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This Week in Lower School 1/29-2/2, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018
When you come to the Land, you shall plant trees. LEVITICUS (19:23)   
כִי תָבֹאוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ וּנְטַעְתֶּם כָּל עֵץ ויקרא יט:כג

This was a week of planting for our students: from planting parsley seeds for Tu B’shevat to seeding relationships for our fifth and sixth graders on their Mt. Potosi trip. Our students were busy as they appreciated and spent time in nature and took part in the mitzvah of food donation in celebration of our 100th day of school!
On the 31st of January, our students celebrated the 100th Day of School through projects, food donations, and fun activities. Our JK and Kindergarten students buddied up to create pictures in chalk for the 100th Day, while other classes did projects such as: counting 100 drops of water;  creating self portraits as centenarians (100 year olds);  writing about what students would be doing when they are 100 years old; brainstorming a list of 100 nouns, verbs, and adjectives; making necklaces with 100 beads, creating graphs, and so much more. But what is most impressive is the 1,477 cans of non-perishable foods brought by students from JK to fifth! The cans will be donated to Aishal Avraham, a charity that helps Jewish families in need with food for Shabbat. We are so proud of our students for their spirit of giving and we are pleased to announce that every Lower School class participated.
Tu B’shevat was celebrated through seders, where our students received blessings and tasted fresh and dried fruits. We thank our PTO and Hebrew Department for all their hard work in making this such a memorable tradition.
Students worked with our gardeners to plant parsley seeds in our own garden. The crops will be used for Passover seders, allowing students to see how their work today benefits them tomorrow.
We are also excited for our next garden activity; a chemical garden our fifth graders will be making with Mrs. Garner next week in science! This project honors Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Ramon died during the space shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003.
Our fifth graders attended a special field trip to Mt. Potosi with sixth graders. They spent time in nature, participated in special activities like archery, and bonded with their peers and middle school students.
Shabbat shalom!

Upcoming Programs and Events:

February 5th 8:15 - 9:00am: 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   REQUESTING VOLUNTEERS!
Please contact Monica Garin at or (702) 375-7448 or email Caline at
March 5th - 9th: Nevada Reading Week.
Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in reading a book  in your his/her class.
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 watch 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 at drop off and pick up
March 21st: Progress Reports Distributed
March 26th - April 6th: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL