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Expressions of Thanksgiving
Lakehill Students Take Top Honors in Writing
Two Lakehill Middle School students were recently selected as winners in the eighth annual Expressions Arts Competition, sponsored by the Thanks-Giving Foundation. The contest was open to students from around the country and the world in grades K-12, and there were only 36 winners from 563 entries in the art and essay categories.
Caroline Carter and Katie McKnight were honored in the Written Word category which required students to express their personal perspectives of gratitude. Caroline, a fifth grader, won first place in the grades 4-5 division and Katie, a seventh grader, placed second in the grades 6-8 grade division.
Caroline, Katie, and their English teacher Julie Riggs were honored at an awards ceremony on November 16 at the Winspear Opera House. Each received a prize ribbon and a cash award.
The Expressions Arts Competition highlights education and the arts, which find common ground in gratefulness and thanksgiving. This year's competition focused on the theme, "I am thankful for water."
Katie wrote about a Girl Scout fishing trip during which her father collapsed from heat exhaustion because he did not drink enough water. Caroline wrote about the effect of the drought on farms and farm animals, especially horses. Excerpts from Caroline's essay were featured in a front-page article in The Dallas Morning News Metro section on Thanksgiving Day.
A Grand Time
Lakehill Celebrates Grandparents
Lakehill celebrated Grandparents Day on November 16, 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 a memorable performance.
Seventh and eighth grade Drama students shared their favorite memories of their grandparents. The program presented each grade, from kindergarten through fifth, in their own unique musical tribute.
The morning also featured performances by the Upper School Choir, the Middle School 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.
Middle School Drama Students Present Hair-Raising Twists to Favorite Fairy Tales
Lakehill Middle School Drama students take the stage on Friday, December 7 to present two "fractured" fairy tales - Rapunzel Uncut by Mariah Everman and Totally Red by Dinah Toups.
Both plays provide a new twist to the familiar tales that are sure to entertain audiences of all ages. In Rapunzel Uncut, the story of Rapunzel is told by dueling narrators, with a misunderstood witch, an off-pitch Rapunzel, and an unimaginably stupid Prince. Totally Red is a unique and fun retelling, in multiple styles, of the classic battle of wit and deception: Little Red Riding Hood. It's Red Riding Hood and the wold as you've never seen them before.
The plays will be presented in the Charles Wyly Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by voluntary donation.
It is the season to help others and Lakehill offers a variety of ways to get involved in the community and help make the holidays a little brighter for someone else. Read on to see how you can help!
Senior Class Movie Night
December 1, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The senior class is sponsoring a Movie Night for students in Kindergarten - Grade 4 on Saturday, December 1. Money raised will offset the cost of the annual Holiday Luncheon for neighborhood senior citizens. Children will enjoy pizza, popcorn, games, and a special showing of Madagascar 3. Just return the form with $35 check or cash to your child's teacher by November 30.
Middle School Angel Tree
December 3 - 10
The eighth grade class has adopted two families 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 families, please consider purchasing an item from the family's Wish List. All items should be turned in to the Main Office by Monday, December 10. See their angel tree in the Middle School hallway or contact class sponsors Katie Becker or Kevin Jennings for more information.
Sisteens Collecting Stocking Stuffers Collection
Now Through December 4
Help Sisteens collect travel-sized toiletry items for the 150 men and women who will attend Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon for senior citizens in East Dallas. 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. Donation bins are located inside all entrances. The last day to donate is December 4!
Get more information here
PASF Tamale Sale
December 7 - 12
The Pan American Student Forum is selling tamales for the holidays to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. The tamales, made fresh by The Tamale Company, are lard free, gluten free, and MSG free - authentic and delicious! Tamales will arrive frozen and are "boil in the bag" ready! What a perfectly simple way to celebrate the holidays. Tamales are $12 per dozen and come in three varieties: Ancho Chili Pork, Chicken Tomatillo, and Black Bean and Corn. Order by December 12 for delivery on December 18. Get the Order Form
Changing the World
Lakehill students rallied behind the UNICEF cause, and used their change to make a difference. Students put their creativity to work, donating their allowances, forgoing drinks or snacks and donating the money instead, and running lemonade stands to benefit UNICEF.
Lakehill is one of the top school contributors to UNICEF and has once again earned distinction as a UNICEF Ambassador School.
Students are closing in on their $2,000 goal. Any outstanding money should be turned in immediately.
Deck the Halls
Lakehill Lower and Middle School Community Connections members recently gathered to decorate wreaths that are now decorating the halls of Children's Medical Center for the holidays. Thanks to Lisa Bracken, Sarah Rich, and Kimberly Reister for their amazing talents, and to all of the parent volunteers who made this possible.
Big Blue Bin
Wondering what to do with those books you have read or movies you have seen? Don't want to wait in line for hours at Half-Price Books, only to make $20? Check out Lakehill's new Big Blue Bin. Sisteens is collecting new and used DVDs, CDs, and books in the large blue bin outside the north entrance. These items will be sold and a percentage of the proceeds donated to Lakehill.
Parents Can Volunteer, Too!
Join other Lakehill and East Dallas parents to help pack food at the North Texas Food Bank. They are looking to fill 80 volunteer slots on December 4 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Grab some friends and sign up together, or get to know some new folks in the community. Either way, it's a win-win situation. Get more information and sign up here.
This Week at the ESC
Fourth grade students dissected flowers and learned about the reproductive cycle of a flower.
The second graders continued their study of insects by completing a lab examining the different mouthparts of insects and how eating methods vary from insect to insect.
Ms. Rasheed and Ms. Livengood's third graders took a look at different plant parts by deconstructing a potted plant. They learned to identify the parts of plants and think about the functions of each.
Students in first grade are deciding if birds are like humans and, if so, in what ways.
See more pictures from the ESC.
The Upper School Environmental Science class learned first-hand how to grow a healthy, all-natural garden in their own backyard. Students built the planters, tilled the soil, and planted the organic gardens in September at the main campus. After 60 days of anticipation, the class is now well-versed in the concept of growing their own food. Their two-month project delivered a bumper crop of a variety of vegetables, including lettuce, kale, chard, and carrots.
Middle School Soccer Team Makes Dynamic Debut
Lakehill Preparatory School's new Middle School Co-ed Soccer team took the field for the first time on November 27.
The Warriors faced off against Irving Highlands in the first soccer game ever to be played at the Warrior Athletic Complex. Lakehill defeated the powerhouse all-boys team 2-0. Isabella Springman scored the first goal in the first half and Ryan Davis scored the second goal in the second half. Trey Reed played outstanding defense, helping to keep the game to a shut out.
Thanks to Rob Chickering for pictures of the game.
The team is comprised of 19 seventh and eighth grade boys and girls and is coached by Jenny Livengood and Matt Davis, both of whom have extensive soccer backgrounds.
Come out and watch the team play in their next home game on December 5 at 4:30 p.m. against Shelton.
Basketball Season Underway
The season is in full swing and Lakehill's basketball teams are off to a great start.
The Varsity Boys worked hard over the Thanksgiving break to prepare for the season and their efforts paid off, starting with three consecutive wins.
The boys defeated Lakewood Presbyterian 72-49 on November 17, with juniors Drew Norman and Prince Giadolor leading the team with 24 and 22 points respectively. Victor Abengowe added 10 points, Keith Mitchell, 9, and Hudson Trent, 7.
The team played again on November 20, defeating Texoma Christian 71-67 in double overtime. Giadolor led the Warriors with 35 points. Norman and Abengowe contributed 21 and 10 respectively.
On November 27, Lakehill defeated Westlake Academy 68-64. Giadolor scored 30 and Norman 29.
With several players still out due to injuries, Coach Bob Yttredahl is looking forward to a healthy and strong team that will develop chemistry before they begin district play.
The Varsity Girls basketball team started the season with a successful scrimmage and a 13-point victory over Lakewood Presbyterian. The team was led by Maia Heard with 11 points and Kelly Werther with 10.
The girls traveled to Westlake Academy On November 27 and came up short of a victory. Playing point for point with Westlake the last three quarters of the game, the girls never recovered from a first-quarter deficit. Maia Heard once again led the team with 17 points, 6 steals, and 4 rebounds. See pictures from the Varsity girls game here.
Middle School Basketball
The Middle School boys teams started their season with home games against the CHANT Chargers. The Green Team dropped the first game 44-25. Noah Bernstein led the way for the Warriors with 18 points.
The Blue Team won an exciting back-and-forth second game 25-24. Gerard Franklin scored 15 points and Toni Stark added 7 points. Lakehill had several key defensive stops in the last minute to preserve the victory.
The Green Team will play at home on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against the Covenant Knights.
The Middle School girls teams also started their season with home games on November 27 against the CHANT Chargers. The eighth grade dropped a close game, 17-12. The seventh grade played an aggressive game, defeating the Chargers 45-7.
Get Your Warrior Spirit On!
The Warrior Shop is open on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m. New sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and Warrior scarves are available! Stop by and stock up!
Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair will be held in the Upper Library and will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. There are fun surprises each day, including an Author Visit on Monday evening, early shopping and breakfast on Tuesday, a visit from Clifford on Wednesday, and much, much more! See the exciting schedule of events.
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A New, Special Promotion for Lakehill Families and Friends
Lakehill PFC has partnered with neighborhood company Mack Boost to offer parents fantastic deals on local merchants you love. The best part is that a percentage of all sales comes back to Lakehill! Knock out some holiday shopping, sign the kids up for spring sports, or treat yourself. There truly is something for everyone! Don't forget to share these deals with friends and family - every purchase counts! Are you a Lakehill parent or supporter with a business of your own? Let us know - we'd love to feature you on the next campaign!
Visit the Lakewood Paciugo store on the first Wednesday of each month and tell them Lakehill sent you. A portion of the sales will be donated back to the school.
Link your Target Credit or Debit card to Lakehill now! Find out more here.
Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program
Link your Tom Thumb Reward Card to Lakehill! Just stop by the front desk to fill in a form
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!
Halloween Portraits are Ready to Order!
Thanks to Ron Gavinski of rgphotog.com for the beautiful Halloween portraits! Order yours now!
November 29 - TONIGHT!
Upper School Admission Preview, ESC, 6:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School! All Lakehill Middle School students in 6th through 8th grade and their families are encouraged to attend.
Early Release Day
Students will be released at noon so that teachers may attend staff development. AfterSchool Care is available from noon - 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Kaye Hauschild
December 1 - This Saturday!
Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thanks to Middle School Student Council for sponsoring this month's clean-up! Join them to help keep our lake looking beautiful! Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided.
December 4, 9:30am
Lower School Admission Preview
This is the last Admission Preview for 2012. 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
. This preview will be held in the Lower School Library.
This annual event, sponsored by the Senior Class, provides a festive lunch and holiday celebration for elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Students may order the special holiday lunch or bring a sack lunch from home. Get the Order Form
December 7, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play - Fun for the Whole Family
Seventh and eighth grade Drama classes will perform two fractured fairy tales at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is by voluntary donation.
Middle and Upper School Choirs Perform at NorthPark Mall
Take care of some holiday shopping while you enjoy a performance by the Middle and Upper School Choir outside Dillard's.
December 13, 7:00 p.m.
Lower School Winter Program
Renowned Motivational Speaker, Joel Zeff, at Lakehill
Joel Zeff, a popular motivational speaker who has spoken to large audiences across the country, is coming to Lakehill. He will speak to students in grades 5-12 on December 14 at 8:45 a.m.
Student Council members are pre-selling copies of his latest book, Making the Right Choice: Creating a Positive, Innovative, and Productive Work Life,
for $20. Zeff will be available to sign books after his talk. Find out more about Joel Zeff. To order a book, contact Hudson Trent or Taylor Pike.
December 14, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School and Upper School Choir Concert
Enjoy the sweet sounds of Lakehill's Middle School Choir and Upper School Choir in their final performance of 2012.
Spelling Bee Coming Soon!
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. Interested students are encouraged to study all of the words in the Study List
. Students will complete an elimination round by taking a written test in early January. The written test will consist of ten to fifteen words from these lists. Anyone with the minimum level of accuracy (70-80%) will be eligible to participate in the spelling bee. The Spelling Bee will be held January 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.
December 18, 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 19-21December 20
K-6 Dismiss for Holidays
December 24 - January 7
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!
Middle School Adventure Week
March 4-7, 2013
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! Parents of students in grade 6-8 should have already received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. Parents of fifth grade students will receive complete information next week.
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