Lower School Weekly Notes

January 19, 2018

Dear Lower School Parents,

Brrrr!  Winter weather continues to come and go but everyone in Lower School spent another busy week in their classrooms and with a few special events too. 

On Wednesday, 3rd through 6th grade students enjoyed a conversation with Mr. James Ponti, author of children’s mysteries Vanished! and Framed!  Mr. Ponti, who lives right here in Maitland, inspired the students by discussing the “writing of mysteries and the mysteries of writing!”

Fourth graders spent Thursday in St. Augustine.  In spite of very cold weather, the students learned a great deal as they toured locations including the Old School House, the Colonial Quarter and the fort known as the Castillo de San Marcos. 

Also on Thursday, the final Admission event for prospective families for this school year took place.  We welcomed 37 PreKindergarten aged children and their parents to campus and received much positive feedback about what they learned about our fine school. 

Please note the following reminders and items of interest.  For more detailed school-wide announcements and calendar items, please also check the Week at a Glance (WAAG), which can be found at the LHP website under the red drop down bar titled “News and Social.” Once there, click on “News”- which will take you to the News & Social media page. There is a direct link to the Week at a Glance at the top of the page, which also can be found here: Week at a Glance.

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 22nd – Kindergarten Trip to Blue Springs State Park

Friday – Sunday, January 26th – 28th – Lower School Musical Production of The Wizard of Oz

                        Show times:  7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday    2:00 p.m. Sunday

Tuesday, January 30th – Sixth Grade Student Council Bake Sale

Wednesday, January 31st – Mid Term (Quarter Three)

Tuesday, February 6th – Used Uniform Sale - The Bradshaw Commons @ 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday/Friday, February 8th & 9th - Fifth Grade Tallahassee Field Trip

Monday – Friday, February 12th – 16th - Winter Break Holiday for All

Monday, February 19th - Final Day of Winter Break for Students | Teacher Workday

Tuesday, February 20th – Classes Resume

Thursday, February 22nd – Fourth Grade Student Council Bake Sale

Friday, February 23rd – Sixth Grade St. Petersburg Arts Field Trip

LS Drama Presents The Wizard of Oz

Come travel with us to the Gale Farm, Munchkinland, and the legendary Emerald City of Oz, as LS Drama presents, The Wizard of Oz.  Our cast of sixty-three energetic and talented 5th and 6th grade students will be your guide next week, on January 26th, 27th and 28th.  Selected US musicians complement our production providing a live orchestra, accompanied by our music director, Lynn Peghiny, our band director, Chris Greening, and conducted by Michael Simpson.  Thanks to all for your support of LS Drama!

Show Times are January 26th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. and January 28 at 2:00 p.m., in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts (HCCA). Ticket prices are $10 Adults | $5 Students and are available at the HCCA Box Office one hour before each show.  Seating is general audience, and no advance sales are offered. 

Calling all artists and Lazy Moon fans!

The LS and MS Art Contest is partnering with Lazy Moon Pizzeria this year.  Create your original 2D Folk Art masterpiece with paint, charcoal, pastels, photography, pencils, crayons or your choice of medium. Be inspired by the Lazy Moon Pizzeria to create your original work of Folk Art.  Visit lazymoonpizza.com for more inspiration.

Submission forms will be given to interested artists in their homeroom.  Place your completed artwork in the submission boxes located in the Lower and Middle School offices by January 22, 2018.  Prizes will be awarded at a pizza party on February 20, 2018 at the Lazy Moon Pizzeria!
Please contact Jayme Minutoli with questions - jayme_minutoli@mac.com

New Image Club Shoe Drive

Lake Highland’s New Image Club is hosting a shoe drive fundraiser to benefit New Image Youth Center in Parramore. Please go through your closets and bring in gently used shoes of all sizes. Lower School collection boxes are outside the Lower School Office in the main entrance foyer as well as in the back of the building. The shoe collection days are continue through Tuesday, January 23rd. Thank you for your donation.

Braveheart Girl’s Lacrosse

Registration for Braveheart Girl's Lacrosse for the upcoming spring season is open for new and experienced players in 2nd through 6th grades.  Please register at www.braveheartgirlslax.com

Practices will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the LHP field on the Main Campus beginning February 26th.  Games begin on Saturday, March 3rd and continue until Saturday, May 5th.  Please Contact Head Coach Lauren Dean at ldean@lhps.org for more information.

Middle School Boys & Girls Tennis Tryouts

Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to tryout for the LHPS Tennis Team during the week of January 29th – February 2nd.  On Monday the 29th, interested sixth graders will meet Coach Schaeffer at 3:15 p.m. at the picnic tables outside the cafeteria to walk over to the Lake Highland Athletic Complex (LHAC) tennis courts.  The first day of tryouts will be from 3:15 until 5:15 on Monday.  The schedule for the rest of the week will be announced by Coach Schaeffer that day.

To participate in tryouts, Physical Forms EL2 and EL3 are due on the 29th and students must also pass a concussion test which will be administered after school on January 16th in Calkins Library (US).  If documents are missing or a concussion test has not been completed, students will not be able to participate in tryouts. If you have questions about this tryout process, please email Head MS Tennis Coach, Dave Schaeffer, at: dschaeffer@lhps.org  

C.E.L.T.I.C. Spring Season Registration                          

C.E.L.T.I.C. (Cultivating Everyday Leaders Through Inspirational Coaching) is a program available to 2nd through 6th grade boys and girls. The 2018 Spring Session is here! Please join us for basketball training, character building and team league play starting February 19th through May 7th every Monday and Friday from 3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. in the Weng gymnasium on Main Campus.  Games are played on Saturday between 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. schedules are to be determined.  Visit the LHPS Athletics page; go to Athletic Sport Shop then Spirit Packs. Please contact Coach Joel Berry at usweat@hotmail.com with any questions.

Used Uniform Sale Coming in February

The LHPS Used Uniform Sale will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Lower School Commons. Clean, gently used Dennis Uniforms, as well as spirit and/or outerwear purchased from The Source are being accepted from now until Friday, January 26th. If you have any of these items to donate, you may place them in the yellow collection bins located at the entrances to the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and in the lobby of the Annex on Highland Avenue. Questions? Please contact Lauren Brewer ljrychlik@hotmail.com or Mitzy McKenzie mitzymck@gmail.com

Father/Daughter Dance Coming Soon!

Please save the date for this year's Father Daughter Dance, sponsored by the LHPA, to take place on Friday March 9th in the Historic Dubsdread Golf Course Ballroom. This event is open to any PreK through 6th Grade girl who wishes to participate with her father, uncle, grandfather, adult brothers or significant male family friend.  For more information, contact Megan Dennis at 407-427-7086 or MeganBDennis@gmail.com

Afterschool Academies    

The Winter/Spring Academy brochure and registration are online.  Academies provide our students with a variety of enriching opportunities in arts, academics, and fitness. Several academies still have openings! These include yoga, drama, singing, cooking and Friday “fun nights” and theatre experiences! We are excited to offer new academies that address our students’ interests in soccer, art and carpentry. 

Beginning with the Winter/Spring term, parents will have the ability to register, manage, and pay online with credit card for their children’s academies.  Student billing will no longer be used for Academy programs. To view the brochure and to register, please visit www.lhps.org/academy.  For Academy questions, please contact academy@lhps.org or call 407-206-1900, ext. 1231.

We wish you a fun, family weekend as we look forward to the return of warmer temperatures.


Debbie DeLoach            Mary Anne Handley            Bill Fiordalis               Susan Keogh

LS Director                    LS Assoc. Director              LS Assoc. Director     LS Assoc. Director



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