Lower School Weekly Notes

April 20, 2018

Dear Lower School Parents,

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso

The LHPS campuses have had the “dust of everyday life” washed away in the most beautiful and creative ways during our annual Arts Festival Week!  Congratulations to all of our student artists and the following supremely talented Arts faculty members:  Elizabeth Cortelyou, Delicia Egerton, Chris Greening, Pamela Greening, Melissa Johnson, Jackie Juaristi, Betsy Pavlovich, Michael Simpson & Cheryl Sims for a joyous week in celebration of the visual and performing arts. We also extend our sincere appreciation to the following parents who volunteered countless hours in preparation for the week: Susie D’Amaro, Jayme Minutoli, Dr. Leonides Villalon, Melilssa Chaet, Stacey Madden, Linda Midkiff, April Brown, Jay Martinez, Sheri Mazariegos, Nicole Rader and Courtney Steinhaus.

The week began with a fully immersive evening of art activities at the first-time LS Studio Showcase.  Students, accompanied by parents and siblings, participated in folk dancing, clay making, photography, ukulele playing and a great deal more!  Our ProjectART community outreach art project that involves the entire LHP student body, was focused around construction of four, large Folk Art-inspired quilts that will hang at the Visual Arts Department at UCF, at Ivey Lane Elementary and two will remain on campus.  

Additionally, throughout the week students enjoyed performances from their peers in band, strings and chorus as well as a rousing performance by the professional group, The Brown Bag Brass Band.  Art awards were presented to student artists at the culmination of the juried art show (awards are listed below) and in between all of this focus on the Arts, we welcomed new families with an ice cream social sponsored by the Admission Department. 

Finally, this morning students in grades PreK – 5th interacted personally with members of the sixth grade class at the annual Sixth Grade International Festival.  While dressed in traditional dress from the country of their choosing, the sixth graders interacted with the primary-aged students and had their make-believe passports “stamped.”  Students in the intermediate grades talked with the sixth graders about their foreign country of choice and played games native to different parts of the world.  As is the tradition, the International Festival also included the parade of costumes, a professional performance from an outside group, and of course the world showcase feast! Special thanks to the Sixth Grade Team and especially to the Geography teachers Candace Clarkson & David Schaeffer for coordinating this event.

2018 LHP Arts Festival Juried Art Show Winners

Best of Show, Grades PreK-K - Addison Childs (KA)

Best of Show, Grades 1st -3rd - Penelope Coppings (3D)

Best of Show, Grades 4th - 6th - Kate D’Amaro (6C)

PreK Judges’ Choice - Mia Esson (PreKA)

Kindergarten Judges’ Choice - Riley Nelson (KB)

1st Grade Judges’ Choice - Parker Hodgins (1D) and Emily Sweet (1B)                

2nd Grade Judges’ Choice - Lily Gottschall (2A) and Camille Vasconcelos (2A)

3rd Grade Judges’ Choice 2-Dimensional - Brooks Jaffe (3C) & Sydney Wilson (3B)

3rd Grade Judges’ Choice 3-Dimensional - Gabriel Cubano Freyre (3C)

3rd Grade Judges’ Choice Collaborative - Mrs. Keener’s Class (3F)

4th Grade Judges’ Choice – Coco Bose (4D) 

4th Grade Judges’ Choice - Jacqueline Miele (4A)

5th Grade Judges’ Choice 2-Dimensional – Tynan Tracy (5D)

5th Grade Judges’ Choice 2-Dimensional - Olivia Santos (5F)

5th Grade Judges’ Choice 3-Dimensional - Ashley Robinson (5D)

6th Grade Judges’ Choice 2-Dimensional - Sophia Geraghty (6C)

6th Grade Judges’ Choice 3-Dimensional - Allison Raymond (6D)

6th Grade Judges’ Choice Silk Painting - Kate D’Amaro (6C)

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

Tuesday, April 24th – Student Council Third Grade Bake Sale - Bake Sale proceeds benefitting Orlando Coalition for the Homeless

Friday, April 27th – LS Grandparents Day Celebration – HCCA [Details below]

Monday, April 30th – PreK Bug Show and Picnic – 11:30 -- Lakefront Room

Tuesday, May 1stState of the School Address by LHP President Admiral Harms – 8:30 a.m.

Lakefront Room (Note location change from what was previously posted.)

Tuesday, May 1st – All Strings Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. HCCA Main Stage

Wednesday, May 2nd – LS Parent/Teacher Conference Day (Student holiday)

Thursday, May 3rd – All Bands Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. HCCA Main Stage

Arts League Silent Auction – Student “Chair” Art!

“Everyone has a seat at the table!” was the theme for one component of the just-completed 2018 Arts Festival Week.  LHP students from various clubs hand-painted chairs in the Folk Art style and these chairs remained on display through the week.  The LHPS Arts League is holding a silent auction next week (April 23rd – 27th) to sell the chairs.  The chairs will be displayed in Maxwel Station (the pavilion behind LS) all week.  The silent auction will begin on Wednesday the 25th and end at 3:00 p.m. on Friday the 27th.  Please watch for an e-mail on Monday with a website to view the chairs that are up for auction. Bidding will be done on-site at Maxwel Station.  All proceeds raised will go to the Highlander Fund, specifically to the Arts, as well as the clubs and sports teams that designed and painted the chairs.

April 27th! - Grandparents Day Details

It is with great pleasure that we invite you and your family to our annual Lower School Grandparents Day in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts (HCCA) on Friday, April 27, 2018!  With recognitions, presentations, and music featuring LHPS performing arts groups, we will honor our grandparents and grandfriends.  This year’s theme is LEGENDS… It’s Going to be Legendary!

If you would like to share with your out of town family members – the live feed link is: https://livestream.com/accounts/8271916/events/8166610

Since this is not a regular school day, there will be no classroom instruction or supervision for Lower School students.  Students, dressed in mandatory school uniforms, should arrive with their families at the designated times below. After our Celebration Assembly, families will then visit classrooms and meet the teachers. 

Please plan to attend based on your child’s last name:   Students whose last names begin with A - R attend the 8:30 a.m. assembly. Students whose last names begin with S - Z attend the 11:00 a.m. assembly.

Summer Football Camp

Learn and enjoy the game of football with our Lake Highland football coaches and players! Our camp teaches the latest techniques in the game to create better, safer players. Football camp is Week 1 (June 4-8) of Summer Spectacular!  We can accommodate rising 2nd through 8th grade students. This is a correction from previous information.  For more information and to register, please visit www.lhps.org/summer

The Auxilium Project is Looking for Parent Volunteers!

Partner with our Lake Highland faculty to create unique learning opportunities for our students. Share your expertise and professional talents with our students through guest lectures, hands-on learning experiences, workshops, field trip opportunities, and more! Learn more or volunteer now at www.lhps.org/auxilium. Questions? Please contact Kalani Meffe at kmeffe@hotmail.com.

Orlando Magazine’s “Best Of…” Vote Now for LHP!

We are all familiar with Orlando Magazine’s annual issue that features the BEST OF in dozens of categories- including Best K-8 School and Best 9-12 school. Lake Highland is proud and grateful that our school is consistently selected by Orlando Magazine readers as our region’s best school in those categories. There are three school categories:  

  • K-5
  • 6-8  
  • 9-12

We encourage you, our employees/families/alumni, to vote in each of these categories! Let your school – our school - be recognized in Central Florida as being the most outstanding place of learning for K-12 students.   Please:

1.    Vote yourself- now is the time! (Until May 1st)

2.    You must vote in at least 7 categories to have your ballot count- have fun voting for your favorite restaurant, coffee stop, plant shop, mall or retailer!

3.    Forward to small groups of family or friends so they can vote, too.

      Visit this link to vote: http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Best-of-ORL-Ballot-2018/  Only one ballot per e-mail address will be counted; all ballots must include the voter's complete name, address and phone number to be valid.

Auditions for 2018-2019 JV and Varsity Dance Team

Auditions for the dance teams are open to all rising 7th through 12th graders and will be held on Tuesday, May 1st AND May 8th from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Note:  ATTENDANCE ON BOTH DAYS IS MANDATORY!  There is no need to sign up in advance. Students who wish to audition should just show up ready to dance. The May 1st session will be held in the Dance Studio at the LHPS Annex.  May 8th auditions will take place on the main stage of the HCCA.  An optional practice day will be held May 3rd from 3:30 -5:00 p.m. in the Dance Studio. Please e-mail the Dance Instructor, Ms. Korte at rkorte@lhps.org with any questions.

Girls Lacrosse and Volleyball – Grades 2 through 8

Is your daughter interested in improving her Lacrosse and Volleyball skills or learning how to play new sports?  If so, she may consider attending Summer Spectacular’s Lacrosse and Volleyball courses for rising 2nd - 8th grade girls.  Lacrosse will be offered Week 4 (June 25th-29th) from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Volleyball Week 8 (July 23rd-27th) from 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m.  For more information and to register, please visit www.lhps.org/summer.

Summer Spectacular – Early Registration Deadline is May 7th!

The Summer Spectacular brochure and online registration are available now at www.lhps.org/summer.   Summer Spectacular 2018 will offer a wide variety of academic and enrichment courses as well as athletic opportunities.  Traditional favorites will return with numerous new topics and experiences.  Many classes will reach capacity before the May 7th early deadline.  Please register today!  Parents can register and pay online with a credit card for their children’s courses.  Student billing will no longer be used for summer programs. For questions, please email summer@lhps.org or call 407-206-1900, extension 1231.

Afterschool Academies    

The Winter/Spring Academy term ends next month!  There are still openings for the Parents’ Night Out: Lower School Talent Show (PK-6th) on Thursday, May 17th.  To register, please visit www.lhps.org/academy.  For Academy questions, please contact academy@lhps.org or call 407-206-1900, ext. 1231.

Enjoy your weekend!


Debbie DeLoach            Mary Anne Handley            Bill Fiordalis               Susan Keogh

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



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