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This Week in Lower School 3/5 -3/9, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

Nevada Reading Week kicked off five days of discovery for our students! From a Wax Museum where 4th grade brought parents and students back in time to meet historical figures, to a trip to Seaquest, our students were learning actively with amazing activities and trips!

On Monday, our 4th graders presented their Wax Museum projects. Each students did a book report, oral presentation, and even dressed up as their biography subject! Students picked their own biography subjects, and their passion showed as they taught parents and students all about figures such as Lucille Ball, Abraham Lincoln, and Muhammed Ali. Wax Museum Photo Gallery
1st grade went on a wild trip to the Seaquest Interactive Aquarium. They had the opportunity to learn about sea and land animals. There were different kinds of fish, stingrays and sharks on the tour, and our students also had the chance to visit with a variety of desert animals. The kids loved feeding the fish and the stingrays!
Nevada Reading Week
By Jen Nails (Librarian)
Reading Week this year has been a journey into the world of deaf culture, national parks, and tenting. We kicked off the week by welcoming award-winning authors Kentrell and Allison Martin (all the way from Florida!) who reminded students, families and faculty about the importance of embracing differences in order to better understand ourselves. In addition, faculty enjoyed hearing about the pedagogical perks of using ASL (American Sign Language) in the classroom, and all audiences learned a dozen signs in ASL.
Also this week, lower school classes snuggled and read with Miss Tiki, Chewbacca, Franklin, Akira and many other furry friends as we welcome therapy dogs as reading buddies into the library. On Wednesday, we welcome author Mike Graf to our campus. Graf has written over 90 books for children and young adults on the subject of travel and national parks. In his intriguing presentations, grades JK-12 were transported to the Smoky Mountains, the Badlands, Zion, and many other parks and national monuments.
Our kindergarten classes took to the road in a public library field trip, visiting the Summerlin library on Wednesday. Wednesday also brought our first ever Lunch in the RV and Tent event! In the spirit of national parks and camping, 5th graders enjoyed lunch and an exclusive interview with Mike Graf in an RV and tent parked outside the school. Students learned about Graf’s writing process, his favorite parks, and how to stay on deadline. Field trips were enjoyed this week as well:  kindergarten students visited the Summerlin Library for an excellent presentation with public librarian Jenny, and 1st graders ventured to Seaquest. We’re grateful to Caline Schwartz, PTO President, for leading a wonderful Dr. Seuss cookie bake with the JK and K students, and to all parents and high school students who visited pre- and lower school classrooms for read-alouds.
We’ll culminate the week with the 7th grade book writing project, in which Ms.Koehler’s science students will read aloud their original nonfiction picture books to Ms. Lasky’s 3rd graders, followed by a Q&A about the writing process. We’ve also been collecting books all week to donate to Spread the Word Nevada. NV Reading Week 2018 has been an incredible voyage.
Wishing a wonderful Shabbat and weekend,

Lilach Bluevise and the Lower School Leadership Team

Upcoming Programs and Events:

March 11th: Daylight Savings - Spring Forward!
March 14th: 1st and 2st grade field trip to watch Mr. Popper’s Penguins at the Smith Center
March 15th: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Springs Preserve
March 16th: Passover Shabbat K-5, 2nd Grade Performs
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