Lower School Weekly Notes

November 15, 2019

Dear Lower School Parents,

Tonight is the night for those who enjoy Science! The Orlando Science Center is hosting a Lower School Family Night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  We hope the center will be filled with Highlander families and that everyone enjoys exploring all that the Science Center has to offer.

We extend appreciation to Mrs. Lori Moore, Director of LHPS Admission, and her capable staff, Gabby Solorzano, Erin Gottschalk and Forrest White.  The Admission Department hosted a Visitation Day for prospective 6th Graders this week.  Approximately 25 families spent the morning touring the campus followed by lunch and a shadowing opportunity with a current sixth grader.  We were very proud of how welcoming our Highlanders were to these visiting families.

Lower School iLab Coordinator, Emily Blomquist and School Counselor, Drew Shaner are in the process of completing another Counseling/iLab collaboration, this time with our first grade students. The focus is our November Fruit of the Spirit character trait - Peace. Last week, Mr. Shaner read a story about peaceful living.  This week, Mrs. Blomquist had each first grade student design a yoga mat for a classmate, focusing on creating peace not just for yourself, but for a peer. Next week, each first grade class will put their yoga mats to use by participating in a 20 minute yoga class led by Mr. Shaner, Mrs. Blomquist, and their PE Teacher.

The collaborative project was designed to focus on awareness of peaceful habits such as calming strategies, recognizing emotions, and growing empathy. Mrs. Blomquist and Mr. Shaner look forward to providing more enriching opportunities combining the Fruit of the Spirit with iLab activities and projects. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 15th –Orlando Science Center Lower School Family Night @ 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Monday – Thursday, November 18th – 21st – Sixth Grade Washington D.C. Field Trip

Friday, November 22nd – Thanksgiving Devotional @ the Cross

Friday, November 22nd – PreK Thanksgiving Program @ 11:30 – Lakefront Room

Friday, November 22nd – 1st Grade Thanksgiving Program @ 1:30 – HCCA

Monday – Friday, November 25th – 29th – Thanksgiving Holiday for All

Monday, December 2nd – Classes Resume

Monday, December 2nd – LS Scripps Spelling Bee School Finals @ 1:45 p.m. HCCA

Thursday, December 5th – Grades 1 – 5 Visitation Day for Prospective Families 9:00 a.m.

Friday, December 6thChristmas at the Harriett Program @ 7:00 p.m. HCCA

Monday, December 9th – Winter Musical Concerts – HCCA

                                                6:30 p.m. Band Concert          7:30 p.m. Strings Concert

Tuesday – Friday, December 17th – 20th – Semester Exams/Early Dismissal Days

Wednesday, December 18th – Second Grade Christmas Program @ 6:00 p.m. HCCA

Thursday, December 19th – Kindergarten Christmas Program @ 6:00 p.m. HCCA

Friday, December 20th – End of 2nd Quarter/Christmas Holiday Begins

LHPS Admission News

Applications are open for new students interested in joining LHP for the 2020-2021 school year.  A list of admission events for prospective students may also be found on our website. We look forward to meeting your new Highlanders!

Seeking LEGOS as Instructional Resource 

Do you have old, unused LEGOs lying around no longer being played with? Are you looking for some place to pass along these old toys? The Innovation Lab in the Lower School and Build Space in the Middle School are looking for any LEGO pieces, sets, figures, parts that you might be willing to donate. These toys have a very mathematical structural design and present some incredible opportunities to teach students STEM alongside creativity. We are looking for as little or as much as you might be willing to part with. Donated LEGOs can be dropped off at either the Lower or Middle School offices. Thank you!

Orlando Science Center LS Family Night – Tonight’s the night!

LHPS Celebrates Science!  Lake Highland’s Lower School students and families, as well as Highlander faculty, staff and their families, are invited to attend this inaugural event.             Event Date and TimeFriday, November 15th @ 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Orlando Science Center – 777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando 32803

  • Interactive exhibits open exclusively for Highlanders
  • Film screenings: Animalopolis and Apollo 11
  • Parking and admission are FREE
  • Please bring/wear your LHP parent and/or employee ID badge to gain entrance.
  • All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Food will not be served during this event.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jill Scott at jscott@lhps.org.
  • Note: The Subway vendor and Coffee Shop located in the Science Center will be open for those who wish to purchase food items.

Attention 6th Grade Dancers: Hip Hop Dance Master Class

The LHPS Dance Department will be offering a final Master Class this semester on Sunday, November 17th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. -- Hip-Hop with Chris Pederson.  Chris is a choreographer, performer and judge featured in Dance Spirit Magazine.  This class is free of charge for all 6th – 12th graders and will be held in The Dance Studio at the LHPS Annex – Business Office on Highland Avenue.  To register for the class please e-mail the Dance Instructor, Ms. Korte, at rkorte@lhps.org with your student’s name, grade and a contact number. 

After School Academy News

Registration for Winter-Spring Academies is now open! The Auxiliary office to excited to offer several brand-new Academies such as: Little People, Big Dreams Book Club, STEAM-Rocketeering, Music Exploration, and STEM Discovery to name a few (grade levels vary)! All Academy offerings are visible from our Academy website. You may access the Academy website under the ACADEMICS tab on the school website or by clicking HERE. If you have any questions about specific Academies after viewing the website, please contact the Auxiliary office at academy@lhps.org or 407-206-1900 x1176. 

We hope to see you and your family at the Orlando Science Center tonight!  Enjoy your weekend.


Debbie DeLoach

Lower School Director

Mary Anne Handley

Lower School Associate Director

Bill Fiordalis

Lower School Associate Director

Susan Keogh

Lower School Associate Director  






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