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November 6, 2012
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Green Open House
PBDA Students Earn Science Recognition
Harvest Fest
PSC Volunteers Make a Difference
Book Fairs Open
Birthday Books
Walter H. Butler Golf Classic

Notice2 Open House
Did you know that two-thirds of our new students enrolled because current parents referred them to PBDA? Word of mouth is our best recruitment tool because no one can identify mission-appropriate families that are well suited to grow with the school better than those who already fit that description. The Annual Lower Campus Open House will take place next week on Wednesday, November 14 at 9 a.m. The event provides an opportunity for prospective families to hear more about PBDA's philosophy and programs while meeting the Head of School, faculty members, parents, and the administrative staff. Tours will be provided.
You should have received a "See, Think, Wonder" postcard in the mail with a fabulous photo of our Primary students exploring at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. Consider passing it on to a friend or sharing the event date with a neighbor. If you'd like an invitation personally mailed on your behalf, or if you'd like cards to distribute at your workplace, please call the admission office at 832-8815 or e-mail us at

PBDA's Space Connection
pic1 Eighth Grader, Addie Cramer., traveled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, in October to receive her trophy for winning the “Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition.” Presenting the trophy were Homer Hickam of “Rocket Boys/October Sky” fame and Jack Colpas, director of the contest.
The “Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition” was established to encourage the unique educational experience of building and launching a model rocket while keeping alive the memory of the first designated Teacher-in-Space, Christa McAuliffe.
pic2 Third Grader, Finley Keefe Murray's essay on "Why is Space Exploration Important and What Does it Mean to Me" was selected as the Lower Campus entry and then was chosen as one of 11 student winners in a South Florida Science Museum essay contest. That earned her the opportunity to join the other area students for 8 minutes of questions and answers with astronauts aboard the International Space Station as it orbited 300 miles overhead. At the event, Finley was fortunate to meet astronaut Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts and the second American to orbit the earth in May of 1962.
Seventh Grader Lilly Carden's essay was selected from entries from grades 4th - 9th to be submitted to the contest.
Click here to read Finley's and Lilly's essays.

Harvest Fest 2012
pic1 The annual Harvest Fest for our Pre-Primary and Primary boys and girls has become a fall tradition at PBDA. Organized by the faculty and supported by parent volunteers, the event treats our youngest students to a day of beautiful fall weather and activities with a harvest theme the day before Halloween.
pic2 The Harvest Fest included wagon rides around the playground, a walk through a path of pumpkins, selecting a pumpkin to decorate and take home, a seasonal story by Mrs. Andreon, a “sink and float” science activity with pumpkins and gourds by Mrs. Linck, and a snack of apple slices and gingerbread “bat” cookies. Classes rotated from activity to activity and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day.
A special treat was having our Ninth Graders help at the Harvest Fest, accompanied by Mrs. Close and Mrs. Schnirman. The Ninth Graders were especially pleased to supply the wagon rides and took back to the Upper Campus, many happy stories about their tiny new friends. The day provided another in a series of planned opportunities for students from both campuses to come together to enjoy one another’s company and unify our student body.
pic2 This year, immediately following the Harvest Fest, the Admission team sponsored a “Pumpkin Party” for the children of alumni and friends who have expressed an interest in becoming future Bulldogs next year. The Pumpkin Party featured playing on the playground, photo ops in the pumpkin patch, wagon rides supplied by third grade ambassadors, and special treats. A great time was had by all!


pic1 PSC Volunteers
The PSC or Parent School Council was first organized in late 1992 and Gail & John Cooney were the first PSC co-presidents. The PSA or Parent School Association was created for the same purpose on the Lower Campus in 2003 and Karyn Janssen was its first president. When the two campuses merged in 2006, the first co-presidents of the reorganized PSC were Margaret Rodbell from the Upper Campus and Alane Foster from the Lower Campus. Together, those two took on the project of bringing the parents from two formerly separate groups in to one unified parent body. The Parent School Council's role has always been to support the school's efforts to provide excellent opportunities for our students. To do that, parents volunteer for committees that focus on specific goals and projects. The current Book Fairs are examples of what the PSC provides for our students and our greater school community.
The 2012/13 Parent Committee Chairs
Upper Campus: Book Fair - Erica Elliott & Andrea Levine; Teacher Appreciation - Kathleen Gorfine, Susan Morgan & Alexa Terry
Lower Campus: Arts Committee - Erika Handley; Book Fair - Anastasia Coleman, Jessica Koch, Sandy Singer & Jennifer Wilson; Family BBQ - Jay Silpe & Tracy Silpe; Grandparents' Day - Nicole Garcia & Melissa George; Playscape/Gardening - Louisa Ordway; Special Events - Amy Middleton; Teacher Appreciation - Luiza Kozokoff & Kim Russo; Thanksgiving - Dana Kretschmar
Speaker's Forum: Elizabeth Fifield
Development Committees: Annual Fund - Austin Hancock, Karyn Lamb & Nancy Sambuco; Feather Ball - Sarah Benitz & Helene Lorentzen; Great Expectations Campaign - Michael Ainslie, Lourdes Fanjul, Frances Fisher, Scott Johnson, Matt Lorentzen & Glenn Straub; Corporate Sponsorship - Chris Cook & Judge Moss; Golf - Joel Kassewitz & Matt Smith

Book Fairs Open
pic1 PBDA's Book Fairs kicked off yesterday on both campuses and will run til Thursday. On the Upper Campus the theme, Lead with Honor, was selected to embrace the core values of our Lead with Honor initiative — Trust, Empathy, Honesty, Repsonsibility and Integrity. The volunteer parents have organized brief writing seminars that students can enjoy on their visits to the fair. From set-up to pack-up and all the hours of book sales in between, the Book Fair committee has devoted themselves to providing our students with this favorite annual tradition. Parents Erica Elliott, Andrea Levine and Shelly Garcia have served as leaders, but have been helped by many including, Lauri Norberg, Teresa Knopp, Annie Kern, Lucinda Stonestrom, Cindy Sulzberger, Sofia Maduro, Suzanne Kaye, Pansy Hallowell, Susan Ochstein, Robin Malasky, Thais Racy, Sarah Benitz, Regan Rupp and Denise Silverman. Erica also thanks Classic Book Shop for their annual involvement and The Breakers and Pine Tree Golf Club for supplying plants and other decorations.
pic2 The Lower Campus Scholastic Book Fair also began yesterday, November 5 and will run til Thursday, November 8. Great selections for all Lower School students are featured at the Fair. Highlights of the week include author visits with for Primary through Grade 3 and PAJAMA DAY on Thursday, with extended shopping hours from 7:30AM to 6:00PM. Pajama Day will feature special book character visits on campus, a student assembly with a Faculty Pajama Fashion Show, “Stop Totally and Read” time, and other fun activities related to reading. We thank Sandy Singer, Jessica Koch, Jennifer Wilson, and Anastasia Coleman for serving as Chairpersons for this year’s event.


pic1 Honoring Birthday Book Donors
The Koch and Wean Libraries invite you to celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book commemorating their day. Donated books are marked with a special bookplate and remain in the library for the school community to enjoy. Hundreds of library books bear the names of current students and alumni. We wish to express our gratitude to all the families who have participated in past years and to the following who donated during the 2011 – 2012 school year.
Pre-Primary, Sophia S.
Primary, Lucas A., Ryan B., Charles L., Griffin M., Olivia Q., Allison T., Winston W.
Kindergarten, Arthur D., Hannah G., Caroline H., Alexis K., Luca M., Ansley M., Jackson M., Roger R.
1st Grade, Rafe C., Halle C., Tatiana G., Charles H., Joey L., Annabelle S., Christina T.
2nd Grade, Iris H., Frankie L., Finley M., Alastair P., James P., Grace S., Lolagrace T., Whitney T., Alysia W.
3rd Grade, Ariana B-C., Martina G., Miranda G., Alexander K., Grant K., Nina P., Drake R., Oscar S., Caroline W., Lillian W., William W.
4th Grade, Robbie J., David L-G., Sophia L-G., Laurin N., Lucas P., Liam S., Danielle W.
5th Grade, Emily E., Shane K., Virginia L-C., Perry M.
6th Grade, Francesca A., Claire B., Garrett B., Talia C., Jackson C., Adeliza G.
7th Grade, Madeline E., Jack F., Sam G., Rodrigo H., Rhys R.
8th Grade, Serena A., Stoney C., Kress Z.
Note: To participate, complete the form that has been mailed to you and return it to the appropriate library. Thank you for your support. The cycle of success continues.

17th Annual Walter H. Butler Golf Classic
pic1 Cocktail Reception - Friday, November 16
      Top of the Point, West Palm Beach - 6:00 pm
Golf Classic - Saturday, November 17

Tee off with Co-Chairs Joel Kassewitz and Matt Smith and enjoy a family-friendly day of golf, the PBDA way. Sign up today for the 17th Annual Walter H. Butler Golf Classic to be held November 17th, at The Breakers Ocean Course. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities and openings for single player through foursomes are currently available. Student golfers are welcome to play. Secure your spot today! The golf classic kicks off with a cocktail celebration on Friday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Top of the Point in West Palm Beach. Don't play golf? Don't worry! All parents and alumni are invited to join us for a fun-filled evening. We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Paula Martin at 561-655-1188 extension 125 or email her at


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