This Week in Lower School 2/6 -2/10, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dear Parents,
Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.  At this time in Israel, fruit bearing trees wake from their sleep and begin to bloom, thus commencing their cycle of growing fruit.  It is very common to plant trees or collect money to have trees planted in Israel.  On Tu B’Shevat there is a custom of eating a new fruit (something you haven’t tried before or haven’t eaten in a long time) and eating some of the seven species, described in the Torah as growing abundantly in Israel.  These foods are: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.  Our students had the opportunity to try some of the traditional Tu B’Shevat seder foods during their class seders. Tu B'Shevat photo gallery.
Our students experienced Tu B’Shvat in Hebrew and Judaic classes, general studies classes, and with the specialists: singing songs, reading books in Hebrew and English, naming the parts of trees, learning about our responsibility for taking care of our world, and creating trees from recycled materials and presenting them in Hebrew.  They created tree art, went on nature walks, and even participated in Tikkun Olam projects connected to Tu B’shvat, such as the dress down Tu B’Shvat theme day to raise money for Tikkun Olam projects.  We celebrated during Shabbat and in classes as the students tasted Tu B’Shvat foods singing and celebrating more great Tikkun Olam projects led by 5th grade.  The newest project they shared with us today was the new recycling bins and centerpieces for the holiday meals for families in need (to go along with the food we donated last week).
Our preschool students are excited to bring home their special Tu B’shvat creations: Baby Bears made shoe planters out of their old baby shoes. They painted and decorated them and filled them with flowers.  Our 2’s planted grass in a cup that had their pictures on it.  It was so exciting to see their “grass hair” grow.  Our three year olds created beautiful Shkediyah trees (almond trees). The JK students created clay flowers and “planted” them in pots they painted themselves.  Some students created unique “wish” trees, and practiced the skills of planning a project and presenting it.
We would like to thank you all for coming to our Celebration of Writing on Wednesday.  Our students were very proud to share their work with you and their peers.  We would like to thank our teachers for all of their amazing efforts.  View the Celebration of Writing Photo Gallery. Also, this week Ms. Karin made a big announcement about her future plans. To watch the video announcement, click here.
Shabbat Shalom
The Lower School Staff

Save the Dates:

Thursday, 2/16- 4th to 5th Grade Transition Café; Fourth graders will meet with fifth graders to learn more about the fifth grade experience in a casual, café style atmosphere.  Parents are welcome.  This event will take place at 2:15pm in the Dining Commons.
Friday, 2/17- NO SCHOOL- Professional Development Day for Teachers
Monday, 2/20- NO SCHOOL- President’s Day
Wednesday, 2/22 - AEC and IAC will host Dr. Rachel Korazin for a lecture on Echoes of the Holocaust in Modern Israeli Literature. The lecture will be from 7:30pm-9:00pm. It's free and open to the community. This is an UPDATED event date. It's changed from Thursday 2/23 to Wednesday 2/22. Same time.
Thursday, 2/23- A Taste of Kindergarten JK: parents will have the opportunity to learn about the kindergarten program. 5-6:15 pm in the kindergarten classrooms (11, 12 and 13)
Friday, 2/24 - 1st Grade Penguin Exhibit: Parents are invited to learn about their student’s penguin as well as learn from other students about different kind of penguins in the first grade classrooms at 8:45am, after Kabbalat Shabbat. 1st grade parents are also invited for Shabbat at 8:00am. The 1st graders will share their penguin excitement with the rest of the Lower School.
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.
Monday, 2/27 through Friday, 3/3- Reading Week The theme for this week is “Camping”.  We will have enriching and exciting programs each day to celebrate.  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
Purim is coming soon! Save the date for our Purim carnival, costume parade, 3rd Grade Purim Show, and a community Tikkun Olam event ALL on Friday, 3/10. Parents are invited to join the students for Shabbat, Purim show, parade and the Tikkun Olam project. Students should come in costume and parents are encouraged to dress up too!  More details to follow.