All About Summer!
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Photo by Ron Gavinski.
Book Fair Encourages Summer Reading
The long, hot days of summer are the perfect time to relax with a good book. Educators consider summer reading to be critical in developing life-long reading habits, in maintaining literacy skills, and in promoting reading for pleasure. Studies have repeatedly shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform better when school resumes in the fall.
But when summer vacation starts, many children want to put away their books. Committing them to reading, even just a little each day, can be a struggle. "One key to children's reading success is making their reading experience enjoyable," suggest Lower School Coordinator Patti Brooks. "Don't worry as much about what they are reading - the important thing is that they are reading something. Any time a child is exposed to language and sentence structure, it's advantageous to learning."
Brooks suggests including a variety of books in summer reading. "Sometimes we go straight to the fiction, but children love non-fiction books as well. Allow children to choose their own reading materials and help them find books that pique their interests."
Brooks also stresses the importance of parents reading to their children. "Parents should not miss the opportunity to read to their children, no matter what the age of the child," she said. "Summer is a great time to enjoy the classics together or to share a favorite book from your childhood. Children of all ages love hearing someone they love read to them. Laughing together and sharing stories is a real springboard to comprehension."
To help get kids excited about summer reading, Lakehill's Parent Faculty Club (PFC) will host its Scholastic Book Fair from Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21. The book fair will be held in the main hallway from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day, with special hours on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm, prior to the Lower School Spring Fling. Scholastic will donate twenty-five percent of every purchase to Lakehill.
"I love that the Book Fair encourages reading and that the kids get excited about it every year," adds Denise Palmer, Book Fair Chair. "There are books for all ages, as well as resource books. It's the perfect opportunity to stock up."
Stars at Night
Biology Students Explore Science, Nature
On March 30 - April 1, Upper School biology students, accompanied by Dr. Brigham, Mrs. Pippen, and Mr. Jennings, traveled to the 40,000-acre Y.O. Ranch for a science- and nature-filled getaway in the ruggedly beautiful Texas Hill Country.
The Adventure Camp at Y.O. Ranch offered students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of environmental education, improve their outdoor skills, and enhance their own personal development. Team building activities brought the group of 28 students closer together through laughter, physical challenges, and reliance on one another. The activities allowed them to develop their skills in teamwork while also taking on the personal challenges of the high ropes course. Hands-on lessons and discussions about astronomy and biology of mammals from around the world added to the adventure.
Students learned archery, explored on horseback, and investigated nature on both day and night hikes. They developed their talents in orienteering with compasses and building a campfire. Group activities focused on fun times experienced together. "City slicker" ways were definitely left behind in Dallas. Stargazing offered many their first view of the Milky Way. A long day hike ended at the evening's campsite, where students gathered kindling and wood to build the fire that would cook their meals. After sharing stories around the campfire, students slept under the stars - no tents, just sleeping bags on the ground, under a Texas sky full of stars.
Kindergarten Heads to the Beach
After learning about the ocean and sea life, kindergarten students took advantage of a recent warm afternoon to celebrate Beach Day.
The inquisitive and playful group hit the Lakehill beach, delighted by the abundance of bubbles and beach balls. After hunting for shells and other treasures and enjoying a tropical snack, children lined up for crab races and even measured the length of a whale. Hawaiian shirts, sun hats, and even swim goggles, were the beachwear of choice.
Middle School Enjoys Game Night
Fifth and sixth grade students gathered in the Student Commons on April 1 for the traditional spring social event, Game Night. A competive and entertaining game of Twister quickly became a favorite. Ms. Riggs unveiled her Lord of the Rings Monopoly game while young pool sharks formed a line at the billiards table.
Student Coucil Hosts Upper School Powder Puff Game
Upper School girls hit the gridiron on Tuesday for the annual Powder Puff game. Seniors beat the freshmen in the first game, while the sophomores defeated the juniors in the second match up. The final game pitted the seniors against the sophomores in a highly competitive contest. Despite a formidable effort by the sophomore girls, the seniors prevailed. Student Council sponsored the event while student announcers provided colorful commentary.
The term "Senior Prom" took on new meaning on April 2 as members of Lakehill's National Honor Society (NHS) hosted a prom for residents of the Juliette Fowler Home.
Led by NHS President Katherine Crocker, Lakehill students hosted an age-appropriate event that put a little pep in the step of their attendees. The residents enjoyed listening to swing dance music and chatting with the students. Everyone could be prom king or queen as students helped the residents decorate their own paper crowns. A fun game of trivia followed.
According to NHS member Scout Garnsey, the multi-generational event was a huge success. "The entertainment was perfect for our audience," she said. "We all had a great time."
|Photo by Anastasia Walton. |
The Varsity Golf Team is on their way to State. The team secured a spot in the State Tournament with their performance at the Regional Tournament on April 4. Congratulations to Coach Scott Boles and this outstanding team.
The Lady Warriors took on Heritage Christian on April 5, winning 11-3 in seven innings with a total of 16 hits and 19 stolen bases. Sarah Baker was the winning pitcher, giving up only three hits. Scout Garnsey, Kara Gamboa, and Eleni Wilsmann hit doubles and Amanda Boles hit a triple.
The team's record is now 11-1 overall and 4-0 in district play. Current team leaders are Scout Garnsey with 29 hits and a .659 batting average, Kara Gamboa with 28 stolen bases and 28 assists, Eleni Wilsmann with 10 extra base hits, 24 RBI's and 94 put-outs, and Sarah Baker with seven wins and two saves.
The Lady Warriors host Waco Vanguard on Thursday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m.
The Warriors defeated Greenville Christian on April 5. The boys take the field again today at 4:30 p.m. at home against Dallas Covenant.
The Varsity Track team competed in the Nolan Relays on April 2. Kara Gamboa took first place in the 100m. Alexis Johnson brought home second in the 100 meter and secured a first place win in the Long Jump. Two members of the team broke their personal records, including Emily Allton in the 2-mile and Maia Heard in the 400m. The team travels to Bullard on April 7 for the East Texas Private Meet.
Middle School Baseball
The Middle School team is currently 3-2 for the season. Jack Pippen leads the way in pitching, backed up by Kartez Rowell and Cole Ellis. The team is at home on Saturday, taking on Texoma Christian in a non-district game.
April 4 - 11
Sisteens Bunny Baskets Collection
Help Sisteens collect Spring baskets and fill them with treats for children at The Family Place.
PFC Executive Committee, 2:00pm
April 8, 9
Upper School Play, 7:00pm
The Upper School Advanced Drama class presents two one-act plays with an intermission at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $3 for Lakehill students and $5 for the general public.
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake and Volunteer Appreciation, 9:00 - 11:00am
Join us to help clean up Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake. We'll fire up the grill and have a cook out to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of White Rock Lake and to show our appreciation for our Lakehill volunteers and their three years of incredible service to White Rock Lake!
Nothing But Nets
April 4-8: Tickets and t-shirts sold
April 12: Playoff games, 1:50-3:30pm
April 15: Final game, 8:50-9:15am
The freshman class is hosting a 3-on-3 tournament to benefit the "Nothing But Nets" Foundation which purchases bed nets for children in Africa to prevent malaria. Teams can sign up at lunch for $6. The winning team in the playoffs will take on Mr. Perry and two coaches in the Final. Tickets to the final game are $5 and the first 100 get free Paciugo! T-shirts are available for $7. Additional donations are accepted. For more information, see ninth grade class president, Hudson Trent.
April 11 - 15
Headmaster's Reception, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Upper School Prom, "Masquerade" 7:30 - 11:30pm All Upper School students and their guests
DoubleTree Hotel at Campbell Centre; Skyline Room
Tickets on sale April 11-15 and at the door
Single tickets - $40 / Doubles - $70
Need more information? Contact Kaye Hauschild.
Scholastic Book Fair, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm each day
Special Hours: Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, prior to the Lower School Spring Fling.
May 7 - SAVE THE DATE!
Lakehill Dad's Club Presents the First Annual
Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
Put on your poker face and help the Lakehill Dad's Club raise some money for the new Sport Court. The fun will begin at 6:30pm at Bolt Productions, 2408 Converse Street. Food and drinks will be served throughout the evening.
Tickets are $150 for players and $50 for spectators and fans. Prizes will be awarded for final table participants as well as other accomplishments throughout the evening. There will also be side tables for other games.
Moms, dads, and friends are all invited. Get more information and register here. Want to know more? Contact Steve Wildman at email@example.com or 214-725-6227.
June 6 - July 29
Lakehill Summer Camps
Registration is now open! Check out all the great camp offerings and make plans to spend your summer with us!
Visit the Spirit Shop! Visit the Spirit Shop and get ready to show your Warrior spirit!
Wednesday morning, 7:30 - 8:15 am
Thursday afternoon, 2:45 - 3:45 pm