Open House - January 17
Lee Academy will be holding an Open
House from 9 AM - 3 PM on January 17th. Families interested in the school are
welcome to attend or call 813 931-3316 for a personalized visit.
Pennies for Change - Please donate to
Pennies for Change. Our goal is collect 6 million pennies- representing
the 6 millions Jews lost in Holocaust - by December 21. Ten percent of our
pennies will go to the Florida Holocaust Museum's Education Department. In
addition, the pennies will help fund school trips that teach cultural diversity
Florida Keys Marine Science Field Trip
- November 7-11
Lower School E-Gs returned very excited about their experience at Mote Marine's
Tropical Research Laboratory, which is situated in the heart of the Lower Keys
and only 24 miles from Key West. The students participated in a wide variety of
research and education programs, which reflects the diversity of Mote's staff
and experience. They accessed a variety of nearby habitats, including reefs,
seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and unique
terrestrial communities, most within the protection of National Wildlife Refuges
and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Students used the facility's
well-equipped dry lab, modern A/V equipment, indoor and outdoor wet labs,
outdoor seawater holding tanks, vessels, high-speed internet connection and a
marine science library. They topped off the trip with an excursion to Key West,
where students got to bicycle this unique community and visit Mel Fisher's
Maritime Museum. A video of the trip was created by Ms. Sharon and provided to
each family. The video can be viewed on the
page of our website.
City Cultural Field trip - April 6-13 (During Spring Break)
This springtime cultural extravaganza for upper school students is the buzz
of the campus. While in New York City, students will visit Times Square,
Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall (with
backstage tour), The Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center
theater tours, Central Park (Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain and Belvedere
Castle), the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Greenwich
Village and art galleries in SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy, an architectural
tour of Manhattan, Grand Central Station, the Guggenheim Museum, the Cloisters
Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
Riverside Church, Grant's Tomb, the Apollo Theater, The Museum of Modern Art,
the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Whitney Museum of American Art,
Juilliard, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum as well as performances by
the Metropolitan Opera, a performance at Lincoln Center, one dance performance
of either the New York Ballet or the Alvin Ailey Dance Company (based on
availability), 3 Broadway performances, and 1 Off-Broadway performance. It will
be an action packed Spring Break.
Everyone will be staying at the Comfort Inn in Manhattan and will be given a bus
driver for airport-hotel transfers as well as a tour guide for the entire trip.
The rest of the week we will travel by metro and will be given unlimited metro
cards for everyone.
Several fundraisers are underway, with the goal of raising up to 50% of the cost
of the trip, which is estimated at $2,429 per student. All monies raised will be
divided equally among all students going provided they all participate in the
fundraisers. The estimated cost covers the airfare, 2 meals per day and all
tours and events. The only thing students will be responsible for is lunch each
day and spending money. Everything else is included.
Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays
from 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM, with Lower School students attending on Monday and Upper
School students attending the Tuesday class. The cost is $10 per week. The
teacher is Lisa Podbilski, who has been honored as Teacher of the Year by three
different organizations: the Florida Foreign Language Association (2011), the
Southern Conference on Languages (2011) and the Florida Chinese Teachers
Association (2010). She holds a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures and
has taught Mandarin Chinese for 12 years.
Classes are held on Wednesdays and
Thursdays from 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM, with Lower School students participating on
Wednesday and Upper School students on Thursday. The cost is $5 per class.
Classes are led by certified yoga teacher Shari Feldman, an experienced
instructor who presently conducts yoga classes for the Hillsborough County
School Board and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department. The only equipment
used in yoga is comfortable clothing and preferably a yoga mat. Yoga mats are
not required but are beneficial and can be purchased locally.
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