April 2020 Citizenship Skill & Habits of Mind

Our April citizenship skill is FRIENDSHIP. Our definition for friendship is: Spending time with people who encourage each other to be their best.

Habit of Mind #1: Finding Humor

It is important to have a whimsical frame of mind.  We want our student to acquire the characteristic of being creative problem solvers. We need students to be able to distinguish between situations of human frailty and fallibility which are in need of compassion and those which are truly funny.

Habit of Mind #2: Thinking Interdependently

Working in groups requires the ability to justify ideas and to test the feasibility of solution strategies on others. It also requires the development of a willingness and openness to accept the feedback from a critical friend. Through this interaction the group and the individual continue to grow.

Message to Families & Spring Break Information (4/6-13/2020)

We hope this message finds you and your family doing well!

For families who are visiting CCSD food and learning resource distribution sites, please be advised that the hours for these sites are changing to 9 a.m. to noon weekdays starting on Monday, April 6th.  Learning resource packets will not be distributed the week of April 6th and will be available again the following week.  The closest site to LWJES remains Silverado High School.

April 6th through April 13th is spring break for teachers.  Please know that teachers may not be available during this time and they will respond to questions and requests beginning again on Tuesday, April 14th. 

We all appreciate your engagement in learning from home during these past few weeks, and we look forward to continuing to work with you!  We understand there are many challenges, and we know our families are doing everything they can to keep everyone healthy, cared for, and learning.

Stay Home For Nevada, stay well, and many thanks to everyone in our community who is out there working on the front lines to care for all of us in Las Vegas during these challenging times!

Thank you,

LWJES Faculty

Meal Service Information – Effective April 6, 2020

Students have access to breakfast and lunch during the school closure. Visit ccsd.net for a list of meal service locations and information about the service. The closest location for meal service to our school is at Silverado High School, 1650 Silver Hawk Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Sites are open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

School Closed Through April 30, 2020

Dear LWJES Families,

Many of you have already heard that all Clark County School District schools have extended the closure through April 30, 2020.  The previous information about closure was through April 16th.  We appreciate your flexibility and commitment to education during these challenging times.  At this time, we do not have additional details about what will happen after the school closure ends.  As information becomes available, we will continue to share it with you.  For the most recent information, please visit CCSD’s website at www.ccsd.net.  You can also visit our school’s website at www.LWJES.vegas for additional information and resources.  We greatly miss working with everyone on campus, and we hope all our families are well.  Be safe and we look forward to continuing to work with you during this time of school closure.

Thank you,

LWJES Faculty

FREE WEBINAR: Positive and Productive Childcare While the Kids Are Not in School

Families, please consider attending this free webinar.
Presented by Randy Sprick

As parents, there are times our children drive us crazy! In this time of rapid change and, for most of us, some kind of confinement at home, this can be especially true. Getting through the day can become tense, and we can be unsure about how to discipline our children.
Join us for this free web-based meeting with Randy Sprick. Randy is a parent (and yes, sometimes his children drive him crazy), a grandparent, and a world leader in effective behavior management. His presentation will cover things you can do to help your children learn to behave better and become more independent and responsible. Learn how and when to use consequences for misbehavior
Learn how and when to use praise
Learn to make daily life more pleasant and relaxed around the house
You will learn that you are already doing many things exactly right and add strategies for making things better!  Come and join us for a fun and entertaining session.

April 1, 4 pm ET (3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PT)
April 8, 2 pm ET (1 pm CT, 12 pm MT, 11 am PT)
April 8, 8 pm ET (7 pm CT, 6 pm MT, 5 pm PT)

Randy Sprick is the founder of Safe & Civil Schools, an educational consulting company based in Eugene, Oregon. Each year, he presents practical and entertaining workshops to teachers and administrators throughout the United States and Canada.
Much of his work involves helping teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools and classrooms that encourage student responsibility and motivation, while humanely and effectively helping misbehaving students learn to behave in more responsible ways.

Covid-19 Answers for Students

For those families who would like a guide for talking to your students about the Covid-19 virus, please consider this resource provided by Ms. Berc, our school psychologists. Click—->HERE

CARE Friday

After 2 full weeks of online learning we are encouraging our community to make Fridays, “CARE Fridays”. In a nutshell, this will be a day of catching-up and taking care of your family. You can use the ideas shared below, or come up with your own!

Do some FUN offline activities as a family!! We hope that all our students, families, community, and teachers will take time to take care of themselves. 

More Learning At Home Resources

Here are some more ideas for assisting students to keep learning while at home:


Hello Families and Students,

Here are some music activities to keep your creative minds sharp and engaged.  They can all be performed alone but others can be improved by including a family member!  Feel free to try something even if it goes outside the suggested grade level. If you’re stuck, have questions, or would like to share something awesome you came up with, adults can email me at:

 [email protected]  

I am available for correspondence on school days from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  

Online Activities:

Musicplayonline.com (grades K-5)

  • This website currently offers free access to multiple games and content.  In addition, it contains recorder pieces with accompaniment tracks.

Classicsforkids.com (grades 1-5)

  • This free website contains some games to practice already-learned skills.  There is tons of information about composers and recordings of their most well-known works.

Rhythmrandomizer.com (grades 1-5)

  • Simple but useful, this website instantly generates rhythms based on the rules you choose.  It doesn’t play them for you, though! Try patting, clapping, snapping, or stomping the rhythms while listening to your favorite music.

Tongue Twister Challenge (grades 3-5)

  • Type “tongue twister” into a search engine; the top two results contain many tongue twisters to amuse and challenge your mouth and brain.  Compete with a family member to see who can repeat one the most without “tripping”.

Tech-free Activities

Dramatize a favorite song (grades K-2)

  • Act out, use hand actions, or use toys to enact a familiar song

Create new verses to a familiar song or rhyme (grades K-5)

  • We all know Mary’s little lamb followed her to school one day, but what if they stopped at the skate park first?  (This is just an example, use any song you know)
  • Try to make the last word of each sentence rhyme.  Don’t worry– the results can be serious, silly, or nonsensical.  
  • To show how rhymes could work, here’s my favorite Edward Lear limerick:

There once was a man from Leeds

Who swallowed a packet of seeds.

Within just one hour

His nose was a flower

And his head was a riot of weeds!

Choreograph music (grades K-5)

  • Plan dance moves that fit a song of your choice.  Your movements should match the length of the song phrases (usually 8-beat chunks).  Put four of those 8-beat movements together and you could be the next YouTube sensation!  

Improvise (grades 2-5)

  • Improvising means to make up music as you go, with little planning.  Narrate your chores as you do them: “Frere Jaques” could be changed to “Washing Dishes”, for example.  Improvise your own melody by humming/singing neighbor notes (like we practiced on xylophones and recorders).  If music is playing around your home, improvise some body percussion accompaniment.

Bingo Board, attached below (K-5)

  • Choose a line, row, diagonal, postage stamp, or four corners.  Can you complete all the tasks on that formation? Or, perform your favorite ideas from the card and see how many lines you can complete.  


View, download, and/or print her ideas here:

Mrs. Thorson’s STEAM Activities to Do at Home (K-2)

Ms. Thorson’s STEAM Activities to Do at Home (3-5)

If you have questions or need assistance, you can email Ms. Thorson: [email protected]


Watch a daily workout to do at home with Joe Wicks. New videos are posted daily at around 9:00am on his YouTube Channel.

You can view all of his daily videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

Here is the link to his introductory in home workout for March 23, 2020.


GATE/TAGS Activity Ideas


Everyday Mysteries: Find fun science facts from the Library of Congress as well as a wealth of knowledge on everything from agriculture to zoology.

Weather Wiz Kids: Learn about the weather, natural disasters and conduct experiments.


A+ Math: Math flashcards for basic facts, algebra, fractions, geometry, etc.

Figure This: Math problems to challenge the entire family.


Write Your Own Play: Playwriting can be a great way to practice writing skills as well as harness creative energy.

Word of the Day: Learn a new word each day and practice using it in daily conversation.



Ms. Garcia has prepared a BINGO game to support our Sanford-Harmony goals. You can download/print it here: SEL BINGO

Supporting Children Who Are Worried About Coronavirus

Sanford Harmony – At-Home Resources

5 Ways Families Can Help Children Develop Social and Emotional Skills

CCSD Learning Line Opens March 24, 2020

In an effort to provide assistance for students and families, CCSD has created the Learning Line, a service where CCSD personnel can provide support for all students via telephone to maximize their learning through distance education. 

Students and families can access the Learning Line by calling 702-799-6644. Educators will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to assist students in both English and Spanish during scheduled school days.