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This Week in Lower School 3/12-3/16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018
It’s been a very busy week at Adelson! With Passover just around the corner, students have been working hard to get ready for seders. Parents are invited to observe their students in their model Seders: Preschool Seders | Lower School Seders. The 2nd grade performed a Passover play on Friday morning, a performance that reflected a culmination of Hebrew, Judaic studies and performing arts. They worked very hard on preparing the play with their Hebrew teachers. Passover Play Photos
Our older students in 4th and 5th grade have been working hard to prepare for next week’s WrAP testing.  The writing they have shown in their practice tests is a good indication of just how ready they are. Testing will take place on Monday and Tuesday beginning at 8:30am for all 4th and 5th graders.
We also had fun on field trips! First and Second grade attended the Smith Center production of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” which tied in beautifully with 1st grades’ Tundra study. The 3rd grade went to Springs Preserve to further their Native American theme.
In Discovery Lab, first through third grade started working on their 3-D design skills in tinkercad. First grade will be creating coins for Israeli Independence Day. Second grade is making the Israeli and American flag, and will later create an American symbol to be showcased at the American symbols event! Like so many Native American tribes they are learning about in class, third grade found their spirit animals and will be designing them in tinkercad to print for their displays! When all of the designs are complete, students will take a field trip up to the incubator to see exactly how the printing process is completed!
The Journalism Club is proud to bring you three new articles, with writers ranging from 3rd to 5th grade.
Wednesday was Pi Day, and Ms. Cherney’s math classes celebrated the day through math projects. Books about circumference were read, students used compasses, and they learned about radius and diameter. Kindergarten also got in on the Pi Day fun with Ms. Garner, who celebrated Pi Day the ‘traditional’ way! Students recited the digits of Pi while walking in circles, as was done in 1988 on the first Pi Day. Pi Day also happens to fall on Albert Einstein’s birthday, and they celebrated his 139th birthday!
Reflection from the Wax Museum
By Brian Blinder
Last week all of the 4th graders and I had the Wax Museum. A lot of parents, the fifth graders, and the third graders came. I was Milton Hershey and giving out Hershey Chocolate. Many other students gave out stuff related to their person. Each person gave a 1-3 minute speech. Everyone also had a beautiful poster. All of the parents and students were very impressed. There were some posters that were tiny or big, but they were still very interesting. Also, some speeches were short, but it was still impressive. I hope that everyone enjoyed the Wax Museum! We can’t wait to see the Wax Museum of next year’s  fourth graders.
Meeting Mike Graf
By Ariel Aizenberg and Jahslyn Stanigar
Last week on March 7th, the one and only author Mike Graf came to school. He is a realistic fiction writer, and he bases his books on national parks. He talked with the third, fourth, and fifth graders about his characters and the places he went for some books. During the talk with Mr. Graf, we asked questions about his books and he explained to us what realistic fiction is.
Mike Graf  has inspired kids all over the U.S.  to go to more national parks. Also, Mr. Graf’s new book is about STEM for 3rd,4th and 5th grade. Mr. Graf was also a teacher, and when he was a teacher he had the idea to write books about national parks.
The fifth graders had lunch with him in an RV. In the RV, the fifth graders had the opportunity to privately meet  Mr. Graf and getting to know more about him and his books. After lunch, Mr. Graf did a writing period with fifth and eighth graders. Mr. Graf gave us tips of how to write realistic fiction, and we wrote our own stories.
Here is his website:
“Willy Wonka” Tech Will Amaze
By Lear Etzyoni
Willy Wonka Tech Crew is working hard. They work behind the scenes; they make backgrounds, costumes for the cast, and props for the show. They even make the playbill booklets. The students aren’t on their own, they have Ms. Levy, Mrs. Lasky, and Miss Natalie to guide them      
During the show the Tech Crew also works. When the show starts, the Tech Crew hands out the Playbills to they audience. They help the audience find their seats. And they help with ….. Backstage during the show.    
I am in the Tech Crew. I enjoy the Tech Crew because I paint, sew quilts, make paper mache props, and I sometimes glue.

Lilach Bluevise and the Lower School Leadership Team

Upcoming Programs and Events:

March 19th & 20th for 4th and 5th grade WrAP Testing (Standardized Writing Assessment)
March 19th - March 23rd: Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 19th - March 21st: Passover Seders:  Preschool Flyer | Lower School Flyer

Monday, March 19th (in the Lower School Gym)

  • 8:30 to 9:00 - Baby Bears and 2’s
  • 9:30 to 10:15 - 3’s
  • 10:45 to 11:30 - JK

Tuesday, March 20th (in the Cafeteria) 

  • 2:00 to 3:00PM - 5th grade

Wednesday, March 21st (in the Cafeteria)

  • 8:10 to 9:10 - K and 1st Grade
  • 10:00 to 11:00 - 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade
March 20th - Harvest Garden for Farmer’s Market
March 21st - Farmer’s Market during pick up, in parking lot close to PS playground.
March 21st: Progress Reports Distributed
March 26th - April 6th: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
April 13th - Good Deeds Day: a ceremony on Shabbat (4th grade taking the lead on Tikkun Olam from 5th grade); community service project by grade after Shabbat. Parents invited to assist.
April 18th - Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) Ceremony for grades K-5. Please wear white tops.
April 19th - Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). Please wear white top and blue bottoms.
April 20th - 2nd Grade trip to Wetlands
April 20th - Earth Day Shabbat
April 25th - JK field trip to Dolphin Habitat
April 27th - Second Grade Symbols Presentation in the Lower School Gym
April 29th - SPLASH AND DASH, see flyer
April 30th - 4th Grade trip to the Hoover Dam
May 4th - Field Day (after Shabbat)
May 11th - End of the Year Show (2’s)
May 11th - 3rd  Grade Native American Presentation after Shabbat
May 15th - Lower School Musical (“Willy Wonka”)
May 16th - Lower School Musical (“Willy Wonka”)
May 17th - End of the Year Show (3’s)
May 18th - End of the Year Show (JK)
May 18th - 5th Grade Move Up Day
May 21st - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
May 22nd - Shavuot Farmer’s Market at dismissal
May 25th - Kindergarten through 5th Closing Celebration
May 25th - Last Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL