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This Week in Lower School 8/28/2020

Friday, August 28, 2020
Fourth Grade Highlights 
Ms. Cherney and Ms. Morris’ classes have hit the ground running. In language arts, fourth graders have been exploring how writers make words come alive with figurative language. Students have practiced identifying idioms, similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification through the use of mentor texts, poetry, and songs. In social studies, students have kicked off their study of our state and learned geography concepts by making physical and political maps of Nevada. Finally, in math students have been working hard in the Saxon curriculum to review important foundational concepts including place value and number sense, multiplication, multi-digit subtraction, solving for missing factors in multiplication problems, and writing equations from word problems. The year is off to a great start! 
Art Highlights 
This school year,  Ms. Levy is bringing “art on a cart” to the Lower School. Here are a few highlights from the first few weeks of school.  In Kindergarten, the classes read “The Hair of Zoe Fleffenbacher Goes to School,” by Laurie Halse Anderson and the students created their own wild hair drawings. 1st grade students read “The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” by Keith Haring and they drew people in motion. Second grade worked very hard on their still-life paintings of fruit baskets. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students have all been diligently learning how to draw faces. Third grade drew faces using oil pastel in the style of Paul Klee.  Fourth grade drew cartoon inspired faces using markers and colored pencils. Fifth grade drew soft pastel faces inspired by the artist Jennifer Main.We look forward to the many artistic adventures with Ms. Levy this school year!
Third Grade Shabbat 
Our 3rd grade students have been learning about the Hebrew calendar and the holidays associated with each month. This week, the 3rd grade students sang songs that emphasized the last month before Rosh Hashanah, the month of Elul. Our 3rd graders did a great job getting us in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah as we look forward to celebrating next month. 
Tikkun Olam 
The fifth grade students serve as the  Lower School leaders of  Tikkun Olam. What has become a tradition, our fifth grade students made our annual Tzedakkah boxes for each classroom, from Kindergarten thru fifth grade in Art class. Each week, students are encouraged to bring Tzedakkah (money for charity) and it is the job of the fifth grade students to count the money and allocate it as donation. Our fifth grade students also plan activities to educate the rest of the Lower School in Tikkun Olam opportunities throughout the school 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 
9/11 - Rosh Hashanah Shabbat 
9/18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah - No School 
9/28 - Yom Kippur - No School 
10/2 - Sukkot - No School 
10/9 - Professional Development for Teachers - No School For Students 
10/15 - End of Q1
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences - No School for Students 
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School