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This Week in Lower School 5/8 - 5/12, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

It’s been a busy week in the Lower School!
As part of their curriculum on Native Americans, our third graders explored the Clark County Museum in Henderson.  They learned about the early Native Americans who lived in the Las Vegas area and saw their homes and artifacts.  They also saw homes from the 20's, 30's, and 40's, explored the museum to see what this area was like long ago and got to walk through a railroad station and caboose.
Third grade has been making their way across the United States region by region this school year.  As part of their study of the Southwest Region, they focused on the Navajo tribe.  This week our students had the experiential opportunity to make traditional Navajo fry bread.  The smells traveled down the hallways and the students enjoyed getting a taste of one of the tribe’s famous delights.
Second grade went on a field trip to the Nevada State Museum.  Students were able to experience dinosaur fossils, which included a mammoth, and ichthyosaur and many land and ocean animals in a hands-on manner.  They also got to experience The First Peoples and fur trappers through a variety of examples on display.  Early Nevada artwork was observed and discussed as well as the importance of mining for gold, silver and copper.  They tied their visit to their unit on symbols by viewing the Nevada State Seal and discussing what it represents to our state.  They had a great time and learned many new things!
Baby bears had their end of the year celebration with families this morning.  It was so much fun for our youngest students to share what they have learned and how much they have grown throughout the year.
Fifth graders participated in a right of passage this morning, in a moving ceremony where they were presented with a Tanakh.  During their Move Up ceremony, our fifth graders shared the impact their Tikkun Olam projects and programs have had on them.  We have enjoyed watching them grow and further develop into young people who care so much about the world around them.  We are very proud of our fifth graders and are excited to see all of the amazing things they do as they transition into middle school.  Watch the amazing slideshow showcasing the 2016-2017 Fifth Grade Class.
At the end of the day, today, our entire lower school was treated to an 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!  What a special treat! View Ice Cream Party Photos.
Shabbat Shalom
The Lower School Staff

Save the Dates:

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, click here.
Sunday, 5/14- Yom Ha’atzmaut Event from 1-5pm in the Palazzo Ballroom 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.