|"Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up."
- Colin Powell
|Expressions of Thanksgiving|
Lakehill Students Take Top Honors in Writing
Two Lakehill Middle School students were recently selected as winners in the Expressions Arts Competition, sponsored by Thanks-Giving Square. Students from five states submitted about 200 essays and pieces of art in the competition.
Julia Bartholow and Lily Bines were honored in the Written Word category which encouraged students to express their cultural and/or personal perspectives on gratitude through the written word. Julia, a fifth grader, won first place in the grades 3-5 division and Lily, a seventh grader placed third in the 6th-8th grade category.
Julia, Lily, and their English teacher Julie Riggs were honored at a special awards ceremony on November 17 at Thanks-Giving Square. Julia and her teacher also received a cash prize.
Expressions highlights education and the arts, which find common ground in gratefulness and thanksgiving. This year's competition focused on the theme, "I am thankful to be here."
Julia's essay, called "My Burnt Memories," told the true story of her house burning down (killing her cat), followed a month later by a car accident. The theme of the contest was "I am thankful to be here," and her final words were, "I am thankful to just be here...alive!" The Dallas Morning News featured Julia and excerpts from her essay on the front page of the Metro section on Thanksgiving Day.
|Photo by Irwin Thompson.|
Students Perform Brenda Bly
Upper School Musical Theater students opened their performance of Brenda Bly on November 18 to a full house, setting a record with more than 200 guests in attendance on Friday night.
The ultimate 1950's "Who Done It?" took audiences on a nostalgic journey back to 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 crook, and save the day.
Packed with hilarious, fast-paced dialogue and show-stopping songs, Brenda Bly was fun from a bygone era. "We were overwhelmed by the response to Brenda Bly," explained Director Elizabeth Schmitt. "The cast pulled together and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining their audiences."
The 1950's experience carried over to the concessions as well. Guests visited the Lakehill Diner before the show, feasting on Dr. Pepper sliders, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and cupcakes provided by the City Street Grille food truck.
Lakehill's production featured musical direction by Tracy Herron and stage direction by Elizabeth Schmitt. Linda Booth provided musical accompaniment.
The Upper School cast was joined by Tyler and Matthew McCall, who won the coveted walk-on roles at last year's Lakehill Benefit Auction.
Thanks to PFC Performing Arts Chairs Cheryl and Wolford McCue and Karen Vickery and their team of parent volunteers for their help and support bringing Blenda Bly to the stage.
Check out the photos from the performance.
Lakehill students are back on the stage on Friday, December 9 when the Middle School Drama classes perform The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza by Don Zolidis. It is a humorous look at Greek Mythology including retellings of the myth of Prometheus, Pandora, Jason and the Argonauts and the Trojan War. Curtain is at 7:00 p.m.
Treasure Beyond Measure
Lakehill Families Celebrate
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
Lakehill celebrated Grandparents Day on November 22, an annual favorite among students, faculty, and families.
After the delicious breakfast, sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club and chaired by Tora Greene, visitors moved to the auditorium for the performance.
Narrated by seventh and eighth grade Drama students, the program presented each grade, from kindergarten through fifth, in their own special musical tribute. The program opened with an original song in honor of Lakehill's 40th anniversary. Performed by the All-School Choir, the song entitled Lakehill's Where I Want To Be, featured words by freshman Kelly Werther and music by Tracy Herron. View this special performance here.
The morning also featured performances by the Lakehill Chorale (Upper School Choir), the Allegro Singers (Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir), and the Elementary Choir. In the heartwarming finale, children and faculty members performed "Family Tree," a poignant song written especially for Lakehill by Jack Noble White, a celebrated local composer.
Lakehill's youngest students took time on Friday to say thanks and to celebrate with their annual Thanksgiving Feast.
Freshman Class Concludes Successful Food Drive
The freshman class recently completed a highly successful food drive benefiting the Wilkinson Center Food Pantry.
The entire school rallied around the cause, resulting in the collection of more than 500 non-perishable food items.
According to Steve Thompson, Director of the Wilkinson Center Food Pantry, one in eight people in the United States receives food stamps. Food pantries such as the Wilkinson Center have seen an increase again this year in the number of people needing assistance.
The Wilkinson Center Food Assistance Program provides one week's supply of food, translating into more than 40,000 pounds of emergency food, to hungry Dallas families every month. Approximately one-half of the people served by the Wilkinson Center Food Pantry are children.
Sophomore Class Says Thanks
The sophomore class would like to thank everyone who donated to the Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association book drive. Lakehill donated approximately 300 books to help low-income children in East Dallas through the Dolphin Heights after-school program. Those interested in continuing their efforts by tutoring and mentoring children in the developing Dolphin Heights neighborhood should contact John Devine, Sophomore Class President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See all the pictures from recent Community Service projects.
Basketball Teams Hit The Court
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
Basketball season is in full swing and Lakehill's seven basketball teams are off to a great start. Check back next week for a full report on Lakehill's teams and the upcoming season.
The Varsity girls and boys defeated Lakewood Presbyterian on November 19 and Arlington Fellowship on November 29.
Thanks to Irwin Thompson for his basketball photos here and here and to Robert Walton for his basketball photos here and here.
Middle School Basketball
The Middle School boys Green and Blue basketball teams started off their seasons with convincing wins against the Dallas Thunder. The Green team (8th grade) won 37-26, led by 18 points from Cameron Pike and 10 from Vincent Greene. The Blue team (7th grade) won 41-17, led by 13 points from Trapp Hawthorne.
The Lakehill Green team (8th grade) beat Arlington Fellowship 61-22 on Nov. 28. Lakehill jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and never looked back. The Warriors were led by Vincent Greene and Cameron Pike, with 22 and 19 points respectively. Charlie Whisnant chipped in with 10 points and several assists. Karl Sheeran added 4 points in addition to a number of rebounds and steals.
The Lakehill Green team is now 2-0 for the season and will play Rockwall Heritage on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Lakehill. The Blue team is 1-1 after suffering a tough loss to the Dallas Home School Athletic Association on Nov. 29.
Middle School Football
This just in...thanks to Rob Chickering for sharing photos of the last Middle School Football game on Nov. 4. See the photos here.
This Week at the ESC
Seventh graders blazed new trails at the ESC, filling a dumpster full of trash from the woods. They also started efforts to make a tire swing on one of the trees.
Sixth graders studied water conservation using a website from the City of Dallas and worked on drawings for the 6th annual "Conserve Together-Water Forever" t-shirt contest. The deadline for the contest is March 9.
Fifth grade took advantage of the new laptops and the website of Keep Texas Wild magazine to learn more about Alien Invaders and why some plants and animals do not belong in our natural areas. After researching a variety of invasive species, they will share their presentations with the class.
See all the ESC photos here.
Mark you calendar for these upcoming PFC Events! To volunteer or for more information, contact Colleen McCall, PFC President.
Book Fair Going On Now - Ends Friday!
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. Don't wait - the Book Fair ends tomorrow! As an added bonus, The Warrior Shop will be open every day before and after school during the Book Fair and features a $5 t-shirt sale!
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.
Lakehill Rocks Benefit Auction - March 31
New Start for Your Art
Have you grown tired of a piece of art or just don't have the room for it? This is your chance to donate it and do something good for Lakehill.
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!
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.
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.
The Warrior Shop will be open before and after school every day during the Book Fair! Stock up on all your holiday gear and $5 t-shirts!
Want to know more about Lakehill's Upper School? See what students and parents are saying about their experiences here.
UNICEF collection boxes are due!
We are well on our way to reaching our $2,000 goal for UNICEF. Please turn in any outstanding collection boxes now!
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers Drive - ends December 2!
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. Please do not include candles , candy, or gum. Look for the red donation bins in the main hallway and north entrance. Get more information here.
Need great holiday gifts?
Check out all the merchandise
available on SmugMug. From puzzles and playing cards to mugs and magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!
December 2, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
PFC General Meeting
Join the PFC for the last general meeting of the semester. Refreshments will be served.
December 6, 9:30am
Lower School Admission Preview
This is the last Admission Preview for 2011. Encourage your friends and neighbors to visit and find out more about Lakehill. To attend, please RSVP to 214-826-2931, ext. 102 or email@example.com
December 7, 7:00 p.m.
Lower School Winter Program
December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School and Upper School Choir Concert
December 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Meet the Artists Reception
Meet-the-Artists Reception at The Point at C.C. Young
featuring the artwork of 12 Lakehill sixth grade students.
December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play
MS Drama classes will perform The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza by Don Zolidis. Don't miss this humorous look at Greek Mythology including retellings of the myth of Prometheus, Pandora, Jason and the Argonauts, and the Trojan War.
December 10, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Shoreline Spruce Up, White Rock Lake, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Join us at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast will be served.
December 10, 4:00 p.m.
Take care of some holiday shopping while you enjoy a performance by the Upper School Choir outside Dillard's.
Upper School Choir performs at NorthPark Mall
Spelling Bee Entries Due
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 here. Students who would like to participate must fill out a Spelling Bee Registration Form, which are available in the Main Office or here. Registration Forms are due to Ms. Riggs by Dec. 13. The Spelling Bee will be held Jan. 10 at 2:15 p.m. in the Auditorium.
December 13, 14, 15
Reclamation Days, Main Hallway, 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Lost it? Then reclaim it! Just take a look at what we have found! On Friday, all unclaimed items will be given to a good home.
December 14, 11:00 a.m.
Elementary Choir performs at NorthPark Mall
Take care of some holiday shopping while you enjoy a performance by the Elementary Choir outside Dillard's.December 14-16
K-5 Dismiss for Holidays
December 19 - January 2
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!
Middle School Adventure Week
March 5-8, 2012
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! All Middle School parents should have received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. Please contact Kaye Hauschild
with any questions.