Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly
Volume 12, Issue 26
March 26, 2020
Warriors Embrace Distance Learning
Lakehill launched its school-wide distance learning program on Monday, as teachers and students start adapting to new as well as familiar technology. "I want to thank all of you for embracing our distance learning program this week and helping us ensure that learning will continue throughout the duration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis," said Headmaster Roger Perry in a letter to parents on Wednesday. After conferring with other independent school leaders, he also announced "the decision to extend our school closure through Monday, April 13, 2020. Please keep in mind that there is a possibility that this will need to be extended. We will continue to evaluate conditions and update you weekly if a longer closure becomes necessary."

While being able to sleep late and work in their pajamas were obvious perks reported by students, they also shared other benefits. "I am grateful for the activities and lessons that are filling up my day," said eighth grader Olivia Johnston. "I am also enjoying connecting with my friends and teachers on FaceTime." Olivia's brother, sixth grader Ian Johnston, is enjoying the opportunity to do his school work outside. "It's easier and less stressful to know that I can do my work at anytime of the day," he says. Ian has also found time to express his more creative side. "I have learned to juggle and do magic tricks with cards."

"The silver lining is that I have found some really cool ways for my students to learn remotely," said Upper School French teacher Tam Badgett. "I actually think that the apps and platforms will come in handy for a variety of situations in the future. It has been a real benefit to learn about the wealth of creativity and innovation out there."  

Parents and students will continue to be kept up-to-date regarding online learning and student assignments through emails from Ms. Frullo, the Divisions Heads, and faculty, as well as through Renweb Lesson Plans.

Lakehill will continue to 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
Stay Informed on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Lakehill Preparatory School continues to work closely with national and local agencies to minimize the potential impact on our Warrior family. The health and safety of our students and our school community remain our highest priority.

We will continue to communicate directly with our Lakehill families and keep you informed of any developments that may impact our daily routine.

In this time of uncertainty, it is best to rely on information from reliable sources. Please reference these organizations for information.

Thank you so much for your support of our school, our students, and our faculty and staff.
Stay Connected with Lakehill on Social Media
While we are away from school, keep up with all things Lakehill on Social Media.

Encouraging stories from faculty, staff, and students will be posted there regularly.

Pick your favorite platform and follow along.

 Instagram – Follow us on Instagram.

 Facebook – Like us on Facebook.

 Twitter – Follow us on Twitter.

Celebrate with a Virtual Lakehill Spirit Day

Join us, Warriors, for a virtual Spirit Day!

Show off your Warrior spirit on Friday as we celebrate the end of a successful first week of distance learning!

Tag Lakehill and share your pictures using #LakehillSpirit and #LakehillDistanceLearning
Volunteers Needed

These organizations need your help this week. Remember to practice safe social distancing and follow the rules of the shelter-in-place ordinance.

The SoupMobile Needs Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Large groups have had to drastically cut back their efforts, and The SoupMobile is desperate for peanut butter sandwiches. 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.

Trusted World Food Drive Needs Neighborhood Captains
Become a neighborhood captain and collect non-perishable food from porches throughout the week, and help out the community members who are struggling to find essential items. Find out more.
President's Volunteer Service Award -
Lakehill Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 6!
Students in any grade, kindergarten through high school, who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should scan and email their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Monday, April 6.

Get more information or download a Tracking Form. Please contact   Ms. Ekstrom for more information. 
Tips on Isolation from Someone Who's Been There
Acclimating to the "shelter-in-place" order, and the parameters which keep families and communities safe, continue to be challenging. It takes time to find a balance between getting schoolwork done at home and figuring out how to get outdoor exercise, while still staying at least six feet away from others.

Enter Scott Kelly, retired NASA astronaut who lived, by himself, on the International Space Station for nearly a full year. His tips and observations from his time in space come in handy while establishing a routine, and help us realize the little things that can bring smiles during this time.
Yale University Offers Free "Happiness" Course
As people are forced to spend more time at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there might be some peace-of-mind in Yale University's extremely popular "happiness" course, which is available free online through Coursera.

Course creator Laurie Santos, a Yale University psychology professor, says that although in-person social connections matter, much of happiness stems from cultivating healthy practices and routines.
Warriors Stay Active
Staying active is important under normal circumstances, as it helps with weight management, disease prevention, and mental health. There are other reasons to stay active during the COVID-19 outbreak, even during shelter-in-place restrictions and mandates to maintain at least six feet of distance between people.

Exercise can help lift your mood, which is critical when faced with the challenge of staying inside and finding alternative activities to do to substitute for some of your usual ones.

It also helps you sleep better and manage stress better, which can both be difficult when schedules are disrupted.

Try these suggestions from Lakehill's coaches to stay active:

Other Health and Fitness Ideas

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
Volunteer During 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: Lynley Waggoner
Lynley Waggoner has attended Lakehill for six years. Her favorite subject is English because it challenges her and helps her improve her writing skills.

Lynely has participated in Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, Track, and Cheer. As a junior, Lynley placed third in State Track Finals in the 4x200-meter relay. This year, she has served as a captain in volleyball, basketball, and track. She has also been involved in musical theater and choir. Lynely has been named to the Headmaster's Honor Roll and has received the Academic Award for English. Her favorite Lakehill memory is the Biology trip her junior year.

Lynley plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall to study education and pre-med.

Lynley's advice to young Warriors is, "Take advantage of the time you have."

By Lobna El-Feky, eighth grade
Likable Links
Missing your school lunches?
Lakehill's food service provider, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, is offering a temporary curbside pick-up service. Pre-ordered family-size meals will be available every Tuesday and Friday for curbside pick-up from their kitchen in Lake Highlands.

If you are interested, please complete the Curbside Pick-Up Inquiry Form and they will add your information to the weekly distribution list. 

Don't Go Stir Crazy
The New York Times has released At Home, a place to find recommendations from their reporters and critics on what to read, play, cook, and much more.
What's Happening?
March 23 - April 13
School Closed
Please follow distance learning protocol.

The Warrior Fund helps bridge the gap during uncertain times.

Thank you to everyone who has already donated.
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