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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 16
December 19, 2013
In This Issue
Food for Thought
Holiday Traditions
Reindeer Games
No Debate About It
Deck the Halls
Songs of the Season
Senior Spotlight
PFC Events
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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~Doris Lessing  

Food for Thought

Lakehill Selects New Food Service Provider

After many years of working with DineRite, the Lakehill cafeteria menu will have a new look - and a new taste.


Beginning January 7, Lakehill's food service will be provided by Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Caterers, a company dedicated to providing healthy, tasty meals for schools. Lakehill administrators are working with both providers to create as seamless a transition as possible. Families should expect to receive more information soon. 


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Caterers is a full-service catering company that has serviced the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for the last 22 years. Proprietor and chef Phillip Luna has over 30 years of experience in the food industry. A native of Texas, his career in the culinary arts began in 1982 in San Antonio, where he learned a wide variety of Mexican and Southwestern cuisines. He continued his training in New York City before attending the Culinary Institute of America, graduating with honors in 1987. 


While Luna is well-known as an innovative chef, he says that most importantly, he is a father. Luna explains that as a parent, he wants his children to be served the most nutritious and delicious food to keep their minds and bodies at their best, thus he has created a healthier, tastier food program for schools. It is what he considers "food for thought." 


Luna's drive has always been to set new standards in his industry. His latest venture, to create healthy well-balanced meals for school children, is a result of that goal. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner sets themselves apart by serving no fried foods, incorporating vegetable purees into recipes for added nutrition, serving only fresh or frozen produce, offering nut-free foods, using eco-friendly disposable plates and utensils, and serving healthy snack options. The company is currently catering to eleven private schools in the Dallas area.

DineRite DRX is the online software that Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Caterers uses as their lunch payment program. DineRite DRX creates accounts for students and allows parents to add money to their account, keep a credit card on file, monitor account spending, restrict items, and create spending limits. Parents will receive information on setting up their accounts soon.


Take a look at the Menu for January through May, 2014.

Holiday Traditions

Holiday Luncheon Exemplifies Spirit of the Season 

For nearly 30 years, on a special Friday in December, Lakehill has continued a holiday tradition that remains in the hearts of attendees long after the apple pie is finished.


Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon brings more than 150 elderly residents from around east Dallas to the Lakehill campus to share the spirit of the season with the Lakehill family. This year's event, held on December 13, continued the much anticipated tradition.


Members of Lakehill's senior class, along with their parents and class sponsors, joined forces with the entire Upper School to provide a memorable holiday experience for senior citizens. Many of these guests are regular attendees who look forward to the luncheon every year. Tasty food, good music, and enjoyable conversations with the students seemed to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Guests were thrilled to receive a variety of gifts, including framed photos with the junior class Santa and Mrs. Claus, lovely poinsettias, and gift-filled stockings prepared by Sisteens.


Headmaster Roger Perry explained, "The Holiday Luncheon is a wonderful tradition that truly reinforces the meaning of the holidays. For many guests, this special annual event is the highlight of their holiday season. We also hear time and time again from our alumni that the Holiday Luncheon is their most treasured memory of their time at Lakehill."   


See more photos.

Reindeer Games  

Juniors Host Annual Event for Lower School Students

Lakehill's junior class carried on a long-standing tradition on December 13 with the school's annual Holiday Parade and Reindeer Games.  

Since 1976, when it was known as the Junior Parade, the junior class stages the event for the benefit of the Lower School children. Students lined the hallways in anticipation of the dancing reindeer, joyful elves, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. After the parade, juniors led the Lower School students into the gym for Reindeer Games, including "Red Light Green Light" and "Santa Says," and an afternoon of holiday fun.


See more photos

No Debate About It

Debate Teams Headed to State  

The Upper School Debate Team competed in the YMCA Youth and Government District Tournament at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving on December 14.


Five Lakehill teams competed in State Affairs Forum, choosing a pro or con stance on a key issue, and all five teams will advance to the state tournament in Austin on January 30-February 2.


Additionally, one team participated in Model UN and advanced to state. Monty McKnight served as a committee chair for Model UN.


Christian Giadalor was awarded Outstanding Delegate for his superior performance in pro/con debate. John Devine received the Angie Baggett Award, recognizing him as the most outstanding debater of the day. Additionally, Devine was elected State Affairs Forum Chair and will run against the other district chairs at state.


Middle School Team Heads To State
The Middle School Debate Team participated in the YMCA District 5 Youth and Government conference, along with more than 200 other middle school students from across the Metroplex.

After working hard drafting bills to debate, the team was well prepared, but the conference was rescheduled from December 7 to December 14 because of the ice storm. The four members who were able to attend the rescheduled conference were eighth graders Bailey HollingsworthJames Praeger, and Warren Lester, and seventh grader Ben Gillman, and they were all able to successfully present their bills for debate to their respective committees, and get them passed.

The team will next be heading to the YMCA State Youth and Government conference, February 28-March 2, at the State Capitol in Austin.

Deck The Halls

Student Artists Selected For Holiday Show

The artwork of twelve talented Lakehill fourth grade students is currently on display at The Point Center for Arts and Education.

Local artists were invited to participate in the annual "What the Holidays Mean to Me" Art Show. Fourth grade artists selected for display are Ella BerryClaire BlomquistLucie Daudelin
Hannah DeasonMadison DeasonZak GoldsteinCullen McCalebHannah OstermayerBrett PeacockMara SandbergGraysen Walker, and Laurel Way.   


Although the artists reception scheduled for December 6 had to be canceled due to weather, the student artists were able to receive their certificates and be recognized at the Wonderful Wednesday celebration on December 18. The students' artwork will be on display at The Point through December 30.

The Point Center for Arts and Education at C.C. Young Retirement Community is located at 4847 W. Lawther Drive in Dallas.  

The Point will host an Art Galley Show in January featuring Andy Goldsworthy-inspired Environmental Art by Lakehill sixth grade students.
Songs of the Season
Lower School Presents Winter Program
The Lower School Winter Program, held in Lakehill's Wyly Auditorium on December 12, featured a variety of musical performances by the Elementary Choir and each Lower School grade. 
The program culminated with a presentation of gifts by the children. The gifts were donated to Interfaith Housing Coalition, Vogel Alcove, White Rock Center of Hope, and The Wilkinson 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. See more photos.
Upper School Choir Performs at Baylor, Wyly Theater
The Upper School Chorale performed for families served by Our Children's House at Baylor, a pediatric hospital where children from infancy through age 18 receive care for developmental or birth disorders, traumatic injury, and severe illness. See more photos.
The Choir also performed at the Wyly Theater in the downtown Dallas Arts District on December 14. See more pictures from this special performance.
Fifth Grade Sings at Baylor Sammons Cancer Center 
The fifth grade sang on Thursday, December 19 for patients and their families at Baylor's Sammons Cancer Center. The request for the students to sing at 11:00 a.m. was not by accident, as this is the time that patients receive test results and many learn that they have cancer. The students were able to bring joy and hope to many, as one patient explained,"The beautiful music from these children has inspired me to fight my battle with cancer."
Sights and Sounds of the Holidays
Each year, area schools are invited to sing at NorthPark Center as part of the mall's Sights and Sounds of the Season festivities. Lakehill's Upper School Choir performed on December 14 and the Elementary Choir performed on December 17 to crowds of family, friends, and shoppers. This is the fifth year that a Lakehill choir has performed at NorthPark. See more pictures.  

Ringing In The Holidays

Mr. Perry, Ms. Gajkowski, Mr. Dent, and Ms. Ekstrom 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.

Senior Spotlight

National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates

In an effort to reveal the hidden talents, personalities, and accomplishments of Lakehill's most experienced students, the National Junior Honor Society presents:

NJHS Spotlight on Seniors!

This week's senior: Cameron Gavinski

Cameron Gavinski likes to act. Whether it is performing in musical theater at Lakehill, where he has been in every major production during his time in Upper School, or working professionally in commercial and film acting, Cameron is ready to go for it. Being the creative sort, he also enjoys making music videos, drawing, and animation, having already produced such wonders as animated Christmas cards for his family. 

His favorite thing about Lakehill is that everybody is friendly, from the teachers to the students, and they are there when you need help. His favorite memory is going into the woods on the freshman biology trip and bonding with his class under the stars. 

As college beckons, Cameron is applying to NYU, Northwestern, USC, Emerson, SMU, and Ithaca. He hopes to major in film and animation. He is greatly inspired by his brother, Sterling, a Lakehill alumnus, and is thankful for the time he has spent learning at Lakehill.  


By: Katharine Maxwell, eighth grade 

PFC Events
Save the Date for Lakehill's Benefit Auction 
Break out your bell bottoms, butterfly collars, gold chains, and body glitter, and venture beyond the velvet rope for the 2014 Lakehill Preparatory School Auction Party. Mark your calendar for "A Night at Studio 54" on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Hotel Palomar.

With a live auction by Luis Murad, live music featuring DJ Soul Jah, and the Velvet Rope VIP exclusive after party, this is one night you definitely don't want to stay home! Start polishing up on your Hustle skills, and get ready to dance the night away--STUDIO 54-style. The auction website and further information will be coming your way in January, so stay tuned.
Sports Snippets


Basketball and Soccer

The Lakehill Warriors Varsity Boys defeated Carrollton Christian 75-15 to move to 5-0 for the season.

The Lady Warriors placed fourth at the First Baptist Tournament. See more pictures.


The Middle School Boys team lost to Akiba, 45-47, and defeated CHANT, 48-34. Toni Perez-Stark and Gerard Franklin led the way versus CHANT with 21 combined points. The team is now 2-1, and 1-1 in district play. 

 The eighth grade girls beat Akiba and lost to CHANT, while the seventh grade girls lost to CHANT. 


The Middle School Soccer team defeated Dallas Covenant 2-1.  

This Week at the ESC

Fourth graders learned what a paleoclimatologist does. Paleo means ancient and thus a paleoclimatologist studies "ancient" climates. They do this by looking at tree rings as one source of data. 
Each student had a tree cookie (a cross section of a tree) to examine the rings, look for fire scars, and look for indicators of wet climates or droughts. Next they headed outside with their journals and caught up with their own trees, looking for any changes since fall.

Third grade learned more about Lima beans, such as what the seed coat is called (a testa) and that they have a plumele and a radicle as part of the embryo. After looking at the two parts (cotyledons) of a Lima bean under a microscope, and then watched their Lima beans sprout in a seed viewer.

See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


December 18-20
Exams (grades 6 - 12)
View the updated Exam Schedule.

December 19
Fifth Grade Sings at Baylor Hospital, 11:00 a.m.


December 19
K-6 Dismiss for Holidays

December 23 - Home for the Holidays Luncheon Rescheduled to Basketball and Free Pizza on January 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. when the Lakerhill Varsity teams take on Cambridge. For more information, please contact Ray Dent

December 23 - January 6
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!

January 6
Teacher in-service

January 7
Classes  begin
Lakehill vs. Cambridge and College Alumni Recognition 

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 the words in the Study List (beginning with foray). 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 16 at 9:50 a.m. in the Auditorium.

Middle School Adventure Week
March 3-6, 2014
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! Parents of students in grades 5-8 should have already received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. A deposit of $75 is due by December 16 (grades 6-8) and by January 10 for fifth grade.

Happy Holidays
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