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The PRIDE POST            
Feb. 5, 2016
Campus News

Saturday, February 6
  • Father Daughter Dance
  • Lacrosse clinics  
    • K-4 Boys at 1 pm at The Grey (PLP Athletic Complex
    • Grades 5-8 Boys and All Girls at 2 pm

Monday, February 8
  • 100th Day of School!

Thursday, February 11
  • Fine Arts Open House for rising (2016-17) 6th Graders, 6:30 p.m. at Fine Arts Building

Friday, February 12

  • TCBY for Middle and Upper Schools
  • Lower School may wear a pink or red shirt with uniform bottoms

Board Strategic Plan Updated  

The Pine Lake Prep Strategic Plan has been updated and is posted to the front page of the web site. The Board of Directors and administration have put a lot of research and discussion into setting the framework for Pine Lake's future, in the three areas of Programs, Resources, and Culture and Community. Please take some time to review the document. 

This is just one sample of the important work that the Board does for Pine Lake Preparatory. If you know someone (it does not need to be a current parent) who would make an excellent candidate for a board position, the application process is currently under way. Applications must be received by February 12. More information may be found on the Board News page. 

Please help us find the people who are most qualified and the most passionate about education to fill these positions to steer Pine Lake's course in the coming years. 

Donors Choose Project to Expand the Lower School Library

Mrs. Brennan, Literacy teacher at the Lower School, has launched a Donors Choose project toexpand the library. She would like to purchase shelving, and then follow up with a book drive to maximize the space to keep pace with students' need to read. 

Please consider donating and share this link:   Let's Keep Expanding Our Library! 
SHREK the Musical Tickets Available Online

Shrek tickets are now available via ORGS Online. 

Show dates are:

Friday, February 26 at 7:00pm 

Saturday, February 27 at 7:00pm 

Sunday, February 28 at 2:00pm 

Friday, March 4 at 7:00pm 

Saturday, March 5 at 7:00pm 

Sunday, March 6 at 2:00pm 

Doors open 30 minutes prior to all shows. All sales are final. Don't miss the chance to see this phenomenal show!

We also offer sponsorships for those interested to help support the musical.

Bronze...............................$ 50.00
Silver.................................$100.00  and receive 2 tickets
Gold..................................$250.00  and receive 6 tickets
Platinum.............................$500.00  and receive 14 tickets
Diamond...........................$1,000.00  and receive 30 tickets

All sponsors will be recognized in our program.

Sponsorships can be purchased through Susan York. To contact Susan:

Divers Tops at Regional Meet!

Nicole, Nick, and Emma
Congratulations to the PLP Divers for winning their Regional meet today in Huntersville. Nicole Yeakley took top honors, while her sister, Emma Yeakley, placed 2nd. Nick Garberina won first place for Boys Diving.

We will share more successes from the pool as the PLP Swimmers compete later today. 
Support Needed for Upper School Robotics 

Team SPORK needs your help! They have started a GoFundMe site to help bridge the deficit in funding. Please see their story and help if you can at Team SPORK Fundraising Site. What this team accomplishes in a short time is truly remarkable 

The team's goals are to:

-Design and build a fully functional robot in 6 weeks that meets/exceeds the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competitions  (FRC) Challenge and can compete against the best high school robotics teams from around the world.

-Represent the value of STEM education by being a positive catalyst of change in public high school education. 

-Pass on the love of STEM and FIRST Robotics to younger students.

- Raise the funds necessary to participate in the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) program for the  seventh year.   

Team SPORK is a tax deductible 501(c)(3) educational entity and must raise about $50,000 in grants and donations each year to support students building a custom robot, to cover competition entry fees and to get more than 40 students, coaches, and mentors to three District competitions, the NC State Championship, and hopefully, to the FRC World Championship in St Louis in April.

Upper School Spanish 5 Students Read to LS Spanish Immersion Students 

Spanish 5 students visited Kindergarten Spanish Immersion classes for story time - in Spanish, of course. Sra Gonzalez said both the younger and older students enjoye
d the experience, and they hope to pop in from time to time to do it again. 

Save the Date: 2016 Putt for Pride Golf Tournament 

Please save the date!! This year's Putt for Pride tournament will be a bit earlier this year, and will be held May 9th. Details are still being planned, but please mark this day on your calendars! 
Meet Pine Lake's School Counselors
This week is National School Counseling Week.  The purpose of National School Counseling Week is to focus public attention on the unique contributions of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. 

At Pine Lake, we are fortunate to have three school counselors. Jackie Kurtz (LS), Tiffany Coscia (MS) and Anna Bulfin (US).  Our counselors focus on the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. They spend their days learning more about our students; read on to learn more about them and what motivates them each day. 

Anna Bulfin, MA, NCC, LPCA
Upper School Counselor
Freshman College Planning Advisor
504 Coordinator

Credentials Licensed School Counselor (Master of Arts-School Counseling), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)

Why did you become a counselor? 
I became a counselor because I believe that everyone, no matter their age or circumstance, deserves a listening ear.  I absolutely love the chance to help others work through the struggles that they face.  The most rewarding thing about my job is seeing students meet their full potential.  Whether it be in an academic, personal, or social issue, it is an absolute privilege to walk alongside of, and advocate for, these students here in the Upper School.  It brings joy to my day when I see a student working toward their goals and I know that I could help encourage them toward their success as their counselor.  

What makes PLP special?
PLP is special because it does not feel like just a school or just a place to come to work each day, it honestly feels like a family.  I have never felt more comfortable, more supported, and more encouraged in a workplace than I feel here at Pine Lake and I am so thankful. 

FamilyI have been married to my wonderful husband, David, for 4 years and we have a "furry child", our retired racing greyhound, Penny. 

What would surprise families to learn about you? 
I take ballet lessons every week...always wanted to as a child and never got a chance so living the dream now! 

Tiffany Cosc ia, 
Middle School Counselor

Credentials: I have been a school counselor for the past 15 years.  I started in a High School in NY and then was a Middle School counselor in Amityville, NY for 12 years before I moved to Cornelius two years ago.  I graduated from Long Island University with a Master of Science Degree.

What makes PLP special? 
I have never seen a school like PLP!  I remember last year when I first started walking around the campus comparing it to Disney World saying to myself this is the happiest place on earth.  You really get the sense that we are a family at PLP and extremely strong community.  The resources that the students have a phenomenal and the staff truly has each students best interest at heart.

Family: I have been married to my husband Rob for 10 years.  We met in college at Long Island University.  We have three children; Juliet, a second grader here at PLP, Jackson- a kindergartener in the Spanish Emersion program, and Lindsey, who is two.  

What would surprise families to learn about you? 
People would be surprised that I represented the United States Women's 420 Sailing Team in Belgium in 1996.


Jackie Kurtz, M.Ed, LPC, NCC
Lower School Counselor

Credentials: M. Ed in School Counseling, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Why did you become a counselor? 
As a special educator, I knew a counseling degree would help me with the students that I taught.  Later I decided that I wanted to work with all students at a school, and took a position as a school counselor.

What makes PLP special? 
I could go on & on about all of the things that I love at PLP.  I think the one think that I love most is the sense of community.  I get the opportunity to see students grow up, mature and become adults. I love having siblings and getting to know a whole family at the school.  I grew up in a small small in a small town, and PLP gives be a piece of my home.

Family: My husband Scott of 20 years, who works at Penske Racing; Elizabeth (10th grade), Abigail (7th); dog, Maisy; Pygmy goats, Mabel & Marvin; chickens, Lulu, Chip, Dale, Bettie & Bea.

What would surprise families to learn about you?
I love to sing! I used to sing in my church choir as a teen, I directed our children's choir at my church & often sing solos at church.

On and Around Campus
The Upper School Excel Club cleaned up the section of HW 115 north of campus for Adopt a Highway

Ms. Bosak's class cheering on the Panthers with posters donated by Ms. Kirby of Boingo Graphics.

Ms. Ruediger's Panthers fans!

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