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This Week in Lower School 5/1 - 5/5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

On Tuesday, we celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.  Our youngest students toured “Israel”, visiting various cities as they moved from room to room throughout the morning.  They visited Jerusalem, where they built the kotel (the Western Wall) and wrote notes to put in it.  They worked on a kibbutz, milking cows and feeding chickens.  In Eilat, they swam at the beach and played with sand and water.  Visiting the shuk (market) was super fun.  Our students shopped for goods as they explored the crowded, noisy environment of the Israeli marketplace.  They especially loved the Israeli cafe and the delicious pita and chocolate spread. 

Our older students had the chance to enjoy Israeli cities and sites outdoors, on the field. The Israel Club had been working for weeks on creating an Israeli themed Field Day especially for Yom Ha’atzmaut. They thought of the places we could “visit” and the activities we could do in each site, learning about israel while having fun with the friends. Some of the stations were: Ramat HaNegev, where the kids practiced calming yoga, the Kinneret, where kids tossed wet sponges across a net to each other, getting almost as wet as if they had taken a dip in the Kinneret, itself and the Bedouin Hospitality Tents where students could cool off with a cold drink and enjoy a traditional Israeli snack of pita bread and (Hashachar) chocolate spread.

We are thankful for the 8th graders for volunteering to run the different stations. They sure added to the fun factor.  We ended Israel Field Day with awarding certificates to the Israel Club students who have been very dedicated members of the club all year long. We are proud of them and can’t wait for their leadership next year.  Dancing to Israeli music with the shinshinim concluded the celebration and students went to enjoy a Falafel and hot dogs for lunch.  Learning about Yom Ha’atzmaut and the day preceding it, Yom Hazikaron (Israel Remembrance Day) continued in Hebrew classes throughout the week.

Happy 69th Birthday Israel!

Save the Dates:

Monday-Friday, 5/8-5/11- 5th Grade CTP’s (Comprehensive Testing Program)
Wednesday, 5/10- 3rd Grade Field Trip to The Clark County Museum  
Thursday, 5/11- 2nd Grade Field Trip to The Nevada State Museum
Friday, 5/12- Baby Bears End of Year Shabbat Parents are invited to share in a special end of year Shabbat with their Baby Bears at 8:15am in room 4.  This event will be streamed live.
Friday, 5/12- 5th Grade Moving Up Celebration and Kabbalat Shabbat Please join us in the theater for a celebration of our fifth graders as they transition from Lower School to Middle School students.  To prepare them for their 6th grade Judaic study classes, each fifth grader will be presented with a Tanach (Bible).  This event will be streamed live.
Friday, 5/12- Ice Cream Party Lower School students will enjoy an “end of the day”, “end of the year”, Ice Cream Party, compliments of Anderson Dairy.  We would like to thank Sabrina, Aiden and Ethan Robertson’s grandparents for their thoughtful, generous and delicious donation of ice cream and all the works!  Parent volunteers are needed to scoop ice cream.  To volunteer, please contact Melissa Frome.
Sunday, 5/14- Splash and Dash - The Splash and Dash is a fun event that combines a pool swim followed immediately by a run.  There are distances to suit every age and ability.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Coach Becky Lamph here.
Sunday, 5/14- Yom Ha’atzmaut Event at the Venetian 
Monday-Friday, 5/15-5/18- 4th Grade CTP’s (Comprehensive Testing Program)
Tuesday, 5/16- 3’s End of Year Show from 9:30-10am in the Theater.  Snacks to follow at 10:00am in the 3’s year old classrooms.  Parents are invited.
Tuesday, 5/16- 4th Grade Mob Museum Presentation in the Beit Midrash from 2:00-3:00pm.
Wednesday, 5/17- 3rd Grade Native American Arts Integration Gallery at 8:15 in the Lower School Gym.  Parents are invited to explore the various Native American themed projects the 3rd graders have created throughout the year.
Thursday, 5/18- JK Graduation from 9-10am in the Theater.  Snacks to follow at 10:00am in the Dining Commons.  Parents are invited.  This event will be streamed live.
  • Monday and Tuesday, 5/22-5/23- Jungle Book Performances:
  • Monday- 1:30pm Matinee for students
  • Monday- 5:30pm Open to the public
  • Tuesday- 2:00pm Matinee Open to the public
  • Tuesday- 5:30pm Open to the public  This event will be streamed live.
Friday, 5/19- Kindergarten students celebrate “I am the Earth” unit by performing on Shabbat and hosting and exhibition in their classrooms following Shabbat service.  Parents are invited.
Tuesday, 5/23- PBJ End of Year Shark Tank Presentation from 8:10-9:30am in the Beit Midrash.  Refreshments to follow presentations.   This event will be streamed live.
Wednesday, 5/24- 4th Grade Field Trip to the Hoover Dam
Thursday, 5/25- The Energized Guys Performance K-5th Grade students will participate in an exciting energy show in the LS gym at 8:20am.  
Friday, 5/26- Final K-5 Kabbalat Shabbat 8:00am in the Beit Midrash
Friday, 5/26- End of Year Closing Celebration At 9:00 am, K-5th grade students will gather together for an exhibition of their art and performances by Lower School clubs and band.  Mrs. Garner will present Edison Awards to those students who have earned 500 Edison points throughout the year.  Several exciting announcements will be made including: What next year’s LS Show will be and what next year’s science challenge will be.  Interested parents can attend. This event will be streamed live.
Friday, 5/26- Last Day of School- Early dismissal at 11:15 for preschool and 11:30 for K-5th grade.   This is a dress down for $1 for veterans for Memorial Day.  Please also donate slightly used jeans (long and short) to benefit veterans.
Friday, 5/26- Report Cards will be distributed electronically and in hard copy.