their reading fluency, reading with expression, public speaking, and even some acting. This integrated unit included language arts, math, STEM, and arts. In addition to learning the stories, each student wrote their own fairy tale, created dioramas of setting, built devices to get Rapunzel out of her tower, developed a perfect house for the Three Little Pigs, and practiced word problems in math with fairytale characters in a far, far away land.  We thank Ms. Correll and Ms. Novak for all their hard work with the first graders. View images

Coming Up:

We wish you all a wonderful and relaxing break! See you back on January 8th. Please save the following dates:
December 25th - January 7th: Winter Break- NO SCHOOL
January 8th: School Resumes
NO 2 Infinity and Beyond morning enrichment!
January 9th: Report Cards Delivered
January 11th: 4th and 5th grade Philharmonic concert at Smith Center
January 12th: MLK Shabbat
January 15th: MLK Day - NO SCHOOL
January 17th 5:30pm: From Cubs to Lions
information session for parents of rising Kindergarten - VIEW FLYER
January  20th: AEC Gala - BUY TICKETS
January  26th: 8:00am Tu B’Shvat Shabbat with 1st Grade Performance
JK students and their parents will join K-5 for Shabbat
January  30th: 8:00am to 8:00pm 5th grade trip to Potosi
January  30th: Planting for Tu B’Shvat
January  31st: Tu B’Shvat Seders in Hebrew Classes
January  31st: 100th Day of School Challenge
Let’s see which class will bring more than 100 food items! Please send non-perishable Kosher food items from January 8th to January 31st. We will do math activities with your donated items and then donate everything to people in need.
January  31st: A joint 100th Day of School program for JK and K students.
February 15th: 2nd Grade Visits the Nevada State Museum
February 16th: In Service Day (for faculty) - NO SCHOOL
February 19th: Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
March 1st: Purim Festivities  
to volunteer please contact Monica Garin and Caline Schwartz from PTO
March 5th - 9th: Nevada Reading Week
March 5th at 4:40-5:40pm : Author Visit
To kick of Nevada Reading Week, an interactive program for families with Kentrell Martin, the author of “Shelly’s Adventures,” a series that features a deaf character who struggles to communicate with the world around her.  
March 5th: 8:15 AM 4th Grade “Wax Museum” - a showcase of their biography project
March 8th: First Grade field trip to Seaquest
March 12 & 13 for 4th grade WrAP Testing (Standardized Writing Assessment)
March 14 & 15 for 5th grade WrAP Testing (Standardized Writing Assessment)
March 14th: 1st and 2st grade attend “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” at the Smith Center
March 16th: Passover Shabbat, 2nd Grade Performs
March 19th - March 23rd: Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 21st: Progress Reports Given
March 26th - April 6th: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL