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All I Want for Christmas
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Doing the Most Good
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Volume 7, Issue 16December 18, 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 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 12, 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. The senior class decorated the cafeteria and served as hosts, hostesses, and food servers while their parents prepared the meal and staffed the kitchen. Juniors, dressed as elves, reindeer, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, visited with guests and posed for pictures. Sophomores served as photographers, giving guests a framed photo as they left the luncheon. Freshman decorated the Commons and hosted the guests for refreshments after their meal. Students from numerous classes sang holiday songs during the luncheon. Students in all grade levels helped by donating the items that were used to fill the stockings that Sisteens prepared for each guest. 


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. 

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."   

All I Want for Christmas

New Bus Helps Ring in the Holidays

Christmas came early at Lakehill this year, with the arrival of a new bus on December 11. The bus was purchased largely with funds raised from the Parent Faculty Club's spring Benefit Auction. PFC President Tricia McCaleb joined Mr. Perry and Santa and Mrs. Claus for the celebrated arrival.


"We are extremely grateful to our Auction Chairs, Christy Van Duinen and Kelli Powell, for chairing last year's event and to the PFC for their tireless efforts on behalf of the school. This gift is something that will benefit every child at Lakehill for many years to come," said Headmaster Roger Perry.


The new bus, which features the Lakehill colors and logo, holds 32 students and is wheelchair accessible. The bus will be used to transport students to the ESC, to athletic events, on field trips, and to other school activities. Lakehill's transportation needs have continued to grow since the last bus was donated in 2009 by the PFC.


Lakehill is grateful to parents and community members who supported the auction and helped make this much-needed gift possible.

Holiday Cheer

Lower School Presents Winter Program

The Lower School Winter Program, held in Lakehill's Wyly Auditorium on December 11, featured a variety of musical performances by each Lower School grade. 

The program culminated with the Parade of Gifts by the children. The gifts were donated to Interfaith Housing Coalition, Vogel Alcove, 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 over 20 years old. 

Fifth Grade to Sing at Baylor Sammons Cancer Center 
The fifth grade will sing on December 18 for patients and their families at Baylor's Sammons Cancer Center. The performance is a joyful and hopeful respite for many of the patients receiving treatments. 
Reindeer Games
Juniors Host Annual Event for Lower School Students
Lakehill's junior class carried on a long-standing tradition on December 12 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 onto the practice field for Reindeer Games, including "Red Light Green Light," "Santa Says," and an afternoon of holiday fun.

Doing the Most Good

Charlie's Angels

Fifth grader Charlie Borowczak has been adopting angels through the Salvation Army's program for a long time. So long, in fact, that he can't really remember all the details on how he got started. His mom first told him about the program when he was just six years old, and he has been dedicated to it ever since. Charlie said he had to take a year off in 2012 because he broke his leg, and had trouble regaining his momentum in 2013, but was determined to make 2014 a banner year.
Charlie does "odd jobs" throughout the year, such as pet sitting, vacuuming, and cleaning windows. He plans to add washing cars when he turns 15. Charlie saves all of the money he earns throughout the year. "I made a promise to myself when I started this, that I would never spend the money on anything else," he explains. 

With his hard-earned money in hand, Charlie heads to the Angel Tree at NorthPark to select his angels, spending $100 on each child. He raised $700 this year, the most yet, and even encouraged a cousin to join him. With the $400 added by his cousin, Charlie was able to select 11 angels from the tree. Once he selects his angels, Charlie shops for gifts and takes them to the Salvation Army to be delivered to the children. "I plan to keep doing this for as long as I can," Charlie says. "It makes me feel good and lets me be Santa to a lot of kids."

Along with the familiar red kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army's highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time. In the Metroplex, the program includes Angel Trees in ten shopping malls and on-site at more than 400 area corporations, churches and organizations. The local communities have fully supported the Angel Tree program, making it possible to help more than 50,000 North Texas children and seniors each year.

Ringing In The Holidays

Mr. Perry, Ms. Gajkowski, Ms. Ekstrom, Ms. Hauschild, and Ms. Stretcher 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.

World Travelers

Third Grade Presents Trip Around the World

Photo by Haley York
Travelers to Lakehill's cafeteria on December 16 were treated to a fascinating global tour as third grade students shared the histories, cultures, costumes, and cuisines of a variety of countries.


No tickets, passports, or luggage were required for the annual Trip Around the World. Visitors were free to wander from country to country, exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes from around the globe as third grade students served as ambassadors and tour guides. 


Third graders completed a research report, developed a poster highlighting interesting aspects of their country, and prepared a sample of the cuisine representative of that country. Some students dressed in native costumes and brought music and artifacts to share with visitors.

Save the Date



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: Kiefer Gorena

Kiefer Gorena has attended Lakehill Preparatory School for seven years. From the past three years, he has worked as Mrs. Ekstrom's assistant for Community Connections Summer Camp. Kiefer has served as a member of the Film Club, French Club, and Robotics Club, and was vice president of Lakehill's National Honor Society. Kiefer participated in both musical theater and choir for three years in high school. He has also played on the tennis and basketball teams. He is currently serving as Treasurer of both the Senior Class and the National Honor Society. His favorite subject is English, because he loves composition and writing poetry.


He plans to attend college in the fall, and is considering Rhodes College, Hendrix College, Cornell University, and Grinnell College.


Friends would describe him as weird, outgoing, and happy. Kiefer is very skilled at playing the guitar, and he wants to learn how to play piano. His favorite book is The Long Walk by Stephen King.


Keifer's favorite memory at Lakehill is having his Thanksgiving essay published in The Dallas Morning News when he was in the sixth grade. His advice to others is to always be the active and outgoing one.


By Stephanie Davis, eighth grade

Sports Snippets

Junior Varsity Basketball
The JV Boys Basketball team defeated Dallas Academy 45-39 on December 5 in a game that went down to the final buzzer. A second-quarter scoring explosion from Cole Mertz  pushed the team to a lead at half time, and Lakehill never trailed after the half. Dunny Bock closed the game by scoring 12 of his team-record 14 points in the fourth quarter to seal the JV's first victory in two seasons. "I am looking forward to building on the success of our last game to launch the JV season in the right direction," said Coach Jared Franklin.

Boys Varsity Basketball
Lakehill lost to Canyon Creek, 50-60, in a hard-fought physical game on December 12. Clayton Shaw scored 30 points, with five assists and four steals. Cole Ellis added eight points and five rebounds.

The Warriors were up by four at the half, but did not shoot well in the second half. "It is a good measuring stick for us as we continue to prepare for district play in January," said Coach Bob Yttredahl. The boys play at Garland Christian on December 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball 
The Lady Warriors played like champions in their home opener, getting their first win of the season against Canyon Creek. The final score was 60-40.

Freshman Mandy Scales led the team in scoring with 22 points and 11 assists. Jakayla Silas added 16 points. Sam Caldwell chipped in 10 points while Charity Abengowe added 10 assists.

"The girls got off to a great start and finished the game strong," said Coach Sharita Smith. The girls play on December 19 at Garland Christian at 4:30 p.m.

Middle School Basketball 
The Middle School Boys basketball team wrapped up the first portion of IAA league play with a solid 47-13 victory over White Rock neighbor St John's Episcopal. The Warriors were once again very balanced in scoring, with eight different players contributing points. Eighth-grader Ben Palmer led all scorers with ten points, while eighth-grader Connor Alexander and seventh-grader Jonah Shaw had season highs of eight and four points, respectively. 

Lakehill stands at 4-0 and is tied for first place in the IAA South Division. They will return to the court on Friday, January 9 at 4:30 p.m. for a rematch at St. John's.


The Middle School Lady Warriors defeated Fairhill 40-23 for their second IAA victory of the season. They stand at 2-1 on the season and will play on Thursday, January 15 at Carrollton Christian. 


Middle School Soccer

The Middle School Soccer green team has a disappointing loss on December 11 at home against Prince of Peace. Greg Gillman, Ben Gillman, Logan Stout, Stella Palmer, Haley Lopez, and Lynley Waggoner gave solid efforts throughout the game. The team will play at Ovilla Christian on January 12. 

What's Happening?
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December 17-19

Semester Exams
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December 18
K-6 Dismiss for Holidays

Happy Holidays

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December 22 - January 5
Have a wonderful Holiday Break!

January 5
Teacher in-service

January 6
Classes  begin

January 6
Home for the Holidays Alumni Event
All college-age alumni are invited to join us for an evening of basketball and fun! The Varsity Girls play at 5:00 p.m.followed by the Varsity Boys at 6:30 p.m.There will be free admission and free pizza for all college-age alumni. Please RSVP by December 19 to mdrake@lakehillprep.org.

Middle School Adventure Week
March 2-5, 2015
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! Parents should have already received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. 

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 (the password is BeeStudy15). The website www.spellingbee.com has daily tips, articles, and games that can increase your ability to compete. Spending a little time with it each week will improve your spelling sense and your vocabulary. The Spelling Bee will be held January 16 at 9:50 a.m. in the Auditorium.
 Lakehill Annual Fund
KindergartenMs. BurtBrent Walker and Kevin Gray38.5%

Ms. PooreBrian and Kate Walker53.8%
1st GradeMs. JanningJennifer P. Dickerson66.7%
Ms. ShawBrad and Jennifer Robinson36.8%
2nd GradeMs. ClarkDenise Jayroe40.0%
Ms. JohnsonDan and Melody Curtis 78.6%
3rd GradeMs. RasheedPaul and Andrea Johnston52.9%
Ms. SauerMichael Bracken64.7%
4th GradeDr. HaynesChuck and Tanya Bauer40.0%
Mr. TroutHolly Lynch30.8%
5th GradeVicki and Robert Granado62.9%
6th GradeTy and Colleen McCall58.1%
7th GradeCarolyn and Rick Howard54.8%
8th GradeTy and Colleen McCall63.4%
9th GradeFreshmanScott and Lyn Kelley26.3%
10th GradeSophomoreBrad Bartholow and Nicole Alphin54.8%
11th GradeJuniorRick Currey47.8%
12th GradeSeniorTrent and Lori Myers50.0%