Lower School Weekly Notes

September 14, 2018

Dear Lower School Parents,

Another busy week at school comes to a close as we reflect on events like the “Go Gold” Spirit Day which helped raise awareness of childhood cancer by partnering with local non-profit organization Runway to Hope.  We thank all the families who supported this effort by purchasing an official “Go Gold” T-shirt and/or making a donation.

Today, forty members of the third grade Academy Singers, directed by Mrs. Cheryl Sims and Mrs. Pamela Reynolds, performed at the Beardall Senior Center at an official POW-MIA ceremony to honor U.S. Military prisoners of war and those still missing in action.  Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council hosted this event that featured comments by distinguished military officers, a symbolic “setting of the table” ceremony led by ROTC cadets from UCF, and a moving rendition of God Bless America as sung by our young Highlanders.

Thank you to parent co-chairs, Lauren Brewer and Mitzy McKenzie, for organizing a successful used uniform sale on Wednesday.  It appeared from the many parents seen leaving the sale with bags of clothes, that many bargains were found at the sale. 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 15th – Lower School FLO Event 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. [Details below]

Friday, September 21st – Registration Deadline for Heart of a Highlander Day of Service

Tuesday, September 25thArtists in Action Volunteer Coffee @ 8:30 a.m. LS Commons

Tuesday, September 25thAn Evening with Dr. Wendy Mogel @ 7:30 p.m. HCCA

Wednesday, September 26th – LS Parent/Teacher Conference Day/Heart of a Highlander  

Wednesday, October 3rd – LS Student Council Sports T-Shirt Day – Make A Wish Fund Raiser

Wednesday, October 3rd – 10th Annual Gina Martin Run @ 6:30 p.m. - CNL Stadium [Details below]

Friday, October 5th -   Homecoming Tailgate with Food Trucks, 5:00 p.m. Front of Rex
                                    Homecoming Alumni Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Rex Bldg.
                                    Homecoming Football Game vs. North Florida Educational, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12th – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

LS FLO (Faith Lived Out-Loud) Event for 4th thru 6th Graders

Lower School FLO (Faith Lived Out-loud is Christian focused) for 4th through 6th graders is this Saturday, September 15th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is the first FLO of the school year. This “Start of the Year Celebration FLO” includes Capture The Flag and other fun games. Be ready to have fun!

Lower School FLO is specially designed for 4th through 6th graders. FLO is a great opportunity for students to learn more about God, meet new friends and engage in fun activities. Dropping off and picking up your children will be take place in front of the Rex Building. High school students as well as adult chaperones will be there to sign-in your student. If you have any questions please contact Rev. Joe Sims at jsims@lhps.org

Program Volunteers Needed for Artists in Action - Grades 3rd – 6th 

Are you looking for a fun way to get involved at school without a huge commitment?  Volunteer for Artists in Action! NO ARTISTIC SKILLS ARE NEEDED.  Artists in Action is a visual art awareness program presented throughout the school year focusing on famous artists. Students in 3rd thru 6th grade participate in a brief presentation and complete a simple art project. All presentations and supplies are provided.  Parent volunteers just show up and have fun interacting with their child's grade while doing the art project.  An informative Artists in Action Volunteer Coffee is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25th, at 8:30 a.m. in the Lower School Commons to welcome all interested volunteers for this enriching program.  
Please direct questions to the Parent Contact for the Artists in Action Program, Mrs. Melissa Chaet at melissachaet@gmail.com.  

Donate Used Halloween Costumes

Clean out your closets and share the excitement of Halloween! The Upper School Leadership Class is collecting gently used costumes for donation to Ivey Lane Elementary School. Previous years’ donations to the school were a tremendous success and greatly appreciated. The collection will run from Monday, September 17th through Friday, September 28th. The yellow collection bins will be located in the Lower School lobby, by the front doors of the Middle School, and outside the Upper School office. To help the sorting process, please put each costume in a large ziplock bag, labeled with the size and gender of the costume. We greatly appreciate your support!

LHP Ladies Tennis Clinics

Please join us for fun and friendship on the Lake Highland tennis courts for one or more of our Beginner Ladies Tennis Clinics!  All clinics are from 8:15 until 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 20th, Friday, September 21st and/or Thursday, October 4th. For more information or to RSVP, contact Assistant Athletic Director, Jim Oescher: joescher@lhps.org

Summer Travel Photos

The US Yearbook Staff would like to include your summer travel highlights in the annual yearbook. Please email one (1) photo to tbork@lhps.org and include a brief caption that includes your child’s name and anyone else in the photo. Remember that only one photo should be submitted. It should be at 300 dpi to make sure it is of printable quality, most phone pictures are only 72 dpi. The final due date is TOMORROW - September 15th.

Ordering Black & White Portraits - “Remember Me Collection

It is time to order your "Remember Me Collection" Portraits by Heather Buoniconti.  Heather will include the digital image with all Package B orders placed by the order deadline September 23rd for FREE.   All Galleries are open: Go to:

https://heatherbuonicontiphotography.shootproof.com  The PASSWORD is 1234 to all the galleries.  Makeups, retakes and siblings pictures are being scheduled for Saturday, September 29th at the studio near LHPS. Contact Heather to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions at heatherbuoniconti@gmail.com  or phone 407-970-3337

An Evening with Dr. Wendy Mogel

We are so very fortunate to host Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of Voice Lessons: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen, on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 pm in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts.   The event is free and open to all Lake Highland parents. There will be a book signing after the program.  Please plan to join us as Dr. Mogel shares her wisdom (and humor) about parenting.

Heart of a Highlander - Serve #WithHeart – September 26th   

600+ Highlander hearts have already signed up to serve on September 26th!  The registration deadline is quickly approaching, so don’t delay.  Join with classmates, parents, club members or teams and make a difference in the lives of others.  Space is still available at United Against Poverty (all ages), Give Kids the World (age 12+), Orlando Union Rescue Mission (age 14+) and many more!  Visit the Heart of a Highlander website at www.lhps.org/heart for a list of service opportunities.   

  • Friday, September 21: Registration Deadline
  • Wednesday, September 26: Day of Service
  • Wednesday, October 17: Heart of a Highlander Spirit Day – students must wear HOH T-shirt    

If you have questions?  E-mail heart@lhps.org for assistance/answers. 

Annual Gina Martin Run Registration                 

The 10th annual Gina Martin Run will be held as usual during LHPS Homecoming Week - on October 3rd, with a race kick-off at 6:30 p.m.  Registration is now live on the lhps.org website and via this link.  Registration runs through Friday, September 28th.  There will be no registrations accepted after the September 28th deadline.  Race packets will be available starting September 24th

Dance Master Class Series for 6th-12th Graders             

The LHPS Dance Department will be offering three (3) Master Classes this semester. This is free of charge for all 6th-12th graders.  All classes will be held in the Dance Studio at the Annex (across Highland Avenue from US).  All classes will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end 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 #1: Sunday, September 23rd - Ballet with Diane Withee from Skyra Studios 

Master Class #2: Sunday, October 14th - Contemporary with award winning choreographer, Ariel Clarke

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 safe and relaxing weekend. Please keep our neighbors in North and South Carolina in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to be impacted by Hurricane Florence.


Debbie DeLoach, LS Director

Mary Anne Handley, LS Associate Director

Bill Fiordalis, LS Associate Director

Susan Keogh, LS Associate Director   




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