Lower School Weekly Notes

October 19, 2018

Dear Lower School Parents,

Excitement is growing in the Lower School in anticipation of the annual Halloween Carnival next Friday, October 26th!  Information and details regarding costumes, the carnival schedule, parking, and student pick-up procedures, among other items, was sent earlier today in a separate email.  We extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to our 2018 carnival chairs, Mrs. Ann Baker, Mrs. Kalani Meffe and Mrs. Stacy Wright.  We look forward to a fun-filled event for all the Lower School children and for our Upper School Seniors who are volunteer carnival workers.

On another important topic, the LHPS Admission Applications for new Highlanders for the 2019-2020 school year are available on our website. For Key Admission Dates including application deadlines and additional information, please click here.

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 on the LHP website. On the far right side of the black drop-down bar, click on the red horizontal lines icon which will take you to a 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

Friday, October 26th – LS Annual Halloween Carnival & Early Dismissal Day            

[Dismissal Two Hours Early @ 12:30, 12:50 & 1:15 p.m. – No Lunch]

Friday, November 2nd – Final Home Football Game of the Season 7:00 p.m. CNL Stadium    

[LS student must be accompanied/supervised by an adult]

Wednesday, November 7th – Sixth Grade Admission Visitation Day @ 8:30 a.m.

Friday, November 9th – LHPS Veterans Salute - Show times: 8:45/10:45/1:00 [Details below]

Monday – Thursday, November 12th – 15th – Sixth Grade Field Trip to Washington DC

Friday, November 16th – Thanksgiving Programs: 11:30 a.m. PreK and 1:30 p.m. 1st Grade

Monday – Friday, November 19th – 23rd – Thanksgiving Holiday for All

Aftercare on Early Dismissal Days

Aftercare services will be available during the early dismissal on Halloween Carnival day, Friday, October 26th.  Aftercare will open two hours earlier than usual to reflect the change of dismissal time.  Aftercare will remain open as usual until 5:45 p.m.  The drop-in fee for these early dismissal days will be $30.00.  Please contact Mrs. Patti Exum, Aftercare Coordinator, at pexum@lhps.org or extension 1186 if you have any questions.

LHPS Scout Troop 148:  Tenth Annual Christmas Tree Sale

Support LHPS's Troop 148 during their annual Christmas tree sale. Trees, garlands and wreaths are available to purchase.  Deadline to order is Wednesday, November 7th.  Pick up or delivery on Sunday, November 25th.  Go to https://shop.troop148.us/ for ordering and details. 

LS Halloween Carnival       

The Halloween Carnival is intentionally scheduled as an early dismissal day this year.  Lunch will not be served to LS students. Snacks will be provided in the classrooms and treats will be available at the Carnival.  Costume guidelines are below. 

For advanced planning purposes, the grade level Carnival Schedule is as follows:

            •PreK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade:    9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

            •2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade:                       10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

            •5th and 6th Grade:                               11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If you plan to attend the carnival, please attend only at your child’s scheduled time.  We cannot accommodate additional people while other grade levels are attending the event.  NOTE:  The Carnival is NOT open to middle or upper school students (except Seniors who are carnival assistants).      

Halloween Costume Parade Guidelines

The annual Halloween Costume Parade will begin at 8:10 a.m. in the Weng Gymnasium.  Halloween costumes are encouraged (not required) for the parade.  Immediately following the event in the gym, students will remove costumes and wear Spirit Day attire for the remainder of the day.  Please make sure that your child is dressed in an appropriate costume following the guidelines outlined below.  This is a family-friendly event attended by all Lower School children. The costume must be appropriate for all ages and follow the guidelines of LHPS values and the Mission Statement.  Please help your child choose/create a costume that is respectful and socially tasteful. We encourage you to be fun and creative in designing an appropriate costume!

* Not too scary or violent in nature (no blood or gore)

* No provocative, revealing, or suggestive outfits (no bare midriffs, micro-mini skirts, etc.)

* No skates, scooters, skateboards, or weapons - real or fake

* A face mask is permitted as long as it is worn ONLY during the costume parade and only if the

   mask is an original component of the costume. (Ex. Superhero-style mask)

*Appropriate hard-sole (athletic/sneakers) shoes must be worn for safety reasons.

*Items such as candy, coins, confetti, etc. may not be thrown to the spectators during the parade.

Students should bring Spirit Day clothes (Halloween shirts are acceptable) to change into after the parade so they are more comfortable for the remainder of the day.  Please remember shorts may be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee and sneaker/athletic shoes must be worn. 

7th Grade Basketball Tryouts

The Lake Highland 7th Grade Basketball Team invites any interested sixth graders to try out for the Middle School Basketball program. Tryouts will take place on November 5th, 7th, and 9th at the Middle School gymnasium. Every student who tries out is required to complete an EL2 Physical, EL3 Consent, submit three NFHS video certificates and complete IMPACT testing. More information on completing that process can be found at https://www.lhps.org/ATHLETICS/Athletic-Training-Eligibility/AthleteConnection . If you have any questions regarding the tryout process, please contact 7th Grade Basketball Coach Drew Shaner at dshaner@lhps.org.

Annual LHPS Veterans Salute Details      

Preparations by our administration, faculty, staff, and students are well underway as we look forward to our 21st Annual Veterans Salute this fall. This celebration entitled “FREEDOM” will be on Friday, November 9, 2018.  The program will include beloved and inspiring patriotic songs, a variety of Lake Highland talent, and an entertaining “canteen” reception in the Johnny Holloway Blackbox Theatre.  The salute provides an opportunity for us to honor and remember our United States veterans. It also facilitates a greater understanding and thanksgiving for the freedoms we enjoy as a result of their endeavors, sacrifice, and courageous dedication.

You and your family are invited to this enlightening salute.  You will not want to miss it so invite your family members and mark your calendar – Friday, November 9th, 8:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., or 1:00 p.m. in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts (HCCA) on the Lake Highland Main Campus.

New this year, LHPS President, Vice Admiral Alfred G. Harms, Jr., USN (Ret.), invites all veterans to join him for a special reception before each show to recognize their service to our country. If you have a family member who is a veteran, please invite them and let us honor them at the show and at this tribute reception.  Each veteran will be personally escorted to the reception after checking in.

LA MODE: LHPA Fashion Fund Raiser               

The LHPA presents an exclusive fashion and fundraising event hosted by Bloomingdale’s at The Mall at Millenia. Join us for La Mode VIP Runway Show on Thursday, November 15 to kick off a spectacular weekend of shopping for a cause. Support Lake Highland with every Bloomingdale’s purchase you make, as 10% of sales will be donated back to the school!

Tickets to La Mode VIP Runway Show are on sale now. Just a few tickets remain and seating is limited. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at www.lhp.org/lamode . No ticket purchase necessary to shop all weekend, Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date for Starlight Soiree!

The Lake Highland Parent Association cordially invites you to be a part of Starlight Soiree, our biggest fundraising event of the year. Join us on February 23, 2019, at the fabulous Four Seasons Resort Orlando for an unforgettable night of fundraising and fellowship. All of the event details are available at www.lhps.org/starlightsoiree including how to join the amazing group of sponsors, donate a show stopping auction item or get involved in a way that suits your family. We hope you can join us at Starlight Soiree!

Lake Highland Christmas Card Design

The Lower School is looking for talented artists, grades PreK-6th, to create this year’s Lake Highland Christmas Greeting Card. The artwork needs to be in color - markers and sharpies work the best - and done on a 6” x 9” sheet of white paper. Also, please remember to print your name and homeroom clearly in pencil, on the back of your artwork. The artwork should have a creative holiday theme. If selected by Admiral and Mrs. Harms, the card will be shared with our entire Lake Highland family. The deadline for submitting artwork for the cards is Wednesday, October 31st, but a card may be submitted any time before that date. Please submit cards to Mrs. Greening or Ms. Juaristi.

Dance Master Class Series for 6th-12th Graders             

The LHPS Dance Department is offering one more Master Class this semester. This is free of charge for all 6th-12th graders.  This class will be held in the Dance Studio at the Annex (across Highland Avenue from US).  This class begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. 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.

Master Class #3: Sunday, December 2nd - Hip Hop with the Artistic Director of the NoMads and USA Hip Hop International gold medalist, Clarissa Turner

We wish you a pleasant family weekend as we look forward to cooler weather that is supposed to be on its way.


Debbie DeLoach, LS Director

Mary Anne Handley, LS Associate Director

Bill Fiordalis, LS Associate Director

Susan Keogh, LS Associate Director  






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