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November 20, 2012
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Green Walter H. Butler Golf Classic
Thanksgiving Project 2012
3rd Grade Heritage Harvest
Alumni - Lost and Found
Holiday Chorus Performances
Kiwanis Students of the Month

Walter Butler Golf Classic
pic1 The rain came and went, and it was a picture perfect day as 100 golfers teed off at Palm Beach Day Academy’s 17th Annual Walter H. Butler Golf Tournament held November 17, 2012, at The Breakers Ocean Course, Palm Beach. Saturday’s event was preceded Friday evening with a Cocktail Party and silent auction at Top of the Point, West Palm Beach where golfers and non-golfers alike came together for an evening of fun prior to the big day.
Twenty-five foursomes arrived at The Breakers for a shamble start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning to compete for the coveted 17th Annual Walter H. Butler Trophy and additional prizes for men, women and students including Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive. The golf classic was chaired by Matt Smith and Joel Kassewitz and raised over $50,000 for Palm Beach Day Academy’s educational programs.
pic2 The overall grand tournament winning team and Men’s Flight winners included Brad McPherson, Peter Farner, Gary Pohrer, and Damien Barr with Kellie Stenzel, Gerard Stigliano, Bruce Gendelman, and Chris Goldberg winning the Mixed Flight Division. Second place recognition went to Glenn Straub, Eric Bylin, Greg Coleman, and Bobby Kreusler in the Men’s Flight and Kirsten Dolan, Greg Susick, Ron Ellet, and Chad Martin in the Mixed Flight. Closest to the Pin winners were Wayne Wytrzes, Jennifer Anttila, and Garrett Barber. Longest Drive winners were Joe Carron, Austin Smith, and Garrett Barber.
pic3 Major sponsors of the golf classic included Shoes For Crews, the Arna & Stanley Smith Foundation, Rochelle and Craig Menin, The Sterling Organization, Joel and Darcie Kassewitz, Credit Suisse Securities, Blueprint Regulatory Consulting, SCS Financial, Austin & Steve Smith, The Atwood Group – Merrill Lynch, The Breakers, and Strong Boalt. Additional sponsors included House of Lavande, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Straub, Annex Capital Management, LLC., Dion & Forsyth, Burnam, Critton, Luttier & Coleman, Harless & Associates, The Next Step Realty, Fruit of the Son, the Wytzes Family, Wells Fargo Advisors, Island Club Brands, Celedinas & Reese Insurance, Avantair, Broad and Cassel, All Sport, Tiffany & Co. – Palm Beach, Perry Ellis International, and SSG. For information on the golf classic, contact Paula Martin at 561-655-1188 ext 125 or

Thanksgiving Project
pic1 The Thanksgiving Project has been a tradition on the Lower Campus. The purpose of this project is to provide Thanksgiving dinners for the families at Glades Academy in Pahokee. In its earliest days, the program fed approximately 30 families. We are helping 85 families this holiday season - the same as last year.
The entire Lower School community is involved with this project – first, by bringing specific food items to help make a complete Thanksgiving dinner that includes rice and sugar donated by Florida Crystals. Donations, earned by students in Second, Third, and Fourth Grade through their participation in the Read-A-Thon, are used to supply Winn-Dixie gift cards for the purchase of a turkey or ham. The Third Grade students are the ambassadors for this program and they help sort, collect and deliver the boxes to the families.
pic2 This morning, when the boxes were delivered, every grade played a role in preparing and/or delivering the boxes of food. Students from every grade decorated cards and the students from Pre-Primary through Third Grade circled around the courtyard filling the boxes with the items while the second grade assisted with handing out the items to be placed in the boxes.
pic3 When the Third Graders arrived at Glades Academy they were met by very appreciative families. After delivering the boxes of food, our students joined the children from Glades Academy to share a meal. Each year, this event is a wonderful and moving experience for our students. Many leave with a greater appreciation of their own good fortune and an understanding of how that good fortune is also a responsibility.


3rd Grade Heritage Harvest
pic1 The third grade students have just celebrated their second annual Heritage Harvest. The harvest provides the student with the opportunity to focus on the specific countries of their personal heritage. During this process, the students researched and designed the flag, created a replica doll and a piece of art from their countries, and finally sampled foods from the various countries at our harvest.
pic2 In third grade, we begin the year with the question, “How does knowing myself help me to better understand others?” This question has driven the students to take a closer look at themselves, their heritage, and allowed them to define what makes them who they are. In addition, we tied in the story Molly’s Pilgrim, which focuses on the importance of accepting other’s differences as well as the understanding of the true meaning of “pilgrim” and why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Each class rewrote the story in the form of a play which they performed for their parents prior to the harvest.
pic3 As a result of this process, the children have expressed their desire to become empathetic global citizens and they are looking forward to taking action this holiday season as they deliver donated food items to the families at Glades Academy. We feel the Heritage Harvest tied in the meaning of Thanksgiving and allowed the students to learn more about their heritage and the world around them.



pic1 Help Locate Lost Alumni
Palm Beach Day Academy wants to stay in touch with all of its alumni. If you can help locate anyone on the list of Lost Alumni from the Class of 2009, please contact Cindy DeSilva at (561) 655-1188 ext 129 or
Caroline Akdeniz, Matthew Barnes, John Bell, Alicia Bonanno, Christopher Cowderoy, Joseph Ford, Zachary Freeman, William Kemp, Jacob Leavitt, Alex Martin, Max Ratner, Jay Ryan, Noah Schneider, Fielder Thomas, Alexander Valentine, Zachary Zanft
We also ask that all alumni who receive this newsletter to please visit our website by Clicking Here to update your contact information, tell us what you're up to, or share a photo.


pic1 PBDA Chorus Update
PBDA is proud to congratulate five students for being selected to sing in the Florida All State Elementary Honor’s Chorus. Each school in the state of Florida is permitted to send in five student auditions to compete for 200 spots in an Honor’s Chorus. The audition is recorded by the music teacher at each school following a specific format. The audition CDs must include five examples of the student first listening to a piece of music and then singing it back in correct pitch and rhythm. Then they each must sing “Brother John” a cappella in a round with their music teacher and stay on their part, on pitch, and in rhythm. Then, for the last part of the audition, each auditioning student must sing “America” a cappella with only a starting pitch. The student has to stay in the same key, on pitch, and sing the correct rhythms. The judges also score tone quality, phrasing, breath support, and annunciation.
pic1 Mrs. Johnson worked with 23 hopeful students from the beginning of school until September 15 when the auditions were due. Out of the 23 students who auditioned for Palm Beach Day Academy, the top five scorers were selected and their audition CDs were sent to the State Level. There were over 900 students from the state of Florida who auditioned. All five of our students scored in the top 200 and were selected to be in the Honor’s Chorus. They will now rehearse with Mrs. Johnson and practice six songs on their own until January 9 when they will go to Tampa to rehearse with the other students from around the state for two days and finish with a performance on Friday, January 11 for an audience of 2000 music teachers, administrators, families, and friends.
Join us in Congratulating: Laurin N., Kelly S., Jada C., Mayah B., and Katherine P.

PBDA has a busy Holiday Season for students at all levels!
PBSO Annual Awards Luncheon The following students performed at the West Palm Beach Convention Center on November 16: Laurin N., Jada C., Mayah B., Daniela G., Abigail W., Alex T., Kole R.
PB Business Association Tree and Menorah lighting on November 26, 5:30 PM, at the Royal Poinciana Bridge. Bulldog Chorus only.
Worth Avenue Tree Lighting on November 27 5:30 PM, in front of Saks Fifth Avenue. Lower School Chorus.
Norton Sculpture Gardens, December 4, 6:00-6:30 PM, Lower School Chorus
Norton Sculpture Gardens, December 5, 6:30-7:00 PM, Bulldog and Middle School Chorus.
Breakers Team Member Holiday Gift Giving & Shopping Extravaganza: December 6 from 2:30-3:00 PM, Bulldog chorus and Middle School Chorus.
Opportunity Inc. Benefit Luncheon: December 6, Lower School Chorus.
Lower School Winter Concert, December 13, 6:30 PM, All students K-3.
Holiday Performance, December 18, 9:00 AM, Pre-Primary & Primary
Flagler Museum, December 23, 8:00 PM, Bulldog and Middle School Chorus.
South Florida Fair on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30-6:30 PM, Bulldog Chorus and Middle School Chorus.

Kiwanis Club Recognizes Students of the Month
pic1 Ninth Graders Kalysa Remington and Oceanna Schnirman were honored as the September and October Students of the Month at a special luncheon held at the Chesterfield Hotel on Palm Beach. Each month, the faculty selects an 8th or 9th Grade student to be honored for his or her academic and social contributions to our school. Congratulations, Kalysa and Oceanna.




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