|"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
- Tennessee Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire
|The studentsThe Spirit of Community
Three Lakehill Students Honored for Service
Lakehill has a long tradition of community service with students who give generously of their time and talents to make an impact on their communities. Kelly Werther, 9th grade, John Devine, 10th grade, and Declan Devine, 7th grade, were recently selected as Local Honorees in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for their outstanding volunteer efforts.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Two State Honorees, one middle school and one high school student, will be named in February.
"Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld. "We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their spirit of community."
All three students are active volunteers in Lakehill's Adopt-A-Shoreline program at White Rock Lake as well as a variety of other projects throughout the year. Kelly is also active with the Summer Splash program through Highland Park Presbyterian Church. From camper to junior counselor, Kelly says the Summer Splash program has been an important part of her life. John has been involved in teaching, tutoring and mentoring other young people through the Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association. He says his experience has given him a deeper insight into the unique challenges faced by those less fortunate as well as hands-on experience in teaching young children. Declan also volunteers for the DHNA, tutoring, reading to children, and helping with their cub scout program. As the first middle school student to ever participate in the program, he encourages other young people to do what they can to make a difference in someone's life.
Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised the students for their volunteer service. "These Honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate-that volunteering within the community is an essential part of one's life."
Lower School Students Perform Winter Program
Sounds of Beethoven's Ode to Joy played by the fourth grade on recorders set the tone for an evening of holiday celebration.
The Lower School Winter Program, held in the auditorium on Wednesday 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 gifts by the children. The gifts will be donated to Jonathan's Place, White Rock Center of Hope, Interfaith Housing Coalition, and Children's Medical Center, to brighten the holidays for the children they serve. The giving of toys to children in need is a Lakehill tradition that is more than 20 years old.
The Annual Fund
Annual Fund Needs Your Support
|Photo by Irwin Thompson|
The Lakehill Annual Fund has reached its most crucial time of the year. If we are to reach our goal of $250,000 we need everyone to participate.
You can take advantage of year-end tax benefits while making a difference in the lives of Lakehill students. Did you know that your contribution to the Lakehill Annual Fund is 100% tax deductible? Your participation is critical in supporting the outstanding academic and co-curricular activities that a Lakehill education offers.
To date, 100% of the Lakehill Faculty and Staff have participated in the Annual Fund and we are on pace to exceed our goals in parent participation.
Gifts to the Annual Fund provide the most immediate impact to the Lakehill educational experience by providing additional funding for projects that would go unfunded without your support. Together, we can reach our goals. Please consider supporting the 2010-2011 Lakehill Annual Fund.
Make your donation here
Ringing In The Holidays
Mr. Perry and Mrs. Gajkowski took a break on Monday to ring in a little cheer for the holidays and to help those less fortunate. The Salvation Army's traditional red kettle is an integral part of the holiday scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Thanks to Irwin Thompson and The Dallas Morning News photography department for including Lakehill in their volunteer efforts.
Food for Thought
Lakehill's Cub Scouts in Pack 46 worked together to make 1,650 sandwiches for the SoupMobile to help feed the homeless. The SoupMobile serves more than 200,000 meals per year to the homeless in the Dallas area.
Caring and Sharing
The eighth grade class has adopted a family from the Family Place, which houses abused mothers and children. If you would like to help them make this holiday season special for their adopted family, please consider purchasing an item from the family's Wish List. All items should be turned in to the Main Office by Monday, December 12. See their angel tree in the main hallway or contact class sponsor Katie Becker for more information.
See all the pictures from recent Community Service projects.
Basketball Teams Hit The Court
|Photo by Irwin Thompson.|
The girls and boys Varsity Basketball teams defeated Dallas Academy on December 2. The girls fell to Texoma on December 6 and are now 4-2.
The boys beat Texoma 53-30 on December 6 behind Drew Norman's 20 points and Austin Simpson's 14 points. They improved their record to 5-1.
See photos here.
Middle School Basketball
The MS Boys Green Team defeated Rockwall Heritage 54-26 on Tuesday night. Lakehill was led by Cameron Pike's season-high 22 points, and Vincent Greene with 21 points. Travis Amerine chipped in with 7 points and Charlie Whisnant added 4 points. Mitchell Levenson pulled down a number of rebounds, while Carlos Lopez provided some nice defensive plays off the bench. The Warriors are now 3-0 heading into the winter break. Their next game will be January 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Dallas Lutheran.
The Blue team takes on Dallas Thunder on December 9 at 4:00 p.m. (Girls) and 5:00 p.m. (Boys).
This Week at the ESC
The weather outside may not be frightful, but it is cold! The students visiting the ESC this week spent most of their time in the warm ESC classrooms. The eighth graders watched fun movies that touched on physical science and ocean ecology, and completed activities at a magnet and electricity center. Third grade learned how to use a dichotomous key. As a primer, they keyed out each other and then used this practice to key out leaves that belonged to a variety of trees, before going outside to pull radishes. Second grade continued their study of insects by learning about the mouth parts and the different ways that insects eat.
See all the ESC photos here.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming PFC Events! To volunteer or for more information, contact Colleen McCall, PFC President.
Dad's Club 2nd Annual Poker Night
Save the Date - February 4, 2012
Join us for the second annual Dad's Club Poker Night on February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Bolt Studios in the Design District.
With a Texas Hold'em Tournament, Black Jack Tournament, food, drinks, and lots of fun, this is one night you do not want to miss! The buy-in is $150 to play poker.
Don't Play? Don't Worry...$50 lets you enjoy the night, eat and drink, and even try your hand at Blackjack. There are great prizes to be won and all proceeds will fund infrastructure upgrades at the main campus.
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.
Don't forget to sign up for a Target Debit Card or Target Credit Card and link it to Lakehill before you start your holiday shopping! 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.
Want to know more about Lakehill's Upper School? See what students and parents are saying about their experiences here.
Become a Lifesaver!
Bone Marrow Donor Drive
Sunday, December 11
Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Parish Episcopal School
4101 Sigma Rd.
Zach Guillot, a first grader at Parish, relapsed from a remission from acute myeloid leukemia. He is undergoing chemotherapy at Children's and is in need of a bone marrow transplant from a non-relative matching donor ASAP. If you have never tested your bone marrow, it is easy and involves only swabbing your cheek with a Q-Tip. 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 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.