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This Week in Lower School 1/8-1/12, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018
“Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education.”
-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This week we are celebrating the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as growing our understanding of the arts through experiences.
Our classes have been learning about the legacy of Dr. King and how it relates to our lives Kindergarten discussed peace in reading, writing, and through art.  First graders are focusing on kindness.They delve into understanding characters in literature by applying it to real people and practicing the trait themselves. They exercised kindness by writing notes to the 3rd graders. Second graders wrote on how they could add peace to the world and created peace signs out of multi-colored hands. Third grade focused on Dr. King’s legacy of doing things for both small communities (his family) and big communities (the country). They meditated on how they could make changes and do good in their own micro and macro communities.
Our 4th graders had the chance to practice their critical thinking skills by researching Dr. King’s quotes and presenting both quotes and their interpretation of Dr. King’s words during Shabbat. This project gave them the opportunity to teach the rest of the Lower School, as well as practice public speaking skills.
On Thursday, our 4th and 5th grade students attend The Las Vegas Philharmonic at the Smith Center with their music and classroom teachers. The event allowed our students to experience incredible music performed by professions in a beautiful and iconic setting. Our 5th graders had the opportunity to see what they are learning in orchestra take on a real-world application.  We know our 4th graders are now even more excited about joining our Adelson Orchestra next year.
In preschool our students learn about letters and sounds with Letterland. This program personifies letters of the alphabet with friendly characters. Do you know Firefighter Fred and Firefighter Frank? On Friday, our 3’s had a blast seeing a Letterland character come to life! Firefighters Frank and Fred came to talk about what being a firefighter is like and the children were fascinated with the real uniform they brought. We thank Dale Van Horn (father of Ava Van Horn) and Joe Passalacqua for being our real life firefighters. We had a fantastic time!
We hope that your family has a lovely three-day weekend! We look forward to seeing JK families on Wednesday evening for the From Cubs to Lions informational session. Please contact Ms. Natalie at if you are attending this event and would like to reserve space for child care.

Coming Soon:

January 15th: MLK Day- NO SCHOOL
January 15th-19th- ENROLLMENT STARTS THIS WEEK, look for an email asking you to log in to SFO.
January 17th 5:30pm: From Cubs to Lions - See Flyer
January  20th: AEC Gala - To buy tickets, email or call Jennifer George at 702.515.8393
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 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 4th graders’ biography project
March 8th: 1st 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 K-5, 2nd Grade Performs
March 19th - March 23rd: Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 21st: Progress Reports distributed
March 26th - April 6th: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL