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The PRIDE POST            
April 15, 2016

Campus News (full calendar available on home page)

Monday, April 18
  • 7th Grade Annual Fund picnic  
Tuesday, April 19   
  • Middle School Band Concert, 6:30 p.m., PLP campus (details below) 
Wednesday, April 20
  • 5th Grade Excursion to Williamsburg, VA 
  • Senior Cap and Gown Photos

Thursday, April 21
  •  Upper School Band Concert, 6:30 p.m., PLP campus (details below)

Friday, April 22
  • Orchestra trip to Carowinds for Music Festival
  • TCBY for Lower School
Board of Directors Member-Elect Applications Posted 

Membership-Elect candidate applications are currently posted to the Board News page. Electronic ballots will be emailed to all families and PLP staff on Sunday, April 17 at approximately 6 p.m. Important: The link will be sent to ONE email address listed for your family in the Power School system.

 Each family gets one vote per school (i.e. each family may vote for one lower school candidate; one middle school candidate; and one candidate to represent the upper school).

Band Concerts on the PLP "Green" 

The campus will be buzzing with music next week - catch concerts from Middle and Upper School Bands on the "green" outside the outdoor stage. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy baked goods supplied by parents. 

PTO Gym Jam - Registration Closes Tuesday, April 9

All Lower School students and incoming kindergarteners attending PLP in August 2016 are invited to attend PTO's Gym Jam fundraiser on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 5pm-9pm.
A DJ will entertain kids with music, group dances, limbo, hula hoops, and silly games and contests. We will also have a craft station where kids can create fun spring artwork. Kids will enjoy a pizza dinner before ending the evening with a movie.
This event is a fundraiser for the 2015-2016 Teacher Grants. The cost is only $15 per student, of which $10 goes directly to the 2015-2016 Teacher Grant budget of those who chaperone this event! Come out and support our teacher chaperones Senora Lopez (K Spanish Immersion), Ms. Huffstetler (1st), Ms. Hoke (3rd), and Ms. Haun (3rd). Your kids will be entertained with fun activities and get to hang out with their friends while you take the evening off and the PTO raises funds for our teachers! It is a triple win!!!
DEADLINE: Payment and online registration are due Tues., April 19, 12 noon!

Engineering Student Catches Fish with Lure He Designed and Printed

We've all heard the adage about teaching a man to fish, but here's a story about a student who learned to create his own fishing gear.

Pine Lake Prep junior, William Shehane, turned an assignment into an opportunity to bring creativity to his fishing hobby. 
In his Introduction to Engineering Design class, William's class was tasked with designing and creating an object of their choice on Autodesk Inventor. William drew upon his passion for fishing to create a topwater lure. 

"The lure was fairly simple to design and only took around 45 minutes to print (on the classroom 3D printer). 

With guidance from his teacher, Jeff Walker, William decided to print the lure in clear plastic, making it easy to paint. At home, he screwed in small eye hooks to tie the line and mount the treble hooks. He then painted it and took it to the fishing pond at Northstone Country Club for testing. 

"Believe it or not, I caught the fish on my second cast," he said, but unfortunately the eye hook became loose and the lure disconnected from the line. Will caught a largemouth bass on the lure he created.

"If he has a free minute anywhere, he's fishing, said his mother, Renae. "We loved that he had this opportunity to create something he loves doing."

William with red drum he caught over spring break near Savannah. 

Largemouth bass caught with William's lure.

Traveling "Trophy" Paddle Presented to CSD

Pine Lake Prep and Community School of Davidson Cement Rivalry with Traveling "Trophy" Paddle 

For 111 years the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota have met on the football field to battle for the Little Brown Jug.  Louisville and Cincinnati play for the Keg of Nails and Ole Miss and Mississippi State compete for the the Golden Egg.  Rivalries help shape the culture of a school, promote school spirit, and make athletic contests more fun.

The Community School of Davidson and Pine Lake Preparatory are separated by three miles.  Each of the schools has experienced tremendous academic success, huge demand, and a steady rise in competitive athletics.  As the schools have grown in very similar ways, a healthy rivalry has developed.  "At the 1A level (North Carolina's smallest division), very few students will move on to play at the collegiate level, but they still give it their all on the field and on the courts. These athletes play for the moment, they play for fun, and they play for their beloved schools.  Now, they play for "The Paddle," said Chris Terrill, Pine Lake's Head of School.  

Rooted in collegiate tradition, each year the CSD and PLP football teams will play for an antique paddle in the "Battle for the Lake".  Terrill found the paddle at an antique shop, and PLP parent, Rachelle Yakubu, transformed it into a traveling trophy. The Paddle will travel between the schools yearly depending upon the outcome of their annual football game.  The Paddle itself represents both schools' proximities to Lake Norman and features each school's helmets in their school colors.

The series is currently tied at two victories each. As reigning victor, CSD will keep the Paddle through the rivals' next meeting on the football field, scheduled for November 4, 2016. 

Donations Needed for Auction
PLP is gearing up for the online auction portion of the Putt for Pride fundraiser.  We are looking for items you have on hand or can request as a donation from your employer or other businesses where you have a relationship.   

Please send these in with your students or drop by the one of the schools by Friday, April 22.  More details on the exciting larger online auction will be announced soon.    

Donation Ideas include:
  • Gift Certificates from restaurants, stores, mechanics, salons, etc.
  • Unique experiences -- meet a local celebrity, tour a Nascar garage, event/activity tickets
  • Teeth whitening, laser hair removal, makeover, fashion consultation
  • Extra merchandise from a store or direct sales business (i.e. Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, etc)
  • Sports, Art, Music Lessons, fitness classes
  • Travel Certificates, time in a vacation home, day trip on the lake
  • Carpet Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Yardwork
  • Birthday Parties from your dance studio, karate, etc.  
Please contact Jenny Lindley, auction coordinator, for more information at, or 

PLP Color Run sponsored by the Fine Arts Department 

Join us for this event, which will take place on the main campus loop. Sign up by Monday for the Early Bird rate of $15, which includes a t-shirt.

Event check-in will be from  8:00-8:30 a.m., with the K-5th grade 1 mile run beginning at  8:45 a.m., followed by the 6th -8th grade 1.5 mile run at  9:20 a.m., and the 9th - 12th grade 1.5 mile run at  10:00 a.m.
This is a rain or shine event.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  All proceeds benefit our K-12 Fine Arts Departments.  Questions? Email  A

2016 Putt for Pride Golf Tournament 

The Putt for Pride Golf Tournament will be held at  the beautiful Peninsula Club on Monday, May 9th. 

Registration for golf is open at EventBee

Sponsors needed: A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsorship of this event is a great way to support PLP. It is also a high profile opportunity to strengthen market awareness of a business' services and products to members of the PLP com munity.

2016 Ladies' Luncheon

Join us for the annual Ladies' Luncheon - this year at the Historic Langtree Plantation, just a short drive from campus. A delicious catered lunch will be served while we celebrate this school year, and look forward to the next. 

The event is May 9th at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Lori Reuter, Upper School Assistant Principal and mother of a 2015 graduate, will speak on Pine Lake's efforts to transform educational practices and engage students.
Jenny Brulé is a professional chef who has developed recipes for Cooking Light, Shape, and Fitness magazines, as well as serving as on-air chef for WCNC's Charlotte Today. She has a cookbook for UNC Press due out this fall.
Joining Jenny is Shawna Montague, graphic designer, creates invitations and decor to impress, doesn't know the meaning of "Pinterest Fail." Together, Jenny and Shawna will show us how to throw a gorgeous garden party or summer soiree.
The rest of the school year will go by in a flash - let's take this moment together to celebrate!

All-Lake Players of the Year

Congratulations to Senior, D.J. Camp; and Sophomore, Caroline Coleman! 

Both are featured in this week's Mooresville Weekly for being named Players of the Year! 

Summer Camps at PLP

Summer Camps offered at PLP are posted online. Camps include STEM, Musical Theater, Computer Animation, Archery, and many more. Taught by your PLP teachers and staff! 

Summer Sports Camps at PLP

A whole host of sports camps have been added to OrgsOnline, including football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and volleyball. Reserve your spot now! 

On Campus and Beyond 

LS Student Council played bingo with residents from Brookdale Senior Living. 
8th Graders at World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Current PLP students and PLP Alumni at UNC Chapel Hill during College Bus Tour visits.

Mrs. Hamlin with some friends at the NC Zoo.
Ms. Cleo and Mr. Booker assembled 13 picnic tables purchased for campus by the PTO

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