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The PRIDE POST            
April 9, 2016

Campus News (full calendar available on home page)

Saturday, April 9
  • Upper School Prom! 

Monday, April 11
  • 6th Grade Annual Fund picnic  
  • Used Uniform Sale, ACC lobby (details below)

Tuesday, April 12   

  • PTO Annual Elections, 6:30 p.m., Lower School Music Room
Wednesday, April 13
  • 8th Grade Excursion to Atlanta 
  • Spring College Bus Tour
  • 1st Grade to Riverbanks Zoo

Friday, April 15
  • 6th Grade Only Non-Uniform Day (Penny Wars reward) 
Board of Directors Member-Elect Applications Posted 

The Board of Directors are pleased to post the applications received for the Membership-Elect open one year terms. Electronic elections will take place the week of April 17th. An email will be sent to families and staff with instructions for voting the day elections begin. Please visit the Board News page prior to voting to review the applications. 

PTO Elections to be held Tuesday, April 12 

The Pine Lake Prep PTO would like to invite all PLP parents and teachers to our Annual Meeting/Elections on  Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30pm in the LS Music Room. Child care will be provided! The candidates will speak briefly about their vision for the 2016-2017 school year. All in attendance will be given the opportunity to vote (in-person, by secret written ballot) for the following positions:


Andrea Dingwell & Erika Prechtel (Co-Presidents)
Jenny Lindley & Rachelle Yakubu (Co-Presidents)

Vice President
Wendy Limbach 

Cami Melugin 

Nicole Harrington

**Please note, in order to vote, you must attend the meeting on April 12. 

Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team places 5th at first State competition 

The Middle School Odyssey of the  Mind team members took their creative problem-solving skills to state finals  last weekend, placing 5th overall in a very competitive division. They did  an awesome job representing PLP! Congrats OM on a fantastic season!  (Team  members include 6th graders Kate Hatcher, Sruthi Anil, Abby Merryman, Asher  Ostrowski, Andrew Battalia, and Gavin Brower).

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!

Used Uniform Sale 

The PTO will host a Regular Used Uniform Sale  Monday, April 11th  from  9 a.m. to 12 noon  in the ACC Lobby. No registration required. Cost will be $5 per item, payable by cash or check.

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! 

6th Graders Tackle Obstacles High and Low

The 6th Grade class visited the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly at Black Mountain this past Wednesday through Friday. While there, they took part in ropes courses, arts and crafts, an ecology lesson via a mountain stream, a live demonstration with wild birds, and lots of team building. One of the best quotes of the trip was provided by Kylee S., who yelled, "I feel so scared and yet so alive at the same time!" 

Many thanks to the 6th Grade team who planned the event, chaperones, and Mrs. Long, who provided band-aids and medication as needed for the 141 students in attendance. 

Kylee takes the lead across the ropes course, feeling "scared, yet so alive!"

Reagin and Sarah pose for a pic, while Lily checks out the cargo net and plots out her route through the course.

Nate puts the finishing touches on his beeswax candle.
Looking for signs of life in the mountain stream.

Track and Field Results

Congratulations to the following top finishers for Pine Lake at the recent Track and Field meet held at Mt. Pleasant: 
  • 2nd place in 3200m Hurdles for Blake Sisson
  • 3rd place 300 mm Hurdles finish, and 4th place 110m Hurdles for Tucker Aldridge
  • 4th place for Shot Put thrown by Parker Bain
  • 4th place Discus throw for Joshua Antonic
  • Justin Castillo took 9th place in the Long Jump.
  • Lauren Messer placed 5th in Girls 100m, with teammates, Peyton Hillman and Elizabeth Sisson placing 7th and 8th, respectively.
  • Lauren Messer placed 4th in Girls 200m with teammate, Triniti Lockhart, getting 6th place. 

Spotlight on: Jade Canady
Jade, left, wins 1st place.

Congratulations to  Jade Canady , PLP 8th grader and accomplished gymnast, who recently earned  1 st  place All Around in North Carolina in her age division.  

In individual events she took 4th  on vault, 1st  on bars, 2nd  on bea m and 1 st  on floor.  She also qualified with a high enough score to go to the Regional meet in April.  There she will compete against the top gymnasts from the other Region 8 states.  (TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, LA, MS). She took a quick break from her training and schoolwork to answer a few questions below. 

How old were you when you started gymnastics? 
Jade: I started gymnastics at the Little Gym when I was 18 months old.  But I started competing when I was 6.
What's your favorite event, and why do you like competing?
Jade: My favorite event is floor.  Competing gives me the chance to show the new skills I've learned.
What's the hardest part about being a Level 8 gymnast? 
Jade: Getting new skills.  They get much harder as you move up.
How do you balance your training with schoolwork and social life?
Jade: I get all my work done before gymnastics practice each day.  I normally start as soon as I get in the car after school.  Each weekend I plan for the week ahead and get as much done as I can.  I try to go to some school events but miss most of them.  Most of my friends are at the gym and we try to have fun in between training.
What is your end goal with gymnastics; how far do you want to go?
Jade: I will finish level 8 at the Regional competition in April and then will start training level 9.  I take it one level at a time, but think about possibly doing gymnastics in college. 
Jade's mom, Andrea, said it is sometimes a challenge to keep up with the rigorous gymnastics training schedule. " Every day has to be planned out in order to get everything done and everyone to the right place.  Thankfully, Pine Lake Preparatory prepares them to be successful.  These last few years I haven't had to spend as much time helping with homework." 

She added that, while there have been times where sacrifices have to be made, " Gymnastics has taught her so much more than we could have imagined.  It has taught her to overcome fears, to deal with failure.  She has learned discipline, organization, time management, determination, respect for the sport, her body and her coaches." 

Congratulations to Jade and we look forward to hearing about Regionals later this month! 

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