Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly
Volume 12, Issue 28
April 9, 2020
Warriors at Home: Week 3
Lakehill's distance learning program continued into the third week, wrapping up on Thursday with a long weekend ahead.

"Teachers, parents, and students have worked together to make the online classroom experience as close to the classroom experience as possible, and every week gets better and better," said Head of Lower School John Trout. "The teachers have been so upbeat, supportive, and flexible during this new way of learning," said Upper School parent Michelle Crow. "The students are also learning some new skills on how to be organized and responsible from home. We are so thankful for our Lakehill family!"

"As a teacher, I am so proud of the effort my students are putting into their work," said Head of Middle School Kaye Hauschild. "As an administrator, I am so proud of my teachers and their professional excellence and caring hearts. As a member of our Lakehill community, I am proud of each and every one of us for the positive spirit that carries throughout whatever we are doing."

On Monday, Headmaster Roger Perry sent a letter to the Class of 2020 and their families, reinforcing the school's commitment to them. "I want to assure you that we are committed to holding our Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies in person, as soon as it is feasible to do so. We will do whatever we can to ensure that the Class of 2020 is given the opportunity to walk across the Lakehill stage to receive your hard-earned diplomas."

With statewide social distancing continuing through April 30, and schools closed at least until May 4, school o rganizers are working on creative solutions to other events and traditions in all divisions. "I remain ever-hopeful that we will be back together in May and can hold some of our wonderful spring events," said Perry. "But we are also looking at creative ways of celebrating all of our students."
Stay Informed on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In this time of uncertainty, it is best to rely on information from reliable sources. Please reference these organizations for information.

Stay connected with Lakehill while we continue with distance learning. Pick your favorite social media platform and follow along.

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Lakehill will update parents and guardians directly by email as new information becomes available. Families can always find the most recent information on Lakehill's Coronavirus Webpage.
Lakehill Benefit Auction Sets New Record
While the final numbers are still being tabulated, Auction Chairs report that this year's Boogie Nights Benefit Auction was a record-breaking success!

Thank you to everyone who supported the auction, by attending, donating items, hosting an event, or purchasing items.

Auction chairs are requesting that end-of-year sign-up parties be rescheduled and held as back-to-school parties at the end of the summer. More information will be sent once we are able to gather.
Lakehill Scholastic
On-line Book Fair
The annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair is going online, beginning today!

This virtual Book Fair will be held from April 9 through April 22. This is a great opportunity to purchase books, journals, science activities, and art supplies while we are all sheltering in place.

Take advantage of FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25. Plus, all purchases benefit Lakehill. Click the SHOP NOW button on the website to start shopping and show your support!
Enjoy a Good Read
This week, we take a look at book recommendations for Middle School through adults.

Now is a great time to indulge yourself in a new book. Our Lakehill Librarian, Sue Stretcher , has put together a list of some of her favorites.

Middle School to Adult
Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

The Zookeeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman Not a new release, but definitely worth the read. The real-life story of one wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II.

Chain of Gold, Cassandra Clark
This 624-page book (what a perfect time to read a long book!) by the popular young adult author was released March 3, and is the first novel in the new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Investigative reporter Larson unearths the lost history of the 1893 World's Fair and of a madman who grimly parodied the fair's achievements. "This is one of my favorite authors," says Stretcher.

Five Feet Apart, Rachael Lippincott Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety. This book was released in 2018 and was made into a movie currently airing on HBO. "I love to read a book and then watch the movie version!"

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Her cells were taken without her knowledge and became one of the most important tools in medicine. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. "This is a great time to read a book about scientific discoveries and cures!"
Volunteers Needed
These organizations need your help this week. Remember to practice safe physical distancing and follow the rules of the shelter-in-place ordinance.

City Square is dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. They need volunteers for several unique projects you can complete from home.

Vogel Alcove  is looking for volunteers to record videos of themselves reading stories to children.  Get more information here.

VNA Meals on Wheels needs hand-made greeting cards for senior citizens.
If you would like to make cards, follow these simple steps:
  1. Cards must be 8 1/2 x 11" folded in half - either length-wise or horizontal will work.
  2. Write a simple message in large print, draw pictures, sign with your first name only.
  3. Please do not place cards in envelopes.
  4. Please do not attach any decorative items, such as glitter or raised stickers, that can fall off.
  5. Drop off all completed cards on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. in a marked box located at: VNA Meals on Wheels, 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75247

Catholic Charities of Dallas At-Home Projects : If you are interested in participating in an At-Home Project, email  and they will respond with further details and instructions for ongoing projects.

The SoupMobile is in need of peanut butter sandwiches to help feed the homeless. They also need cookies and chips. They are accepting deliveries any Monday through Saturday from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at SoupMobile Church, 2423 S. Good Latimer, Dallas, Texas, 75215.

The Trusted World Food Drive needs neighborhood captains to collect non-perishable food from porches and help out the community members who are struggling to find essential items. Find out more .
Bringing Hogwarts to You
Visit the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep children occupied.

Look for special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

Harry Potter At Home is casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Create a Time Capsule
If you’re looking for a creative activity for children, have them document their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic for a time capsule.

This creation by graphic designer Natalie Long, aims to get your child's perspective on the coronavirus pandemic and life in quarantine during the age of physical distancing.

The are 11 pages of worksheets that include all kinds of activities for children, like interviewing their parents, listing their favorite foods, and writing a letter to themselves.
Fun for the Long Weekend
Bake Something Delicious
"This is a recipe my Mom used to make for us growing up, and I continue to make it for my family," says Lakehill receptionist (and renown cook) Marian Drake. "It is so refreshing and easy. Enjoy!"

Strawberry Fluff

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
Follow the instructions on the box and bake in a waxed-paper-lined 9x13 glass pan.

When completely cool, lift cake out of pan and slice, starting at one end and cutting all the way through with a serrated bread knife so that you will have two cakes. Use a thin plastic cutting board to lift the top layer. You will need a covered cake pan since the cake needs to be refrigerated. Place the bottom cake cut side up on tray.

Two pounds fresh strawberries, washed and sliced. Add 1/2 cup sugar. Mix until sugar is dissolved and set aside. In a double boiler, add two egg whites, one cup sugar and 3/4 cup of the sweetened strawberries with some juice. Mix well. With hand held electric mixer, beat over double boiler for seven minutes. Mixture will fill the pan to the top. In a stand mixer, pour hot icing and beat until peaks stand up. Layer remaining strawberries on cut side of cake. Drizzle with a little of the strawberry juice. Cover with some of the icing then add other cake on top and spread with icing covering the entire cake. Refrigerate for four hours.
Register Now for Lakehill's Summer Camps
At this point, Lakehill is proceeding with plans to host Summer Camps beginning in June.

Registration is open and space is filling quickly. With 71 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer we are all looking forward to!

Check out the new  2020 Summer Camps Guide.

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
Volunteers Needed for Lakehill Summer Camps
Students in grades 7-12 who are interested in serving as an intern for Lakehill Summer Camps should contact Ms. Ekstrom to sign up.

This is a great way to have fun, help younger students, and get a head start on service hours for next year! Camps are scheduled June 8 through July 31.

Take a look at the Summer Camps Guide to determine which camps are of interest.
Senior Spotlight: National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates 
In an effort to reveal the hidden talents, personalities, and accomplishments of Lakehill's most experienced students, the National Junior Honor Society presents:

NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Kira Willis
Kira Wilis has attended Lakehill since the fifth grade. Her favorite subject has always been English. Kira enjoys participating in Sisteens, Leadership Academy, and Student Council, where she serves as secretary. She also serves as secretary for the Senior Class.

Kira is an active volunteer with St. Philips School and Community Center, participating in their Toy Drive and Thanksgiving Luncheon. Outside of school, Kira is a member of Top Teens of America, where she placed first at three national spelling bees and four regional convention events hosted by Top Ladies of Distinction.

One thing that has shaped her life is working at her father's law firm every summer and gaining valuable real-life skills. Her favorite Lakehill memory is attending the ISAS Arts Festival, recalling the years of fun that she will miss dearly.

Kira is considering Texas Tech University, Baylor University, and the University of Missouri. She plans to major in advertising, marketing, or journalism.

Kira's advice to young Warriors is, "Take your education seriously."

By Isabel Ketterson, eighth grade
Likable Links
Enjoy a Good Story: Social distancing has created a silver-lining hashtag called #OperationStorytime. As we all pitch in to make this not only bearable but fun, children's authors are coming together and reading their books. Kids Out and About has compiled these.

Dolly Parton reads The Little Engine That Could in the first video of her new read-aloud series, "Goodnight with Dolly." A new story will be posted every Thursday night on YouTube.

Business Insider ranked all 92 films that have been awarded Best Picture - from the first winner, "Wings," in 1927 to "Parasite" - based on their critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Take a look, then settle in for a movie marathon.

What to see how germs spread? Mark Rober posted this interesting video on Facebook: See How Germs Spread

No sewing machine? The CDC has posted instructions for making easy face coverings using a T-shirt or a bandanna and coffee filter. Instructions for Sewn and No-Sew Face Coverings

Take a Virtual Vacation
Take a magical virtual visit to the landmark of Pompeii. Select a neighborhood, then walk the streets of the old Roman city.

Get an amazing view of the Taj Majal through this Google Arts and Culture tour.

Geoguesser is an online game where players have to recognize their environment using a randomized photo. Players have to guess where the photo was taken by examining clues and then drop a pin on the map. The game then calculates how close or far away your guess is.

Enjoy these Broadway shows when you register for a seven-day free trials.

The Paris Opera rotates ballet and opera performances every evening, at 1:30 p.m. (Central Time).
What's Happening?
March 23 - May 3
School Closed
Please follow distance learning protocol.

 April 9
President's Volunteer Service Award Applications Due
Students in any grade, kindergarten through high school, who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should email their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Thursday, April 9.

Get more information or download a Tracking Form. Please contact   Ms. Ekstrom for more information.

April 10 - 13
School Holiday
Enjoy the break, Warriors!
May you enjoy Easter, Passover, or whatever activity is meaningful to you and yours.

The Warrior Fund helps bridge the gap during uncertain times.

Thank you to everyone who has already donated.
Pictures of the Week
Video of the Week
Lakehill teachers shared their love during a virtual Spirit Week
following the first week of Distance Learning.
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