This Week in Lower School 5/14-5/18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018
The end of the school year is a special time.  We reflect on the wonderful memories and achievements of our students and celebrate their success and growth.
This week, we celebrated with our 3’s, who introduced us to their Letterland friends; with our JK who taught us about a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating, and with our 5th graders,  who inspired us in Tikkun Olam and leadership.  Mazal Tov to the students, parents, and teachers for these heartwarming celebrations.
This week our students saw the fruition of their great efforts as they took to the stage for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The production was the result of the incredible talents of our student cast, student artists, and production crew. Willy Wonka is the story of a young boy who joins a special tour of the fantastic Wonka candy factory. The show focuses not only on morality lessons, but also on the power of family and creativity. We are so proud of our students who joined together and took these lessons to heart. From our middle school helpers who helped lower school students learn choreography to our fifth graders who played games with kindergartener's between scenes, we saw a beautiful collaboration result in an amazing show.
Over 60 lower school students took part in the show, starting with auditions in January and ending on May 16th, with the final curtain. During that time our cast memorized lines, learned dances, strengthened as singers, and became comfortable performing before an audience. Our technical crew students built sets and props with incredible creativity. They designed entire backdrops, such as the beautiful and intricate Wonka factory gates, and learned how to bring sets on and off stage during a live show. The skills they gained through being in Willy Wonka are not only the practical skills of theater, but also the social skills of being part of a theater family and learning how to work as a large group with one common goal.
Being part of theater is a unique experience, which was made even more special with the help of Vanessa Yerushalmi, Chelsey Pierce, and their amazing team. They provided the cast with a wonderful  Silent Savasana yoga class before the dress rehearsal. The students really enjoyed the chance to center themselves and be reflective before getting ready for the big show.
The entire lower school and preschool was invited to a special show on Tuesday, allowing preschoolers to see what is to come once they enter lower school. The smiles on the faces of friends and siblings as they watched the show were priceless.
We are excited to have a review of the show, written by the Journalism Club’s editor, Cru Wilson.
Willy Wonka Review
By Cru Wilson, 4th Grade
In my opinion, Willy Wonka was great; it had drama, adventure, and funny laughs just like in the movie. I say that the play was a wonderful show in all ways. This play inspired me with imagination in the ways of chocolate and candy. If the Willy Wonka players are reading this, then I want to say that this is the best play I have ever seen. Congratulations Willy Wonka kids, you will now be remembered by all of us, especially me.

Upcoming Events and Programs
May 21st - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL
May 23rd, 8:15 AM in the Beit Midrash -  Baby Bears end of year celebration
May 24th - Dress down for $1 benefiting Make a Wish Foundation
May 25th, 8:15 AM - Closing Celebration Assembly in the theater. All students will be treated to shows by K-5 students recapping the year; we will see performances from the dance team, choir, and the cast of “Willy Wonka”. Marie Curie Challenge medals will be presented then as well. Parents are invited to join. Preschool students will attend the performances. An ice cream party sponsored by Anderson Dairy and the Robertson Family will follow. Parents volunteers needed to scoop ice cream. Please contact Caline Schwartz to volunteer.
May 25th - Last Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL  (11:15 for preschool; 11:30 for K-5)