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This Week in Lower School 1/22-1/26, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018
“As my forefathers planted these for me so I too plant these for my children.”
The Talmud (Ta’anis 23b)
We are celebrating Tu B’shevat this week! Tu B’shevat is the New Year for trees. On Tu B’Shvat we plant trees and eat from the fruits of the land of Israel. We are also reminded about the importance of our environment. In Hebrew classes our  students have been studying the life cycle of trees and their parts by making 3D trees, making grass heads, writing projects, and nature hikes around the school.  Our first graders are planting parsley and our preschool students learned what a plant needs and how to take care of it.  They have been observing and watering the grass they each planted.

Our fifth graders have been studying environmental issues in both Nevada and Israel, researching the topic, and writing about what they learn. By doing so they connect modern topics with the holiday to see the importance of being mindful of plants and harvesting. Our students are the next generation of stewards for our trees and are already eager for the task.
Tu B’shvat was experienced in art as well: each grade is focusing on a different technique or style to design trees and we can’t wait to see their creations.
We were so excited to welcome JK students and their parents to the K-5 Shabbat. Like the trees, our JK students are growing beautifully and are ready to join their older peers. We are thankful for the opportunity to celebrate Tu B’shvat together and planting the seeds for the class of 2031.

Next week we will be celebrating another yearly milestone: the 100th day of school! Lower School students are collecting cans of food and each class is working towards a goal of at least 100 cans per classroom. Please send non-perishable kosher food items to help us participate in the mitzvah of helping people in need.


January  30th: 8:00am to 8:00pm 5th grade trip to Mt. 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 - January 31st. We will enjoy different activities with the cans and then donate everything to people in need.
January  31st: A joint 100th Day of School program for JK and K students.
February 5th: American Heart Association “Jump Rope for heart” assembly for K - 5th grade students.  
February 15th: 2nd Grade field trip to the Nevada State Museum
February 15th: Dress as your favorite character from a book or movie for $1 to benefit Make a Wish of Southern NV. (2nd grade will dress on 2/14)
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.
A schedule with opportunities for parents to participate will follow.
March 5th at 4:40-5:40 pm : Author Visit
To kick off 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 biography projects
March 8th: 1st Grade field trip to Seaquest
March 11th: Daylight Savings
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 field trip to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins at the Smith Center
March 16th: Passover Shabbat K-5, 2nd Grade Performs
March 19th - March 23rd: Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 19th - 21st: Passover Seders in classrooms (Times TBA)
March 20th - Harvest Garden for Farmer’s Market
March 21st - Farmer’s Market
March 21st: Progress Reports Distributed
March 26th - April 6th: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL