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December 4, 2012
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Varsity Sports
Gardening Day
Annette Johnson
Kindergarten Museum Partnership
First Grade Museum Partnership

Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day 2012

pic1 Grandparents’ Day 2012 continued a favorite Palm Beach Day Academy tradition. Over two-hundred parents, grandparents, and family friends gathered on the Lower Campus on the day before Thanksgiving to celebrate together. The Kindergarten through Third Grade had prepared a special performance that included Broadway show tunes. The Pre-Primary and Primary had a Community Sing in the cafeteria. Both performances were followed by classroom visits and activities for the children and their families and special friends. Grandparents’ Day was organized by a PSC committee headed by parents Melissa George and Nicole Garcia.
 
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Varsity Sports
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pic1 The PBDA Varsity athletic teams are enjoying very strong basketball and soccer seasons. The girls are slated to claim the second seed for the upcoming basketball tournament, scheduled for next week. The girls have improved steadily over the last several weeks and demonstrated that improvement at last week’s Rosarian game. That game went into over-time, and although the Bulldogs lost 22-20, the coaches were full of praise since our girls lost 22-9 to Rosarian earlier in the season. Coach Coyle will be looking to Jordan S., Oceanna S., and Zara B. to lead the girls to the league championship.
 
The boys’ soccer team continues their strong play under the guidance of Coach Gary Walker and Coach Bill Songhurst. At this point in the year they have outscored their opponents 28-5 in seven contests. While it is obvious that the offense, led by Christian A. and Rodrigo H., has been successful, the defense deserves significant credit for their play. Solid performances have been turned in by defensive players Dante B., Teddy K., and Nick L. The coaches and the team members are looking forward to remaining undefeated as they enter next week’s league tournament.
 
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Best of luck to both Varsity teams and to all of our Bulldogs.
 

 
Gardening Day
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pic1 On Thursday, November 29th, Lower School students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 enjoyed a day of gardening as plants and seeds were sowed in newly created raised garden beds. As part of the Educational Playscapes Project, students will now have an opportunity for hands-on experiences related to gardening. The garden will provide a springboard for classroom lessons in many other curricular areas including science, math, language arts, fine art, and wellness. Smaller raised beds are in place at the Primary building for the younger students. Parent volunteers as well as students from Palm Beach Atlantic University assisted throughout the day. We’d like to extend a special thanks to our parent volunteers: Louisa Ordway, Carrie Murray, Marsha Kerprich, Michelle Miller, and Renee Wuhrman.
 
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pic1 Annette Johnson
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Upper Campus music teacher, Annette Johnson, will receive a Florida Music Educators Association Music Education Service Award in January at the FMEA Conference in Tampa. The Service Award is given to those music educators who have been active in music education for 25 years or more. This award recognizes the outstanding service of FMEA members who have committeed themselves to teaching music for most of their adult lives.
 
Recipients of the Service Award must have demonstrated exemplary achievement and contributions through a lifelong dedication and service to music and the profession and must be renowned in the area of his/her expertise, both statewide and nationally. Join us in congratulating Mrs. Johnson for this recognition.
 

 
Kindergarten Museum Partnership
Kick-Off Field Trip

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pic1 Our Kindergarten students visited the Norton Museum of Art on Friday, November 16th, to embark on this year’s Museum Partnership Program. This very first field trip of the year was meant to answer two essential questions: What is a museum? and What purpose does it serve? Led by docents Carol Ann Khawly and BJ Golboro, the children were personally introduced to The Norton and its varied art collections. We traveled on a “magic box” that transported us from 15th Century Europe to a time of bronze dragons during the Qing dynasty in China.
 
During the course of our museum adventure, the children investigated the front garden, stepping on Theatus and the Bull, and venturing into the courtyard to closely examine sculptures made of bronze and stone. They became acquainted with Jacob Cuyp’s Child with Sheep and Goat, and Duane Hanson’s Young Worker. It was truly an eclectic group of artists representing an assortment of cultures, time periods, and styles. Our Kindergartners posed like Ruby Green Singing in the manner she was painted by James Chapin and looked up to the ceiling to identify sea creatures from Dale Chihuly’s mounted installation Persian Sea Life. We will explore, more deeply, select artwork and continue to think about colors, shapes, and lines. Our THINKING about museums is expanding!
 

 
First Grade Museum Partnership
The Morikami Museum: Time Capsules, Tomatoes, and Kamishibai

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pic1 First Grade students burst into November with a wrap-up field trip to The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens on the first day of the month. The children were engaged in various activities that highlighted the life of the Yamato Colonists over 100 years ago. They connected with the settlers through an investigation of a time capsule, which included a vegetable sack, a map of early Florida, and a very old report card! The students listened intently to the story of Sukeji “George” Morikami, presented through kamishibai. They also planted a small tomato seedling in a Japanese newspaper “pot.” We thank our museum friends, Beth-sensei, Sachiko-sensei, and Wendy-sensei for providing us with a remarkable morning of learning, investigating, digging, and discovery!
 

 

 

 

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