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April 3, 2012
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Academic Recognitions
Jackson Pollack Inspires our Kindergarten

Hong Kong Alliance School is coming to PBDA

pic1aFifty-seven 5th & 6th Graders from the Hong Kong Alliance Primary School will be arriving in Palm Beach on Monday, April 9. These children are members of their school’s orchestra and they will perform twice in the Halmos Activities Center, on Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. While they are in Palm Beach, the Chinese students will be staying with host families from PBDA.
The 10 PBDA students who traveled to China in March visited the Alliance Primary School and heard a practice session of the orchestra. They also got to know some of the children from the school because they spent the morning going to classes with them.
Cynthia Kanai has organized the visit and has paired the children up with volunteer families who will host the guests for two nights. The Alliance children were excited to receive photographs of their host family in early March when they were hand delivered by our students.
Palm Beach Day students will attend Monday’s performance. On Tuesday, area schools and special guests will be the audience. All members of the PBDA family are welcome.
pic1bOur 5th Graders will accompany the visiting students to the Everglades and an airboat ride and alligator show on Monday after the performance.
If you are able to catch the performance you won’t be disappointed. The Alliance Primary School is serious about music education and the children have daily orchestra practice from an early age.
The visit will be honored with a special lunch that will include a "Friendship Cake" on the East Field on Tuesday. A farewell assembly will take place on Wednesday morning, just before the Chinese children check their instruments in at the airport and begin the long journey back to the other side of the world.

PBDA's Students Earn Academic Recognition

pic1bPalm Beach Day Academy’s excellence was demonstrated in March as several of our students excelled in outside competitions.
Eighth Grader Elliott Thornton spent the day last Friday working on math problems in Orlando at the State MathCounts competition. Elliott was accompanied by his father and by his math teacher, Barbara Bayless Close. To get to the state level, Elliott first participated in the Palm Beach County MathCounts contest along with his teammates from PBDA. The team did respectably by placing 3rd in the county, but Elliott’s individual score qualified him for the state competition.
pic2bIn Orlando, Elliott faced 228 other students who were representing their public and private schools from all over Florida. In the end, Elliott had outscored almost three quarters of Florida’s best math students.
Elliott also was the 1st Place Winner in the Middle School Division of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews Wrting Contest. Eighth Grader Sloane Sambuco was awarded second place in the same category and Eighth Grader Peter Burt earned third. All three were honored at a special ceremony at the Paramount Building on Thursday, March 29.

Kindergarten Learns Jackson Pollack's Secrets

pic1cKindergarten students had the pleasure of learning about several artists over the past three months with a series of visits by a former early childhood teacher from New York, Barbara Rothschild. Beginning in January, Mrs. Rothschild visited every other week and introduced our students to the work of Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jim Dine, and Jackson Pollack.
pic3bStudents created pieces reflecting the style of each artist. Last week, each kindergarten class worked collaboratively to produce a large piece in honor of Jackson Pollack.


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