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December 18, 2012
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Green Winter Concert
Varsity Sports
Upper Campus Class Auction Projects
Chorus Performances
Bradley's Breakfast
1st Grade iPads
Enrichment Performances
Kennedy Space Center
Kiwanis Student of the Month

2012 Winter Concert

pic1 The 2012 Winter Holiday Concert last Thursday, December 13, included one show-stopping number after another. Robyn Huff directed the Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students in a tribute to "The Polar Express," a popular children's story about believing. The show included big production numbers and student soloists from every grade level. The children performed before a packed Halmos Family Activities Center on the Upper Campus. Robyn and a group of dedicated parent volunteers had decorated the Halmos as the Polar Express train station.
 
Annually, the Winter Concert is one of PBDA's major performing arts showcases. Congratulations to all the student performers and the family of parents, faculty and staff members who supported this excellent PBDA holiday tradition.
 
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Varsity Soccer and Basketball Teams Bring Home Titles
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pic1 The Palm Beach Day Varsity soccer team capped off their second undefeated season in a row with a convincing 4-1 victory over The Benjamin School to capture their second consecutive league championship. Over the last two seasons the team has earned 19 wins, no losses and two ties. Throughout the season the team greatly benefitted from the strong play of Cristian A. Cristian led the team in scoring with 15 goals including two in the championship match. Others helping on the offensive side of things were Rodrigo H., Jackson C. and Briggs L. The team recorded 7 shutouts this season due in large part to a strong core of defenders led by Dante B., Teddy K., Ben K. and Nick L. and anchored by Jack M. in the goal.
 
pic2 pic3 Head Coach Gary Walker said, "I am very pleased with the way the boys progressed throughout the season. Their daily training sessions and conditioning helped them improve and grow together as a team and learn to play a nice level of soccer." Athletic Director Steven Caruso responded, " I am proud of the boys. They worked hard throughout the year. They pushed one another each day. The end result was a league championship."
 
The Palm Beach Day Academy Girls Varsity Basketball team entered the league playoffs this past Wednesday in a game against St. Marks. In what proved to be a very exciting and intense game, the PBDA Bulldogs came out on top with a 24-22 win. It was the third time this season the Bulldogs were able to beat their rivals, but this one wasn’t easy. PBDA had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
 
pic2 pic3 The leading scorer for the bulldogs was Kalysa R. with a season-high of 10 points. Oceanna S., Zara B. and Christina C. all made clutch shots in the 4th quarter to take home the victory. Jordan S. and Quinn R. also scored in the game. Lexi W. made a couple great steals on defense. The Victory would send PBDA into the Championship game for the fourth year in a row. In the Championship Game on Thursday, PBDA faced undefeated Rosarian Academy. The game was close after the first quarter, with Rosarian holding a 2 point lead, but the game turned in the 2nd quarter as Rosarian built a 13 point half time lead. The bulldogs fought hard but couldn’t catch up to the experienced Rosarian team. Final Score 32-17 as Rosarian wins the league championship.
 
Leading scorer for the Bulldogs was again Kalysa with 6 points. Also scoring in the game were, Jordan, Oceanna, Christina, Kay B. and Claire D. PBDA finished their season with 7 wins and 3 losses, their only losses coming against the undefeated Rosarian team.
 
Coach Billy Coyle praised the girls by saying, “I am very proud of all our girls. We left everything we had on the court tonight. We played as hard as we could, and lost to a very good Rosarian team. I only wish the season could last longer; I will miss coaching this team.”
 

 
Class Auction Projects
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pic1 12-12-12 will forever be a memorable day etched in the minds of the Upper Campus students at PBDA. Students had the privilege of being photographed by one of the world’s most legendary photographers; Harry Benson, as part of this year’s Winter Feather Ball Class Projects.
 
pic1 Harry is well known for his photographs of the Beatles, taken between 1964 and 1966 as he accompanied the iconic rock n roll group from their first tour in Paris until their last tour in America, chronicling the groups transformation into legends of rock music. He has photographed every U.S. President from Eisenhower to Obama. Harry’s photographs have appeared in countless major magazines and newspapers throughout the world and have been exhibited internationally. Harry was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for service to photography. He received a Doctor of Letters from Glasgow University and is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in London.
 
Through the request of PBDA new parent Caroline Lloyd Roman, Harry Benson not only agreed to photograph our students, he also agreed to donate his time to Palm Beach Day Academy for this once in a lifetime opportunity. PBDA Class Projects will be showcased at the pre-auction cocktail party January 16th and will be available for bid through an on-line auction until February 7. Bidding will resume at the Feather Ball gala, February 9, and conclude at the end of the silent auction period. For further information, please contact Paula Martin at 561-655-1188 extension 125.
 

 
Chorus Performances
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pic1 The Lower School and Upper School singers under the direction of Robyn Huff and Annette Johnson are completing one of their most active holiday seasons in many years. These chorus students are giving the gift of music to the surrounding communities and at the same time, learning to perform and gaining extraordinary experience!
 
The Lower School Chorus, consisting of 50 students from first through third grades, have given energetic performances at the Worth Avenue Tree Lighting, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Festival of Trees, and the Opportunity, Inc. benefit luncheon. Last week’s spectacular Winter Concert (see above) brought The Polar Express to life. On Thursday, December 20, they will close the holiday season for 2012 with a heartfelt gift of music to the residents at Noreen McKeen.
 
The youngest students of PBDA gave their own exciting performance in the Preschool Holiday Performance on earlier today, December 18th. Students age two through five, Pri-Primary and Primary, sang adorable Hanukkah and Christmas songs. Much to the delight of parents, friends, and family, these little students did a wonderful job! Best of all, they are having lots of fun learning to perform in an age-appropriate setting, and growing to appreciate the performing arts in yet another aspect.
 
On the Upper Campus the Bulldog Chorus, composed of students in 6th – 9th Grade and the Middle School Chorus, composed of students in 4th & 5th Grade have also been busy. In November the 4th Grade performed on their recorders in assembly. The Bulldog and Middle School Chorus were part of the entertainment at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office recognition ceremony at the Convention Center and they performed again at the Palm Beach Business Associaton’s Tree Lighting ceremony. In December the two groups performed at the Festival of Trees, at The Breakers' Employee Recognition Ceremony, and at the Hanukkah assembly. They will perform again this week at the All School sing and the Pageant. A group from the Upper Campus Chorus performed at the Palm Beach International Airport last Sunday and they will also appear at the Flagler Museum next Sunday.
 
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Bradley's Breakfast
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pic1 Grades 2 - 4 continued their long-standing Read-a-thon to raise money to buy shoes for the children at Hope Rural School during Book Fair Week in November. Together, and with the help of generous donors, the children earned $7,842 - enough to buy 80 pairs of shoes and sweatshirts, with enough money left over to give $100 to each of the eight classrooms at Hope Rural.
 
The migrant and immigrant children from the Indiantown school were treated to a breakfast that was served by our 2nd – 4th Grade students at E.R. Bradley’s Saloon last Tuesday, December 11. At the breakfast, our students had the opportunity to present their gifts directly to the delighted Hope Rural children and witness their genuine excitement as they received the simple gifts of shoes. The West Palm Beach Fire Department topped off the experience by giving Santa Claus a lift to the breakfast on one of their fire engines.
 

 
First Grade iPads
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pic1 Since the introduction of Apple’s iPad in 2010, these devices have rapidly found their way into classrooms. Teachers quickly realized the endless possibilities this technology could bring to individual students and classrooms. This year, using funds from the Keenan family’s endowment of the Keenan Grants, PBDA’s First Graders and their teachers have been given the opportunity to explore those possibilities on the Lower Campus. Technology teacher, Linda Merman, acquired a Keenan Grant to provide two iPad3 devices to the First Grade. Over 20,000 educational apps have become available since the iPad’s introduction and the 1st Grade teachers are finding content that matches the curriculum and the student interests.
 
The students use the iPads during work centers for reviewing concepts or reinforcing skills taught in class. These lightweight devices can be used anywhere which makes them perfect for children who work equally well on the floor, or at a table, or sharing their discovery with a teacher or a friend. The First Grade teachers see many possibilities as their students eagerly use the iPads either together with teachers or independently. The First Graders feel very lucky to have the iPads in their class this year, and they prove that every time the word “AWESOME!” is heard.
 

 
Enrichment Performances
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pic1 An important aspect of Palm Beach Day Academy’s Enrichment Program is the opportunity that our students have to showcase what they have learned in their art and performance classes at the end of the sessions. In Sara Boyd’s dance and theatre arts classes the students learn various ballet and tap techniques, and the dancers are challenged to learn three minutes of choreography to perform in front of a live audience. The excitement always builds at the end of the session as the dancers anticipate getting into costume, going on the stage, and having a moment in the lights to show what they have learned. The process deepens their understanding of the arts. They learn that performing is a technique in itself. This experience is a tool that will help them in the field of dance and also in their academic career as they prepare for presenting projects and speeches in the presence of peers and teachers.
 
The acting students had the same opportunity. This session’s actors were given the chance to audition, prepare and perform the Christmas plays, The Grinch and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. It was an experience to remember. From the excitement of casting and memorizing scripts and lyrics, to the final moments in the spotlight, the program always lives up to its name – Enrichment. The dancers and the cast members are finished for the moment. But, new sessions will begin in a few weeks and Sara and many other teachers are looking forward to many more memorable performances in the coming sessions.
 

 
Kennedy Space Center & Moon Rocks
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pic1 Space science has been a major component of our Upper School science curriculum since Science Department Chair, Tom Sarko, a former NASA educator, began teaching at PBDA. Mr. Sarko’s continuing connection with the Kennedy Space Center results in the annual Space Center trip for 6th & 7th Graders. Also, again this year, Mr. Sarko built interest by aquiring actual moon samples for students to observe prior to their night sleeping under one of the rockets that were built for the space missions that brought the Moon samples to Earth.
 
Last Thursdsay, the 6th & 7th Graders traveled to Kennedy Space Center for an annual Overnight Adventure. Activities at the Space Center included an engineering challenge, a tour of the “Rocket Garden” at the Visitor Center, dinner with Skylab and Space Shuttle astronaut Jack Lousma, viewing the IMAX film “Hubble 3D,” and a bus tour of Launch Complex 39, where Apollo and Space Shuttle missions were launched. The students slept under one of the three remaining Saturn V Moon rockets at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
 
pic1 pic1 The students were accompanied by faculty chaperones, Tina Barbieri, Claudie Finney, Nicole Paciorek, Kelly Sanchez and Tom Sarko. Parent volunteers Jim Brown, Ken Ehrlich, Sam Garton, Erik Schnirman and Tony Whall also braved the night on the floor with 6th & 7th Graders.
 

 
Kiwanis Student of the Month
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pic1 Ninth Grader Yu Hua G. was honored as the December Kiwanis Student 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, Yu Hua.
 

 

 

 

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