This Week in Lower School 2/18-2/21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020
4th and 5th grade CSI Project 
Our fourth-grade CSI detectives were led through a made-up “crime scene” by our fifth graders to solve a mystery on the porch of a beach house using forensic science. Our fourth graders reviewed the crime scene, looking at evidence and jotting down notes as they attempted to gather as much vital information as possible. The detectives wore gloves and received a CSI crime scene badge for their hard work. Our lab rotation consisted of a chromatography test on a stain from the crime scene, pH tests on melted ice and cola drinks, and a thread-burning test used to identify trace amounts of materials. The rotation also embarked on testing procedures such as tape lift testing, scent, powder, and handwriting tests, and the time-tested analysis of DNA lab results, fingerprints, footprints. Not only did we come closer to solving the mystery, but we also learned how to perform the basics of forensic lab tests. Student engagement was prevalent as our young, curious, and able-minded scientists remained focused on the mission to find out what happened to Felix! When well-trained students are teaching eager young students, there is fantastic energy generated. This exercise is proof of just that. 
Preschool Planting 
Ms. Lisa brought her preschool classes to the preschool garden beds to plant seeds. During this garden session, students learned how seeds grow into plants and how they become fruits and vegetables. The students then successfully participated in planting carrot, pea, and parsley seeds. Once fully developed, our parsley will be on Passover Seder plates in April. 

Preschool Dental Hygienist Visit to the 3s. 
Ms. Hedi’s daughter (Kimberly), a dental hygienist, visited our 3s classes to teach the children about the importance of dental hygiene. Her discussion included maintaining healthy brushing and flossing habits daily. The students took this time to practice brushing the teeth of a stuffed dragon, focusing on brushing all surfaces of the teeth to help prevent cavities. 

2nd graders performed a special Presidents Day song at Shabbat on Friday. This performance was part of their unit on American symbols. We look forward to the 2nd-grade students as they prepare to host their annual Symbols Fair. The Fair will be available for viewing by friends and family on March 20th. 
Gershon Wolf (School Mashgiach) sends his heartfelt thank you for the 2,500 donated food items during the 100th Day of School Canned Food drive. He has already started delivering to families in need through his charity, Aishel Avraham.
Thank you to our Rosh Chodesh challah bake sponsors for the month of February:
Nikhman Family
Ruben Family 
Lowenstein Family 
Harouni Family 
Atlas Family 
Anderson Family 
Finkelstein Family 
Winger Family 
Perel Family 
Barshishat Family 
2/27 - 1st Grade Fairy Tale Presentation 8:15am in Beit Midrash 
3/2 - 3/6 - Reading Week 
3/5 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Summerlin Library 9:45am - 11:15am
3/10 - Purim 
3/17 - Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake 
3/17 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Seaquest 
3/20 - 2nd Grade symbols Fair 8:45am in Lower School Gym
3/25 - Kindergarten Field trip to Planetarium 
3/26  - 4th grade Field Trip to McCaw School of Mines
3/27 - Kindergarten “Me & My Place in Space”
3/29 - Camp for Good (Good Deeds Day) 11am - 2pm 
3/31 -4/1 - Passover Seders
4/6 - 4/17 - Spring Break - No School 
4/20  - School Resumes