|HOLIDAY CHEER |
Record Numbers Attend Holiday Luncheon
The cafeteria at Lakehill
Preparatory School was home to a
multi-generational celebration on Friday, December 5. The annual Holiday Luncheon, a much anticipated holiday tradition for many elderly residents of East
Dallas and the Lakehill family itself, enables members of the senior
class and their parents and class sponsors to join forces with members of the
junior and sophomore classes to provide a memorable holiday experience for our senior citizen neighbors.
event was the largest ever. Nearly 150 guests attended, many of
them regular attendees who look forward to the luncheon every year.
Guests enjoyed themselves and left in good spirits, repeatedly
commenting on the
good food, good music, and enjoyable conversations with the students.
seemed pleased with their gifts, including framed photos with the
reindeer and elves, and the lovely poinsettias and gift-filled
provided by Sisteens. Neighborhood resident Iola Stuart was attending her eighth luncheon and has saved every stocking she has received over the years. Other guests were attending for the first time, and said they hoped to return again next year. For many guests, this special annual event is the highlight of their holiday season. Headmaster Roger
Perry explained, "It is so nice to see smiles on the faces of
those who don't always have something to smile about."
The event allowed participation across grade lines as many
students were able to get involved in the festivities. The senior class
decorated the cafeteria and served as hosts and hostesses and food servers
while their parents prepared the meal and staffed the kitchen. Juniors, dressed
as elves, reindeer, and the illustrious Santa and Mrs. Claus, visited with
guests and posed for pictures. Sophomores served as photographers, giving guests a framed photo as they left the luncheon. Students from numerous classes
sang songs of holiday cheer during the luncheon. Students in all grade levels
helped by donating the items that were used to fill the stockings.
Senior sponsor Evan Matthews
was obviously proud of this year's senior class. "This is the most guests we have
ever had," he explained, "yet they handled the crowd beautifully." Tiring, yet worth every bit of effort, seemed to be the
resounding synopsis of the day. Senior Mac Werther said that although he was
tired, it was a great day, while senior Brian McElrath declared the day
|Lower School Presents Winter Program
Guests filled the auditorium as the sounds of the holidays
filled the air. The Lakehill Singers (Upper School Choir) provided pre-concert music as students,
faculty, and family members took their seats. The Lower School Winter Program,
held in the auditorium on Thursday evening, featured a variety of musical
performances by the Upper School and Elementary Choirs and each Lower School
grade. This multicultural and multilingual holiday program presented songs of Christmas,
Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, songs in English, Japanese and Spanish, and of course a few catchy tunes about Santa and reindeer.
The program culminated
with a presentation of toys that the children brought for the Buckner Children's Home. The giving of toys to children in need is a
Lakehill tradition that is more than 20 years old.
|Scouts Embrace the Spirit of the Holidays
|The Cub Scouts of Pack 46, consisting of first through fifth graders
at Lakehill and third graders from White
Rock Montessori School,
completed a holiday service project benefitting Jonathan's Place. The Scouts raised nearly $2000 in cash, gifts, and in-kind donations for the Dallas-based emergency shelter for abused, abandoned, and neglected children.
Scouting is a
worldwide youth movement
with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical,
mental, and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive
roles in society. Lakehill's youngest Scouts recently learned
first-hand about the importance of serving others and being good
stewards of their community.
The Scouts sold hot chocolate and bagels at Lakehill to raise cash to donate, wrapped 50 "craft" gift bags for the kids of Jonthan's Place, and
collected over 800 items of clothing, books, toys and other in-kind goods from
their families and friends. Doug Hood, Director of Development at Jonathan's
Place told the Scouts, "We really appreciate what you have done. It was truly impressive!" The Scouts were
enthusiastic about this year's project and particularly loved this idea of supporting
kids in the community. Said fourth grade Scout Declan Devine, "It feels good to know that we made a difference to the kids at Jonathon's
Place. Helping others is what the holidays are all about."
Scout Troop # 3324 recently completed a successful food drive benefitting The
North Texas Food Bank's Haskell location. The first grade Daisy Scouts collected
over 400 canned and non-perishable foods from Lower School students at Lakehill.
The generosity of these Scouts and other Lakehill students who continuously serve their community during the holidays and throughout the year is what truly exemplifies Lakehill's spirit of service.
|Middle School Boys' Basketball Team Maintains Perfect Record
School's Middle School Boys' Basketball team
squared off against neighborhood rival St. John's
on Wednesday, December 3 in the Lakehill gymnasium. In a heated district match-up, Lakehill
defeated St. John's 42-37. After
being down 14-18 at the half, some exciting second half lifts carried the
Lakehill team to their fourth straight victory. Johnathan Page was the team's
high scorer, with 17 points. Drew Norman, with ten points, and Jonah Guedea,
with eight points, helped lead the Warriors to victory.
Lakehill squeaked by Providence Christian the following evening,
with a 47-46 district win in an exciting game that rallied back and forth until
the final seconds. On December 8, Lakehill came back from a 7 point deficit in the 4th quarter to beat Shelton 40-39 in district play. Cris McCarty sank two free throws with 9 seconds left on the clock for the win.
Lakehill is now 6-0 overall, and 3-0 in district play! Top scorers against Shelton
were Johnathan Page with 17 points and Cris McCarty with 13 points. That win keeps Lakehill undefeated this season, with a 6-0 record
overall and a 3-0 performance in district play. The Lakehill
Warriors Middle School
team is coached by Chris Peacock.
| CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS
Middle School students who have been
participating in the "Visioneering" group during Activity Period this
fall recently had the rare opportunity to view one of two
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified residences in Dallas.
The home is owned by Anna Clark, president of EarthPeople, LLC, a full-service
consulting group that helps companies of all sizes save money and bolster their
brand through practical sustainability solutions. "Living green is
in line with her home and her business, which she runs out of her home so she
does not have to commute and pollute," says the Advocate (July 2008). Anna
is a guest columnist for Greenbiz.com and an Advisor to the Center for Global
Sustainability and Ethics at the University of Dallas Graduate School of
The students traveled to Ms. Clark's home in Little Forest
Hills. Alan Hoffman, who built her home, was also on hand to help give the tour
and answer students' questions. The Visioneering group is sponsored by faculty
members Kunle Onabajo, Ph.D. and Bill Dunklau.
|Varsity Boys' Basketball
|Varsity Girls' Basketball December 11
Lakehill at Lucas Christian; 7:30pm
Lakehill vs. Lakewood Presbyterian; 1:30pm
Lakehill at Prince of Peace; 4:30pm
December 11JV Boys' Basketball
Lakehill at Lucas Christian; 6:00pm
Lakehill vs. HSAA; 6:00pm
Lakehill at Tyler All Saints; 6:00pm
Lakehill at Prince of Peace; 3:00pm
Lakehill at Prince of Peace; 2:00pm
Middle School Boys' Basketball Middle School Girls' Basketball December 11
Lakehill at Dallas Lutheran - 6:00pm
Lakehill vs.Tyler Street - 12:00 noon
Lakehill at Dallas Lutheran - 5:00pm
Lakehill vs. Tyler Street - 11:00am
Save the Date for These Great Winter Events!
Upper School Musical
: Back to the 80sDecember 12, 7:00pm; December 14, 2:00pm
Upper School Musical Theater students will present Back to the 80s
on December 12 and 14 in the Charles J. Wyly, Jr.
Auditorium. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for Lakehill
students. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance from any cast member, or by calling 214.826.2931, ext. 309.
5th and 6th grade dismiss for Holiday
K - 4th grade dismiss for Holiday
7th - 12th dismiss per exam schedule
December 19; 10:20 - 11:45am
Elementary Choir Performs at NorthPark
December 22-January 5