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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 2, Issue 16
December 17, 2009

In This Issue
A Home for the Holidays
Games Galore
Holiday Gifts
Sounds of the Season
Classroom Connections
Community Spotlight
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?
Lakehill in the News
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A Home for the Holidays
Luncheon Brings Neighbors to Campus
Holiday Luncheon
The cafeteria at Lakehill Preparatory School was home to a multi-generational celebration on Friday, December 11. The annual Holiday Luncheon, a much anticipated tradition for many elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself, enables members of the senior class, along with their parents and class sponsors, to join forces with members of the junior and sophomore classes and provide a memorable holiday experience for our senior citizen neighbors.

This year's event was the largest ever, with 150 guests in attendance. Many of these guests are regular attendees who look forward to the luncheon every year. Good food, good music, and enjoyable conversations with the students seemed to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Guests were thrilled to receive a variety of gifts, including framed photos with the junior class Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and elves, lovely poinsettias, and gift-filled stockings. For many guests, this special annual event is the highlight of their holiday season. Headmaster Roger Perry explained, "I am not sure who looks forward to this day more, the senior citizens in the community or all of us here at Lakehill. It is a wonderful tradition that truly reinforces the meaning of the holidays."
The event allowed all grade levels to participate 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 Santa and Mrs. Claus, visited with guests and posed for pictures. Sophomores served as photographers, preparing the framed photos to present to guests as they left the luncheon. Several student groups sang holiday songs 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 pleased with this year's Luncheon. "The Holiday Luncheon requires a tremendous amount of teamwork and we are grateful not only for all the help that the students, faculty, and staff give us but also for the 'What can I do to help?' attitude that everyone seems to have every year. We are already looking forward to next year's luncheon."
Games Galore
Reindeer Games
Lower School Students Join in all the Reindeer Games
Lakehill Preparatory School's junior class carried on a long-standing tradition on Friday, December 11, with the school's annual Holiday Parade and Reindeer Games. Complete with dancing reindeer, joyful elves, and even Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in a red convertable, the holiday parade is staged each year for the benefit of Lakehill's Lower School students. Immediately following the Holiday Luncheon, Lower School students line the parade route in anticipation. After the parade, juniors lead the Lower School students onto the field for Reindeer Games, including "Red Light Green Light" and "Santa Says" and an afternoon of holiday fun.
Holiday Gifts
lswinter Lower School Performs Winter Program
Guests filled the auditorium as Lower School performers prepared to dazzle their audience with a collection of holiday songs. The Lower School Winter Program, held in the auditorium on Monday evening, featured a variety of musical performances by the Elementary Choir and each Lower School grade. The holiday program presented songs of Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as a few catchy tunes about Santa, reindeer, and snow.
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.
Sounds of the Season
Choirs Perform at Lakehill and NorthPark
The Lakehill Middle and Upper School Choirs performed Thursday night, December 10, in the Wyly Auditorium for faculty, students, and friends. Under the direction of choir director Tracy Herron, the concert featured the vocal talents of two Upper School Choirs: the Lakehill Chorale and the Lakehill Singers and the 7th and 8th grade Choir: the Allegro Singers. The groups were accompanied by Linda Booth on piano.

As part of the Sights and Sounds of the Season festivities at NorthPark Center, the area's schools were invited to perform carols and seasonal favorite songs. NorthPark welcomed more than 100 orchestral, choral, and dance groups from across North Texas, including Lakehill's Upper School and Elementary Choirs.
Lakehill's Upper School Choir performed on December 13 and the Elementary Choir on December 15 to crowds of family, friends, and shoppers.

Upper School Choir director Tracy Herron and Elementary Choir Director Linda Booth led their respective choirs in songs of the season. A crowd of family and friends was on hand to hear the performance, and shoppers rushed home after with their treasures. This is the second year that the Elementary choir has performed at NorthPark.
Classroom Connections
Parent Volunteers Make Student Success Possible
At Lakehill Preparatory School, parents play a significant role in the daily lives of students.  Through involvement in the Parent Faculty Club and in the classrooms, parents are invited and encouraged to be involved in their children's educational journeys.  Lakehill prides itself on the wide variety of activities we provide, many of which would not be possible without the strong commitment of our parents.

The Lakehill faculty and staff wish to thank the parent volunteers for their commitment and service to the school. During this semester alone, parents have added something special to the campus in a variety of ways. From teaching children about the celebrations of Hanukkah, Ramadan, and Kwanzaa to lending a hand at holiday parties, this volunteer spirit is especially evident this time of year.

Dedicated parent volunteers have been active in the classroom all semester, helping with science labs, leading activities at the Environmental Science Center, and serving as guest speakers in their fields of expertise. Teachers report that even when the requests are last minute, parent volunteers always come through with flying colors.

Senior parents staffed the recent holiday luncheon, preparing the meals for over 150 senior citizens and hundreds of Lakehill students, faculty, and staff.

In athletics, team moms for every sport coordinate all of the volunteers needed for the games. Parents also run the concession stand, take the gate, and operate the clock at games. In performing arts, parents keep the cast fed, staff the concession stand, and help with a variety of tasks including painting and sewing.
Parent volunteers frequently read to Lower School classes, a special time for all involved. Parent photographers share pictures taken at a variety of special Lakehill activities while others lend a helping hand to a variety of school-centered community service projects. Others shared their professional talents in ways that help shape and mold the school.

We all lead busy lives. Taking the time to volunteer at Lakehill demonstrates your loyalty and support to our children in a meaningful way. It is a gift from which all of us here benefit and one for which we are truly grateful.
Community Spotlight
UNICEF Ambassadors
UNICEF2Lakehill students rallied behind the UNICEF cause, surpassing their goal of $2,000.

Strong participation across all grade levels enabled students to raise $2,212, with top contributions from Luke Jerome($210), Anders Ekstrom ($123), Trey Reed ($114), Lily Gilbreat ($58), and Kathryn Mahan ($55). The PASF raised $276 from their Day of the Dead Bake Sale. The second grade set the pace, raising $453, with the third grade close behind with $435.

This donation makes Lakehill one of the top school contributors to UNICEF and qualifies Lakehill as a UNICEF Ambassador School.
Sports Snippets

Yard Sign
New Lakehill Spirit Signs
The Lakehill Spirit Shop recently unveiled new Spirit Signs. Spirit signs can be ordered by using the order form or directly online here. A stake with a Lakehill school topper is $25. Additional icons, including a variety of sports, clubs, and honor societies can be added for $20 each. Visit www.lonestaryardart.net for more information.

View the complete Athletic Calendar here.
What's Happening?
December 16, 17, 18
Middle and Upper School Exams
View schedule here.

December 17
K - 6th Dismiss for Holiday

December 21 - January 1
Holiday Break

January 4
Teacher In-Service

January 5
School Resumes

Beginning January 5
Bring your old cell phones for Cells for Soldiers. Get more information here.
Have a safe and happy holiday!