"Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters."
Fun On The Farm
Fresh Air and Fun at Fall Day Out
Fresh air, wide open spaces, and a day away from school to enjoy it all...who could ask for more? For Lakehill's Middle School students, it just doesn't get much better than Fall Day Out.
A fire ring warmed students in the early cold, but the weather soon warmed to perfection for the 150 students who headed north to enjoy a full day of play at Sisters' Grove Farm, Ms. Gajkowski's farm/homestead in Princeton, Texas.
Children enjoyed an old-fashioned hay ride, swinging on a rope swing, and impromptu games of baseball, football, and badminton. Many tried to defeat Coach Cayme, the reining ping pong champion, while others relaxed on the porch with games of checkers. After an outdoor cookout, students explored the property, running through the fields and orchard.
While the students clearly enjoyed a day off from school, Fall Day Out seems much more about the "out" - having fun with friends in the great outdoors. It is no wonder that this special day for Lakehill's Middle School students continues to be an annual favorite.
Art From The Heart
Triangle Rules Take Shape in Lower School Poster Contest
Students in Lakehill's Lower School recently unveiled their artistic entries for the annual Triangle Rules poster contest.
Winners were announced on November 7 during Monday Moments. Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski and Lower School Coordinator Patti Brooks presented the awards.
This year's winners were:
Merritt McCaleb, 4th grade - first place
Jia Van Blargan, 4th grade - second place
Alexandra Navarette, 3rd grade - third place
Ginger Simon, 4th grade - fourth place
Merritt's winning poster, selected from more than 80 entries, will be displayed throughout the Lower School.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to second graders Max Vafa and Cullen McCaleb, third graders Gabe Bines, Sarah Smith, and Kathryn Mahan, and fourth graders Chloe Luneborg, Aubrey Tierney, and Stella Palmer.
Each fall, students in second through fourth grades participate in a poster contest to show support for the Lower School Behavior Code. Art teacher Cat Huitt helps students produce their posters during their art classes.
The three rules of the Lower School Behavior Code, known as the Triangle Rules, are based on respect, safety, and providing a welcoming environment to all.
Photo by rgphotog.com.
Brenda Bly Debuts on Lakehill Stage
The Upper School Musical Theater department is proud to present the American premiere of Brenda Bly: Teen Detective.
It's 1958 - a time of rock and roll, space discovery, and great hope for the future. But trouble is brewing at the Whitney Ellis Private School for Girls. Only days away from the opening night of the end of term musical, "Rocket Girl," the leading lady is knocked unconscious with a sandbag. It is up to teenage sleuth, Brenda Bly, to solve the crime, catch the villian, and save the day.
Photo by rgphotog.com.
Mark your calendars for November 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. and November 20 at 2:00 p.m. as Lakehill students bring London's smash hit musical to the Lakehill stage. Think Nancy Drew meets vintage Carol Burnett show with a catchy score and clever dialogue, and you're ready to meet Brenda Bly: Teen Detective!
The Lakehill Diner will open two hours before curtain and will feature food by the City Street Grille food truck. General admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door. Reserve your seats now for $10 at LakehillReservations@gmail.com.
And just in case that's not enough, there will also be an attendance competition. The Lower School class, Middle School class, or Upper School Spirit House with the largest attendance will win a pizza luncheon. So grab your friends and family and come see Brenda Bly!
This Week at the ESC
Squirrels, Skulls, and Spectacular Science
Seventh grade students have been on the hunt for invertebrate decomposers. As they look for evidence of decomposition, they learn to answer the tough questions like what are they, where are they, and are they doing their job?
Kindergarten students learned about squirrels and got an up-close look at a squirrel's nest that blew out of a tree. Students then made a giant S and outlining it with acorn tops, the favorite food of the squirrels at the ESC.
Eighth graders continued on The Case of the Missing Skull, experimenting with blood typing (using manufactured and safe blood samples) and getting one step closer to who lost the skull.
See more ESC pictures here.
Cross Country Team Takes on DRC 5K
Lakehill Preparatory School's Varsity Cross Country team finished the season on a high note at the 35th Annual DRC 5K on Nov. 6 at White Rock Lake.
In a competitive race with more than 350 participants, Lakehill's team performed well, bringing home several individual awards.
Sophomore Sydney Firsching won First Place overall in the 1-15 female age group. Junior Dory Fine placed Second Place overall in the female 16-19 age group. Sophomores Reese Myers and Hudson Trent took the top spots in the men's 16-19 age group with Myers taking second overall and Trent clinching first place.
For the fourth consecutive year, Lakehill volunteers staffed the 5K water stop, providing water and gatorade to all of the 5K participants.
Photo by Robert Walton.
The Varsity Volleyball team celebrated a successful season with an end-of-year party. See photos here.
Mark you calendar for these upcoming PFC Events! To volunteer or for more information, contact Colleen McCall, PFC President.
Trek for Tech - Nov. 12
Here it comes...the 13th annual Trek for Tech!
The race is Saturday, but it's not too late!
Online registration closes at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11.
Remember to enter the students's grade when registering -
the grade with the most participants wins a party!
Third grade, seventh grade, and the White Spirit House are currently in the lead.
Packet and T-Shirt pick-up if you register online is Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 during afternoon carpool or on Race Day at 7:00 a.m.
Look for Trek volunteers in the carpool line to:
Purchase or pick up Trek T-shirts...
Every registered participant gets a t-shirt. Even if you can't make it to the race, you can still buy a commemorative t-shirt for $10. Friday is Trek T-Shirt Day - everyone should wear their Trek for Tech T-Shirt!
Thank you to our fabulous race and equipment sponsors! With your support, we are half way to funding every item on our list of Technology Essentials - please help us finish the race! View the list of Technology Essentials here and find out how you can help. Check out the big board at the north entrance to see what has already been purchased! Then fill in a rack card with your donation.
Buy Raffle Tickets...
There are fantastic raffle prizes this year, including an Apple IPad2, Apple IPod touch, Apple IPhone 4S, Toshiba C655 PC Laptop, Dallas Stars tickets, $200 NorthPark Gold, 4 Six Flags Season Passes, LifeSpa "Day of Beauty" (located at Lifetime Fitness), and possibly more to come! Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. You do not need to be present on race day to win!
Lakehill Rocks Benefit Auction - March 31
Auction Pre-Party - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14!
Start your week off right and join us from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on November 14 at Times Ten Cellars for an pre-auction social and wine tasting. Stock your own wine rack or donate a bottle to the auction wine pull! With 20% off on all your purchases, you can afford to do both!
Art, For Art's Sake
As part of the Lakehill Rocks Annual Benefit Auction, the very successful Art Stars/Wine Pull party is back! Mark your calendar for February 9 at Galleri Urbane.
Donate your pre-owned art work. Have you grown tired of a piece or just don't have the room for it? This is your chance to donate the art that no longer serves you, do something good for Lakehill, and earn a tax write off for the full value of the piece. Art is already being accepted. Just pick up a donation form and drop the art off in the PFC closet. We'll store it until time for the big event!
Grandparents Day - Nov. 22
Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 22. The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast reception in the cafeteria. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. and there is no after-school care.
Book Fair - Nov. 29 - Dec. 2
Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
Ms. Shaw's First Grade Class enjoyed a special donut party for getting FIRST PLACE in the Box Top Competition by collecting 461 box tops! The entire Lower School participated and, thanks to everyone's diligent clipping, Lakehill will receive a check from Box Tops for Education for $490.00!
There will be another box top competition in February so KEEP COLLECTING! You will be able to show your love for Lakehill by bringing in box tops to your class teacher by February 14, 2012.....and get another chance to win a donut party for your class.
Reward yourself and our school by signing up for a Target Debit Card or Target Credit Card. The card instantly gives you a 5% discount on every purchase. Once you sign up, just link your card to Lakehill to earn money for the school every time you shop. Find out more.
The Warrior Shop
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs!
Mondays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Freshmen Holiday Food Drive
The ninth grade class is collecting non-perishable food for the Wilkinson Center. Look for the donation bins beginning on Monday. If the school collects 500 or more items for the food drive, the entire school will win a Jeans Day! The Upper School Spirit House that collects the most cans will also earn 3 points toward Term 3! Check out the list of requested items
November 14 - December 2
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers
Help Sisteens fill more than 150 stockings for guests at Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon. Suggested items include small shampoos, soaps, lotions, and other travel-sized toiletries, as well as other items like word puzzles, stationery, socks, etc. Look for the red donation bins in the main hallway and north entrance.
Upper School Preview
All Middle School students and their parents are encouraged to attend this event to find out more about Lakehill's Upper School. To attend, please RSVP to 214-826-2931, ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 12 - No Lake Clean-Up
There will not be an organized lake clean-up in November so everyone can attend Trek for Tech. Please join us for the Adopt-A-Shoreline Fall Family Picnic after Trek for Tech.
Adopt-A-Shoreline Fall Family Picnic
10:30-11:00 a.m., Social Time
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Picnic Lunch and Appreciation
Activities include: Games, kayak rides, and picnic lunch.
All Lakehill families are invited to join us at the picnic after Trek for Tech!
Middle School Admission Preview
Main Campus, 9:30 a.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill!
November 18 and 19, 7:00 p.m.
November 20, 2:00 p.m.
Upper School Musical
London's smash hit musical, Brenda Bly:Teen Detective makes its American debut on the Lakehill stage!
General admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door. Reserved seats are available for $10 at LakehillReservations@gmail.com
. Reserve your seats now!
The Lakehill Diner will be open two hours before curtain featuring food by the City Street Grille food truck!
Attendance competition: the Lower School class, Middle School class, or Upper School Spirit House with the largest attendance will win a pizza luncheon. So grab your friends and family and come see Brenda Bly!
Lakehill's Spelling Bee is Right Around the Corner!
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. Study Lists from Scripps Publishing are now available in the Main Office or from Ms. Riggs. Students who would like to participate must fill out a Spelling Bee Registration Form, which are available in the Main Office. Registration Forms are due by Dec. 13. The Spelling Bee will be held Jan. 10 at 2:15 p.m. in the Auditorium.
Need great holiday gifts?
Check out all the merchandise
available on SmugMug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!
Middle School Adventure Week
March 5-8, 2012
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! All Middle School parents should soon receive an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition.