Lower School Weekly Notes

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dear Lower School Parents,

Summer vacation has officially begun!  The students left full of memories and with anticipation for summer activities.  The Lower School is eerily quiet!  Faculty, staff and administration are now able to reflect on the many and varied accomplishments of your children during this eventful school year.  We will miss the daily presence of all of our young Highlanders during the summer.  However, we will happily welcome many of the children back for Summer Spectacular activities.

We finished the school year on this last day as we have for many, many years – with the end-of-the-year rocket launch!  Sixth grader, Aidan Dandiya was selected in a random drawing to push the launch button!  The rocket is a visible symbol of the “launch” of our sixth graders out of Lower School and into Middle School.  Once again we say thank you to the Kaschai family for their excellent rocketry skills! 

Also, worth noting is our final large-school event this year -- Kindergarten Graduation which was held last evening.  Proud children and equally proud parents filled the HCCA for this sweet program marking this milestone.

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

Thursday, May 24th – Last Day of Classes!

Friday, June 1st – Grades available via PowerSchool (Also in the June Report Card Mailing)

Monday, June 4th - Summer Spectacular! Session I Begins

Sunday, August 12th – PreK - 2nd Grade Orientation @ 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. [more information to come via email]

Monday, August 13th – 3rd - 6th Grade Orientation @ 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. [more information to come via email]

Wednesday, August 15th – FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – 2018/2019 School Year!

Please continue reading to the end of the email.  You will find important information about RETURNING TEXTBOOKS for CREDITS and/or DONATIONS that you won’t want to miss!

Final Report Cards and End-of-School Mailing               

The final report cards, CTP scores, and other important information will be mailed to parents next week.  Please watch for this to come since there are several critical items that need to your attention during the summer months. 

AfterCare Registration – 2018/2019         

AfterCare registration for next year is now online at the Lake Highland website under “Academics” and then click on Lower School.”  There is NO registration fee if you register by Friday, June 1st, so the appropriate billing happens over the summer in the billing cycle.  Any AfterCare registrations after June 1st will incur a $35.00 late registration fee.

2018/2019 Textbooks for Rising 7th Graders (current 6th graders)

All parents of students must place an order for next year’s textbooks now. Please click below for instructions and ordering.  https://w1.lhps.org/lhps/lhp/forms/TextbookOrder.aspx  Thank you for helping us get the correct textbook order for your student.

Lower School Courtyard Update

This spring, many people worked to creatively re-imagine our Lower School Courtyard, and their efforts will soon result in a fabulous new learning area! Every day, our PreK and Kindergarten students will enjoy new outdoor sensory spaces that inspire learning through play. Doors were recently added to connect interior, ground-floor classrooms to the Courtyard. Soon, aluminum canopies will be installed over the exterior doors followed by a summer installation of several exciting learning spaces: a turf area, water structure, sitting rocks, rubber tricycle path, and a climb-over tunnel. The new Courtyard is now scheduled to open in September.  We are thrilled to offer our youngest Highlanders this outdoor sensory garden and activity space where they will explore, learn, discover, and grow!

Please Donate Used Uniforms!

It’s time to purge your children’s outgrown uniforms!  Used Uniform donations will be collected on both campuses beginning Tuesday, May 1st and will continue through the end of the first week of Summer Spectacular, June 8th.  We are accepting clean, gently used Dennis Uniforms and spirit and/or outerwear purchased from The Source (school store). If you have any of these items to donate, you may place them in a yellow collection bin (Annex lobby, LS/MS/US entrances). Questions? Contact Lauren Brewer ljrychlik@hotmail.com or Mitzy McKenzie mitzymck@gmail.com

Summer Reading and Math Requirements          

Summer vacation has just begun but it is not too early to begin thinking about great books for summer reading! Summer reading books and required assignments for students entering PreK - grade 6 are now available online at  https://www.lhps.org/students/summer-reading

2018 Summer Spectacular               

Summer Spectacular offers meaningful learning experiences throughout June and July. A wide variety of academic and enrichment courses as well as athletic opportunities are available. Many classes already have or are close to reaching their capacity. To view the brochure and register for courses, waitlists, lunches, and extended care, please visit www.lhps.org/summer.  For summer questions, please call 407-206-1900, extension 1231 or email summer@lhps.org.


LOWER SCHOOL - Grades 1-6

  • Books that can be turned in for credit are listed below. Books requested as donations to build class sets are also listed.
  • During school on May 21st - May 24th, your child’s homeroom teacher will be accepting used books for credit or donation.
  • To receive credit the book must be in good condition and your child’s name must be written on the inside of the front cover of the textbook.
  • Books must be turned in by Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 to receive credit.
  • Credit for books will appear on LHPS student account in July, 2018.
  • Books dropped off but not acceptable for credit will be donated to the teachers for classroom sets.

Textbooks accepted for CREDIT:

GRADES 4 - Math textbooks (4A/4B or 5A/5B)

GRADE 5 - Social Studies & Accelerated Math Textbooks (Course 1)

GRADE 6 - Math textbooks (Course 1, Course 2, or Pre-Algebra)

Textbooks accepted as DONATIONS for class sets:

GRADES 2-3 - Math textbooks

GRADE 5 - Math 5 textbooks (5A/5B)

GRADE 6 - Pearson Geography

Contact Information:  Debbie Saul, LHPS Store Manager

                                    407-206-1900, ext. 3269 or dsaul@lhps.org


Used books will be available for grades 4-6 in the classrooms during Lower School Orientation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Whatever your summer plans, enjoy the time away, and we look forward to seeing you again in August.  However, we are sure we will see many of you during Summer Spectacular!


Debbie DeLoach            Mary Anne Handley            Bill Fiordalis               Susan Keogh

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




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