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This Week in Lower School 8/21/2020

Friday, August 21, 2020
It was a fantastic week in the Lower School. Students are settling into their daily routines and are acclimating nicely to our new safety protocols. We can see that our students are focused and excited to be in the classroom. Our teachers are working diligently to deliver quality instruction and programming in creative ways and we look forward to a wonderful year together. We would also like to thank our parents for your commitment to helping us launch a successful start to the school year. 
Ilan Ramon STEAM Challenge 
For this year’s STEAM challenge, we are LAUNCHING the Ilan Ramon Challenge. Here are our fourth-grade students having a BLAST shooting off our favorite water rocket to honor and remember how Ilan Ramon left his imprint on modern history, as the first Israeli pioneer to reach the new frontier: Outer Space as an astronaut in the space shuttle, ​Columbia​. WATCH VIDEO
Ramon went to space carrying with him symbols of Jewish history and with the broadcast of prayers that have been uttered by our Jewish forefathers for centuries. Ramon ensured that the Jewish heritage will be continued even in humankind’s exploration of space.
As a second generation Holocaust survivor, Ilan Ramon carried with him a copy of ​Moon Landscape drawn by 14-year-old Auschwitz victim, Petr Ginz. The journey of this symbolic drawing in a spaceship is symbolic of the rise of the People of Israel from the ashes of the Holocaust.
Israeli aviation history is full of exceptional national heroes. Ilan Ramon was one of those heroes who participated as an F-16 pilot in the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor Tammuz 1 near Baghdad, and in many untold missions.
Ilan Ramon's symbolic actions bear unforgettable testimony that he understood his unique role in opening a new chapter in the history of our nation. This year, more than any other year, we are encouraging students to make science and STEAM a part of their lives inside, and outside of our school building. 
Science can and will change the world. From the search for vaccines, to developing new forms of energy, to exploring the universe beyond our solar system; the students at Adelson, one day, will change the world!  
At Adelson, we want to ignite the spark of curiosity and wonder which will empower students to become ambassadors of their own science potential. This challenge will allow students and families to participate in science and STEAM activities at home or during their free time at school. Some challenge tasks will ask students to master foundational science and STEAM content and skills. Other challenges will ask students to follow their curiosities to new places. 
This Challenge is OPTIONAL but strongly encouraged! While no grades will be given and no student will be assigned Challenge tasks for homework, the Challenge is a way to keep students engaged in the content, processes, and excitement of scientific discovery. 
This year’s Challenge is a Mission which includes 3 Levels of Mastery.  Mastering all 3 levels will earn students the grand prize: an Ilan Ramon STEAM Challenge Medal. Good luck to everyone! Please email Ms. Page, Ms. Garner, Ms. Grant, or Ms. Levy if you have any questions about this year’s exciting STEAM challenge. To view the challenge click on the links below:
Annual 3rd Grade Shofar Factory
This week, our 3rd graders had the opportunity to make their very own shofar led by Rabbi Metal and the Shofar Factory. They learned about which animal horns can be used to make a shofar, as well as, the process of how to make a shofar. The presentation was all done on Zoom and included a fun Kahoot game that our 3rd graders played with each other. Rabbi Metal demonstrated drilling the hole, cutting the edge, and sanding down the horn to make the shofar. 
The following day, our students were able to meet Rabbi Metal in person. He set up his Shofar Factory outside of the Lower School main entrance and every third grade student sanded their own Shofars.
It is a tradition to blow the Shofar every day in the last month of the Jewish calendar Elul- this prepares us for the upcoming holiday Rosh Hashana (The Jewish New Year). 

Important Dates 
9/2 - K-5 Virtual Back to School Night 5:30pm
9/3 - Preschool Virtual Back to School Night 5:30pm
9/7 - Labor Day - No School 
9/9 - Flu Shots for Faculty 
9/11 - Rosh Hashanah Shabbat 
9/18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah - No School 
9/28 - Yom Kippur - No School 
9/30 - Parent Conference Sign Up (SignUpGenius)
10/2 - Sukkot - No School 
10/9 - PD For Teachers- No School For Students 
10/15 - End of Q1
10/26 - Progress Reports Printed For Teachers 
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences - No School for Students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School