Lower School Weekly Notes

February 21, 2020

Dear Lower School Parents,

Our return from winter break began with an energized two-day visit by Dr. Yeap Ban Har, internationally-renowned Singapore Math expert, and his colleague, Sarah Schaefer, founder and lead instructor of Mathodology. Meeting with the entire Lower School faculty, individual grade levels, and parents, they shared the philosophy, practices, and strategies of Singapore Math. Leading math classes Tuesday, they modeled instructional strategies that foster the development of mathematical reasoning, advancement of skill and concept understanding, and habits and attitudes that encourage learners to create meaning rather than rely on rote memorization.  A video of Tuesday’s parent meeting can be viewed at https://youtu.be/eQbysYyurtA  Special thanks to fifth-grade math teacher Kathy Barbay who initiated the idea for Dr. Ban Har’s visit and the Lake Highland Parent Association (LHPA) for sponsoring this event.

The LS Robotics Team competed at the FLL Regional Championships over winter break and placed 9th out of 36 teams.  This excellent showing qualifies the team for a bid to compete in the FLL State Competition in late March in Niceville, Florida. Congratulations to the team in representing LHPS Robotics.  Go Highlanders!

Twenty-eight Highlanders in grades 5th – 10th competed in Global Issues Problem Solving at the Future Problem Solving District Competition. The district topic was “Gamification.”  Congratulations to all our students for representing LHPS so well! A special congratulations to the 16 students who were invited to compete at the State Competition in March!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 22ndOdyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament – Lake Tohopekaliga

High School, Kissimmee – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25th – All-School College T-Shirt Day [See below]

Wednesday, February 26th – Guatemala Mission Trip Information Session [See below]

Thursday, February 27th – Brown Bag Lunch Series Speaker 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lakefront Rm.

Friday, March 6th – Fourth Grade Strawberry Girl Luncheon & Program

Date Change:  Saturday, March 7th – Fourth – Sixth Grade FLO [See below]

Mon., March 9th - Wed. March 18thBoosterthon Fund Raiser Sponsored by LHPA [See below]

Monday, March 9th - Opening Pep Rally

Wednesday, March 18th – LS Boosterthon Fun Run

Saturday, March 21st – Father/Daughter Dance [See below]

Sunday, March 22nd – Mother/Son Bowling [See below]

Screen-Time Limits

Setting screen-time limits -- and helping kids moderate their own habits -- are all about finding the right balance for your family's needs and lifestyle. “Common Sense Media” offers advice for creating a realistic schedule, setting age-appropriate guidelines on TV time, finding the first websites for young kids to use, handling violent media, and managing kids' cell phone use. Go to: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Black History Month

As our students participate in engaging and informative lessons about Black History Month, we want to also provide information about activities and events happening here in our community. The Orange County Library System offers great resources for students and families. The link below details a few of the many classes and events available throughout the remainder of the month. While February is a month to formally commemorate this essential history, Lake Highland is committed to acknowledging and incorporating diversity into our curriculum year round.  Link:  LHPS Black History Month 2020

This is new! College T-Shirt Days in Lower School

Beginning Tuesday, February 25th, Lower School will join Upper and Middle School in celebrating “College T-Shirt Day” once a month.  Lower School students and employees may choose to participate in these Spirit Days by wearing a shirt/t-shirt that is representative of a college or university.  Regular Spirit Day shirts from LHPS that are worn on Fridays are not approved on these days.  Tops must be related to a college or university and may be paired with dress code shorts or pants or denim jeans or shorts (of an appropriate length).  There are four more designated “College T-Shirt Days” this school year:  February 25th, March 17th, April 21st and May 12th. These dates are printed on the master calendar for easy reference.

Date Change for Lower School FLO – New Date: Saturday, March 7th

Lower School FLO (Faith Lived Out Loud) is Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is our 2nd FLO for the new year and includes lots of fun games. Lower School FLO is especially designed for 4th through 6th graders. FLO is a great opportunity for students to learn more about God, meet new friends and play games. Pick up and drop off will be at the steps in front of the Rex Building. Upper School students as well as adult chaperones will be there to sign in your student for this faith-based event. If you have any questions please contact Rev. Joe Sims at jsims@lhps.org   (Original Date was February 29th)

Middle School Curriculum Night 2020

Rising 7th and 8th Grade LHP Families - we are excited to welcome you to the Charles Clayton Campus on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to join us for an informational meeting to discuss your child's curriculum plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The first part of the evening will be an informational session in the Bourne Chapel, highlighting all of the curriculum options available to your child during their middle school experience next year. The second part of the evening will allow families the opportunity to explore all of the elective choices available for next year. We are looking forward to seeing each of you at this important planning event.

LHPA Boosterthon Fundraiser

LHPA will soon be kicking off the biennial high-energy, exciting Boosterthon fundraiser!  The fundraiser opens with a pep rally on Monday, March 9th. Students will get pledges, participate in daily challenges, earn prizes over nine days and celebrate their success on March 18th with a fabulous FUN RUN on the LHPS field! If you are interested in volunteering, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0844AEAF29A5F49-lhps  If you have questions, please contact the event chairs: Missy Mellen, missy.mellen@gmail.com ; Amy McCarley, amy.mccarley@yahoo.com or Kookie Desai, cullus@mac.com . Look for more information to come and thanks in advance for your support!

50th Anniversary Scotland Tour - Final deadline to register: March 1, 2020

It is your last chance to join the Lake Highland 50th Anniversary Scotland Tour on May 31st – June 8th, 2020! Lake Highland’s 50th Anniversary Scotland Tour provides an amazing opportunity for students and their families to strengthen our Lake Highland community as we experiencethe rich heritage and culture of Scotland, and learn about the customs and traditions of the Scottish people.

This 10-day, celebratory cultural tour of the Scottish Highlands is designed exclusively for Lake Highland families.  All Lake Highland students, faculty, administration, staff, and families (including extended family members) are invited to learn about Scotland and its fabled Highlands – the land that continues to inspire our school’s noble and enduring culture.  Information and details: www.lhps.org/scotland2020 or contact Cheryl Sims at csims@lhps.org

LHPA Events – Save the Dates

Sweetheart Sock-Hop Daddy/Daughter Dance - LS girls (PK-6th) - It's time to wear your favorite sock-hop attire and boogie-woogie at the upcoming Daddy/Daughter Dance on March 21, 2020. Join us with your father, uncle, grandfather, or special father figure for an evening complete with dinner, desserts, games and fun.  A limited number of tickets will be on sale soon!

Mother & Son Bowling Event - LS boys (PK-6th) - Let's strike up some fun! Join us with your mom, grandmother, aunt, or other special mother figure for the 2nd annual Mother/Son event on Sunday, March 22, 2020.  Save the Date - More details to come.

Guatemala Mission Trip

Spaces are still available for the June 18th – 26th Guatemala Mission Trip.  If you would like more information please join Mrs. Blomquist for a Guatemala Informational Session on Wednesday, February 26th at 2:30 p.m. in the Lower School Commons.

Dance Master Class Series for all 6th - 12th Graders

Dance Master Classes are scheduled for March 22nd and April 26th!  Sunday, March 22nd, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Jazz with Angelique Martinex, Disney performer and on-air personality with iHeart Radio. Sunday, April 26th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Hip Hop, teacher still to be determined.Classes are free of charge for all 6th thru 12th graders at LHP.  Sessions will be held in The Dance Studio at the Annex – 901 Highland Avenue (where the LHP Business Office is located.)  To register for the classes please e-mail the Dance Instructor, Ms. Korte, at rkorte@lhps.org with your student’s name, grade and a contact number.

Highlander Summer Update

All Highlander Summer camps are now available to view on our website. We are offering over 100 programs this year that will include Highlander Day Camps, specialty camps, sports camps, STEM/Technology camps and academic courses! Highlander Summer will run for 7 weeks beginning June 8th and ending July 24th. Registration will open on Thursday, 2/27 at noon. If you have any questions, please contact the Auxiliary Office at 407-206-1900 x1176 or email us at summer@lhps.org 

Enjoy your weekend.


Debbie DeLoach

Lower School Director

Mary Anne Handley

Lower School Associate Director

Susan Keogh

Lower School Associate Director

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