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Seussical showcased talent
David B. Rowles

From the Head of School

Hopefully many of you had an opportunity to attend one of the performances of Seussical this past week. It was a wonderful experience and showcased the talents of over seventy of our students, our faculty, and our parent volunteers. Once again, Mrs. Benson was able to lead the entire group to a performance level well beyond what would normally be experienced at a school our size. Everything from the efficient and seamless ticketing process to the concessions, the staging, the orchestral support and the on-stage performance was a delight. Hats off to Mrs. Duckworth for getting that many actors moving around on such a small stage without a major collision. I must say, however, I'm still struggling to get the phrase "Solla Sollew" out of my head!

Being able to pop in and out of the theater (gym!) during the week gave me a chance to observe firsthand how things came together. I was struck by the hard work, dedication, and focus of our students. Several times I'd notice a cluster off to the side and look to see which staff member was in charge, only to realize that a student was leading the discussion or activity. Stage management was really in the hands of the student stage managers. Actors worked together to iron out details of a scene. And when elements of a number just weren't quite right, small groups gathered around the piano to run though the song one more time.

It was also good to see one of our alumni involved with the production. Alexa Wallace was our Assistant Director this year and provided Mrs. Benson with valuable support. I was a bit concerned when, just hours before the performance, she asked me if I would unlock her father's office so she could get the tools needed to tune the piano. She mentioned at the time that she'd never tuned a piano before, but the final result sounded great to me. "All's well that ends well" may be the appropriate response!

Seeing Alexa last week reminded me of another student who was very involved in theater at SLCA. Laura Hix, who has acted in and directed several productions in New York City and Dallas, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University after graduating from SouthLake Christian in 2006. She then earned a Master of Arts in Drama Therapy from New York University, where she did clinical internships with the mental health center at the College of Visual Arts in NYC and with autistic children at Kid Esteem on Long Island. Laura is working toward her MA in Psychology at Wake Forest University, where she is doing research in creativity. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and explore the efficacy of creative arts therapy with regards to autism and those who have suffered trauma.

It is clear that involvement with the drama program at SLCA can have lasting effects, whether it's the development of leadership skills or the application of theater in clinical therapy. I am very proud of the dedication and accomplishments of our students and am looking forward to next year already. Once again, my thanks to all who were involved in the production and delivery such a wonderful show.

But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!

Psalm 68:3 English Standard Version (ESV)

General School News

Honor Roll for Quarter 3: Congratulations to the students in grades 1-8 who achieved Honor Roll status for the third quarter.

Easter Break: Fri., March 25-Sun., April 3

Easter Sunrise Service: Join the SouthLake Church family as they celebrate our risen Lord at the Tenebrae Service and the Easter Sunrise Service.

Online Re-Enrollment Open: Online enrollment is open for the 2016-17 school year. Please log in to RenWeb to complete re-enrollment for your child(ren).

Fee Schedule:

$550--if registering between March 16-April 15

$700--if registering after April 15

If you are unable to make a payment plan selection or are having any enrollment issues, please contact Reed Monegan at rmonegan@southlakechristian.org.

Clothes Closet Open Times:

Fri., April 8 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m

Wed., April 13 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Wed., April 27 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Missions Week Art Contest:

This year, as always, we will be having the Art Competition for Missions Week. The artwork should be inspired from our theme and Bible verse: All Have a Seat at the King's Table 2 Samuel 9:7

Guidelines:

Minimum size requirement is 8 1/2" x 11". Maximum is 18" x 24".

Materials to be used can include but are not limited to: pencils, crayons, pens, charcoals and pastels, colored pencils, paint.

Artwork must be labeled with full name and teacher and/or grade on the back of the artwork in the upper left hand corner. If it is not properly labeled, it will be disqualified from the competition.

All artwork should be turned in to the front desk in either the Lower School, Hampton Hall, or Upper School.

Artwork may be turned in through Mon., April 11, at 3:00 p.m.

All artwork will be returned to students by April 18.

Artwork will be displayed in the Wilcox Center lobby during Missions Week. The artwork will be judged according to the following criteria: theme, craftsmanship, originality, and neatness. Winners will be chosen for the following grade categories: JK-2, 3-5, 6-8. and 9-12. There will be a $25 cash prize for each winner.

Please contact Abby Carney with questions at acarney@southlakechristian.org.

Missions Week Tees:

Thank you all for your 2016 Missions Week T-shirt orders! Sales were strong, and we are looking forward to delivery and to the opportunity to be a "sea of green" in support of Missions Week 2016 (April 11-15). Pre-ordered shirts will be distributed by April 6. It is likely we will have a few extra shirts, which will be made available for purchase in the Upper School lobby from 7:40 a.m.-8:10 a.m. on the mornings of April 7 and 8. These shirts will be sold on a first-come first-served basis, and the $12.00 payment must be made at the time of purchase. Questions can be sent to Kim Howlin at khowlin@southlakechristian.org.

Open House for JK/K Students:

Coming Soon--a special Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Open House. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to explore all SLCA has to offer on Thurs. April 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower School Commons.

Summer Enrichment:

The fun and learning at SouthLake Christian does not end on the last day of school. SLCA offers a wide variety of camp and enrichment opportunities throughout the summer, including sports camps, Lego camps, cooking camps, and superhero camps. Each of our programs is designed to ensure your student a fun, safe, and engaging summer experience. Registration opens soon.

ACSI Creative Writing Festival:

Congratulations to the following students! Having received a rating of Superior for the ACSI Creative Writing Festival, their poems and stories have advanced to the Regional level. Well done!

Logan Bunce-6th grade
Sadie Reel-6th grade
Juliana Boucino-7th grade
Abigail Frazier-10th grade
Avery Rikard-11th grade
Emily Mock-12th grade

From the Lower School

March Field Trips:

Thurs., March 24 5th grade (Bussell) ELCM

April Field Trips:

Thurs., April 7 K Lazy 5 Ranch

Wed., April 13 3rd grade Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Thurs., April 14 2nd grade (Vance) Angels & Sparrows

Wed., April 20 JK Buffalo Beal's Animal Farm

Thurs., April 21 1st grade (Calhoun) Wexford House

Fri., April 22 1st grade Riverbanks Zoo

2nd grade Charlotte Museum of History

5th grade Catawba Science Center/Glenn Hilton Park

Tues., April 26 JK Olde Knox

Thurs., April 28 5th grade (Dove) ELCM

Fri., April 29 4th grade (Rowles) Brookstone School

Upcoming Testing Dates for Grades 2-5:

The week of April 18, students in grades 2-5 will participate in SLCA's annual standardized testing.

More information to follow.

Registration for Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten:

We are still accepting applications for new JK and K students. Contact the Admissions Office at 704-949-2216 or pabernethy@southlakechristian.org to apply for the 2016-17 school year.

From the Middle School

Student Council Elections:

Ballots will be cast on Thurs., March 24.

Upcoming Testing Dates for Grades 6-8:

The week of April 18, students in grades 6-8 will participate in SLCA's annual standardized testing.

More information to follow.

Summer Opportunities:

Summer is coming, and so are some great summer opportunities. For your convenience, please check out the many summer opportunities and enrichment programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in the 2016 Summer Opportunities attachment.

Inclusion on this list should not be construed as an endorsement by SLCA. Parents are encouraged to do their own research into any program they are considering for their student.

SAVE THE DATE!

Important For Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders:

WHO: All returning rising 9th-12th grade families (It is recommended that student and at least one parent attend.)

WHAT: 2016-2017 School Year Scheduling Information Session

WHEN: Mon., April 11, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Upper School Gymnasium

WHY: Opportunities to hear about new course offerings, to understand expanded course requirements, to talk with teachers and review curriculum, to walk through the how-to's of making course requests, and more. The Upper School Computer Lab will be open to any families who want to make their requests that evening.

Please note: While all families will find the presentation informative, understand that the course request portal will be open only to families that have re-enrolled.

From the Upper School

Student Council Elections:

Election speeches will be Wed., March 23, and ballots will be cast on Thurs., March 24.

Senior Class Picture:

Wed., April 6, at 8:00 a.m.

Two photos will be taken for Senior Class pictures: one on the stage with students in SLCA dress uniforms and one in a casual pose with Seniors in jeans and white shirts. Students should come dressed in their complete dress uniform ready to begin. Please plan to be on time. Once the formal shot is complete, students will change into their casual outfits. When the pictures are finished, students will go to class and are welcome to wear their jeans and white shirts for the remainder of the day.

The formal picture will hang in the front lobby area alongside our other graduating classes. Please note that a student must be in full dress uniform (per the Uniform Policy) to be included in this picture. This does include appropriate dress shoes for both young men and women(i.e. leather loafer or tie shoe for young men and closed-toe, closed-heel flats for young ladies in one solid color of either black, dark brown, or navy; no athletic, boat, canvas, or multicolored shoes, etc.).

The casual shot is always fun to stage. Several locations have been scouted and one will be chosen based on the day's weather. For this photo, senior gentlemen are invited to wear a white collared shirt (polo or button-down) and nice blue jeans. Young ladies are invited to wear a modest, white shirt (no tanks, spaghetti straps, low necklines, etc.) and blue jeans or capris. Shirts with graphics or advertisements and shorts are not appropriate for this group picture. Shoes are to be closed-toe and closed-heel (no flip-flops, sandals, or slides) and easy for navigating about campus. (We often shoot this picture outside and students are required to walk and/or climb.) This type shot works best for all when it is as clean as possible. If you are in doubt about the appropriateness of your casual attire, follow school guidelines as outlined in the handbook.

Jr./Sr. Ball Tickets:

Tickets are on sale for the Jr./Sr. Ball 2016, A Night in Narnia, for $25 per person. The price will increase after Spring Break. Junior and Senior students can purchase tickets from members of the Junior class in the Upper School lobby each morning.

Summer Opportunities:

Summer is coming, and so are some great summer opportunities. For your convenience, please check out the many summer opportunities and enrichment programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in the 2016 Summer Opportunities attachment.

Inclusion on this list should not be construed as an endorsement by SLCA. Parents are encouraged to do their own research into any program they are considering for their student.

Attention to Senior Families:

Action Needed • APRIL 4, DEADLINE APPROACHING!

Senior Memories DVD Pictures and Senior Verse

Graduation is quickly approaching, and with it comes much excitement and many, many details. Pictures are currently being accepted for use in the Senior Memories DVD. You may direct any questions regarding picture submissions to Mr. Reed Monegan at rmonegan@southlakechristian.org.

Additionally, each year senior parents submit a special Bible verse for their student. The verse can be one that is reflective of the student's character or special gifts and talents, an admonishment, a family life verse, or any other scriptural passage that has special meaning for the student.

Note: If you have submitted a verse for a yearbook ad, that verse was sent to the publisher. This is a different request.

To submit your student's verse, please email the entire verse, reference, and preferred Bible translation (i.e. NIV, ESV, The Voice, NKJV, etc.) to Diana Reynolds at dreynolds@southlakechristian.org. If you miss the deadline, the school's verse (2 Corinthians 10:5) will be used instead.

Pictures and Verse Deadline: April 4, 2016

SAVE THE DATE!

Important Meeting for Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders:

WHO: All rising 9th-12th grade families (It is recommended that student and at least one parent attend.)

WHAT: 2016-2017 School Year Scheduling Information Session

WHEN: Mon., April 11, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Upper School Gymnasium

WHY: Opportunities to hear about new course offerings, to understand expanded course requirements, to talk with teachers and review curriculum, to walk through the how-to's of making course requests, and

more. The Upper School Computer Lab will be open to any families who want to make their requests that evening.

Please note: While all families will find the presentation informative, understand that the course request portal will be open only to families that have re-enrolled.

ATTENTION AP STUDENT FAMILIES:

Some things to consider as May and AP Exam Weeks approach:

Following the Easter Break, registration and fee assessment will begin for AP Exams. Informational packets that include Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, a Registration and Expectations Form, AP Exam Weeks schedule, and a bulletin from College Board will be sent home with each AP student.

College Board has raised the exam fee again this year, but SLCA will continue to assess the same amount of $100 per exam. A nominal fee for proctoring and processing is added to the College Board fee of $92.

AP Exam Weeks are May 2 through May 13.

Watch for further information and specifics via email following Easter Break.

College and Career Counseling News

Colleges Visiting Campus:

JUNIORS...We will have several colleges coming to the campus of Southlake during the coming months. This is a great opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with colleges, ask questions, and get ready for senior year. If you are interested in attending, you may register either by going on Naviance to the Family Connection's page and click the Colleges Tab or stopping by the College and Career Counseling Office before the date of the visit.

The following college will be presenting in April:

University of Alabama – April 28, during "H" period

14th Annual U.S. Service Academy Day:

Are you a leader looking for a challenge?

Are you interested in serving your country as a military officer?

Do you have the "right stuff" to graduate from a military academy?

Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

Charlotte Catholic High School

7702 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC

Please be in your seat promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Hear presentations from each of the five U.S. Service Academies

Meet Congressional staff, Cadets, Midshipmen and Academy representatives

Have opportunity to ask questions of each representative individually

Is open to high school, middle school & home school students interested in attending a Service Academy

Open to family members, school counselors, and educators

Summer Opportunities:

Summer is coming and so are some great summer opportunities. For your convenience, please check out the many summer opportunities and enrichment programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in the 2016 Summer Opportunities attachment.

Inclusion on this list should not be construed as an endorsement by SLCA. Parents are encouraged to do their own research into any program they are considering for their student.

PTF News

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6

More information to come.

SCRIP Program: Did you realize that by ordering SCRIP gift cards you can benefit the PTF? The PTF receives a percentage of each order through SLCA's link. With Teacher Appreciation Week approaching, this would be a great time to get an account set up using the link and order gift cards for the teachers. They really like gift cards!!

Fine Arts News

Legacy Benefit Gala:

The SouthLake Christian Fine Arts Department announces the second annual Legacy Benefit Gala. This event is on Thurs., May 5, from 6:30 p.m-9:30 p.m. at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and will include musical performances, gallery exhibits, and a guest speaker.

Please consider attending and partnering as a sponsor in support of this Fine Arts Department opportunity.

Wednesday Nights at Groucho's:

Groucho's Deli, in the Rosedale Shopping Center at exit 23, is owned by SLCA parents JD and Melissa Gibbs. Groucho's will give back 10% of the day's total sales to our Fine Arts and Athletics Booster Clubs equally.

March 23: Band and Orchestra Night

April 13: Visual Arts Night

On these nights we'd love to see our families come together in support of one another. Thank you to the Gibbs family, and we look forward to seeing you tonight at Groucho's.

Athletic Updates

Congratulations Spring Sports Teams:

MS softball and baseball were victorious against Cabarrus Charter and Gaston Day.

Varsity lacrosse and baseball won over Pine Lake Prep and Gaston Day.

Upcoming Events:

Varsity softball—Thurs., March 24, 4:30 p.m. home game vs High Point Christian

Varsity baseball-- Easter tournament hosted at Moor Park in Mooresville. SLCA games will be Mon., March 28, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Tues., March 29, at 11:00 a.m.

We are proud of our spring sports teams. Our student-athletes and coaches have shown multiple examples of great effort, sportsmanship, and skill. They are outstanding representatives of our school.

Follow the Eagles at www.southlakeeagles.org or on Twitter @SLCAEagles

PTI Groups

PTI Executive Committee Meeting:

Thurs., April 7, at 6:30 p.m. in room 200 Wilcox Center

PTI 6-8 Grades Meeting:

Parents Grades 6-8,

The PTI 6-8 meeting scheduled for Mon., March 21 did not happen as scheduled. If you showed up to attend the meeting, we apologize for your inconvenience. We will attempt to reschedule the PTI 6-8 meeting soon.

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