This Week in Lower School 2/21 - 2/24, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

In honor of President’s Day, our third graders performed a Presidents’ rap at Kabbalat Shabbat.  The students got up and proudly displayed their knowledge of the presidents in order from 1 through 45.  The rap they learned only went through 44, so they added in a few lines to include and update all 45.  Click here to see the video. It was a treat to have Ms. Angela, our beloved music teacher, drumming with us.
Our first graders shared their month long research on penguins with visitors this morning, both at Kabbalat Shabbat  (see video, click here) and at their Penguin Exhibit.  The exhibition today showcased their final projects and included a model of their penguin in its habitat, their writing and their “talking penguin” on their iPads. It was exciting to see the faces of the children as their parents became engaged with their interactive displays.  The students were also proud of each other’s work as they got the chance to listen to their friends’ presentations. To see pictures from the project, click here.  
We look forward, with much enthusiasm, to next week as we celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday with weeklong celebrations during Reading Week!  Please see below for all the details.
Shabbat Shalom
The Lower School Staff

Save the Dates:   

Monday, 2/27 - 5th Grade Donut Sale in the morning, on the curb/carline.  Krispie Kreme Donuts will be sold for $1 a piece.  Funds raised support the Tikkun Olam projects led by fifth grade.
Swim week for grades K-4 is back! Our students will enjoy a swim activity in our beautiful aquatic center. Please help them label and pack the following items: a towel, a plastic bag for their wet suit and towel, and swimsuit (a one piece suit for girls or a top over a two piece).  Goggles are good if they have them but are not necessary. The schedule is as follows:
Monday 2/27- 3rd Lasky, 3rd Novak, 1st Maman
Tuesday 2/28-  K Henke , 2nd Newman/Ostroff, K Steele
Thursday 3/2- 1st Soresman
Friday 3/3- K Falkensammer, 4th Martin, 4th Cherney
Monday, 2/27 through Friday, 3/3- Reading Week The theme for this week is “Camp Read”.  Please see below for dress up day themes.
Monday- The Sleep Book - Pajama Day
Tuesday- Fox in Socks - Funky Sock Day
Wednesday - 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins / Wacky Wednesday - Crazy Hair/Hat Day
Thursday - Happy Birthday to You! - Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day
Friday - Oh The Places You’ll Go - Travel Day
Reading Week Highlights, 2017
**Families; feel free to pop in during any of these events**  If you have any questions about specific events for your child’s class, please contact his/her teacher.
Tikkun Olam:
As our service project during Reading Week, we will ask families to please send their children to school with any books from home that are not in use anymore. Our 4th and 5th grade classes will take the lead on this project, serving as the muscle for loading the Spread the Word Nevada truck on Friday, March 3. For more information on STW, visit
Guest Visits:
Local Celebrities John Moug (98.5 KLUC radio) and Jim Snyder (Channel 3 News) have volunteered their time to come in and read to our tiniest Adelson Lions (18 months-JK) on Monday, February 27. We are so grateful and are looking forward to welcoming them onto our campus.
Bill Greenberg, author of 20 books for children, will visit the school on Wednesday, March 1. He is well respected in Las Vegas, having worked as an educator in the Clark County School District for over 20 years. Now retired, he spends his time entertaining children and writing books. For more on Bill’s books, visit
Luke Anderson, Las Vegas native and author of the Hockey Penguin series, will be our guest storyteller on Friday, March 3. Luke has visited many schools across the state and is known for his mesmerizing storytelling abilities. For more, visit
The Therapy Dogs from Who’s Walking Who LV will visit our library Mon, Tues, and Weds, Feb 27-March 1 to serve as Reading Buddies for our lower school students. Look for an info sheet/opt out form in the coming weeks. Visit
STEAM Projects:
We are excited to create reading-themed projects across the curriculum during Reading Week. In Art and Science, students will create bonfire art and reading lanterns, in Tech, they will design and print 3-D bookmarks, and in the Performing Arts/Media studies, they will create a podcast about their favorite books.
Dear Lower School parents: We are excited to partner with the American Red Cross on Tuesday April 4th to launch the first Adelson Educational Campus blood drives. We’ll be working together to give back to the community in a truly life changing way, since each donation we collect can save up to three lives.  Our high school National Honor Society, guided by Ms. Levi and Dr. Adkinson, is leading the blood drive for us and will be sending out more information soon.
There are many ways you can help, but most importantly we hope you come out to donate. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you on April 4th. 
Please sign up to donate blood that day. You can contact Ms. Levi and Dr. Adkinson through Edsby or email: ;
You can also contact our National Honor Society organizers, Bianca Kermany and Annelissa McKenzie, through Edsby. When you contact us, we will provide you with optional time slots for your donation.
The Red Cross has been making a humanitarian impact for more than 130 years, and has been collecting blood for over 70 of those years. We can all be part of something important when we work with the Red Cross to strengthen the blood supply and give back to our community. Let’s make an impact on April 4th and add saving lives to our school’s list of great accomplishments.