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February 12, 2013
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Green Winter Feather Ball
International Week
Mandel Family Honors Mr. Greco
"The Wonderful World of Oz" - February 22 & 23
Speaker Series - Carol Weisman
Re-enrollment for 2013-14

Winter Feather Ball 2013

pic1 More than 300 Palm Beach Day Academy trustees, parents, faculty, alumni, past parents, grandparents, and special friends attended the Winter Feather Ball, at The Breakers, last Saturday, February 9. More than 300 Silent Auction items, donated by PBDA supporters, families, and faculty, kept guests busy as they enjoyed a cocktail hour prior to dinner. Among the most sought after silent auction items each year are experiential items generously donated by PBDA Faculty.
Guests moved on to the Venetian Ballroom which had been transformed into a magical winter wonderland. There they enjoyed a spectacular dinner, the Live Auction, and an evening of dancing. Master of ceremonies, faculty member, parent, and alumni Jan-Marie Coniglio Cook was masterful as the event auctioneer. The Live Auction items were spectacular and the bidding was spirited.
More than 60 Auction Committee members worked tirelessly in the months before the event planning all aspects of the evening, under the direction of parent Co-chairs, Sarah Benitz and Helene Lorentzen. Another 50 plus volunteers, PBDA Faculty, were on site throughout Saturday evening to keep the event running smoothly.
Mr. & Mrs. John Cohlan and Margaritaville generously sponsored the event for the 10th consecutive year. Chris Cook and Judge Moss Co-chaired the Corporate Sponsorship Committee. Corporate Sponsors, Family Underwriters and the donors of auction items, large and small, contributed to the financial success of the evening.
To all in our school family who played a role in the success of the Winter Feather Ball, Palm Beach Day Academy is thankful!
International Week
pic1 The International Studies Program on the Lower Campus is designed to better prepare PBDA students to be global citizens by developing important skills for the future. As students immerse themselves in a comprehensive study of one country in the world throughout the year, they have multiple opportunities to practice the four Global Competencies of investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, communicating ideas, and taking action.
This was quite evident last week as students engaged in two special learning activities. On Monday and Tuesday, students in First Grade through Third Grade created villages to represent the countries being studied. As various countries around the globe “came to life,” students shared what they had learned with parents and other visitors and the uniqueness of each country was celebrated.
On Friday, the Lower School community came together for its 18th International Day performance. This performance allows students to share their understanding of other cultures through the performing arts of music, dance, and drama. The show opened with a percussion piece from Nigeria to welcome everyone. This was followed by the Pre-Primary classes, representing the United States, with a heart-warming rendition of “Davy Crockett.” The show continued with performances from all Lower School classes representing Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, Panama, Croatia, Malta, Turkey, Russia, the Ivory Coast, and Botswana. The finale featured the Lower School Chorus followed by all students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 singing “Child of the World” which reinforced how much we are all alike.

pic1 The 2013 PBDA MATHCOUNTS team traveled to the Gulf Stream School for the regional competition last Saturday, February 9. MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide tournament for middle school students. The regional tournament involves the top math students in the county. Students compete in a variety of challenging contests as individuals and as a team. Their coaches, Barbara Close and Elizabeth Sheehan, prepared them for the contest and spent the day on Saturday "cheering" them on. pic1
PBDA team member Atticus S. placed 2nd in the county at Saturday's events. The top scorers will go on to compete in the State Competition in Orlando on March 15. After Saturday's event, Atticus had to wait until Monday to learn that his 2nd Place was official. His final placement was pending the results of an additonal round of competition between students who competed on Sunday. Yesterday, it became official - Atticus is on his way to the State MATHCOUNTS competition. Good luck Atticus.
This year’s team – Prescott B., Jackson C., Jack F. - Co-Captain, Alexis G., Ben K., Teddy K., Briggs L., Robbie L., Kole R., & Atticus S. - Co-Captain.

Morton and Barbara Mandel Chair in English Studies
Last Wednesday, February 6, Palm Beach Day Academy hosted a small gathering in the Raymond Wean Library to acknowledge grandparents and special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Mandel, for their generous Great Expectations Campaign gift to establish the Morton and Barbara Mandel Chair in English Studies. The endowment gift was made in honor of Mr. Greco to reflect in perpetuity the indelible impact that he has had on Palm Beach Day Academy.
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Board of Trustees President, Scott Johnson '79, Head of School, Dr. Rebecca van der Bogert, and Great Expectations Campaign Co-Chairman, Michael Ainslie expressed both their gratitude for the Mandel’s gift and their respect for Mr. Greco’s forty-five years of extraordinary influence on Palm Beach Day and its students.
Mr. Greco was presented with an etched wooden box containing over 100 letters from former students and colleagues, which he accepted with his customary humility. In his comments, Mr. Greco expressed the school’s gratitude to the Mandels, and, in his inimitable way, gave credit for his success to the many colleagues who have shared his forty-five years at PBDA.
Mr. Mandel spoke briefly of his appreciation of his family and the influential educators who shaped his life. He told of his orignial dream of being an English major in preparation for becoming a writer – a goal that was interrupted for forty years by a successful business career. He closed his comments by presenting Mr. Greco with the book that he finally published last year, “It’s All About Who You Hire, How They Lead . . .”
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Mandel’s daugther and son-in-law, Stacy and Keith Palagye, their grandson Jack ’14. Mr. Greco’s wife and former Palm Beach Day Drama teacher, Dolly and their son, Edward '76, daugther Lisa '74, and her husband Richard Wagener were there, as well.
Mr. Greco wishes to thank all those who contributed to the box of memories that was presented to him. Both he and his wife Dolly have been enjoying the letters and notes, one by one, as they are reminded of the hundreds of moments that they have experienced with the individuals who shared their memories.

"The Wonderful World of Oz" - February 22 & 23
pic1 PBDA's Upper School Musical, Oz, will be on stage in the Halmos Family Activities Center on Friday and Saturday evening, February 22 & 23.
Director, Jan-Marie Cook; Musical Director, Annette Johnson; and Technical Director, Les Heilakka, along with a cast of students from 7 - 9th Grade, have been rehearsing for weeks. The curtain will open at 7:00 P.M. both nights. Advance tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, beginning at 7:00 A.M.
Children and Families from both campuses are invited and encouraged to attend.

Speaker Series - Carol Weisman
pic1 Carol Weisman - Author of "Raising Charitable Children"
February 20
5:30 - 7:00 P.M.
Society of the Four Arts Auditorium
Carol Weisman is a professional speaker and author on philanthropy, fundraising and governance. She works primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
Carol has served on 28 non-profit boards and has been the president of seven. She not only has a background in family therapy as a pediatric social worker, but also in stand-up comedy, which explains why she is in constant demand as a speaker.
Children grades 3 - 9 are encouraged to attend with their parents. Family-friendly refreshements will be served.

Re-enrollment Time is Here
Re-enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 school year were mailed to families yesterday, Monday, February 11. Please note that the deadline for returning contracts is Monday, March 4. For more information, please call Meghan Albanese or Dorothea Cvelbar in the Admission Office at 561-832-8815.



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